Boscia Charcoal Makeup Melter Cleansing Oil Balm is a really effective makeup remover that comes as a solid balm, but melts into an oil cleanser when warmed in your hands. When massaged onto dry skin, the black balm dissolves all makeup, even waterproof eyeliner and mascara. Then when you start adding water, it turns into a milky liquid and rinses clean, leaving no residue! I will admit it struggled a bit with waterproof eyeliner and mascara, but so does everything else. All it needed was a little extra massaging around the eye area (gently, of course).
This balm cleanser contains both black and white charcoal. Charcoal helps to absorb impurities from your pores and ensure your skin is thoroughly cleansed. The sunflower oil, shea butter, and jojoba esters in the formula also help provide hydration. So your skin doesn’t feel stripped of moisture when you rinse.
Ingredients: Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, BIS-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, PEG-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate, Jojoba Esters, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Glyceryl Behenate/Eicosadioate, Olive Oil PEG-7 Esters, Silica, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Cetyl Palmitate, Charcoal Powder, CI 77499, Citric Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Sorbitan Olivate, Sorbitan Palmitate, Tocopherol, Triethoxycaprylysilane.
I really enjoy using this cleansing balm, since it effectively removes all my makeup (even when I’m wearing a lot of it). It also doesn’t feel like it’s tugging or pulling at my skin when I massage it in. I still go back in with a second cleanser after I remove my makeup, though. This is just my makeup remover step. However, if you wanted to use this alone, you probably could in a pinch.
The combination of hydration and skin purifying ingredients will make this product appeal to all skin types. It’s even a great option for sensitive or acne-prone skin, since it’s synthetic fragrance free and the charcoal can help combat breakouts. But the inclusion of pelargonium graveolens flower oil (geranium oil) could be an issue if you’re super sensitive to essential oils.
Another plus is that the balm formula means its airport friendly! It’s a solid, so you don’t need to include it in your liquids quota if you’re travelling. It’s also likely to last quite awhile, since you only need to scrape out about the amount of a quarter for each use.
Boscia creates products with lots of good natural ingredients, and most of their products are fragrance free. Unfortunately, they are not a cruelty free brand, though. Hopefully that will change in the future.