Cleansing balms

I don’t know about you, but there’s something overly satisfying about watching my makeup melt away with a cushiony balm cleanser – it’s purely indescribable…

There were many reasons why I decided to switch from wipes to cleansing balms and the first being that it simply hydrates and moisturizes your skin without overly drying it. The second is that it doesn’t require much water, making your skin routine easier and more efficient.

By scooping, massaging and wiping it away, your basically indulging yourself with a mini at-home face massage. Most cleansing balms include ingredients like enzyme or acid exfoliation, which leaves your skin feeling fresh and smooth. In other words, cleansings balms are where it’s at.

Ahead, find Grazia’s favourite cleansing balms with a formula that’s worth the try.


All I can say is this balm goes above and beyond. I can’t imagine my nighttime routine without it. This luscious formula massages so smoothly into your dry skin and, with one wipe, completely removes all of your makeup.

Cleansing balms
Wishful, Clean Genie Cleansing Butter, Dhs145, SHOP NOW

glow recipe

This formula is heavenly; not only does it wipe away every last inch of makeup off seamlessly, but it includes papaya enzymes, which gently dissolves any dead cells and exfoliates the skin for a more soothing and radiant look.

Cleansing balms
Glow Recipe, Papaya Sorbet Enzyme Cleansing Balm, Dhs117, SHOP NOW


A favourite for many. This creamy balm quickly transforms into an oil, removing all kinds of makeup, sunscreen and overall gunk on your skin.

Cleansing balms
Versed, Day Dissolve Cleansing Balm, Dhs124, SHOP NOW

Green clean

By combining sunflower and ginger root oils, this balm-to-oil formula easily removes any dirt, oil and pollution buildup on your skin through its papaya extract, which seamlessly removes any dead cells.

Cleansing balms
Farmacy, Green Clean Makeup Removing Cleansing Balm, Dhs91, SHOP NOW

drunk elephant

Out of all the cleansing balms I’ve tried, this one definitely has the most interesting fruit extracts within its formula, from blueberry to strawberry and kiwi; these fruit-infused ingredients nourish your skin while double-cleansing, making it feel baby smooth.

Cleansing balms
Drunk Elephant, Melting Butter Cleanser, Dhs131, SHOP NOW

Estée Lauder

Mega-rich and creamy, with the smallest amount, you can seriously go a long way. By warming it up between your hands and massaging it into your face, its lightweight and oil-like formula will remove makeup and any impurities along the way.

Cleansing balms
Estee Lauder, Advanced Night Micro Cleansing Balm, Dhs192, SHOP NOW