Cleansing Balms – My Thoughts and Ramblings

OK let me preface this by saying I am no Caroline Hirons.  My only stake in this game is my own skin – literally! I have combination/oily skin which has been getting drier as I age or maybe its because I live in Colorado. Or maybe both reasons??? See first sentence.

The cleansers of my yesteryears  (Clinique’s Liquid Facial Soap is one that I used for years)  were too drying and provided no other benefits for my skin.  I now use Philosophy Purity Made Simple as a first cleanse. This removes even stubborn mascara and does not leave my skin feeling like an old shoe.

Time for changes.

Cue the “Cleansing Balms”. I find that a cleansing balm keeps the moisture (or replenishes – not sure – see first sentence) in my skin. I wanted to try a few with ingredients that were nourishing for my aging skin. Here are my thoughts on the ones I’ve tried.

     Darphin Aromatic Purifying Cleansing Balm

Darphin Aromatic Purifying Balm – I purchased this from Amazon and this is a bit pricy.  The tiny 0.4 oz packages cost $66.76.  This can also be purchased from Darphin’s website.  The picture above is linked to Darphin’s website.


The Aromatic Purifying Balm has the most dense texture of all of them.  And it is truly aromatic. This has a “mediciny” fragrance. My husband says an ‘herbal, menthol kick”.
It has a consistency of vaseline but when you massage it into warm skin it turns into a velvety, buttery texture. Some people leave this on their face overnight.  I would not try this as I have oily skin. I remove with a warm wash cloth.


I do like this one.  This leaves my skin feeling soft and silky.  It does not cause any breakouts on my skin and most importantly leaves it feeling hydrated. I am not sure I will repurchase this just because of the price.

                           Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm

Ellemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm – this one was also purchased from Amazon. I linked the above picture to TimeSpa also. This contains 0.7 oz. and cost $13.20. Amazon also has a 3.7 oz. package for $29.51.

This balm has a velvety texture like chocolate pudding. When massaged into the skin it feels pretty much like the Daprhin.


The Elemis cleansing balm has a slight lemon scent but there is also that slight medicine smell in the background. I do enjoy this one. It melts in much easier than the other two balms. I will use this one for travel since it is in a travel friendly size.

                      REN Rosa Centifoliia Cleansing Balm

REN Rosa Centifoliia Cleansing Balm – This was purchased from Sephora and comes in at a whopping 5.1 oz. This one is the most economical coming in at $48.00.  In my opinion it works just as well as the others.

This has a thick consistency. IMG_6737It almost looks like Vaseline in the tub but when massaged into the skin it turns into the same velvety, buttery consistency and melts right in.

The REN is the least aromatic of the three I’ve tried. It smells kind of like Vaseline to me. Nothing special.

This works great. It leaves my skin feeling soft and full of moisture. I use a warm wash cloth to remove since this is pretty greasy.


I will be repurchasing this one. REN does what I want it to do which is cleanse and hydrate and it does so at a great price point. What more can i ask? Make the bed? I would love to hear how others have used cleansing balms and what are the results.