Emma Hardie "Amazing Face" Natural Lift and Sculpt Moringa Cleansing Balm

Emma Hardie's Cleansing Balm is heaven in a tub. No more gel, foaming, or exfoliating cleansers; I'm a total balm convert.

Morning and night I mix a little of this with water in my palm, massage into my face, and and wipe off with a damp washcloth. No residue left behind. No squeaky clean, stripped feel to the skin. You're simply left with nourished, clean skin. [ Note: I use a cheaper method to remove makeup -- Bioderma or the No 7 Hot Cloth Cleanser -- at night before using this; I fear I would go through the tub too quickly double cleansing with this. ]

The smell is intoxicating and relaxing -- a staple for both winding me down at the end of the day and easing me out of my sleepy state to a new one. Follow this up with my favorite Olie Biologique 004 Huile Moderne facial oil, and I smell like a walking spa. Ahhhh, deep breath in and exhale slowly.

Any cons?

It's packaging needs work (breaks and leaks), for one. And it's not readily available in the US. Internet to the rescue. I purchase mine from feelunique.com, which typically has good deals and free international shipping. [ PRO TIP: If you join the site you can actually pick one brand to always receive 10% off from on every order and, naturally, I designated Emma Hardie as my brand since I don't buy anything else from Feel Unique. ] I typically buy all my beauty products online, so it's not a huge con for me. I just have to remember to repurchase about 2 weeks before I run out.

Packaging and availability don't outweigh what's actually inside the pot, which is the best cleanser I've ever used. I honestly and wholeheartedly recommend this balm -- there is a reason this is a favorite and staple of so many discerning beauty lovers!

[ Emma Harding "Amazing Face" Natural Lift and Sculpt Moringa Cleansing Balm - ~$45 ]

I've been recommended the Eve Lom Cleanser numerous times, but a quick peek at the ingredients reveals it contains mineral oil. No thanks! Emma Hardie's Cleansing Balm contains a better overall ingredients list, so I'm sticking with it.