Spring Clean Your Skin: Botanics Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm

This year, one of my resolutions is to maintain a strict and non-lazy skincare routine. By non-lazy I mean, stop using cheap face wipes and micellar water Zoe. They’re only for late night and drunken cleansing. I should be giving my face a full wash off cleanse at least once every day!

But whyyyyyyy? Face wipes and micellar water (particularly Bioderma) are awesome! They take about two minutes and I don’t even have to leave my room! Unfortunately, my skin didn’t agree with this one bit and decided to dry out and erupt in protest. 

So with a lazy sigh, I stepped up my skincare routine, and stepped up to the sink…

Boots Botanics Hot Cloth Balm Cleanser Beauty Blog Review

What is this!? This is the cleanser I was using over November and December (with the exclusion of late nights and hungover mornings) – it’s the Botanics Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm.

A balm? For the face? Even for oily skin? Apparently for all skin types according the label. 

The way that the Botanics Hot Cloth balm works is that it melts into the skin like a face oilYou rub it all over the face to dissolve makeup and then you wash it off. The oil in the balm binds to the oil in your pores so that the grime is washed off with the balm. 

Beauty pros and other bloggers have been raving about balms and cleansing oils for a while, so I thought I’d jump on the wagon and give it a go..

So what did I think?

Firstly– I bought the Botanics Hot Cloth Cleanser mainly because it’s 97% organic with no parabens, but mostly because it was on special offer at Boots. (You can’t say I aint honest with you, dear readers)

Yeah, I probably should have taken a picture before I started using it but hey, another honest fact – I just couldn’t wait to use it and I FORGOT. When I buy a new product, I get that ‘new purchase buzz’, rip it out of it’s packaging and then go – ho wait, was I meant to photo that?

Boots Botanics Hot Cloth Balm Cleanser Beauty Blog Review
It lasts ages – this is only 2 months of use.

Good things to say

The balm itself is lovely – it smells nice, it melts quickly and is easy to apply all over the face. It feels natural and good for my skin and it does a good job of budging heavy makeup.

The problem for me is that I found it hard to shift the balm – you can’t do it with your hands, you just end up feeling like you’ve got butter all over your hands and face. You need to use the muslin cloth it comes with – and also, the water needs to be warm!

Overall thoughts

 It’s not right for me. It’s not the balm, it’s me. My oily-combination skin couldn’t hack this new texture – it’s too heavy for my skin. After using the balm my face felt overly-moisturised, I definitely couldn’t use this everyday. 

Maybe because I found the balm hard to remove, my skin did break out a couple of times. Technically, the balm is meant to draw out impurities, so perhaps it was just having a huge purge, but my skin was nahhhht looking good.

I think its more suited to drier skin types – it’s just too heavy for my skin type. I prefer a gel based cleanser which I can wash off with my hands.

Have you tried a balm cleanser yet? What type of cleanser do you use? 

Will anything ever be better than the convenience of face wipes and micellar water?!


PS – Not for me, but maybe for you? I’m going to have a huge clearout of items I don’t need anymore, and this will be one of the products I’ll be selling in my blog sale

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Zoe Bayliss Wong
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  1. Charlotte MacDonald-Gaunt
    January 5, 2014 / 6:22 pm

    I haven't actually tried any cleansing balms yet, so I don't have anything to compare with but I'm not sure that the consistency of this one is for me – it sounds a bit too much hard work. XxMakeup by Candlelight

  2. Jess | Just Jesss
    January 6, 2014 / 1:18 pm

    I loved this balm when I tried it and I have super-duper oily skin! I found that using quite hot water with the muslin cloth to remove the balm, and then repeating, worked well for me, and I tend to double-cleanse so followed it with a gel-based cleanser :)I'm using an Una Brennan cleansing oil now, though, and I have to say it's much easier to remove!Jess xo

    • Zoe Dubs
      January 6, 2014 / 1:19 pm

      Jess, that's a great idea – i might use it as part of a double cleanse routine. Or, I might just buy the Una Brennan one as well… haha x

  3. StargazyEyes
    January 6, 2014 / 10:30 pm

    I generally love a balm cleanser, and will definitely try this – can totally understand why it wouldn't work for an oilier skin type though.Fingers crossed you find something else you loveSharon http://stargazyeyes.blogspot.co.uk/