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Brand: Boots / Balm / Type: Cleansing Balm / Subcategory: Balm / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types / What it does: Cleanses, regenerates / Product line: Boots Botanics

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      04.12.2013 16:28
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      A fantastic cleanser for dry skin that I would recommend and buy again

      Boots Botanics Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm

      I bought this last year and I have been using it on and off since then. I have only used a few things from the boots botanics skincare ranges, although the couple of items I have tried, I really liked such as the skin relief serum. I also love this cleansing balm - apparently the balm was made with shea butter and the one I have is made with olive oil instead which is a cheaper ingredient but I do like it.

      - Product description (from Boots.com)

      "This organic deep-cleansing balm contains a luxurious blend of Shea Butter, Rosehip and Jojoba Oil to leave skin smooth and beautifully clean. The ultra-rich softening formula swiftly lifts make-up, while the gentle polishing action of the muslin cloth helps dislodge pore-clogging debris, revealing your beautiful radiant complexion."

      - About the product

      The facial cleansing balm comes in a tub with a screw top lid. There is 70ml or 2.3 US fl oz of product in the tub. The balm is 97% organic and it contains the following natural ingredients such as: rosehip. The balm is a dirty yellow colour with visible whiter/lighter bits in it.

      - Using the product and results

      Firstly, what is a cleaning balm? A cleansing balm is a solid balm cleanser basically, it is a oily solid face cleanser in a tub - it doesn't sound great but it is fantastic for dry skin - I definitely wouldn't recommend it for people unless you have dry skin. To use the balm you take a small 5 pence sized amount in my hands and I make sure there is an even layer on my finger tips and massage it gently into my skin and over my eyes - it is safe to use over the eyes, in a small amount, and I have sensitive skin around my eyes due to on/off eczema. I massage it gently into the skin and it feels really greasy when applied/massaged which doesn't feel nice but the balm is easy to massage in and it doesn't really pull the skin. The balm is used for cleansing the skin and also removing makeup, that is why you can use it over the eyes.

      The balm doesn't feel nice on the skin when you use it but it does smell fairly nice. The balm smells like floral and quite natural and creamy/oily, in my opinion - others say that it smells like aloe vera too. The balm makes my skin feel greasy and oily when I use it and to remove the balm and slightly exfoliate the skin I use the muslin cloth that comes with the cleaning balm - a similar concept to the Liz Earle hot cloth cleansing balm. I use a hot/warm damp muslin cloth and press it gently against the skin to melt the skin and then just sweep the cloth across the skin removing the balm and makeup. The balm is fairly easy to remove and the muslin cloth helps to remove the balm and slightly exfoliate the skin gently. Once the balm is removed it makes my skin feel smooth, soft, moisturised but I can usually still feel the balm/wax on my skin to an extent - I think this is what makes my skin feel moisturised and helps get rid of dry patches. The balm does make my skin feel clean but because of the wax/balm excess on the skin it makes it feel less clean than other cleansers I have used.
      This cleanser is just fantastic for my dry sensitive skin and I have not experienced any negative effects of this product such as breakouts/spots, dryness, redness or irritation. When I use this cleansing balm I definitely notice a good difference in my skin whereby it is a lot less dry (in the way my skin feels/looks) and I have to use less moisturiser when I use this cleanser.

      Overall, I love this product, especially when the weather is colder as it helps with dryness and it improves the texture of my skin, making it smoother, softer and moisturised. I like the scent and I find that you only need a small amount and one tub has lasted me a while - I have nearly finished the tub now and I would definitely re-purchase! I would only recommend this product to people with dry skin, even if you have normal skin it may be too waxy/moisturising.

      - Price and availability

      I bought this product when it was on offer for around £4 from the Boots website. This product can be bought from Boots stores and online for

      - Conclusions

      Positives
      *Easy to apply and massage into the skin
      *Nice scent, muslin cloth included and it is mostly natural/organic
      *Leaves the skin smooth, soft, moisturised and it make the skin texture feel even
      *Price and availability
      *Doesn't irritate the skin, helps a lot with dryness and it does not make my skin breakout

      Negatives
      *Tub packaging
      *The balm/wax consistency makes the skin feel oily/greasy when using the product

      Thank you for reading my review

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        28.10.2012 14:46
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        I like it a lot and will be using it often

        I noticed boots botanics products and the cleansing balm a couple of weeks ago at my local boots store and really wanted to try it. I have tried boots products before and haven't been a big fan but considering the price was a lot higher than the other boots range and the fact that it is organic, really urged me to give it a try. It is a balm, which is an oil based facial cleanser. Since I have combination skin, in teh winter time I like to use oil based products just to add that extra moisture to my skin.

        I purchased it for just over 6 pounds (Not cheap, but not too expensive). I use it once a day, mostly during the night and find that it really cleanses the surface of my skin from the impurities and dirt it collects from throughout the day. Because I don't like pulling on my skin too much, I take a little of the balm, warm it up on the palm of my hand and then rub it into my skin. After a minute or so of massaging it all over my face and Neck, I either give myself a quick steam or I get a warm muslin cloth and rest it on my face to wipe away the balm.
        There is a muslin cloth that comes with it but for some reason I felt it was pretty harsh for my facial skin. Therefore I used one I had previously. I do really like it. I am sure there are many other balms that are probably a little better but for 6 pounds it is a really good buy. I'm glad I bought it. It feels like a real treat at the end of the day. It also feels really good to know that it is 92% organic. I'll recommend it only to those with combination or dry skin however since it is oil based!

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        10.03.2012 14:51
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        A great product!

        I wanted a good quality, but cheap cleanser and after hunting high and low in my local Boots for several weeks I found it! Obviously lots of people agree because it was always out of stock!

        The cleanser is priced around £5 for 70ml which is pretty much an average price for most cleansers - plus the Botanics range is usually on 3 for 2 offer so this can be bought cheaper.

        The product comes in plain, neat boxed packing - presumably to emphasise the fact its made from 92% organic products.

        The jar itself is plastic with a metal screw lip - I was a little disappointed with the plastic jar - obviously it is cheaper, but it makes the product feel cheap, I think it would benefit from a glass jar.

        The product also comes with a muslin cloth - this however is a complete waste of space - more on this later.

        The product***

        The cleanser is a hard oily balm when set, which is yellow in colour and smells a little soapy. You have to scoop a little out of the pot and rub between your fingers to warm up before applying on the face. It does feel grainy when set and when you are warming it up. But as it is warming up it becomes quite silky and the particles dissolve. This takes about 20 seconds and can be applied to the face. Application is easy and pleasant, the balm is soft and soothing on the face and massages in without much effort.

        To remove the balm, you soak the cloth in warm water and use it as a hot compress to draw out impurities. After this stage the remaining cleanserr can be rubbed off with the cloth, then a final cool compress is needed to close pores.

        However, the cloth provided with the product is good for nothing! It not absorbant so just roughly wipes the product from one side of your face to the other. I thought it might improve after washing in the machine, but it hasn't. So now I use other muslin cloths and flannels with this product. I think Boots should either provide a better quality cloth or get rid altogether!

        Anyway.. After removing the balm, it had removed my make up well and my skin felt so soft and supple, nourished by the oils in the product. It wasn't drying or harsh, it is definately suitable for senstive skin. I felt like I didn't need to moisurise my skin after using this as it felt so nourished.

        I was worried that the oilyness of this product would lead to breakouts and clog my skin, but I have had no problems with this product. I think it has helped improve my skin condition and quality.

        Overall I would recommend this to all, it is a cheap product and cleanses skin well, leaving it soft and moisurised

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        30.06.2011 09:47
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        Fabulous product, that will leave your skin looking and feeling amazing at an astounding price.

        I had previously tried the foaming cleanser for Oily/Sensitive skin in the Boots Botanics range, and whilst I thought it did it's job well, and seemed to improve the apearance of my skin it was still a little too drying. After reading rave reviews about the cleansing balm I decided to give it a go in the hope that this would leave my skin soft and supple.

        I have annoying dry, sensitive but very oily skin so finding a decent product that doesn't aggrevate it is no mean feat. At last however I seem to have found it in this little miracle pot. The product itself is certified 92% organic, and comes in a plastic jar with a metal screw top lid contained inside a cardboard box outer. Although it doesn't ooze style it still looks nice in the bathroom, but as for the cotton cloth that comes with it.......... well I'd just throw that away as it's pretty useless and invest in a proper muslin cloth or even a flannel would do. The first thing you notice when you take the lid off is the subtle citrussy smell, it's almost good enough to eat! You only need a small amount of the actual product as a little really doe go a long way, I like to dot it on my forehead, nose, cheeks and chin and then massage it in using small circular motions and in a morning i'll jump in the shower and let the steam from it help to draw out any impurities then use a cloth to remove the balm, (again in small circular movements) at the end of my shower.

        Once I've patted my face dry it feels so soft, nourished and of course clean. The shea butter really does work a treat and it without a doubt does soothe the skin as it claims. I was sceptical to begin with, oily balm to cleanse oily skin??? However I needn't have been, and I'd go as far as to say that it has actually helped to control my oily skin over time, and I definitely have fewer blemishes as a result.

        I honestly think this product would suit most people and once tried they too would be hooked. At only £6.63 per pot, (and Botanics products are normally on 3 for 2) it's an absolute bargain as my pots lasted the best part of six months with daily use. The ingredients are great, and generally organic and the cardboard box and plastic pot are all recycleable. What's not to love?

        Botanics products are available from Boots stores nationwide and online.

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        20.10.2010 01:36
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        I hope they make this for a long time, because I will be devestated if it goes!!

        I am one of these people who dart back and forth between cosmetic products, constantly hoping to find the answer. I buy something new, a few weeks later it is stashed away with the others, awaiting the arrival of a new and equally useless product. So in the last few years I have really tried to find products that I can live with, or more to the point, can't live without. And this is without a doubt one of them...

        I first became aware of a non-foam/gel/cream/soap cleanser when I visited a make-up counter at House of Fraser and was introduced to an oil cleanser, this seemed like an incredible option to me because I have dry/sensitive skin which is usually very clear and doesn't breakout. However you have to take your make up off sometime, and it seems like the more I clean my skin the more I will breakout because my skin becomes so dry, damaged and sore no matter how much I moisturise afterwards. However there was only one thing putting me off their product, the price tag. So I decided to hunt for something similar...

        Incredibly I found this at Boots, only £6.49! I couldn't understand how I had never noticed it before as I am a big fan of Botanics products. Not only was it a cleansing balm, but an organic one at that (92% certified organic ingredients) So I took it home expecting to throw it in with the rest of the rejects within a few weeks.
        Well, I am now finishing my 2nd jar and it is the only cleanser I will ever use, so I felt compelled to share this little beauty with everyone and let you know that you will not be disappointed.

        First of all it comes with an organic muslin cloth, which isn't anything to shout about, but you can always use your flannel! It smells devine to start with, you really feel like you're treating yourself rather than just 'cleansing your skin'. It's very pleasant to put on and I didn't find it sticky or greasy at all. Once you have smoothed it on your skin you press a warm cloth onto your face to draw out the impurities and then gently wipe off the balm, finishing by soaking your cloth in some cold water and wiping on your skin to close your pores. The after effects of this product are even better than the process, sometimes I forget to use moisturiser because my skin never tightens or dries after using it (this was my problem with my previous cleanser, the Botanics cleansing foam) With this balm I find that even after one use my skin seems to glow. Just a couple of days after using this and balm I felt extremely comfortable going out without make-up because my complexion seemed so much clearer and I had a better, healthier colour to my skin. And because my skin wasn't getting so aggravated by the cleanser I never got breakouts by washing too much.

        I now have a few precious products that I never switch from and this is one of them (2 others are from the botanics range too!), so I'm afraid the others in my stash just get thrown out when they go out of date, because they're never going to beat this one.

        I've noticed that neither the reviews or the boots website list the ingredients, and as this is always an important factor to me I will list them here in case it is helpful to you;
        Butyrospermum parkii butter*, Simmondsia chinensis oil*, Cera alba*, Cetyl alcohol, Sorbitan laurate, Persea gratissima oil*, Citrus aurantium bergamia oil*, Limonene*, Pelargonium graveolens oil*, Linalool*, Rosa damanscena flower oil*, Citronellol*, Geraniol*, Citral*
        (*organic)

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          07.06.2010 19:56
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          a good buy

          I finally got my hands on one of these cleansing balms today but fully equipped to review it as I've been using the cleanser for months. I had a pot 2 months ago but after running out I couldn't seem to find it anywhere! and they seem to have shrunk the pot.. it still says 70g but I have an old pot and theres a huge difference comparing the two.

          It come in a cardboard box which makes itself very clear that it's recycable. And inside you get a 70g pot of product. The great thing about this cleanser is that it's 92% organic and paraben and SLS free at a cheap price tag. Inside the box you get a 100% organic cleasing cloth to use with the balm which might sound good but believe me it's not - more on that later. It contains Shea butter so it's very moisturising especially during winter times.

          The balm itself is really thick similar to the consistency of Vaseline. The colour of the balm appears like a yellowy colour and in my current pot is overdosed with crystals which is not unusual as you get a little note in the box stating that crystals may appear due to the naturalness of the product. But my last pot didn't contain crystals, however when you are rubbing the balm in your palms they disappear. The balm smells absolutely gorgeous and I can't stop sniffing it, it smells very natural and fresh but not in a gross way like how you find in some organic products (cough.. Organic Surge!.. cough)

          How I use it :
          I get quite a genourous dollop out but idealy you will only need around a teaspoon full and rub it in your palms to melt. Massage it into your skin avoiding the delicate eye area.
          Rinse the muslim cloth with warm water and rub in circular motions to get the greasy thick residue off and to gently exfoliate.
          When the balm has disappeared soak the cloth with hot water and compress to your face to draw out impurities.
          Then soak with cold water and compress again to close pores.

          Obviously the fact that it's greasy and nourishing shea butter will scare oily skin types away but after wiping away the contents with the muslim cloth I'm left with no greasy residue but the moisturising effect is still there. My skin is just normal but if it was heading towards anything it'd be dry and I find the cleansing balm leaves my skin feeling very soft, supple and moisturised, sometimes there's just really no need to slather on some moisturiser as it tends to ruin the effect. I feel thoroughly clean after using the balm than I do with other cleansers as obviously you are putting a little more time and effort in but it's worth it. It wipes off all make up, it says not to use around the eye area but I've used it around the eye to take of my eye make-up and it works great and it's quick and easy.

          The muslim cloth - The muslim cloth is vile! It's extremely rough on the skin and gets mouldy and dirty very quickly no matter how many times it's put in the washing machine and it doesn't really fit around my face to compress so I definately suggest investing in some different cleansing cloths, I use Liz Earle ones that my mum kindly gave to me and they're nice. I find putting a muslim cloth in the cardboard box is a complete waste as people who continue to buy it already have the cloths from their old one so it's completely unnessesary.

          I really love this cleansing balm, although it's quite greasy it doesn't break me out.. it's really refreshing after a wash with it and you never feel so clean in your life and the fresh aroma adds to the experience, if you can't afford a facial you can definately afford one of these. The pot lasts months as you get a generous amount. The Shea butter is extremely nourishing and completely ideal for the winter if you have dry chapped skin. It's nearly all organic ingredients so it is suitable for my sensitive skin but the only benefits of the balm is to keep your skin clean and it's only beneficial ingredient is Shea butter but I am really happy with it and hopefully it won't get out of my sight again once ran out. But there's the small matter of the muslim cloth which is a disgrace and a complete waste but I'll let that slide as it's such a lovely cleanser.
          It's also dermatologically tested

          You can purchase this balm at Boots in their Botanic range for £6.49 which is really inexpensive and compares to similar more expensive products but I can only seem to find it in larger Boots stores. It's also available on the Boots website but frequently out of stock.

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            07.04.2010 21:54
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            Well worth a try

            I've bought lots of products from the Botanics range over the years, most were 'meh', 1 was horrendous and 2 were amazing. This is one of the amazing ones :)

            I wouldn't say I have particulary sensitive skin but my eyes are a total nightmare, they well up and turn red at the slightest irritation so cleansers have always been very hit and miss for me.

            Until I found this product the only things I could use to get my eye make up off without losing vision for 20 minutes were Dove soap and Virgin Vie face washes. The only problem with these are that I work in the evening and the last thing I want to do when I come home late at night is stand over the sink washing my make up off. Not only that but it takes me ages to get to sleep anyway so washing my face at that time of night kept me awake even longer! I even tried make up removing wipes to avoid this but because I wear a lot of mascara it took about 50 swipes and 3 cloths to get it off! Pulled my eyelashes out and cost a bloomin' fortune.

            So. On to the good stuff, the cleansing balm:
            It comes with a small muslin cloth and you get a LOT of product for £6.50. You only need a small amount and the pot I'm using right now I've had for nearly a year - works out as 12p a week!

            This not the recommended way of using it but it gets my face and eyes cleaner than any other method I've tried.
            I scoop out about half a teaspoon full and spread it all over my face, then with what I have left on my fingers I work it into my eyelashes. It breaks everything down in seconds which makes sense when you think of it, like removes like and as most make up is oil based it takes hardly any effort on your part at all.

            This is where you're recommended to use the muslin cloth soaked in warm water to remove the nice oily mixture (which by this point is usually black if you wear as much mascara as I do) that is now sitting on your face, but I could only be bothered to do that once as the cloth got clogged up very quickly. Instead I use sensitive baby wipes to get it all off, they're cheap and can be used in bed or in front of the tv!

            Depending on the time of night I can be a bit slap dash applying this and have got it in my eyes on more than one occasion, it's never even made my eyes water let alone stream like they did with every other cleanser I've used. I've even converted my mum as it's been the only thing to remove her waterproof mascara without irritation.

            As much as I love it some people may not, my sister doesn't like it because she hates the way it feels when she's putting it on. It's cold, claggy and greasy and if you have spot prone skin like she does it can feel a little un-nerving spreading this all over your face.

            For me though I'll never use anything else :)

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            09.11.2009 20:13
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            The rival to Lush's Ultrabland is this product, and I'm more inclined towards this one!

            I've always quite liked the Boots Botanics range, in the past I have used their cleansers, toners, moisturisers and wipes, and so I was interested to see that within the Boots Botanics range there is now also an Organic range. There are a few products within this range and the one which took my fancy was the Face Soothing Cleansing Balm.

            This cleansing balm comes packaged in a cardboard box, the design of which matches the rest of the Botanics range so it may be hard to spot on the shelf at first as they do have a lot of products in their range! However just keep an eye out for the few products labelled 'Organic' grouped together on the shelf and you will notice this cleanser. The box claims this product is 92% certified organic (an important point to note, some products claim their selves as organic but it's certified organic that you need to keep an eye out for) and, as with the rest of the Botanics range, it uses active plant extracts.
            In fact, just taking a look at the back of the box you'll notice no parabens listed in the ingredients but instead there seems to be a variety of oils such as Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, along with many other ingredients and there have a * next to them. This indicates a certified organic ingredient and you can clearly see that only 2 components (Cetyl alcohol and Sorbitan laurate) are non-organic. It seems the fear of products containing parabens is on the increase, and so it's nice to see that this range has opted to follow suit with some more natural products.

            So what's this cleansing balm like? Well when you open the box you'll find inside a glass jar with a metal screw lid. The jar contains 70g and it feels quite weighty, and certainly looks of high quality. In the box is a note which states you may notice some crystal formation in the cleansing balm, however this is completely normal due to the nature of the natural ingredients. One of the best things about this cleansing balm is it actually comes with an Organic cloth (made with 100% organic cotton) to use with it, and it's also of a good quality.

            I love the smell of this cleansing balm. When I first opened it I was immediately struck by the nice citrus smell, and in fact it smells very lemony to me. I'm also surprised by just how much balm is in this jar and considering you don't need to use much at all when applying this to your face, this is excellent value for money.

            It's so simple to use. I always scoop a little bit out onto my fingers and begin massaging my face with the balm. You don't splash your face with water first, just put it straight on and use light, upward strokes. The balm smells pleasant and feels wonderfully soft on the skin. Don't worry if you think it's feeling a bit greasy, I have very blemish prone skin and this doesn't affect my skin badly at all, instead enjoy the feeling knowing you're rubbing natural oils into your skin! To remove, simply soak the supplied cloth in warm water and gently press this against your skin to warm your pores and open them up. Then rinse the cloth and begin removing the balm by massaging the cloth onto your skin in circular motions. It comes off much easier than you expect! After you've removed the last traces, remember to soak the cloth in cold water and pat against your face to close those pores back up.

            I love the feeling of my skin after using this cleansing balm. It feels very soft and very clean, and it always removes every last bit of my makeup. I strongly compare this product to that of Lush's Ultrabland. If you've used that and loved it, but thought it a bit pricey, then you will certainly love this one! I actually prefer this Boots Botanics version as it smells better, you get more for your money and it comes supplied with a cloth. It does exactly the same job as Ultrabland and I end up with soft skin afterwards, the same as I did when I used Ultrabland. I am a complete Lush addict, but this cleansing balm is very comparable and I would say it's the superior product. For example this cleansing balm costs £6.36 normally, however there is ALWAYS an offer on with the Boots Botanics range, and currently you get a £1 off making this only £5.36. Compare that price with Lush's Ultrabland which costs £8.94. Fair enough you do get 30g more product from Lush for that price, but you don't get a cloth which is handy, and considering it's almost £4 cheaper... that's a heck of a saving for a product which does just as good a job, and is just as natural with its ingredients!

            I highly recommend this product. It smells great (quite lemony!), it's made with certified organic ingredients and it leaves skin feeling so soft and smooth, whilst giving it a thorough clean removing every inch of your make up. I love using this product morning and night and I certainly notice the difference in the feel of my skin after using this compared to when I use a cleansing lotion or a face wash. This balm will cleanse and clean your skin without stripping it and leaving it feeling dry. Even if you have oily skin like me, you'll be amazed at just how great your skin looks after using it.

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