When I first started exploring cleansing balms, I came across the REN No. 1 Purity Cleansing Balm. It came highly raved by many and I have enjoyed using many things from REN so when I had the opportunity, I picked up a tube at the store last year (REN is sold at Ken’s Apothecary here in Malaysia).
I have to admit, I’m not quite blown away by the efficacy of the product even though I love that it’s a proper wipe off balm cleanser as opposed to a emulsifying one. Is there a difference you ask?
Yes there is. I find that a wipe off balm cleanser, which is usually thicker and needs warming up, is less drying than a cleansing balm that emulsifies and doesn’t employ the use of a muslin or any face cloth. But as I use a face cloth regardless, it doesn’t really matter to me.
Those who like this REN cleansing balm rave about the scent, texture and efficacy. I’ll tell you that 2 out of 3 work for me, but which 2? 😉