The 3 Cleansing Balms You Need to Try

Best Cleansing Balms

Cleansing balms were something I never would have tried a few years ago. Slather a thick cream all over my face that already was combination/oily? No thank you. Now, I don’t go a week without using one. I’m all about simplifying my nighttime beauty routine as long as the products get the job done and do it well. I’ve tested out a handful of balms on the market and these three are my ride or die choices. Yes, they may be more than your average face wash or makeup remover, but I promise it is worth it in the long run when you aren’t scrubbing your eyes to get that stubborn eye makeup off (and losing valuable lashes while you’re at it).

Think of cleansing balms as a do it all product — makeup remover, cleanser and hydrator all in one. When you massage the oil into your skin you’re increasing circulation while the balm sinks into the skin and disrupts any dirt/oil, pulling it from the pores. The three options above are really gentle and good for your skin. To apply: take a tiny, dime size amount and rub it into your dry skin. The heat from your body will warm the mixture and thin it out as you cover your face. I like to use a warm muslin cloth (or washcloth) to gently rinse it off afterwards. A little goes a long way with all of these, so these jars will last you months!

It Cosmetics Cleansing Balm: This is the new kid in the group but it’s an awesome, budget friendly option to start with. This balm feels the most hydrating of the bunch, but isn’t heavy or pore-clogging. My skin always feels like it took a giant gulp of water after washing with this.

Beautycounter Cleansing Balm: One of my favorite skincare secret weapons is Vitamin C. I use this serum everyday under my sunscreen and face moisturizer, but love that this balm also has it in the product to help brighten while cleansing. The raspberry and cranberry seed oil also gives it a nice, subtle smell. This one comes with a 100% muslin cloth which I love to use only with my balms. They’re super lightweight, breathable and hold up well wash after wash.

Collen Rothschild Cleansing Balm: This was actually one of the first cleansing balms that I tried and it still remains one of my favorites. Like the Beautycounter balm, this one also includes a reusable muslin cloth. I like to spread the balm over my dry skin, wet the muslin cloth with warm water and drape it over my face for 1-2 minutes for a quick facial at the same time. Then, wipe your face with the cloth and rinse!




  1. Katie Elizabeth
    August 11, 2016 / 7:38 am

    Ahhh I need to try one of these! My skin is on the drier side so this would be perfect – especially in the winter!

  2. susy
    August 11, 2016 / 9:10 am

    Love the It Cosmetic line – especially their Bye Bye Under Eye! Will need to try their Bye Bye Cleansing Balm next.

  3. August 11, 2016 / 10:00 am

    I’ll have to give that itcosmetics one a try! Sounds very hydrating!

  4. August 11, 2016 / 10:15 am

    I haven’t tried anything like this! I’ll have to try one.

  5. August 11, 2016 / 10:51 am

    This sounds so perfect for winter! I’ve been shopping for a Vitamin C Serum for a while and haven’t made up my mind – do you love that one? Maybe I will try it!

    • August 11, 2016 / 11:01 am

      I’m seriously addicted to it! It’s helped brighten my skin and a little goes a long way for this serum too! You could always have Sephora make you a small sample of it and try it for a week or so!

  6. August 11, 2016 / 12:26 pm

    I was so opposed to them (because of oily skin!) but my husband got me a gift kit for Christmas that came with one, and now I’m hooked!

  7. August 11, 2016 / 12:34 pm

    I used to think the same exact thing!!! That IT cosmetics one has totally changed my cleansing routine, and I ama definitely checking out those other two!
    xo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

  8. jillian
    August 11, 2016 / 1:53 pm

    i’ve never tried a cleansing balm before! these sound fantastic. xo jillian

  9. August 11, 2016 / 1:54 pm

    I’ve never tried a cleansing balm, but now I’m super interested in a product like this. Thanks for your recommendations – I’m going to check them out!

  10. August 12, 2016 / 8:05 am

    You know that I am a huge Beautycounter fan, but have never tried the cleansing balm. Adding that to my next order! After being introduced to IT cosmetics at TBScon, I was super impressed. Looking forward to trying their cleansing balm too! Have a great weekend!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde’s Moment

  11. August 12, 2016 / 10:13 am

    I’ve never even heard of cleaning “balms”… that’s all so interesting to me.
    I come from a family that only used Ivory soap 😉 haha

  12. August 22, 2016 / 6:50 am

    Two of my faves are on here!! I haven’t tried the BC one yet. Glad to hear you are a fan too!! I did a post on them if you ever run out and want to try some other options. Love these!

  13. August 22, 2016 / 9:40 am

    Oh I have never tired a cleansing balm but have been hearing all good things about them. I really want to try the beauty counter one, I heard all good things about their products. Thanks for sharing