My Thoughts: Boots Botanics Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm


Claims: This deep-cleansing balm contains a luxurious blend of Shea Butter, Rosehip and Jojoba Oil to leave skin smooth, soft and clean. The gentle polishing action of the muslin cloth helps remove dirt, revealing a beautiful radiant complexion. Active plant extract, Rosehip, is a rich source of Omega oils, which help improve suppleness and keep skin soft and healthy looking. Developed with Kew Royal Botanical Gardens.

I seem to have a Love – Hate relationship with this balm. Love – For its subtle scent, its balminess, richness of oils that just melt all makeup. Hate – For it equation with water. Enough emotions, lets dive in ingredient listing, the core of it all.

Ingredient Listing (*Contains Certified Organic Ingredients)

Olea europaea (Olive) fruit oil, Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) seed oil, Cera alba (Beeswax), Butyrospermum parkii (Shea) butter, Prunus amygdalus dulcis (Sweet almond) oil, Cetearyl alcohol, Rosa canina seed oil, Limonene, Citronellol, Pelargonium graveolens flower oil, Citrus aurantium dulcis peel extract, Linalool, Citrus aurantium bergamia (Bergamot) fruit oil, Citrus medica limonum (Lemon) peel oil, Geraniol, Parfum (Fragrance), Citral 

Nothing jumps at me negatively.

P1010635 Packaging: One Word. Basic. Plastic white opaque tub. Thats as descriptive as it gets.

Scent: It has a very subtle, soothing, lemony scent. Nothing offensive or excessively strong either.

Texture: Soft balm (no digging business) and working at it very hard, to convert it to an oil.


Operation Mode: Upon contact with skin, this balm converts to oil and melts away all makeup. Also great for a quick facial massage (although it has more slip than grip).


Removal Procedure: In general, cleansing balms emulsify with water making it milky goodness. This fella doesn’t emulsify, in fact it feels like car wax. You absolutely must take it off with a warm face cloth, if you don’t already use a face cloth. I tend to do this procedure at the basin, which makes it all sticky, schmicky and oily. Now thats the tragedy of the basin.


Results: My skin on the other hand, is completely makeup free and appears to be thoroughly nourished with richness of oils.


All in all, great basic simple makeup cleansing balm at an inexpensive price point $8.49. Personally I wouldn’t use this as a second cleanse or morning cleanse. Although fabulous for makeup removal. One heads up for acenic or easily congested skins, due to the richness of oils which are not emulsified easily and if not wiped with face cloth properly it may congest your skin.




  1. It seems like people either love or hate this product, and after reading your review I can see why. I always feel like my skin isn’t completely clean unless my oil/balm cleanser emulsifies, but it sounds like it cleanses off well with the hot wash cloth. Thanks for the review!

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