Hello. It’s me. Back with another review for all of you to see. (That rhymed and I am BUZZING!). I’ll be reviewing the Botanics Organic Hot Cloth Cleansing balm today.
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I’ve used this balm a good couple of times now, and admittedly this is the first time I’ve ever used a balm for cleansing. Before this I used the Superdrug Naturally Radiant Hot Cloth Cleanser (which is a dupe for the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser at a fraction of the price) and the itreatskin baby balm to remove my makeup.
I wrote a guide on how to use the products in the Superdrug naturally radiant range here if you’d like to have a look.
I just want to quickly talk about the properties of the product.
- It’s 97% organic
- cruelty free
- contains rosehip oil (reduces signs of ageing and super nourishing)
I’ve used the botanics eye makeup remover too!
How to use the balm?
I genuinely didn’t know how to use this, since I’d never used a balm before to remove my makeup. I commented on a botanics post on Instagram confirming how to use it, after asking Maria (from MariaJ) who posted it on her story earlier that month.
To use the balm you scoop using your fingers, and warm up the product in your hand so it melts. You then rub the balm all over your face (including eyes, I double checked). Massage the balm into your skin and watch the makeup melt. Dampen the Muslin cloth (there’s one that comes in the box) with warm water, and place this on your face for a few seconds, then use the cloth to wipe off the makeup and remnants.
TIP– using a Muslin cloth with a cleanser to remove makeup also exfoliates.
Does it actually work?
Yes and no.
It does a good job at melting makeup but I think it could work better at removing eye makeup. After I use this, my toner always picks up more makeup that the cleanser missed (but it’s not a lot). The main negative I have is that the balm leave a waxy feel after using it, even after washing your face, which I’m not a fan of. Another small negative is the scent, which is quite herbally and musty (but not in the worst way). My skin doesn’t feel dry after using it, but i’ve noticed that with the superdrug hot cloth cleanser too.
Do I really like it?
It’s OKAY. The waxy feel and scent are negatives that make me not want to purchase this, but it is 97% organic and cruelty free which are a big plus for me.
I was kindly gifted this product by Botanics, but this in no way changes my opinion on the product. I would never change my view on a product or endorse something I wouldn’t use myself.
Would you give this a go? What do you use to remove your makeup?
Lots of love,