24 June 2015

Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm

Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm Review When it comes to balm cleansers I will hold my hand up and say that I would regard myself as having now tried a few. From the somewhat gritty, sticky, luxurious and indeed delightful I think I have in my time discovered what I do and don't like from a balm cleanser. Despite the weather now warming up I do not feel a need to move away from this type of cleanse as I know so many people are often tempted to do. They are often depicted as being quite heavy for this time of year however for me personally I think they are fantastic for all year round; they simply do the job and they do it well.

For a little while now I have being meaning to write a dedicated review for the Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm* which was kindly sent to me back in January. If we skip back briefly to my Skincare Overhaul post back in March you will find that I briefly touched on this product back then, however I really wanted to come back to it today in order to provide a more in-depth post because I truly feel as though this product deserves a little bit more attention.

The Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm* first and foremost is one of the more expensive (for me anyway) on the market at a retail price of £39.50 for 100ml. In the past I have tried balms that have only ever been cheaper so this to date, as far as I can recall is the most expensive so far. Like most balms I have tried this comes in a jar, which generally speaking isn't something I like when it comes to my skincare products as I find this type of product to be less hygienic. Despite this when it comes to balm cleansers I do tend to favour this packaging more because it makes the product so much easier to access and to use. Putting it quite simply you are not left squeezing a tube within the inch of its life to get the product out, I have been there before and it is no fun at all.

Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm Review
In regards to the texture of the product it is without a doubt the smoothest balm I have yet to try. It is so incredibly smooth on the skin and simply glides across effortlessly; it is a lovely texture to work with and does not drag across the skin at all. A little seems to go a long way with this which of course helps to soften the blow of the price somewhat. In regards to using it on my eyes I have found that whilst it does a relatively good job at removing standard mascara it does in fact struggle with eye liner so I do tend to use something separate for my eye make up when I use this. Having said that when I do use this product it is more likely that I will be using it as a second cleanse as opposed to that initial pre-cleanse as it is just too nice to use as that first cleanse. I feel as though the first cleanse removes the bulk of the make up before the actual cleansing process takes place with a second cleanse therefore I like to save my nicer, more luxurious products for the latter. 

There is a scent to this balm cleanser which I find to be really quite nice, it isn't overpowering but there is certainly a noticeable fragrance when I am using it. I am categorically useless at picking up scents however I definitely can pick out lavender there which I think coincides with the somewhat relaxing, calming sensation I have when I smell this. In terms of ingredients Elemis do not use any mineral oils, parabens or SLS within this product which is always an added bonus, although oddly enough there is no collagen within this product as the name may suggest.

Elemis Pro Collagen Cleansing Balm Review
Upon using this I notice that my skin feels instantly hydrated, smooth and youthful looking, especially after a long day of wearing make up at work. Whilst it is not a miracle worker at removing eye make up I do think it makes up for that in terms of how it makes my skin feel and indeed look. In the time in which I have being using this I have not experienced any irritation what so ever on my skin in general, although when used around the eyes I have noticed it to be a little stingy if I get it a bit too close. 

Overall this is a product that I have been really very happy with, it is a great second cleanse with an added element of luxury. I still have quite a lot of this left so I don't have to make a decision just yet as to whether I will pick it up once my current version runs out. I am in fact very torn because being a beauty blogger I am naturally very curious as to the other products that are out there on the market, having said that I certainly will not be forgetting just how good this has been.

Are you a fan of Elemis? This is my second experience with the brand by which after such a positive experience I'm really quite keen to dive in further to see what else they have to offer.


  1. This balm cleanser sounds great! I will have to give this a try :)

    emily xx


  2. I love the smell of this cleanser but wasn't satisfied with it for a through cleanse. Although, as you mentioned, it makes a great second luxuary cleanse. Have you given Lyonsleaf Beauty Balm a try? That is all natural, cheaper, smells amazing and works like a dream. I swear by it to remove makeup and for moisterisor.

  3. I haven't heard of that brand before, thank you for the recommendation though, I'll look into it for sure. This one sure does make a nice second cleanse, it isn't ideal for make up removal though.

  4. It really is lovely, it would be nice to get a smaller sample for people to try out though as it is a large product to commit to if you have never tried it out before.

  5. This sounds like a really luxurious cleanser! I'm being really good and sticking to Liz Earle, otherwise I would be snapping one of these up in a second! x

  6. I absolutely adore this cleanser & am on my 7th or 8th tub at this stage! xx


  7. For some weird reason, my skin doesn't seem to like some products from Elemis. Having said that, I still want to try this cleanser, as I love cleansing balms and have heard great things about it. x

    Renata | Speaking Beauty UK

  8. Hi Amy, I saw this recently in John Lewis and I soo very tempted to buy it, i really wish I did now. I <3 any Elemis products and this cleanser sound amazing!! http://www.annanuttall.com/

  9. This is one of my favourite cleansers to date, it's ridiculously smooth isn't it? Sometimes it stings my eyes a little bit but it leaves my skin feeling so supple. Love love looooooove.

    Megan xo
    Thumbelina Lillie | UK Beauty & Fashion Blog

  10. Liz Earle is amazing so I can see why Jennie. I recently picked up their Beauty Trio set, it has all the limited edition scents in which I am really looking forward to trying. I originally missed out on them when they were first released so I made sure I picked up the set. Hope you're well! :)

  11. It is so good isn't it! :)

  12. To be honest I haven't tried that much from Elemis so far but my experience in what I have has been really good. I hope you have better luck next time you try something Renata.

  13. Hi Anna! I really do like it, it is so soft on the skin and easy to remove in my opinion. If you do decide to get it I sure hope you like it as much as I do.

  14. It sure is Megan, I still can't believe how smooth it is every time I use it if I'm honest. You're right it can irk the eyes a little if it gets too close, maybe that's the fragrance? It's something I overlook as it leaves my skin feeling so good.

  15. danniella josephine28 June 2015 at 20:13

    I tried a small sample of this once and I loved it :) I was so happy when I won a full size tub in a giveaway last year. I really need to crack it out as it made my skin feel so heavenly :)

    Dannie x

  16. Oh wow that was lucky! It's an amazing product, I really do like it. I will be happy to re-purchase this however I'm really curious about the Emma Hardie one so I'd like to try that out before I do, just in case!


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