a cleanser round-up

Cleanser round-up

Hi everyone,

Today’s post is on cleansers and you may not know it yet, but I love cleansers and I believe they’re one of the few skincare items worth investing that little bit extra in. Not everyone will agree with me, but I found that a good cleanser can really make a difference to my routine.

These are some I’ve been using on rotation lately:

This is a mini travel size I got through the Pick and Mix service on Feel Unique. I know this balm is a lot of people’s favourite balm and I was curious to try it on myself. The smell is quite strong because of the orange, neroli and mandarin essential oils in it. The application and the texture are similar to most other balm cleansers: it melts when rubbed between the hands and glides perfectly on the face; it doesn’t sting and removes every trace of make-up well. I’ve also used it as a first cleanse in the morning and it worked fine. Doesn’t leave any greasiness and leaves the skin soft and perfectly cleansed. I had a lovely feeling after using this. It’s certainly an expensive balm so I probably won’t be purchasing a full size soon (unless I find a good offer). However, if you have normal to dry skin and want to indulge in some luxurious skincare treatment, this might be the right option for you. If you’re on the oily side, you’ll probably find this good if used as a make-up remover only, followed by a different kind of cleanser.

I bought this as a birthday treat on Cultbeauty as it was the perfect combination of price, quantity and curiosity from my side. It’s not designed for dry skin (like mine), but I’d say rather for normal to oily skin. It has a creamy, thick consistency, not too easy to rub on the face unless you use a lot of product or you emulsify it with water. In fact, it’s good to massage it on the face with some water to turn it into a milk cleanser. It has a tiny bit of glycolic acid, hence the name “glow”, which should help the daily cellular turnover. I can’t say much on this, the % is so low that it didn’t stop me from using different forms of chemical exfoliants. I like using this and would highly recommend it as an ‘every other day cleanser’ if you tend to have normal to dry skin like me, or for everyday use if you’re on the opposite side. I must say I haven’t tried to use it as a make-up remover because I think it would not only be a waste of money but also not the right cleanser to use. Overall, I’m happy with my purchase.

This cleanser is something I would have never bought, hadn’t it been for the lovely Fiona, who sent me the full size as a gift. It’s a balm cleanser that comes in a luxurious white plastic tub and is supposed to be used in the morning. It could be used at night to remove make-up, as well, though I think that may be a waste of money. Just like any other balm, it melts into an oil and has to be removed with a damp flannel (for me, that is the best way, but you can also just rinse it off normally). I’ll admit the smell is slightly unpleasant! Either way the product claims to make the skin look radiant through a light exfoliation (papaya enzymes) and stimulate collagen production (carrot oil). The ingredient list is, in my opinion, not one of the greatest, but maybe that’s just me. You can see it here. It works but I wouldn’t spend that much money on it. I’d rather opt for the EH balm, mentioned earlier.

This is the cheapest cleanser of those mentioned here. I got it at my local chemist but I wasn’t familiar with the brand before. It’s a Greek brand that makes affordable skincare products with good ingredients (i.e. no parabens, silicones or mineral oils. And they even use green tea instead of water!) and which are beautifully packaged.

I usually like milk cleansers, though I prefer the creamier ones, with a thick and rich texture. This one is incredibly light and I use it on dry skin, before massaging and removing with a flannel, with no water to emulsify it, as it’s already watery. My only problem with it is that I’ve found that it irritates my eyes a bit when I use it, and that’s a great turn-off for me as I always end up with tears in my eyes! If it wasn’t for this, it’d be a great option for when I want a delicate cleanse; either way, I haven’t stop using it. This Apivita cleanser contains honey, olive and almond oil, but also some essential oils (lavender, neroli, orange) that may be the cause of irritation. However, it wouldn’t stop me from recommending this. I will certainly be trying some of their other products!

a cleanser round-upFrom the left: Eve Lom, Apivita and Pixi

Have you tried any of these? Let me know in the comments.

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Thanks for reading



  • As you know, I love the Emma Hardie cleanser. I tried the original Eve Lom balm and it left my skin burnt and very angry so I wouldn’t be keen to try this morning cleanser. SO many people rave about the Pixi Cleanser but it is always sold out! Great post! xx


    • Hi Siobhan, you’re right about the Pixi Cleanser, I had looked for it on multiple websites and even in store before I found it on cult beauty. I suggest you to go to its page on cultbeauty and if it’s out of stock you can click on “join the waiting list” and they’ll send you an email once it’s available again. The Eve Lom balm is basically made of mineral oil, am I right? I don’t know how they can sell paraffin at that price 🙁 xx

  • Beautiful selection of cleanser. I love the EH cleansing balm…a lot. It smells divine and I like using it as an overnight mask sometimes too. The Pixi Glow Mud is one of the best cleansers I have ever tried…it always perks up my complexion like no other. I’ve always been curious to try Apivita products…will research some more. Thanks for this round up! xxx
    Sal | UmmBaby Beauty

    • Hi Sal, I’m glad you liked the post. You should do some research on apivita because it’s a brand I rarely see on Instagram, and I have never seen it in any shop in the Uk. How do you manage not to stain your pillowcase with the EH balm on? Yes it has a very nice smell, although I prefere The Honey Mud’s smell 🙂 x Silvia

  • La Veine

    Such lovely products! 🙂


  • I am currently testing the EH cleanser and I really like it, it leaves my skin soft and nourished. I have wanted to try the Pixi cleanser for a long time, definitely need to treat myself 🙂 x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

    • Yes you should treat yourself Dagmara, the Pixi cleanser it’s actually quite affordable if compared to the others. I have finished my small EH balm sample so I’ll need to get a full size (but not know, cause I have to many cleansers at the moment!), I’m glad you liked it too. x

  • I am a huge cleanser fan myself, and I do like the Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm even though my skin is combination oily. My preferred balm cleanser is the Clinique Take the Day off one though.
    The pixi Glow Mud Cleanser is a cleanser I enjoy as well, but just like you only as a morning cleanse or as a evening second cleanse. I would never take something containing glycolic acid around my eyes to remove makeup!

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    • I have used (and finished up) one jar of Clinique Take the day Off and I thought it was great, although i hate that it doesn’t have a smell. The good thing is also the price point, much cheaper than the EH. Thanks a lot for stopping by 🙂

      • I could not stand the EH scent when I was pregnant, so I switched to Clinique.

  • I haven’t tried Emma Hardie or Eve Lom products ever, but I hear so many great things about both. I looked up the ingredients on the Eve Lom cleanser, and you’re right it’s not that great, and the carrot root extract and seed oil are at the bottom so that’s unfortunate! I definitely want to treat myself to the Emma Hardie one though 🙂

    Nida | Caked To The Nines

    • Hi Nida, I’m glad to know I wasn’t the only one scared by the ingredients. These things matter to me a lot, especially when a product is so expensive. You can try a sample of the EH and then decide if you want to get a bigger size of it 🙂 I got my sample through Feel unique in the Uk.

  • Lisa

    I absolutely adore the eve Lom cleanser it’s one I always keep stock of, I’ve never had a problem with it and always go back to it. I heard lots of the Emma Harding morning Balm. It’s definetly on my radar to try next
    Great round up.
    Beauxdiaries.com xx

    • Hi Lisa, thanks for your comment. I don’t really like the smell of the Eve Lom cleanser so it’s not a cleanser I would buy. But it has a very rich formula and leaves my skin balanced and not dry. You should definitely try the EH balm, i’m sure that you’ll like it, except for the fact that it doesn’t come in a tube, but in a jar! x

  • I love the Eve Lom cleanser except for the fact that you need to use a hot cloth to fully remove it. I tried skipping that step and just rinsing with water, and the results weren’t as good 🙁
    The Aptiva Orange + Honey milk cleanser sounds lovely, I’ll just make a note to avoid getting it in my eyes 😛 I’ve never heard of the brand before, but I’m very curious now!

    Jenny // http://www.geekyposh.com

    • Hi Jenny, thanks for stopping by. I love using a flannel to remove any cleanser, but I get that if you don’t like this method, then this cleanser is not for you. Apivita is a Greek brand which I’ve only discovered this summer, I’ll definitely be trying other products from them. Their packaging is amazing, in my opinion 🙂