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?


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


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.


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:

Similar products?

Emma Hardie

Sanctuary Spa






All make great cleansing balms – none at this price though. If you’re on a budget, start here.