I’m a big fan of the cleansing balms, not so much cleansing oils (too hard to use). I’ve recently been experimenting with some new cleansing balms and wanted to see if there’s actually a difference. Keep reading to find out if it’s worth paying more…
Elemis describes the Cleansing Balm as, “the ultimate anti-ageing cleansing ritual for the skin. This softening balm contains natural essential oils that melt on contact with the skin for a luxurious cleanse while captivating the senses with its exquisite aroma.”
- Retails for $185 for 200ml
- Quite a soft, cleansing balm. Melts quite quickly in the palms of my hands (even though its been winter)
- I use about a 5 to 10 cent piece
- I start by warming the cleansing balm in the palms of my hands than massage my dry face (with makeup)
- After about a minute I add some warm water to emulsify the balm, which creates a beautiful milky texture
- I remove it using a warm muslin cloth, which removes makeup quite effectively, including eye makeup
- Once washed off, my skin is clean with no traces of makeup and not feeling extremely dry, but quite nicely hydrated
- Also I should mention I love the scent! Its not heavily fragrant but there’s definitely a smell to it
Antipodes describes the Butter Cleanser as, “a luscious butter cleanser to leave your complexion feeling divinely fresh and deeply cleansed. Designed to soften and moisturise, this enchanting cleanser combines nourishing cacao butter with soothing oils and quintessential Vinanza Grape® antioxidant from New Zealand’s sauvignon blanc grape seeds. It helps repair free radical damage and is scientifically shown to have amongst the world’s highest levels of antioxidants from grapeseeds*. Lavender and blue chamomile soothe sensitive skin.”
- Retails for $46 for 75ml
- Certified organic
- Quite a hard consistency, but it comes with a little spatula to scoop it out which is great
- I use about a 5 to 10 cent piece, which is more than enough
- Takes a while to warm up the product in my hands, could be because it’s so cold!
- When applied to my dry face (with make up), it’s still quite hard and thick to massage into my skin
- It doesn’t seem to melt or become more oily with the warmth of my hands
- There’s seems to be tiny granules, very gentle
- Does not emulsify with warm water which is a big downer for me
- I remove it using a warm muslin cloth, which removes makeup quite effectively
- Because it’s a hard/ thick formula it is difficult to use on the eyes, however doesn’t sting or anything like that
- After washing off the Butter Cleanser there is a tiny oily residue, which is not a negative but you definitely need to double cleanse
As you can see from the comparison, I have not found a dupe. The winner would definitely be the Elemis Cleansing Balm. It’s beautiful and luxurious while still being effective. I think the Antipodes is a great alternative if you’re into organic skincare, however the Elemis one is more effective. I’ve also done a review of the Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm, click here for the review.
Elemis Pro Cleansing Balm Ingredients
Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, PEG-8 Beeswax, Cetearyl Alcohol, Sambucus Nigra (Elderberry) Oil, Sorbitan Stearate, PEG-60 Almond Glycerides, Silica, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Glycerin, Lecithin, Borago Officinalis (Starflower) Seed Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Cera (Wax), Padina Pavonica Thallus Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Acacia Decurrens (Mimosa) Flower Cera (Wax), Rosa Multiflora (Rose) Flower Cera (Wax), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Flower Oil, Tocopherol, Lavandula Hybrida (Lavandin) Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Flower Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Cinnamomum Camphora (Ho Wood) Wood Oil, Mentha Arvensis (Mint) Leaf Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Menthol, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Leaf Oil, Citric Acid, Linalool, Geraniol, Eugenol, Citronellol, Limonene.
Antipodes Grapeseed Butter Cleanser Ingredients
Olea Europaea Butyrospermum parkii Phormium tenax Cocos nucifera Simmondsia chinensis Cera Alba silica Theobroma Cocao Vitis viniferia Sorbitan Isostearate Matricaria chamomilla Hibiscus sabdarifa Lavendula officinalis fragrance Benzyl Alcohol Vitamin E.
*This product has been provided for reviewing purposes, all views and opinions are 100% honest.
**Disclaimer: All opinions are based on personal experiences, and are not sponsored. rachelbeautystyle is not a make up artist, beauty or skincare specialist and will not be held liable for any recommendations. Therefore try at your own risk.
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