(Spoiler alert at the beginning) Anyone that ever browsed my Instagram, knows how obsessed I am about this oil. I discovered it by chance when I had just discovered double cleansing and before trying this oil, I had The Face Shop Rice oil Light in my stash and was not happy with it but didn’t have anything to compare it to.
(Also, Dog again does not review Asian cosmetics.#baddog)
Product name: Balea Reinigungsöl (Cleansing oil). For dry skin. This is a first cleanser that is supposed to remove even waterproof makeup.
Balea is a brand exclusively available at dm-drogerie markt Stores. dm is a German chain available in 13 European countries (Yes, I just added a link to Wikipedia). If you are ever in these countries, go and check the store out.
Quantity: 100ml. Made in Germany.
Animal testing: No
Price: 2,45Euros (say what?)
This is a cleanser that :
1. At first nobody understood because double cleansing was not über popular,
2. Then everybody tried and loved it,
3. Then Balea discontinued it,
4. Then people went crazy and hoarded as much as they found, traveled to neighboring countries (sounds pompous but Europe), made selfies with 13 bottles (assholes!) while others cried for having only two (me),
6. It has since reappeared in several countries (Germany, Croatia & Slovakia as far as I know) but it’s still unavailable in Bosnia and Austria last time I checked, 15 minutes ago.
7. Once it hits our stores I will hoard so much and eat bread with some salt if that’s what it takes. Gotta love a company that listens to their consumers!
Now onto some serious business.
Transparent plastic pump bottle that contains 100ml of yellowish oil. People have been lamenting it’s flimsy but I never had any issues. This might not be important but I love that it doesn’t have a long nozzle typical in oil cleansers making it easy to pack, safe to carry around without worrying the nozzle might twist. ALSO, Hand luggage friendly, well done!
INGREDIENTS (yes, 7 ingredients):
Helianthus Annuus Hybrid Oil (Sunflower oil), Isopropyl Palmitate, Isopropyl Myristate, PEG-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate, Ethylhexyl Stearate, Tocopherol, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil (source)
Now, I’ve checked the ingredients in cosDNA website and it shows Isopropyl Myristate and Isopropyl Palmitate to be potential acne triggers. PEG-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate shows 3 in Safety. I don’t mind it that much because it’s a product that stays shortly on the skin. I have an oily skin that’s full of SF and never had any clogging issues with this oil.
This is a fairly thick oil, 2-3 pumps are enough to apply evenly with dry hands on dry, dirty face, massage, emulsify and wash off. I prefer thick oils because I don’t like them running around my hands and arms.
Now, what’s good about this oil, except everything, is that it washes off completely. Once emulsified into thin milk, it washes off to clean skin.
This is very important for me because I love to skip my 2nd cleanser and go straight to toner phase. Normally people use 2nd cleanser in the morning but I find that in my case it’s less irritating if I use a cleansing oil.
This oil doesn’t have Fragrance but it smells faintly like Sunflower oil. I don’t mind that scent and I love that Balea used Sunflower oil as a base for this. It contains Argan oil and Vitamin E, last on the list though.
It’s effective at removing make-up, even waterproof mascara (tried only with one because I only have one). I do, however, remove eye and lip make-up with micellar water, I hate panda eyes and spreading grey dirt everywhere!
+Simple ingredients, fragrance-free
+Travel friendly size and bottle
+ Good for all skin types and conditions IMO
+ maybe too simple, not for people who like their cleansing to be a sensory, spa-like experience. This cleanser would bore them to death.
+not available online, if you live outside these 13 countries (except for friend mail, ofc)
Short comparison with Heimish All clean Balm
I’ve been asked to compare this oil with the Heimish All clean balm that I tried a sample of, courtesy of the lovely Vik (@de.la.seoul.blog )
So, the Heimish balm is surprisingly good. It has a pleasant texture, melts away my makeup and, most importantly, washes off clean. It has a ton of ingredients (cosDNA), no added fragrance (but it still smells like a mix of wax and diluted herbal tea) and a bunch of herbal extracts and oils which I don’t care for in a cleanser. It also contains Polyethylene that I first found out about in Fanserviced awesome post about 1st cleansers.
So, if you prefer your cleansing to be as simple as possible ingredient-wise like me, and are aware that a cleanser only stays on your face for a couple of minutes, prefer oils and cosmetics that don’t contain ingredients that are not environmentally friendly, get an oil. If you love balms, you won’t be disappointed with Heimish. If you’re thinking between Heimish and Banila co. Clean it zero, Heimish is SO much better.
Hope this was helpful!