Cleansing Balm… made of Mud?!

One type of cleanser I didn’t discuss in the “Why and How Skincare Series: Cleanser” are Cleansing Balms.

This is a new type of cleanser (at least for me) and I was super excited to try it out. I got a sample size of Omorovicza’s Thermal Cleansing Balm and my dry skin is in L.O.V.E. I’ve used cleansing oils, which are also great… but wow. This Cleansing Balm takes it to another level. I wish I discovered it sooner… and had a bigger jar of it!

“This award-winning black balm gently but effectively cleanses skin without stripping. Hungarian Moor mud, rich in calcium and magnesium carbonates, swiftly removes impurities and make-up. Sweet almond oil replenishes skin to leave it soft and silky. The scent of orange blossom oil lifts your spirits and senses. Mineral Cosmetology™, a patented mineral delivery system, leaves skin firmer, more supple, and younger-looking.
” $102 for 1.7 oz. Available at:,, Bergdorf Goodman, and Neiman Marcus.

Reasons why I love this cleansing balm (No particular order):

  1. Smells great. The company describe the scent as Orange Blossom… but I’m not sure that’s accurate. Either way, doesn’t matter cause I like the smell a lot. It reminds me of minerals… in a good way.
  2. Exfoliation gentle enough to use everyday.
  3. The oil melts on the skin and removes all impurities.
  4. Skin felt soft and moisturized. I wasn’t running to put on moisturizer like I do after washing my face with other cleansers.
  5. I was afraid my skin wouldn’t feel clean after because of all the oils… but I was pleasantly surprised that after I patted my skin dry with a towel… my face felt super clean! A deep down clean without the squeaky feeling.
  6. NO Parabens, Sulfates, Synthetic Fragrances, Synthetic Dyes, Petrochemicals, Phthalates, GMOs, and Triclosan

Application: The almond oil and other moisturizing ingredients may not be the best right before makeup application, so I recommend using this product only at night.

  1. Apply a pea size to dry face
  2. Massage in circular motion on face and neck
  3. Wipe off with warm wet washcloth. Using a washcloth is key. Without it, the cleanser just moves around on the skin and doesn’t wash off properly.

Put to the test:
So I’m convinced it’s a great moisturizing cleanser.. but I wanted to see if was effective. Remember my Cleanser vs. Waterproof Eyeliner Part I and Part II experiments? Well… I put this balm cleanser up against the same waterproof eyeliner plus a foundation and two types of mascara!

From left to right: Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick, Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner, Bad Gal Lash Mascara (Benefit), Buxom Lash  (Bare Escentuals). Here are the before and after pictures:

I’m impressed! The cleansing balm literally melted the makeup away. This cleansing balm totally outperformed in removing the waterproof eyeliner that the cleansers in my previous experiment couldn’t!

You can still see traces of the blue Buxom mascara in the after picture, but I’m surprised the balm removed as much mascara as it did. Regular cleansers aren’t meant to take off mascara, so I highly recommend using a separate eye makeup remover before cleansing the face. If you’re removing mascara with regular cleanser… either you’re not getting all of it, or you’re probably rubbing your eyes too hard to get the mascara off! Either way it’s not good, so please use an eye makeup remover for mascara.

All in all, I’m really happy with this product and highly recommend it to people who have dry skin. Use it daily for your night time cleansing, and your skin will thank you. Until next time, stay pretty… inside and out.

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Related Posts:
Cleanser vs. Waterproof Eyeliner (Part 2)
Cleanser vs. Waterproof Eyeliner (Part 1)
Why and How Skincare Series: Cleanser



  1. February 14, 2012 / 6:17 am

    It looks awful but sounds great! My skin is dry too. Thanks for the review.