Botanics Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm

Botanics Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm

What the packaging says:

“This organic deep-cleansing balm contains a fabulous blend of Shea butter, Rosehip and Jojoba Oil to leave skin smooth and beautifully clean. The ultra-rich, softening formula swiftly lifts make-up, while the gentle polishing action of the muslin cloth helps dislodge pore-clogging debris, revealing your beautiful radiant complexion. Muslin cloth included. Rosehip is nature’s nourishing gem care. The seeds are a rich source of essential Omega oils, which help to improve suppleness and keep all skin types beautifully soft and healthy looking.”

Ingredients:

Olea europaea (Olive) fruit oil*, Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) seed oil*, Cera alba (Beeswax)*, Butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter*, Prunus amygdalus dulcis (Sweet almond) oil*, Cetearyl alcohol, Rosa canina seed oil*, Limonene, Citronellol, Pelargonium graveolens flower oil, Citrus aurantium dulcis peel extract*, Linalool, Citrus aurantium bergamia (Bergamot) fruit oil, Citrus medica limonum (Lemon) peel oil, Geraniol, Parfum (Fragrance), Citral Ingredients certified as organic by the Soil Association for use in cosmetic products  Ingredients certified as organic by the Ecocert Association for use in cosmetic products

The fuss:

The previous version of this balm was a real hit but in Boots re-packaged their Botanics range and first of all took the balm off the shelves, bringing it back in a new formula. Fans were not pleased as the price went up, cheaper ingredients had been used and consistency and results changed. Megan over at Lip So Facto has put together a useful post about some of the differences here. I had never used the original formula so the change was not an issue for me, although cheaper ingredients for a higher price definitely makes my eyebrows do that odd Elvis thing.

What I say/how I use it:

This looks like a little pot of grainy lemon curd and is grainier to the touch than any other balm or cleansers I have used, although it does not feel abrasive when applied to my face and the grains are undetectable once you start to massage the product into the skin. I use a pound coin sized amount and massage into my face in slow, upward motions for around 2 minutes. Then I run a flannel under the hot tap (the balm comes packaged with a muslin cloth in the box however it’s pretty flimsy and useless and has been resigned to my cleaning drawer), wring it out and pat it on to my face and allow to sit for about 10 seconds. Using circular motions I then sweep away the balm smoothly with the flannel.

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This formula is definitely very oily on application and slips across the skin with ease and allows for a decent massage but even though my combination skin is oily in certain areas, my face is not left with an oily film or grease. The smell and packaging are neither here nor there to me, they’re neither special enough to pass comment on or bad enough to hate. Although I would say I do prefer products in a pump or tube but I suppose that would be somewhat harder with a thick and heavy balm like this. This product removes my make up with ease, including red lipstick, difficult to remove eyeliner and waterproof mascara with only minor negotiations. If I use it to remove make up I will use half the amount and perform a second normal cleanse afterward.

Why I recommend it:

Well the first reason to recommend it is my skin feels good – really, really nourished and not as thirsty as previously. My pores no longer drink in foundation by the bucket full and my skin doesn’t ache for moisture by about 11am as it had previously. My skin also looks a lot better in general. I still have the odd hormonal break out but I don’t have continuing clusters of painful spots and my large pores, whilst not now invisible, are certainly no longer wide open pot holes on my face. Plus Mr Thrifty and a couple of friends have said I have ‘a glow’ and I look younger, which is astounding! At a regular price of £8.99 it is at the higher end of what I’m comfortable with recommending as a ‘thrifty product’ however a little goes a long way and it works. Make sure you buy it when it is on offer as Boots are always running either 3 for 2 across all ranges, 3 for 2 on specific brands or product lines or running half price offers on specific brands. If you have an Advantage Card do check the in store machines as you may just find a printable voucher which could save you some money. At the time of writing this the Boots are offering up to 1/2 price on selected Botanics facial skincare.