The Best Cleansing Balms For Gentle And Decadent Makeup Removal


Double cleansing is already a sensational way to start any skincare routine.

But making that first cleanse a balm? Dry skin types: welcome to heaven.

Adding an instant hint of luxury, these solid-to-oil formulas melt into the complexion upon contact for a gloriously gentle, smooth and hydrating cleanse.

Full coverage foundations, long-lasting lipsticks and even waterproof mascaras will lift away easily, without any unnecessary tugging and pulling.

The path is then left clear (but not dry or tight) for your second, targeted cleanse. 

Pair one with a muslin cloth and you’ve basically become your own facialist. 

Ready to find your favourite? Here are the cleansing balms we highly rate for a daily dose of decadence…


Melting Moment Cleansing Balm, $59.95 at

This hydrating balm-to-oil cleanser is perfect for melting away makeup, SPF, dirt and pollution. Its waterless formula is made with nourishing active ingredients and antioxidants, Sandalwood Seed Oil and Grapeseed Oil which leaves skin feeling soft and radiant. 


Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm, $103 at

This pot of solid gold is a match made in heaven for dry and mature skin. It’s choc-full of rosehip oil for a serious a hit of hydration and smells like a delightful rose garden.


Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm, $56 at

This cult favourite wins awards for a reason. It’s lightweight, yet dissolves the most heavy-duty makeup and sunscreen without any traces (or greasiness) left behind.

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eve lom

Eve Lom Cleanser, $114 (100ml) at

Looking to emulate a spa experience? Eve Lom’s cleanser is for you. Formulated with four aromatic plant oils, it’ll soothe the mind, as well as your skin.


Dermalogica PreCleanse Balm, $67.50 at

For sensitive noses and skin types, this balm is the bomb. It dissolves all surface dirt without compromising the skin barrier and contains no artificial fragrances.

sunday riley

Sunday Riley Tranquility Cleansing Balm, $80 at

Harnessing the moisturising properties of cocoa butter, moringa oil and squalene in a single mix, this balm promises a big hit of nourishment. In fact, it can even double as a hydrating treatment mask.

the body shop

The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter, $25 at

This affordable favourite has A LOT of sensitive skin fans. Camomile is not only a great skin soother, but it’s also high in antioxidants to help protect the skin from free radicals and irritants.

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