I come bearing gifts! Well, knowledge gifts. But gifts nonetheless!
An Emma Hardie cleansing balm dupe exists in the world and it only costs £11.50. And that’s for the big pot.
Emma charges £38. That’s a big saving, I feel. Even if Emma does give you a free flannel.
Anyway, it’s called Ultrabland. Lush makes it. Actually, Lush really enjoys making it – it’s the co-founder’s favourite product, or so the sales lady told me. Apparently it’s also something of a cult cleanser, but I clearly missed the boat on that one. Oops.
Directions for use:
1. Rub the product straight onto the skin. Actually I shouldn’t say “rub”, it sounds too abrasive. Let’s go with massage. Oooh.
FYI, you don’t need to use a lot of product to dislodge your makeup.
2. Wet a cotton wool pad and wipe it over your face to remove the cleanser and makeup.
3. Repeat 1-5 times with fresh cotton wool pads until you can no longer see makeup on them.
With Ultrabland, I really feel like I’m removing every last scrap of makeup from my skin, which is always a first when you wear as much as I do. Crucially, I also don’t feel like I’m doing my skin any damage in the process.
A lot of cleansers (and especially face wipes) that can successfully remove multiple layers of long-wear makeup tend to use rather harsh chemicals. However, the ingredients in this stuff are much more natural (with the exception of those pesky parabens):
Almond oil, rosewater, beeswax, honey, fresh iris extract, glycerine, rose absolute, tincture of benzoin, methylparaben, propylparaben.
Rather than leaving skin feeling stripped and stinging, Ultrabland leaves it feeling, well, bland. As in, largely unaffected by the hardcore cleansing you’ve just done. I think the rosewater and rose absolute are handy in this sense, as both these ingredients can be very soothing for sensitive skin. Coupled with the moisturising effects of the almond oil and beeswax, it all makes for a very luxurious cleansing experience.
One minor bugbear I have is that the beeswax (presumably) can sometimes leave your skin with a bit of a waxy coating after you’ve finished. But this is easily remedied with some warm water and an extra cotton wool pad, or a toner if you’ve got one.
All in all, I’m a pretty big fan of this stuff. Oily girls like me shouldn’t be afraid of the rather rich balm cleansing method – it hasn’t given me any breakouts. Likewise, one of my drier-skinned friends tried Ultrabland and absolutely loved it. So in that sense it’s a bit of an all-round hit.
I’ll be buying a second pot!
So I bought a second pot. And I discovered that depending on who makes it at Lush HQ, you can either end up with a really nice, smooth product, or a slightly weird grainy one. The first time I bought this I got lucky and got the smooth stuff. The second time, it was grainy but still had the same wondrous cleansing effects. I hope you get lucky and buy a pot with a nice consistency!