BOOTS BOTANICS CLEANSING BALM IS a quality budget dupe for other expensive cleansing balms, read on and find out why…
I went on a fun shopping expedition with my daughter a couple of weeks ago in London to kit her out for Winter with clothes that fit her forever growing body 😉 . We were in shopping “heaven” in Westfield and enjoying a free Friday thanks to a teacher’s Inset day – when I say shopping heaven it very much depends on your perception of shopping as a pleasurable activity as it can easily turn into hell if you get there on a busy weekend, without any money or worse with a few credit cards… However we were sticking to our budget, mine was mainly splashing out on a lovely lunch, snacks and treats for my precious daughter and hers was a very reasonable sum given by her generous grandmother ( in euros which led to a heated debate onto how to find the best exchange rate ).
We found ourselves in one of largest Boots store where I directed her to the reasonably priced Boots Botanics range which seems perfect for a teenager’s budget – no overpriced luxury brands allowed until she is in full work mode even with generous grandma – as she wanted some new skincare basics. We bought 3 products: a moisturiser, a toner and the cleansing balm which we have been using in a mother & daughter duo trial.
I have read a few positive reviews from beauty journalists and bloggers about the Boots Botanics range, in particular their cleansing balm. In the past I have used the Eve Lom Cleansing Balm which is excellent but pricey, then a Ren cleanser which I loved, and the famous Liz Earle cleanser which I did not like at all as it gave me lots of little spots. So when I looked at the ingredients of the Boots Cleansing Balm I was very pleased to see that it was not full of cheap ingredients which is often the case in cheaper High street beauty products. In fact I have grown to really like this balm and have been using it on alternative nights ( I am trialling another cleanser at the moment ). It does ‘what it says on the tin’ and it does it extremely well. My advices is be very careful not to use it on the delicate eye area which I did regrettably once, ouch it stings! and to ditch the provided muslin cloth which is a little on the rough side. It probably offers extra exfoliation but it feels harsh on the skin and quite cheap. Otherwise this balm really cleanses the skin beautifully, removing all makeup, dirt and leaves the skin bright and very soft. I love the aromatic scent, the soft cream texture which melts on the skin and the fact that a little goes a long way. The Botanics range is using partly organic ingredients, and is developed with world expert in plant science from the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew. The cleansing balm is 97% organic which is a plus in my humble opinion. As far as my daughter is concerned she has enjoyed using this balm too, often while having a long hot bath spa-style. She has a typical combination skin and regular teenage spot breakouts so the gentle exfoliation does help and is better then using harsh astringent products which can inflame young skin and can make the spots worse. ( use several soft muslin cloths and make sure you wash them in boil wash ).
I think the price, £ 5.99 (65ml) instead of £ 40.00 for the Eve Lom Balm (50ml) seems a very good deal. We paid £ 4.99 as the balm was on an offer. Boots almost always have offers going on so it is well worth looking online and waiting for that special deal. You can buy it online here.
For a completely organic, versatile alternative option you can simply buy a large jar of organic coconut oil ( buy for best possible quality ) and use that as a cleaner, moisturiser, hair/face mask, for cooking etc…
I would recommend this potion as a well priced, quality and honest product. However do check the ingredients carefully as aromatic oils can cause an allergic reaction if you have sensitive skin.
Have you used this balm or know of other good cleansing products ? I would love to hear your opinion so get in touch. I hope you have enjoyed reading this little post. By the way there is no Pomegranate extract in the Cleansing balm, I just love them and it looked pretty as a background prop in the photo !
Anne Marie XoXo
Boots Botanics Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm 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
DISCLAIMER THIS REVIEW ONLY INCLUDED PRODUCTS WHICH WE PURCHASED AND WERE NOT GIVEN BY BRANDS OR PR COMPANIES. THIS REVIEW ONLY REFLECTS MY PERSONAL OPINION.