I thought it was about time I actually told you about the Emma Hardie Amazing Face Moringa Cleansing Balm (bloomin' heck, that's a mouthful and a half - I'll be shortening it to 'EH balm' from this point or I'll be typing/you'll be reading until Christmas!) which I first mentioned back in my Friday Favourites Beauty Special, and then again in my 2013 Beauty Resolutions.
The EH Balm has been the talk of the beauty world for quite some time now. In the past, I've rushed out to purchase products as soon as I've heard "buzz," and ended up a little disappointed with the results, so some very thorough and careful research was carried out before I parted with my precious pennies... and after mulling it over for a few days, I decided to shell out.
I bought the Amazing Face Cleansing and Exfoliating System, which includes the balm and a small (but mighty) post of Rosehip Exfoliating Seeds.
I'm not normally one to discuss packaging, but I think they look rather decadent sat on the bathroom shelf next to my toothpaste and mouthwash!
I broke the beauty blogger code and took a photo of the EH Balm after I'd used a few good ol' dollops of it - hopefully, though, the fact I've used a bit makes the consistency a little more obvious (I'd say it resembles that of a rich body-butter).
When I first saw how dense the balm was, I worried I'd be left with a horrible residue after cleansing, but have had no such trouble... if anything, it has balanced out my oily skin!
The smell is heavenly - I can't really think what it reminds me of, so am going to be annoyingly vague and say it's a very herbal, natural scent.
I personally think doing this makes it less effective, so tend to scoop out a pound coin-sized amount, and apply it directly to the skin, where it instantaneously melts into an oil. As well as heavy base, the EH balm quickly and cleanly lifts off black mascara and liquid liner from even the most sensitive of eyes (like mine).
Using a warm flannel (one is helpfully provided in the kit), I sweep the product off the face... and am left with thoroughly cleansed, soft skin.
I've been battling a breakout in the last week thanks to a salesgirl smothering me in Benefit Porefessional (I've mentioned using this in the past, but my relationship with it is a love-hate one - now veering on hate!), and the EH balm has been so soothing on angry red pimples. I use the EH balm to cleanse at night (I stick with my trusty Manuka Doctor face-wash when I wake up), and have noticed my spots looking less inflamed the morning after.
As well as being a super-duper cleanser, the balm also doubles as a mask, which, when left on for 10 or 15 minutes, provides a nourishing moisture-boost to the skin- rather nifty, don't you think?
I mentioned the rosehip seeds as being"small but mighty" earlier due to the fact that the lightest of sprinkles goes a very long way (the amount on my hand there is probably enough for 3 about uses!). I'm not a fan of grainy exfoliants at the best of times, but thought I'd give the seeds a whirl and mixed them into the balm before applying to the skin - personally, I found them a little harsh, so I don't think I'll be rushing to use them in a great hurry.
All in all though, the EH balm is great - the buzz it's created is completely understandable!
The only thing I don't like (actually, really don't like) is the price. The entire kit cost £29.98 (which, can you believe, is the sale price?!), so doesn't really lend itself well to a student budget like mine! You can buy the balm on its own, although it'll still set you back just short of thirty quid.
Other reviews have said that each pot lasts forever; I think this purely depends on how much makeup you wear day-to-day. As someone who always wears heavy eye makeup and, with the aforementioned breakout, is currently opting for heavier skin coverage, I don't see it lasting an age. I'm about halfway through the tub now having used it once a day, everyday since early January.
Unfortunate as it is for my bank account, once you've used the EH Balm, you just can't go back to your regular cleanser - I'm completely and utterly hooked!
For more information about the Emma Hardie skincare range, click here.