Palmer's Coconut Oil Cleansing Balm Review

Palmer's Coconut Oil Cleansing Balm Review
Palmer's says "This ultra hydrating cleansing balm adds a little bit of luxury to your daily cleansing routine. Just massage a small amount in to dry skin to dissolve dirt and impurities and emulsify makeup. Then simply rinse off with warm water or remove with a soft cloth. It works to cleanse and moisturise so your skin feels fabulous, fresh and super soft every time." One of the first affordable, mass market cleansing balms, Palmer's Coconut Oil Cleansing Balm contains 64g (2.25oz) of product and retails for $11.99AUD ($8.99USD, Walmart exclusive). Palmer's does not test on animals. This cleansing balm was made in the USA.
Palmer's Coconut Oil Cleansing Balm Review
Palmer's cleansing balm comes in simple, utilitarian packaging. A clear plastic jar is topped with a brown twist off cap with an informative label affixed to it. Directions for use can be found on a smaller label on the bottom of the jar. Further information and a full ingredient list were included on the product's box, which I tossed promptly after buying it (sometimes I feel like the only blogger that doesn't hoard their product boxes!). While Palmer's certainly doesn't get any style points with their packaging, it's pretty hard to deny it's functionality (and it's recyclable, which is always a plus).

As a brand, Palmer's had never appealed to me, until late last year when I picked up several samples of their Ultra Gentle Cleansing Oil and promptly fell in love. I was hyped to hear that they were launching a cleaning balm, and picked it up immediately! I was a little surprised when I cracked into the jar - the texture of this cleansing balm wasn't QUITE what I was inspecting - instead of being a dense, smooth, hardened balm like Clinque's Take the Day Off, Palmer's option more closely resembled Sunday Riley's Blue Moon Cleaning Balm (without the peaceful blue hue). For those of you struggling to pick up my texture reference, Palmer's Coconut Oil Cleansing Balm is a light, thin, slightly gritty, melty balm that transforms into an oil on contact with the skin. The brand recommends emulsifying their cleansing balm OR removing it with a washcloth but I recommend BOTH. The Coconut Oil Cleansing Balm does emulsify with warm water, but I feel like it leaves a film on my skin if I don't remove it with a washcloth. 

This cleansing balm slides over the skin easily, breaking down most makeup with ease. I say most, as this balm isn't very effective at removing waterproof/water resistant mascaras and deeply pigmented eyeliners - I tend to need a secondary makeup remover or a very thorough second cleanse most days. Because Palmer's Coconut Oil Cleansing Balm isn't the best makeup remover in my collection, I actually prefer it as a morning cleanser! This cleansing balm makes my skin feel fresh, soft, and bouncy while imparting a serious glow! That glow may come at a price for some (including myself..maybe) due to it's coconut oil content and finicky removal. Since incorporating this cleansing balm into my routine, I break out a little more than usual on my chin and nose - the type of little bumps that come up to a head and clear up quickly - annoying, but not difficult to deal with. If you have oily or easily congested skin, I recommend skipping this cleansing balm. On the opposite end of the spectrum, drier skins will probably love it. 
Palmer's Coconut Oil Cleansing Balm Texture Demo
Palmer's Coconut Oil Cleansing Balm is a blend of canola, coconut, castor, macadamia, sweet almond oils with shea and cocoa butters, enhanced with emollients for better slip. Hydrating coconut water and vitamin E also make an appearance midway through the ingredients list. An interesting ingredient to note is non-fat dry milk (powdered milk), which seems to have been added for a source of exfoliating and preserving lactic acid. Even though it's included in a >1% concentration, I can't help but wonder if this inclusion has been causing the little pimples I mentioned before (my lactose intolerance presents mainly in my skin). Just something to keep in mind if you decide to pick up this cleansing balm - it's certainly something I'm going to do more research on! Fragrance is included as one of the final ingredients, but coupled with three coconut related ingredients, this cleansing balm has a very strong coconut scent that I don't particularly enjoy. 

As excited as I am for cleansing balms to be coming into the drugstore, I can't really get behind Palmer's Coconut Oil Cleansing Balm. I don't think this is an awful product, but it doesn't suit my needs. As someone who loads on the mascara and eyeliner most days, this cleansing balm just can't cut through my makeup, so I usually have to add in an extra step. If you have dry-normal skin and wear light makeup, this might be just the product for you. Me, I'm hoping for more affordable cleansing balm releases. 

Canola Oil, Isopropyl Myristate, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Extract, Glyceryl Stearate, Sorbitan Trioleate, Polysorbate 85, Glyceryl Behenate, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Gardenia Tahitensis Flower Extract, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Water, Withania Somnifera Root Extract, Butylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Glycerin, Non-Fat Dry Milk (Sine Adipe Lac), Pentylene Glycol, Decylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Fragrance (Parfum), Benzyl Benzoate, Coumarin.

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