Review: Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm

For the longest time, I’d been reading about this miracle cleansing balm on Caroline Hirons’ blog and I was desperate to get my hands on it but not living in the UK any more meant that I didn’t have quick and easy access to purchasing it so I actually ended up waiting until I could purchase it in London from Marks & Spencer when I went over in August last year.

I ended up waiting until to December to open it and it ran out in the second week of February. I think that I could have made it last longer however I tend to use a lot of product when I’m using a cleansing balm, so your mileage may vary on usage times. I was using the balm as a first cleanse of an evening as part of a double cleansing method.

As I travelled from London to Brisbane, the jar holding the balm did leak a little bit, even though it was kept in the box and wrapped until I arrived back in Brisbane.

I found that the balm was definitely more “delicate” than other balms I’ve used and melted really easily into an oil whilst it was still in the jar, which was understandable, as temperatures in my Brisbane based bathroom in summer can be uncomfortably hot during the day. If I repurchased this, which I probably wont and I’ll explain why below, I’d probably keep it in a cooler place in my house.

The first time I opened the jar, I have to admit, I was a bit taken back by the fragrance. I’m sure a lot of people find it nice, but I found it overly strong. It’s definitely not my favourite scent and I guess I’m used to unscented products these days and you can definitely tell there are some essential oils in there! The balm melted very easily in my hands and felt lovely on the skin, it washed off easily and even if I got a bit slack and didn’t do a second cleanse I didn’t feel like there was any oily residue left on my skin as long as I used a wash cloth and some warm water.

As mentioned earlier in the review, I probably won’t purchase this product again. Initially, I hadn’t taken the price in to much consideration, but given that it’s almost $80, I felt that there were better options available that are easier to purchase and more importantly, get samples of to try out and whilst it was a perfectly good balm cleanser and removed my makeup with ease, I didn’t feel like it did anything particularly special for my skin. I also think that it might be slightly too oily and designed for a more drier skin type than I have and the scent was really off-putting for me.

If you have dry, mature skin and don’t mind scented products, I would recommend giving this a try although oily/combo skinned balm addicts should consider something else.

My rating: 3/5
Price: AU $79.95
Can be purchased at: TVSN

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    May 20, 2017 at 11:09 am

    I had being seeing this around Instagram lately so I was curious. I defiantly won’t be trying this cleanser out, for that price and the fact it so perfume and not got for oily skin

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      May 20, 2017 at 11:11 am

      Gah sorry for the spelling mistakes. Dratted auto correct on my phone

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      Jade Lee
      May 21, 2017 at 12:18 am

      Hi Tash! Thanks for your comment xx

      It’s become really popular since Caroline Hirons recommended it but I have to say, I can’t agree with her comments. I’m very wary of fragrance in general now, especially when it’s derived from essential oils, given they can cause photosensitivity in skin and living in Brisbane, where’s it’s sunny 90% of the year, I need to be careful about that!

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    May 20, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    I love cleansing balms and I’m always on the hunt of new ones to try! I don’t know this one and yep it’s quite pricey but interesting! Thanks for the review!

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      Jade Lee
      May 21, 2017 at 12:16 am

      If you have dry skin and don’t mind fragrance, I’d recommend this for sure, it’s just no good for us oily skin owners! I also think you can pick up some higher end balms like the Clinique one for cheaper!

      If you like cleansing balms, keep an eye out because I’m currently trialling all of the different Banila Co ones - just waiting for the last two to arrive in the mail!

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    May 20, 2017 at 11:35 pm

    Oh sorry you didn’t love this one- I know what you mean about Fragrance. Sometimes it gets a bit overwhelming. Great review 🙂

    x Helen

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      Jade Lee
      May 21, 2017 at 12:14 am

      Hi Helen! Thanks for your comment and compliment on the review.

      It’s definitely a shame as I had high expectations given Caroline’s ravings about the product but we have very different skin types and I don’t think I took that in to mind when I had gotten on the hype train!

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    Rachel Maslin
    May 21, 2017 at 10:38 am

    Such a shame you didn’t like it. I have oily/combo skin and I love it but not everything works for everyone 😏 Shame when you’ve waited so long to try it! I also love the smell of it but again if you don’t like that scent it’s pretty strong! There’s plenty I’ve tried and not liked the scent of! Have you tried Pixi Double Cleanse? That’s not scented and is a nice cleanser. Great review, I love reading honest posts! X

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      Jade | The Thirty Blog
      May 21, 2017 at 9:25 pm

      Unfortunately I seem to be quite sensitive to fragrance and some essential oils, which definitely crosses this one of the list. Like I said in the review it definitely removed my makeup well and for that I like it but unfortunately it’s that damn fragrance that did it for me!

      I tried the Pixi Cleansing Balm but not the one in collaboration with Caroline Hirons as it wasn’t released when I was in the UK last and I did like that one! I will have to hit up ASOS for it when I do my next skincare binge!

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