Monday, 18 June 2012

Review: Emma Hardie Amazing Face Moringa Cleansing Balm

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.

The only downside I've found to this product is that the packaging is a little fragile.  A great big crack has appeared in the lid after a weekend away, and droplets of balm have melted between the inner and outer tubes.

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!


  1. i really want to try this, I have been hearing loads of great things about it. x

  2. My jar leeched as well, which did slightly put me off, but agree that it is a fab cleanser. I like the 2-phasedness of it.

  3. I'm just finishing my first 200ml tub of this and have a back up ready to go. Its a lovely cleanser. I use it neat, without emulsifying with water and use a flannel to remove. I've had no issues with the jar, but I've not travelled with it yet, but given its weight I'll probably decant some into a more travel friendly tub.

    It was this balm that got me into balm / oil cleaners and have quite a collection now, but use this almost every day.

  4. Now that does sound heavenly. Would you say it's too heavy for oily skin?

    1. I don't think so - it's not really heavy at all, and rinses very cleanly. Worth a try!


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