Monday, 15 February 2016

Boots Botanics Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm


What is it?
The blurb: 'This deep-cleansing balm contains a luxurious blend of Shea Butter, Rosehip and Jojoba Oil to leave skin smooth, soft and clean. The gentle polishing action of the muslin cloth helps remove dirt, revealing a beautiful radiant complexion.'

It's your typical cleansing balm, although predominantly organic.

Who is it for?
Everyone.

What’s in it?
Olea europaea (Olive) fruit oil*, Simmondsia chinesis (Jojoba) seed oil*, Cera alba (Beeswax)*, Butyrospermum parkii (Shea) butter*, Prunus amgdalus dulcis (Sweet almond) oil*, Cetearyl alcohol, Rosa canina seed oil*, Limonene, Citronellol, Pelargonium graveolens flower oil, Citrus aurantium dulcis peel extract*, Linalool, Citrus aurantium bergamia (Bergamot) fruit oil, Citrus medica limonum (Lemon) peel oil, Geraniol, Parfum (Fragrance), Citral *Organic Certified Ingredient

Possibly acne/allergy/troubling for some ingredients?
Shea butter and beeswax, but I would point out that the formulation is more 'oil' than 'thick balm' as soon as it touches the skin and therefore you should only avoid if actually allergic/intolerant, I think combination skins would be ok with this formula, as long as you removed it correctly.
Fragrance - no good if you're super-sensitised to any type of fragrance as this one would appear to have a little of both - which is odd as it doesn't smell strong at all.

Natural? Organic? Man made? Vegan?
Organic - not vegan

Tested on animals/sold in territories that advocate testing?
No/Unsure - I've asked them directly and will update when I hear back.

What's not in it?
mineral oil
parabens

How do you use it?/Where to use in your routine?
As with any balm, use on dry skin either to remove makeup or as a second cleanse or morning cleanse. 

The description on the Boots website says this: 'Finish by soaking the cloth in cold water and press gently over face to close pores.' - obviously the less said about that statement the better.

LOOK AT THOSE PORES CLOSE!
What’s good about it?
I really liked this balm. It's gentle, yet removes everything, (I didn't try on waterproof, but as an oil it should work). This removed my makeup really well, and is nice enough to use it as a second cleanse or a quick morning cleanse, depending on your mood, your skin and the amount of time you have.

What’s not so good about it?
Not much. It's a lovely, organic, plant-based balm, at a great price for a decent size. The equivalent size in the Eve Lom cleanser would come in around £47.00. Nice one Boots.

Boots Botanics Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm is a bargainous £8.99 for 70ml and available here: www.boots.com/Botanics-Organic-Hot-Cloth-Cleansing-Balm


Similar products?
Emma Hardie
Sanctuary Spa
OSKIA
Omorovicza
Clinique
Pixi
Lush
All make great cleansing balms - none at this price though. If you're on a budget, start here.



67 comments:

  1. Thank you for testing and for the recommendation! Also, I wonder if Pixi cleansing balm could be on the list of similar products? I love that stuff.

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    1. just found the Pixi cleansing balm yesterday. Target has finally gotten them restocked after the holidays. Now I have to got back and see if they have this. Do some comparative cleansing. For fun. Is this the beginning of a problem?

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    2. After putting it off for ages I have recently looked at PIXI and Wow = the prices are inviting !! I wonder if you have tried any other of their other products & if so are they good ? (for dry/sensitive skin !)

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    3. The Pixi Cleansing Balm, at least to me, definitely feels thicker than say Emma Hardie's or the Sunday Riley Blue Moon balm. It doesn't get as milky when wet, but more almost a bit waxy. It does wipe off with a wet cloth and the instructions do say to use circular motions. I have combination/leaning a bit sensitive skin and haven't had any reactions to it, but I do think drier skin types will really like it. I also only really use this as a first cleanse at night.
      At $22 USD though, it's not the worst price point to test it out and see if it works.

      That all said, it does get makeup off quite well.

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  2. I've used this intermittently for over a year now. Should probably check that expiration date...
    I have a dry complexion and really enjoy the extra moisture and bounce my skin has after wiping away with a muslin cloth.
    Should one tone after using a product like this that leaves a little something on the skin afterward or am I just not removing thoroughly enough?

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  3. I love this product! I have combination/dehydrated skin and I use this as my second cleanse. On dry skin and removed with a flannel (obvs). It leaves my skin thoroughly cleansed and not at all tight or dry feeling. I would highly recommend. Thank you for doing this post Caroline! Xoxo

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  4. I love this product! I have combination/dehydrated skin and I use this as my second cleanse. On dry skin and removed with a flannel (obvs). It leaves my skin thoroughly cleansed and not at all tight or dry feeling. I would highly recommend. Thank you for doing this post Caroline! Xoxo

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  5. Thanks, I'm always on the hunt for a bargain! If you don't mind my barrage of questions, how does it compare in texture to Eve Lom? This sounds like it might be a little lighter?
    I recently tried Eve Lom for the first time and really don't get on with the texture (or the smell!), but my skin seems to love gel to oil cleansers.... Is this somewhere between the two?

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    1. If you're looking for a good gel to oil cleanser the Ole Henriksen Pure Truth Melting Cleanser is lovely and I find it to be much lighter than your usual Eve Lom style balm xx

      http://bit.ly/angmkup

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    2. For gel-to-oils, it's very hard to beat Clarins Melting Cleanser with Marula Oil. I find myself reaching for it over and over. I also love the Algenist Genius Melting Cleanser, which smells chocolate-y. Frankly, I couldn't wait to finish the Ole Henriksen Pure Truth as the jar was just a bit too fiddly - really prefer a pump or squeeze dispenser.

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    3. Nude Skincare makes a really nice cleansing jelly that comes in a squeeze tube and I found it to be very pleasant. When you mix in a little bit of water the jelly turns a bit milky and completely rinses off. It does have a bit of a scent
      (like oranges) but it is very gentle on the skin and eyes.

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    4. The Boots No 7 Beautiful Skin Melting Gel Cleanser is a pretty good budget one too.

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  6. Wow - will definitely try this, sounds lovely!

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  7. On my third jar of this! Love the smell. Skin is incredibly soft after. Great for massage too. Try it!

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  8. Good to know! The last cleanser I bought by Boots stung my eyes something terrible. Is this one pretty kind to eyes?

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    1. Hi Hannah! I am a contact lens wearer and sometimes find my eyes to be dry and sensitive and generally unhappy - even on those does this doesn't seem to irritate them. Hope this helps!

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  9. Can this be compared to Lush's Ultrabland?? Like texture/result wise??

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    1. Less sticky and waxy than ultra bland, more of a solid oil if that makes sense? I find it easier to remove and prefer it over lush.

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    2. Thanks rachel :) I hate ultrabland.. its awful to get off, that yucky film it leaves, urgh! Will give this one a go.

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  10. Any tips for how to not end up with a greasy hair line, whilst still cleansing the skin near there? X

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  11. I love this stuff.I've been using it for the past couple of years. I tend to use it to remove make up. (Gets bobbi brown eyeliner off so easily) needs a couple of goes with a hot flannel to rinse it off

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  12. I'm really enjoying The Body Shop Chamomile cleansing balm as my value cleanser right now (thx Caroline!), haven't tried it on makeup yet.

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  13. Yay!!! For valentines after dinner out without the children husby took me to target and let me wander the beauty aisles without a complaint. I was excited to find lots of boots, boots organic, and several other UK brand skin care things I'd been consider and swiped them all up. Super excited to see a review on this with the Hirons Seal of Approval™.

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  14. Will have to be giving this one a try! and £8.99!!1 Bargain!

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  15. That looks excellent, Im on a hunt for a good price cleanser and have never tried balm before..my winter skin wants/needs something non drying..lets hope some friend is visiting Britain any time soon as Im not from the UK and with shipping (Boots does not ship to Czech republic I think) it won't a bargain anymore..
    Very much thank you for the review Caroline xx

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  16. I've been using the Boots Hydration Burst dual action cleanser. It seems to work like the Body Shop one CH recommended a while back but was discontinued. It applies like a gel but then turns into an oil when wet.

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  17. Been using this a while and I love it, in fact I prefer it to Emma Hardie (think its the smell I'm not keen on) and it will never be in stock again now Lady H has recommended it!!

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  18. I love the Boots Botanics range! Their clary sage products for dehydration are lovely! Really nice to see them getting some love in the bloggershere!
    :)

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  19. Surprised you had such good things to say about this product. It really didn't work for me it left a thick residue on my skin that felt gross.

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    1. I really quite like this product, did you try washing it off with a very warm washcloth? I find it removes all of my makeup and leave my skin soft.

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    2. I think this is a great cleanser for the price, removes my makeup perfectly, good for a first or second cleanse

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  20. Sounds like a brilliant budget balm cleanser. But we don't have access to Boots in Australia.
    The Beauty Bloss

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  21. Hello Caroline! I'm not sure where I can ask, so I decided to try to get your attention in the most recent post.

    Before New Year you gave a link to the Instagram page of the Doctor Pimple Popper or something like this (I'm really sensetive to this type of stuff so I won't google the correct name since the picture will pop up). I know she does "heavy cases", but this zits/pimple/under the skin painful thing (I'm sorry English is my second language and I have no idea of the right name for this in English) could be in a "baby stage". Do you have any recommendations (excluding a dermatologist visit for now) to reduce them? I have something like this on my face, it can't be popped, it is not a mole, it does nothing but bugs me. It also ruin the surface of my skin, it looks bumpy. Any idea how to make it out to the surface or make it disapper?

    Thank you!

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    1. It sounds like a cystic pimple. It sits under the skin and never comes to a head (to the surface). A cheap and effective option is anything with salicylic acid as the main active ingredient.

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    2. Thank you. I googled the pictures it is not this one, however, occasionally I have this one too. My skin doesn't like salicylic acid, it burns everything but not the target.

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    3. Perhaps try something with glycolic or lactic acid, sounds like a blocked poor. Can you get hold of either First Aid Beauty Pads or Nip Fab Glycolic Fix pads, or Pixi Glow Tonic. Where are you from.

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    4. I'm using Pixi, I like it but it does nothing for this, I had used FAB pads didn't see the differenceat all. I still have Caroline's Zelens pads, but don't really have a high hope for it. As an exfoliator I'm using ExfoliKate (once a week), Pixi everyday, I think for this sort of pimples should be a heavy duty stuff (I cannot stand these videos, my case is something like this https://www.instagram.com/p/BBLxl-SPweU/?taken-by=drpimplepopper). I don't know if it that bad inside, but it definitely has some similar surface.

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    5. Yeah that's Milia from the link you shared and should get those removed by a professional as they're stubborn. I've found it does tend to go (I've only had 1 or 2) but if bugging you just research Milia removal. You're definitely doing all the right things skincare wise :)

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  22. This was the balm cleanser I was using previously to trying out the REN Purity Cleansing balm, but I think I am going to switch back since the REN balm has been really irritating to my eyes lately. I think I much prefer this balm to the REN balm because the scent is lighter and I find it to be more gentle to my skin and eyes (and wallet!)

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  23. I love this, use this as my night time second cleanse (alternate with lush ultrabland), just lovely on your face.
    It does remove waterproof make-up. Obvs I use a flannel, not a muslin. Sxx

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  24. I used this a couple of years ago but I'd forgotten how much I liked it! As an oily skinned girl I can confirm I had no issues with it :)

    Jess xo | The Indigo Hours

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    1. If you have oily skin I wonder how it would be for those of us with dry/ sensitive skins ?

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  25. Hi lovely Caroline! I am from Scandinavia, and as A LOT of people here I have couperosa. I find that the use of a wash cloth really makes it worse so I've stopped using one and consequently I can't use cleansing balms. Any advice? What do you think about microfiber cloths?

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  26. Hi lovely Caroline! I am from Scandinavia and as A LOT of people from here in harsh climate I have couperosa. I find that using a wash cloth makes it worse so I've stopped using one. Consequently, I can't use balms for cleansing. Any advise? What do you think about microfibre cloths?

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    1. You have asked the question which I would have asked ! Also I don't like the Eve Lom "hot cloth" cleanser so will I like this one ?

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    2. ariana huffington cleanses her face with eve lom balm but uses her clarisonic brush instead of the Muslin cloth. Personally I've switched to Foreo because I have a very sensitive nose, and however much you wash the clarisonic brush head, after 3 or 4 weeks of use it still retains a very subtle odour. But I feel clarisonic just cleanses deeper. I wish Caroline had a post about these devices.

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  27. love these reviews! Caroline, I'm wondering why you've never really talked about Kiehl's or recommended any of their products. Do you have something against them or are the products not of the quality you're looking for? I personally only use their avocado eye cream, but I love it for my dry skin around the eyes.

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  28. I bought this without knowing you had posted about it. I think I've watched too many of your youtube videos recently, you give the best skin care advice! Obsessed!

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  29. Au will definitely give this a try when my Elemis runs out! Thank you for sharing xx

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  30. Thanks Lady, love a budget buy when it's Hirons approved. xx

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  31. Thank you for the review, but I actually have been using this balm over several months and I'm really not a fan =/

    I'm generally a big fan of oil cleansers (e.g., l'occitane oil cleanser, which I highly recommend) with modern formulas that wash away easily, but this I find leaves a waxy/oily RESIDUE and doesn't wash away easily like other oil cleansers I've used that turn milky on contact with water and leave no residue. I definitely will not be repurchasing this Botanics cleansing balm despite it being cheap.

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  32. if this is recommended for a second cleanse then whats best for a first cleanse/makeup remover? thanks in advance

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  33. Why recommend for "everyone" when you usually say avoid Shea butter if you are acne prone??

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    1. Because you wash it off, and not leave on the skin like a cream....

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  34. Hi Caroline! One question. If you take off makeup, then the face get wet. Do you dry your face with a towel before using the cleanser or what do you do? Or what do you use for taking off makeup? I have a cleansing milk for that at the moment, but maybe that's bad and I should change it.

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  35. Hello! I didn't have a good experience with this balm as, compared with other balms and cleansers, it didnt thoroughly cleanse my face of make up even though each time it took 2 or 3 times. Right now I'm using eve lom, and even though the balm only takes one application to cleanse even my eye make up off, I feel the amount of hot water I use every time to rinse and wash my wash cloth to be ruining my hands! I'm beginning to think maybe I'm not using washcloths properly. Would you please give a tutorial on the correct way to use wash cloths and maintaining them? And when to throw a cloth out? Also, is toning afterwards enough to close pores? And one last question what's the difference between a wash cloth and a flannel?

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  36. Bought this on CH's recommendation but it leaves a thick waxy residue that does not emulsify. Totally different to Body Shop Camomile, Elemis balm, Clinique TTDO ,etc. What a disappointment!

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  37. I got this a Target and am about out of it. I love it use Garnier cleansing water for my eyes then remove all makeup with this along with a washcloth. Works great subtle scent and affordable!

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  38. This was my holy grail cleanser when I live in England. Unfortunately, Boots in Sweden carry most of the Botanics range but not this. Beyond miffed.

    Never had any issues with residue as long as I washed it off with a hot flannel (an absolute must as this stuff does not emulsify -- you cannot cheat with this cleanser), nor with any breakouts due to the shea butter content. They used to include a muslin cloth, but I wouldn't recommend using it with the cleanser (great for dusting though!).

    I miss this balm something fierce now. :(

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    1. Great tips, I'll look into using a flannel instead! x

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    2. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! :) x

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  39. Heads up, those in The States and near a Walgreens, just picked this up on sale for $6.81.

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  40. This has been my perfect cleanser for the last few years but I recently ran out and it's been out of stock online and in stores (in the UK).. I enquired with Boots and just had an email confirming that it has been discontinued! So sad!

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  41. This has been my favourite cleanser for some time but I recently ran out and it has been out of stock in stores (in the UK) and online... Just had an email from Boots confirming that it has been discontinued. So sad!

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