Review: Farmacy Green Clean Meltaway Cleansing Balm

Today I wanted to share a review of the Farmacy Green Clean Meltaway Cleansing Balm with Echinacea GreenEnvy (which will be shortened to “Green Clean” in this post), which I bought during the Sephora VIB sale last month. I thought about waiting a little longer to do a review of this, since I feel like it takes a few months to see the benefits of skincare, but I decided that cleansers are a little different than products such as serums and moisturizers, because you can usually see how well a makeup remover performs within a week or two of using it.

 

THE BASICS

The Farmacy Green Clean Meltaway Cleansing Balm is a solid cleanser that can be used for removing makeup. It retails at $44 CAD for 90 mL, and is made in Korea. This product is cruelty-free, and can be purchased at Sephora, Cult Beauty, QVC, Beautylish, and the official Farmacy website.

THE CLAIMS

According to the Sephora website, this cleansing balm “nourishes while gently melting into the skin and dissolving away makeup and pollution residue, leaving the skin hydrated and silky smooth. It also refines the skin’s surface for a younger looking complexion.” The cleansing balm is supposed to be perfect for all skin types, even those with dry or sensitive skin.

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THE PACKAGING

The Green Clean cleansing balm is packaged in a cute white and green cardboard box that unfolds fully to reveal background information on the company, as you can see on the featured image. The product itself comes in a white pot with a silver lid – that lid is a troublemaker when it comes to trying to capture a photo of it without getting a reflection of myself! I don’t love that the product comes in a jar, but I suppose that’s one of the only ways a company can feasibly hold a balm. Luckily, it also comes with a spatula, which is super useful, because the idea of digging my fingers into a big balm like this sounds unhygienic. I could totally see myself re-dipping my fingers in try and get more from the jar, only to get makeup from my face all over the cleansing balm inside the pot. I’ve noticed a lot of skincare with jar packaging now includes a spatula, which is quite handy.

This is what it looks like newly opened and untouched – the balm is a pale mint shade. It kind of looks like a new candle, doesn’t it?

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THE FORMULA

When I dug the scoop into the cleansing balm for the first time, for some reason I expected it to be waxy and difficult to spread out onto my face, but it wasn’t at all. The texture is actually very soft and emollient, without feeling greasy. The brand’s description is accurate in saying that it melts right onto your face – it really does! A little goes a long way, and you don’t need a lot of the cleansing balm to properly remove your makeup – I would say roughly a quarter to half a teaspoon is usually enough. When the cleansing balm is applied to the dry face, it feels like an oil, but once it comes into contact with water as you’re rinsing it off, it turns milky.

I use this as the first step to my double-cleanse routine. First, I dot it all over my dry face, then gently massage it into my skin, before wiping it away with a cotton pad and then following up with a cleanser. It has been able to take off a full face of makeup with absolutely no tugging or pulling, even when it comes to hard-to-remove products such as eyeliner and mascara. It leaves no traces of makeup behind, nor does it leave any residue or film on your skin. The only time I struggled was when I wore the PUPA liquid eyeliner that I bought in Italy last year – it would just not. come. off! Even my holy grail makeup remover, the MAC Cleanse Off Oil, has a very hard time getting that liquid liner off, although it is a little less of a struggle than Green Clean cleansing balm. Honestly, I feel like I should just ditch that liner – it’s a little sketchy just how difficult it is to remove. But I digress! For all of the other makeup I own, the Green Clean Meltaway Cleansing Balm had no problem removing it.

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Is this a cleansing balm or a sample of pistachio flavoured sorbet?

 

Overall, I would describe this as a very gentle makeup remover. The scent is gentle – it smells very faintly of limes, which according to Sephora’s Clean Seal, means that the fragrance is 99% natural. I feel like the scent probably wouldn’t be overbearing for most people, unless you are particularly sensitive to fragrances in skincare. The balm also performs gently; it is not irritating on the eyes,  nor have I experienced any breakouts after a month of using it.

One thing I really love about the formula is that it’s not drying at all. My already-dry skin doesn’t feel stripped of oils after using it.

THE INGREDIENTS

This cleansing balm has a few key ingredients that the brand points out:

  • Sunflower Oil + Ginger Root Oil: Removes makeup and leaves skin feeling hydrated
  • Moringa Extract: Removes impurities caused by pollution
  • Papain: Papaya extract that exfoliates the skin.
  • Echinacea GreenEnvy: Helps even out skin tone. Echinacea GreenEnvy supposedly contains a powerful antioxidant, and is Farmacy’s trademarked ingredient!

Another interesting thing I stumbled upon when I was doing some research on this product is that it has a Clean at Sephora seal, which Sephora gives to products that do not contain the following ingredients:

Sulfates SLS and SLES, parabens, formaldehydes, formaldehyde-releasing agents, phthalates, mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, coal tar, hydroquinone, Triclosan, Triclocarban.

Ingredients: Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Peg-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate, Peg-10 Isostearate, Polyethylene, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Melia Azadirachta Flower Extract, Amino Esters-1, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Amber Powder, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil, Coccinia Indica Fruit Extract, Solanum Melongena (Eggplant) Fruit Extract, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Ocimum Sanctum Leaf Extract, Corallina Officinalis Extract, Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Water/ Aqua/ Eau, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Echinacea Purpurea Root Extract, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Moringa Pterygosperma Seed Extract, Disodium Phosphate, Citric Acid

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THE SUMMARY

Pros:
-Scent is subtle
-Gentle and effective at removing makeup
-Does not leave residue

Cons:
-Pricey
-Jar packaging is a little inconvenient

Overall, I have to say that I have been really enjoying this. I must admit that I had my doubts when I bought this, I was half-convinced thought nothing would compare to the MAC Cleanse Off Oil. But the Green Clean Cleansing Balm is just as good – I wouldn’t say it’s better, but I enjoy it just as much I’ve gotten on the train late and this is the first cleansing balm I’ve ever tried, so I can’t say how it compares to other brands, but it does make me interested in trying more cleansing balms in the future.

Have you tried the Farmacy Green Clean Meltaway Cleansing Balm with Echinacea GreenEnvy? What’s your favourite cleansing balm that you’ve tried?

 

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3 thoughts on “Review: Farmacy Green Clean Meltaway Cleansing Balm

  1. This sounds wonderful! It is firmly on my wish list to try sometime in the future when I deplete my stash of first step cleansers. I like that it’s not a hard waxy balm. While I do love the Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm, it is rather hard to dig into – that’s why I keep a small metal spoon on hand to scoop out the product from the jar (it doesn’t come with a spatula). It’s fine for at home use but I did bring the Clinique balm with me to travel (I have a small travel size of it!) and it was a bit of a pain to dig my nails into the balm to get product out.

    Currently, I’m struggling to work through my jar of the Eve Lom cleansing balm. I think I mentioned to you in another comment but that cult product is such a let down for me! It doesn’t remove eye makeup well and doesn’t rinse off cleanly either. 😦 The smell is very strong herbal scent but isn’t entirely offensive but I could see a lot of people not liking the smell. Overall, do not recommend! Have you tried the Clinique one yet? I wouldn’t say I prefer cleansing balm over cleansing oils or vice versa – I like both formats. I especially like cleansing balm for traveling – no risk of spillage. 😉

    Besides the Farmacy one, I have a few cleansing balm that I’m eyeing:
    • Banila Co Clean It Zero
    • Heimish All Clean Balm
    • Pixi Double Cleanse

    PS. That Pupa liner sounds like industrial paint! 😆

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    • I definitely think it’s a must-try if you like cleansing balms! The Clinique Take the Day Off is on my list once I’m finished with this Farmacy one. Blegh, the whole thing with digging your nails into it does not sound great, but I now that I have a spatula, I would definitely reuse it for the Clinique one! You know, I never really thought about cleansing balms being better for travel until I saw it on a review of this product on the Sephora website, and then now you saying it. It makes total sense, plus it doesn’t even take up space in your liquids bag!!

      Oh boo, Eve Lom is also another one I would have wanted to try – that stuff is not cheap so it’s disappointing to hear it didn’t work for you! The Pixi Double Cleanse is also on my list to try – have heard great things about it!

      OMG, it really is like industrial paint. I was swearing in the bathroom as I was trying to take it off and my husband was like “umm, maybe you should stop using it. Makeup shouldn’t be THAT hard to remove”. He makes a valid point!

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