Thursday, 18 July 2013

Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm - review and Hall of Fame entry



OK so the downside of constantly recommending (unintentionally) brands that are only available in limited distribution is a lot of unhappy readers contacting me from the US (mostly) to say 'Erm excuse me. I can't buy that!' 

While I was in NYC recently I finally picked this up. At first glance it's fairly inconspicuous - even on the shelf. You have to really look to find it. It's hidden amongst green boxes and taller bottles. It comes as is, no box, no shrink wrap, no inner protection. I would open it before you buy to make sure it is fingerprint free.

That aside:

This is a great cleanser. If you have been searching for a balm cleanser, or used some that may have broken you out or are perhaps intolerant of essential oils in products, this could be for you.

What's in it?


That formula is apparently what makes lard - because that is what this balm looks like. Lard. Not a bad thing - just an observation.

What's NOT in it?

Fragrance, mineral oil, animal by-products, essential oils

Who is it for?

Pretty much anyone - but it will be especially good for people who are completely intolerant of essential oils or synthetic fragrance or who find other balm cleansers too clogging.
In my opinion: Suitable for the most sensitive and the most acnaic.

What's good about it?

This is probably about the best balm cleanser you will find for price, functionality and efficacy.
  • It removes everything - even waterproof - easily, quickly and with no faff.
  • Leaves the skin completely clean and soft - does not leave an oily film behind.
  • A small amount goes a long way.
  • Brilliant for massage.
  • Economical
  • I suspect its probably the best balm available for sensitive skins (I can't promise anything - it's a general observation)

What's not so good about it?

The only thing that may put you off using this long term is the total lack of fragrance. I personally can get past it as the rest of my routine is pretty fragrance-heavy. There is no 'aaaahhhhhh' when you put it on the skin. It's functional. Not faffy. 
If it was a man it wouldn't be buying you a drink - it would just say 'Alrighty then off we go'.

How much is it?

£21.00 for 125ml. $28.00 in US.

I cannot recommend this cleanser highly enough. Everyone should have one. For those days when you want no faff, just function.

There are more Clinique recommendations to come. (For regular readers: I know. Who'd have thought?) From me.

Available from www.clinique.co.uk 



*Purchase.




Also: the US Clinique website says 'Follow with your Clinique 3 Step'. 

Do not do that.

I may be enjoying the ride on the Clinique train but I have not completely taken leave of my senses.


212 comments:

  1. I bought this a while ago because it is pretty much half the price of Emma Hardie. Definitely takes off off my eye makeup. Really liking it so far.

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  2. Sorry but this Cleansing balm was the worst thing I ever used. I was all red and my skin was extremely irritated. Now I use it for cleansing my brushes.

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    1. I purchased this product the other day and they told me that if my skin reacted badly to it they would give a full refund. Just fyi :)

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  3. My main concerns are pigmentation on my cheeks and milia so at the ipe old age of 49 I was seduced by the 3-step system and have spent the last three months trying to put right the tight dryness on my erstwhile combination skin.

    After reading your blog I'm following your advice to the letter and my happy face sends you a big hug. HG by far is the Clarins exfoliating toner.

    Milia still a nuisance but they're gradually coming to the surface and I have my tapestry needle ready LOL. xx

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    1. I just wanted to say I had alot of milia on my face those pesky under the skin hard bumps that looked so onmbvious in certain lights. I got a prescription for differin gel and it worked great for me! After four weeks most the bumps had gone and it also helped to shrink my pores and fade hyperpigmentation. (Apparently its great for preventing wrinkles but I'm 21 so I can't comment on that)

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  4. Persevered with EH for months but eventually had to admit defeat - the essential oils were doing my sensitive/acne skin no favours. Have been using this for a week and already in love. Yes, I miss the heavenly scent but I find this just as good to massage in, use less for each cleanse and is then removed so easily. Massively impressed.

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  5. Oh man,I've been saving up for some more skincare but it looks like I need to run to my Sephora before the Hirons-craze makes this thing sell out!

    I am pleased that you like this as it has been on my list of to-buys for a while! Thank you for the stamp of approval!

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  6. Hi Caroline,
    Think i'll give this a go once my current cleanser run out!
    Quick question if you have the time : i'm looking for a new moisturizer for my combination/oily blemish prone skin (i'm 22) and after reading your blog I'm hesitating between the pai or the ren moisturizers for combination skin : how do they compare to each other? And also could i use them at night on top of an oil (clarins lotus) or should i also buy a night time moisturizer?
    Thanks!

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    1. Have you eve considered paulas choice mousturisers? I have combination acne prone skin and the skin balancing spf30 lotion as well as the hydralight lotion have worked great at keeping oily areas matte and flakes at bay :) u can get a sample too

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    2. I am 23 with the same skin type and the Pai Geranium & Thistle saved my face! really hydrating without being greasy at all, absorbs well and non-clogging. I've used the Ren Clear Calm and T-zone moisturisers but if you can afford the Pai I really would buy that (or get the sample kit first!) Watch out for shea butter in some Ren moisturisers, that was the main cause of my congested bumpy skin..
      I also use Pai rosehip oil under moisturiser at night, no separate night cream. Lovely for acne scarring, and is just gorgeous

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  7. Ok, I'm getting this balm. And I love th way you write. I rarely comment on your blog, but I do read almost every post. You are brilliant :)

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  9. Dear Caroline. I love this product as well and it works magic on my skin, but unfortunately it is not available in the Netherlands. I buy mine online and that works for me, but Clinique ...Why?

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    1. Just the same in Spain, it's not sold here anymore. What a shame!!!

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  10. Better get this ordered quick! Could this be used as a first cleanse to take makeup & spf off and then use something more luxurious like Omorovzica/Emma Hardie/Oskia or would that be too much do you think?

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  11. I am putting this on my list of must try. And most of the things you mention we can get in the states, we just have to order online.

    Mana
    Fashion and Happy Things

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  12. Well now I have to go out and buy it. That sounds exactly like what my hyper-sensitive, easily inflamed skin needs and I'e been on the hunt for a new cleansing balm anyway. Thanks for the review.

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  13. If you used a clenasing oil like una brennan vit c cleansing oil or dhc cleansing oil whith this balm what would be better to use first? Or would you recommend double cleansing with this alone.

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  14. I was so waiting to hear your review afte you posted about this on instagram (I believe) - finally a balm cleanser I can get my hands on in Canada! Going on my shopping list!

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    1. Jaime, Toronto's Fresh Faced sells Suti in Canada. Fast shipping, too. Naturisimo in the UK (free international shipping) has many brands as well, like Suti, balance Me, just started to sell The Organic Pharmacy. Hope that helps.

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  15. quick question, im in love with mv organics rose moisturiser - but its not a habbit i can afford to keep up!
    do you know an alternative?
    im dehydrated, partially sensitive, super clog prone but not oily.

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    1. The reason you are clog prone is because your skin is dehydrated, I have similar skin and use paulas choice hydraligt moisture infusing lotion :) it works great for me and hydraluron adds that added BOOST if used underneath it .

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  16. Oh Happy Day!! I have been looking for a new balm cleanser, thank you :).

    Louise.

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  17. My most memorable experience with the C word was the three-step program I got for Christmas years ago... thanks for the sub zits, Grandma. That aside, this balm sounds really good! Always love your posts, tweets, etc.

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  18. I've been waiting for this one. Thanks, Caroline. Now i can buy this one and only available cleansing balm here with a light heart :)

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  19. You recommended this to me the other day and I went straight out to buy it. Absolutely LOVING it so far, it blurs my vision for about 5 minutes which scared the hell out of me to start with LOL but it removes all my heavy waterproof black eye makeup and melts all my makeup away! Thank you so much! Face wipes have been well and truly binned.

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  20. I have just placed an order for this although I do not need it but I get a bit panicky when I am getting to the bottom of my EH or Omorovicza so I though this would be perfect for then or even a first cleanse. I have pretty good skin but sometimes for whatever reason my skin can play up is this something you would recommend in that instance as it seems to be more natural - I think! Thanks for the reviews. :)

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  22. Have you had a chance to look at the New Dramatically Different Moisturizer Lotion + yet? I saw it in sephora yesterday and the second ingredient in it is mineral oil! Opinions on this???

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    1. REALLY?! God that's disappointing. I was sent the product but with no outer box. Maybe that's why? LOL

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  23. Hi Caroline I love love your blog I no this hasnt any thing to do with your review but I need your help my skin is so spotty chin cheeks forehead that have small bumps that don't come to anything and I just want to cry so I went out and brought a some of your recommendations that I all love but my skin has broken out more please could u help me

    Pm I use Emma hardie then ren clear and calm clay with flannel
    Clarins exfoliating toner then Liz earl instant boost tonic
    Hydraluron
    Clarins lotus face oil

    Am I use clarins milk cleanser for oil combination with flannel
    Clarins toning lotion
    Hydraluron
    Effaclar duo

    B great if u could help me and this spotty face out xxxxxx

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    1. Try and stop using the effaclar duo, it worked for me at first then started breaking me out no end. N x

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    2. I agree the effaclar only made my skin worse an bumpy :/

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    3. Thanks so much I will give that ago x

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    4. If you mean bumps as in under the skin and flesh coloured then I know exactly what u mean! And a prescription of differin gel is the only thing that cleared up (most went away in 4 weeks but I had ALOT) those pesky bumps. If you have had acne for a long time then I really really suggest visiting a doctor/local GP they can define te TYPE if acne you have, sometime the CAUSE of it and help TREAT it. Visiting the doctor was the best thing I ever did for my skin and I wish I'd done it sooner then trying all the acne products under the sun which made my skin even worse! Acne can be hormonal and that is something u should consider checking out if u do have irregular periods. Sorry I'm ramblin but I know how u feel, hope that helps :) x

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    5. Thank u for your replys I been to docs loads of times over the years for my skin I was on dalacin t lotion worked for 2 years then all of the sudden it's has stop the doc said I have to do on antibiotics but I don't really want to cos of my pill ( don't want any babies lol ) that's y I been following Caroline's blog and her recommendations I have stopped using effaclar duo and I have notice a bit of a change but I have had a few white heads appear and a couple of cysts on my chin I just want a nice clear face for a change had these pesky spots since I was a teenager and I am 34 now xx

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  24. I gave up on Clinique long ago. I had to use many of their products as a child for severe psoriasis and I can remember them never feeling good. Very drying. But yay to them for their new efforts.

    What other balms do you recommend (aside from Emma Hardie, which is hard to get on the other side of the pond)?

    Many thanks!

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    1. FeelUnique.com carries and ships for free to the U.S. but they've been out of stock for a few months. If you go directly to emmahardie.com you can buy it and have it shipped to the U.S. (but not for free).

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    2. Thanks, Jillian! That's great to know (in Canada, myself). I'm actually looking for something just as fabulous as Emma Hardie's balm, but more to the organic side of things.

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    3. Bath & Unwind has Emma Hardie in stock currently. I just ordered my first... Excited and waiting desperately for my lil 100 ml pot.
      Heres the link. HURRY before they run out AGAIN!!!!

      http://www.bathandunwind.com/emma-hardie/emma-hardie-amazing-face-natural-lift-and-sculpt-moringa-cleansing-balm.htm

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    4. Ginger Shofner19 July 2013 20:35

      Ditto on the Bath & Unwind mention for Emma Hardie balm, shipped free to the United States. (Thanks to @alaskaliz on Caroline's Instagram account for the info.) I just got this email message from them not ten minutes ago: "We thought you would like to know that your order has been scanned, packed and dispatched by our team on Friday, 19th of July using Royal Mail (AirMail) and is now on its way to you."

      What joy, EH is on its way to me, finally. But I find it extremely ironic it ships on the same day Caroline makes a post about the balm cleanser I have been using for almost a decade!

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    5. I go to the Bath & Unwind site and see the most dangerous words on the page: "Free Delivery to Canada"!!!!!!! Thanks for mentioning this site, ladies!

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    6. The Darphin cleansing balm is great too! Available in Canada

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    7. I know that Caroline has mentioned Ren's cleansing balm before, I myself have not tried it yet but intend to. I have been trying to get my hands on the Clarins exfoliating toner here in the states but apparently the one Caroline recommended isn't made/sold here? What do you ladies like using for toners?

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    8. The Clarins Toner is called Brightening over there - just an FYI.

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  25. There was only one available in my local Boots so I asked if it is being discontinued. "No", they answered, "but we don't stock large amounts of products that don't sell". Well, it may soon change:)

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  26. I love this cleanser but am looking to follow up with a good hydrating toner suitable for oily skin (balance Me hydrating one is too heavy on essential oils IMO). Any other suggestions..?

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    1. Paulas choice skin balancing toner worked great for me! It tightened my pores kept me matte and also hydrated the dehydrated areas near my mouth. I also ordered the spray pump with it to make application easier. Hope that helps

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  27. I am secretly proud you have recommended this. I wrote to you aeons ago asking about it and it's ingredients which sent you off on an inci rant like no other. I have been using it since then on my slightly mature but oily skin with no issues!
    I also find it great for removing particularly iron clad foundation like Colourstay from foundation brushes when cleaning
    I have a stockpile of 3 tubs because I once found it so difficult to find and hope that Clinique listen to the powerful Hirons and don't dc it!
    Many thanks Caroline

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    1. Hi Liz,

      How very dare you. I NEVER rant!!

      ;)

      Cx

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  28. After discovering (and madly falling in love with) you - I started using this cleanser as it was one of the only cleansing balms I could get my hands on over here in Canada.
    I chose this one because of the price point, and the fact that it was fragrance free. The lady at the Clinique counter said that this was probably one of their most underrated products.
    I have sensitive skin, and this cleanser has been a god-send. I agree with every word in your post.

    Your advice has been nothing short of a life changer for me and I can't thank you enough.

    P.S. What does a girl have to do to get Lady Hirons to visit us in Canada!? ;) xxxooo

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    1. Hi Avi,

      Thank you for commenting! LOL I don't know when I'll get to Canada. :) Will let you know if I do though.

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  29. You have saved my skin Ms Hirons :) I religiously follow all your tips and my skin has never looked this good! Quick question, what's the best ever hydrating mask in your opinion? Thank you!

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  30. I LOVE this - bought it a few months ago as a cost compromised instead of EH and never looked back. Always nice to be reassured I'm doing something right!

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  31. I've always hated the 3-Step system but I bought this on sale a couple of years ago and really liked it - this was actually the first balm cleanser I've tried! Back then I didn't like the fact that it was a bit difficult to remove, but now I know you're supposed to do it with a washcloth :-)

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    1. Haha that was my first thought when I started using balms too... oh boy haha

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  32. Anyone think it be sheer madness or a waste to use this as a 1st cleanse and my EH balm as the second? I just love the smell of EH balm before bed but can see myself getting through the pot quick enough with the two cleanses a night? Prefer to use balm to remove eye makeup

    Quick question for Caroline or anyone who has an opinion on the following:
    Best day moisturize for oily/combination skin?? Seems like no matter how little i use, everything makes me shiny.just splashed out on hydraluron and would like a good day moisturizer to get the most out of it, without looking like a wet seal.....

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    1. I have the same problem. I use Cerave PM lotion during the day (basic but effective) or Ren Hydracalm

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    2. Have you tried Clinique Moisture Surge? It's the only thing I've found this far - that's the spirit! - that gives me enough moisture without making me look like a "wet seal". Alternatively, I find that Boots Botanics Mattifying Moisturiser soothes while reducing the oiliness on my t-zone. I'm afraid I've not tried anything more high-end than those!!

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    3. Ginger Shofner19 July 2013 20:43

      I second the Moisture Surge. Also, not a moisturizer per se, but I have fallen in love with Dr. Jart+ Water Fuse Beauty Balm this year. Amazing on my oily skin.

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    4. Darphin Hydraskin Light does the trick for me and my oil slick of a face!

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    5. Paulas choice skin balancing the new spf 30 one keeps me matte for longer then her old spf15 version

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  33. Is it possible that using a washcloth is irritating my skin/making acne worse?

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    1. If it's not laundered fresh each use, or if your water is super hot, or if you're really scrubbing a bunch - maybe!

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    2. Maybe, esp. if it's not laundered fresh for each use, or if your water is super hot, or if you're really scrubbing too much.

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    3. I had this problem, once I stopped using the washcloth and opted for a good water soluble cleanser my skin began to heal.

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    4. Thanks guys! I use it hot and launder after each use. Even if I gently remove it seems redder and seems like small bumps come up. I'm also on retin a though. Ill try without and just use chem. Exfoliants. Any other suggestions welcome!

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    5. .....also, would I be able to effectively remove cleansing balms if I do decide to stop using washcloths?

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    6. Retin-a plus chemical exfoliants could be very harsh on the skin..please be careful I tried this and only irritated my skin more.

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    7. It depends entirely on your technique, the flannel and your skin to be honest. The Clarisonic made my skin more acnaic than ever. I find using a flannel doesn't exacerbate my skin though. Everyone is different......

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    8. I read somewhere that using the clarisonic to remove makeup may push the makeup into the pores :/ could this be true?

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  34. On my wishlist. Thank you!

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  35. Just bought this at Sephora today BEFORE seeing this review! I was a bit nervous to read the review! haha! So glad to see it was a great purchase. I just discovered your blog about a week ago and have been obsessed with reading everything on it and making notes for what to buy. A few months ago, I started using Clarins multi active night and day cream, I see you recommend Clarins a bit do you like these as well? I have also been using MD Formulations for many years for acne (which I loved and helped me more than anything else I have ever tried) and part of the process is the Continous Renewal Serum. I have moved away from this line as now at 34 years old I am starting to focus more on anti-aging than acne. After reading your process, I see I need to add something like this back into my regime is this serum a good alternative to the P50 you recommend? Also, are you familiar with Reviva Labs Hyaluronic Acid, would this be a good substitute for the hydraluron since it is not available in the US? Sorry for all the questions! Thanks so much, can't wait to keep reading your recommendations!!!

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  36. THANKS for the complete review! And THANKS even more about not doing the whole range of toners etc... sometimes we get suckered into getting the whole lot... I will stick to the balm ONLY! :)

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    1. Before reading Caroline's blog I used to buy complete ranges of the same brands thinking I was doing the 'right' thing. Now I know better thanks to Ms Hirons and I pick and choose accordingly. I bought the whole 3-step thing from Clinique and then they told me I had to add a make-up removing cleanser at the beginning and a serum and an anti-ageing moisturiser at the end. PLUS an SPF product. I bought into it all (sucker)and threw out everything else. Just recently after reading here I chucked out all the Clinique and started again with the recommended products. Pricey but worth it to have good skin :)

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  37. Perfect timing for me, Ms Hirons - been dying to get an opinion on this and have been blagging people over on Sali Hughes' website!

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  38. THANKS Caroline for the 'available in the USA' product review... I'm just jealous of the 'serozinc' and 'hydraluron' that we CAN'T get here in the states! drat... keep the America-friendly review coming... and no disrespect, ... long live the Queen... :)

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  39. I love this, Cliniques skincare is always a winner for me. Plus I actually like the no fragrance, it irritates my skin otherwise!

    Belle x
    Mascara & Maltesers

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  40. I'll be keeping my eye on something such as this once I have used up my current products :)

    I fell fowl of the Clinique 3 step system, well, I say I fell fowl I have being using routine 3 I think it is and whilst nothing bad has occurred that I can physically see I do worry about the ingredients. The foaming gel cleanser and Alcohol in that pink toner are my primary concerns and I just wish I had more about me at the time to ask what was in them before I parted with my cash! I'm so glad I didn't buy the full size. I won't be re-buying it but the moisturiser I have to say has been quite nice.

    I love popping over here and having a read.

    Thanks Caroline :)

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  41. I saw this post and thought "Oh this must be new" and then you mentioned the word "lard" and I thought "Oh I bought this about 3 years ago." There is no getting away from it, that's exactly what it looks and feels like. Did the job as I remember, don't know why I never repurchased: perhaps lack of faff :)

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  42. Hi Caroline!

    This balm or the Ren cleasing balm? Whichever you chose - why? (like a beauty pageant question kind of thing lol!) Thanks! I love you!

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  43. My skin has been changed forever thanks to your advice! There are two changes I made several months ago that have made an insane difference:

    1. I stopped using the Clinique Clarifying Lotion (which I had been using for years)
    2. I started using this cleansing balm instead of the usual list of foaming gel cleansers. I bought the Clinique balm because, well, I'm in the US so no Emma Hardie, and also the price is very affordable. I love it!

    Of course I've made other changes, but I believe these two things have been the biggest contributors. I am now a loyal follower of the Caroline Hirons method of skincare. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with me!

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  45. Apologies for the complete topic change, but Hydraluron alert! If you live in Australia, Priceline sells for $34.99! Friend found them near the Pixiwoo makeup brushes.

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  46. I just bought this yesterday and so far you've taken the words out of my mouth. I love it for massasge, just a little cleanses face and neck but I totally miss fragrance. But nevertheless, I still have my Emma Hardie so I still get a treat.

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  47. Hi there Caroline, thank you for this review, I have been using this balm since it first came out and pre balm hype, for me it is and has been an amazing cleanser, finally someone else recognises its' benefits, like you I wish it had a nice fragrance but that can be forgiven for its' efficacy and price point. Love your down to earth opinion, cheers Suzie.

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  48. This is my nightly cleanser and I love it!!! So glad to hear you confirm it Caroline!

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  49. I'm just curious about your intolerance of the apricot kernels in scrubs. What makes them so bad?? I see you talk about it all the time (not in this post though) but couldn't find a post directly talking about it. I would love a response.
    Also, how do you feel about using coconut oil for the face as a face wash and moisturizer? Something like the RMS beauty one.

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    1. It's the shape and the size of the particles that are an issue. Your entire facial epidermis is only around 140 microns thick, your stratum corneum is around 10-40 microns thick.
      The kernels are around somewhere around 500-800 microns thick.
      This type of abrasive abrades via cutting and slicing, and when you take into account the softness of skin, it's going to slice up faster and deeper. You're likely removing the entirety of your SC, and penetrating the epidermal layer at different depths, sometimes even poking through to the dermal layer.
      This total removal of the SC, could be why your skin looks smooth, but you're ripping it to pieces. Just because something doesn't hurt, doesn't mean you're not doing damage.
      Physical exfoliators shouldn't be used more than a couple times a week, definitely not on sensitive skin, and definitely not on any kind of active acne.
      If you love scrubs, then using something that doesn't contain large jagged particles, but rather rounded scrubby bits, would be a better option. Clinique 7 day scrub, for example contains rounded beads. Or you can just use your favorite cleanser with a washcloth.
      Chemical exfoliation actually is a lot gentler than physical exfoliation. It loosens up the bonds that are holding together the Stratum Corneum, but it doesn't even penetrate through the entire thing if you're using a concentration suitable for daily use.

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      RMS coconut is fine in essence - it just won't be very anti-ageing - it will just technically be softening/moisturising.

      And anon has more than answered your other question! LOL

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  50. It's available here in Australia...at $20 more than in the UK. Un-be-lievable!

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  51. Im thinking of buying the EH Balm, I have a question on how to use a balm, after using the balm and wiping off with a washcloth do I need to wash my face again?? Or can i just go in to my toner,moisturiser, eye cream etc..

    Is the EH blam good for skin that has acne-prone as well??



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    1. If you are wearing makeup or spf, you should wash your face again.

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  52. Ooh, that sounds promising! I've been wanting to try a balm cleanser for a while, but not mad keen on using essential oils / fragranced (natrually or otherwise) products near my eyes (they are very sensitive!) so a bit put off by Emma Hardie, especially as it is quite pricey. I really like the sound of this. Thanks Caroline! :)

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    1. Right, it's official I am in love with this! I now have four cleansers in my regimen - this Clinique balm, the Aveda cream cleanser, Cetaphil, and Ren clay cleanser. My boyfriend thinks I am mad. :)

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  53. Hi Caroline

    Would you consider starting up your own YouTube Channel on 'Beauty & Skincare"?

    I really enjoyed watching you with Pixiwoo.

    I know you are probably too busy, but i think your own channel would be a great success!!

    Hope you do.... xxx

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    1. Great idea! Could be faster than typing! YAY to that!

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    2. That's a great idea an your amazing personality would shine through even more!

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    3. Oooh yes. That would be brilliant!

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  54. Hi Caroline! Just wondering if you have tried (and/or what you thought) of the Boots Organic Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm? And also wondered what you thoughts are on Boots No. 7 Beautiful Skin Cleansing Balm for Dry/Very Dry Skin? I happen to have both and enjoy using them, but don't know how great they really are... they aren't exactly high-end. Thank you for all the fabulous information you keep putting out for us!! You are my go-to for everything skin related and an incredibly helpful resource!! THANK YOU! xx

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    1. If you are happy using them please don't stop on my account.

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  55. oh seconded - would love to listen to you on utube AND acyually see u demo how to use the products! wud be fab. xxx

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  56. THANK YOU been looking for a balm cleanser for so long now but cant get my hands on the Emma Hardie one!

    http://itsjessicachoy.blogspot.com/

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  57. Hi Caroline,
    I found your blog exactly a week ago - I don't know how I'd missed it for so long, with everyone raving about you! Since then, I've purchased Hydraluron within 2days and this Clinique Cleansing Balm today...I'm looking forward to seeing great things soon! Couldn't believe how many things contain mineral oils either! My eyes have been well and truly opened, so thank you from me, and my skin! xxx

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  58. Thank you for your fab reviews! But I have soooo much skincare thanks to them all & I am a little worried about all my products in this heat. I am worried that this will harm the effectiveness of them. I keep them in a cupboard in my bedroom but when I go to use them I can feel that the tubes/bottles/jars are warm. I literaly have everything from balms to milk cleansers & all sorts of creams and moisturisers as well an all sorts of toners and eye creams and masks. - I tend to bulk buy the things in love in fear that they may go out of stock.Can you please let me know if this heat will have any effect on them - The clinique balm is on it's way to me.

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    1. Sometimes the heat does have an effect. I always have a clear out in Sep/Oct and see what has survived the heat. Short of keeping everything in your fridge that's the only option. Remember though that every product will have had to legally had stability testing at both high and low temperatures and so TECHNICALLY shouldn't be on the market unless its stable.

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    2. Opps! Greed may have got the better of me. As soon as I receive a product I want to open it regardless to whether I need it or not which prob is not the wisest idea. Maybe any unopened boxed products will be ok? I have a few boxes of hydralon unopened & a couple of omorovizca moisturisers but am afraid everything else has been opened. I noticed last night as I was using my pai rosehip oil it was really warm. :( I will refrain to open the clinique when it arrives!

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    3. In my experience, skincare products have a shelf-life-after-opening on the tube/bottle somewhere so when I open it I write with a permanent marker the date it needs to be used up by. I find that makes me use things up quickly and rotate when I can.

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  59. Caroline, I'm 19 combination skin with alot of hormonal acne. I read your tips for acne skin, and i'm just curious if Emma Hardie cleansing balm is too rich for me??

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    1. I har hormonal acne too and the only thing that helped is the Yasmin contraception pill to regulate the hormones and differin gel to treat the skin from the outside in particular the clogged pores. Consider mentioning these to you doc if you haven't discussed them already :)

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      It might be - but lots of people with problem skin use it just fine.
      And Anon - I appreciate your numerous comments but not everyone is comfortable taking hormones - just an opinion! :)

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  60. I'm a consultant for Clinique, and I wouldn't exactly call this a cleanser. It's definitely a makeup remover, but especially for oilier skins, without using some kind of soap after, the skin might feel a little oily. I definitely recommend using three step after this product. The clarifying lotion will take off the dead skin, and you need to moisturize after.

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    1. No! Sorry. No 3 step allowed. :) The Clarifying Lotion will take off your face - never mind dead skin. And regular readers will know to follow with an exfoliating toner and then obvs serum/moisturiser etc.
      No offence. ;)

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    2. I bouught this not used yet though! I have very dry skin & bought it for the days I wear makeup or spf on. Will it still be suitable - I have very dry skin, not oily. I will follow with either EH or Omorovzica.

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      Yes it's suitable don't worry.

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  61. Hello Caroline, I have the balm on route to me.
    Do you work for clinique in any capacity? - Sorry, need to ask. :)
    A yeh or nay to elemis pro radiance cream cleanser for morning - 40yr old.

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      Yay if you like Elemis.

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  62. Bought this 6 months ago and still have half the pot left despite using it every day - a little certainly does go a long way! The fragrance free element is the only downside for me too but the positives more than make up for that!

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  63. I'm very curious about your aversion to the three step programme. I'm 45 and I've been using it since I was 17 and I've always had pretty good skin.

    I planned to stop using it as soon as I run out of my stockpile due to finding out that Clinique resumed testing on animals in order to sell in China. I was devastated when I found out, Clinique was "my" brand for all those years! But I work in animal welfare and I can't keep using vanity products for which animals are suffering.

    But I've had so much fun finding out about other skincare options and feel like I've come out of the dark ages in some ways. I hadn't bothered to keep up to date and specially since hitting my 40s I hadn't looked into anti-ageing.

    I have already stopped using the Clinique Clarifying lotion but I have stacks of DDML and a few bars of the mild facial soap left. I've started using Alpha-H Liquid Gold (imagine my surprise after reading about it all over your blog to find out it is Australian! Yes I'm Australian.) Anyway, so I'm still using DDML and the facial soap, plus Clinique's comforting cream cleanser for my first cleanse in the evening.

    So what do you think - use up my stockpile of DDML and soap? Or ditch it all? I could probably handle ditching the soap but I spent a lot on the DDML so my frugal self says NOOOOOOO!

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    1. Donate it to a local woman's shelter!

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    2. Hi Ellie,

      I always - ALWAYS say - if something is working for you don't change it on my account!

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    3. I thought you'd say something like that! Thank you for replying - I feel very honoured :) I've stopped the Clarifying Lotion and when I sort out a second cleanse product I will stop the soap but i will use up the DDML.

      I am just amazed, now you have taught me to read labels, how many products have mineral oil in them!

      And on another note, I stopped using Vaseline on my lips recently and started using a non-mineral oil lip balm and it is amazing how I just don't need to use anything very often now, so I'm wondering if that will play out with mineral oil and my face.

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  64. i caroline .. your blog is just great .. seems beauty encyclopedia..:)i am from India have oily acne prone skin .. going to UK net week .. can you plzz suggest some good products for my skin type that i should get from there ...

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    1. Try and get some Pixi Glow Tonic or Clarins Exfoliating Toner.

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  65. I heard a lot about la rosay poche dual effacuator and alpha h liquid gold serum .. do you think it will suit my oily skin

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    1. There are two versions of the la roche posay one with micronized benzoyl peroxide and one without. Please be careful as one is a lot stronger then the other. I used the benzoyl peroxide one thinking it was the UK version and it irritated and dried out my skin too much. It works great as a spot treat but not an all over treatment like te UK version of effaclar duo :)

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  66. Hi Caroline,

    I am a bit confused with cleansing routines.

    I work as a server in a restaurant and I do split shifts. I work in a greasy, steamy environment and when it is busy, I obviously sweat. Anyway, I cleanse my face in the morning, at night, and because I work split shifts I like to cleanse in the afternoon as well, to get rid of the dirty things my skin might be cover with.

    I have a very problematic skin, PD on my chin (no SLS for me!), clogged & acne-prone overall, mild rosacea on cheeks, bumps of some sort on my forehead and hormonal acne that I can't seem to manage (-I take evening primrose oil every night to try to stabilize my hormones and because I have a Mirena coil and I don't get my periods, I just don't know what is going on - excuse me if this is too much info). I have cut gluten and dairy from my diet and yet, it doesn't seem to have any benefice on my skin, but I do feel physically better.

    I am thinking I might be overcleansing??? I am not too sure.

    In the morning I use Ren Hydracalm cleansing milk (flannel), Clarins Exfoliating Toner, Ren Toning Hydrating Mist then Pai Chamomile & Rosehip Sensitive Skin Cream.
    In the afternoon, I use Hydracalm cleansing milk again (flannel), I skipped the toners and go directly to Pai Chamomile & Rosehip Sensitive Skin Cream.
    At night, I do Ren Hydracalm cleansing milk (flannel), Clarins Exfoliating Toner, Ren Toning Hydrating Mist, Dot and Lil face serum (olive squalane, sweet almond oil, rice bran oil, rosehip seed oil, bergaptene-free bergamot essential oil, clary sage essential oil, vitamin e) and I finish with Ren frankincense revitalising night cream.

    I don't wear any makeup, because my face seems to be too sensitive, but I do use a sun lotion if the sun is shining like mad (Green People, 25 SPF).

    Do you think I should use a balm in the afternoon to cleanse and keep my face hydrated, even if I don't wear makeup??? Do you think Hydraluron could help as well?

    To be honest, my skin looks slightly better then 3 months ago, when I was unaware of my perioral dermatitis, not taking care of my diet and using Avene products thinking they would sort me out (they don't). I can tell it is still angry though and I just don't know what to do anymore.

    I don't have much money I am afraid (and only 2 pair of shoes/1 handbag, as a reference) and I have a feeling I might have spend it all on the wrong products? Or maybe I just don't understand how this all work? I think I just don't know what to do and where to start and/or where to finish, even if I've been reading your blog for a long long time........

    AHHH HELP. Please.

    Pea xo

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    1. Have you thought of switching to something like REN Clearcalm 3 Clay Cleanser? :) It might help with the clogged pores!

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    2. Because I am using Clarins exfoliating toner, I am a bit scared of using Ren Clearcalm 3 Clay Cleanser in combination with it because of the alcohol content of it all (if that make sense? -sorry english is not my first language!). I have read many blogs saying that alcohol and Perioral dermatitis are not good friends!

      Nightmare.

      Thank you very much for your advise tough, that is very much appreciated xo

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  67. Before you waste your money like I did, please visit a doctor to determine the type of acne you have and the best way to treat it. Some inflamed acne will go with just benzoyl peroxide and clogge pores(small hard under the skin bumps) can go with differin gel or another retinoid product. I have hormonal acne too and use differin gel with a Yasmin contraception pill to regulate hotmones :)

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    1. Perhaps you are right.

      The only thing is I have been to many dermatologists in the past and they ended up giving me medication that never worked. I have been using benzoyl peroxide when I was younger (14-ish years old) and I developed then a bad allergy (swollen face and eyes! madness). I have never used it since then and I am 26 years old. Maybe I should try it again?

      I just wish I could find a good skincare routine so I would not have to use harsh treatment or any pills of some sort. Maybe I am a ''doctor'' case.

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    2. Hi Sweat Pea. If you've had medication and it hasn't worked it's probably hormonal and possibly exacerbated by diet/stress.
      Your product choices are also quite heavy. Pai and Frankincense are both quite heavy. Stick to lighter fluids - make sure you use the exfoliating toners and consider using a higher dose of fish oil.

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    3. Caroline - thank you! XOXO

      When you say ''lighter fluids'' -I don't quite get it.... Do you say Origins products (Mega-Mushroom skin relief)? Kate Somerville Goat Milk Cream? ...Zelens(which is just too expensive for me btw? Alpha H essential hydration face cream?

      What is light and what is not???!! (insert here a mega face of confusion!)

      Hydraluron or not for hormonal-acne prone skin?




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    4. Just went to the doctor, she prescribed me some Zineryt.
      I don't know if I should use it or not... She didn't seem to know what she was talking about.

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    5. I think ye term light was meant to a lotion thin liquid consistency products rather then thick creams or balmy textures that may clog the pores. Zineryt works on the bacteria which causes acne but if it is hormonal then u need to treat this internally. Look into getting your hormone levels checked.

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  68. Quick question: Dr. Hauschka products, yes or no? Thank you:)

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  69. Hi Caroline! I know you don't like Clinique Clarifying Lotions, but what do you think about their *Mild* Clarifying Lotion (alcohol-free)? Thanks!

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  70. I will definitely be picking up this product - thanks for the recommendation!

    I was wondering if you could recommend an am moisturizer for me. I am 27 with combination/oily, congested, acne prone skin. I have Kate Sommerville goat cream but find it's too heaving the humid summer months.

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    1. I find the Vichy Normaderm hydrating care fantastic! Very light yet moisturising and actually helped clear my acne quite a lot when it was bad :)

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      If you can access Kate Somerville the Oil-Free is brilliant.

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  71. Thanks for the review! I've always wanted to try Emma Hardie but I'm in the US. I went out and bought this today, hoping it works out. Glad you recommended Clinique, even though it's not a skincare brand I normally gravitate toward, the price is reasonable and it's such an accessible brand. I'm looking forward to your other recommendations from your US trip :)

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  72. Hi Caroline,
    This cleanser isn't suitable for anyone with acne because its main base is Ethylhexyl Palmitate which is one of the biggest breakout causers in cosmetic ingredients! Just thought I'd let you know & warn anyone who suffers from acne.

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    1. I disagree. It's considered non-comedogenic except in large doses - I don't think this is a large enough content to be honest.

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  73. L'Occitane Divine Cream and Serum, yay or nay, thanks Caroline.

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  74. I have been basically crying myself to sleep at night considering the Emma Hardie cleansing balm is a pain for me to get a hold of here in the U.S. so I was thrilled when I saw you post about this on Instagram. I went out and bought it straight away and I LOVE it. Brilliant recommendation per the usual. xo

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  75. Dear Caroline,
    First of all, just want to say a big thank-you. After seeing your video with Pixiwoo, I completely change my skincare routine (for the better!) and I've seen the difference already, thanks!
    I believe that I may have found a substitute for Hydraluron here in the United States but I'm still unsure (a bit of a novice, trying to understand the ingredients list, etc).
    It's called Bioelements Moisture 10x. Ingredients list: dimethicone, glycerin, Water/Acqua, Hyaluronic Acid, Diazolidinyl Urea, Iodopropynyl butylcarbamate, carbomer, Sodium EDTA and Tromethamine.
    Do you think it's ok? Any chance you will be visiting us here in Florida any time soon?
    Thanks!
    Juliana

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  76. the last part of this blog just actually made me "LOL" ha ha ha!!

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  77. since this blog has come out I have spent TONS of cash on skincare. Well I always have since I got acne at about 14/15 (wasted cash at that point). But 2-3 months ago I spent about $300 on skincare and again this past weekend I forked over over $300 dollars. and I'm still in need of getting some good masks. any recommendations? I have tons of blackheads and bumps on my chin that I dont even know what they are. I can be oily and dehydrated.

    I now own (not using all at the same time holy goodness)

    hydraluron (not sure if it did anything, even tho this is holy grail for ppl)
    pepta-bright
    LRP dual action acne treatment
    lots of facial sunscreen - lancome, clinique, avene etc...
    Aveda: moisturizing toner, exfoliating toner, moisturizing lotion
    clinique balm (the one in this review & love it)
    alpha-h: liquid gold, triple action cleanser, daily micro-scrub (not really a scrub)
    Ren clay cleanser
    lancome confort gelatee cleanser
    lancome hydrating toner
    clinique dramatically different moisturizing lotion (the new formula)
    kate somerville goat milk moisturizer
    clarins exfoliative toner
    clarins SOS oil
    estee lauder nutritious radiant vitality oil

    and i have a bunch of other stuff i had stashed away or was using before this blog... now I'm as lost as before with a lot less cash and overflowing cupboards hahaha

    part of me is that some facial stuff bores me to death so I just need to switch it up half way through the bottle. even if i loved it at the beginning.

    I also have an inner struggle, since i trust caroline more then anyone on the internet (I mean look at this womans beauty and her mothers, I mean hello! gorgeous skin!) but I struggle with the fact that paula begoun or whatever her name is, has different opinions that caroline on products, and then I just want to cry haha

    thanks for all your effort Caroline you are the skin care goddess

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    1. Omg I feel te same! Some items caroline recommends are rated low on paulas beautypedia site then some ideas of paulas have been pointe out to be contradictory by Caroline (mineral oil) I wish the beauty and cosmetic industry was a lot more honest so it wasn't so hard to identify ingredients that may just make skin problems worse (fragrance, alcohol bla bla ;( it's hard enought trying to get clear skin.

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  78. What drives me nuts is people telling me I should use the same brand for all my products.I don't believe one company could make all things great.

    when I go for my facials, they always ask me what I am using and when I say different products from different lines I get a lecture.

    Is there some truth to what they are saying? am I actually doing my skin a disservice?

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  79. since this blog has come out I have spent TONS of cash on skincare. Well I always have since I got acne at about 14/15 (wasted cash at that point). But 2-3 months ago I spent about $300 on skincare and again this past weekend I forked over over $300 dollars. and I'm still in need of getting some good masks. any recommendations? I have tons of blackheads and bumps on my chin that I dont even know what they are. I can be oily and dehydrated.

    I now own (not using all at the same time holy goodness)

    hydraluron (not sure if it did anything, even tho this is holy grail for ppl)
    pepta-bright
    LRP dual action acne treatment
    lots of facial sunscreen - lancome, clinique, avene etc...
    Aveda: moisturizing toner, exfoliating toner, moisturizing lotion
    clinique balm (the one in this review & love it)
    alpha-h: liquid gold, triple action cleanser, daily micro-scrub (not really a scrub)
    Ren clay cleanser
    lancome confort gelatee cleanser
    lancome hydrating toner
    clinique dramatically different moisturizing lotion (the new formula)
    kate somerville goat milk moisturizer
    clarins exfoliative toner
    clarins SOS oil
    estee lauder nutritious radiant vitality oil

    and i have a bunch of other stuff i had stashed away or was using before this blog... now I'm as lost as before with a lot less cash and overflowing cupboards hahaha

    part of me is that some facial stuff bores me to death so I just need to switch it up half way through the bottle. even if i loved it at the beginning.

    I also have an inner struggle, since i trust caroline more then anyone on the internet (I mean look at this womans beauty and her mothers, I mean hello! gorgeous skin!) but I struggle with the fact that paula begoun or whatever her name is, has different opinions that caroline on products, and then I just want to cry haha

    thanks for all your effort Caroline you are the skin care goddess

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    1. Can I just say how much this post resonates with me too. I suck up all this knowledge from everywhere, buy everything anyone recommends, like you get bored halfway through with certain things and finally have a stash of products to rival a high-end department store, a poorer bank balance and just so-so skin.

      I've decided to just read here instead. No more Paula or Sali or 'model'/ London blogs. Just here. That way I may not be saving much money but at least I won't go mad with conflicting advice :) HTH! x

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  80. Hi Caroline, can you give me a yay or nay for L'Occitane's Divine cream and serum? Thanks

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  81. Hi Caroline,

    I know you don't believe in a "purging" stage per se, but is there generally an adjustment period when starting with a product like this? I'm hoping that massaging with this nightly for the last several days as simply been working out some pre-existing clogged pores, and not irritating/causing (lots of!)new spots. Thoughts?

    xxxx, Amy

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  82. Great question!

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  83. Any tips for those afflicted with rosacea?very hard to find products and its a nightmare to control.

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  84. I'd just like to say that I've really been loving your blog. I have always enjoyed washing my face, but your blog has brought things to a whole new level. Skincare is my new obsession. I'm turning 27 in a few months and I'm determined to teat my body well, especially my skin. Thank you so much for you blog, for sharing your expertise and reviews with us.

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  85. Hello Caroline,

    I love this balm. No Emma Hardie here in Canada. I got some questions about dehydrated skin/combo. I use REN clay cleanser as a second cleanse/morning cleanse ( I have some spots on my cheeks, forehead and CHIN!) Should I be exfoliating daily with the Clarins Exfoliating Toner ? I also use a second toner (chamomile). I notice that the top of me cheeks sting with it the exfoliating toner.

    Next question, after I cleanse, tone, tone, pepta, serum/face oil/ hydralauron, and KS Goat's milk cream. After this, I find that the products take a while to sink in and I find that my face "sweats" after? Do you know what this is about? HELP!

    Thank you for reading this :)

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    1. Info from an above post -- they ship Emma Hardie to Canada for free:

      http://www.bathandunwind.com/emma-hardie/emma-hardie-amazing-face-natural-lift-and-sculpt-moringa-cleansing-balm.htm

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  86. Caroline,
    I would love to hear from you before I see a doc again. Every summer (for the past 3 summers) I've gotten acne on my jawline & neck. I've been to the doctor a few times & they called it folliculitis and prescribed me antibiotics. I've been on several rounds of antibiotics since I was 9 for acne, and I'd much prefer to figure out the root of the problem. I do have some darkish hairs around my chin area, which leads me to think it might be hormones.

    Is it hormones? Why does it only flare up over summer? Do you have any tips I can do that don't involve meds?



    The rest of my face has gotten SO MUCH better since I've started reading your blog a few months ago. Would love to clear up what is left on my jawline/neck.


    Thank you thank you thank you!!

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  87. Hi Caroline

    Can you give a yay or nay answer to L'Occitane's Divine cream and serum?

    Thanks so much
    Lynn

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  88. Hi Caroline, I am 24, new to your blog and a complete skin care novice! but I am absolutely loving the advice and reviews! So far I have bought this cleansing balm and hydraluron and I am loving both! After this I have just been using the simple rich moisturier which I don't think is doing much. My forehead and around my mouth tend to be quite dry but my nose gets quite oily during the day. I have a very limited budget at the moment, any affordable fixes you could recommend? Thanks xx

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  89. Oh my phone didnt say it had to be approved...so sorry for the repeat posts! *face palms*!

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  90. Thank you !!! :-)

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  91. Hi Caroline

    Looking forward to trying out this balm, thank you. Can you give me a quick yay or nay for L'Occitane's Divine cream and serum please?

    Thanks
    Lynn

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  92. Loving this balm so far. What do you think of Avene Cleanance Anti-Shine Regulating Lotion for oily skin? Thank you.

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  93. Hello Caroline !

    I've watched your video with the Pixiwoo sisters and I've started reading your blog. I love your vision of skincare. I wanted to try cleansing balms and the Clinique one is my first ever cleansing balm. I have an oily acne prone skin. This balm is the bomb. It leaves my skin so soft and clean and doesn't leave any oily residue. It does the kob and the fact that it doesn't have fragrance and mineral oil is great for me ! Keep up the great work.

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  94. Thank you for this recommendation. I appreciate you taking the time to share your expertise with us - Your uncompromising candor is refreshing and so valuable.

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  95. Hi Caroline, I was wondering if champneys super rich cleaning balm was to much for everyday use, if it is then what would you recommend? I have combination teen skin but I don't have acne (just the odd spot) I do have a problem with blackheads though :) thank you so much for your help x

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  96. Hi Caroline.

    Discovered your blog via pixiwoo & its been a fantastic read. I'm still stumped with my skin though, it looks crap lol. I'm a zoo keeper so my skin is put under some harsh conditions (dust, 29ºc heat most days....) & needless to say I don't earn a mint to buy fancy products to compensate so looking for just a couple of key products. I'd say my skin is oily, have big pores and redness. I got the clarins toner today, would this help? What could I pair it up with?...this?? Any advice you can give would be greatly appreciated and if you ever need any advice on monkeys I'll be more than happy to return the favour lol

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  97. Hi Caroline.

    Discovered your blog via pixiwoo & its been a fantastic read. I'm still stumped with my skin though, it looks crap lol. I'm a zoo keeper so my skin is put under some harsh conditions (dust, 29ºc heat most days....) & needless to say I don't earn a mint to buy fancy products to compensate so looking for just a couple of key products. I'd say my skin is oily, have big pores and redness. I got the clarins toner today, would this help? What could I pair it up with?...this?? Any advice you can give would be greatly appreciated and if you ever need any advice on monkeys I'll be more than happy to return the favour lol

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  98. do i have to cleanse my face as normal after i use this balm? I am currently using Aveno positively radiant cleanser that's non foaming (made sure to read for all that so I didn't get in trouble), but I feel it's not doing anything for my skin. It's not worse, but it's definitely not better. I have combo skin, thats dull and dehydrated with minor breakouts from time to time. and im 20 years old.

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  99. do i have to cleanse my face after using this balm? and what is your opinion on Aveno? i don't know if their line is a total scam of being "good for your skin" or not. i have very sensitive and dehydrated/combo skin and im 20.

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  100. Hi Caroline

    Thanks for this, looking forward to trying it out. Can you give me a yes or no for the Divine cream and serum by L'Occitane please?

    Thanks again
    Lynn

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  101. Caroline, do Indeed Labs conduct animal testing? Thx.

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  102. Hi Caroline

    Yes or no to L'Occitane Divine cream and serum?

    Thanks

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  103. Hi Caroline

    Yes or no to L'Occitane Devine serum and cream?

    Thanks

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  104. I'll need to check out the Clinque one, but I'm set on the Paula's Choice cleansers, they're great. If you're still breaking out check out: http://www.bedbouquet.com/cleansing-ultimate-skincare-basics/

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  105. I have been using this for about a month and LOVE it. Ir removes non transferable foundation and the most stubborn of waterproof mascaras. Oh, and my spf! It's very gentle too, and my finicky skin doesn't break out from using it daily. YAY!! Can't wait to hear more US available recs! :)

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  106. I was so happy to see that you loved this balm Caroline! I bought this for the first time about two weeks before you put the picture up on IG and I really love this as well. It's almost too good to be true :) I'm glad that you opened my eyes to the world of cleansing balms! I never would have tried this if not for your blog.

    KatelynElise....www.katelyneliseb.blogspot.com

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  107. I like this balm cleanser a lot. A little does go a long way and it doesn't leave any residue on my (combination) skin. The tub is light-weight, so I often take it away with me when travelling.

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  108. I've been using Clinique products for a while but lately they don't seem to be working for my skin, but I will check this cleanser out and give it try to see how it works.

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  109. I agree with your review entirely. I picked this up a few months ago after reading Ruth's post on it (amodelrecommends), and I'm in love with it! My skin can be quite sensitive, especially to fragrances, so this is great, and it goes some way to making it feel less dry. A definite repurchase. My only gripe is the packaging pre-purchase... I wish it was protected from curious fingers somehow! Best to check for fingerprints before buying it, as you say.

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  110. Hi Caroline!

    I am 25 with Combination - Acne Prone Skin. Just changed my Skincare Routine (2 days ago), becouse nothing seems to help. I am using Clinique Take the day off Balm together with Clarins Brightening Toner, following with the Clarins Chamomile Toner. Is all of this a good combination on which I can stick to??
    Anny good Moisturiser recommandations?

    Greetings from Frankfurt, Germany.

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  111. I just did a home session with a dermaroller type thingy not that brand one but anyway my skin was very agitated from the experience. today I got my package of this and here I find your blog on the same day. So I am hoping you are away sun bathing but just have to say instant calm and happy skin.
    I massaged it in. Washed off with warm water and facecloth and then put on another layer as a mask. Its glorious and my skin is just loving it.
    thank you for your witty honest blog.
    I just got my EL serum cant wait to see if its better than the goopy predesessor sorry too big a word cant spell hee hee

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  112. I really like the TTDO balm, I find it much better for my skin type (oily/combo, spot prone, sensitive to fragrance and heavyweight products) than the EH. EH feels lovely and smells nice and did a good job of cleansing (although I found it couldn't master my waterproof faux cils like TTDO can), it was nowhere near as good on my skin as the Clinique and it is a heck of a lot more pricey and difficult to get hold of (my local boots, 10mins walk away stocks TTDO). Oh and let's not even go there comparing packaging quality...

    For me, the Clinique delivers better results, better quality, better price point.

    I can see however, how it might be drying on dry/v dry skin type though as it can leave me feeling quite 'tight' on drier days but for me that's easily remedied with a richer moisturiser on those rare days.

    So impressed have I been with this Clinique product, that I was inspired to pick up the City block sheer (spf25) in duty free yesterday. Hopefully it'll also be a winner.

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  113. I discovered your blog, by accident, this weekend and i'm glad that i've found it. At 45 i'm still struggling with how to take care of my very oily, sensitive skin and allergic skin. I'm going to go out and buy this right now (glad to see it's available in Canada) and will give it a try. Thank you for this blog, it's been a great help so far.

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