I will start off telling you that I love both of these balms, but they are quite different. I absolutely love a cleansing balm, especially in the drier winter months. I did an in-depth post on cleansing balms a while back and you can read it here. You can read about what ingredients you want to avoid in mainstream cleansing balms and what to look for in healthier alternatives.
Today I will just talk about my experience with the newest balms that I have used over the last few months.
First is the Clean Slate from La Bella Figura. This was a new release from La Bella Figura at the end of 2017 and since I have deeply loved every product that I have tried so far, I knew I had to try it right away. Also, if you read my previous post about cleansing balms, you know that I just love them.
La Bella Figura was founded by Victoria Fantauzzi and Karen King, who met as educators. They formed a bond that built a brand. They were both big travelers and they began searching for the world’s most exceptional ingredients. Combining modern science and old world alchemy, they create formulas without harmful chemicals and they don’t compromise on quality.
When you first open the jar, you get the delicious aroma of lemon with a light back note of coriander. I find it to be a very invigorating scent. When I am relaxing in the bath about to fall asleep, it gives me a last boost of energy to wash my face properly. What makes this cleanser different is how thick it is. When I first used it, I had a little trouble spreading it because you don’t use it like most balm cleansers I have tried. It is thicker and doesn’t spread like most balm cleansers, but don’t worry. Most balm cleansers have oils or essences as the first ingredient. The Clean Slate has Cupuacu Butter as the first ingredient which makes it thicker and more of a solid consistency. Cupuacu butter is a moisturizer that is related to the cacao plant. I apply most balms to dry skin and they melt on contact with warm skin. I find this cleanser works best applied to wet skin. I splash my face with warm water, scoop a small amount of cleanser from the jar, warm it up in my hands and then massage it to my face. You only need a small amount if you use it correctly. Once it mixes with the water on my face, the magic begins to happen. It removes all makeup, including eye makeup without any irritation. If you continue to massage it on your face long after it has removed your makeup you will notice that it starts to become foamy. It turns from a balm cleanser to a foamy cleanser and continues to remove any dirt or pollution from your skin. When you remove it, you will find that it rinses completely clean with just water and your skin will feel super clean, soft and hydrated. No makeup, dirt or residue left on your skin! I love a cleanser that doesn’t require any wiping with a cloth to remove it. I don’t like using a cloth to remove cleanser. I feel a cloth is just unnecessary tugging and pushing unwanted stuff into my skin. Not to mention, another item to add to my unending pile of laundry. I just want a cleanser that removes my makeup along with any dirt or pollution accumulated through out the day without drying out my skin and that rinses clean with water. Not too much to ask, is it?
If you choose to apply it to dry skin, make sure you warm it up in your hands first, so it will spread evenly. Another way to enjoy this product is to apply it and then step into a hot shower to steam it off. I tend to use it at night, but it works well in the morning as well and the scent will totally invigorate you.
What makes this cleanser so special? The Cupuacu Butter, native to the Amazon Rainforest, is a powerful moisturizer full of antioxidants, that helps protect the skin’s barrier, while supporting the skin’s collagen and elastin proteins. It also contains active lemon kernel oil which purges buildup. Here is the full list of ingredients:
Ingredients: Theobroma Grandiflorum (Cupuacu) Butter*, Camellia Oleifera (Camellia) Seed Oil*, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil*, Cetearyl Olivate (and) Sorbitan Olivate (Wax Derived From Olives), Decyl Glucoside (Plant Source), Citrus Limon (Lemon) Kernel Oil*, Coriandrum Sativum (Coriander) Seed Oil CO2, Vetiveria Zizanioides (Vetiver) Oil CO2*, Citrus Aurantium Var. Amara (Orange) Blossom Extract*, Arnica Montana (Flower) Extract CO2*
The other cleansing balm that I have fallen in love with is the Lilfox Miami Amazon After Dark. If you aren’t familiar with Lilfox products, they are the masterpieces of creator Alexis Rose, a certified aromatherapist. She creates luxurious, powerful products with organic ingredients and unique aromatics. Originally, this Cleansing Balm was only released as part of a set and because I just knew it was going to be special, I couldn’t wait for the full release and purchased the Aromatic Beauty Daily Essentials Set.
This cleansing balm is called “Melty Jungle Cleansing Balm”. It is truly melty and delicious! When I open the jar, I get an earthy, rose, rosemary and ylang ylang aroma. This cleanser has a soft but solid texture that melts on contact. It also cleans away all traces of makeup and dirt and is gentle enough to use on the eye area without irritation. You can use it on wet or dry skin. If you use it on wet skin, it turns into a luscious cleansing milk. This cleanser also rinses away beautifully with just water. What makes this cleanser different is that once you rinse after cleansing, you will notice that all of your makeup is gone, including eye makeup, but your face is left with a light layer of oil. It isn’t a layer of oil that makes you feel like your face isn’t clean, because your face feels very clean. Instead, you feel super clean but very hydrated all at the same time. It is a feeling you truly have to experience to appreciate.
This cleansing balm also contains some super powerful exotic ingredients from the Amazon Rainforest. It is a jar packed full of extracts, butters and oils which supply your skin with collagen boosting Vitamin C, natural alphahydroxy acids and antioxidants while gently exfoliating, cleansing pores and removing excess oil. Here is the full list of ingredients:
a.murumuru (murumuru) butter**, h.annuus (sunflower) oil*, (p.edulis (maracuja) oil* + c.oleifera (camellia) oil* infused with h.sabdariffa (hibiscus) *, r. spp (rosehip)*, s.alba (white willow bark) *) , o.oleifera (babbasu) butter*, ceterayl olivate + sorbitan olivate (olive wax) , m.indica (mango) butter*, t.grandiflorum (capacua) butter**, r.comunnis (castor) oil*, lecithin (sunflower/non-gmo), hydroxystearyl alcohol + hydroxystearyl glucoside (castor + sugar derived) , coco glucoside (coconut derived) , h.annuus (sunflower) oil + t.ferdinandiana (kaduku plum) extract , h.annuus (sunflower) oil + s.alba (white willow bark) extract*, h.annuss oil + v.amazonica (amazonian lily) extract*, n.sativa (black cumin) oil*, p.graveolens var. roseum (rose geraniunm) oil, c.aurantium var. amara oil (pertitgrain) *, r.officinalis (rosemary) antioxidant extract, c.oderata oil (ylang ylang) *, r.officinalis (romeary) oil*, c.bergamia (bergamot/bf) oil*, c.camphora ct.linalol (ho wood) oil* *certified organic **wildcrafted
You can use both of these cleansers for your morning or evening cleanse and they can be used alone or as part of a double cleanse ritual. They are great for all skin types even acneic skin and will leave you feeling super clean but fully hydrated. Always remember that when you are using an open container like these products, try to use a spoon to remove the product so you don’t introduce bacteria into the jar.
I would love to know if you have tried either of these cleansing balms or if you have another favorite cleansing balm!