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Lately I’ve been exploring more gently ways of cleansing my skin, and that has led me to oil and balm cleansing. My last post was on oil cleansing and this is just an extension of that. It really feels good to know that after years of using harsh cleansers with the aftermath of tight skin feeling it leaves behind, there are more ways than one to get it done and not only cleanse but nourish and moisturise my skin.

I have to say that before trying to cleanse with oils or balm you should do a little or a lot of research on different oils and butters and what benefit they have on the skin and also try to figure out your skin type, it makes choosing and blending oil/oils and butter easier and you avoid having breakouts or irritations.

Check here for a list of oils and butters that will not clog your pores. https://www.beneficialbotanicals.com/facts-figures/comedogenic-rating.html

Cleansing balm is the use of butters and oils melted or blended together to clean and moisturise at the same time. Your skin feels absolutely amazing after each use. I have chosen mango and Shea butter for two different easy and very simple recipes.



Mango Butter 56g

Organic Unrefined Avocado Oil 1tbs

Papaya Seed Oil 1tbs

Vitamin E Oil 6 Drops

Recycled Face Cream Jar

Double Boiler

Mixing Bowl

Mixing Spoon


Raw African Unrefined Shea Butter 60g

Papaya Seed Oil 1tbs

Sea Buckthorn Oil 1/4tsp

Vitamin E oil 6 Drops

Castor Oil 3 drops


Double Boiler

Mixing Bowl

Mixing Spoon

How To

Measure all the oils in a clean bowl and put aside. Then Take the pre measured butter and put it in a double boiler/microwave/hot bowl of water.

When it is melted, add the oils,  and essential oil if you want, mix well with a spoon or spatula and set aside to solidify and if like me you are impatient I suggest you put in a fridge.

How To Use

Just like any cleansing oil, Take your face cleansing balm, I have to say that a little goes a long way here and massage on your face (and neck if you want).

Then Take a muslin towel/face towel/face cloth, soak in a very warm water but not hot to avoid burning and wipe away the balm, You will see all the dirt/makeup wiped off. Do this 2 to 3 times and use a toner after for any excess balm/oil.

Do not forget to moisturise with the same balm or any preferred daily moisturiser.

This balm can be used as a day cleanser or night cleanser. I need to point out that I personally think it is very important to use a toner when using oil or balm cleanser to avoid clogged pores. And also to moisturise immediately when the face is still damp and hydrated. The moisturiser locks in the hydration from the toner/water.

All butters and oils used are based on my personal preference and research, Thank you so much for reading and please do not forget to like and share and let me know your thoughts on oil/balm cleansing by commenting down below. You can also visit my shop at http://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/TLNATURAL for all natural skin and hair care products.




  1. kgray53 says

    Did not think I could ever make my own lip balm. This is especially interesting for this holiday season. I am sort of on a budget, being a grad student and I am looking into alternative, homemade gifts I could give my loved ones. Thank you for sharing your recipe!


  2. Hi. I am excited to try these balms! Quick question… which balm’s texture is “harder?” Or could you describe briefly the difference in texture between these two options.



    • Hello,

      The mango butter cleansing balm is more smoother and thicker while the Shea butter cleansing balm is softer and just a bit grainy.

      However they are both very moisturising and very effective makeup remover.

      Thank you for stopping by! @pia.


  3. Hi!

    Could you briefly describe the difference in texture between these two options? I am looking for one that has a definite “balm” feeling and not a whipped butter texture.



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