When it comes to cleansers, I normally stick to using what I know. However, I thought I would try something different this time. I was curious to see how a cleansing butter would compare to my usual gel or cream based cleansers. So that’s why I decided to purchase and review the Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter from The Body Shop. My experience with using The Body Shop’s products have been pretty positive. Lately I’ve had quite a liking for some of their exfoliators and peels. In addition, I like their business approach in that they focus on cruelty-free skincare and stay away from testing on animals. The one downside however is that their products are a bit expensive compared what’s on the market. Anyway, let’s look at and review the camomile sumptuous cleansing butter and see if it’s any good.
Ingredients – Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Synthetic Wax, PEG-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate, Olea Europaea Fruit Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter, Caprylyl Glycol, Tocopherol, Parfum, Aqua, Linalool, Limonene, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Citric Acid.
Looking at the packaging, the cleanser comes in a flat circular silver tin. There isn’t a lot of information on the label. Unlike most products, it doesn’t give instructions on how to apply. The design is very simple and the one I purchased comes in 90ml with a price tag of £11.00 at the time of writing this review. You can also buy a smaller 20ml size which will cost you £5.00.
The ‘butter’ is in the form of a white candle like substance. The texture is somewhat thick, but becomes soft as soon as you run your fingers through it. It has a gentle chamomile fragrance (hence the name). It is rather pleasant to the senses. Not overpowering to put you off, but subtle and soft in aroma.
Reading through the product information on The Body Shop website, it explains the cleanser is suitable for sensitive skin, it removes make-up and impurities and is suitable for vegans. Regarding make-up, the product claims to melt away even the most toughest foundation, lipstick and waterproof mascara!
- Suitable for sensitive skin and contact lens wearers
- Camomile extract from Norfolk, England
- Clean and silky-soft feel
- Removes all types of make-up
Unlike your regular cleanser where you have to wet your face, here you simply apply direct on to your dry face. It glides through really well and melts on to the skin quite nicely. You don’t have to make an effort as you lather up in circular motions. I normally apply and let it sit for a couple of minutes before rinsing off with warm water.
I didn’t purchase the product to specifically remove make-up, though this is the main selling point. Instead, I was looking to benefit from the other claims; nourish and purify my skin and give it some brightness. My skin was looking a little tired and lacklustre lately, due to work and stress.
Even though the tin looks very small, you only need to use a tiny amount to cover your face. It’s also very travel-friendly. It’s not bulky but very slim and light and will slot in to your side pocket very nicely.
I tend not to use heavy make-up and instead prefer a light application of foundation. I found the camomile sumptuous cleansing butter to be really effective at removing the make-up. Also the mascara and lipstick removed effortlessly. This was pretty amazing as normally it can take a long time with this process.
After using the product for some time I did notice my skin started becoming really soft and smooth. In fact this was one of the first things I noticed. I normally use the cleansing butter at night just before going to bed. I find after drying with a towel and applying olive oil it not only makes my skin smooth but the olive oil adds a further glow and brightness the next morning. Olive oil is one of my favourite oils that I incorporate into my skincare regime – Read the full post to learn how it can do wonders to your skin.
The soft chamomile scent was another plus point. Generally I’m not a fan of really strong fragrances when it comes to skincare products. Most of the times these are added artificial ingredients to make the products more appealing. But with this cleansing butter the scent was gentle and not overpowering. With most of The Body Shop products, they try to stay away from or use minimal artificial scents.
Those with sensitive skin who are concerned about having a bad reaction will love this butter cleanser and it will definitely suit them. It’s very gentle and will not cause breakouts or acne. The wax texture will sooth the skin and help it to stay hydrated. In my case, after using the product for several weeks I found it didn’t dry out or strip my skin. This was a real plus point as in the past some cleansers dried out my skin and due to this I had to stop using them.
One of the most common issue with the camomile sumptuous cleansing butter is that the balm doesn’t wash off easily. Several users have complained of this. In my case, even after rinsing with warm water a few times, there was still a thin oily residue that was left on my face. The best way to describe this would be like having a milky texture on your skin. Upon looking at the list of ingredients, it appears the synthetic wax is the cause of this. The only thing I can recommend is that you use a wet cloth to gently scrub this off.
The cleanser claims to prevent your pores from getting clogged, however I didn’t experience this benefit and I continued using my face scrub for this. Also, it didn’t really work in removing dirt and grime at a deeper level. I do apply generously and allow it to settle before washing off. On a few occasions, I had to use my regular cleanser afterwards as I wasn’t happy with the results.
The product will not suit those with oily skin. It’s one of the first things I noticed. My skin is normal to dry, however, sometimes it can get a little oily around the t-zone area. A few times when I’ve used this it has left a little too much moisture around those areas. I’ve either had to wipe off with a towel or use a cleanser afterwards. Those with dry skin will probably not experience this issue.
The product design is not very hygienic. As you dip your fingers in to reapply, the dirt or make-up easily spreads onto the unused balm. Furthermore, I have to say, the tin jar is probably one of the most annoying things I have experienced when using this product. When you try to screw the lid back on, especially if you have wet hands, it’s almost impossible to close. If you don’t close it properly, you won’t be able to open it the next time!
If you have dry or sensitive skin then this cleansing butter will suit you. Also if you’re looking for a good make-up remover, this is really effective. I liked the mild fragrance and how it made my skin really soft. My main concerns were obviously how the balm didn’t wash off easily and not doing enough to really clean the skin.
Price-wise, I think it’s slightly a bit on the expensive side. In my humble opinion, if the product was around the £8.00 mark then it would’ve been reasonable. But then again those who really like the product may not have an issue with paying £11.00. On the flipside, the product does last pretty long as you only need to apply a small amount.
I’m probably going to use the balm until it runs out and I don’t think going forward I will buy it again. Let me know your thoughts. Maybe you’ve had a different experience to mine.