Let Your Senses Indulge with Bobbi Brown Extra Balm Rinse

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 balm rinse 1

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.


BB balm rinse 2


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.


BB balm rinse 3


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.


BB balm rinse 4



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!


xoxo Lily



  • Liz

    OH MY GOD, THIS SOUNDS SO GOOD. I didn’t know it smelled like citrus. I was planning on pampering my face tonight with some new samples. Now I’m going to work a hot towel into the mix. 😀

    • IT IS GOOD!! I love the citrus scent, but it’s not the sharp, in your nose eyes and ears kind of annoying pungent smell, you know? LOL! Oh yes, I think hot towels and mask just go well together. But if it’s a pore shrinking mask, you might want a cold towel instead 😛

  • Petrina

    I’ve still yet to get this since commenting on your last post about this!! Putting it on the shopping list for when we go to kl in June.

    • I guess it’s much cheaper here than in Australia when you do the currency conversion. You must remember to get it because it’s a must have!

  • Oooh that sounds beautiful–this is just my kind of product! I like to include little “treats” to spice up my skincare routine and this one sounds so fun and so relaxing to use! I love Bobbi’s skincare products but I’m not using any of them at the moment…I will definitely check this cleansing balm out now that I’m not scared of rich cleansers/oil cleansers anymore! (yay!)

    • Yay! You can always go to the counter and ask for a sample first, Becca. I was told that for us in this climate, it is advisable NOT to use it daily. Then again, treats aren’t supposed to be a daily thing, are they? Hahahah! It’s great that you’re not scared of rich or oil cleansers anymore. I hope you’ll love this 😀

  • Tracy@Beauty Reflections

    This sounds like something I need! My skin is so dry right now! I will look for this thanks!

    • I think it’ll be great for dry skin to use it on a daily basis. It’s very rich and pampering for the skin. Go get it Tracy! I’d love to know what you think of it.

  • Oh yes I have been trying it on my hands and it smells divine. The only thing that stops me from buying this is the steep price tag. I don’t think I’m ready to venture that much for a cleanser :p
    Thanks for the detailed review anyway!

    • Hey Meryl, when you’re ready, this should be the first thing you splurge on 🙂

  • Charlotte

    This seems like a nice product! Am looking for a new cleanser, but I prefer foam cleanser instead of oil, as it is easier to get it on my clarisonic. Any recommendation??

    • At the moment, I’m enjoying Vichy Normaderm. Unfortunately, Vichy is no longer available in Malaysia. I got mine in Singapore. I remember using the Hada Labo foaming cleanser before with pretty good results too, and it’s readily available everywhere 🙂

      • Charlotte

        Thanks! Will definitely check HadaLabo out!

        • No problem 🙂

  • Olive oil is such a miracle ingredient! My skin could really use some extra hydration about now and this looks/sounds so soothing. I like your evening routine… I feel more relaxed just reading it! 😀

    • It’s a little pampering session for sure! The hot towel does wonders 🙂 I hope you’ll give it a try Catherine – both the hot towel and also this Balm Rinse. Both are delicious!

  • Holy moly, it’s really huge!! lol

    If you are out of this perhaps you can try Eve Lom Cleanser. It’s RM295 for 100ml. Price is on the high side but it’s makeup remover, cleanser, scrub and toner at the same time 🙂

    • Oh, I’ve heard of the Eve Lom cleanser, and I’ve read about the whole cleansing process too. It’s definitely something on my to try list, but it’ll be a while before I use up this tub. Like you said, it’s REALLY HUGE!! Hahaha 😀

  • Wow, the first thing that struck me about this is how generous the pot is! I have the Bobbi Brown Cleansing Oil and I like it just fine. I recently discovered the Elemental Herbology cleansing balm (Purify & Sooth) and I’m pretty obsessed with it! When I run out of Omorovicza Thermal Cleansing Balm I might purchase the full-size tube.

    • I’m also using the BB Cleansing Oil but I prefer the scent and texture of this Balm Rinse 🙂 I’ve been reading a lot about Omorovicza but the brand is not available locally, so I can’t play with it before purchasing. For a product that has a high price point, I prefer not to jump in and buy it online 😛 I have to google the Elemental Herbology cleansing balm!! Purify and sooth sounds good 🙂

  • Claire

    I actually like those kinda balms, I had the clinique one (the scent was driving me crazy and it was drying on me). I haven’t tried the BB one (or I forgot? hm) but it sounds lovely, especially the citrus smell 😀 you r hand looks so small compared to the jar, haha 😀 cute!

    • I tried the Clinique balm too, and it’s just not the same. Definitely not as rich, and I can understand why it’s drying on dry skin. I have pretty long fingers, so that shows you how HUGE the jar is!! Now that you mentioned it, my hands do look small in that picture. Hahahaha!

  • Holy cow, it’s HUGE. I didn’t expect it to be that big, lol! It sounds really luxurious! But it still reminds me of pudding :X

    • Pudding? It would be a very tough pudding then. LOL!

  • This sounds amazing! I love how you described the way you use it, it sounds so relaxing in a way. The pot is huuuge!

    • It is a very relaxing ritual. Just imagine using that hot towel in a bath. Aaaahhh… It’s mid morning now but I feel like going back to bed. Haha!

  • Thanks for the review! I just tried the Antipodes balm cleanser and I’m not sure what happened, but the third time I used it, I got this weird rash all over my face. I’m not even sure rash is the right word since it wasn’t bumpy or raised or anything it was just…a weird red pattern. I always tell myself that “natural” lines won’t make me react, but I’ve honestly had better luck with paraben-full brands =) I like the Eye Balm from Bobbi Brown so I’ll probably hunt this down in an Estee Lauder sale!

    • Some ‘natural’ ingredients are pretty strong too. I know that Antipodes Divine Face Oil breaks me out. Might be the rosehip oil. I tried the eye balm before, and it took me AGES to use up that tub too. I hope you’ll give this a try 🙂

  • Great review. I never really thought to try this out because I’m afraid it’ll be too heavy for my oily skin. Glad to hear it worked for you.

    • Just don’t use it every day if you have oily skin. And don’t massage for too long 🙂 Perhaps you could ask for a sample?

  • Kiss & Make-up

    It looks so appealing 😀 I just want to feel it and smell it when I look at those pictures. I know you said it works for combination/oily skin as well, but I am still a little apprehensive about it… Guess I should try to get my hands on a sample.

    • Yes! Getting a sample will be best. I just used it and I’m ready for bed now. It’s so calming after a stressful day. Zen….