Cleansing Balms have taken on an almost cultish fervour with brands churning them out rapidly and attaching fantastical claims to them. But that’s where I put a pin in all of it because choosing and using a cleansing balm should be straightforward. Enter De Mamiel, a brand started by Australian born Annee De Mamiel in 2010. The prelude to the founding of De Mamiel includes working in pharmaceuticals after completing her first degree, then working in finance to then gaining separate degrees in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Anatomy and Physiology, along with securing a diploma in Aromatherapy. De Mamiel’s subsequent degrees happened after her cancer diagnosis and it speaks to an ongoing trend of women who start beauty or cosmetic brands after a major health disruptor, usually cancer. As a result of this, the beauty market is becoming increasingly impacted and shaped by brands that are smaller and more artisanal with founders who believe deeply in the power of the right ingredients that are usually natural. I became aware of the De Mamiel brand years ago via an article I read about their seasonal oils. At that time it was out of my price range and shipping didn’t yet extend to my part of the world. As time passed and the brand expanded to include cleansers, serums, spritzes and more, I retrained my focus on it and decided my entry product would be the Restorative Facial Cleansing Balm.
De Mamiel’s cleansing balm is recommended for all skin types with a formula awash in plant oils, along with the butter of cocoa seeds and murumuru. Murumuru butter is taken from the seeds of the murumuru palm that is native to the Amazon forest. It’s also one of the ingredients in Tom Ford’s phenomenal lipsticks. Murumuru is high in oleic acid, rich in vitamins and is exceedingly hydrating for the skin, lips and hair. Added to these, De Mamiel’s cleansing balm also include flower essences.
You’d think that with this many ingredients the scent would be overpowering but it is not. Instead, the scent is mild in the jar and when applied to the skin, the scent expands to surround you in a relaxing, slightly lemony, herbal vapour that is exactly what’s needed to start the day and even more needed when it’s time to get everything off of your skin after a long day.The texture of this balm is that of butter that was previously in the fridge but then left to sit on the counter for a short while; softened yet still a little on the firm side. Plus, De Mamiel’s cleansing balm can also be used as a mask to hydrate and invigorate fatigued, dull skin.
To use, I massage it into my skin with my fingers whether I’m wearing makeup or have a bare face and then wet a muslin cloth with warm water and use the cloth to gradually remove everything. It cuts through foundation, powder, blushers, sunscreen and everything else to leave skin feeling relieved and nourished. Fittingly, this cleansing balm can also be used as a second cleanse. Typically, cleansers used for second cleanses are usually foams or gels, but this can definitely fulfil that need. De Mamiel recommends avoiding the eyes when using this cleansing balm, but I should say it has never irritated my eyes when I’ve used it because of course, I’ve used it loosen up my eye makeup despite the warning. Otherwise, a dedicated eye makeup remover is better in conjunction with using this. Unlike foaming cleansers, a well-formulated cleansing balm melts everything off of the face. While foaming cleansers have come a very long way and are no longer the equivalent of paint-stripper, I would always advocate for balm, oil and cream cleansers which to me, get right down to business and are unlikely to leave your skin feeling parched, especially if you have dry or mature skin as I do. Typically, cleansing balms almost always come in jars and to me, they tend to offer the best value because you don’t need much product to do a proper cleanse.
Opting for a balm, oil or cream facial cleanser is a great way to introduce facial massage into your skincare routine. Increasingly, with the rise of cleansing brushes and skin rollers, people are becoming more aware of the importance of massaging the face as a way to counteract puffiness, dullness, fatigue and to jumpstart facial circulation which usually results in a better overall appearance. Another tip in using any kind of cleansing balm, oil or cream, therefore, is to massage downwards using long strokes instead of in a circular motion. Massaging downwards helps to drain away unnecessary things that hang out under the deeper layers of the skin such as fluids that accumulate due to what you eat and drink and a lifestyle that may be hectic; filled with long hours and overindulgences in alcohol and sugar. Consistent facial massage can also soften lines, relieve tension held in the face that you may not be aware of and it’s a way to look after yourself at home, in the comfort of your own space and at your own pace. So whether you have five minutes or more, I’d strongly advocate for trying to introduce facial massage into your routine and doing it while cleansing makes it an easy habit to cultivate.
To wrap up, cleansing balms can be used for all skin types, especially dry and mature skins. Oilier skin types may use balms as a first cleanse that’s followed by your other usual cleanser, while sensitive skin types should check the ingredients to ensure nothing included will be an irritant. De Mamiel Restorative Facial Cleansing Balm is hand blended, housed in a violet glass jar, is available in two sizes, 100ml and 50ml and is made in the UK.
Full Ingredient List*
Camellia oleifera (camellia) seed oil*, Mangifera indica (mango) seed oil, Helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil*, Cera alba/beeswax/Cire d’abeille*, Borago officinalis (borage) seed oil*, Aleurites moluccana (kukui) seed oil, Moringa oleifera (moringa) seed oil, Oryza sativa (rice) bran oil, Adansonia digitata (baobab) seed oil*, Squalane, Sclerocarya birrea (marula) seed oil*, Astrocaryum murumuru (murumuru) seed butter, Theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter*, Polysorbate 20 (derived from coconut), Rosa damascena (rose) cera, Ricinus communis (castor) seed oil*, Bisabolol, Calendula officinalis flower oil*, Daucus carota sativa (carrot) root extract*, Agonis fragrans (fragonia) leaf oil, Pelargonium graveolens (rose geranium) leaf oil*, Eriocephalus punctulatus (cape chamomile) oil**, Melaleuca teretifolia (honey myrtle) leaf oil, Leptospermum petersonii (rose myrtle) leaf oil, Eucalyptus radiata (eucalyptus) leaf oil*, Tocopherol (vitamin E). Geraniol˚, Linalol˚, Citronellol˚, Citral˚, Bespokely botaniques, created from flower and environmental essences, Light Bringer Essences Alpine Meadow (Self heal, Le jardin des alpes, Campanula rotundifolia (harebell), Aster alpinus (alpine aster), Parnassia palustris (grass of Parnassus), *Certified organic ˚Natural essential oil constituents.
*De Mamiel Restorative Cleansing Balm is *Certified Organic and uses **Wild Harvested Ingredients