Moneybags Monday: Vaishaly Cleansing Balm

Please be introduced to my new cleansing love-object, Vaishaly. I say ‘new’, but I have had a secret crush on this cleansing balm for years, admiring it from afar. It wasn’t until last weekend, the day of the In-Spa Self-Facial (see HERE) that I realised what a true star this product really is – there were instant sighs of pleasure from all four testers – each of us with very different skin types – and a unanimous vote of absolute approval once it had been rinsed off. All of our faces were glowing, soft and properly cleansed.

Vaishaly’s cleansing balm comes in an airless pump so that it stays preserved and germ-free and eliminates the need for synthetic preservatives. (First big thumbs-up!) It smells really quite amazing – lavender, geranium, rose – natural, but in a luxury way, not a ‘quinoa and hemp underpants’ kind of way. Although it’s oily to apply (based on sweet almond and olive oils) the texture is perfect for really massaging into the skin to remove makeup and dirt. It’s a pleasurable experience, which – in my experience – makes you want to spend longer cleansing, which in turn means you’ll get a good, effective cleanse. The oily balm rinses off without leaving a greasy residue, but your skin does feel as though it’s had a proper treatment – that soft and supple feeling that you get after applying a luxury face oil.

There’s absolutely no tightness after rinsing off the balm, which makes it a great choice for those with dry or mature skin, but it’s also good for normal and combination skins – just be careful to rinse properly if you’re prone to oiliness. It does contain oils, after all! I like to remove this balm with a muslin cloth, even though instructions specifically tell me not to. I’m a rebel like that! Vaishaly says that most cloths aren’t kept clean enough (probably true, actually!) and that the friction might irritate dry and sensitive skins (also makes sense). However, using a cloth straight from the washing-line to remove the balm from my normal, non-sensitive skin proves to be quite effective and crisis-free, so I imagine I’ll stick to my little method. Rinsing off with warmish water is also effective, but I think because I am prone to oiliness in the T-Zone I feel ‘safer’ using my cloth. Dry, mature and sensitive skins, please follow the instructions!

This balm can be used twice-daily, but for me it’s a once a week cleansing ritual treat. Why? It’s fifty-nine pounds. Which is why it’s a Moneybags Monday recommendation. If you can afford to use this twice-daily, then a) be my guest and b) lend me a tenner? In all seriousness, though, this is a super-duper, ultra-luxurious cleanser that absolutely deserves every single one of the glowing reviews it’s received over the years. If you’re looking for a natural but luxurious cleanser and you have some money to spend, then give this one a try – it’s like having a facial each time you use it!

Vaishaly Cleansing Balm is £59 from Harvey Nichols or Vaishaly’s Website.




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  1. March 29, 2011 / 5:21 pm

    Jeez that really is expensive for a cleanser. Have you tried the Darphin cleansing balm? It seems to be similarly priced and I’ve been coveting it for a few weeks now…

    • March 29, 2011 / 5:43 pm

      Ooooh, no! I will now though. I love Darphin! I’ll have to wait until this runs out though – but I NEVER want it to run out! : (

  2. Sarah
    March 29, 2011 / 7:09 pm

    I feel this way about the Oskia cleanser. I’m massively in love with it after having only ever tried it in Liberty’s and that’s only £38. Poop. Now I have another cleanser crush. I will have to give in and buy them both.

  3. Natasha Bain
    March 29, 2011 / 7:25 pm

    I have the Vaishaly night nourisher but have only used it about 5 times (i’m sure i will use it again it cost enough & was a christmas pressie) but stopped because i got a breakout after 2 days! Then a few weeks later tried it again and it happened again????? Maybe it is too rich or your skin needs to get accustomed to it because it’s flushing out all the baddies in the skin i don’t know? Maybe i should try it again and maybe give it a proper go for at least a week breakouts or not? So TBH although it sounds great it is a lot of money and i would be scared my skin would hate it and give me an even bigger breakout? xxx

    • March 29, 2011 / 7:44 pm

      Yes, too rich I expect. There are a few products that do that to me too – guaranteed break-out!

  4. Name
    April 1, 2011 / 12:49 pm

    Hi all

    I agree that this is delicious. I tried it recently when I stayed with my friends in London. Their product range could almost give your collection a run for its money Ruth but they have the purchasing power of the pink £ to account for it!

    Back in the real world, I still love the Evolve Cleansing Balm which I’ve mentioned before on this blog. It comes in a pot which makes some people balk but it’s not as if I put grubby fingers in it nor do I share nicely which my mum would pull me up on.

    It’s available online for about £11 with free p&p if you do the research but I order mine in through the local health shop to limit the hassle and support independent, local people.

    The texture isn’t waxy but rather like a gloopy jelly and I use it at night to remove everything including stubborn eye makeup. I have oily skin so I follow up with a foaming cleanser and my Mia – loving it.
    something for the “frugal Friday” section maybe? Lindsey x

    • April 1, 2011 / 12:59 pm

      Sounds nice!! I shall give it a try! x

  5. Lynda
    May 17, 2011 / 8:47 pm


    I LOVE cleansing balms/oils (Eve Lom and Nude are my faves) but have just bought this Vaishaly and am traumatised by how awful it feels. I massage into dry skin, then add some water and attempt to rinse. Doesn’t emulsify and have to use muslin cloth and my skin feels like i’ve covered it in thick industrial swimming the channel strength vaseline. Have read such wonderful things so am wondering if I’m doing something wrong?

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