This Balm Rinse is part of Bobbi Brown’s Extra Skincare range. Extra is targeted at those with dry skin, so products are usually richer. The Extra Balm Rinse however, also works great on my normal / combination oily skin. Bobbi Brown describes this as a conditioning and emollient cleanser, one that removes all traces of makeup and impurities, leaving skin smooth and supple. To find out more, please keep on reading after the jump.
BB Extra Balm Rinse is housed in a very heavy glass jar. It is densely packed, and is HUGE. The balm is thick and gooey at first, but melts to a lovely face oil at the touch of warmth. I love the citrus scent. It is quite strong, but once it is rinsed off, the smell goes away too. However, I love it so much, I wish the scent lingers on and on. It is refreshing and relaxing at the same time, making the ritual a luxury on its own. I do not use it nightly, for fear it might break me out. I pamper myself twice a week, an evening routine to wind down before bed.
To use, I like to use a spatula to scoop some balm onto my dry palm. I like to be generous, but actually a little goes a long way. When I use a more generous dollop of balm (about the size of the old 20 sen or the new 50 sen – hate the new coins btw), I find that I can massage my skin longer. So what I do is, I warm the balm between my palms, let the balm melt into a rich oil, inhale the beautiful scent, then massage onto dry face (avoiding the eye area). When I have more time, I will use a hot towel to wrap my face for no more than a minute, then rinse off the balm, followed by toner and the rest of the skincare goodness. This routine takes all the stress away, prepping my body for a peaceful slumber.
After cleansing, face is smoother and gives off a healthy glow, which I’m pretty sure is due to the hot towel. LOL! Also, I prefer to use this as a cleanser instead of a makeup remover. I always double cleanse, so this acts purely as a cleanser, after I remove my makeup. This is just a personal preference, and I’m sure it works just fine on its own as both a cleanser and makeup remover. I can see why it is great for dry skin. My skin feels very comfortable after this balm, without any tightness on my face where I have to run for toner or face spritz.
Glycerin, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Limonene, Polyglyceryl-10 Behenate/Eicosadioate, Glyceryl Behenate/Eicosadioate, Polyglyceryl-3 Beeswax, PEG-10 Sunflower Glycerides, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange), Polydecene, Beta-carotene, Potassium Stearate, Benzyl Alcohol, Linalool, Anise Alcohol, Citronellol, Aminomethyl Propanediol <ILN25348>
Bobbi Brown Extra Balm Rinse is available at all Bobbi Brown stores nationwide and retails for RM230/200ml. The price looks steep, but for the amount you get, it’s totally worth it. My first tub lasted for more than a year, and I was using it on alternate nights. I have been debating whether or not to get my second tub, and have been delaying this purchase by trying other balms. In the end, I still came back to this. I couldn’t find another that could replace the texture and scent. It’s effective, doesn’t break me out, and simply delicious.
Have you tried this? If you haven’t, it comes highly recommended!