Sunday, 26 February 2012

A skin care miracle: Emma Hardie Amazing Face Moringa Cleansing Balm

It's not often I write a blog post about a face wash.  Okay, for the sake of argument, it's a cleanser, but we all know that it's just another word for something which gets stuff off your face.

I've had this little pot for a while now; it came in a Feel Unique box (a loss from the beauty box world that I'm still very sad about) a very long time ago and I stashed it somewhere I'd forget about it until I'd used up my hateful No. 7 Hot Cloth Cleanser.  It's not that the No. 7 cleanser is really truly hateful - it's just that it's not truly good either, and I'm one of those people who likes to keep ticking things along, using stuff up and if I hate it? Well, too bad. I paid money for it. See also: Estée Lauder Doublewear foundation.  (On a side note: using stuff up gives me this small, private sense of achievement, so this little cleanser I'd stashed away was my reward for such a momentous occasion).

This is the Emma Hardie Amazing Face Moringa Cleansing Balm, which is probably not something you'd be successful at pronouncing if you were drunk.  It is probably the only cleanser I will ever need for my face ever again.  It is the only thing out of every single beauty box I've ever had that I will be buying.



…That's not to say I won't be buying other cleansers, but from the first use, I just knew it was one of those rare, perfect cleansers which leaves your skin soft, not dry or tight and perfectly cleansed.  It contains vitamin E, moringa seed (of course!) and wild sea fennel (I got nothin') among other ingredients to cleanse the skin while leaving it soft and lovely, and also is sans parabens and mineral oil. Yay!

It comes in a pot (not my personal taste, I'm a great believer of the squeezy tube movement), and is a sort of thick yellowish balm, which you mix with a little warm water in the palm of your hand before applying to your face.  It emulsifies and turns into this luxurious, thick cream which you massage into the skin before steaming your face with a warm muslin cloth and rinsing off.  Following Product Pixie's fantastic Clarisonic Mia review, I've also been using it with my (new, birthday gifted) Clarisonic as per her directions, and it just all works in perfect harmony.


I'm not a huge fan of action shots, as one, I hate my hands, and two, this quite frankly looks like I'm displaying you a palm full of manjuice.  I was trying to show the emulsification and how thick and creamy the product becomes!
I can use it over my eyes to rid them of the last remnants of my Benefit's They're Real! mascara without any stinging, and it leaves my skin cleansed and soft.  From the first use I just knew that this was something I'll never get tired of, from the slightly orangey (and many other things I can't put my finger on) smell, to the texture and the feeling of washing your face with the creamiest, most luxurious product known to skin care.  The fact that I actually look forward to the nights cleansing my makeup off with this says it all, really - when the most laborious daily process can be made infinitely better by a single product, then you know it's one you're going to want to hang on to.

What's your wonder skin care product? I think I found mine...

27 comments:

  1. WANT. That is all.

    Loveaudrey xxx

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    1. ... Even with the jizz palm?! :) It truly is a wonderful one, definitely a keeper in my eyes. I've ricocheted from cleanser to cleanser, but this is the first one where I've thought, 'Wow!'. xxx

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  2. I've been thinking of trying this for a while... think you've just clinched it for me. Esp the bit about making the laborious daily process better. I hate cleansing.

    Nic

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    1. It's really lovely to use! I really do enjoy it, especially steaming my face with the cloth it comes with too! It is double-sided, one side more typical muslin that exfoliates, and one really soft side. Really great :)

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  3. I got this too. I ended up selling it on ebay cos I was skint and I was worried I would really love it but not be able to afford to buy it so thought it was best just to flog it lol! x

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    1. Haha, well maybe you did the right thing then, as I love it and I know it's going to be an expensive love! x

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  4. I got this in the feelunique.com beauty box as well and had a bit of a love-hate relationship with it. It is lovely and made my skin feel really nice but just felt like so much of a faff to use! I could NEVER get the consistency right, even when I used the tiniest amount of water (like one or two drops on a fingertip) the balm went really runny and disappeared between my fingers down the plughole. My Mum got a set around the same time as me from QVC & has fared better although having seen her pot of balm it's a completely different texture to mine, almost a very thick balmy vaseline-type consistency which she just smears over her face without using any water at all! Not sure if I got a dud pot or she keeps hers in a warmer room to make it a bit meltier. Anyway, she can highly recommend getting the exfoliating grains as well to go with it :-)

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    1. Marie - have you tried scooping some of the balm out, putting it in the palm of your hand, and then just dipping a finger from your other hand into the stream of a running tap?! Does that make sense?! I usually mix it just by wetting my finger and mixing it in until I get a good, creamy consistency. I find that adding water directly to my palm just made it too runny, like you :)

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  5. I got this in the feel unique box too (RIP)
    It leaves my skin feeling a bit greasy after though, so I have to do a proper toner jobby after! (manjuice haha)

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    1. Oh that's a shame! Do you cleanse with really hot water and really rub with the cloth? Not too hard, but enough to take off the surface oil without hurting the skin? I find it leaves my skin squeaky clean but then I may be more rigorous (read: mean and nasty) to my skin ;) x

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  6. I absolutely loved using this when I got it in the Feel Unique box. I also love the muslin cloth that it came with and often use it in place of my Liz Earle ones. With my Clarisonic though, I prefer to use the Origins Checks & Balances cleanser which, for me, work like they were made for one another! x

    http://boscy.blogspot.com/2012/02/my-clarisonic-mia-review.html

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  7. I wonder if this may slowly turn you into a skincare junkie as well, it does sound amazing but too exy for me to try at the moment. I wondered how you would compare this to other hot cloth cleansers (besides the dreaded no 7) that you liked e.g. Liz earle? My favourite skincare product of last year would have to be alpha-H glycolic acid lotion, simple and effective at clarifying my skin and keeping spots in check and a hado-labo hyaluronic acid lotion for adding moisture to my dehydrated skin during winter. xx

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    1. Liz Earle was ok, but it was by no means anything I was wowed enough by to buy :) I'm really looking forward to trying Alpha-H this year! I've heard such good things xx

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  8. Snap! I love this stuff, its great for my superdry/sensitve fave. mines nearly used up though. im uploading a video review dedicated solely to this as \I love it so. Brilliant product!

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  9. HAHAHAHA the picture does look dodgy

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  10. I wasn't too keen on this product if i'm honest. the smell, once on my face, was a real turn off and i just couldn't keep using it.

    http://peachfizzz.blogspot.com/

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  11. 'Palm full of manjuice'... you do make me giggle.
    I haven't tried this but am using a similar Lush cleanser called Ultrabland. Its one of the only cleansers I have used that doesn't make my dry sensitive skin sting. Although this sounds like it might be nice too since the Ultrabland doesn't go creamy, it just kind of stays waxy.

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  12. I absolutely LOVE this cleanser!! Been using it for months now and it is more definitely a keeper for me. I have to say I don't like the cloth that comes with it, I just use a muslin cloth instead and it still works a treat!

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  13. From above it seem a great face wash. But now a days there are lot of face wash products coming to market, so my question what is the percentage of side effects? Thanks in advance.

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  14. I am loving this product. Thanks for the wonderful cleanser!!

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  15. Cami, you mentioned the Clarisonic - I keep looking at these in Space Nk but not sure if I can justify spending the £££s on it! How do you find it? Do you think its worth the money? Thanks :-)

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    1. This is the latest response ever, however: the Clarisonic. Worth the money? Hmm, not especially. A good product? Yes, but it depends on your skin.

      Kiwi loves it as he has big pores on his nose and it really helps - and it helps clean the pores I get on my chin too, however I don't think you need it if you're skin is generally good :)

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  16. Ohh I want! I love the scent of the moringa range from Body Shop, is it similar? Dunno if I could justify the £34 price tag, not without trying it first at the very least, but will keep my eye out if I spot is anywhere. I am always looking for the 'perfect' cleanser!

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    1. It is fairly pricey! Couldn't tell you about the Body Shop though, no idea! My sample jar lasted for ages (15ml) though, so I reckon a 100ml jar would last me a long time, I only use the tiniest bit :)

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  17. I only came to say that she has the same name as me, but I spell my Hardie with a y.

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  18. I have been using this stuff over a week now - really loving the texture and smell and the wash cloth is fab too...shame it has broken me out in the worse chin acne, ever!!! Really gutted actually. I might carry on using it for a few more days to see what happens but I am convinced my skin is totally congested with an oily residue(despite using a pea sized amount and rinsing thoroughly with hot water).

    I would say this product is best suited for dry complexions, unlike mine which is acne prone and oily.

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    1. ohh noo! I hope it clears quickly and it's not too painful :( How awful for you :(

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