Monday, 4 November 2013

REN Rosa Centifolia Cleansing Balm

The full name of this product is REN Rosa Centifolia No 1 Purity Cleansing Balm, which is a bit of a mouthful.  REN's star ingredient, Rose Centifolia, has expanded out of bath and body and into skincare - this cleansing balm is one of a lineup of cleansers, all of which utilise the glorious rose.  I tried the Cleansing Foam a while ago, and found it to be a light, refreshing cleanser - this Cleansing Balm is almost exactly the opposite.

The balm is a thick, rich affair which would probably be better suited to a tub or pot than a squeezy tube.  I've struggled to get the product out of the tube thanks to its heavy unctuousness - you really have to squeeze hard to dispense a glob of cleanser.  But once you do, you're in for a treat - the balm is rich, oily and decadent, and scented beautifully with rose.

This is undoubtedly a luxurious cleanser - spread a little over the face and you're encouraged to do a bit of facial massage thanks to the silky, slippy texture.  It effectively removes makeup and dirt, and emulsifies with the addition of water.  I've found that it doesn't emulsify quite as easily as other balms I've tried - you need a good handful of water, wet hands don't quite cut it, and you also need to massage the water and balm together thoroughly.

Even so, this cleanser does leave a bit of a film on the face - I've not found my face squeaky clean after use at all.  The residue left over, though, is rich and hydrating, and doesn't seem to block up my pores or encourage spots.  Given the richness, I'd say this is better suited to dry skins, and better suited to winter cleansing.  Find it at Beauty Expert, where it costs £23 for 100ml.

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