I've heard many rumblings about Emma Hardie's Moringa cleansing balm, all of which where overwhelmingly positive. So, when QVC offered up a skincare set containing a full size jar of it, I had to indulge.
The packaging is absolutely gorgeous - one of those tube-within-a-tube affairs which refract the light in an interesting way. It looks and feels heavy and expensive, and looks very smart on display in my bathroom.
The cleansing balm itself is gorgeous too. It's generally solid at room temperature, but the second you scoop any out of the jar, it softens into a rich oil. To use, you mix a few drops of water in with the softened balm, creating a milky fluid, and then massage over the skin. You're supposed to remove it with a muslin cloth, but I've found that it washes off just as well with a splash of warm water.
Once it's on the skin, it's almost impossible to avoid massaging the skin for a good few minutes - the texture is so rich and emollient that fingertips just glide over the skin - it's almost hypnotic. After use, the skin feels incredibly soft and velvety, as well as perfectly clean.
All in all, though, this is a pretty dreamy cleanser. And at around £30 a jar, it really should be. Having used it for a few weeks, though, I can say it's definitely worth the investment - this is easily one of the best cleansers I've ever used. It's also a bit of a secret multi-use product - the balm can be used directly on dry areas as an intensive moisturiser, or left on the face for ten minutes as a hydrating mask. Lovely stuff - which I'd happily replenish when empty!