9 cleansing balms that feel like heaven on your face
Take your daily wash from a task to a treat
By Delaney Loane
Digital Beauty Editor / August 02 2022
They say if you find a job you love, you never have to work a day in your life. Well, we feel the same about cleansers – find a formula you’re obsessed with and washing your face will feel like a treat rather than a task.
And we’ve got to say – one velvety smooth cleansing category certainly stands out above the rest in the serenity stakes – cleansing balms, AKA the reason we legit look forward to our twice-daily sink sesh.
You’re probably wondering what’s so damn special about them, right? There’s a few standout factors. For starters, they feel like butter on your face – slather a good balm on and it’ll literally melt into your skin. The best bit, however, is that while you’re enjoying the facial-esque feeling of the texture, the oil within the balm is hard at work grabbing onto all the makeup, impurities and grime calling your complexion home.
Balms also offer a lot of bang for your buck – a little goes a long way, so you can afford to invest in something a little more luxurious in good faith that it’ll serve you well.
So, in a bid to have you join us on the cleansing balm bandwagon, we’ve rounded up the softest, silkiest and most impressive balms in the biz. We promise you’ll soon be just as obsessed as we are…
Sunday Riley Blue Moon Tranquility Cleansing Balm
This beautiful blue balm features a buttery base of cocoa and moringa, with vanilla, tangerine and blue tansy essential oils along for the aromatic ride.
$75 at MECCA
Dior Prestige Cleansing Balm
Honestly, we’d grab this guy solely for the kick of seeing it on the sink, but the makeup-melting rose wax formula cements its status as more than just a looker.
$160 at Dior
Saya Cleansing Balm
Prefer a tube over a tub? We get it, those tiny spatulas can often go missing. Luckily, this balm-to-milk formula squeezes out effortlessly. You can also rest easy knowing shea butter and macadamia oil will keep hydration levels high while chamomile soothes and leaves skin comfortable.
$56 at sayaskin.com
Omorovicza Thermal Cleansing Balm
Any cleanser that legitimately gets rid of waterproof mascara is one worth snapping up, and this citrus and sweet almond oil mix leaves your face panda-eye free and perfectly purified.
$121 at MECCA
ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm
Glow Recipe Papaya Sorbet Enzyme Cleansing Balm
The newest kid on the cleansing balm block, this papaya-powered treat is the ideal pick for dull or congested skin, as the namesake papain enzymes also work to gently exfoliate.
$48 at MECCA
Estée Lauder Advanced Night Micro Cleansing Balm
Smooth your skin and soothe your senses before bed with this balm – the lush lavender scent helps you unwind while the formula leaves the complexion cleansed and conditioned.
$74 at Sephora
Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm
A classic for good reason, its lightweight status establishes it as the best balm for oily complexions – non-greasy but non-drying, it’s devoted to keeping balance in tact.
$59 at Clinique
Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Meltawat Cleansing Balm
A fave of our eternal source of skin-spiration Kaia Gerber, this lime and bergamot blend refines tone and texture, cleansing, exfoliating and brightening in one luxurious lather. "I use this balm from Farmacy that takes off all the eye makeup and breaks it down really well," Gerber told Refinery29 re: its talents.
$63.36 at Cult Beauty