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Last Updated: 16/11/2022

Whether you’ve recently graduated from micellar water to hardworking {cleansing balms} for removing your make up or you’re a die-hard obsessive who (sometimes!) can’t help but start their morning routine with a cheeky and ultra-luxurious first cleanse, this is the place for you.

Made with creamy, hydrating and luxurious butters and oils, cleansing balms are the most nourishing and moisturising type of face wash, so they’re particularly ideal for those with dry or sensitive skin.

From the best balm cleansers that melt {make up} and sweep away impurities to the ultra- we’ve rounded up eight of the very best cleansing balms worth your precious pounds. Scroll on for the juicy details…gentle and natural formulas that deserve a rightful spot in your Holy Grail {skin care} routine,



Boasting a spellbinding spa-in-a-jar aroma (that’s eucalyptus and clove leaf oil – not artificial fragrance), this hard-working balm-to-milk cleanser from {Versed} is the best cleansing balm for melting away make up and impurities without stripping moisture from your skin – thank you, vitamin E.

As you massage it into your skin with wet fingertips, the oil-based formula softens to create a light, gentle milk that rinses clean with no oily residue. Don’t forget to wash into your hairline and along your jawline too!



Hailed as a ‘Nutrient Rich Skin Saviour’, {Lumity}’s 4-in-1 Cleanse does much more than just leave skin impeccably clean. A botanical cleansing balm overflowing with precious plant extracts to treat and replenish your cells as it works to dissolve the day’s debris, this gorgeous formula gently removes all your make up while purging your pores and resurfacing thanks to jojoba beads.

What’s more, this sensorial, heavenly-scented confection works well as a glorious mask to intensively nourish depleted complexions in need of some T.L.C. treatment. What’s not to love?


A Cult Beauty exclusive, this lightweight, skin-nourishing balm-to-foam texture grips oils, dirt and debris to sweep away every last trace of the day. Fruity and refreshing, the star is papaya – a rich source of dark spot-diminishing vitamin C and cell-stimulating vitamin A – which refines as it helps to restore uniformity. The mix of exfoliating and calming papaya seed oil, papaya enzymes, papaya extract, and antioxidant-packed blueberry, leaves skin clean, bouncy, and glowing.

An absolute must-try from {Glow Recipe}, this formula is {vegan}, cruelty-free and free from PEG, parabens, mineral oil, sulphates, silicones, phthalates, drying alcohols, synthetic dyes and fragrance – we’re thoroughly impressed!



With an extensive list of accolades and legions of devotees – from beauty editors to bloggers and countless Cult Beauty customers (just glance through the reviews) – {Emma Hardie}’s multi-award-winning Moringa Cleansing Balm has earned ‘skin care essential’ status and is the best first cleanser out there in the eyes of many. And with good reason…

A pleasure to use, this velvety balm smells incredible (thanks to its intoxicating cocktail of essential oils) and it conditions your skin as it cleanses; effortlessly melting every trace of make up, daily dirt and grime while helping to replenish your cells’ reservoirs. Suitable for all skin types, a little goes a loooooong long way, so each jar will last for ages, making this a fabulous investment in the future of your face.


Christina Aquilera eat your heart out – {Wishful}’s Clean Genie Cleansing Balm really is a genie in a bottle! A must-have for swiftly sloughing away the day, Huda Kattan’s balm-to-milk formula is incredibly hardworking while still nourishing too. Infused with malachite, the Clean Genie Cleansing Balm effortlessly pulls impurities from the skin while melting make up on contact. The addition of green tea helps to condition skin, resulting in a clean, clear and fresh finish. Promising to leave behind zero residue or oiliness without drying, this is a must-try.


Free from the suspicious six, Slaai is infused with antioxidant-rich fruit extracts and oils to help soothe skin while an African oil blend of marula, baobab, Kalahari melon, mongongo and ximenia, intensely moisturises, restores elasticity and helps to recover your skin’s luminosity. Designed to be used on dry skin, {Drunk Elephant}’s Slaai removes excess oil, grime and make up from skin.

Adding water activates Slaai into a milk that rinses cleanly, leaving behind a dewy glow. Use the accompanying Bamboo Booster – a physical exfoliant, formed from ultra-fine bamboo and charcoal spheres, once or twice a week to gently slough away build-up and dead skin cells to help reveal a dewy complexion.


A fast-acting cleanser, make up remover and age-defying serum in one, this cleansing balm from {IT Cosmetics} provides an effortlessly easy way to remove your make up and nourish your skin. The formula is enriched with deep-cleansing extracts and botanicals to completely remove all impurities without drying or irritating. A ‘Skin-Softening Serum Concentrate’ is activated on contact, providing a soft barrier of moisture that helps to ward off free radicals and pollutants for healthy, younger-looking results.


A beautiful aquamarine cleansing balm, {FARMACY}’s Green Clean is a nourishing, solid cleansing balm that melts into oil and eliminates impurities to leave your skin velvety smooth and contented. With moringa tree extract to neutralise dirt and pollutants, alongside sunflower and ginger root oils to deep-clean and condition, this gentle formula is suitable for all skin types – including dry, stressed-out or sensitised.

Papaya extract has a natural skin-brightening effect (eradicating dulling dead skin cells), while an aromatic blend of lime, bergamot and orange essential oils works to revitalise a lacklustre complexion (and inspire a feeling of wellbeing).




Emmie Thornhill

Emmie Thornhill

Deputy Content Editor

Emmie is Cult Beauty’s Deputy Content Editor. Her love of skin care began in primary school when she first learned the term “hormonal acne” and has been in a love-hate relationship with tea tree oil ever since. She lives in East London – where you can normally find her baking, tending to her plant jungle or planning her next tattoo or hair cut/colour appointment – and is known to start DMCs with you about your birth chart placements, the importance of wearing SPF every day and the difference between a vagina and vulva.