Thursday, 9 January 2014

Merumaya Melting Cleansing Balm


This review is so overdue that it's borderline embarrassing. Merumaya launched just over a year ago and is the brainchild of Maleka Dattu, a force in the industry and a woman who many, many years ago interviewed me for a job - I didn't get it, how rude quite rightly.

The range is perfect for those looking for good results without a high price tag, incorporating proven ingredients with a signature ingredient, RevitElix and a lovely, distinctive signature fragrance. 

RevitElix is Echium oil (derived from borage) and full of omegas - crucial for barrier repair and especially important at this time of year when your skin is flashing through hot and cold extremes of temperature.

INCI:
CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, GLYCERIN, PRUNUS AMYGDALUS DULCIS (SWEET ALMOND) OIL, AQUA (WATER), SUCROSE LAURATE, GLYCERYL DIBEHENATE, ECHIUM PLANTAGINEUM SEED OIL, PHENOXYETHANOL, SUCROSE PALMITATE, PARFUM (FRAGRANCE), SUCROSE COCOATE, SUCROSE STEARATE, CITRONELLOL, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, GARCINIA MANGOSTANA FRUIT EXTRACT, LIMONENE, LINALOOL, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, CHLORPHENESIN, TETRASODIUM EDTA, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, HEXYLENE GLYCOL.

Suitable for all skin types and all ages - I use this and would be equally happy with my 12 year old daughter using it. There is no reason to avoid this if you are acnaic or alternatively suffer from eczema/psoriasis. It is extremely gentle and leaves no greasy residue on the skin.

If you like products that you can splash off, this will emulsify and is therefore a major point of difference compared to some balm cleansers - theoretically giving you the best of both worlds.
Equally: if, like me, you prefer to use a cloth to remove, it lifts away easily while also giving great massage resistance.

The cherry on the top is the pricepoint:
Merumaya Melting Cleansing Balm is £14.50 for 100ml and available on www.merumaya.com and in John Lewis stores.


38 comments:

  1. Phew! Thank goodness I ordered my second tube of this a few days ago, no doubt it will be out of stock everywhere from now on! I saw you mention it in a reply to someone on twitter yonks ago (minor stalker) and I LOVE it. Thanks for the indirect recommendation ;-)

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  2. Oh must give it a go as my skin is so sore and sensitive,even Clarins extra comfort toner irritates it, go figure. Anyway any recommendations for a good serum or oil,feel I need something extra as i'm only using Lrp cicaplast or Avene soothing repair creme. Thanks...Marian

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    1. Mean't to ask if you'd tried out the brand Nourish, relax or argan range. Sorry for adding more...thanks.....Marian

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    2. Clarins SOS serum/oil is really soothing. Would stay away from this I had bad purging of angry spots

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  3. What are your thoughts on the monu cleansing balm Caroline? I've been waiting patiently for your opinion!

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  4. ooh this sounds lovely, i've just picked up the Emma Hardie cleansing balm on your recommendation and I love it! xx

    yespleasebeauty.blogspot.co.uk

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  5. Oh Caroline I didn't even have time to buy this after seeing you today... and you've gone and posted about it and it's now sold out on the JL website!!!!! xxx

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    1. Oh Claire NO!!! I'm so sorry LOL. Surely they have some on the Merumaya site??! :) Sorry Claire!

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    2. *cries* Oh well I shall just have to charge down to John Lewis in real life soon (and probably also fight people off with a handbag to get the last few battered tubes) Still glad I got to meet you though, takes the edge off the devastation somewhat xx

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  6. I have a question regarding fragrance. I have read that cleansers (or any skincare for that matter) that include fragrance should be avoided. Considering your level of expertise and how many products you recommend that do include fragrance I am starting to wonder if I should really be that cautions when considering skincare products. Is there a way to be savvy about choosing products with fragrance?

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  7. On this note, I ordered the Emma Hardie cleansing balm a few days ago, and it came today. I've just used it and it's undoubtedly lovely (and smells great)! It's too early to make a proper judgement yet but frankly I might cry if it doesn't. I have horrendous skin - no lines (I'm only 21, I should think not) and only the odd spot once a month or so, but everything else that could go wrong with my skin does! It seems to have a weekly cycle of sensitivity - it'll have a couple of days of being fine and then will erupt in little weeping wounds, flaky skin and extreme redness (the redness is always there, but worse around these times) for 4 days or so.
    Please cross your fingers that this works for me, I'm desperate!

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    1. That sounds like my skin.. Mega sensitive. It's no fun.
      I saw my GP as it was so itchy & they gave me a cream and said I have roseacea. It took a while but really helped me. I still get a bit of redness on my cheeks but once the inflammation had calmed its easy to keep on top of (and hide with cosmetics).


      Good luck- I really do feel your pain x

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    2. Thanks Minty, that really helps! My mum has rosacea so it would make sense that I would too - I've put off going to the doctor's for it for yeeeears but maybe it's about time I made an appointment :)

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    3. If they give you the same cream I had it smarts at first when you put it on, but if you stick with it it's worth it. X

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  8. This is a really lovely cleanser esp from the price point. It stings my eyes a little but so do most cleansers. Well worth the price. Bought it when I spooted it in one of your pics ages ago :)

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  9. I find the smell of this a bit too strong and tend to use my other cleansers instead because of this.

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  10. Started using this after discovering that my skin was reacting to the Emma Hardie cleansing balm and can't say enough good things about it, love it.

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  11. I’ve passed these so many times and have mean’t to buy it! I need to just bite the bullet!

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  12. Would love to try this as I have eczema & acne prone skin
    oh the joy ! + living in freezing cold
    NYC my skin is painfully dry
    Can you tell me where I can get this in the USA ?
    Thank You !!!

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  13. Can you please make a post about skincare for men? I've seen a few odd posts here and there recommending products for men, but would love an overall thought from you of the best products for men (or can they just use the stuff that we (women) use?) anyone have any thoughts?

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  14. Caroline, what are some alternatives to the p50 and Serozinc? I live in Canada and both of these products are not readily available. Clarins, Ren and Pixi exfoliating toners are also not available. This is so frustrating. Hope you can help!

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    1. I also live in Canada, and I found the Clarins exfoliating toner at Sears. I think I may have seen it at Shoppers as well.

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  15. I'm on to my second tube of this and I love it! For anyone else looking for it, they sell it on the Debenhams site too.

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  16. Cleansing balms seem to be all the rage!
    And this is the first one Ive seen to be under £30!
    Fantastic post!

    www.chlotalks.blogspot.com

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  17. Ohhh, this sounds really lovely! I'll have to pick it up when I'm back in London xx

    Jasmine Cara

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  18. I bought this a while ago, can’t remember where or how I stumbled across it, but glad I did. I use it when I want a something with a bit of fragrance; you know when the lard like take the day off balm just isn’t giving you the sensory experience you want.

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  19. Our resident teenager requests this balm by name it is that loved for her temperamental skin.For scent reasons only, I'm personally sticking with Ms Hardie :) On another note, Caroline, have you tried Astalift Primer Lotion? ( rose scented moisturizing toner of sorts.) It was a gift from a girlfriend and I must say it is one of my products of the year. It's so hydrating, soothing and makes moisturizer go a long way. Do give it a try and let us know what you think. I'm also appreciating Reface Retinol from Indeed Labs, I don't know if anyone else is happy with it too.. Looking forward to your gems of wisdom in 2014. Thank you as always ! x

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  20. This looks absolutely lovely. Hopefully they will gain some distribution around the world so that it's more accessible--without paying enormous delivery fees--for those of us in the US and elsewhere. Fingers crossed. :)

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  21. hi caroline! can you please write a post on acne scarring when you have the time? would be much appreciated :) thanks for a great blog! x

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  22. I bought this today, and have just tried it and....oh good grief the smell!!! It stinks like someones granddad has poured a bottle of old man's aftershave into it. I should have noticed the ingredients before I bought it...not only does it have artificial fragrance but its right in the middle of the ingredients list rather than somewhere at the end...there is a LOT of cheap synthetic perfume in this. So sorry to be all negative, I suppose I just prefer things to smell like nature and essential oils and stuff. Maybe everyone has different personal preferences! x

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    1. Goodness, are we skin twins? I had the same reaction! I had to hold my breath, the smell was absolutely horrific and I could not tolerate it . . into the bin it had to go. I don't like this smell lingering on me, it's very masculine. Not good. I am far to sensitive to scent for this, sorry! I think it's good for the sensitive-skinned types (or those with a sensitive nose) to know about it before purchasing. . .

      xoxo Melanie

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  23. The smell is essential oils for their Signature Essence Blend and I found out to my skins distress that it included Ylang Ylang which I have reacted with using Decleor Aromessence.
    Bought from QVC so can return although out of pocket on all P&P.
    Luckily I only tried the balm introducing one new product at a time but reaction really bad and sore within 2/3 days
    Merumaya contacted direct and replied same day confirming Ylang Ylang. Shame the signature blend ingredients is not listed.

    I have very sensitive skin with acne and this purged so bad. Will stay with Emma Hardie a little more expensive but an all rounder that I have had no problems with and it smells nicer.

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  24. This looks absolutely lovely ... What are your thoughts on the this cleansing balm ??

    http://www.dermology.us/products/skin-brightener/

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  25. Hi Caroline,
    hope it's ok to ask you a quick question in the comments! I've been using the EH cleansing balm for a few months now and I've started getting lots of spots, particularly on my cheeks. I suspect the balm is the culprit, so I was wondering if you thought this one might be any better?
    Thanks in advance!
    x Kate

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  26. Caroline! I love your blog. So many fans. Finally found others who use cleansing balms. I love it. Are you UK based or here in the States? I have to try this product now. I have been using Ren and Clinique for about a year but then came across this awesome little company in New York called Hush & Dotti. Their cleansing balm has really worked well for me. I'm sensitive and they offer both original and sensitive so it's just a wonderful option to have. My 15 year old daughter uses it too and even my husband after he shaves uses it. Don't ask me why. He's just like that. lol

    Well nice to have found this little place/blog! Have a wonderful day.

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  27. Hi Caroline, is there a way you could influence/coax Merumaya people to start selling this to the rest of the world without charging an extortionate shipping fee (15 pounds!). Thanks! :)

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  28. Maleka has just very kindly sent me some samples of this and a few other things to try and I cannot wait to wash my make-up off and do my skincare routine tonight!!

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