7 March 2013

Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm

A picture of Emma Hardie Amazing Face Natural Lift and Sculpt Moringa Cleansing Balm

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. 

A picture of Emma Hardie Amazing Face Natural Lift and Sculpt Moringa Cleansing Balm

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.

A picture of Emma Hardie Amazing Face Natural Lift and Sculpt Moringa Cleansing Balm

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.
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  1. I'm almost certain I'd be allergic to this as the scent of Moringa makes me sneeze for half an hour after one whiff x

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    1. Oohh, I've never heard of anyone being allergic to a scent before! xo

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  2. I kinda trust you with skincare! I have been thinking about getting this but it does cost a lot. I'll actually check out Le Bella skincare instead. I like that you mentioned it's better alternative!
    Hareem x

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    1. That's quite lovely of you to say Hareem, thank you :) It does indeed cost a lot. I adore the Le Belle cleansers and for a fraction of a price, too! xo

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  3. Great post honey about a product I have been wanting to try for absolutely ages!
    I just can't afford it, and would of only bought it in a try me kit.

    Let's see if I feel the same if I do dive in and buy a kit!

    Hugs Claire xxx www.pinkchickclaire.com xx

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    1. If you do decide to try a Try me Kit, let me know how you get on with it! xo

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  4. I wanted to buy this but the hefty price tag made me take a step back.

    Glad I didn't buy it, ha!

    x

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    1. Haha, well, glad to have helped saved you a little bit of money! xo

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  5. I didn't buy into the hype just because of the price but I was tempted. Definitely going to stop wishing over it now :) <3

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    1. Well I am glad I helped you stop wishing for it :) xo

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  6. It's really easy to get sucked into a hype for what seems the next new 'wonder product', but to be honest, every time I gave in to one of those hypes, the products almost always disappointed me. So I'm kind of glad I didn't buy it! it sounds so lovely and nice to use, but, like you said, there are other cleansers that work just as good if not better for only a fraction of the price. Thanks for the honest review, it was very useful! :)

    xx
    http://crookedteethxo.blogspot.be

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    1. There are very few hyped about products I have actually loved as much as everyone says they did! You're welcome Charlotte, I always promise to be honest in my reviews, even if they aren't positive! xo

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  7. I haven't tried this, purely for the reason of how much it costs. I use the boots botanics version which is a lot cheaper, and does the job for me :)
    x

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    1. I'm glad you have one which works great for you! xo

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  8. Wow I'm really shocked. I'm using this at the moment and absolutely adore it! Although I got mine from QVC for 150ml size for £24 (100ml pot + 50ml pot) so it seems a lot more affordable. I'd happily pay full price though I love it :) x

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    1. Everyone's skin is so different and this just goes to show it :) xo

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  9. I really want to try this just to see if it works for me. But it is very expensive just to give it a go! xxo

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    1. It definitely is. I know they do try me kits though, perhaps that would be a good way to give it a go? xo

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  10. Ahhh I'm glad I'm not the only one! I really dont get the hype around this product either...but then again I could see what was so amazing about Liz Earle Clleanse and Polish either!

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    1. Haha, I too am glad to not be the only one Charlotte!! I on the other hand really like the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish, everyone's skin is so different! :) xo

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  11. cant believe you don't like it! its literally saved my skin. but just shows everyones skin is different i would be gutted if i paid for it and didnt like it xx

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    1. Same here Charlie. I've been using it for around a month now and my skin hasn't had any breakouts since using this. I really feel like i have 'proper' clean skin now also.

      Jules x

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    2. Charlie - Definitely, I agree. Everyone's skin is different and will react differently to products. I do like this, it's just not the miracle product I expected it to be! xo

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    3. Jules - I'm glad to hear it works well for you :) And has helped control breakouts! xo

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  12. I wasn't overly wowed by this either! xx

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    1. Shall we make a very small club of non-lovers? aha xo

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  13. I absolutely adore this. But I echo Charlies comment above - everyones skin is very different.

    Becky

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    1. Very much so! :) I know lots of people love this and I do like it, I just don't love it xo

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  14. It is really interesting to see that there is people who don't like it, I was convinced everyone did. I on the other hand adore it, best cleansing balm I have tried so far. I will have to give the one you recommend a go now though. Just goes to show how we are all different. :) xx

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    1. I was convinced that I would love it too! You'll love Le Belle :) xo

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  15. I felt the same about the Liz Earle hot cloth cleanser that everyone raves about. Nice enough but just not amazing, and certainly not for the price! xx

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    1. I really like the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish personally! :) Everyone's skin is different though and will react to products differently xo

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  16. I'm sorry you hate it. Different strokes n all that.

    I'm a big fan of it. Maybe because i have much older skin? who knows. I also love the smell. Bliss in a pot.
    I use it as moisturiser on my chapped hands, lip balm too.

    Jules x

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    1. I do adore the scent, it's blooming divine! :) xo

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  17. Hahaha this was a lovely entertaining post, which made me smile. I remember splurging on Eve lom once and being bitterly disapointed in it. Xxx

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    1. I had a sample of Eve Lom and hated it also. I'd say Botanicals hot cloth cleansers is much like Eve Lom's. Full of mineral oil.

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    2. Rose - I have only tried one product from Eve Lom, a face mask. And the scent made me feel queasy! xo

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    3. Jules - I didn't realise Eve Lom contained mineral oil!! xo

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    4. I can't believe products that charge so much can use ingredients like that!!

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    5. (Admittedly, sometimes I just can't believe the price of some products in general) xo

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  18. Oh no, what a shame you don't like it :(

    Guess it just proves that everyones skin care needs/tastes are different!

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    1. It certainly does! :) I do like it, don't get me wrong, I just don't love it xo

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  19. I actually agree with you - I really like this cleanser but I don't LOVE it. I trust my Liz Earle C & P to do a better job of removing my make up and generally leaving my skin cleaner. This smells lovely and feels very luxurious, but I don't feel like my skin is absolutely trace-free after using it. but I don't think I'll be racing into the nearest Space NK when I've finished it by any means! X

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    1. Ah I am so glad to hear you agree Harriet! I don't think it's a cleanser I will replace either. xo

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  20. I recently spent a horrendous amount on another cleanser which I'd heard "amazing' things about and it has been the most unpleasant cleanser I've used! It just shows that different skins respond to different things though how easy it is to buy into the hype! I really think that all brands should supply samples like they do in America so you can try before you buy and save yourself the waste of money.

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    1. I would adore it if brands provided sample sizes to buy in store like they do in America! It would be so much better! xo

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  21. I was curious about this but will definitely be trying Le Belle instead, I love natural skincare and the Le Belle products you mentioned sound fab!

    Gem x
    http://www.gemmameansjewel.com

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    1. I hope you'll try Le Belle Gemma as they have such lovely products! Let me know how you get on with them :) xo

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  22. Hi Tattooed Tea Lady from Tattooedfairy :o)

    Was just doing a search to find the cheapest EH I could get as running low and you came up on the search :o)

    I do use this product...I didn't know about it until my daughter used it when she went for a pre-wedding facial. After I tried hers I bought it as a treat for myself, I do really like it and feel it has helped but totally agree about the price. What I have found though is that it does last a long time...you don't need to use much and the smell is fantastic.

    Would like to try something cheaper but it's finding the right thing and not spending money on something I wouldn't like.

    I bought the trail kit...the balm lasted ages...the grains have lasted really well, still got from over a year ago...but the cloths went off colour very quickly. I just buy a face flannel and keep it for my face...£10 for 3 cloths is expensive.

    I enjoyed reading your views and the other ladies views...hope you like mine.

    Marion (Tattooedfairy)

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    1. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts on the Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm, Marion :) xo

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  23. this stuff, i think, is making me break out :'( which is a shame because I love the product. GAH :( X

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