An Elemis Cleansing Balm Review

I’m a massive Elemis fan in general, but nothing gets me going like an Elemis cleansing balm. Nothing.

I’ve definitely written about my love affairs with balm cleansers in the past – you can read that post here – but I wanted to do a more in depth look at these bad boys especially given Elemis’ latest launch of an unscented version. Color me very excited.

If you follow me over on Instagram, you know Elemis makes a whole host of some of my favorite skincare products of all time. But truly nothing shines as bright for me in their line of products as their cleansing balms. Let’s break down in this Elemis cleansing balm review exactly why this product is such a staple in my skincare routine and why it’s absolutely worth your cash.

The Elemis cleansing balm line is hands down the best cleansing balm on the market - and Kelsey from B&B breaks down why.

The Elemis cleansing balm line is hands down the best cleansing balm on the market - and Kelsey from B&B breaks down why.

What exactly is the Elemis cleansing balm?

Cleansing balms in general have really become popular as of late. Cleansing balms are a convenient and efficient way to remove makeup, dirt, or just general grime because they’re semi-solid powerhouse cleansers. The thicker consistency means they’re travel friendly and store well. The texture also gives a beautiful, creamy, gentle wash to the face without stripping the skin.

But not all cleansing balms are created equal.

The Elemis cleansing balm – or should I say balms – are beautifully made and work better at removing makeup than any other balm I’ve tried (and I’ve tried a lot). The long story short? Elemis’ Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balms remove makeup and purify the skin thoroughly, but gently. You’d add this product into your routine as a first step.

What does the Elemis cleansing balm do?

All Elemis cleansing balms give a unique cleansing experience in three ways. When you wash your face using one of these balms, there are three distinct experiences during the process.

Nourishing as a balm.

The first thing you’ll notice when using an Elemis cleansing balm is exactly that – it nourishes your skin as a balm would. Imagine a thick, creamy texture that instantly hydrates and smooths.

Removes makeup as a cleansing oil.

As you gently massage the balm into your face, adding warm water, you’ll notice the texture of the Elemis cleansing balm begin to change into a more oil-like formula. The balm now gently (but thoroughly) begins to remove all makeup, dirt, and grime. These balms will easily compete with (and likely defeat) your current favorite cleanser.

Hydrates as a cleansing milk.

I have pretty dry skin. It’s such a bummer! I’m always on the hunt for cleansing options that don’t strip my skin or cause further dryness. What makes the Elemis cleansing balm so beautiful is the amazing hydration it delivers towards the end of the cleanse, after you’ve worked up a good lather on the skin.

The Elemis cleansing balm line is hands down the best cleansing balm on the market - and Kelsey from B&B breaks down why.

The Elemis cleansing balm line is hands down the best cleansing balm on the market - and Kelsey from B&B breaks down why.

The key ingredients in an Elemis cleansing balm.

Sambucus Nigra (Elderberry) Seed Oil

Elderberry oil is an amazing ingredient that is part of what makes the Elemis cleansing balm so great for your skin. Elderberry oil contains high levels of essential fatty acids along with other micronutrients that help keep your skin healthy.

Padina Pavonica

Padina Pavonica is what’s responsible for the delicious, hydrating feel you have after using the Elemis cleansing balm. Padina Pavonica is a brown algae found on the Mediterranean coast, known to create a feeling of hydration.

Borago Officinalis (Starflower) Seed Oil

Starflower oil is one of the richest natural sources of Gamma Linolenic Acid, which helps promote healthy skin by helping regulate and maintain skin metabolism.

Rosa Multiflora (Rose) Flower Cera (Wax) and Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Cera (Wax)

These flower based waxes help to give the Elemis cleansing balm its consistency. Generally speaking floral waxes are made in a similar fashion to floral absolutes (a concentrated version of flower oil/essential oil).

Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil

Eucalyptus oil has so many benefits it’s hard to know where to start. Literally eucalyptus is used for medicinal purposes, helping to clear airways and nasal passages. Overall, it provides a beautiful, relaxing experience however its used.

What makes Elemis’ cleansing balms different?

There are so many things we’ve talked about in this post that make the Elemis cleansing balms different. I do, though, want to specifically call out that I love that Elemis doesn’t utilize polyethylene in their balms. Polyethylene is a thermoplastic widely used in plastic production with literally tens of millions of tons produced worldwide each year.

To be honest – I’m not a scientist. I can’t really speak to if it’s bad to utilize polyethylene in skincare products. But like, I don’t personally love the idea of spreading a micro plastic across my face or rinsing it down my drain. Just not a fan.

I’m not a big believer in the phrase “clean” beauty, but I do love that out of all the brands I use, Elemis really does keep it pretty clean.

How to use an Elemis cleansing balm in your beauty routine.

Luckily the Elemis cleansing balm is a breeze to use.

  • Apply a small amount of the cleansing balm to your face, gently massaging the product in
  • Easily remove the balm with a warm washcloth OR add a bit of warm water to your face and continue to massage the product into a more milk-like consistency
  • Rinse face with warm water to remove any last bits of the balm

The Elemis cleansing balm line is hands down the best cleansing balm on the market - and Kelsey from B&B breaks down why.

How to choose the right Elemis cleansing balm for you.

What really prompted me to write this new blog post dedicated to my favorite balm is the fact that Elemis just launched a new version of their collagen cleansing balm: an unscented option!

I’ve had lots of followers say they love the effects of the Original and Rose scented cleansing balms, but don’t love scented products. I think it’s so awesome that Elemis has added an unscented version into the mix.

In all honesty, all the cleansing balms in the line work so well, I’d select your cleansing balm of choice just based on your preferred scent. If you like a more spicy scent, the original might be for you. If rose is your thing, go for the rose version. Or if you’re not really a fan of scented skincare, the brand new unscented option is awesome.

No matter what Elemis cleansing balm you choose – you’ll end up with the same beautifully clean results.

Is there a less expensive Elemis cleansing balm dupe out there?

Literally no. I’ve tried so many cheaper alternatives to the Elemis cleansing balm and truly none of them compete. If any other reviews out there are suggesting any dupes, they’re not being accurate in their comparisons. I find that so many alternative cleansing balms give either a high intensity, stripping cleanse OR they just don’t get the job done as well. There are plenty of other cleansing balms on the market, but no true Elemis cleansing balm dupe.

I will say it is possible to buy Elemis cheap – or like, at least get a good value. Keep an eye on the Elemis website for amazing gift sets like these where you get plenty of product at a great value. You can also sometimes find Elemis on sites like QVC, Ulta, or Nordstrom with different deals available.

Do I have a favorite Elemis balm?

I’ll admit the Elemis Rose Cleansing Balm is a much loved luxury for me – but I’m honestly the biggest fan of the OG. There’s just something about that original, somewhat spicy scent I can’t get enough of. Also, it was my first Elemis balm love. And you never forget your first love.

Have you tried the Elemis cleansing balms and have thoughts to share? Or have you read other cleansing balm reviews and have Qs? Hit me up in the comments down below!