Cleansing Balm vs. Cleansing Oil: Which is Right for Your Skin?

<b>Cleansing Balm vs. Cleansing Oil:</b> Which is Right for Your Skin?

Every effective skincare routine starts with a cleanse. But have you ever noticed that sometimes your regular cleanser alone can’t completely remove heavy makeup, sunscreen and daily build up? That’s where a cleansing oil or cleansing balm can help. 
Cleansing oils and balms are oil-based cleansers that effectively attract dirt and makeup like a magnet. As a result, both leave your skin feeling thoroughly refreshed and clean after just one cleanse. The primary distinction between the two lies in their texture. Cleansing oils are liquid and tend to be slightly lighter, whereas cleansing balms are solid with a butter-like consistency and are generally heavier. Both are great options for the first step of your double cleanse. To help you decide which one to go for, let’s explore what makes them different. 

CLEANSING BALMS: Rich and Nourishing, Perfect for Dry & Sensitive Skin 

rosehip cleansing balm pink jar open with a balm swatch outside it

Cleansing balms are excellent for those with sensitive, dry, or mature skin. They provide deep hydration and are often rich in oils that can help to nourish and support the skin barrier. The transformation from solid balm to silky oil allows for a luxurious cleansing experience that feels pampering and indulgent, like you’ve just visited a spa. 

The Rosehip Cleansing Balm offers a luxurious cleansing experience, with a blend of hydrating and soothing ingredients like Rosehip Oil, Babassu Oil, and Squalane. Here’s why you might want to opt for the Rosehip Cleansing Balm: 

    • Texture Transformation: It starts as a buttery-smooth solid balm and transforms into a silky oil upon application. This texture change makes it easy to apply and ensures a thorough cleanse. The slip of the oil also provides the perfect base for facial massage, so you can enjoy a relaxing moment of self-care.  (Check out Charlotte's Facial Massage Techniques' here).

    • Super Moisturising: The inclusion of oils like Rosehip and Babassu provides a replenishing boost of moisture, making it ideal for dry and sensitive skin. 

    • Soothing and Nourishing: With its buttery-soft consistency, this balm not only cleanses but also supports the skin's natural barrier, helping to soothe and nourish the skin. 

    • Aromatherapy Benefits: Enriched with a calming essential oil aroma, it offers a sensory experience that can help you unwind after a long day. 

    • Gentle on Skin: Formulated to melt away makeup and impurities gently, it’s perfect for those who need a mild yet effective cleansing option. Our balm has been tested on sensitive skin types and 100% of users agree it feels gentle on the skin**. 

    • Long-lasting: A little goes a long way with a cleansing balm! While slightly more expensive than a regular cleanser, a tub of a cleansing balm may last you longer as a little scoop goes a long way. 


CLEANSING OILS: Effective, Lightweight, Brightening and Perfect for All Skin Types 

vitamin c cleansing oil bottle with oil dripping down the bottle

Cleansing oils are ideal for those who want a lightweight yet effective cleansing solution. They are particularly beneficial for removing heavy makeup and sunscreen. Above all, the oil-to-milk transformation ensures that your skin is left clean and soft, not stripped, or greasy.  

Our Vitamin C+ Cleansing Oil is a powerhouse for those seeking to cleanse while also enhancing skin radiance. This cult favourite combines the cleansing power of oils with the skin-brightening benefits of Vitamin C to deliver your most invigorating cleanse yet.  


Why you’ll love our cleansing oil? 

    • Oil-to-Milk Texture. Transforms from a nourishing oil into a lightweight milky texture when mixed with water. Ensures a thorough cleanse without leaving greasy residue. 

    • Nourishing Ingredients. Blends super nourishing oils that help maintain the skin's moisture balance while effectively removing makeup and impurities. 

    • Antioxidant Power. Powered by Vitamin C and Vitamin E. A boost of antioxidants to help combat the visible effects of environmental damage.

    • Suitable for All Skin Types. Formulated to be effective yet gentle, this cleansing oil is suitable for all skin types, including oily and blemish-prone skin. 


 So, Which One Should You Choose? 

cleansing balm and cleansing oil textures next to eachother

To sum up, the choice between a cleansing balm and a cleansing oil depends on your skin type and personal preferences: 

Sensitive or Dry Skin: Opt for a cleansing balm like the Rosehip Skin Therapy Meltaway Cleansing Balm. Its deeply nourishing and soothing properties will provide the extra care your skin needs.  

All Skin Types or Brightening Needs/Dull Skin: Choose a cleansing oil like the Vitamin C+ Skin Renew Cleansing Oil. Its lightweight, effective formula is great for removing impurities while helping to brighten the skin. 


Both products offer unique benefits and luxurious cleansing experiences. Whether you prefer the rich, buttery feel of a balm or the light, milky texture of an oil, incorporating these products into your skincare routine can help achieve a clean, radiant complexion. 


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**Independent user trial on the Rosehip Skin Therapy Meltaway Cleansing Balm with 58 participants after first use.