I don't know why it took me so long to write about this product to be honest since it was one of my 2014 favorites. However, it is nearing its end and the time has come.
I usually divide my cleansing products into two categories: makeup removers and actual cleansers. I know a lot of people confuse them and tend to use one for both actions so a lot of brands also tend to claim their cleanser(s) do it all. But most products aren't made for removing makeup and deeply cleansing skin, most just do one or the other well. And, if there's a chance a product does both pretty well, you should still use it twice because if you only clean your face once before bed then you'll only be removing makeup, all the bacteria and crap (specially if you live in a big city) will still be on your face (and consider the horrible possibility that you use a cleanser as a one-cleanse product, you won't even be removing your makeup right and it still won't cleanse because it won't be able to get past the foundation and stuff - the horror).
But, well, after such a rant, we're here to talk about the Emma Hardie Amazing Face Cleansing Balm today. And the question remais: is it a makeup remover or a cleanser?
I was stuck between the two for a while but was using it mainly as a cleanser, after removing my makeup with a milk or cleansing water. And then I heard Caroline Hirons mention it on a video about cleansers and saying it was actually right there in the middle and would be okay for both functions! (Just make sure you do it twice or choose another product for the other one.)
I still prefer to use it as a cleanser though.
So what is it? It's a very rich and nice-smelling balm that turns into oil when it touches your skin and then emulsifies with water. It removes all your makeup or bacteria you have on your face. It's super, super gentle, very creamy and nourishing and it will leave your skin clean, calm and soft. It's just pure love!
Furthermore, it comes with this wonderful little double-sided cloth: one side is a regular muslim cloth (that was, is and always will be ridiculously harsh on my sensitive skin) and the other one is a kinf of towel cloth but that is much MUCH softer than anything I've ever touched - it feels like your rubbing your face on a cloud. I love these cloths so much I already ordered more individual ones - it had to happen and I do not regret it!
Summing up, if you love rich and buttery textures and cleansers that reveal baby-soft skin but still do a deep cleanse, this is the product for you! It's not extremely cheap but not ridiculously overpriced either and is worth every penny.
Have you tried this balm or any other product by Emma Hardie?