Oh, how this review pains me! This is a product that I thought I would absolutely love. It seems to work wonders on everyone else's skin. Alas, why does it not agree with mine?!
The Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm is a daily cleanser that claims to moisturise and calm the skin. It contains moringa seed extract, wild sea fennel and vitamin e, which are meant to purify the skin and minimise pores; orange, neroli and mandarin extracts which are meant to rejuvenate the skin; and jasmine, cedarwood and rose, which are meant to recondition dull and dry skin.
Like I said, the world and his dog seem to love this cleanser; I've read so many glowing reviews and was convinced it would be brilliant. I'd still say give it a go if you have normal or dry skin, it just did not agree with my skin in particular, which is normal-combination, and quite sensitive to harsh or overly oily products. That's not to say that oils don't agree with me, I use the Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil to take my makeup off every night and have been doing so for a year and a half now, and I've never had a problem with that.
First impressions of the Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm were great. It smells gorgeous and was a real treat to apply. You simply massage it into your makeup-filled face and watch the makeup melt away. It doesn't sting your eyes at all, although I did have to really rub them to get rid of all the makeup; it definitely doesn't work as well as the Shu Uemura cleansing oil in this respect, but I wasn't just using it to remove makeup as I'd use it in the morning too.
However, after using this cleansing balm for over a month, my skin had become quite bad. I'd broken out worse than I had done in ages. The spots were very big cystic ones- red and sore but they would never come to a head- they were more like hives than spots! These spots were mainly on my cheeks, and there smaller ones on my chin and jaw line. It took me a while to work out what was causing them but, as this was the only thing I'd really changed, it had to be the cleanser. I've stopped using it for two weeks now and my skin is looking much better. Eve Lom Dynaspot and REN ClearCalm3 Replenishing Gel Cream have been amazing at calming my skin down and clearing the spots, but I'm still waiting for them to disappear completely.
I'm so sad that my skin disagreed with this cleanser, I saved up for it and was so excited to use it. I'll have to pass it onto my mum now and hope that she gets along with it better than I did.
Has anyone else used the Emma Hardie Amazing Face Moringa Cleansing Balm? I'd love to hear about your experiences with it! Has anyone else had this problem with cleansing balms?
Price: £36 Available to buy at Space NK.