The Cut: Balms

My sister said she’d really like to read about what beauty products did and did not make the cut into my one, move your life across the world, suitcase. So I thought I would do a few posts about my favourites, my holy grails, the things that I packed multiples of because I can’t bear to run out.

In all honesty, I wasn’t as ruthless with my beauty products as I was with other things, I packed whatever I could fit in my one case! This wasnt because I was worried about getting certain products here, on the contrary, Bangkok has incredible shops for a beauty fan (…I’m coming to get you Sephora…) but mainly down to my being unemployed for the foreseeable future and wondering if I’ll be able to justify that little pot of goodness when it’s the same price as a return ticket to Koh Tao?

Too many people have told me over the years that they don’t remove their makeup because nothing gets their mascara off easily…I wear waterproof mascara everyday (and lashings of it) and take it off every night without fail (even on my wedding night….not sure if that’s a good or bad thing…). The trick is a great cleanser.

So to kick off, Cleansing Balms, one of my favourite products. This is 100% down to Caroline Hirons, the skincare guru, she will change your life….and your skin. A cleansing balm is basically a rich wax like butter that when massaged onto a dry face melts grime and makeup off in front of your eyes, literally. I rinse off with a warm flannel which turns the balm to milk and exfoliates at the same time (two birds, one stone), all in all this probably takes me about 90 seconds. We all have time for that, why wouldn’t you spend time on your face?


My go to, couldn’t live without, cleanser is Clinique Take The Day Off cleansing balm. This is incredible stuff; a little goes a long way and as well as taking off the most stubborn mascara in a few seconds, it leaves my skin feeling absolutley beautiful. It’s totally unfragranced and doesn’t sting my eyes, always a bonus if you have sensitive peepers. And the price is pretty good too, £22 for 125ml. Everything I’ve ever read about this cleanser says it’s suitable for all skin types and I have no reason to think otherwise. I bought 2 pots in my suitcase (a third was left behind in the great Thai Airways bag cull….hopefully my mum will bring it out for me soon as I’ve just visited Sephora and it’s over £30 here….eeeekkkk!).


Really worth a go if you haven’t tried a cleansing balm before is The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter, £12 for 90ml. I really like this and find it similar to the Clinique one just not quite as thick consistency wise. It’s slightly fragranced and it can be a bit stingy on my sensitive eyes if I’m tired but I have purchased it many times and always finished the tin!

The most luxurious cleansing balm I have tried is Emma Hardie Amazing Face Cleansing Balm…wow, not only does this remove the toughest mascara and cleanse like a dream, it smells like you’ve had the most relaxing of facials. I personally love the fragrance of this product. A little on the pricier side, I usually wait for this to be on offer before repurchasing as it’s £36 for 100ml! The only little annoyance with this product is whilst the gorgeous packaging looks and feels just how you think a product of this price should, it develops little splits…by itself….nothing that affects the product inside and it wouldn’t put me off buying but it is a little annoying when it looks so nice on your shelf!


One to avoid is the Boots Organics Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm £5.99 for 70ml. This stuff is truly horrid. I can only describe it as feeling like you’re spreading thick waxy lard that turns to a sticky, greasy glue on your face and leaves it waterproof, despite scrubbing with a muslin or flannel. Totally gross and surely it’s going to blocks those pores, what were you thinking Boots???

I also packed a Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish and a Clarins Melting Cleanser…both are fab and my picks for morning cleansing. If I’m having a bad skin day, I find the LE works great as a face mask too.

So those are the cleansers that have accompanied me to Bangkok! Do you have any favourite cleansers I should try whilst I’m here and have a Sephora close at hand?

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  1. hoiyinli says:

    The Clinique Balm has become my favourite ever too! I’m close to finishing my second pot. I’m also trying out the oil version which I like too, and find more convenient to use in the shower, but love the balm for a quick facial massage!

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