It is no surprise really that I am back reviewing another one of Jo Browne’s natural products. I tried out and reviewed two of her natural solid perfumes last year and was very keen to see if she would be adding any further products to her natural beauty range. Luckily she did, but this time in the form of a skincare product as opposed to a natural fragrance. This facial cleansing balm is her first jaunt into the world of natural skincare so to say I was excited to get my mitts on this cleanser is an understatement. Although I have no link or affiliation to Jo, she kindly gifted me a tub of this natural cleanser with one of her eco bamboo facecloth’s to try out. I must point out there was absolutely no onus on me to review this product but since I really love the ethics behind this brand and I really admire Jo’s one woman operation, I thought it would be rude not to write-up a little review and share my thoughts. I would also like to add that I reviewed this product with an unbiased and open mind like I do with all of the products I try out.
Natural Facial Cleansing Balm – €34 for 50g
I am not going to lie, I love a good facial cleanser. I have tried out many different types of cleanser’s over the years. Some completely stripped my skin of its natural oils, others broke me out and some would not even remove my lipstick let alone a full face of makeup. For me personally I always thought I needed two different types of cleansers in order to successfully double cleanse my skin but I was wrong. There are cleansers out there powerful enough to remove makeup whilst also remaining gentle on the skin. Don’t get me wrong on the days I wear makeup I definitely need to double cleanse. One cleanse to help melt and lift all of my makeup off, yes including mascara and the second cleanse to make sure my face is squeaky clean. Nothing irritates me or my skin more than traces of makeup being left behind. On the day’s I don’t wear makeup which being honest is most day’s, I simply cleanse my skin once at nighttime and once in the morning. I have learned (through trial and error) that the more natural based cleansers seem to suit my skin better and I prefer the luxurious feel of a balm and gel over an oil or milk. That is just my own personal preference though.
This natural facial cleansing balm comes in a 50g tub decorated in Jo Browne’s signature bamboo packaging. It is a handy size and is easy to open and close with its screw top. There is also a second lid located inside the tub to protect the balm itself. The balm can be accessed by lifting the white lid via a little tab on the top. On first inspection you may think hmm this cleanser is not going to last me any time but you would be surprised by the small amount of balm actually required to successfully cleanse your entire face. I have been using this balm religiously for 6 weeks now and am only half way through the tub. The balm itself is an opaque yellow colour and has a delicate scent of neroli and bergamot (well that is the essential oils I detect anyway). This smell is not overpowering but pleasant. I personally love citrus aromas so this is right up my street. To use this cleanser I simply remove a grape sized amount of balm from the tub and rub it gently between my finger tips. I then apply the balm to my entire face. If I am wearing makeup I make sure to massage it into every nook and cranny including my eyes to dislodge stubborn mascara and eyeshadow. It is important to note that you apply this balm directly onto your dry face (with and without makeup). I generally add a little warm water to my hands and further massage in the balm. I like to feel I have my entire face nicely covered. I then warm the bamboo facecloth in warm water by holding it under the warm water tap for a few seconds, making sure the water is not too warm to burn the skin. Firstly, I start removing the balm in upward stroke’s starting from my jaw line up to make sure I am getting into every pore and cleaning them out. When I am wearing makeup I need to rinse and repeat this process a few times. I then gently pat my skin dry and go back in for a second cleanse using the same method as before. A little tip: I have discovered that after I have thoroughly cleansed my skin and have rinsed out the facecloth, I like to warm the clean facecloth in warm water (squeeze to remove excess water) and place it over my entire face for a few minutes to draw any impurities out of my skin. I then splash my face with cool water to close my pores and continue on with the rest of my skincare routine.
The cleansing balm is composed of a mixture of organic* and skin nourishing ingredients. The main ingredients being sunflower, olive, jojoba and camellia oils. Camellia oil is a wonderful ingredient that not only nourish’s but soothes and protects the skin. Other ingredients include bergamot oil, neroli oil, palmarosa, frankincense oil, geranium oil, grapefruit oil and rosemary oil.
* The balm is composed of over 98% organic ingredients.
100% Eco-Friendly Bamboo Facecloth – €7.95
I have been successfully converted into using a facial cloth to help remove dirt/grime/makeup from my face during the cleansing process. I have used muslin cloths before but I like something with a bit more substance to it, if that makes sense. I was impressed to receive an eco-friendly bamboo facecloth with the cleansing balm. It certainly looked and felt more substantial than a muslin cloth. Jo choose a bamboo facecloth for its anti-microbial, anti-fungal, hypoallergenic and odor resistant qualities. As bamboo grows naturally in the wild it is therefore not treated with any pesticides so is completely chemical free. When the plant is harvested the roots are kept in place so it can regenerate itself. This process happens quite quickly which makes it incredibly eco-friendly. This colour-free bamboo facecloth is supplied with its own drawstring bag which is incredibly handy for storage.
So what was my overall opinion of the Jo Browne natural facial cleansing balm and eco bamboo facecloth in comparison to my trusty reliable cleanser? Well I was quite impressed with both the cleansing balm and bamboo facecloth. The cleansing balm is more semi-solid in consistency than my much-loved Oskia cleanser. It also does not contain any rose oil like the Oskia one does but the ingredients it does contain really suit my skin. I like how it smells and feels on the skin. Most importantly I like how it does not aggravate my sensitive skin nor does it sit on my skin and block my pores. It successfully removes all traces of dirt and makeup. The slight issue I have is regarding its pricing. I am fully aware that when you use such an array of good quality ingredients in a product it costs money and you also have to factor in making a profit etc but this cleanser is slightly more expensive than my normal cleanser for a smaller quantity of product. I honestly don’t know the costs involved in making this balm, procuring the facecloth or if Jo sourced cheaper ingredients would it destroy the quality and effectiveness of the product? I don’t know enough to speculate so what I will say is, I trust in the price point of the product for the quality of ingredients contained inside it. Would I purchase it once this tub runs out? Yes absolutely. The bamboo facecloth is expensive but if it remains in as good a condition as it has then I would happily pay the €7.95 price tag for it. Even though I have used it a good 60 times so far it still looks the same as it did on day one. Jo has also launched a luxury Christmas gift set which contains the natural facial cleansing balm and bamboo facecloth for €42, just in time for the festive season.