Emma Hardie Amazing Face Moringa Cleansing Balm | Review & Comparison

Monday, 11 June 2018


Remember, back in the old days of Youtube and blogging, when it seemed like every British citizen had a tub of this stuff in their bathroom cupboards and were singing its praises all day, everyday? Around about the same time everyone realised Caroline Hirons was like a skincare oracle and she was still explaining the double cleanse method? I guess what I'm trying to say is that this product has a nostalgic place in my heart even if this is the first time I've actually tried it. I love a cleansing balm and now I've tried one of the legends.


Let's cover what a cleansing balm is typically. Depending on the ingredients, cleansing balms can vary in texture from a thick cream to solid coconut oil but they're all supposed to be semi- to completely solid until applied to the face. The Emma Hardie Amazing Face Moringa Cleansing Balm leans more towards gritty warm butter that spreads easily and emulsifies (or goes milky) when mixed with water. This product is eye safe.

Cleansing balms and oils are my favourite way to remove makeup because you slap them on to your dry face and just rinse. There's no faffing with cotton rounds or bi-phase liquids and I can use one product on my entire face, including my eyes. The only reason I would reach for a balm over an oil is because oils can tend to leak and are a huge risk to travel with if you like your possessions not coated in a fine film.

Some key ingredients to be aware of are the enormous list of essentials oils in this balm as well as beeswax, which some people may have a sensitivity to. The essential oils include: grape seed, sweet almond, orange, bergamot, bitter orange, juniper, sunflower, jasmine, and rose, as well as moringa seed extract. The majority of these would be for the scent but grape seed and sweet almond are the two most concentrated ingredients due to their hydrating and collagen boosting properties.

Because I'm also a sucker for a good cleanser, I've tried my fair share of cleansing balms and Amazing Face would easily rank as my favourite. The packaging is bulky as all hell but it does come with a muslin cloth for removing the product and making you feel fancy. I also love the scent which is a strong herbal floral akin to mimosa that I assume is the scent of moringa. This cleanser will also remove every last drop of makeup you have coated on your face without rubbing or burning. I love using a product confidently knowing that my skin will be clean afterwards, especially considering that's the purpose of a cleanser! Starting as a balm, melting into an oil, and emulsifying into a lathery milk, this product feels luxurious every time I use it.

This luxury does not come cheap at £47 (~AU$82.50) for 100mL of product. Because this is a spendy purchase, I wanted to compare it to two other similar products from above and below that price point to give you some context.

The first is the more expensive Omorovicza Thermal Cleansing Balm which is available for AU$103 for 50mL, more than double the Emma Hardie price. The main claim of this product is the Omorovicza famous Hungarian Moor Mud that is supposed to pull impurities from the skin and deeply detoxify while also nourishing the skin. This product can also be used on dry skin to remove makeup and on the eyes to remove eye makeup. The balm is a lot drier in consistency and doesn't turn into an oil before being emulsified which means the texture on the skin is grittier and more abrasive as a kind of gentle exfoliation. The Thermal Cleansing Balm also doesn't remove eye makeup as easily which meant a bit more rubbing around the eye and more product getting into the eye and blurring vision after removal. It's typical of a lot of cleansing balms to have residue in the eyes that doesn't sting or burn but does make your vision blurry. With such an enormous price tag, the claims applied to the added Hungarian Moor Mud can be achieved with an additional clay mask and doesn't have to be available in my cleansing balm. I'd rather less expensive ingredients and more effective cleansing.

The second cleansing balm is the Ren No. 1 Purity Cleansing Balm. This retails for AU$47 for 100mL, just about half the price of the Emma Hardie Amazing Face. What most appealed to me about this balm was the packaging; putting a balm in a squeezy-tube saves so much space in a toiletries bag but also on a bathroom counter. It may be more difficult to get every last drop out of this kind of packaging, but by the time I was at that point, I was frankly over it. The consistency of this balm is thicker and waxier than the Emma Hardie and Omorovicza but still spread easily and removed face makeup adequately. The major downfall of this product is the scent. There is added fragrance which is specified as 100% natural on the packaging but it burned the living daylights out of my eyes. The product itself wasn't irritating (though it did leave a fuzzy film like the Omorovicza) but the vapours of the added fragrance while I was using the products and after I had removed it burned my eyes to the point of tears every single time I used it. If you feel game, this product is a pretty affordable cleansing balm but I would never recommend it for fear of someone else feeling the same irritation I did.

While the Emma Hardie Amazing Face Moringa Cleansing Balm is a bit pricey, it is one of the best and most effective cleansing balms that I've tried. The convenience of using a balm that removes all my makeup and doesn't burn my eyes is justification enough for the price for me. But, in my never ending quest to try all of the skincare, I will most definitely move on to something else when the time comes.

Have you tried any of the cleansing balms I mentioned in this post? Do you have recommendations or want to hear my comparisons of some other skincare products (including even more cleansing balms)? Let me know in a comment below.

xx Julia

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