MERUMAYA Melting Cleansing Balm

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Today’s post is about a product that isn’t just my favourite skincare discovery of 2015, but possibly of all time*mysterious music*.  Behold, the MERUMAYA Melting Cleansing Balm.

MERUMAYA Melting Cleansing Balm - Famous in Japan

MERUMAYA Cleansing Balm

£15.50 – MERUMAYA / John Lewis

They say:

Take the ‘chore’ out of cleansing and put some pleasure back in with our luxurious and sensual formula. Enjoy a facial-quality cleanse every day.

We believe that effective cleansing is a cornerstone to beautiful and vibrant looking skin. With our signature double cleanse method, you remove make up and grime first and on the second use, actually clean your skin. No more make up stains on your towel! Skin is refreshingly clean, feels velvety smooth and super comfortable.

Ingredients Analysis:

CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE (skin conditioning), GLYCERIN (skin identical/skin repairing), PRUNUS AMYGDALUS DULCIS (SWEET ALMOND) OIL (lubricant), AQUA (water), SUCROSE LAURATE (skin conditioning), GLYCERYL DIBEHENATE (skin conditioning/emollient), ECHIUM PLANTAGINEUM SEED OIL (skin conditioning), PHENOXYETHANOL (preservative), SUCROSE PALMITATE (skin conditioning), PARFUM (fragrance), SUCROSE COCOATE (skin conditioning), SUCROSE STEARATE (skin conditioning), CITRONELLOL (fragrance ingredient/masking), ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN (skin conditioning), GARCINIA MANGOSTANA FRUIT EXTRACT (skin conditioning), LIMONENE (perfuming), LINALOOL (perfuming), CAPRYLYL GLYCOL (skin conditioning), CHLORPHENESIN (preservative), TETRASODIUM EDTA (chelating agent), BUTYLENE GLYCOL (skin conditioning), HEXYLENE GLYCOL (surfactant/skin conditioning).

I say:

I had seen the MERUMAYA Melting Cleansing Balm pop up on a few of my favourite beauty blogs but I always forgot to add it to my “to try” list.  Upon a very cheeky stroll of John Lewis in Edinburgh (think 5 minutes before closing level of cheeky), I spotted it.  It was like it was waiting for me…

My experiences of balm cleansers are mostly negative.  One balm cleanser, that has a cult-like following and a price tag to match, left my face covered in boil-like breakouts.  Ouch.   Another balm cleanser felt like cement on my skin.  I think removing cement from my face would have been a lot easier than removing that cleanser!

The MERUMAYA Melting Cleansing Balm is different.  It’s not a solid balm, nor is it a cleansing oil.  It’s the perfect consistency.  It glides on to the skin without tugging or pulling, but it still has the feeling of a cleanser.  It has a good amount of “slip” to allow you to take the time to massage the product in.   I like to take about 5-10 minutes during a cleanse to give my face a little pummel to get things moving.

You only need a pea size amount for your face.  I literally mean a pea sized amount.  You do not have to cover your face in a 2cm layer of it for it to work, nor do you need to faff around warming it up.  Of course, this means that a tube of this will last you months (making the price tag of £15.50 even more reasonable).

When it comes to removal, the balm emulsifies quickly upon contact with water with no residue.   You can remove the cleanser with either water on it’s own or with a flannel or muslin cloth for added exfoliation.  I use both methods depending on where I am.  If I am away from home I remove it with water as packing away a wet flannel is asking for trouble.  After removal, my skin isn’t gasping for moisturiser.  In fact, it leaves my skin feeling comfortable and, dare I say, hydrated.

I feel like my skin has improved greatly since I started using this cleanser.  It removes my make up effectively, and so easily too.  I do not have an excuse to be lazy anymore.  I haven’t suffered any irritation or breakouts since I started using it.  I feel like my skin is healthier and generally in a better condition.

If I have to make a criticism, it would be that it can be a bit too heavy to use on a morning.  My skin needs a good wake up on a morning and this is more suited to relaxing my skin after a long day.

Turning to recommendations….  I feel it would be best suited for those with normal to dry skin.  It might be a little too heavy for those with oily skins but of course it’s up to you about whether to try it.  There isn’t a noticeable fragrance nor are there any “active” ingredients that I can see so I would hope those with sensitive skin could use it.  Of course if you do have sensitive skin you would know from a mere glance at the ingredients list as to whether you could use it.  

The MERUMAYA Melting Cleansing Balm has quickly become one of my all time favourite skincare products.  I will repurchase it in the future and I have already done so.  My face needs it too much to go without!  I will be trying more from MERUMAYA; watch this space to see what I try next…

What are some of your favourite skincare products?  Do share…

Dannie x

January 4, 2016
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  • Reply Alice Grace

    I can’t get enough of balm cleansers and my dry skin just drinks up every drop of moisture it can get, so I love the sound of this! With that price-tag, I’ll be snapping it up asap! Can’t wait to try it :)

    Alice / Alice Grace Beauty


    January 4, 2016 at 8:38 am
    • Reply Danniella Josephine

      Can’t wait to hear what you think of it! <3

      January 10, 2016 at 8:16 pm
  • Reply Sophie

    This sounds like just what I’m looking for, thanks for the post!

    January 4, 2016 at 2:01 pm
    • Reply Danniella Josephine

      You’re welcome! xx

      January 10, 2016 at 8:16 pm
  • Reply Beauty Bird

    I have a mini of this that I’m using at the moment for my first cleanse at night. I really like it but I haven’t tried a solid balm cleanser yet, so I need to compare to see which I prefer! xx

    Ramblings of a Beauty Bird | Beauty Blog

    January 7, 2016 at 12:48 pm
    • Reply Danniella Josephine

      You’ve tried Ultrabland haven’t you? That’s a balm cleanser! xx

      January 10, 2016 at 6:42 pm

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