Loving it – Bobbi Brown Extra Balm Rinse Review

November 30, 2011

Wow…what can I say about the Bobbi Brown Extra Balm Rinse Cleanser, other than I am totally in love with this. I’ve used up quite a few tubs of the Eve Lom Cleanser in a row so I felt a little bored and I had the urge to try something different. As you all know Eve Lom is my all time favorite cleanser, so finding something as good was a difficult mission. I spotted this cleanser while shopping for other Bobbi Brown skincare stuff,  and it was flagged as “Bobbi Brown’s award winning cleanser”. Naturally I wanted to find out what’s so special about this cleanser, and the minute I opened the jar it was instant gratification so I had to bring it home with me.

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I use this cleanser every night to remove my makeup – it does a wonderful job.  I have previously used some cheap Japanese cleansers that also removes my makeup perfectly, for only $10. So I question myself why do I prefer to use such an expensive cleanser? The answer is it’s all about the experience and the sensation I am getting out of a product. What matters to me the most is the way the cleanser makes me feel. After a day of stressful work, removing makeup every night can be a chore. The Bobbi Brown Balm Rinse ticks every single box to wind down a day of stress and makes me feel relaxed and pampered. I love the look of this elegant glass jar sitting on my vanity, I love the bright yellow texture of the cleanser (yellow is a happy color!), and I love the fresh citrus scent. It is extremely soothing, refreshing and smells expensive. You just know it is made of premium essential oil, and this smell reminds me of all the expensive day spas I have visited in the past. If money wasn’t an object I would go for a spa treatment every week, right now I am really happy that the Bobbi Brown is reminiscent of the day spa.

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Very similar to the Eve Lom , it has a balmy consistency but thicker. It also has a warming sensation when it is first applied to the face, which helps to open up the pores for a deep cleansing. I massage it onto dry skin for about 5 minutes before rinsing it off. My skin feels very calm, clean (but not squeaky clean), soft and fresh after washing without a single trace of oily residue. It felt so gentle to my skin I was worried that my makeup might not be removed completely, so I wiped my face with the Bioderma as a test and it passed with flying colors! Because it is made of essential oils I won’t use it to remove my eye makeup – I did it once and it stings a little.

It contains orange oil to leave the skin feeling immediately refreshed, and olive oil for a smooth, cushiony finish.

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The Bobbi Brown Extra Balm Rinse is quite expensive for a cleanser, as it retails for USD$55 + tax (also available here in Australia for AUD$90) but it comes in such a huge tub and I think it will last me more than 6 months.

Bottom Line: A little luxurious spa quality-like cleanser for women who like to spoil themselves :-)

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Jamilla November 30, 2011 at 5:36 pm

I love all the Bobbi Brown Extra products – this is the only one I haven’t used. I must try it!! I use DHC cleansing oil and Clarisonic cream cleanser at night.

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Reika November 30, 2011 at 10:27 pm

Me too! I’ve used most of the products from BB extra range, love them all!

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Maria December 1, 2011 at 6:14 am

thank you for this post!
after i liked Eve Lom so much, i am very interested in balm cleansers.
Fortunatelly we have BB in Moscow, so i will take a look!
do you just rinse it off with water or use the muslin cloth also?

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Reika December 1, 2011 at 8:50 am

The bb cleanser is easier to rinse off than eve lom, so I normally wash it off without the muslin cloth.

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Cafe Bellini December 1, 2011 at 8:21 am

I prefer this to Eve Lom. It smells SO good!

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Reika December 1, 2011 at 8:47 am

I know! It smells like heaven!!

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Shawna December 1, 2011 at 4:29 pm

I really like your blog! It has alot of skincare I like. Do you have any suggestions on face wash for sensitive combination skin? I have breakouts around my t zone sometimes and it’s so hard to find a product for sensitive skin! Ive tried the shisheido and origins facewash. I like shisheido but it’s a bit harsh and origins doesn’t help with my acne!

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Reika December 2, 2011 at 1:06 pm

Hello Shawna, yes most Japanese cleansers tend to make the skin squeaky clean. I used to like it but not anymore as I feel my skin reacts much better when I use a gentle cleanser. There are a lot of great cleansers designed for sensitive skin such as Avene, Cetaphil, Decleor etc.. but they won’t clear up the blemishes. I just started using the Cor Silver Soap, it helps to get rid of acne and is gentle enough for sensitive skin. I will do a detailed review for this one soon :-)

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Leigh December 2, 2011 at 4:39 am

I’ve said this before, but I adore your skincare posts. I’m looking forward in particular to your Sunday Riley review as I’ve had my eye on that line for a while. Currently I’m using and loving Rodin Olio Lusso. Back to cleansers, have you tried Omorovicza Thermal Cleansing Balm? It’s so luxurious, and my skin has never felt and looked better.

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Reika December 2, 2011 at 1:12 pm

Thank you so much for the recommendation Leigh. Omorovicza Thermal Cleansing Balm seems sooo good, I am totally lemming it now!

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Annie December 5, 2011 at 10:52 pm

I really want to try balm-type of makeup removers (been using cleansing oils for the past 5 years; Fancl being my favorite) since they seem to be ideal for my sensitive dry-normal skin. Though I’ve been meaning to try them, I’m just scared they won’t rinse off properly since they look so thick (they’re BALMS, afterall), and not washing off properly would mean it would break me out. Would you say that this Bobbi Brown cleanser is better than Eve Lom, in your experience?

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Reika December 7, 2011 at 12:42 pm

Both the bobbi brown and the eve lom cleansers rinse off easily and leave absolutely no residual. If you are prone to break out, maybe you should go for the Bobbi brown as it contains mainly essential oils. Whereas Eve Lom is mineral oil based.
The BB balm cleanser makes my skin softer, and the eve lom improves the clarity of my skin, so I really can’t say which one is better!

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Jess December 7, 2011 at 2:00 am

I picked this up yesterday, since I was looking for a makeup cleanser that removes all my makeup thoroughly, yet without being harsh. Of course I had to try this out after reading your review, Rei! ;)

Loving it so far!

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Reika December 7, 2011 at 12:36 pm

That’s sooo great to hear Jess! I am so glad you love it :-)

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Lily December 14, 2011 at 3:09 pm

I love this balm! I’ve tried others but I always go back to this because of its texture and its scent. My tub lasted me more than a year, and I use it every day to remove makeup. Huge tub! I also love BB’s pot rouge. Can’t say much about their lipsticks because I’ve had bad experiences of them turning bad a little too quickly.

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