Cleansing could probably be classified as one of my favourite past times. Standing in front of the bathroom mirror, gently massaging away a day’s worth of makeup and dirt, is cathartic and relaxing – as well as being the perfect pre-bedtime ritual. A great cleanse really is the basis of a great skincare regime, helping to create a glowing base that absorbs key ingredients beautifully and allows makeup to sit perfectly (read all my previous posts on cleansing here.) Nine times out of ten skin concerns have a root cause in your cleansing routine, so there’s always a reason to invest in the products that help you with the process. And invest is what you need to do when it comes to Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm!
Celebrating its 10th birthday, this iconic botanical cleansing balm has been a firm favourite of beauty editors and skincare fanatics for good reason: a beautiful formula that removes all traces of makeup and deeply cleanses the surface of skin, it also balances and hydrates simultaneously. Featuring ingredients that include Moringa Seed Extract, Wild Sea Fennel, Vitamin E and essential oils of Orange, Neroli, Mandarin, Jasmine and Rose, it smells absolutely incredible while also working as a treatment when left on the skin overnight. (I do love a multi-tasking product!)
I first used this cleansing balm about five years ago, and it was love at first dip; although it’s by no means cheap (this supersized 10th anniversary edition is £68.00!) it’s absolutely a wise investment in your skin – and using only a small coin-size amount with each cleanse, it lasts for an absolute age. Unlike a lot of other rich balms that leave the surface feeling sticky, this leaves absolutely no residue: just a supple smooth complexion that’s ready for a quick toner and night cream. You could use a far cheaper product, but in my opinion you just can’t surpass the luxury and results that the Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm* can provide… And that’s why it’s still going strong ten years later!
But if you’re not in the market for a cleansing balm right now, I do have three other beautifully luxe and evocative cleansers to suggest to provide that skincare hit just when you need it; use them as a second cleanse after your usual balm or oil, or in the morning when you just want something speedy and effective. They all provide a beautifully sensorial experience to leave skin feeling fab – and they’re a touch more affordable too, if the £68.00 price tag of Emma Hardie’s supersized version is making your eyes water.
L’Occitane Gel To Foam Facial Cleanser* (£17.10)
After coming to the end of my beloved ARK Defend Cleanser (read more here) I was on the look out for a new in-shower product when this landed on my desk – and it’s beautiful. The lightweight gel glides across skin and transforms into a soft foam upon contact with water, gently working to lift away dirt and grime and leave your complexion feeling effectively cleansed and hydrated. Many foaming cleansers can strip the skin of essential oils, but this I find is super gentle – in particular thanks to the inclusion of Cucumber and Thyme (also known for its anti-bacterial properties.) It’s a perfect in-shower cleansing solution that requires next to no effort in the morning, effectively lifting away that overnight sweat and cream build up that can linger.
Pixi Vitamin C Juice Cleanse* (£18.00)
If you’re already a fan of Pixi’s Glow Tonic then you’ll be a big fan of this too; it’s almost like a side-step to their toner range rather than a cleanser in the traditional sense, but this no-rinse cleanser certainly is a winner. Fortified with stable Vitamin C for its potent antioxidant properties and Ferulic Acid for gentle exfoliation, the cleansing water helps to remove traces of makeup and pore blocking residue while helping to even out the overall appearance of your complexion. It also includes probiotics to protect skin from external aggressors, which is undoubtedly the latest buzz word in beauty. One you’d use after your main cleanse or just before your serums and creams, this will definitely take a month or two to show its full potential.
ESPA Hydrating Cleansing Milk* (£25.00)
A real treat for the senses, this feels a little like a spa treatment from the comfort of your bathroom wrapped up in a beautiful glass bottle. I’d definitely use this as my second cleanse (as it’s not hard working enough to remove lots of makeup,) but it gently removes daily impurities and residue while helping to comfort and hydrate the skin. Ingredients including Rich Sweet Almond and Soya Bean Oils nourish skin, while Marshmallow and Chamomile help to calm, comfort and soothe while the milky texture gets to work. You can either apply with a cotton pad or massage into damp skin using your fingers, wiping away with a warm cloth to leave the surface feeling smooth and refreshed, or for a more spa like experience leave a little on while you soak in the tub for a gentle treatment.
Which would you be most likely to love?
The limited edition supersized Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm (200ml) is available now from their website, priced £68.00. The standard size Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm (100ml) is priced £47.00.
*gifted with no obligation to feature