You might hear the word Balm and immediately think heavy and thick- not true! At Maker + Merchant, we are huge fans of using Cleansing Balm to remove makeup, skincare, dirt, and oil after a long day. Cleansing balms are a mix of oils, waxes, and butters that are excellent for dissolving skin offenders while leaving the epidermis comfortable, not tight and/or dry. The balm melts into the skin upon contact for a luxurious cleansing experience that doesn’t leave you immediately reaching for the closest moisturizer.
If you have oilier skin, don’t stop reading just yet! Oil cleansing is excellent for oilier skin types due to the fact that oil breaks down oil better than other ingredients can. Sebum and makeup are both oil- based, so using an oil-based cleanser is an effective way to get a deeper clean. If you absolutely need that squeaky clean feeling, we recommend using the Cleansing Balm as a first step in your Double Cleansing Routine. For sensitive and dry skin types or lighter cleansing, the Cleansing Balm should be sufficient to remove daily dirt, pollution, and makeup. Remember, skincare is not one size fits all so we encourage you to tweak and try different routines to see what works best for you.
There are plenty of store-bought cleansing balms, but they tend to be pricey. Fortunately, it is easy to DIY a cleansing balm with Merchant + Merchant ingredients for a fraction of the cost. Not only is making it at home less expensive, but we have complete control over the ingredients (no harsh surfactants or synthetic fragrances here!). We’ve put together a lightweight DIY Cleansing Balm recipe below, perfect for your new Springtime oil cleansing routine.
Maker + Merchant Cleansing Balm Ingredients:
Cleansing Balm Formulation Instructions:
Step 1: Melt the butter, oils, and beeswax at low heat on your stovetop until completely melted. Do not include essential oils in this step if you are using them.
Step 2: Once oils have combined, turn off the heat and mix in essential oil, if desired. Whisk gently to incorporate.
Step 3: Transfer to your receptacle of choice, preferably one with a lid.
Step 4: Let your cleansing balm sit in the fridge for about an hour to re-solidify. Afterward, you can keep it at room temperature.
Step 5: Enjoy!!!
Note: Try not to get water into your Cleansing Balm for preservation and anti-microbial reasons. Always use dry hands or a small popsicle stick to remove the product from the container! Please note that this recipe has not been challenge tested for preservation efficacy. If you use this recipe for market sales, it is up to you to ensure the safety of the product.
Directions for Use:
Step 1: Apply a dime-sized amount to dry skin and gently massage over the face, neck and closed eyes to remove dirt and makeup and loosen dead skin cells.
Step 2: Lightly moisten hands and continue to work into the skin for 30-60 seconds.
Step 3: Rinse with warm water; (optional) use a washcloth or muslin to polish off any remaining cleanser.
Step 4: Dry and continue with your normal skincare routine while marveling at your soft, smooth, and hydrated skin!