These 14 Cleansing Balms are the Bomb

Whether you're removing a face full of makeup or just doing your due skincare diligence, these products are sure to please.
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For ages, the cleansing step in skincare was the culprit that left skin dry and tight. Fortunately, cleansing balms are antithetical to all that, which would explain why they’re so hot right now. They go on like butter (or lard, or muscle rubs), melt upon contact and nourish skin like a mini facial.

Here’s a lineup of the best.

Its texture might resemble Snack Pack vanilla pudding, but this formula is one big swirl of bioorganic botanical ingredients including baobab, mongongo oil, and hibiscus. It’s so delicately scented with a veritable herb garden of chamomile, eucalyptus, rosemary and bergamot that instantly seems to say, spa treatment.

Georgia Louise The Balm ​​​​​

Coconut and mango butter, along with oils of castor, apricot kernel, passion fruit, meadowfoam seed, papaya and vitamin E explain why this feels so marvelously goopy, but its instantly calming scent of lavender, ylang-ylang, and chamomile will explain why you probably won’t want to rinse it off.

Meadowfoam seed oil mixes with rose, chamomile, vitamin E and shea butter in this unctuous smooth goop by L.A. facialist Caglia.

Rose and mimosa waxes are the base of this cleanser, whose consistency is not unlike that of the classic Vick’s Vapo-Rub.

A favorite with makeup artists for its potent makeup removal powers, this lime green fluff cleanses with sunflower and ginger root oils, and a bit of papaya extract provides a natural exfoliant.

The eponymous honey imparts nourishing moisture while royal jelly peptides help strengthen skin’s barrier. And with the faint smell of honey wafting through as you scoop a dollop out, you’ll be tempted to slab another onto your toast.

Olive oil and olive-based squalene top the ingredient list for this balm that feels not unlike super thick lip gloss. Fortunately, as soon as a warm wet washcloth is placed over it, it melts into an easily rinseable salve.

Cold-pressed meadowfoam, pumpkin enzymes, prickly pear seed oil and grape seed oil are the foundation of this custard-like formula which evolves into a light milky cleanser once it blends with water.

If Hungarian Moor mud and almond oil had a baby, it would be this. Don’t let its super silky texture deceive you. All makeup, including waterproof mascara, comes off with this stuff.

Brit aesthetician Alexandra Soveral puts every ingredient she encounters under intense scrutiny, so rest assured that this rose geranium oil-based balm, which comes with its own delicate removing cloth, is going to deliver.

This stuff might be as thick as petroleum jelly, but Brit facialist (we know. Another Brit) Lacey packs her pomade with only the most soothing and hydrating ingredients like safflower oil, calendula, and camphor.

Raspberry and cranberry seed oil hydrate skin, while vitamin C helps brighten in this solid balm, which is so rich, we advise it to be left on overnight as a mask.

What is it with Brit facialists and cleansing balms? The fact that there are four on this list leads us to surmise that the popular trend might have begun across the pond. Lom is both an OG facialist, and so, too, is her super thick balm. Made with cocoa butter, clove oil, hops oil, Egyptian chamomile oil and eucalyptus oil, whose aroma is downright intoxicating.

Its cheeky name is almost a disservice to this balm, which does much more than remove makeup. This seriously thick formula is loaded with collagen, hyaluronic acid and shea butter that imparts a supple plumpness to skin after using.

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