There are so many ways to remove your make-up it actually confuses me. Micellar waters, cleansers or hot cloth balms, which one is better? Not to mention the coconut oil trend, which I saw featured on 90% of beauty blogs. (and I will try it as soon as I find a good organic one) Because I love to buy beauty products, I use them all. On a daily basis, I use my Garnier Micellar Water, which is great for removing makeup without irritating the skin. Whenever I apply a peel-off mask or whatever treatment, I go for my trusty Nivea Sensitive Cleansing Milk, that also helps with my skin`s tightness and dryness. (
why I forgot about the review?it`s amazing) And since last week I`ve been converted to hot cloth balms, which are great when I go for a high coverage foundation.
As I said in previous posts, whenever it`s possible I tend to go for organic products. We put so many products with harsh chemicals on our face, at least, let`s remove it with something natural. I haven`t heard of this brand before, but I liked their policy: natural products, made in England and not tested on animals. A winner in my opinion! So I decided to take advantage of my Birchbox points and another offer and got this little gem for 4.99 pounds.
Inside this very lovely box (
how cute is the design?) I received a bamboo face cloth and a 50 ml pot of The Green Balm. It was love at first sight, without even trying it. First of all, I was very impressed with the quality of the cloth. Bamboo ( an extremely eco material btw) fibre has anti-bacterial properties and it also feels very soft when you touch it. I understand now why so many people like to remove their makeup like this, it leaves your skin so cleansed and smooth.
The Green Balm smells exactly like my Lush Mint Julips Lip Scrub. Some top ingredients include coconut oil, sweet almond oil, soybean, beeswax, yarrow and tea tree. The product is ideal for oily acne skin, but its formula is so mild you can use it on sensitive skin as well. After a week of using it, I could really see a difference. Maybe it`s the tea tree, but my skin was more balanced; it definitely helped to remove excess oil. To be completely honest, I used this after my Garnier Micellar Water because I didn`t want to mess with the cloth. How lazy is that? However, I was quite shocked to see some foundation on the cloth. I mean, I just cleansed my face…so this diminished a bit my love for my micellar water. (still a good product, but now I wouldn`t use it alone when I wear high coverage makeup)
Another thing I like about this product is the application process. First, you take some balm and melt between your fingers until you create an oil. Then, you massage it into your face, paying more attention to the eyes. This also encourages circulation and will help you relax. After that, you dip the cloth into hot water and press it to your face, steaming away excess oil and impurities. The last step: you dip your cloth in cold water and press the softer side to your face to close pores. What I love about this process is that you don`t only remove makeup, you also tone your skin and balance your natural oils. Now I`m quite disappointed I didn`t jump the bandwagon earlier, hot cloth balms are amazing!