Merumaya Melting Cleansing Balm

I have the pleasure of testing out a lot of beauty products as a result of the work I do on my blog. Sure, I get excited when I get to try the latest name-brand release, but what gets me even more excited (albeit a bit less often, sadly) is when I try something from a brand I’ve never heard of and fall in love with it. Such is the case with this Merumaya Melting Cleansing balm. I love cleansing balms – they take makeup off like a dream and don’t make your face feel tight or dry, and they’re perfect for almost any skin type (except maybe the extremely sensitive?). What I like about this cleansing balm over the Emma Hardie cleansing balm is twofold: first, the packaging is in a squeeze tube, which I find infinitely more hygienic than digging my grubby hands in a jar every day. Secondly, I adore the smell. Rather than pungently herbal, this cleansing balm smells soft and floral. I think they’re equally effective, and while I’m not putting one over the other completely, I am happy to have both in my skincare collection.

Are there any other cleansing balms out there you would like me to review? Also, I’m doing a Q&A video very soon so please send me your questions via Twitter or Facebook (tag them with #askPSS so I know you’re okay to be featured if your question gets selected)!



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  • I’ve never heard of cleansing balms before! I hate that tight feeling after removing makeup. So you still wash it off as well or how does it work?-Ash

    • You wash it off or the preferable method is to wet a muslin/flannel cloth in warm water and wipe it off until your face is clean. This provides gentle exfoliation as well.

  • lorena

    Hi Kristina. I am curious about the towels (cloths) Are they disposable?

    • No, they are reusable, which is much more friendly on the environment (and economical)! 🙂

  • Mandy

    what about the one from Ren? since it is available at sephora it should be a lot easier for most folks to find!

    • I have not tried a cleansing balm from Ren – but I’ll keep my eye out for it should I need a new one!

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  • Marilyn Cooney

    I’ve tried numerous cleansing balms. Ren, Eve, and Clinique. The latter being the worst. I like how Merumaya has the towels. They’re so cute.

    My favorite cleanser right now is from a New York based company, they’re called Hush & Dotti. Their cleansing balm is fan-friggin-tastic. Especially when it comes to taking my makeup off at the end of the day. A glass of wine could only make it better. I initially got into the balm cleansers to take my makeup off because a lot of my girlfriends were doing the same. My skin looks and feels night and day difference. I think Hush is definitely using better ingredients then most of these other cleansers. I mean for what they’re charging I feel like I’m actually ripping them off. In the past I have paid at most $95 dollars for a cleansing balm. Plus shipping! Like Eve Lom for instance, her balm is crazy expensive. Plus Eve isn’t all natural and Hush & Dotti is. And that’s important to me.

    It’s an absolute steal at their current price. Plus they offer a Sensitive option too, which I don’t see anyone else offering. The only thing I wish they would sell are towels. I can always use a good wash cloth.