If you didn’t already realise, I no longer use cleansing oils to remove makeup and as my first step of cleansing so despite being a huge fan of them before, you won’t see anymore going forth. These days, I’m all about cleansing balms because cleansing oils are far too drying for my skin and I find that balms work better on my dry skin. I started out using the Antipodes Grapeseed Butter Cleanser which I loved, and have incidentally finished and scraped clean, so it was time I experimented with another.
It was at about this time that I discovered that The Body Shop had come up with the Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter, which had my senses pricked and my interest piqued.
This then, is a balm cleanser which comes in a large flat screw top tin and a consistency that reminds me a lot of shoe wax. I’m sorry, it does! I spent many weekends as a child helping to wax my parents’ leather shoes (child labour yo! LOL) and I know my shoe waxes.
I managed to get a sample of this for evaluation and I must say that it is interesting. It retails for just RM63 which isn’t very pricey, considering all the other cleansing balms I’m using or have stockpiled and will be using and a little does go a long way. But this is something that I think you have to work out for yourself if you’d like it.
As I said, the product comes in a large flat tin and it has a waxy feel. I have the ingredient list below and while I’m not the cleverest person around to read ingredient lists, there is something called “synthetic wax” on the list. So my analogy of shoe wax isn’t too far off the mark
To use it, you use your fingers (or a spare spatula you have lying around if you’re not keen on using your fingers) and dig into the wax to gouge out some product. Once you dig that first hole, it gets easier, as you can see above. I’m working my way through this tub from one side so technically, in the jargon of enthusiastic beauty bloggers everywhere, “I’ve hit pan!”
I find this quite interesting, because when I place the product in the palm of my hand, it almost immediately starts to melt. Rub my hands together and it turns into a texture approximating a clear oil. Yes, it seems to turn right into a cleansing oil! The texture is light, which is a marked difference from the Antipodes butter cleanser that has a pronounced balmy texture.
I find the product applies very easily over the skin and you can massage it in the way you do an oil cleanser, to remove your makeup and impurities. If you are familiar with an oil cleanser, then this feels the same and works the same way. It just starts out in a solid form, so if you choose to travel with it, it’s excellent.
I don’t use this as a makeup remover however. I do one round of cleansing with Bioderma micellar water first. Also, although it says in the instructions that you can just rinse this off (think cleansing oil again – emulsify and then wash off) I find that it is best removed with a face cloth (I wish it was sold with one!)
You see, I don’t know if it’s that synthetic wax ingredient in there, but I find that there’s a film on my skin after using this. So, if I don’t remove with a face cloth, then this film is very pronounced. Even when I do use a face cloth, after going over my skin a few times with the cloth, and then rinsing it, I still find that there is a film on my skin. A second round of cleansing usually gets rid of it, but for this reason, I am not a fan of this product.
When I was using the Antipodes Butter Cleanser, once I wiped it off, my skin would feel smooth, soft and clean. With this one, it feels smooth but with a strange slippery feeling on my skin. Personally, I think if you have skin that is prone to clogging or acne, I don’t think this is the best product for you.
Oh there is also a scent which I believe is that of camomile. Not unpleasant but not a scent I like. All in all, this isn’t a dud for me, and I will finish it off. I just will not repurchase.
In a nutshell
The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter is to me, a solid cleansing oil. It has a solid form in the flat tin that it comes in, but on contact with skin, it melts quite easily into a clear liquid form. It is easy to use – just spread over your face, massage it in and then remove. While it says that it can be removed by just rinsing with water (please be sure to emulsify properly before that using the cleansing oil method) I will suggest that a muslin or face cloth removes the product better. I feel that it leaves a film on my skin even after using a cloth which is removed when I do my second cleanse, but I don’t like that feeling. So, I think this is a nice bridge for those who want to try something other than a cleansing oil. It’s different, yet familiar.
Pros: Portable, Affordable, Easy to use if you are used to using cleansing oils, Easy to remove
Cons: Film on skin after washing off, Should be sold with a cloth for better product removal, Minor breakouts due to presence of olive oil (I can’t use anything with olive oil or its derivatives)
Who will like this: Anyone who wants to try a different cleanser and makeup remover other than cleansing oils, Anyone who wants a makeup remover that is more portable than cleansing oil
Here is the ingredient list for anyone interested.
Oh interestingly, I just noticed that this has olive fruit oil which usually breaks me out like nothing else if it’s present in skincare. I did notice one or two spots since, which I thought were due to poor sleeping habits but I now think may be attributed to this one. It isn’t as bad as some of the other breakouts I’ve suffered thanks to olive oil and its derivatives, but I’m cutting back on using this one for now. If your skin isn’t bugged by olive oil then ignore this bit of rambling
Have you already tried this cleansing butter? Have you tried the cloth cleansing method yet?
It upsets me when a highly anticipated product falters as this has, for me. I suppose I rather expected a little more or maybe I was spoilt by the truly sumptuous textured Antipodes Grapeseed Butter Cleanser. Oh and the cloth cleansing method is truly life … ok, not life, but skin changing for me and for the better!
The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter Price: RM63/76g (less if on sale – currently 20% off) Availability: The Body Shop stores or website