Review: Emma Hardie Amazing Face Moringa Cleansing Balm

What it says on the box: Mix a few drops of warm water with a little Moringa Cleansing Balm in the palm of your hand to create a milk. Apply to the face, neck and eye area using circular motions and massage thoroughly to melt away  make-up, excess oils and grime. To remove, soak your cleansing cloth in warm water, squeeze out the excess and gently wipe over the whole face and neck.

Emma Hardie (Who?! I hear some of you say) is one of the most accomplished facial and skincare specialists in the UK and made yet another mark on the beauty industry when her Amazing Face Moringa Cleansing Balm was hailed Best Cleanser at the 2010 Cosmopolitan Beauty Awards in June. 

Amazing Face Moringa Cleansing Balm (yeah, it's a bit of a mouthful) is a luxurious, botanical cleansing balm which removes all face and eye make up. After casting my over the winners list, I immediately dug it out to see what all the fuss was about.

One of the first things that strikes me about the Moringa Cleansing Balm is how similar it is to Eve Lom's Cleanser, in both colour and texture. Application is simple enough, it emulsifies with water but I find it leaves a slight film on the skin if not removed properly with a muslin cloth, so don't think you can get away with just rinsing with water alone. Personally I prefer to rub it onto my skin first and THEN add water instead of immediately turning it into a milky cleanser in my hand, before removing it with a muslin cloth off my face.

One of the great things about this cleanser is that it doubles up as a soothing, softening mask and universal rescue balm. Moringa seeds, Wild Sea Fennel and Vitamin E aim to minimise the appearance of open pores  whilst a blend of Orange Neroli and Mandarin extracts combined with Jasmine and Rose revitalise dull, dehydrated skin, leaving the complexion clean, soft and plumped up. It really does deliver on this promise and my skin feels lovely to touch after use. It doesn't leave my skin feeling tight or dry either.

My only major gripe with this product is the packaging. Unbeknownst to me, I must have uncannily managed to get water inside the outer casing and it's turned the tub into an unsightly mess, discolouring the sides of the tub and all sorts. Yuck. Then I accidentally dropped it on the bathroom floor, which resulted in a cracked lid which has now completely broken in half.

As a result, this is what my tub now looks like now ..

Yeah, not attractive.

Would I buy this? Probably not. It's not cheap at £30 and is almost finished after only a few weeks. Also old habits die hard as my preferred cleanser type is a gel, not balm. However, if presented  with this as a gift, I'd happily accept it. The mishap I had with the packaging has put me off repurchasing what is otherwise a decent product which cleanses well.

How much it it? £30 (100ml)
Where can I find it?, Space NK

* PR sample

5 beauty lovers have sumthin to say:

Bella Queen said...

Emma Hardie is such a great facialist. Congratulations on her award. The benefits of this product sound excellent, but the packaging is a bit of a let down, judging from your pics.

thoughts running through my head.... said...

mm,interesting it looks similar to the Jane Scrivner Nourishing cleanser I trialed for Beauty Bible only you just apply that direct to your face then wipe off with a warm/hotish flannel.Very nice for tired or dry skin!

Get Gawjus! said...

This seems nice for the winter but I don't like the packaging too!

Rabia said...

What a great share..Thanks for it..
Facial Cleansing

ModestyBrown said...

This review comes with great timing. Someone mentioned this cleanser to me on twitter and I'd never heard of Emma Hardie or the product. I'd like to give it a try but I think maybe I'll get one of the starter sets (bit like the Eve Lom one) to see how I get on with both product and packaging!
Jane x


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