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The New Balm in Town: Merumaya

face cleanser review

Instant love for this gorgeous cleansing balm from Merumaya. Not a brand that I’ve heard much about, but I’ll definitely be having a go with a few of their other products. The cleansing balm is rich and silky and great for massaging in to the skin, but it turns milky when you add water and it rinses off clean. I think that this one would be OK for just about every type of skin, including oily. It removes makeup very well and doesn’t leave any greasiness to the skin – I have found with some cleansing balms (Organic Pharmacy, Antipodes, Boots Botanics) that there’s an almost waxy finish. It doesn’t sit well on my skin at all, that waxiness! I like a clean rinse and the Merumaya Cleansing Balm does just that.

Big bonus point for the fact that this is packaged in a tube – for seasoned travellers such as myself this is a total coup. Lightweight packaging and an all-in-one makeup remover, top marks! You can use with washcloth or without, the choice is yours – though I do think that you get a better cleanse with a cloth. If you’re a fan of the Emma Hardie cleansing balm then you’ll already have a little routine going – you can use the Merumaya in exactly the same way. The sweet almond and Echium oils melt on the skin to lift away the makeup and dirt – if you usually double-cleanse, then do so with this one too. It’s not quite as luxe and sensorially pleasing as the EH balm, but it definitely works as hard. And it’s only £15 as opposed to £34! Hurrah.

Find Merumaya Cleansing Balm at www.johnlewis.com


  1. Hi Ruth! Please, let me know if you can remove eye make-up with it, I have got sensitive eyes. Thanks!

    • I use Hush&Dotti’s cleansing balm to remove eye makeup and I’m super sensitive too. They even have a sensitive formula. And they have an eye balm but I think that’s for making the eyes look better not for cleaning. I’m not sure.

  2. Andrea @Skin Bistro

    Very interesting review and comment regarding the ‘waxy’ feeling of balms – I love balms for deep cleansing, but suffering from very oily skin, I have to choose cleansing balms very carefully.

    Having checked the ingredients on this ‘balm’, I realised that it’s actually a ‘lotion’ as it contains water and an emulsifier. That’s probably why it washes off without leaving ‘the’ greasy residue.

    One thing you don’t mention – what does it smell like? ;-)

    Thanks for sharing!

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