Oh Emma Hardie, you've really won the hearts of girls all over the blogosphere, haven't you? Well I'm afraid to say, my heart isn't one included in your collection.
The Emma Hardie Professional Cleansing Amazing Face Natural Lift and Sculpt Moringa Cleansing Balm (quite the mouthful name!) has been raved about to the high heavens in blog reviews and even YouTube reviews. People are calling this their favourite, holy grail skincare product. And yet, I just don't see it.
The Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm is advertised as being the perfect balanced daily cleansing product for skin that craves clean. It works to thoroughly cleanse and moisturise the skin whilst helping to purify and minimise the appearance of open pores. It's calming on sensitive skin, revitalising for dull and mature skins and can be used as a rescue balm too; on dry elbows, knees or even as a lip balm. It also doubles as a soothing mask if left on for ten minutes. With moringa seed extract, wild sea fennel and Vitamin E which work to balance, purify and minimise pores. And orange, neroli and mandarin extracts which rejuvenates and revitalises the skin. As well as jasmine, cedarwood and rose which helps to recondition dull, dry, dehydrated and mature skins.
The directions on the product recommend that to use this, you mix a few drops of warm water with a little cleansing balm into the palm of your hand and work together to create a milk before applying to your face, neck and eye area using circular motions and massage thoroughly to melt away makeup, excess oils and grime. Personally, I don't like this method. I think it uses far more of the balm than is necessary. The way I use it is taking a large pea sized amount and evenly applying it as is all over my face and neck (eye makeup is removed prior with eye makeup remover) I then massage in for a couple of minutes, before adding a touch of warm water turning the balm to a milky consistency and continue to massage in for a further minute or so before rinsing off.
So, why don't I 'love' this product?
Well don't get me wrong, I do like it. And it's the only night time cleanser I have used since Christmas Day when I got it. But it's not the miracle product everyone says it is. It has it's benefits. I adore the scent, like a ridiculous amount. I think the scent is completely intoxicating and it's worth using just for the scent! And yes, it does remove my makeup and my skin is left feeling clean and soft afterwards. But I added this to my Christmas wish list because of one thing and one thing only; everyone said it was absolutely amazing. And absolutely amazing it is not. To me, this is no better than my Le Belle Natural Skincare Melting Exfoliator Balm, which is almost half the price at just £21, and it's certainly nowhere near as good as the Le Belle Natural Skincare Oil Cleanser, again, a fraction of the price.
I like this enough to keep using it. And the backup one I also got for Christmas. But I don't like it enough to say that I would buy this with my own money. For £34, it's just not that amazing, wonder, holy grail, must-have product I hoped it would be. Is it worth the hype? From my personal experience, unfortunately not, no.