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Friday, January 18, 2013

REN No.1 Purity Cleansing Balm

REN No.1 Purity Cleansing Balm: £23*

As much as I love using and wearing make up, one of my favourite parts of the day is taking it all off and cleansing my skin in the evenings. I've used various types of cleansers - creams, milks, waters and balms - and this offering from REN is one of the latter kinds and has been slathered all over my face on a daily basis as of late.

The No.1 Purity Cleansing Balm comes out as a thick, slimy paste that you rub between your hands till you get a more oily consistency. I like to massage this into the skin for a few minutes, wet my hands and repeat so it turns into more of a milk, as instructed. I do my eyes last; as when I first tried this, I used it in a similar way to a cream (hot cloth cleanser type) and got right in there to the base of the lashes and it really stung the eyes. I was really pleasantly surprised from the first use as it's very effective at removing all traces of make up, and left my skin feeling impeccably clean. Sometimes with oily cleansers I feel like I should use another to get rid of the film on top of the skin, but with this I just leave it as it feels plump and prepped for moisturising afterwards. Just don't get it in your eyes!!

This cleansing balm contains a number of natural oils such as rose oil (which, to my nose, is the main scent) as well as pink violet leaf and other such goodies; and is a soothing treat for the end of the day. The fragrance is very calming and the end result is glowy, fresh clean skin. It's definitely a luxe product - it's not cheap but I can see this lasting me quite a while as a little really does go a long way with this one. The only setback I have with it is the discomfort in the eyes, so not quite 'Holy Grail' cleansing material.. but it's very close indeed.

What's your favourite type of cleanser for makeup removal? Have you tried this cleanser, or anything from REN? I've got my eyes on the Invisible Pores Detox Mask and the Radiance Perfection Serum next!

23 comment(s):

  1. Interesting! I've never heard of a cleansing balm though, it's more like cleansing foam or gel nowadays. But this products seems really nice! I wonder if it contains things like Sodium Laureth Sulfate, but other than that, I'd definately use it :)

    Great post!

  2. I don't understand how it can say "avoid contact with eyes" yet "removes waterproof mascara"...

  3. Ive been using emma hardie and that really is worth the hype. Really wanna try ren products tho as ive not read a bad review yet xx

  4. Nude cleansing oil, love that stuff. I use a separate thing for the eyes though, mine are very sensitive, so didn't want to risk it.

  5. I love REN products so much- their ethos and the quality is great. This looks nice! I'm using a Good Things cleanser at the moment.
    Katie xx

  6. I use Soap and Glory's Peaches and Clean and that works really well for me! However I take my eye makeup off with baby oil beforehand because my eyes are very sensitive.

    Silver Wishbone

  7. I've loved every REN product I've ever tried so this sounds right up my street, particularly as I love anything that smells of rose. The only downside in my view is that you find it stings your eyes a little as mine are quite sensitive. Great to hear such an honest review!

    Hannah www.cagneyandlace.com

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  12. I've had my eye on this as I've yet to try a cleansing balm, and I do love Ren. My favourites from them are the Glycolactic Radiance Renewal mask (obviously) and the Phyto-Dynamic Instant Lifting Gel (a more lemony version of the mask which is left on for just one minute, and to me has much the same effect, though it's meant to be lifting). I've also just ordered one of their Young and Beautiful serums and am eager to try the pore detox mask.
    Mel x


  13. I haven't found a favorite one yet, but I am definitely going to be trying this soon! :)

    Angela @ The Lovely Cup

  14. really need to try a cleansing balm, they sound lovely just always been worried how it will be for oily skin! x


    1. Contrary to popular belief oils are actually good for oily skin! :)

  15. I've just started using REN too and am loving the Ultra Moisture Cleansing Milk - face feels super soft and supple after each wash :) That being said, I don't use it to remove make-up, so I'm not sure if it's strong enough for that purpose.

    gz x

  16. Seems alot like eli earle hot cloth cleanser. with the muslin cloth action, looks like a good shout.

    pipp xx


  17. It amazes me how organised you are with your blog! I check milkteef everyday and theres almost a new post each time! Keep it up, because due to your blog my makeup wishlist is twice as long ;)
    Rachel x


  18. This sounds lovely, I'm on the look out for a new cleanser and this sounds great! Xx


  19. This cleanser looks great and from your review I am thinking about purchasing but unsure yet :P. I have just bought the REN Mask as their has been allot of good reviews on this so really excited to try it out when it arrives, great blog x


  20. i really want to try some products from REN but i'm waiting until i empty my current stash before i break the bank further!

    chloe @chlowitty blogs

  21. I have been using this for about 2 months now as my evening cleanser and I love it! I do remove my makeup with Bioderma first though. i think if you want to cleanse twice with this, it would work to remove all makeup. the only reason why I don't use it in the Morning is because my skin is quite oily and this product is very emollient. I use Eve Lom morning time cleanser in the morning. it is lovely (but way more expensive). Love this product and your blog!

  22. Emma, how would you say this compares to the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish? I'm a diehard Cleanse & Polish fan but I've been hearing some great things about REN and this definitely looks interesting!


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