Beauty: Six Great Cleansing Balms & Oils


Six Great Cleansing Balms & Oils

I’m a huge fan of cleaning balms and oils as they remove all the dirt / grease / make-up off my skin in one easy step and leaves my skin clean, without being stripped. My skin is combination and I get fairly dry cheeks, so for me a cleaning balm or oil feels like the best option for my skin, as well as the easiest option for my lazy bones! A lot of people are nervous of cleaning oils and balms as it feels like you are putting an oil on to your skin when you want to remove it, but I promise, they melt your make up off and lift away dirt and grime, leaving your skin clean and nourished, rather than dry and tight. Here are some of my very favourites….


Omorovicza Hydra-melting Cleanser

Probably the most luxe of this list, but I can’t rave enough about this Omorovicza Hydra-melting Cleanser. It’s a big old tub which will last your for months and months, it applies quite thick and quickly melts into an oil which you massage around your face. When you are ready to since it off, it turns into a milky emulsion and rinses away. Simple, easy and luxurious!


DHC Deep Cleansing Oil

The best thing about this DHC Deep Cleansing Oil is not only does it remove your face make up, but it also removes your eye make up, even stubborn mascara. While the first two have a more luxe, spa-at-home feel, this one feels a lot more ‘fast and functional’, which might not sound great, but I swear, I love it! When you just want to take your make up off and get into bed within 30 seconds flat, this does everything fast and leaves your skin soft and nourished.


Elemis Pro-collagen Cleansing Balm

One of the worlds best known cleansing balms and a huge world-wide seller. This Elemis Pro-collagen Cleansing Balm leaves your skin soft, smooth and nourished, instead of it rinsing off like the one above, instead remove it with a muslin cloth. And as always make sure you use a clean cloth every night, because cloths and flannels will harbour dirt and germs. FYI, this is one of my mum’s favourite cleansers ever, she loves it because it’s so rich and nourishing.


Neal’s Yard Remedies Wild Rose Beauty Balm

Neal’s Yard Remedies Wild Rose Beauty Balm is a real all-rounder! Not only is it a cleansing balm, but it also works as moisturiser, face mask, lip balm and cuticle cream. Basically anything moisture related and when paired with a little water and a muslin cloth, it’s also a great cleansing balm. Perfect for traveling and it smells incredible!


Caudalie Cleansing Oil

I got a travel sized version of this Caudalie Cleansing Oil in a Glossybox a while ago and I put it to one side as I was using a different cleanser at the time. A week later I was staying at a friends house and pop it into my overnight bag. It stayed in my travel bag and after the third time of using it, I realised how much I loved it. Next thing I knew it was in my bathroom and I was hooked. It does everything I expect from a cleansing oil, with a little added luxe. Caudalie products are always beautiful but this one is particularly special!


Aurelia Miracle Cleanser

Finally, another cult classic, this Aurelia Miracle Cleanser is loved by beauty press and skincare junkies worldwide. It’s actually more of a cream than a balm, but it feels like a cleansing balm in the way it lifts dirt and leaves your skin nourished. It’s filled with wonderful essential oils like rosemary, bergamot, chamomile and eucalyptus, so it feels insanely luxurious to use, but it also contains probiotics and botanicals which firm, repair, regenerate and nourish skin. Beautiful and luxurious, with great results. It’s just such a treat!

Do you have any favourite Cleansing Oils or Cleansing Balms?



  1. October 7, 2016 / 12:18 pm

    I have never used a cleansing oil and this is so weird because I have tried lots of cleansing products! The DHC Deep Cleansing oil sounds perfect!


    • fashionforlunch
      October 7, 2016 / 12:31 pm

      Oh you really should!!!! It’s amazing!!!!!!!!!!

    • fashionforlunch
      October 7, 2016 / 1:02 pm

      Ah, that’s fair enough. I guess they are not for everyone, I have quite dry cheeks and in the winter it gets really bad, so I find them perfect xxxxx

      • October 7, 2016 / 1:06 pm

        I learned long ago what works for one does not work for another. The one secret that seems to help everyone I know is a bit of cortisone for either dry, itchy skin OR breakouts.

      • fashionforlunch
        October 7, 2016 / 9:37 pm

        Oh I don’t know that product? Is it an American thing? Xxxx

      • October 8, 2016 / 4:13 pm

        I know it’s an American product but I feel like it might be available in the UK. I know some people use it instead of cleanser once a day ~~~>

  2. October 8, 2016 / 4:16 pm

    Shoot… I totally had a moment of weekend brain and left you a link to my favorite witch hazel. Cortisone is just usually something I can pick up from a drug store. Usually used for cuts, burns, or bug bites but my best friend taught me to use it for skin and I swear by it now.

    • fashionforlunch
      October 8, 2016 / 9:36 pm

      Ah! That’s amazing to know! Thank you for passing on!!!! I don’t think we can get it here in the UK! We tend to put coconut oil on everything!