The 3 Best Cleansing Balms on Amazon

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Even if you haven’t caught on to the complexion benefits of serums and masks, we’re willing to bet a facial cleanser is part of your routine. We use them to prep skin for the day and wash away makeup and general grime—without a cleanser, our skin would be all kinds of messed up. But that doesn’t mean the same formula works for everyone. Lately, we’ve been obsessed with cleansing balms, aka oil cleansers in solid form. They travel well (read: no greasy leaks), remove makeup and debris like nothing else and leave our skin feeling hydrated (never tight). Don’t know where to begin? Here are three cleansing balms that we swear by—at every price.

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Editors’ Pick: Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm

The Facts:

  • Sunflower and ginger root oils gently remove long-wear makeup
  • All-natural moringa oil lifts away impurities from pollution
  • Natural enzymes found in papayas exfoliate for a healthy glow

We’re big fans of this cleansing balm thanks to its natural ingredients and instant results. It’s solid in the container, but melts once it hits your skin to help wash away makeup and debris without actually stripping your skin of its protective barrier. One PureWow editor says, “It's great at removing mascara and doesn't leave a weird film when you rinse! Plus it smells like heaven.” And another felt just as passionately about it, saying, “OMG I love it. I agree that it smells like heaven, leaves my skin so soft and honestly, my skin looks better and clearer in the morning when I use it after wearing makeup all day.” Green Clean, never change.

insta natural cleansing balm

Best Value: Instanatural Rose Cleansing Balm

The Facts:

  • Leaves no residue behind
  • Emulsifies from sherbet-like balm into a creamy cleanser
  • Removes waterproof makeup and defends against free radicals

One of the reasons we love oil cleansers so much: their makeup-removing powers. This one does that and more—rose extract, manuka honey, coconut oil and sunflower seed oil combine to deeply cleanse and defend against free radical aggressors. So all you’re left with is a hydrated, fresh complexion without a single trace of grime. Not to mention, you only need the tiniest dollop to harness its purifying powers, so this giant 4 oz. container will last you much longer than a traditional face wash.

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Splurge-worthy: Elemis Pro-collagen Cleansing Balm

The Facts:

  • A blend of nine essential oils dissolves makeup, daily grime and pollutants
  • Can be used as a cleansing balm or left on as a ten-minute mask
  • Includes a soft cleansing cloth

To some, face washing is just another nighttime step. But to others, it’s a self-care ritual. If you fall into the latter category, this decadent cleansing balm needs to become part of your routine ASAP. Made with a base of rose and mimosa waxes, it’s supercharged with anti-aging algae and infused with a blend of hydrating oils and nine, blissfully aromatic essential oils. Plus, it can be left on for up to ten minutes as a mega-hydrating mask. Think of it as aromatherapy and skin care in one step.

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Brianna Lapolla formerly held the role of Senior Commerce Editor at PureWow covering all things shopping across beauty, fashion, and lifestyle. Now, she's putting her 12 years of...