I think that I’ve mentioned Beauty Pie’s Plantastic Apricot Butter Cleansing Balm before, but it more than deserves its own review post so that I can truly go to town in the rave department.
(What the hell is a rave department? Imagine! Is it part of the local government offering? Does the council have a little section in its open plan offices specifically set aside for administrative tasks related to raving? Or is it more of a sole employee job? I like to think that his name is Tony – no, Tone – and that his job description is raving: the promotion and preservation of. Perhaps there a little sign on his desk that says “Head of Rave Department”. Tone, Head of Raving, spends all of his time at work absolutely spangled, topless, a whistle around his neck and hair drenched in sweat, dancing to tunes that only he can hear as he repeatedly photocopies documents just to see the light go backwards and forwards.
“Tone. Tone mate? Have you got that form BH796 for Mrs Middleton’s Bereavement Allowance? Tone! Tony! Oh never mind. I’ll get it myself.”)
The Plantastic Apricot Butter Cleansing Balm (smooth segue back to the product there) more than stands up to the majority of the luxury cleansing balms in terms of texture, smell and effectiveness. There’s a wonderful cluster of higher-end balms that all have a very soft and unctuous sort of feel – not so firm that they’re waxy, not so soft that you end up scooping too much out. My two most-used at the moment tend to be the Elemis Rose Cleansing Balm (full review here) and the Darphin Aromatic Cleansing Balm (see here), but the Darphin is almost prohibitively dear, so more of a treat than a daily cleanse product. Both smell divine, which shouldn’t matter to me but does, because it perks up my evening no end and both give a good amount of massage time before rinsing off clean. They don’t dry my skin, either, which some balms do – oddly, considering the fact that they are mainly made up of oils!
Anyway, the Apricot Balm from Beauty Pie would, in a blind test, easily reach the high bar set by my current cleansing balm favourites. It smells of apricots, would you believe, which is a pleasant but not overpowering sort of scent (added fragrance, but doesn’t seem to be in vast amounts), and the formula contains a nourishing blend of rosehip and apricot kernel oils as well as fruit waxes (no idea) and added vitamin E.
The cleansing balm melts down as you massage it into your skin – including over the eye area, to dissolve mascara and liner – and then it rinses off completely clean without leaving the skin dry or tight. I’d love this balm even if it had a luxury price tag, but – sound the good news bugle! – it doesn’t, and so I love it even more.
Ignoring the unusual/innovative/genius (delete as applicable, everyone seems to have an opinion!) Beauty Pie buying structure, this balm costs £12.10 plus postage. A luxury balm at a high street price. Beauty Pie give the cost of an equivalent product as £50, which is probably fair-ish but perhaps a tiny bit overinflated – I’d say the closest comparison would be the Elemis balm, which is £44 for the same size pot.
At any rate, £12.10 is an outrageously good price – you just need to be a member to access it. I won’t go into all of that rigmarole here, because it’s easier for you to read the info on the website*; just know that Beauty Pie have some excellent skincare products, so you’d never be short of things to stock up on. The Super Retinol range is superb, as is the entire Japanfusion offering. I’m working my way through some other bits at the moment, all of them pretty much faultless.
You can find the Beauty Pie Plantastic Apricot Butter Cleansing Balm here* – suitable for any skin type other than those that don’t tolerate fragrance, it leaves skin clean and balanced. Don’t be scared to use balms if you’re on the oilier side – you can often find that your skin feels cleaner and massively less stripped than if you use one of the targeted “oily skin” washes or foaming cleansers.