The Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Butter is a cleansing butter/balm kind of thing for the face. I’ve always been intrigued by such balms but as I have super oily skin with open pores, I’ve been scared to try them out. Cleansing oils usually clog my pores, feel heavy on my skin and end up breaking me out terribly. This cleansing butter claims to be suitable for sensitive skin, so I decided to give a try.
What the brand says: Cleanse and nourish your skin with our rich cleansing butter. A luxurious way to remove every last trace of make-up, while purifying, cleansing and refreshing your skin, leaving it soft to the touch.
- Suitable for sensitive skin and contact lens wearers
- Camomile extract from Norfolk, England
- Clean and silky-soft feel
- Removes all types of make-up
Price & Availability: It is priced at ₹1095 for 90 ml of product. It is available online at The Body Shop website (It keeps going out of stock though). Offline, you can find it in The Body Shop stores across India or in The Body Shop kiosks in Lifestyle. I got mine from The Body Shop store in Khan Market, Delhi as it was always sold out online.
Packaging: The Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Butter comes in a pretty silver circular tin which is not too huge. The tin has a screw on lid which securely protects any product from getting out. However, the packaging feels a little inconvenient if you want to use it in the shower. The product doesn’t take up much space and is definitely travel-friendly. But instead of taking the whole thing while travelling, I would probably scoop out some of it and put it in tiny travel jars.
How to use: Apply to dry face and massage into skin. Rinse off with warm water or remove with a wet muslin cloth for a more thorough cleanse.
Texture: Staying true to its name, this cleansing butter has a solid butter like consistency which melts to an oil when it is rubbed into the skin. It’s like a cleansing balm and doesn’t need to be refrigerated to prevent it from melting. The butter has a very sweet and fresh fragrance. It is not very long lasting so it does not irritate much as well.
Application & How I use it: As I like to double cleanse my face when I wear makeup, I decided to use The Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Butter as my first cleanse. Taking the cleansing butter out of the tin can be a bit of a task because you need to scoop out a small amount of it instead of picking it up like a cream. I would strongly advise to use a clean spoon or spatula to take the butter out. If you want to use your fingers, then please make sure they have been freshly washed.
I used a small wooden spatula to take out a coin size amount of the balm and melted it a bit on my fingertips. It turned into an oil like consistency when rubbed on the skin. Then I massaged it onto a full face of makeup for about 2-3 minutes making sure that I took it down to my neck as well. To take off the mascara, i just rubbed the eyelashes gently with the melted butter between my fingers.
To remove the oil from my face, I took a wet washcloth and wiped my face with it till everything came off and my face felt clean. The butter removed ALL my makeup, even waterproof mascara and stubborn liquid lipstick, without leaving my face feeling any greasy. Just to be doubly sure, I went over my face with a cotton pad with micellar water on it, and hardly anything came off. I followed this up with my go to Avene Face Wash and my usual night time skin care stuff.
My Overall Experience:
I tested this cleansing butter out over 4 days and here is my final opinion on it. So when it comes to removing makeup, especially long wearing, stubborn makeup, I really enjoyed using The Body Shop Camomile cleansing butter. It took much less effort (and 0 cotton pads!) to remove my makeup than it takes when I take it off with my usual micellar. The Camomile felt very soothing on the skin and my skin looked brighter as well. However, when I used it the first time, I woke up to a few tiny whiteheads on my forehead and close to my mouth area. These bumps subsided by the evening and I used it again that night. I had 1-2 fresh whiteheads the following morning. To my surprise, this did not continue for the next 2 mornings and I had no new bumps after that.
So for the time being I’m using this cleansing butter exclusively to remove my eye & lip makeup as I’ve never had better results with anything else when it comes to taking off mascara. For the rest of my face, I’m switching back to my trusted micellar water to prevent any further bumps. I am going to be giving this another shot for face makeup during the winter months when my face is more towards the combination side.
The Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Butter is exceptionally great at removing all traces of makeup especially if you have dry/combination skin or you do not break out easily. It’s a good investment as only a small amount is required for the full face, so it will last you long.
|• Removes all makeup effortlessly||• Broke me out a bit, not terribly|
|• Soothing and nourishing on the skin||• Availability (Sold out online)|
|• One of the few cleansing balms available in India|
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