3.12.2013

Emma Hardie Amazing Face Natural Lift and Sculpt Moringa Cleansing Balm.


Cleansing balms were completely new to me just a mere 2 months ago. Prior to that, my skin cleansing arsenal was a pitiful one, and I really didn't have any agents that were capable of giving me a deep, thorough clean that didn't leave my face feeling stripped of moisture. With the incorporation of the Emma Hardie Amazing Face Natural Lift and Sculpt Moringa Cleansing Balm into my line-up, my nighttime skin cleansing routine has never been the same.


I reviewed the Pai Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser a few weeks ago and mentioned that I thought I might love it even more than the Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm, but the more I use both of them, the more I realize how different they are and how they shouldn't necessarily be compared. 

Although I can certainly use either of them day or night, I've come to prefer the Pai in the mornings for a quick, refreshing clean and the Emma Hardie at night for a more hydrating, intensive cleanse after I've removed my makeup with the Shu Uemura Fresh Cleansing Oil (my HG makeup removing product!). 

Although it was undeniable that the Emma Hardie cleansing balm was a great cleanser, I couldn't help but be a bit underwhelmed the first few weeks I used it. I just didn't see what all of the fuss was about if I'm being honest....perhaps because it was such a hyped up product? But the more I used it, the more I got it.


I scoop out about an almond-sized amount of the balm into my hands and mix it with a bit of warm water to emulsify it before applying it onto my dry, makeup-free skin, slowly massaging it over my eyes, onto my face, and down my neck. It never stings my eyes or causes my vision to go blurry. Then, with a damp washcloth or their cleansing cloth, I gently rub my skin in circular motions before wiping the product off. If necessary, I'll give my face a quick rinse at the end to remove any excess product, but this is rare. 

After removal of the balm, my skin feels clean, but more importantly, hydrated, nourished and incredibly soft and supple. There are never any traces of residue or greasiness left over from the balm.


The only downside to this product, for me, is that I seem to be going through it at an extortionate rate. After about 2 months of use only at night, I think I'm well past the halfway mark. Maybe that's normal? Many reviews I've read have said that they can get away with using very little product with each cleanse, but I find anything less than an almond-sized amount just gets worked into my skin rather than cleansing it. 

The balm smells gorgeous - like oranges and jasmine. Emma Hardie claims it can also be used as a rescue balm of sorts when applied to dry patches of skin on the elbows and knees, etc., or as an intensive moisturizing facial treatment when applied like a mask all over the face then removed with a damp cloth after 10 to 15 minutes. I'll be honest - I haven't tried it for either of these purposes yet, although I am looking forward to using it as a facial treatment very soon. If that doesn't sound soothing and luxurious, I don't know what does.

Similarly to the Pai cleanser, I would recommend the Emma Hardie cleansing balm for just about everyone, regardless of your skin type. It leaves skin feeling clean, soothed, and refreshed while also providing the perfect amount of hydration that never leaves skin feeling tight and would be suitable for both drier and oilier skin types (plus an appropriate moisturizer +/- a serum, of course!).

As far as cleansing balms are concerned, I'm sold. Though I love this Emma Hardie balm, curiosity often gets the best of me, and I'm contemplating trying the REN No.1 Purity Cleansing Balm next. Has anyone tried it? Thoughts?

I ordered the Emma Hardie Amazing Face Natural Lift and Sculpt Moringa Cleansing Balm (100ml) as a part of a set on Beauty Bay for around $50 (I think it may have been on sale at the time), but it's also available on Feel Unique for $56.


20 comments:

  1. This cleanser has been raved about sooo often recently that it has certainly got me intrigued! I also like to be a bit more generous with cleansing balms (but not TOO generous because in that case it could feel a little too moisturizing), and maybe that's why it's disappearing faster than you expected.

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  2. I also love this and am reviewing it this week as well! I love smelling it at night, I find it so refreshing!

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  3. Oh good! Another great review of the Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm. That just means I'll absolutely have to get it! Thanks for the thorough review Tiffany - I'm having a hard time finding a makeup remover that doesn't strip my skin of moisture as well. This seems like it would fit the bill!

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  4. thanks for the review! have you seen any differences in your skin since using it?

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  5. I was very excited to read this when I saw it on your Instagram. I adore cleansing balms and since I've discovered them I don't know how I went without! I hate that it's disappearing so fast :-( the same thing is happening with my Omirovicza thermal cleansing balm which is so pricey to go so fast as this one is. It's almost painful to use. It does sound exquisite. There are so many great ones out there!

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  6. I feel like this stuff has been everywhere lately. I am really interested in trying it but its pretty expensive for a product that I'm not sure I will like. I'm sure I will cave and get this but for now I am attempting to be strong and read more review...

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  7. I agree, it is a bit on the pricey side for sure. For me, it's worth it for quality skin care, but you should definitely wait and do your research before splurging to make sure you'll like it too. Thanks for reading, Lauren :)

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  8. It is! Definitely unlike any of the cleansers I've tried before.

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  9. I only started hearing about Omirovicza recently...I think maybe on Cafe Makeup? It definitely sounds like something I want to try, but I have to be careful to note when something is splurge-worthy and when it might just be out of my price point altogether. Glad you love it though, Taylor! I just wish we didn't go through them so quickly :(

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  10. No problem! I actually completely switched up my skincare all around the same time and started using completely new products, and since then, my skin has cleared up immensely, and it's softer and feels more balanced. However, since I started using so many new products at the same time, I can't confidently attribute any of the positive changes to any one particular product, unfortunately. I'd definitely say this cleanser has at least helped though!

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  11. You should give it a try, Annick! I was pleasantly surprised by how luxurious and effective it is. I don't use it to remove makeup, only to cleanse afterwards, although I have read that some people do. Let me know how it goes :)

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  12. I love the scent too, Rachel! I didn't realize it was going to smell so nice when I first got it. Glad you love it too. Sounds like a lot of people do :)

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  13. Yes, I definitely admit to being a bit too generous with it, but I can't help it! I just find that amount works best for me. I do wish I could get away with using less though. Either way, the product is still worth it to me, even if I do go through it rather quickly :) What cleansing balms have you tried and loved, Sunny? Any recommendations for me?

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  14. I'm using the REN purity cleanser at the moment and I really like it. It's really nice to properly massage in and removes face make up well. The only thing I don't like is it stings if I get it in my eyes and I like using my second cleanse to take off the remaining mascara so it's a bit annoying. In fact I'm nearing the end and was going to pick up the Emma Hardie next! Great post x

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  15. Hi Jadey, I'm so glad to hear you like the REN one! I've heard about that stinging issue, and I'm not sure I want to deal with that since I sometimes rely on it to remove any bits of leftover mascara too. I may just stick with the Emma Hardie and repurchase another tub once I'm done with this one. We'll see. Let me know if you end up getting the EH one and what you think of it! :)

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  16. Do I have to cleanse my face with another cleanser after using the cleansing balm? Thanks.

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  17. Nope! If you're using it to remove you makeup though, I'd suggest cleansing again just because I believe in "double-cleansing" when you're wearing makeup, but no, you don't have to cleanse afterwards due to residue left over from the balm or anything like that.

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  18. Where do u get this cleansing balm? i know it's only available overseas. i tried the ren purity cleansing balm and it stung my eyes so badly! i do not recommend that one at all!

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  19. You can order from feelunique or beautybay online. And you're not the first person who has told me that about the REN cleanser - that's such a shame though! I don't think I'll ever buy it for that reason :-/

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