The Body Shop - Camomile Cleansing Butter review

The Body Shop – Camomile Cleansing Butter review

It has taken me quite a long time to review this great cleansing butter, which unlike what you see in the picture taken months ago, is now running out. It has worked fantastically well for removing my make-up after busy days at work, late nights out (less so!) and I can’t think of a product I prefer using for this purpose.

I know I know, most girls are tempted to use face wipes to remove make-up, especially late at night, but I suggest you try using a balm and a flannel. I don’t even own face wipes. I would never use them because I love the feeling of putting my fingers in the tin, scooping some balm out, rubbing it on the palms of my hands and then massaging my face with oily hands and seeing every trace of mascara melting off. Oh, and the best is yet to come. My favourite part is when I take a clean dry flannel and I put it under hot running water. The hotter the better. I then gently lay it onto my whole face, press and after a few seconds remove it, wiping as I go. I usually repeat this step once or twice, using the back of the flannel and rinsing it again if I want more of that warmth on my face.

Now, a few lines on this product. To be honest there’s not a whole lot to add. I’ve already shared with you how I use it and you’ll have noticed that I only use it to remove make-up and not as a first cleanser (if this concept is new to you read this post). It does its job wonderfully and it leaves my skin soft, clean and ready for the next step, which most of the time is a second cleanse. It only costs £10 and I’d say it’s good value for a product of this kind. You can easily compare this one to the Clinique Take the Day Off Balm. I think the advantage of the Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter is that it has a lovely, delicate and flowery smell, at least those are the adjectives that spring to mind!

Lastly, I should say that I’m yet to try a real high-end balm/butter. I know that as the price goes up, you often get products with better-quality ingredients. One exception in my opinion is the famous Eve Lom Cleansing Balm, which is made up of an inexpensive mineral oil and yet retails for £40 – it’s still a mystery to me! I feel like more luxurious ingredients would be better used for a second cleanse or a morning cleanse. But that’s something we’ll go over another time. I have only ever tried a sample of the Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm and if I was to spend £38 on a cleanser, I’d feel it was a waste just to use it to remove a layer of foundation and mascara from my face. It deserves more, in my opinion of course.

Have you tried this butter? Do you have a favourite one?

Let me know!




  • I still haven’t tried this Cleansing Butter but I think I would enjoy it. I agree the feeling of a warm flannel on my face after a long day is amazing!

    I usually use cleansing oil to remove my makeup, currently the one from Simple but my favourite is the one from Superfacialist by Una Brenan. I love the Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm but I agree it would be a waste to use it just to remove my makeup with so I often use it as my second cleanse. xx

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

    • Hi Dagmara, first of all thanks for reading my post 😉
      I have only started using oils last year and my first purchase has been the Una Brennan one! I really like it and I think it will last me one more year because there’s so much! Does the Simple one has Mineral Oil in it? xx

      • No, it doesn’t. The ingredients list is actually really nice. x

  • NeonChipmunk

    I keep meaning to try this balm! I adore Take the Day Off, but this one is so much cheaper.

    • It is! Plus, this one has a nice smell which makes the whole application more enjoyable 😉 thanks Mary xx

  • Ela

    I hear that their Camomile Cleansing Oil is good as well – any thoughts on that? 🙂
    Ela |

    • S J Thomas.

      I’ve tried both the balm and oil but I prefer the feel of the balm and think it works a little better. Plus the oil tends to get into my eyes when you add water to wash it off.

    • I haven’t tried it yet but I think it works well too! It has a pump so I’m afraid it wouldn’t be easy to travel with it. My friend Jason from loves it. I will certainly try it in the future. Thanks for the comment Ela xx

  • Becomingtashh

    oooh I think I will need to add this to my collection!

    x Tash /

  • S J Thomas.

    I am on my second tub of this. One of my favs for removing makeup, the camomile oil is nice too but prefer the feel of the balm. I like to follow it with something like Liz Earle cleanse and polish.

    • I do the same, I really like Cleanse and Polish too! I have just got my second bottle of it 🙂 thanks for the comment !

  • I used the makeup remover and its amazing!! Definitely want to try this as well

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

    • Yes, you should really try it, I don’t have any make-up remover, not the usual ones, but I only use balms or oils! Much better and gentler to the skin in my opinion 😉

  • I have tried this one, the Clinique one and the Moringa one. Safe to say I am a balm lover. My favorite to date is the Clinique one, simply because it is not fragranced, but i have repurchased the Chamomile one several times as well. Oh, and my stand on Eve Lom is the same as yours, I refuse to spend that much money on something made of mineral oil, no matter how hyped it is.
    Emma Hardie used to be the one for me until I got pregnant. It is just a tad more luxurious and oily than the Clinique one. But when I got pregnant I suddenly hated the smell, and since then I never repurchased.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    • Thanks for your comment Anne. I’m glad to know we agree on the Eve Lom one. I’m using their Morning Cleanser which I was given as a gift and it doesn’t have mineral oil in it. It’s a very good product but on the cleansing balm I won’t change my mind 🙂 I loved the Clinique, it was the first balm I tried. But I prefer having a little bit of scent, to make it more enjoyable. Thanks again xxx

  • I really like the sound of this! I love cleansing balms as you know. The Emma Hardie one is one of my favourites and I really liked the Clinique one when I used it. I’ll give this a go at some point xx

    Beautylymin| LuxuryFragranceGiveaway

    • This one is nice, maybe not as much as the EH balm which I believe has better oils in it. I will get it at some point, but first I have to use up some of my cleansers. Thanks for the comment Siobhan xx

  • Mmmm! I love that feeling of dipping my finger into a pot of balm too 😉 I used to really enjoy using this product. It was the first ever cleansing balm I ever tried. I need to repurchase it at some point. And yes, I don’t understand the Eve Lom…it doesn’t perform very well and really irritated my skin. I really enjoy EH, Ole Henriksen and Elemis balms. xxx
    Sal | UmmBabyBeauty

    • Thank you very much Sal! We all love trying new products so I understand that you haven’t had the chance to purchase this again. I have never tried the Eve Lom Balm but I don’t even want to try it 😉 Thanks for the reccomendations, I really want to buy the EH balm at some point. xx

  • Adele Miner

    I used this before, It worked really well for me! I am so glad I came across your blog, you are doing an amazing job with it.. you should be proud! x

    • You’re too kind Adele, thanks a lot <3

  • Bernadette

    This cleansing butter sounds so lovely. I definitely to try out many body shop skincare items. Great post.