Balm Cleanser

Yes to Coconut Melting Cleanser


Finally we see a gorgeous melting cleanser in the drugstore/chemist range. At a fabulous price point with  lovely ingredients, is this cleanser worth trying?

My Simple Answer: YES!!!!

Yes to Claims: We’ll stop the world and melt with you! This dual-texture cleanser can be mixed with water for a creamy cleansing experience or slathered directly onto skin (sans water!) for a luxurious, balm-like feel. Either way, it’ll melt right in, dissolving dirt and makeup and hydrating with virgin coconut oil and moringa seed oil… then effortlessly rinse right off. Like buttah!

Every single word from their claim stands true, except the part of stopping the world to melt with me!

Ingredients: Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Glycerin, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Sucrose Stearate, Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil, Water (Aqua), Tocopheryl Acetate, Morinda Citrifolia (Noni) Fruit, Musa Sapientum (Banana) Fruit Extract, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract, Psidium Guajava Fruit Extract, Orchis Mascula Flower Extract, Aleurites Moluccana Seed Extract, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum). *Certified Organic Ingredient

Generally, coconut oils have a reputation of congesting skins but this cleanser emulsifies with water (unlike regular coconut oil) so beautifully it doesn’t leave a residue. Adding some other ingredients like Moringa, Noni, Hibiscus, Banana Fruit extract, Guava  extract, Kukui seed extract has taken a regular coconut cleanser to a new level.

In terms of consistency and texture, it is slightly denser than a gel but lighter than a balm. On contact with skin immediately melts in an oil and provides great grip. Smells Oh SO Gorgeous. I’ve never liked coconut scented beauty products (not sure why). But this one I’m reaching for time and again.


Upon adding water, it immediately emulsifies and turns into milky lushness. However per usual my preference lies with steaming face cloth compress to remove the cleanser. The scent lingers on the skin for a short while and it’s not nauseating strong. Once all done, it leaves skin super soft and supple. I don’t need to run for a toner or an oil.

It says it can melt makeup, however I like to use this as a second cleanse or a morning cleanse. Almost all skin types (including sensitive) can use this cleanser, however dry and mature skins might love this more than a teenager congestion prone skin. I think in the American Drugstore market it is one of a kind and steering the ship in the right direction, well done Yes To!!!

If you’ve tried this, have you had similar experiences?


My Thoughts: Emma Hardie Amazing Face Moringa Cleansing Balm

Emma Hardie Amazing Face Moringa Cleansing Balm

I’m definitely not the first or the last reviewer of this product. It’s achieved a cult status among bloggers from myriad backgrounds. And I’m here to add my two cents to the rave & rant. Being in USA, I had to purchase this online ($66) however due to very high demand I had to wait till it was back in stock.

Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm with Cleansing Cloth

Finally the much awaited moment came, and the first thing I do is take a nice deep breath sniffing the pot of goodness! Lush is all I can say, although there may be a possibility that this scent ain’t for all. I take a clean spatula and smear the balm all over my face. Good Lord, it smells awesome and just melts my makeup (yes Revlon Colorstay I’m talking about you). I kept massaging it in my face until I had a sensory overload. Then soaked flannel/face cloth/wash cloth (whatever you refer it in your respective country) in warm water and let it rest on my face. Emma Hardie has her own Cleasing Cloth, which has flannel texture on one side and smooth texture on another. With extreme paranoia of using anything white, I’ve yet to try her cleansing cloth.

After a long day, nothing comes close to a state of tranquility and relaxation as this step. The epilogue of warm flannel steam mixing with the balm’s scent is Nirvana (technical term:aromatherapy of sorts.

It left my skin soft, supple, clean, no uncomfortable stretched feeling. Subsequently followed by another cleanser (part of my 2 step cleansing process).

This indulgence is blatantly blamed on and enabled by Mrs. Caroline Hirons.

The balm is marketed not only as cleanser but also as rescue balm, mask. Now I haven’t tried it as rescue balm however smeared it all over my face as mask and continued doing my laundry (30 mins)! Once again I took it off with warm flannel and it left my skin soft as baby’s bottom and calmed some redness on my face. Personally I think I can justify the price with its multipurpose properties but certainly not an everyday indulgence for me.

Have you used it? What are your thoughts?