Jul 2016


Review: The Face Shop – seed fermentation cleansing oil balm

Squeaky clean 

Cleansing oil balms have been all the rage lately, and I’ve been trying to decide if they are more effective than regular liquid oil cleansers.

The face shop cleansing balm

Clinique launched their oil balm ‘Take the day Off’ earlier this year in India but that product was available globally since last two years, nevertheless it is priced at 1900 INR a considerably over priced for a cleansing balm.

I bought The Face Shop Seed Fermentation Cleansing Oil Balm last year in March for 14 USD that was close to 950 INR and Im on my second tub. I have been using this product consistently ever since and its one of the HG products for me. Read on to know why…

The face shop cleansing balm korean product

What is it… Its a cleanser and makeup remover. It has a texture of solid balm which transforms into oil once it comes in contact with your skin (technically it warms up to be a oil) melt makeup off and out of your pores while simultaneously providing moisture. It has a very herby and pleasant fragrance. Its natural and free from synthetic chemicals

The face shop cleansing balm inside

Packaging… It comes in a plastic tub (super crazy about the packaging), its very sturdy and rather luxurious packaging. One thing I love about korean brands is their attention to detail and carefully designed products, the tub come with a tiny spatula which fits perfectly with the shape of the tub and keeps me from using my dirty hands.

face shop cleansing balm spatula

The face shop cleansing balm spatula

Notable ingredients:
Chickweed seed oil, sweet almond oil, mistletoe leaf extract, barley seed fermented filtrate, soapberry peel extract, bean fermented extract, imperata extract, calendula flower oil, barley seed oil, rosemary leaf oil, chamomile flower oil, lavender oil, rose oil. 
Full Ingredient List:
Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, PEG-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate, Polyethylene, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Ceresin, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Calendula Officinalis Flower Oil, Borago Officinalis (Borage) Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Flower Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Rose Flower Oil, Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Viscum Album (Mistletoe) Leaf Extract , Lactobacillus/Soybean Ferment Extract, Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract, Fragrance
The primary ingredient, chickweed seed oil, has been used in Chinese medicine quite extensively to treat wounds, itchy and sore skin conditions, acne, psoriasis, eczema, and other minor skin problems.  The seed oil works well as an emollient for the skin and is gentle enough to be used on sensitive skin.  It contains Vitamin B complex, Vitamin C, and potassium. Vitamin B complex contains the 8 essential vitamin Bs.  Vitamin B3 (aka Niacin) has been studied in clinical dermatology with findings that suggest it assists in treating and improving rosacia, acne, eczema, dermatitis, sun damage, aging, dry skin, and hyper pigmentation.  Another real beneficial part of the chickweed seed oil is its Vitamin C, which has anti-oxidant properties.  It also has a small molecular weight, so it is easily absorbed into the skin’s epidermis.  Vitamin C (sometimes listed as ascorbic acid or other derivatives) has several benefits, including photoprotection, reduction of photodamage, and healing effects on wounds and acne. It also has Barley seed fermented filtrate so if you are Gluton intolerant you might wanna think twice before picking this up.
The face shop cleansing balm review

How it works… Take out slightly larger than a pea sized amount and start massaging it in your face though it starts to remove your makeup immediately its recommended to massage for a good five minutes so that it can sunk into your pores for better cleansing. It emulsifies with water and washes away all the nasty stuff off, however you have to rinse it thoroughly till the water runs clear. Personally when ever possible I place a hot towel on my face after massaging for a few minutes and then gently wipe it before rinsing it with lukewarm water, this helps to open up my pores further so that the fermented oils can do their magic.

face shop cleansing balm review

face shop cleansing balm swatch

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face shop cleansing balm result

Verdict… I have acne prone, dull and super sensitive skin and this balm calms my skin immediately. Over the time you will notice brightening of complexion and improved texture as well. As it removes even the most stubborn makeup and eliminates the requirement of an extra step in my cleansing regime. And the best part it leaves my sensitive skin hydrated and soft.

face shop cleansing balm



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