During the harsh Finnish winter months, I've been obsessed with beauty balms and mini facial massages. I think one of my Beauty Resolutions for 2017 should have been trying as many balms as possible. I've already compared my two favorite Korean cleansing balms: Heimish All Clean balm and banila co. Clean it Zero, but today's product takes us to Budapest, Hungary and it's healing spas.
Thermal Cleansing Balm
Omorovicza's award winning product is a black, oily balm made with Hungarian Moor Mud and thermal waters for drawing out impurities while introducing minerals to the skin. It can be used both as a make up remover as well as a facial cleanser. Comes with a mini cleansing mitt. 50ml/1.96oz retails for £48/$58.4/55€ on Cult Beauty.
If you’re sensitive to any type of scents - note that Omorovicza's products are fragranced. According to the brand, all Omorovicza fragrances are natural scents crafted in Grasse, the world’s “perfume capital”. The scent of Thermal Cleansing Balm is quite subtle: earthy and oily, quite pleasant. My first impression was it reminded me of home-made tempura, which is not entirely a bad thing but not as refined or luxurious I expected.
Comes in a heavy glass jar with a protective inner lid. Sturdy and well made, no bad things to say. An additional spatula would be a plus for hygienic reasons. The design is minimal and beautiful, I like it how the Omorovicza logo is embossed on the lid.
Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Stearyl Heptanoate, Silt (Hungarian Mud), Squalane, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Prunus Domestica (Plum) Seed Extract, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Limonene, Parfum (Fragrance), Saccharomyces (Hungarian Thermal Water) Ferment Extract, Tocopherol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Aqua (Hungarian Thermal Water), Linalool, Malpighia Punicifolia (Acerola), Dehydroacetic Acid, Fruit Extract, Phospholipids.
The cleansing balm is high with emollient ingredients and natural oils, such as sweet almond oil and apricot kernel oil. The Hungarian mud is high in the ingredients list, but the famous Hungarian Thermal Water is most likely in very small amounts as it's listed after fragrance. Personally I prefer it when my balms are mostly water free and this balm gives you what it advertises: mud and oil. All Omorovicza products are ensured to be naturally derived from quality ingredients for both luxury and high efficacy. No SLS, synthetic colors or fragrances, polyethylene glycol, silicones etc.
According to Omorovicza, the Hungarian Moor mud is rich in purifying and nourishing calcium and magnesium carbonates, humic acid and fulvic acid. Calcium and magnesium carbonates are salts of carbonic acid, often used in skin and self-care products - including bath products. To my knowledge, they work as an absorbents. Fun fact: magnesium carbonate is also a drying agent used by I use for drying my hands in bouldering. Humic acid and fulvic acid organic constituents of soil, created by biodegradation. I couldn't find much scientific data linked to skincare, except that fulvic acid might have various health benefits - including protecting the skin and treating wounds.
Sweet almond oil softens and hydrates the skin while acting as an emollient, sweeping away dirt and grime on the skin. It's also rich Vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant with moisturising properties and acts against pollution, free radicals and sun damage.
According to CosDNA, the Thermal Cleansing Balm has serval acne triggers, most highly rated is Stearyl Heptanoate, which is a solvent/emollient. Personally I've had no problems with Cetearyl Alcohol or Tocopherol (Vitamin E) in beauty products.
Experiences using the Thermal Cleansing Balm
I take a small dollop of the balm with a spatula – or realistically with my fingers (irk) and massage the balm in to my skin. It instantly melts softly like warm butter by the heat of my fingers, very gently spreading all over the face. Some mud bits are visible, but overall the texture is very smooth and oily in a very comforting, luxurious way. I'll carefully massage my face, enjoying every minute of it. If you need facial massage ideas, check out Lisa Eldridge's video. This cleansing balm doesn't emulsify with the contact of water, so after a couple of minutes I'll wipe off the Thermal Cleansing Balm with a damp hot cloth. As this balm is high up in the price I haven't used it to remove my make up (I want it all for cleansing my face!), but I'm quite sure it'd remove any mascara thanks to the balms oily nature.
The post-cleansing feeling on my skin is very pleasant: ultra soft, plump and almost nourished. Just from a cleanser! I can feel there has been product on my skin, but no oily residue whatsoever. Having a dry skin, I usually slap on my hydrators right after cleansing, but with Omorovicza's Thermal Cleansing Balm I could postpone adding any skincare products. More than 30 mins after using the balm my skin still felt baby soft, not one bit stripped despite the balm's purifying ingredients. I'm not exaggerating if I say I'm in ave.
Using Thermal Cleansing Balm is a luxurious experience, like a spa at home. I'm very much in love with this balm although I haven't seen any additional purification in my skin. However, I'm a firm believer in oil based cleansers and Thermal Cleansing Balm could potentially help those with more congested skin who still need the hydration and nourishment. The reason I recommend getting a sample first before purchasing is the not-so-luxurious type of smell. It isn't strong, but if you crave a wonderful aromatherapeutic experience from your cleanser this might not be it.
Have you tried Omorovicza's skincare? I'm now dying to try more!