Monday, 15 July 2013

Aromatherapy Associates Soothing Cleansing Balm



Apologies for the lack of posts. My NY business trip ended in food poisoning which made the jet lag worse which meant I was asleep forever when I returned - blah blah blah. I'm back now. Albeit feeling delicate. 

Cracking on with the promised reviews of pretty much every cleanser I have in my possession - first up is Aromatherapy Associates Soothing Cleansing Balm (middle, above). I had planned to go alphabetical - and I've already done Alpha H. 

What is it?
'A gentle yet effective balm to wipe away impurities and make-up, resulting in a clean, smooth and fresh complexion. A caring blend of Omega rich oils ensure that your skin is cleansed and hydrated, while liquorice and camomile leave your skin feeling calm and soothed.'

What's in it?

Ingredients:

Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Glyceryl Cocoate, Oleyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Germ Oil, Glyceryl Dibehenate, Tribehenin, Adansonia Digitata (Baobab) Seed Oil, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Glycerryl Behenate, Zea Mays (Corn) Oil, Fragaria Ananassa (Strawberry) Seed Oil, Benzyl Alcohol, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Ximenia Americana Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Dehydroacetic Acid, Pogostemon Cablin (Patchouli) Oil, Anthemis Nobilis (Roman Camomile) Oil, Chamomilla Recutita (German Camomile) Oil, Fusanus Spicatus (Australian Sandalwood) Oil, Limonene* *Natural Essential Oil Contents **Natural Plant Extracts

Who is it for?
All skin types including sensitive.

What's good about it?
This is a lovely balm.
  • Very gentle
  • Not abrasive
  • Very emollient
  • Smells lovely
  • Leaves skin soft, not at all dry

What's bad about it?

Nothing really. It's not great with eye makeup (on me) so I tend to use this after a pre-cleanse oil or first cleanse, but others say it's fine for their eye makeup - including Ms Hughes. :) 

How much is it?

Currently reduced from £36.00 to £27.00 on AromatherapyAssociates.com 

Recommended.


*PR Sample




94 comments:

  1. As a muslim I have to wash my face 5 times a day with water as part if an ablution ritual before my prayers should I moisturise after each time ? I have combo oily dry skin

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    1. I would love to hear Caroline's response as I too have the same query.

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    2. Yes. OR at least spray a hydrating toner. But I would moisturise - however lightly.

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  2. Sounds nice :) Pity it's not so gentle around the eyes but still I think I may be intrested :))

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    1. It's gentle around the eyes - it's just not great at removing the eye MU.

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  3. Hope you had a good time in New York, despite the food posioning! X

    http://heyitsfern.blogspot.co.uk/?m=1

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  4. After years of scrubbing my face with 'oil controlling/stripping' cleansers and toners, resulting in my oily, spotty congested skin cracking and getting to the point where i built up an actual fear of washing my face, my skin is finally clearing up thanks to your advice.

    I've done the medical creams, the drugs and just recently had a course of harsh treatments with the beautician promising me i needed harsh measures (lasers and crazy powerful creams) that would take 6 months to complete.

    I stumbled across your blog just over a week ago, your non bullsh*t approach really struck me. I bought a few things and in just a week my skin hasn't looked this good since i was 10! (I'm 26 now)

    I know this comment has very little to do with your post but since i couldn't find another way to thank you, i thought i should leave a comment. You've really made a difference for my skin and so many others without asking a penny from us!

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    1. Brilliant! That's why I keep reading this blog :)

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    2. Hi Emma.

      Thank you so much for taking the time to let me know. That's exactly why I love blogging! :)

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  5. I know you get a million questions and can't respond to them all, but I'll give it a shot. I have oily, hormonal acne-prone skin (always on the chin and jaw line, not all over my face like when I was a teenager). I tried the Emma Hardie cleansing balm but it feels like anytime I try to use it for several days, my acne flairs up and starts popping out in other places, like near my nose. It just feels like it's causing more problems than it's correcting. Is there something else you'd recommend (that I can try here in the States). I saw your tweet about the Clinique cleansing balm. But I'm kind of scared to try another balm. Is one of your cleansers above ideal for oily skin?

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    1. The Ren Clear Calm Clay Cleanser is really good for oily, acne-prone skin. I have been using it for a few months now and it is great because it isn't drying to the skin, but it does help with oil control, and had antibacterial properties to help clear up any acne that may be present.

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    2. It sounds like we have really similar skin types but I REALLY love the Clinique cleansing balm since before the review even. It emulsifies really well and washes away without leaving any kind of residue feeling, even if you don't use a flannel - or a washcloth, I'm American too :) Either way, I don't think the dept store counters are supposed to give away samples but I think you could convince somebody to if you approached it the right way. I was also pretty pleased with the Nude perfect cleansing oil but I usually use another cleanser after it as opposed to the Clinique balm.

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    3. Hi Janelle!

      The Clinique may be better - it's definitely lighter than EH. And cheaper.
      And as above - the clear Calm is also good. Keep me posted.

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    4. Wow, thank you for responding! I went to Sephora yesterday and saw that the Clinique balm was much lighter than the EH (and cheaper!) so I picked it up. I'm also going to give the REN cleanser a go! Thanks, Caroline!

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  6. I love balm cleansers! Thanks for the warning about the eyes. I really need to know my cleanser will do everything & not sting on the eyes so will prob give this a miss or look for a sample size. Do you think you will manage to finish the yes or no clinic you opened before you went to NY. Had a look through & I would love to know some answers to some of the unanswered questions. Thanks for review.

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    1. Hi Anon,

      No - in all honesty I've answered probably 2/3rds of them and they don't show up unless you keep clicking 'load more; - and who has time to do that!!? :)

      Next time I'll know to cap the comments to 50 or so. Crazy!

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  7. After taking your advice I'm now doing the double cleanse which is paying dividends. Thank you! Like you I'm a big fan of Moringa Balm but I'm also getting really good results at present from the Elemis Pro-Radiance Cleanser on my dehydrated on the cheeks, oily on the nose face. I do have some areas of redness around my nose though which I think may be down to over-scrubbing in my misguided youth. Do you know of any anti-redness treatments that have shown good results? Would you please also do one of these reviews on eye-creams as well.

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    1. Redness - Darphin Intral is a good one. Eye cream reviews are on here - more to come - I'm trying to do at least one review a day! :)

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    2. Yessss!! For a review on the eye cream, please.

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  8. On the topic of balm cleansers, I've been looking into The Organic Pharmacy's Carrot Butter. They wantto charge me £30 to ship it to me. £30!!! They have no stockist in Australia - I asked them - so they have no exlusivity agreements in place and yet they have restricted the only other online retailer from shipping to Australia. I thought it might be to do with postal regs or our quarantine laws but no, I contacted the online store and they informed me it was their agreement with OF to not ship internationally. So I have a choice to pay £60 for a £30 cleanser or not buy it at all. Tough choice.

    So I await the rest of your reviews. OF can keep their Carrot Butter.

    Welcome back by the way! :)

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    1. Buy Clinique Take the Day Off. That MUST be available?!

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  9. Hi, I am in NY myself, I would have liked to meet you! What 2nd cleanser do you recommend after washing my face with a cleansing balm. I currently use Darphin bois de rose,( when I'm done with this one, that I am planning to get the Omorovizca one, the Thermal balm-Good one?-)
    Then I use a regular foaming cleanser, from different brand I have sitting on my sink....Should I precise I am 35, pro acne skin, normal to combination in winter and combination to oily in summer. I also have eczema on my face sometimes, as well as my body, so sensitive skin. Thanks so much!! Oh and I don't dare put any eye cream under my eye area anymore, cuz I have so much milia from it. HELP, I don't want to have wrinkles too!

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    1. Virginie STOP. You are like a whirling dervish! LOL

      To your questions: The Omorovicza is lovely. I like.
      DO NOT USE A FOAMING CLEANSER.
      ESP if you have ECZEMA on your face! My GOD WOMAN.
      Eye cream doesn't give you milia. Dryness does. If you're worried at LEAST use a gel.

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    2. LOL!! Thank you! So please what second cleanser do you recommend for my acne prone skin/ eczema/ sensitive 35 years old. I used to use Shiseido benefiance wrinkle resist, for my under eye area, very heavy, cream but thinking it will be good, but then I realize all this milia...So I don't know....Thank you! One more questions pleeeeassee: Is it ok to put argan oil instead of a cream night for my skin type???

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    4. No to the argan oil on its own. Pointless.
      Try any milk for your skin type. Clarins/Decleor all good.
      Use a light cream/gel on your eyes - again Clarins is good.

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    5. Ok, thank you soooooo much!!!!!! I will check it out.

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  10. I've posted this question on Ms Hughes' site, - ;) - but haven't had a response yet. I've been using Shu Uemura oils for yonks, but have just found out about the mineral oil. I also need to find a cheaper alternative to something that will remove waterproof mascara, which, though necessary for watery-eyed me, is a total ballache to get off. Any tips?

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    1. Clinique Take the day Off balm. BALM.

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    2. Hi, there is mineral oil in Shu Uemura cleansing oil?????

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    3. Yes. Only the one for mature skin is clear of MO.

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  11. I recently discovered your blog and I love it!! Love your wit, your personality and your tips! Can I ask: What is your opinion on NUXE or MADARA cleansing milks if you are familiar with them?

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    1. They're ok. I wouldn't go out of my way but they won't hurt you. :)

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    2. lol I wonder if they'd do any good for me then :) Maybe I should look into something like clarins cleansing milk or balance me cleansing balm..

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  12. I'm really looking forward to this series! Have you ever tried the skincare line from Muji? Good or no-good?

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  13. Hope you are feeling ok now Caroline!

    I have another Aromatherapy Associates cleanser - Renewing Rose (non foaming):
    ROSE WATER, COCONUT OIL, JOJOBA SEED OIL, GLYCERIN, CETEARYL ALCOHOL, CETEARYL OLIVATE, SORBITAN OLIVATE, PHENOXYETHANOL, TOCOPHEROL, XANTHAN GUM, GERANIUM OIL, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, GERANIOL*, CITRONELLOL*, LINALOOL* *Natural Essential Oil Contents **Natural Plant Extracts

    How does this compare to the one you reviewed? I have normal skin but can be spot prone or require soothing care at times.

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  14. Can't wait for your review on REN's Purity Cleansing Balm. I think I might try it out if it's good :)

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  15. Who is Mrs. Hughes???? Did I miss something? Anyone?:-)

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    1. Click the link and it tells you what Mrs. Hughes said.

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    2. Sali Hughes - Guardian Beauty Writer. :)

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  16. OOH I can't wait for the Ren review. I'm using the Liz Earle range right now and my skin is purging terribly. I know once the purging is done my skin will be lovely and soft again like it was the last time I used this, but I've got a wandering eye because of it.

    Mana
    Fashion and Happy Things

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    1. Skin does not purge.

      Stop whatever you are doing.

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    2. I can't stop laughing!!!!

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  17. Hope you are feeling better soon!
    I have read a lot about a "new to me" skin care line from IOMA-Paris. I would love to see a review of some of these products.

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  19. Hello!!
    I have a Q for you.. or anyone who could bring some light!! I'm going on the trip of my life, my Honeymoon!! 20 days travelling around... I've gotten used to double cleansing and swapping creams daily... How can I keep up with this routine? I do not want to take 20 fennels with me! My boyfriend will kill me!!! ;S I thought ab taking 3-4 fennels and just use them longer... Is this too bad??!!?? How did you go to NY with all the fennels and different cleansers, eye creams, night creams...? I'm starting to think that I'll need a bag JUST for my skin care! THANKSSSS!!!!!!!

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    1. I pack my skincare before i pack my clothes. Seriously.
      Take 4 flannels and handwash them.
      Decant into Muji plastic jars/pots. Good to go!
      Have fun and CONGRATULATIONS!

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    2. Thanks so much for your replay!! :)

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  20. I have this and it's a lovely cleanser on the face. But I do not recommend it around the eyes. The first time I used it, I tried with eyemakeup and it burned like hell. It was my fault though, because it does say avoid eye area... This is why I will not repurchase because I need something that can be used all over. Luckily I just got the Emma Hardie and that works well - it's just a little too pricey and hard to get...

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    1. Try Clinique take The Day Off Balm. Fragrance free and no eye sting.

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  21. Sorry to hear you had a bout of food poisoning Caroline. Thanks for posting while you are still unwell. Much appreciated.

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    1. Thanks Mary - had a lot of catching up to do!

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  22. Mrs Hughes is Sali Hughes from Salihughesbeauty and the Guardian and she rocks!

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  23. Dear Caroline,
    Hello again! Just wanted to let you know that your following instructions from your blog for the past 3 weeks, has literally changed my skin for the better and also not forgetting my perception of skincare! I used to have generally good skin- close to zero visible pores, except on nose area, but am prone to clogs and hormonal breakouts under stress. I wondered why my usual "good" products suddenly stopped working altogether, then I read your blog and realised I was doing several wrong things! I still get hormonal breakouts now and then, plus scarring from the old breakouts, but after taking fish oils, starting on P50 and switching to non-foaming cleansers, my condition has improved much. THANK YOU!!
    Anyway, I would like to find out from you, which is a good alternative to the Darphin Purifying Balm? Cos I have problems getting Darphin products where I live. Would really love to try it on my breakouts instead of using drying medication. Thanks so much, Caroline!!

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    1. Oh yes, right now I do not have access to Neal's Yard too so the Wild Rose Balm is out for me, for the next few months at least. I'm able to get Decleor though.

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    2. Try Clinique Take the Day Off Balm.

      And i'm so glad it's working! :)

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    3. OMG Caroline, I can't find the Darphin purifying balm where I live - in PARIS and it might be your fault.

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    4. Thanks Caroline! Uhhhmmmm...but I think the Darphin and Neals Yard balms are not cleansing balms- I'm looking more for a balm which can treat my breakouts. Will the Clinique work?? (hope I didn't confuse you with my long message!)

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    5. butting in: Neals Yard can be used as a treatment OR a cleanser. Clinque is just a cleanser.
      If you can't find Darphin I think Decleor Ylang Ylang Purifying night balm is a second best? :)

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    7. Thanks Jen! Yup I used this Clinique balm before so I figured something was wrong, haha. I was just in Paris last week for 2 nights for work, checked out CitiPharma and sadly, the Darphin balm was out of stock :( So were a few other online stores that I checked out(I only use the "reliable" ones). I've just ordered a tub of the Neal's Yard Wild Rose balm last night from the brand's website. Will see how that goes and will also try the Decleor one(I just pored through Mrs Hirons' review of that). Hope it works!

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  24. I need a new balm cleanser loving the reviews. I also need a mask - Is the sarah chapman instant miricle mask (the one you mix in a beaker) worth the money & would I need a hydrating mask after or is it fine on its own, no idea about ingredients.Thank you

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    1. I would use a hydrating mask afterwards yes. :)

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    2. Thanks so much. I was thinking of the antipodes manuka honey mask? - any thoughts on this one ?

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  25. If using Emma Hardie at nights, could Balance me be an affordable option (instead of Omorovicza Deep Cleansing) for morning cleansing?

    Cheers

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  26. I hope to get a reply caroline. Whst do u think of loccitane products. Currently im usjng their brightening moisture cream immortelle biologique. What do u think of its ingredients. Im happy with the resjlts its great I love it. I also biotherm skin perfection catalyzing serum. Whats ur opinoin on it. Thank u. I love ur blog and always looking forward to reading ur posts

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    1. If you are happy with it then use it. They are not my first stop for skincare personally.

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  28. Hello Mrs. Hirons. I wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your blog and all that you do for the world. I have benefited greatly. I became very ill six months ago and had to go on steroids which caused me to have steroid induced acne. I was sent to the dermatologist who prescribed medications to use. I used them for months with very slow results. I then found your blog, took your advice and I have finally stopped breaking out!! I can not tell you what this means to me. On top of dealing with an illness I then was suffering horribly from very painful acne that covered my entire face, scalp and neck. I felt really hopeless. THANK YOU SO MUCH for your advice. I am now no longer breaking out and I am just dealing with scarring.

    On to business, I cleanse, then use Clarins HP Brightening Peel, then use Heal Gel, then use Pepta-Bright. Is this correct? I have oily skin and the pepta-bright is a little thick but I still use it. My question is, do you recommend a moisturizer for oily skin that hydrates nicely but does not leave skin greasy and sits well under makeup? If there is anything else I should add to my routine to help with oiliness, hydration and scarring I would love to hear it. THANK YOU again for all you do. I have been so blessed by you.

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    1. P.S. I forgot to say that I am currently using a foaming cleanser from the dermatologist which I will PROMPTLY STOP using the very second I can afford a good cleaning balm or oil. SO, would you say that I should use Clinique take off the day balm OR a cleansin oil? I read in a previous post by you that oil attracts oil and so it should be used to get rid of oil. I trust your judgement and will use what you suggest. Does the cleansing balm count as the FIRST cleanser and then follow with a clay cleanser? So sorry for the long questions. I know you are busy and I just want to knock it all out in one go if you know what I mean. Thanks! :)

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    2. Balm cleanser first then second cleanse if necessary.
      And Pepta-Bright goes on first over toner - before any serums or moisturisers.
      So clenase, tone, pepta, Heal gel. That should be enough.

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  29. Hi Caroline. It's not in your 'group' balm cleanser photo above, and I know you've mentioned it elsewhere on the blog, but just wanted to give a nod to Suti Cleansing Balm. I received a sample with my purchase of the Rejuvenate Face Oil, and thought it was lovely. I'm currently using EH, but getting low and debating between Suti, Balance Me, Clinique Take the Day Off and Omorovicza. I know they're all good, but would one be better suited to me? I'm 33, normal/combo skin in summer, prone to congestion and breakouts around the chin and jawline (thank you, hormones), and I have a top-notch skincare regime (thank you, Lady HIrons!). Love and big thank you from Canada!

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    1. Hi Courtney,

      I love the Suti balm - i think its on here somewhere?

      Try Clinique if you have to stick to one.

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    2. Wonderful! I'll try the Clinique next! Thanks so much for responding, you glorious woman :)

      Also, just wanted to let everyone know EH is now back in stock at bathandunwind.com.

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  31. Quick Q:

    I am SO confused, you say shea butter is not good for acne prone skin but it is in so many of the balm cleansers you recommend; which balm cleansers should acne prone skin people use then?

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    1. Sorry for the confusion - when I talk about shea - its mainly for its use in moisturisers - cleansers are less of an issue because you can wash them off. That being said - if you are severely acnaic I would avoid. Clinique should work for acne prone.

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  32. I treated myself to this and the Clarins Extra Comfort yesterday to start prepping for my wedding in October as I ran out of EH. You got 750 extra Advantage points in Boots on the purchase of 2 premium beauty items. I tried it last night and liked the feel so much I cleansed twice! I used L'oreal toner afterwards but have Pixi Glow tonic on its way to me via mail order so will try with that when it arrives.

    It's Clinique Bonus time in Boots from 1 August so this could go towards your free gift if anyone wanted to try it :-)

    Katie x

    I now have £140 worth of points racked up so after ordering some Hydraluron, I guess I'll hunt through the blog to see what else I can splurge on :-)

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  33. Hi Caroline,

    I would love your opinion on my 31 year old nightmare skin.

    I have psoriasis around my hair line and perioral dermatitus around my nose creases. So my skin is sensitive in some areas. Up till now the only skin cleaning product I can use is Body Shops Aloe Vera range. But this isn't very "cleaning".
    Id love to know if there are any sensitive cleansers, lifting serums, eye creams etc that I can use to make my skin a bit more youthful again.
    My dry, dull and blotchy skin is the bain of my life! :(

    Many thanks, Amie Xx Xx

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  34. Hi Caroline,

    I have recently discovered you and you are FAB!
    I suffer with Discoid Eczema. I dont have patches of dry skin my skin is pretty normal... However when i break out in Eczema they appear in little round red discs. It doesnt itch nor does it burn or hurt, but i have to e really careful with products now. Is there any Cleasner Toner and Moisturizer you would reccommend?

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