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Friday, September 6, 2013

Review: Boots Botanicals Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm

Let me just start out by saying that I am so happy that this wasn't the very first cleansing balm that I tried, because this stuff is terrible, and it would have scared me away from them. I have been on a cleansing balm kick lately, and since I just finished up my Eve Lom Cleansing Balm I thought I'd give this Boots Botanicals Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm a try. It's affordable, at $8.49 for 70ml, and you can find it at drugstores - sounds pretty good, right? Wrong. 

This stuff had the consistency of sticky beeswax. It went on wonderfully, melting into my skin and making my facial massage quite easy - until I tried to rinse it off. This stuff would not come off. I ended up having to cleanse my skin 3 more times (all with different cleansers) to get this stuff off of my face and my hands. I can't even describe to you what it's like to have a cleanser refuse to rinse off your face; it's never happened to me before. Even after cleansing 3 times to get this stuff off my face felt coated, so I did a purifying mask to get the rest of this gunk out of my pores. If you use a hair oil or CHI silk infusion - you know that coated feeling on your hands after that's a bit difficult to rinse off without soap? That's how it felt, times 10, on my face. I do not recommend this stuff, guys. 

If you use this, and love it, please leave me a comment and explain how you get it off your face. Until then, this is going in the trash - it's that bad. 

45 comments:

  1. Eeeepp! Sounds like something straight out of a horror movie. I do NOT envy you there. Speaking of the Eve Lom Cleansing Balm, would you recommend it for morning use? I use Nude for evenings and I'm looking for something different for the a.m. I tried out Origins recently and it left me with a terrible breakout that I am still trying to cure (any advice as to how to do that is greatly appreciated as well).
    - Kari

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  2. that sounds terrible! I'll be sure to keep away from that!
    -Sisi
    Modern Beauty Girl

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  3. what exactly does a cleansing balm do, I'm new to the world of skin care so I'm still getting used to different products but that does sound like a horrible experience x

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  4. Aw Elle that sounds horrid! I admire your dedication to the blog/your skincare obsession but it sounds like you're constantly trying new products! Remember to give your skin a break once in a while. :)

    And as far as the cleansing balm goes, I guess you get what you pay for? Sounded promising and like something I'd try but I guess its worth paying for the good stuff.

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  5. Aww, sorry you had a bad experience. I use this cleansing balm in rotation with the Emma Hardie, and I love it. Have you tried removing it with a damp muslin/flannel? Since it's full of oils, just rinsing it won't do much.

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  6. This product is not by No7, its just Boots Botanicals! You should really try the actual No7 one as it is comparable to the Liz Earl Cleanse and Polish. I live in the UK so not sure how easy it would be for you to get your hands on! http://m.boots.com/mt/www.boots.com/en/No7-Beautiful-Skin-Hot-Cloth-Cleanser_1245026/

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  7. If this is what I think it is (like Lush's Ultrabland), because of the oil it won't just wash off. You need to wipe it off with a VERY WARM, damp, cloth. Does it not have directions on it? "Hot cloth" is in the title, hope this is the solution to your problem!

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  8. ive tried this too and it broke me out badly! x

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  9. Maybe the American version is bad because I love it and buy it in the uk! Maybe you got a bad one?

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  10. I'll stay away from this one. Have you tried any other cleansing balm that is affordable?

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  11. I would use it with a hot cloth since its in the title!! Haha see if that helps.

    Hug, Kiss, Makeup!

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  12. Well, the directions say to use a cloth: Massage balm over face and neck. Soak the cloth in warm water and use as a gentle compress to draw out impurities. Remove remaining balm. Finish by soaking the cloth in cold water and press gently over face to close pores. Use morning and night.

    Not sure if you did that but if not, give that a try. If you did, then trash it. Hopefully that helps!!!

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  13. The reason you couldn't get it off is pretty simple: this product is full of oils. Very good ones, but oils are water resistant; therefore they probably found your dry-skin cleansers a little bit too weak. :)

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  14. I'm so glad I read this review because I was thinking of purchasing this. I'm using the Clinique Cleansing Balm at the moment and it's amazing, not to mention, readily available in the US.

    xo Lillian from parisiantobe.com

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  15. Isn't it a HOT CLOTH cleansing balm? So that means you have to take it off with a hot cloth, just warm water and a cleanser won't work...

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  16. It needs to be removed with a hot cloth :) Just rinsing won't remove the oils! :)
    http://lcsbeauty.blogspot.ie/

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  17. OMG that sounds kind of scary! I've tried Boots Botanics before and it's not been amazing - ended up not finishing the tub!

    http://www.berrybloomxo.blogspot.com

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  18. I love this cleansing balm, & it's the only one that I can really afford. To remove it, I use a warm wet washcloth, as the name of the product implies. It gets everything off, & my skin still feels moisturized. Good luck!

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  19. I also love this cleansing balm and have never had any problem removing it. I use a warm washcloth and it removes easily. In fact I usually lay the warm washcloth over my face for a few seconds, which has a nice relaxing steam feel, then gently wipe away the balm. I've gone through two tubs recently, and while I'm currently trying Emma Hardie, I would definitely buy the Boots brand again.

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  20. i love the Boots 'Botanic's' hot cloth cleanser, using it right now actually. Use the muslin cloth that comes with it and get it under hot water before steaming your face with it. you know, as the directions tell you to. Then gently scrub your face with the cloth. Once more with it hot and all residue should be removed.

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  21. I use this and I don't have any problems with it. I just wet the cloth with warm water and rub it off.

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  22. I use this and I don't have any problems with it. I just wet the cloth with warm water and rub it off.

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  23. Any kind of oil based product I remove with a wash cloth. I use coconut oil to remove makeup, and wipe clean in the shower with a really warm cloth, its almost like a pre exfoliation lol. Then Ill go in with my clarisonic and chosen cleanser. I cant get this product in australia anyway but I love reading your reviews:)

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  24. That's so weird : / If you like beauty and fashion blogs like this check out mine at
    www.hipstergurl.blogspot.com
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  25. this WAS the first cleansing balm i tried. i'm like, "ummmmm i'm gonna save the rest for winter"
    it did clean my skin really well and my skin did like it but i just didn't like that I felt like it wouldn't all come off

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  26. As others have said, try it with a hot cloth to remove. It does need a bit of scrubing to come off, but it does come off. It's nice, I do like it but I would like to find one which is affordable and a little less heavy.

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  27. If you haven't tried Ultrabland from Lush, then I recommend you give it a go...amazing balm cleanser and makeup remover that you remove with a warm washcloth. It's very addictive!

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    1. Agreed. Ultrabland is amazing.

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    2. I need to try this! I have been hearing great things about it!

      www.lindsandbells.blogspot.com

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  28. I actually love this cleanser. I use a hot face cloth(not the one it comes with) to remove and I have no problem w it! I was literally raising my brow reading this entire post!

    shannonleiMUA.com

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  29. If it is oil based, you should use a warm face cloth to remove it, not just rinse it of :)

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  30. It sounds really bad, i really wanted to try the balm remover, but now it doesn't seem that good!

    http://tanjamortensen.com/

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  31. I just ordered this from beauty.com, now I'm not excited :( The Boots No 7 Melting Gel Cleanser is an awesome oily/balmy cleanser and I never have trouble removing it.

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  33. love your blog and youtube channel elle, it would be awesome if you checked mine out!

    http://beautybyyara.blogspot.ca

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  34. I love this cleanser but I definitely remove it with the hot muslin cloth. I massage the cleanser into my face and then place a hot muslin cloth on my face, let it sit for a few seconds and then remove the cleanser with the cloth. My face is always left really smooth and clean. A little goes a long way with this cleanser.

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  35. I love this stuff - I always use a hot, damp facecloth (the terry kind not muslin) to remove it and it works great.

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  36. Well since everyone is saying they remove it with a hot cloth... and the actual packaging says hot cloth... Elle maybe you should try that...

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  37. I have just got this, I have found that warming the product in your hands is best then massage on to face and rinse of with a warm muslim cloth

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  38. I have never tried a product like this but between your review and others comments, I think this could worth trying!

    http://dreamliveandrepeat.blogspot.com/

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  39. I have never tried a product like this but between your review and others comments, I think this could worth trying!

    http://dreamliveandrepeat.blogspot.com/

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  40. I have never tried a product like this but between your review and others comments, I think this could worth trying!

    http://dreamliveandrepeat.blogspot.com/

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  41. I use Ultrabland and i love it :) I tired to remove it with cotton pads and toner but i found the best way to remove it was with a hot face cloth, the way it makes your skin feel once its been removed is something else :)
    www.samkbarker.co.uk
    xoxo

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  42. Hey Elle! I really loved this cleanser, its affordable and makes my skin feel super soft. I do understand what you mean when you say its hard to rinse off, I used a warm muslin cloth and lay it on my face for about 30 seconds then softly rub off the cleanser! I guess it just goes to show that we are all different and some things work for some people and not for others! I love your youtube channel you are just such a girls girl and I relate to you so much! I am 21 and don't buy into the fan girling but I love your channel and blog for all the beautiful things and your lovely manner!

    Lyndsey xxx

    www.ellelaww.blogspot.co.uk

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