If it has been one of these days – Clinique Take the day off Cleansing Balm

Sometimes, the day is not your friend.
The alarm goes off way to early, someone finished your favorite tea without bothering to tell you (or let alone go get some more) and after running errands all day long you notice the top you choose to wear as a pick-me-up has peanut butter stains all over the back (don’t ask…)

Clinique Take the day off Cleansing Balm

Now think about your skin.
All day long it is harassed by fumes and UV-Rays, covered in makeup and the grime from little touching hands, stripped by wind and air-condition.

Imagine that happening to you, and then imagine someone slowly massaging a balm on your back, gently removing the dirt while smelling pleasantly, uttering soft, soothing sounds to prepare you for the night?
Sounds lovely, hm?

This is what I like to think my Balm Cleansers do for my skin.
Maybe except the soothing sounds, although I may or may not have been secretly humming the last time I applied Cliniques “Take the day off” Cleansing Balm.

What Clinique claims:
Lightweight makeup remover quickly dissolves tenacious eye and face makeups, sunscreens. Transforms from a solid balm into a silky oil upon application. Cleans thoroughly, rinses off completely. Non-greasy. Non-drying. Ophthalmologist Tested. For all skin types.

The balm comes in a pot containing 125 ml, retailing for 29,99 € here.
On the Clinique website a rebuy-cycle of eight weeks is recommended, but after using it once daily for three months, I still have about half of the product left.

The consistency is thick, but the balm easily melts when massaged onto your dry face, turning into an oily texture. If I just rinse with warm water, a little oiliness stays on my face, but if you are using a wash cloth for removal, there is no residue.
No smell, neither pleasant nor unpleasant can be detected.

Clinique Take the day off Cleansing Balm

I use mine as a second cleanse, not as a makeup remover, and I would recommend doing so to save some money.

Favorable ingredients:
– Carmathus Tinctorius (Seed Oil): contains Vitamin E (antioxidant) and lipids
– Tocopherol (Vitamin E): antioxidant

Unfavorable Ingredients:
– Sorbeth-30, PEG-5 Glyceryl Triisostearate:
PEG are used as emulsifier in many skin- and haircare products. They are not used in true organic skincare, as there is concern that some of them make the skin more permeable for other unfavorable things like preservatives.

The main ingredient is Ethylhexyl Palmitate (palm oil). This is unproblematic skincarewise, but is associated with the destruction of indonesian rain forest. It is highly requested, so rain forest is burned down to increase the cultivation area of palm trees, leading to an increase in CO2-emission and extinction of Sumatra Orang-Utans.
There is no way to stop buying products containing palm oil if you don’t want to stop buying products in general, as it is in our food, hair- and skincare, even in our washing detergents. The only way to go is to put pressure on the companies to use certified palm oil by requesting it.

You can read Estée Lauders Statement on Palm Oil here. If you can’t be bothered clicking the link: They use certified palm oil.

Does it live up to its claims?
It is fragrance free, suited for all skin types and cleanses thoroughly without stinging my eyes.

Will I rebuy?
It is affordable and effective while feeling like a proper treat. The PEGs don’t worry me too much as I don’t leave the product sitting on my skin, but take it off.
Regarding the palm oil, I have not found an alternative balm cleanser using sustainable palm oil yet. Through the Greenpeace website, dropping companies a line asking them to start using sustainable palm oil is possible, which I did (Clinique belongs to Estée Lauder, in case you were wondering). Sadly I can’t seem to find the link at the moment.
This may not be much and just silencing my conscience, but it is all I can offer at the moment.
You can read Estée Lauders Statement on Palm Oil here. If you can’t be bothered clicking the link: They use certified palm oil.

Who do I recommend it to?

Cleansing may be the most important step in your routine, and a balm cleanser really is suitable even for oily skins, even though it took me years to wrap my head around that.
What do you do to unwind after a rough day?
And what do you use to show your skin some love everyday?
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