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What’s the best hot cloth cleanser for my skin type?

All your Hot Oil Double Cleansing Balm questions, answered

Beauty Pie Super Healthy Skin Hot Oil Cleansing Balm

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“We’ve worked with chemists at dozens of the world’s leading skincare labs, to bring together an edit of the most effective facial cleansers for your skin type. From a makeup-melting Japanese Transforming Gel, an incredibly cushioned Cleansing Milk, and an American-lab-made Fruit-Acid infused foamy Clay Cleanser, to an Italian Rosehip Seed Oil Hot Cloth Cleanser and an amazing new Baobab and Rice Bran Oil-infused Double Cleansing Balm, every one of our cleansing formulations is amazing” says Marcia Kilgore, BEAUTY PIE Founder.

The most recent addition -  imported from Japan - the Super Healthy Skin™ Hot Oil Double Cleansing Balm - looks set to be everybody’s new favorite cleanser. 

What do we love about it? “It could be the necessary ritualistic face massaging (which is hypnotising, relaxing, and we feel like its rubbing the stress-wrinkles off our exhausted-at-the-end-of-the-day faces). It could have been the brief flash of warming. It could have been the Niacin-rich Rice Bran Oil, the soothing Aloe Vera, the nourishing and emulsifying Baobab Sariche Oil,” says Marcia. “But the deep-purifying, blackhead emulsifying, nourishing, pampering, balmy face cleansing gorgeousness (and the fact that it’s a DOUBLE CLEANSE in a single cleanser) got our entire skincare product development team hooked.”

A flurry of questions has come in from members, amidst all the excitement of the shipment arriving in the warehouse, so we thought we’d answer as many as we can here:

Q: What exactly is a hot oil balm cleanser?

A: Balm cleansers use oils and other emollients to dissolve makeup, dead cells, pollution, dirt, excess oils, SPF, and sweat on your skin. Most balm cleansers have a semi-solid, buttery form, which melts into an oil once ‘warmed up’ or rubbed onto skin, and emulsifies into a milky liquid with water. 

Q: What’s the difference between the Hot Oil Double Cleansing Balm, and the Plantastic Cleansing Balm? 

A: Both are incredibly effective cleansers. One is made in Japan, the other in Italy. But we love them both. Here’s a more detailed breakdown of the differences: 

Super Healthy Skin Hot Oil Cleansing Balm

  • Has a buttery, texture that ‘warms-as-you-rub’ to emulsify, soothe and soften your skin.

  • Made in Japan, and contains: Aloe Vera, Rice Bran Oil and Baobab Sariche Oils.

  • Fragrance-free. Clean. Cruelty-free. Gluten-free. 

  • Suits: All skin types.

  • You remove it by adding water, massaging it into a milk, then rubbing with a washcloth to remove any residue (try: Double-Sided Organic Cotton Cleansing & Exfoliating Cloths).

  • Apply a grape-sized amount, AM/PM (although in the morning, some people don’t feel the need to deep clean).


Beauty Pie Plantastic Cleansing Balm
  • Has a thick, rich balm texture, for a more nourishing deep clean

  • Made in Italy, and infused with: Cold-pressed Rosehip Oil and Vitamin E.

  • Clean. Cruelty-free. Gluten-free. 

  • Suits: Combination to dry skin.

  • Includes an organic muslin cloth (check the bottom of the box!) which you wet, and use to remove any residue.

  • Apply a grape-sized dab, AM/PM (although some people feel no need to deep cleanse in the morning!)

Q: What ingredients are in the Super Healthy Skin™ Hot Oil Double Cleansing Balm? 

A: ALOE VERA EXTRACT - for soothing and hydrating.
 RICE BRAN OIL - for its ability to cleanse, soften, moisturise, soothe, nourish, and smooth. Naturally rich in Niacin, it’s responsible for the warming sensation felt on application!  
 BAOBAB SARICHE - due to its Vitamin A, D, E and F content, this oil is moisturizing and soothing, and provides relief for dry and damaged skin. 

Q: What’s NOT in it?

A: Our Hot Oil Cleansing Balm is: Cruelty-free. Gluten-free. Fragrance-free. It does NOT contain any mineral oil, or fragrance, or artificial colors and would categorize (like all of our products) as a ‘Clean’ Beauty Formula. 

Q: How does Super Healthy Skin™ Hot Oil Cleansing Balm work?

A: “It’s a deep-purifying, emulsifying, oil-based cleanser with a balmy massage-on texture and a warms-as-you-rub formula. (Why not just melt the blackheads right off your nose, if that’s an option!?)” says Marcia Kilgore, BEAUTY PIE Founder.  Just rub it onto dry palms, warm it to soften, then apply to your face. Massage lightly in circles, using the gentle heat to deep clean. Gradually add water until it breaks into a milk, then rinse, or remove with a warm, wet washcloth

Q: Do I double cleanse with another cleanser? 

A: This is a DOUBLE CLEANSE in a single cleanser. However if you have a lot of makeup on, you may want to remove that first, so you can really massage this in. “Double-cleansing is NOT a necessity if your first cleanser is effective at removing excess oils, makeup and pollution layers,” says Marcia Kilgore, BEAUTY PIE Founder. “As long as you’re not stripping your skin, a second cleanse is your prerogative!”  

Q: Does this cleanser remove makeup?

A: Yes - its makeup-melting prowess is one of the many, many reasons we love it. Use warm water to emulsify and rinse lightly with a cloth. We’ve also tested it on eye makeup, and it’s very effective on most (if not all) mascaras, but does require a little massaging! 

Q: How often should I use a balm cleanser 

Always use a deep cleanser like this in the evening – “A thorough nightly cleanse is the first step in any skincare routine, and it’s an important one to get right,” says Marcia. “If your face is clean in the morning, you don’t need another deep cleanse, and can skip straight to Japanfusion Hydra Prep Lotion or Japanfusion Genius Lift Elixir or Uber Youth Microbiome Mist, before applying serum and/or moisturizer!” 

Q: Is Super Healthy Skin hot Oil Double Cleansing Balm vegan?

A: No, it contains beeswax. If you’re looking for a Vegan formula, try QI Energy Ginseng Micellar Cleanser, Japanfusion Pure Transforming Cleanser or Super Healthy Skin Deep Purifying Cleanser (for oily/acne-prone skin).

Q: Is it suitable for sensitive skin?

A: Yes. Despite the release of a bit of ‘heat’ (which is really more like a slight warming) being warm, it is safe for all skin types. 


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