A hydrating, exfoliating makeup removing cleansing balm for dry, sensitive skin. These are all the claims Farmacy Beauty makes about its best-selling, award-winning product: Green Clean Makeup Removing Cleansing Balm. Truth be told, these claims aren’t all that far-fetched. Most oils could easily dissolve and remove waterproof makeup without stripping skin. The question is, can Green Clean do it without leaving behind any residue and clouding our contact lenses? Also, what about that mention of exfoliation…how does that work? Lea picked up a jar to find out.
Price: $22-58 (depending on size)
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Tested March 2020
My hopes for this product (really, my hopes for any product) were that it would simplify my routine and do its job efficiently. Ideally, it would even make the process of taking makeup off a little more enjoyable. Let’s face it, the fun part about makeup is putting it on. “Removing makeup is my favorite” said no one ever. Let me just get right to it, Green Clean does every single thing it claims to and more. If you’ve peeked at my favorites you’ll know this is actually one of my top ten skincare products and this review is of my third jar. So back to those claims.
Hydrating: I previously used coconut oil to remove my makeup, but it made me break out if I didn’t then get every last bit off with cleanser, an arduous task. Farmacy’s balm is formulated with sunflower oil instead, which is high in vitamin E and easily absorbs into skin. I actually read a study which found that, in infants, sunflower oil better protected the skin’s barrier and didn’t cause or aggravate eczema, as compared with olive oil. If it’s safe for babies, that works for me.
Exfoliating: Containing papaya enzymes, it gently and naturally sweeps away impurities. I use this all around my eye area and it never stings, burns or even causes redness. The end result is really soft skin that feels balanced, not greasy or stripped.
Rinses away: Leaving zero residue, this is a balm to oil formula that comes with a spatula (points for not having to dig a dirty finger into the pot). The warmth of your hands massaging it in melts the product into skin. After you’ve massed the oil in, effectively breaking up any waterproof makeup, simply add water and the formula morphs into a milky lather. I prefer to wipe it all away with a warm, damp washcloth but your hands would work just fine.
Did I mention this balm also smells like vacation? It’s scented with a blend of natural essential oils, namely bergamot and orange. Just another naturally-derived aspect of this gentle, yet effective, nourishing multi-tasker.
A few other noteworthy ingredients:
Moringa extract: Don’t worry, I looked this one up for you. It’s a tropical tree whose purifying oil is also antifungal, antiviral and has anti-inflammatory properties.
Echinacea GreenEnvy: Contributes to an evenly toned complexion.