White Rabbit Skincare, a brand I found quite early on in my cruelty-free journey. Over the past few years I have got to know Melanie, the alchemist behind the skincare range very well and I finally met her last year at Veg Fest London (please see above picture-isn't she a beaut?!) it was great to finally meet her. Melanie produces handmade skincare at affordable prices but extremely high quality. I am a big fan of the White Rabbit Skincare Chamomile and Carrot Seed Eye Cream and I have been meaning to try some more products for some time. The occasion arose where I ran out of my Lush 9 to 5 cleanser and I wanted to try something new, or at least incorporate something new into my routine. When investing in new products I look for more than just cruelty-free and vegan credentials, I try to go for a product that is as natural as possible and where I can - from a small independent business. I got in touch with Melanie about her Comfort Cleansing Balm to see how it works for make up removal. Melanie advised that it would work well but I might get panda eyes with my eye make-up momentarily (nice to have the warning!) but it would work. Melanie very kindly sent me a pot to try, this was packaged beautifully and included an organic white cotton flannel and one of the White Rabbit Skincare product booklets (always good to read up on possible future purchases).
As I've mentioned, all of the products from White Rabbit Skincare are handmade, I really love that Melanie has so much input and control over her products. You know she is not compromising on ethics or ingredients and every final product has her personal approval. The natural ingredients in this Comfort Cleansing Balm include shea butter, caster seed oil, olive fruit oil, olive wax, rosemary leaf oil, eucalyptus leaf oil and lavender oil. All completely natural, no liquid plastics, animal ingredients or anything that can harm your skin or body. As well as being an honest and natural brand, White Rabbit Skincare is also extremely environmentally conscious - another reason to love this brand!
'We have sourced packaging that is full recyclable (if not already recycled!) to minimise the impact on the environment and for every packaging item you send back, you will get fifty pence off each new order. Our environmental impact is very important to us and we are working daily to improve this by following the principles of 'Reduce, Reuse, Recycle'!'
I'd never used a balm for cleansing before so I didn't really know what to expect or how effective it would be. I initially thought it may be too oily for my skin too but I jumped in with high hopes. I don't wear lots of make-up but I was intrigued to see how it would hold up against it what I did wear. Foundation/base wise I use some concealer on some areas of my face and then I use a tinted moisturiser on my whole face. How to use this balm - (with dry hands and face) take a small amount onto your finger (I use an amount about the size between a 5p and 10p coin) and rub between your hands so the balm melts, then cover your face with it. Now, with a warm wet flannel cleanse the balm off your face, it should come off very easily and you should see the results of the cleanse clearly on the flannel - it works! I decided to still use a small amount of Lush 9 to 5 to take my eye make-up off with so I made sure I did this before using the balm (minimising the panda effect).
Once I had washed all my make-up and the balm off, my face felt fantastic, really moisturised and smooth. I do have quite sensitive skin and in the winter months my skin definitely needs some more attention and this balm is the perfect accompaniment. I really love the smell of this balm too, it smells so natural and fresh and it's honestly a pleasure to use. This balm worked and worked very well. As soon as I have finished this pot I will definitely be purchasing another, I can see this remaining in my routine for quite some time. This Comfort Cleansing Balm is priced at £15 for a 100ml pot, I have been using this for over a month and I'm not even half way through the pot yet. In my opinion this product is well worth the money, not only is the quality of the product is extremely high but I am safe in the knowledge that this is a completely natural product. I know my skin is thanking me for using it!
If you haven't heard of White Rabbit Skincare before make sure you go check them out. You can find lots of information about the brand and all their product range on their website, White Rabbit are also on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram - go say hello!