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UpCircle Cleansing Balm - Review!


UpCircle are a brand with a cool concept. They use byproducts of the food and drink industry as ingredients in their products. A lot of their products are plastic free - and everything's vegan and cruelty free.


Unfortunately, I find a lot of their products hit or miss. This blogpost is a run through on a product I find as largely the latter...



UpCircle's cleansing balm is a beautiful rich yellow colour & smells floral.

That's the good news.


The bad news is that when you work it onto dry skin & it melts into an oil, it feels pretty thick. It has a waxy consistency to it that does dislodge makeup & SPF, but it leaves a film on the face. It also doesn't emulsify when you introduce water. You need to rub it off with a cloth - and even then it leaves a waxy film on the skin.


This especially sucks considering it retails for £18.99, which is not a bargain buy at all.


This thickness/waxiness could be down to the fact that according to the ingredients list, it has a lot of olive oil in it - which is a relatively thick oil. Honestly, you'd be better off using actual pure olive oil to break down your makeup. I wouldn't recommend it, but it's effectively the same thing as using this balm - only a lot cheaper...


Full ingredients list:

100% NATURAL INGREDIENTS: Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil, Ribes Nigrum (Black Currant) Seed Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Powder, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Oil, Tanacetum Annuum (Blue Tansy) Flower Oil, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) Fruit Oil, Juniperus Communis (Juniper) Fruit Oil, Tocopherol, Eucalyptus Citriodora (Eucalyptus) Leaf Oil, Leptospermum Scoparium Oil, Salvia Sclarea Oil, ^Limonene, ^Linalool. *Organically-grown ingredient. ^Natural constituent of essential oils listed.


Overall, I wasn't impressed at all with this product. For the price I was expecting a lot more. I've tried many many cleansing balms and this is definitely one of the worst. A solid 2/10 for me. 


If you want to watch it in action - here's an IGTV of it in use.


And here are some affordable vegan makeup removers to try instead!

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