Prior to January of this year, my idea of double cleansing was using micellar water first to remove makeup and then a generic gel cleanser. Not awful though, at least I was actually removing my makeup first before just going in with a gel cleanser! Then I came across the very raved about Farmacy Green Clean Cleansing Balm and decided to give it a go! I was a bit apprehensive as I could see it was full of oils and I wondered how my acne-prone skin would cope with that. However, I needn’t have bothered worrying!!
Read on to find out more about the ingredients in this balm and my experience.
PRODUCT: Green Clean Cleansing Balm
INGREDIENTS: SEE BOTTOM OF PAGE
- Melts the day away. Sunflower and ginger root oils effortlessly remove even the boldest eye makeup and long-wear foundation effortlessly—without stripping, drying or leaving any residue.
- Gently exfoliates. Papaya extract helps to retexture skin and reveal a youthful glow. Never harsh, it’s safe for all skin types, including dry and delicate skin.
- Smells like vacation! A refreshing blend of lime, bergamot and orange essential oils is exhilarating and revitalising.
- TSA-approved. This unique cleansing balm stays a sorbet-like solid in the jar until it makes contact with skin and transforms to a silky oil (then a luxe, milky lather with water!). Both sizes can travel in your carry-on, no problem.
– Sunflower + Ginger Root Oils: Melt even stubborn makeup (including long-wear) without stripping or drying skin.
– Turmeric + Moringa Extract: Help remove impurities and sunscreen residue.
– Papaya Enzymes: Naturally exfoliates the skin.
I’ve Got *Insert Skin Type Here* Skin, Can I use It?
Farmacy suggests that this cleansing balm is suitable for all skin types. However, like anything I would definitely recommend conducting a patch test before applying it all over your face. I would usually do a patch test on my wrist for 24 hours then if all is ok with that, I will do a second patch test by using the product on my chin. I do this because if I’m going to break out, it will be on my chin! If all seems ok with the chin test, I will use it properly once 24 hours have passed.
My Experience With It
From the very first use, I was impressed with this cleansing balm. It removes every scrap of makeup, sunscreen and whatever else you may have on your face! Ok, that sounds rude… moving on! 😅
As I said at the beginning , I was really worried about breaking out due to the oils within the balm. However, if anything it made my skin clearer! Perhaps because of the gentle exfoliation that I was getting when I used it. Plus, by the action of double cleansing, I was really ensuring that my face was free of dirt/SPF/makeup every night, which is only a good thing for the skin!
The smell is also divine, one of my fellow IG friends said that it smells like lime jelly babies and I literally couldn’t agree more!
So, overall a gorgeous balm that suits my skin just fine! It was the perfect balm to pick as my first foray into the world of cleansing balms!
Only one for me and that is, if you get it in your eyes, you’re left walking around with a milky film in front of your line of vision! The only way I could get past this was by screwing my eyes tight shut whilst using the balm. Sometimes even when doing this, I still managed to get some in my eyes so I just had to rinse my eyes out with warm water before moving on to my second cleanse.
Another thing to bear in mind is that this product contains multiple fragrances. I, myself, haven’t found this to be a problem. However, fragrances have been known to cause sensitivity to the skin so, if you have sensitive skin or you know that your skin doesn’t react well to fragrance, you may want to try out the small size of this balm first. And of course, do a patch test!!!
How Do I Use It?
First off, I always double cleanse every night – even if I don’t have makeup or SPF on. It’s a great habit to get into every evening and my skin is never left feeling stripped by doing this. I use this cleanser as my first cleanse.
So to begin, I scoop out a bit of the product using the spatula and disperse between both hands. I then apply the balm straight onto my dry skin and using my fingertips, I massage using gentle upward and outward circular motions. I really focus my efforts on areas that need attention (like eye makeup).
Once done, I splash my face with warm water to remove the balm and then follow up with a warm, damp flannel to remove any excess balm left on my skin.
Once I’ve done that I’ll then go straight onto my second cleanse. I tend to alternate between CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser, Allies of Skin Molecular Silk Amino Hydrating Cleanser or Kate Somerville Goat Milk Cleanser.
For reference I have normal-dry, acne-prone skin.
Gimme The Deets…
100ml = £32
50ml = £24
FYI, Farmacy recommends that 100ml size will last approximately 2 months with normal use and 50ml will last approximately 1 month with normal use.
What is normal use? Well, the pots come with a spatula so I literally scoop up a spatula amount! See image below.
Where Can I Buy It?
Once opened it lasts 12 months and it requires nothing special in terms of storage.
Stick Or Spin Again?
I think I’ve re-purchased this balm about 4 times now? It’s love, I’m obsessed with it and I’m not looking to try any others in the meantime so I think that’s a very safe STICK!
Have any of you tried this cleansing balm? What are your thoughts on it? Let me know in the comments section!
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Cetyl Ethylhexanoate (emollient – no rating), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (emollient/texture enhancer – best), Peg-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate (emollient/emulsifying – no rating), Peg-10 Isostearate (emulsifying/surfactant/cleansing – no rating), Polyethylene (thickener/emulsifier/emollient – good), Phenoxyethanol (preservative – good), Sorbitan Sesquioleate (thickener/emulsifier – good), Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil (fragrance – poor), Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil (fragrance – poor), Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract (antioxidant/plant extract – best), Melia Azadirachta Flower Extract (antioxidant/plant extract – best), Amino Esters-1 (skin-conditioning – no rating), Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil (fragrance – poor), Amber Powder (deodorant – no rating), Cananga Odorata Flower Oil (fragrance – poor), Coccinia Indica Fruit Extract (antioxidant/hydration – best), Solanum Melongena (Eggplant) Fruit Extract (skin-conditioning – no rating), Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract (antioxidant – best), Ocimum Sanctum Leaf Extract (skin-conditioning – no rating), Corallina Officinalis Extract (antioxidant/emollient/texture enhancer – good), Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil (emollient/antioxidant – best), Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Oil (antioxidant/fragrance – poor), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil (antioxidant/emollient – best), Water, Glycerin (skin-replenishing/restoring – best), Butylene Glycol (texture enhancer – good), Echinacea Purpurea Root Extract (skin-soothing – good), Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract (exfoliant – average), Moringa Pterygosperma Seed Extract (no info/rating), Disodium Phosphate (buffering – no rating), Citric Acid (pH adjuster – good).