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 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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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
-Scent is subtle
-Gentle and effective at removing makeup
-Does not leave residue
-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?