I have a confession to make.  I wasn’t a huge fan of the Beautycounter Cleansing Balm.  End of review.  Well, it would be the end of the review if my disapproval had remained, but now I am a raving fan.  I had ordered the product and gave it a shot but I couldn’t get used to it.  It reminded me of a better-smelling, less-toxic version of Pond’s Cold Cream.  That just reminded me of my great grandmother.  She used that stuff religiously.  So, I shelved it and forgot about it and didn’t return it (despite the 60 day return policy).  Sigh.  

And then one day I was reading about using non-soap cleansers and how to use them.  They made it sound so good.  It was an email about How to Wash Your Face.  And just like that, I was back.  I grabbed my Beautycounter Cleansing Balm and tried the new techniques I’d learned and found out why this cleansing balm is a best seller.  Here’s my honest Beautycounter Cleansing Balm Review.

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What is Beautycounter?


I’m assuming you know all about this amazing clean beauty company.  They’ve quickly become a favorite amongst green beauty lovers because of their high safety and quality standards.  With over 1500 ingredients on “The Never List” of questionable ingredients that will never be used in their products, they have set the bar for excellence in the Beauty Industry.  


What Is It?

Nourishing Cleansing Balm


This facial cleansing balm is a fragrant salve used to heal, soothe and cleanse the skin.  It melts into the skin to remove makeup and other impurities while hydrating beautifully.  It can be used as a face mask.


100% of women (in a clinical and consumer perception study) showed a significant increase in skin hydration after eight hours, with an average increase of 25%.  


What’s In It?

Beautycounter Cleansing Balm Ingredients


  • Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride from Coconut or Palm helps seal in moisture while conditioning the skin.
  • Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil from the Apricot plant is used for its emollient, skin conditioning properties.
  • Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter from the Shea Nut is used for its emollient, skin conditioning and viscosity controlling properties.
  • Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Wax from the Sunflower Plant is used for its emollient and skin conditioning properties.
  • Cetearyl Alcohol is an emulsifying thickener from Coconut or Palm.
  • Glyceryl Stearate SE is sourced from Palm for its emollient and emulsifying properties.
  • Polyglyceryl-3 Cocoate is sourced from Coconut for its emulsifying properties.
  • Silica Silylate is a mineral that keeps things from clumping.
  • Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter is sourced from the Mango Plant for skin conditioning.
  • Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil is sourced from the Avocado Plant for its skin conditioning properties.  Used to prevent water loss through the skin.
  • Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil is sourced from the Jojoba Plant and is used for its emollient, skin conditioning properties.
  • Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil is sourced from organic Grape Plant for its emollient, skin conditioning properties.
  • Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Seed Oil is sourced from organic Raspberry Plant for its emollient properties.
  • Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil is sourced from the Cranberry Plant and is used for its antioxidant and emollient properties. Helps to protect cells from damage.
  • Tocopherol (Vitamin E) from Rapeseed, Sunflower or Soy for its antioxidant, skin conditioning properties.
  • Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate is a synthetic used for its antioxidant and skin conditioning properties.  Helps to prevent or delay some types of cell damage.
  • Mimosa Tenuiflora Bark Extract is sourced from the Mimosa Tree for its skin conditioning and fragrance properties.  Helps with wounds, balances irritation and helps with skin disorders and burn care.
  • Artemisia Pallens (Davana) Flower Oil is sourced from organic Davana Plant for its fragrance.  It also has antiseptic, antiviral, disinfectant properties.
  • Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Flower Oil is sourced from organic Chamomile Plant for its fragrance.  Also has anti-inflammatory properties.  Great for skin disorders.
  • Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil is sourced from the Sweet Almond Plant for its skin conditioning properties and fragrance. It is rich in Vitamin E, monounsaturated fatty acids, proteins, potassium and zinc along with a number of other minerals and vitamins.  
  • Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Oil is sourced from the Rose Plant for its skin conditioning properties and fragrance.  It has astringent properties, treats wounds and sedates inflammation while eliminating bacteria.
  • Magnolia Champaca (Joy Perfume Tree) Flower Oil is sourced from the Joy Perfume Tree for its fragrance.  Helps with quick wound healing.
  • Aqua/Water/Eau
  • Phenoxyethanol is a synthetic preservative.


Beautycounter Cleansing Balm Directions


  1. Using clean, dry hands, massage an almond-sized amount to your dry face.  Apply gentle pressure to cheeks, forehead and eyebrows allowing the oil to dissolve the impurities in your pores.  
  2. Dampen cleansing cloth of choice in hand-hot water.
  3. Gently wipe off nourishing balm.
  4. Rinse skin thoroughly with cool water.


Beautycounter Cleansing Balm as a Mask Directions


  1. Use as a deep moisturizing, skin soothing mask.
  2. Massage gently onto the entire face.
  3. Leave on for ten minutes.  May be left on overnight.
  4. Dampen cleansing cloth with warm to hand-hot water to gently wipe off balm.
  5. Use as needed, 2-3 times per week.

My Beautycounter Cleansing Balm Review

A personal look at the Nourishing Cleansing Balm by Beautycounter.


The Application Process


The balm itself is pretty solid.  It reminded me of coconut oil in colder temperatures.  It warms as soon as it touches the skin and begins to melt into a liquid.  It comes with a little scoop so you don’t have to dig it out with your fingers.  I personally prefer using the back of one of my nails to get the product out.


According to the directions, you need about an almond sized amount for the entire face.  I find that I can use even less and still get the job done.  The balm has a soothing effect and goes on smooth.  It has a botanical smell.  I can’t quite put my finger on it.  The smell can take some getting used to.  I massaged my face for well over 2 minutes.  I enjoy this part a lot.  It feels like a treat for my face.


I ended up running a washcloth under the hot water in the sink before ringing it out.  I love the feel of the hot washcloth against my skin.  This is my favorite part of the whole process.  It feels as if my face is getting thoroughly cleaned.  

Beautycounter Cleansing Balm Reviews

Here are some reviews for Beautycounter’s nourishing facial balm.  Customer Julia C. says its a multi-tasking must have:


It is a must have for me, for the quick nights of removing makeup before bed or the nights my skin is dry and I put a thin layer on before bed. Wake up with a moist glow!


Amanda N. says its great for sensitive eyes:


Really pleasant product and the only cleanser that doesn’t irritate my sensitive eyes.


And customer Layla K says that It really IS all that:


I wasn’t even needing a cleanser… or so I thought. I was happy with my routine. But a family member mentioned how lovely this product was and that it was one of a very few products she MUST have. So I decided to give it a try. Fantastic. Really. My skin feels clean and moisturized without a hint of oily or greasy feel. I use it at night to remove my makeup and before my night time products. in the morning now I just rinse my face with warm, then cool water. Loving it.


Final Thoughts on Beautycounter Cleansing Balm

Nourishing Cleansing Balm


Overall, I really love this Cleanser.  It definitely took some time adjusting to a cleanser that was made of oils.  But when I learned that the oils actually help to deep clean the skin, I was convinced that I needed to give it another shot.  I love the way it feels on the skin.  I actually like to put it on during a commercial break (HULU yall!) and massage it into my skin while watching a show at night.


The best thing about this product is that within days my husband noticed the difference in my skin.  He said my skin looked healthy–like I had a glow.  Needless to say, I will not be giving this stuff up any time soon!  


The only downsides to this balm are:


  1. The balm is a bit pricey.  I have to tell myself that a little goes a long way and that it has already lasted an impressive 4 months.  I think I have at least one more month in the jar.  If you can only afford one skin care product then get this.  It is that good.
  2. The smell is not my favorite but when I look at the ingredients and what those fragrances are doing for my skin (so many good things) I am willing to overlook them.


This Cleansing Balm is the Bomb!

Ways to Buy

Click here to get the Beautycounter Cleansing Balm now.

One of the best ways to get your hands on Beautycounter products at a discount is to look for them on eBay or Amazon.  This particular product is not usually sold in sets, however, we did offer it in Travel Size for a bit.  Keep your eyes peeled for those!  They sold out quickly.