The problem right, when you start getting into anything, be it makeup or skincare, you start developing an unhealthy interest in items that you can’t actually get in local stores. I tend to follow many bloggers from the UK for some reason, and it’s a whole new world of brands and products there that I’m not sure I’ll ever see here.
Enter then, online shopping – praise the online shopping Gods!
And that’s how I ended up lusting over and eventually purchasing the very highly raved Omorovicza Thermal Cleansing Balm without ever having seen or tried it in person. A quick search online will throw up multiple glowing reviews from many high-profile bloggers, some of whom know their stuff. Which is why I got suckered in even deeper!
Omorovicza is a Hungarian brand of luxury skincare hailing from Budapest (that’s a city I hope to visit some day!) It utilizes Hungary’s thermal waters in their fairly extensive product range. The thermal waters contain minerals that heal and rejuvenate skin, and there’s even a spa built on the site of this thermal spring. The Thermal Cleansing Balm is one of their popular products, and as I’m an avid user of cleansing balm, I just had to try it.
A few months of use and half a tub later… I’m afraid I’m going to be that spoilsport and say “Meh… let’s move on!”
Incidentally, at the height of the hysteria, this product was everywhere I turned. Now, I hardly see nor hear mention of it. Are people bored with it already, or have they suddenly realised that it isn’t quite all it’s cut out to be?
A funny anecdote. For some reason, I had the impression that “thermal” meant that it would heat up. So, I was quite excited to try a self-heating cleansing balm. It wasn’t until a while later that I realised it meant “thermal” waters as opposed to a heat-based definition of “thermal”. I was understandably disappointed LOL! 😀
But what you get in a luxurious glass jar that comes with a spatula, is a jar of dark grey balm that has some bits in it. The bits do not disintegrate, nor do they scratch your skin. I don’t really feel them very much. The primary component is Hungarian Moor Mud which contains calcium and magnesium carbonates, humic acid and fulvic acid, which purifys, detoxifys and nourishes the skin. However, unlike many mud-based products, this one does not dry on the skin nor does it dry out the skin, due to it being blended with sweet almond oil.
So what you get is a paste that has a rather oily feel. I usually scoop out an amount as you see in the picture, warm it up between my palms and massage it over my skin. It feels like you’re massaging oil into your skin, and there is a slight citrus scent, which isn’t unpleasant.
However, the cleansing bit is when it gets tricky. I’ve read so many reviews that say you can just emulsify and rinse it off your skin and I have absolutely NO IDEA how they’re doing it. You see, this product does NOT emulsify. It will remain on your skin and on your hands until you remove it with a face cloth as I do, or with a foaming cleanser (if you use it). Otherwise, it stays on your skin, leaving a film over it that does not feel very nice. In fact, the instructions call for it to be used with a warm face cloth, so I have no idea how people are purporting to “use warm water and rub until it emulsifies on skin” No, it doesn’t. Stop making things up 😛
As I use a face cloth/flannel anyway, I took the cloth to it, and it removes the product easily. What then remains is soft, clean skin with little residue. However, there’s the second drawback. The mud will stain your face cloth. So, you do have to rinse it out properly. In that sense, it reminds me of the Antipodes Grapeseed Butter Cleanser in terms of texture and usage.
Omorovicza also says that you can use this to remove makeup, to which I’d agree except it’s a bit too fussy. So, what I prefer to do is remove my makeup with cleansing water first, before using this and then following up with another cleanser. When I do this, I find that my cloth will wipe off brownish streaks as opposed to grey streaks, that tells me that residual foundation is being cleaned off. The other reason you may not want to use this as a first cleanse to remove makeup, is because it’s expensive, and you will need a significant amount in order for it to function as a makeup remover, and it just isn’t cost effective.
My skin is left feeling very comfortable due to the oils in there, and clean, without feeling stripped. So, if you have drier skin, this feels absolutely lovely and luxe and everything nice. Except for the price. So, if price isn’t a concern for you, this is lush and worth taking a look at.
For everyone else, I’m going to suggest using Antipodes Grapeseed Butter Cleanser instead. Just as fussy, but at about half the price for more product, it’s just as good.
IN A NUTSHELL
The Omorovicza Thermal Cleansing Balm is a cleansing balm that contains Hungarian Moor Mud and sweet almond oil as well as the mineral rich thermal waters of Hungary. This is a luxury skincare brand and the price befits the category. While the balm leaves my skin feeling cleansed yet nourished and lush, it is quite a pain to use as you must use a face cloth to remove the product (none was included in my box) and it will stain your cloth due to the oils. It’s nice to use, but I cannot justify its price for which I think there are more affordable alternatives that are just as lush on skin. Nice for those with deep wallets and large skincare budgets, but not otherwise.
PROS: Leaves skin feeling cleansed and nourished, Very comfortable to use especially for those with dry skin
CONS: Hard to remove without a face cloth, No face cloth provided in the box, Leaves a slight residue on skin even with a face cloth, Pricey, Expensive to use as a makeup remover
WHO WILL LIKE THIS: Anyone used to using a non-emulsifying cleansing balm and a face cloth
PRICE: £48 | US$110 for 50ml
If you’re interested, here is the ingredient list for the Omorovicza Thermal Cleansing Balm.
The best cleanser you’ll ever use? I’m sorry Omorovicza, I beg to differ. Superlatives like this sell, but they do end up over-promising and under-delivering to me.
Have you tried this brand or this balm cleanser? What balm cleanser have you tried recently that you like?
I’m actually itching to move on, but I do have a little under half a tub to go and I am being quite good and trying to finish my products before switching. Yet, when times like these come around, man, I do get bored! So go on, tell me what you’re using now and why I should use it 😀