3 February 2014

Botanics Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm



Cleansing Balms seemed to take over last year when it came to our evening skincare routines. Emma Hardie, Balance Me and Aurelia are all brands that come to mind when I think of this particular method of cleansing. These brands however all come with a bit of a price tag. This is all well and good but what if you've never tried a cleansing balm before, do you really want to spend £20 or more on something you may not like?

I hunted around for a cheaper alternative for a while and then I whilst rooting through my cupboards in the bathroom I stumbled across a previous cleansing balm I had used a long time ago, that was the old version of the balm I will talk about today. The Boots Botanics Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm retailing at £8.99 has to be one of the cheapest options I have so far found. Having tried the old version of this quite a while back I was sad to see that the packaging had completely changed; the glass jar was replaced with white plastic which made it feel a lot less luxurious. To be honest the presentation of the product in general lost a lot of its appeal for me, I also noticed that the ingredients list increased for the new version too; sneaky. Within the ingredients list below I have highlighted the new ingredients added to the reformulated version which you see above.

I've being using this for a good few months now on and off and feel as though I can offer my opinion on it and whether it has worked for me. As already discussed I'm not a fan of the packaging, this is purely because I've had experience of using the first and simply preferred it. The smell of the new version is more muted in comparison to the original as I found that to be quite citrusy, which, if you read my blog you will know I'm a huge fan of citrus scents. It was a shame to see that it had lost some of that to be honest as that was one of my favourite things about the original version.

Those aspects aside, did the actual product when applied to my face work? Quite simply yes, however there is one small issue.

The texture of this balm is quite solid however once applied to the face it melts quite nicely onto the skin. I find that only a small amount is required as if you go a bit too overboard it can be a bit tricky to remove properly, leaving behind a slight film on your skin. I tend to use this as my initial pre cleanse to remove the bulk of my make up of which I then proceed with something a bit lighter such as a gel cleanser.

Overall I do like this and find that it works very well to remove my make up however I'm not entirely sure if it has being causing one or two break outs. Here is where my problem lies as it could be purely coincidental but I have noticed that when I use this I do suffer from more blemishes than usual as well as a few spots. I do suffer with blemishes anyway but to be honest I rarely will get spots therefore when I do get them I do start to question what I'm using at the time or if I've eaten too many naughty things.

One thing I do question about this product is whether my skin is being irritated by one of the new ingredients that have been added to this version. At the time when I previously used the old version with the old formula I cannot recall suffering from any form of irritation, therefore, has my skin resistance changed, or is it a new ingredient causing some disagreement? 

To be honest I don't know if I can recommend this or not. Everybody has different skin therefore what may irritate me may be perfectly fine on you, it's all about trial and error with skincare after all in my experience.

Have you used this? What do you think? If you fancy giving it a try for yourself this can be purchased from Boots.

Ingredients: Olea europaea (Olive) fruit oil*, Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) seed oil*, Cera alba (Beeswax)*, Butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter*, Prunus amygdalus dulcis (Sweet almond) oil*, Cetearyl alcohol, Rosa canina seed oil*, Limonene, Citronellol, Pelargonium graveolens flower oil, Citrus aurantium dulcis peel extract*, Linalool, Citrus aurantium bergamia (Bergamot) fruit oil, Citrus medica limonum (Lemon) peel oil, Geraniol, **Parfum (Fragrance), Citral
* Ingredients certified as organic by the Soil Association for use in cosmetic products
** Ingredients certified as organic by the Ecocert Association for use in cosmetic products

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  1. I'm a bit unsure on this one! By the sounds of the old formula, I'd have love to have tried it but I'm just a bit wary giving it a go after hearing so many negative reviews on the reformulation of it. I've been loving my Balance Me face balm recently so I think I'll stick to that!

    Catherine, xo // Lady Liquor Vintage

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    1. The old formula was so much better, it also smelt amazing! I don't hate this but I can't say I'm a huge fan xx

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  2. This is the first I've heard about this product and I've been wanting to try another hot cloth cleanser after loving the Liz Earle offering. Maybe I'll give the No. 7 one a go, or Superdrug's own. The Balance Me one looks good too!


    Megan / hepburnspixiecrop.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. The No7 cleanser is fantastic, I would definitely try that. With some of the vouchers from the brand you can pick it up for just £5 which is a bargain xx

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  3. I'm using the Clinique cleansing balm and I absolutely love it, it doesn't leave any oil on your skin and in my eyes, it removes more make up than the Emma Hardie. I can imagine this would be a good highstreet version for people on a budget but I don't think I'll stray from the Clinique one now.

    Beth | BethBlogsBeauty

    xx

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    1. I'm incredibly keen to try that one Beth, it sounds rather nice. I'd love to try the Emma Hardie one but it is so expensive xx

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  4. I haven't tried any cleansing balms, but I use coconut oil which is amazing!

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    1. I would never have thought to try that! Thanks Bree xx

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  5. I think I'm a little bit iffy on this one, the way you describe the texture doesn't sound too appealing, especially if it's causing a bit or irritation with your skin. Think I might give this a miss! I still use the Superdrug hot cloth cleanser, I honestly swear by it! xo


    Kirsty | www.hellozelda.com

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    1. The texture is honestly ok, it's quite stiff in the container but it melts very quickly on my skin, it goes really smooth on. That Superdrug Cleanser is amazing, I love it too! xx

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  6. I haven't been a fan of the Botanics range, there is something about the scent which puts me off x
    www.beautyqueenuk.co.uk

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    1. I've only ever tried a couple of things. One was a moisturiser from a long time ago which was so good until they changed it, it's the same story with this sadly xx

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  7. I have never tried anything from this range. It's a shame the packaging has changed and the ingredients have increased. Honest review! xo

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    1. It is most certainly a shame as a lot of their previous products were very well recommended xx

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  8. I had this a year ago or so and used it all up, I loved it! Do you think it could maybe be the shea butter breaking you out? Might be totally wrong but it's quite high up in the ingredients list and I know that it can make people break out. I'd love to repurchase this actually but there's so many other cleansing balms I want to try first!

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    1. It could be but that was in the old version too where I never had any problems. It could be that my skin has changed though so perhaps it is the shea butter. I know I'm the same with things like this, I find something I like but then want to try other things too xx

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  9. I think I might be the only person in the world that doesn't like the Botanics skincare range. The packaging doesn't appeal and I've never found a product I've got on well with, either :( fantastic review though Amy xxx

    Gemma ♥ | Miss Makeup Magpie

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    1. I used to like it before they changed packaging and changed so many of the formulas. It's a shame as they messed with things that didn't need changing, probably made them cheaper to produce! xx

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  10. I had been tempted to give this a try because it's such a good price, there's just something about it that puts me off and I'm not sure what it is! xo

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    1. The price is fantastic but overall I wouldn't re-buy it. Having said that it could work for you, who knows! The packaging puts me off, it looks cheap, especially because I remember how it used to be and that was lovely before xx

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  11. This sounds really intriguing but I don’t think it could make me stray from my Clinique Take the Day Off cleanser. I want to try other things, but I can’t tear myself away from it!

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    1. That's twice that has been mentioned in the comments now, I feel as if this is one to try xx

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  12. the packaging is so lovely and I will def. try these products!

    xoxo;

    http://www.whatkennyhearts.com/

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    1. Let me know what you think of it :) xx

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  13. i really like the idea of a hot cleansing balm but i'm so lazy about using a muslin cloth and waiting for the balm to melt on and all that. still one day...

    Jenn
    A Beautiful Zen

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  14. I am currently using this and I really like it. I prefer the Clinique Take the day off balm, but this hasn't caused me any issues.
    katespitz.blogspot.com

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    1. I'm so glad to hear that you like it :) I secretly hope that they will one day put it back to how it was before xx

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  15. I really enjoyed using this, but I have to say I'm preferring a cleansing oil at the moment just because it's so much easier to remove haha! I agree it's a shame about the change of packaging/ingredients, though.


    Jess xo

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    1. It is a lot easier to remove haha! It is a shame but they must have done it for a reason, what ever that may be. The old version of this was divine xx

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  16. That really is a bargain! Will definitely try it out now :) xx

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  17. I was tempted to give this a try, until I saw Shea Butter in the ingredients - the same ingredient which I think made me break out when I used Cleanse & Polish! Perhaps the same goes for you?

    I'm currently using Emma Hardie.. despite the price tag, my skin is clearer than it's ever been, so I'm happy!

    Thanks for sharing this, I'll keep it in mind for when my EH runs out incase I'm a little short on money!

    amyalaska

    xx

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    1. Perhaps Amy, but I get on fine with Cleanse and Polish, it's a bit of a mystery I think.

      Emma Hardie is one I would love to try, I might ask for it for Christmas this year. Glad you liked the post, thank you :) xx

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  18. Ah how strange! And yes, excellent idea! :) It's so luxurious :) x

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    1. It's nice to use in the evenings, I would think that it would be quite heavy to use in the morning xx

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  19. I love it, but i don't find it gets rid of my make up, so I use it as a second cleanse and give my face a ruddy good scrub with a muslin cloth to make sure it's all off!

    Charlotte - www.blotandreapply.com x

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    1. I always have to second cleanse with this, I'd be left with a film on my skin otherwise I think. Thanks Charlotte :) xx

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  20. Funnily enough, I have a similar reaction re mini breakouts to The Body Shop's Camomile Butter - I always end up with a few more blemishes when I use that, oh and don't get me started on Liz Earle! Great review, it's nice to see reviews which mention both positive and negative aspects of products. If I weren't quite badly allergic to Rosehip, I reckon I'd still give this a miss as my skin would most likely react in the same way as yours does x

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    1. Thank you Jenny, I'm so pleased that you liked the review :)
      I get on really well with Liz Earle so I tend to fall back onto that when my skin acts up xx

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  21. I had a very similar experience. Being a student, I don't really like to spend too much where I don't have to, but I'm certain that this re-triggered my acne. I think it's the high shea butter content. Such a shame that they changed the formula! I'm new to your blog, but I'm really enjoying it so far!

    www.sophiemakesup.blogspot.com

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    1. It could be yes, it's a shame as it's such a nice product to use too. Thank you Sophie, I'm so pleased :) xx

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