Cleansing balms and oils are a staple in my bathroom—there’s nothing quite as satisfying as massaging your face and just feeling all of the grime get pulled out of your pores. If you’ve done a proper balm or oil cleanse you know exactly what I’m talking about. This one from Antipodes is a very worthy alternative if you’re on the lookout for something with 100% natural origin ingredients and vegetarian certification. It’s a minimalistic formula with cacao butter, olive and harakeke oil. Very solid and thick so you will need to warm this up between your hands before you can get it onto your face. Much like any other Antipodes product it has a very unique scent and it grew on me the longer I used it.
I always make sure that I have a washcloth or flannel nearby before I cover my entire face in the product, once you’re done massaging you don’t want to get oily hands all over your bathroom cabinets in search of a cloth. Removing the balm is done with a warm cloth and allowing the heat of the cloth to melt the balm even more. Wipe away in gentle strokes and follow up with a second cleanser, for instance, this Bioderma one to get rid of that slight residue. Your skin should feel smoother over time but if you have acne-prone skin or get breakouts from cacao butter, steer clear.