Last year, I talked about double-cleansing. My favorite way to remove makeup! The first step is to use a cleansing balm, followed by a water-based cleanser. I showed you my favorite cleansing balm and some other less expensive that could replace my favorite cleansing balm of all time – the Emma Hardie Moringa Balm!
My prayers were heard because last month we received a proposal to try the Junoco Clean 10 Cleansing Balm.
To be honest, I didn’t know the brand, but as soon as we received the proposal, I put my little fingers to work and did some research. The truth is that I was very interested, the website is very appealing, and the aesthetics of the products caught my attention a lot.
Of course, I had to accept the challenge of trying this cleansing balm and see if I can replace my darling moringa cleansing balm!
Before telling you about the product itself, I would like to present to you the Junoco brand.
Junoco’s philosophy is something like ‘less is more”. They do not believe in products with tons of ingredients. Their stance is inherently inclusive, minimal, and sustainable. They make products for everybody – including the earth.
We stand for this philosophy! Want one more reason to like the brand? Their packaging is 100% recyclable.
Their cleansing balm only contains 10 ingredients. You read right! Only ten! And all the ingredients are natural, cruelty-free, and 100% free of microplastics to take care of our skin but also the planet.
Let’s put our pharmaceutical knowledge to the test and analise each ingrediente, shall we?
- Ethylhexyl palmitate : non-occlusive emollient that provides a silky feel. Can replace mineral oil in formulations.
- Caprylic/capric triglyceride : emollient, great for any skin type, non-comedogenic (does not clog pores).
- Peg-20 Glyceryl Triisosterate : emollient and skin-softening properties as well as being an emulsifier and mild cleansing agent. It helps oil ingredients rinse from skin without leaving a greasy residue.
- Synthetic Wax : emollient
- Polysorbate 85 : emulsifier
- Fermented Japanese Pearl Barley : helps amplify the absorption of ingredients into the skin at a much deeper, more concentrated level. It also helps to prolong a product’s shelf life, decreasing the need to add any synthetic preservatives or parabens.
- < 1% Citrus Aurantium Dulcíssimo (orange) peel oil : provides fragrance and relaxes the mind. Rich in vitamin B and C.
- Vitamin E : antioxidant effect, neutralizing harmful molecules called free radicals. It also provides an immune function and cellular signaling.
- Water : water is water, and always needed in formulations.
- Butylene Glycol : solvent and texture enhancer.
How to use
- Warm the balm between fingertips until it transforms into a silky oil.
- Massage balm into skin with gentle upward and outward circular motions. For eye makeup removal, apply to closed eyes.
- Rinse with lukewarm water or wipe off with a warm, damp and washcloth.
I was very excited to try this product. I wish I had more opportunities to try it. Since the pandemic started, I don’t use as much makeup as I used to. And this means that I use fewer makeup removers. But I put this product to the test, and I have results to share.
First, I love the fact that this only contains ten ingredients. I have oily acne-prone skin, and I was afraid of some of the ingredients that this type of product sometimes contains, and that can lead to clogged pores. I didn’t feel it with this product. In the first time of use, I was afraid that on the next day, I would wake up with breakouts. But that didn’t happen. On the contrary, immediately after using it, my skin looks beautiful, glowing, and not oily. The next day, the skin still looks beautiful, and most importantly, with zero breakouts and no more oil than normal. I even dare to say, that this product controlled the oil on my skin, because on the next day, my oily skin was very controlled.
People with oily skin tend to be afraid to use oily products, but sometimes our skin needs some balance and hydration to control the production of oil. And I think this is what happens to me.
It stings on the eyes, and I wasn’t expecting the contrary. These types of cleansing oils always sting a little in the eyes. The moringa also stings a little, and this one is on the same level. It’s not the worst that I tried, far from it. But my advice is to close your eyes when using it. Or use an eye makeup removal first.
The scent is a little bit strong but contains my favorite scent, essential oils. I love this scent, it’s very similar to the moringa cleansing oil.
The texture is different from the moringa balm. It’s more solid when it’s in the package, but when we rub it on the hands, it becomes an oil, while the moringa is thicker when warmed on the hands. A little goes a long way with both products.
In the end, I think this is a good replacement for the moringa cleansing oil. It works really well, because it takes all the makeup in just one step. I always use a cleansing oil and then my normal cleansing. It’s a double cleansing. And the skin always comes out clean after using this oil.
If I’m being honest and take into consideration that I still want to try this product more. In my opinion, the difference in the price is on the brand’s name, the packaging (the moringa has a more steady and better quality packaging), and one or two ingredients that are exclusive to Emma. Because if we talk about the work of removing makeup, I think both products are on the same spot.
Emma’s moringa claims some type of anti-aging effect, which is due to some ingredients. You have two ways, or you buy a good cream to cover it and this cleansing oil to do the work that it was made for. Or you give a third of the price and buy the moringa oil. It’s with you, and what do you want the product for.
I didn’t want to compare products but I felt the need because I like the moringa cleansing, but it’s impossible not to compare. Saying this, I repeat, I think this is a good replacement but I will keep you posted as I use it more.
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