Friday, 23 June 2017

Emulsifying Cleansers...

I decided to do a post dedicated to my favourite type of cleansers of late. Emulsifying ones! Not to be confused with gel/foaming cleansers, these are typically balm like formulas that can be massaged into skin and rinsed off like a cream/milk once water is added. They are perfect for my combination skin. This means that any dry areas are soothed and comforted, but the oily/congestion prone areas are balanced without feeling stripped or the skins barrier being compromised. I have been preferring the quickness of applying an emulsifying cleanser to a typical balm which you have to hot cloth off. I enjoy how faff free they are and it means I don’t have to be washing lots of flannels throughout the week!

Instead of doing full on reviews of each, I am simply going to go through what’s in my collection and my general thoughts. I will be doing in depth posts on some of these anyway and some I have already reviewed fully (Jordan Samuel and Farmacy!)

Clarins Pure Melt Cleansing Gel

I’ll get straight to it. This is the most joyless cleanser out of the bunch. There isn’t much of a scent and I feel there is almost a plastic/artificial smell to it which I don’t particularly like. That aside this is an excellent cleanser that removes makeup extremely well. It has a silky texture which transforms into a lightweight oil without much massage needed. Upon contact with water it turns into a milk almost immediately. I wouldn’t use this for anything other than as a makeup remover as it does this job brilliantly and cuts through heavy eye makeup without any irritation. The ingredients aren’t anything to write home about, it contains a lot of synthetics and fillers which I can’t say appeals, but I am basing my thoughts on how its designed to perform and for that alone it does the job very well. I think this cleanser would suit most skin types as its very gentle but not sure if the ingredients would bode well with very sensitive skin types…


Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Stearyl Heptanoate, Polyglyceryl-10 Myristate, Glycerin, Aqua/Water/Eau, Cyclomethicone, Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil, Parfum/Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Tocopherol, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, BHT, Hexyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Salicylate, CI 19140/Yellow 5, CI 17200/RED 33

You can buy here from Escentual for £18.45 (on special offer)

Jordan Samuel Plie

This is my one true love. I adore everything about this cleanser. The texture, packaging, smell, formula, ingredients, all are perfect. It helps the man himself is also wonderful! I’ve already done an in-depth review here so won’t bang on, but this is the ultimate cleanser for me. I will be opening my 2nd tube of this once I have finished Oskia, and will soon be placing another order as I want a backup.

It destroys makeup and leaves skin feeling super nourished, balanced and clean. When emulsified it turns into a silky milk which doesn’t leave any residue, just plump and glowy skin! I know some prefer to remove this with a cloth but I find it works perfectly well rinsed off with warm water only. It also doubles up as a mask which I love! I find that this is a fantastic all-rounder for a 1st and 2nd cleanse, I personally don’t think you can get better than this in its pricing category. If you don’t already follow Jordan on IG then do! He posts his ‘Friday Facial’ which shows you different ways this can be used and other tips on his products. He also has a Youtube channel where he posts his ‘Skin Talks’ videos. These are a must see as Jordan is a fountain of knowledge and is hilarious too! I can’t wait for Jordan’s new releases...;)

You can buy here from Jordan’s website for $20.00

Farmacy Green Clean

This is another product I have reviewed recently here so will keep things short and sweet. I love this to remove makeup and it has become my favourite in the makeup removing category. It smells like lime sherbets and cuts through makeup like a knife through butter. The soft silky texture is a dream to apply and I will be repurchasing for sure! It emulsifies extremely easily and rinses off cleanly leaving no residue. I love it, one of my favourite discoveries of 2017!

You can buy here at Cult Beauty for £32.00 (there is currently a waitlist)

Evolve Gentle Cleansing Melt

This is a new purchase from the UK Artisan/Natural brand Evolve. I decided on the travel size of this as it’s such a good way to try the product out before committing to the full size. I will be doing an in-depth review of this soon but I wanted to give you my first impressions...

The texture of this is thick and it looks a bit like glue! But surprisingly it is extremely soft and pliable. Once applied to skin this gives an excellent massage and is soothing and nourishing. I have been using this as a 1st and 2nd cleanser and I enjoy it both ways. The scent is mainly of soft but not too sweet vanilla, unlike anything else I’ve tried. It emulsifies nicely and turns into a creamy milk that rinses away clean. The after affect is calm and happy skin. One of my favourite things about the brand is the packaging, it’s gorgeous. I just love how clean and stylish it looks with apothecary style bottles/jars. Will continue to use and report back but so far so good, a great emulsifying cleanser!


Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Glycerin, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Seed Oil*, Sucrose Laurate, Adansonia Digitata (Baobab) Seed Oil*, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Water*, Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla) Fruit Extract*, Tocopherol, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil*.
* Ingredients from organic farming.

You can buy the 120ml size here for £20.00 or the travel size 30ml here for £8.00

Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel

Considering I have been using this daily for a few months I still haven’t got around to uploading a full review of this, I think partly because every blogger and their mum has raved about this so not sure what else I can add. I started using this after I ran out of my Jordan Samuel Plie as they seemed similar in terms of formula. Without a doubt this is an excellent cleanser and one I would highly recommend …

The smell and appearance of this is like Turkish delight which to be honest I hate to eat but seemingly I love to rub all over my face! The texture is silky and the balm transitions into an oil easily. I wouldn’t use this as a 1st cleanse but it works brilliantly as a morning or 2nd cleanse. I like to give myself a good massage with this and then hop in the shower, leaving it on as a mask before emulsifying and rinsing. It’s packed with some excellent ingredients such as Omega 6, Vitamins A, C and E, Starflower Oil and Pumpkin Enzymes. I think it would be a good option for most skins and I would recommend this to people who don’t want to pay the shipping and custom fees for Plie but want similar results.

You can buy here for £29.50 at Cult Beauty


Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Aqua, Cetearyl Olivate, Sucrose Laurate, Benzyl Alcohol, Sorbitan Olivate, Sucrose Palmitate, Parfum (Natural), Geraniol*, Dimethyl Sulfone (MSM), Citronellol**, Dehydroacetic Acid, Lactobacillus/Cucurbita Pepo Fruit Ferment Extract, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil, Sucrose Stearate, Linalool**, Retinyl Palmitate, CI77491 (natural iron oxide), Jojoba Esters, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate.
**Component of natural essential oils

Merumaya Melting Cleansing Balm

Again, as you can see this is a travel size which I got in a beauty subscription box but thought I would include it as it’s a very worthy contender in this range of cleansers. The big selling point being the excellent price tag. This is the cheapest option out of them all and I would say it does the same kind of job as the Clarins but smells nicer and has better ingredients! It’s a perfect 1st cleanse, obliterating everything including eye makeup. The balm is rich and silky and has a fantastic texture to massage with. It rinses off cleanly leaving no residue. It is formulated without beeswax, petrolatum or any pore clogging ingredients and the scent is Merumaya’s ‘Signature Essence Blend’ which smells very spa like. I would purchase the full size for makeup removing purposes and at under £20 I haven’t got any complaints!

You can buy here for £16.50 from Amazon


Caprylic/capric triglyceride, glycerin, prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil, aqua (water), sucrose laurate, glyceryl dibehenate, echium plantagineum seed oil, phenoxyethanol, sucrose palmitate, parfum (fragrance), sucrose cocoate, sucrose stearate, citronellol, ethylhexylglycerin, garcinia mangostana fruit extract, limonene, linalool, caprylyl glycol, chlorphenesin, tetrasodium edta, butylene glycol, hexylene glycol.

So, there you have it, that’s my round up of emulsifying cleansers in my collection. Out of those I would say Farmacy and Jordan Samuel are my favourites! What are yours? I’d love any recommendations…

Thanks for reading xx

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