28.2.13

REN No 1 Purity Cleansing Balm

REN No 1 Purity Cleansing Balm

I have tried a number of balm cleansers since I started my blog (100% OrganicsSutiLulu & Boo) and I have enjoyed them all. The reason I like them is I think they offer me an extra moisture barrier. When you have eczema your skin is dry because you do not produce as much fats and oils as other people so are less able to retain water. I had some vouchers to cash in and on a whim I purchased the REN No 1 Purity Cleansing Balm. REN is a brand I admire for its ingredient policy but unfortunately the presence of my food allergens does not allow me the freedom to buy many products in the range.

The REN cleansing balm comes in a tube which is unusual for this type of cleanser. The balm is soft in texture and with a good squeeze of the tube it is easily dispensed. The other feature to this balm is after massaging into skin you apply warm water and it dissolves into a milky consistency. Anyone who loves rose will enjoy the fragrance.



I have been testing this cleanser for a few weeks before writing my review. Initially I was singing its praises on Twitter but as time passed I began to change my mind. I like the texture of the balm and the way it removes easily but I feel as if my skin is left tight and dry. This does not happen immediately its a few minutes after cleansing. I will cleanse my face, brush my teeth and then moisturise. It is during the brushing teeth stage that my skin tightens. The funny thing is when I voiced my opinion on Twitter, three people came forward and mentioned that they thought this cleanser was hard to remove and left behind a greasy residue. Weird as I am not getting the same results. On the back of the tube it says you can sweep over eyes. Oh boy, if you accidentally get this in your eye you will quickly induce potty mouth. I know it’s not uncommon for a product to sting but I don’t recall experiencing this with other balm cleansers. 

It is not easy to write about products you dislike but I do think it's important to keep a balance on my blog. Not everything I test is going to work for me. This cleanser claims to be suitable for all skin types but sometimes I feel that is an ambiguous statement, can products really be suitable for all? Sadly, REN balm cleanser and I decided to end our relationship. I made it through half a tube before we parted company. Has anyone else had a good or bad experience with this cleanser? 

UPDATE 05/03/15 - REN have announced they are being bought out by Unilever. I decided not to remove this post but I will no longer be supporting the brand. Unilever is questionable in terms of ethical business and animal testing.


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Ingredients from website - Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Cetearyl Ethyhexanoate, Glyceryl Cocoate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glyceryl Stearate, Glyceryl Dibehenate, Tribehenin, Glyceryl Behenate, Butyrospermum Parkii Shea Butter, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Parfum* (Fragrance), Rosa Centifolia Flower Extract, Cymbopogon Martini Oil, Viola Odorata Extract, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Flower Oil, Lecithin, Benzyl Alcohol, Oryzanol, Tocopherol, Citronellol, Geraniol, Eugenol, Linalool. *100% Natural Fragrance - Parfum 100% Naturel

16 comments:

  1. I have not tried this cleanser, but I would be curious to try it. I like REN as a brand, but not all of their products work well for me. If you have not already, you may like to try the Elemental Herbology Cleansing balm. I had no residue from it, but it was wonderful for hydrating my dry face. x

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    1. Thanks for the recommendation Jess, I've had my eye on the Elemental one for a while. Next time I get some Tesco vouchers I may cash them in & finally buy it :)

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    2. I bought a sample of the Elemental balm from naturisimo, I definitely recommend it Sarah. x

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    3. Thanks Alice I will definitely have to take a closer look :)

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  2. I haven't tried this but I do keep meaning to try it. It may be ok for me as I have oiler skin, especially t-zone. I'm using the Emma Hardie Moringa Balm at the moment which I delayed trying but I absolutely love!! Have you tried that on? X

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    1. No, I've not tried EH as it contains orange & mandarin and I made the decision last year to cut that out of my skin care routine :)

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  3. I have never tried REN before, and I have never tried a cleansing balm I liked either,like some of your followers I find balms leave a film on the skin and my skin is oily enough

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    1. That is a shame you haven't found balm cleanser suitable for your skin type.

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  4. It's such a shame that this dried your skin out and I can't believe that it irritates the eyes so much! I was considering trying this before I read your post but I do love cleansers that I can use on my face and eyes so this is now a big no no for me.

    Gem x
    http://www.gemmameansjewel.com

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    1. It would seem that I am not alone with my views about getting in eyes. It is such a shame :(

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  5. It's so unfortunate this didn't work for you! I wish all cleansing balms came in a squeeze tube.

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    1. I agree, it's more convenient than a glass jar and hygienic if you are not dipping fingers into a jar :)

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  6. I was considering giving this a shot, but I'm ot so sure ow, it sounds horrid! xx

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    1. It does seem to generate a bit of negative feedback not just from me, shame really. Do have a look at the rest of the brand's range as they are a good company for natural ingredients :)

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  7. I have been using this the last few weeks too, I thought I would love it, since generally l like REN but I am not a huge fan of it either. I think the packaging is wrong, its hard to squeeze out of you ask me. I think it doesnt do the best job of cleansing to be honest though I do wear quite a bit of foundation. It doesnt leave my skin tight as it does to you but it also doesnt leave it nourished and lovely....not worth the hefty price tag if you ask me!

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    1. That's really interesting, I'm only using mineral powder foundation so I think that is easy to remove. I did find it hard to squeeze out at first but I think it softened up a bit as I did find it easier over time. I haven't come across anyone who likes this

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