Review: Biotherm Biosource Cleansing Balm and Exfoliating Gelee

I’m having a hard time churning out reviews, because I’ve been feeling uninspired. I feel bored when I have to review average or mediocre things, and while I do not guarantee reviews for products sent, I still feel responsible and obliged to do one. This review, however, is not an obligation, because I really want to share with you! Biotherm has these 2 Biosource cleansers and I really like them, especially the Biosource Cleansing Balm (RM138). The tube you see is actually the Biosource daily exfoliating cleansing melting gel (RM125) which is a gel cleanser with tiny pumice stones, fragments of low density volcanic rocks that exfoliates the skin gently.



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Let’s talk about the cleansing balm first. Let me just mentioned that I was pleasantly surprised because this is scentless! So far, all the Biotherm products I’ve tested are pretty heavily fragranced. This cleansing balm however, has none. It is a solid balm in the tub. I like to use a spatula to get some on my palms, and it melts into a very light oil when I rub my palms together. It is light in texture, but gets everything off my face and eyes easily – including waterproof mascaras. I gently massage my lids and lashes in circular motion and the balm DOES NOT sting my eyes at all. THIS IS A WINNER, you guys. Affordable too! Then, all I have to do is use water to emulsify, and wash off. You don’t need to use a wash cloth if you don’t want to.


I usually follow the balm with the cleanser. It has a pretty strong citrus scent so you might want to note that if you’re really sensitive to smell. I don’t mind it. The natural exfoliators are very tiny, and they are very gentle on the skin. I’m glad these are not synthetic microbeads because they are really bad for the environment. Just do a search on “microbeads bad for environment” and you’ll get heaps of articles. I’ll link to Liz’s post >here< because she’s the one who brought this to my attention. Some countries even ban the use of microbeads. I doubt this will happen in Malaysia in the near future, but if companies willingly take a stand against using microbeads in their products, they stand so much taller than their counterparts. So much more dignified, so much more powerful.



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So yeah – I’m all for the cleansing balm, people… and the exfoliating cleanser feels really good. Makes my face feel clean and smooth without all the squeakiness. We don’t want to have squeaky clean face, my friends. Just nice comfortable not drying face 🙂 Have you tried these?



xoxo Lily




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  • The cleansing balm does sound luxurious! I love this trend to more gentle, creamy makeup removing products.

    • Lily

      You have to try the balm. It’s very gentle and light but effective.

  • I’m really liking Biotherm too! That exfoliating cleanser sounds like something I’d really like.

    • Lily

      You have to try it then! Might want to take a sniff first though 🙂

  • The balm sounds super nice! I love Biotherm products! 🙂 xx

    • Lily

      Glad to know there’s another Biotherm fan here!

  • I have to say that I’m very faithful to a certain cleansing oil and a certain exfoliator (after years of using them, each time I try to deviate into a different brand, I always come back to these) but these 2 sound so good that I think when the time comes I’ll look into these and see what happens!

    • Lily

      Oh! If you do, please let me know what you think of them 🙂

  • Liz

    LOL, all of our intros are the same. We’re bored but we keep doing it!

    I actually want to try that Plankton essence thing that you reviewed some time ago. I keep eyeballing it at the stores but want to finish up more stuff first.

    • Lily

      Right? We feel the same. I’m definitely going to repurchase the life plankton essence when I’m done with mine.

  • The color of the packaging is so pretty! I’m distracted! ;D
    I still prefer liquid oil cleanser because I do not like dealing with tubs in the bathroom, but I do love when it starts to melt on contact.

    • Lily

      I have quite a few tubs in the bathroom cupboard. Lol! But they’re all hidden behind the mirror so it’s Ok 🙂

  • I second Lena – the color grabbed me as lavender is my fave! I’d love to try both of these products after reading your review. Looks like no melting gelee in the USA but e’re a go on the cleansing balm! YAS! Thanks for the review, Lily!

    • Lily

      Oh! I hope you’ll try the cleansing balm. I really like it!

  • yay i’m all for nice gentle cleansing balms that take everything off!! I should find out if these are here already!

  • Dionne de Rose

    I just purchased the daily exfoliating cleansing melting gel tonight – the scent is to die for – I love it… And I got a Aquasource hydration gel for free – 1st time using these products but I hope I continue to love it.

    • Lily

      Glad you love it, Dionne. The Aquasource is great for locking in moisture, that’s for sure. Have you tried the Life Plankton Essence? I love that one too!