I’m still experimenting with facial cleansers ever since I stopped using cleansing oils. On a previous occasion, I was playing around with cleansing milk or cream cleansers. They were ok, but not quite what I was looking for. Then, I was using cleansing water and micellar water. Refreshing, but although I really like the Bioderma micellar water and use it almost daily, something was lacking.
So lately, I’m trying out cleansing balms. The first one I tried was the Eve Lom Cleanser. I like it. I love travelling with it in particular, because it is an excellent makeup remover and leaves my skin feeling lovely, soft and clean. It is also chock-a-block with mineral oil which many people shy away from. So, I recently gave an organic option a go.
The organic option is the Antipodes Grapeseed Butter Cleanser and I must say, it took me months to warm up to this and it came down to learning how much to use, and the best way to remove it. Ever since being introduced to the brand, I have to say that my perception of organic skincare has changed a little.
I used to shy away, because I had a poor experience before. But my experience with Antipodes skincare has so far been positive in almost all respects. It does please me to realise this as I now have a brand I can turn to if I want something organic and natural.
So, the Grapeseed Butter Cleaner. You have to firstly understand that this is a cleansing balm. It is quite unlike your regular wash and go cleanser. It takes a little more effort and a little more work. But it is worth it, I promise 🙂
The product comes in a plastic tub and the tub leaks. Trust me when I tell you that you do not want to travel with this one. I found that if you leave this without using, you may find some oil on the surface. Also, because it is a natural and organic product, it doesn’t last very long on the shelves.
There is a little spatula inside I believe but I’ve lost mine 😛 So I just use my fingers. It’s just me using this, and I’m cootie-free 😛 First, I have to mention the scent. It’s not all that pleasant to most but I’m ok with it. It is a scent of lavender and herbs and honey and smells very “natural” if you get my meaning. I will say that it won’t appeal to everyone.
Second the texture takes some getting used to. It is quite soft, and oily. Very much like butter. I take some, warm it up and then apply it to dry skin. It will lighten as you warm it up, and applies like a balm on your skin. I like to take a few minutes to massage it over my face and there seem to be some very small exfoliating bits in it.
Now comes the difficult part. Removing.
Unlike a cleansing oil that emulsifies in water, this cleanser, like the Eve Lom Cleanser needs to be removed with a cloth. Don’t make the mistake I did of thinking I could wash it off. You can’t. Eve Lom provides you with a muslin cloth in the box. Antipodes doesn’t. I do wish they did, because not everyone may realise that they need a wash cloth to remove this balm!
If you don’t have a muslin cloth, fret not. I found that a muslin cloth didn’t work very well 😛 So, I just use a wash cloth. A face towel, if you may. You know those terry cloth squares that you may not be sure what to do with? Or if you have kids, the handkerchiefs you use to mop up their mess. Those.
I wet it in hot water (my shower water) then squeeze out the water and lay it on my skin, pressing lightly. Then, I wet it again, squeeze out the water again, and repeat. On my third time, I then start to wipe away the balm. You will see it on your wash cloth and it isn’t a very pretty sight. I do it about 3 times to make sure it is all clean.
But once you’re done, your skin feels amazing. It feels clean and soft and smooth. Apparently you can use this as a makeup remover as well, but I don’t (I tried, it doesn’t work very well). I take off my makeup using an eye makeup remover and the Bioderma micellar water first just to be sure.
Ever since I worked out how best to use this, I have been using it very often. I hesitate to say everyday, because some days, it just takes too much effort. But I try. My skin seems to like it and I did not experience clogging or anything uncomfortable. In fact, my skin seems to look better but I’m not sure it’s 100% attributable to this product.
I will warn you that if you don’t remove it properly, your skin will feel a little uncomfortable, and oily and sticky. As if you have a layer of balm on it, which you do. It put me off initially. So, the removal is important. Follow up with a foaming cleanser if you like. I sometimes do, and sometimes don’t. It is almost as if you are giving yourself a little facial at home, and my skin has been looking much better since I started trying this one. I don’t know if it’s the whole process that’s making a difference, but I’m starting to warm up to using a cleansing balm.
In a nutshell
The Antipodes Grapeseed Butter Cleanser is a balm type face cleanser. The brand is natural and organic and hails from New Zealand. The balm is quite easy to use. You do have to massage it into your skin and the removal process is quite a pain as you have to use a washcloth. But I like how clean and comfortable my skin feels thereafter. I sometimes follow up with a cleansing gel but sometimes I don’t. If you are familiar with the Eve Lom Cleanser or a cleansing balm, then this is a natural and organic alternative. Doesn’t smell wonderful, but skin feels lovely thereafter.
Pros: Skin feels very clean and smooth after using, Feels gentle on skin
Cons: Pricey, Removal takes a longer time, Smell may not agree with everyone, Hard to travel with as packaging may leak
Who will like this: Anyone who is looking for an organic and natural alternative cleansing balm
Here is the ingredient list for anyone interested.
Have you tried this before? Have you used a cleansing balm and have one to recommend?
I do have this on my repurchase list, unless I find a substitute in a different brand, but there aren’t that many cleansing balms available, I’ve noticed. I have the RMK Cleansing Balm up next and I also hear the Clinique Cleansing Balm is quite good so that’s 2 more to go before I come back to this one, I reckon.