7 May 2014

Blûm Naturals Daily Eye Makeup Remover

Way back when I first started wearing makeup, I always used liquidy, water-based makeup removers, but as I became more concerned about ingredients, I made the switch to oils.  Sadly, sometime in the last two or three months, my eyes started rejecting any oils used in this capacity.  I was waking up every morning to puffy eyes that were sore to the touch and I finally traced it back to this step in my routine.  Since it didn't seem to matter what oil I used - believe me, I tried several - I knew a change was in order.

For the short term, I double cleansed with my beloved Kahina Facial Cleanser - which does a great job getting everything off without any stinging - but for fear of burning through my not inexpensive bottle, I decided to pick up Blûm Naturals' Daily Eye Makeup Remover in my latest iherb order.  I've used Blûm's wipes before and while they work in a pinch, they're never quite wet enough and always involve more scrubbing than I'd like.  I hoped being able to control the amount of liquid would solve this problem, while also eliminating the excess waste of wipes...and happily, it does.


Blum's remover is essentially a gentle blend of water, aloe, and decyl glucoside - a mild, sugar-based surfactant.  It doesn't compare to the way oil just melts away makeup (can anything compare to that?!), but it still removes my eye makeup without a struggle.  I get the best results from really saturating two cotton balls with the remover and resting them over my eyes for a minute or two before gently wiping everything away.  The remover doesn't sting and it doesn't leave my eyes feeling at all dry or irritated either.  It's also fantastic for cleaning up any mid-application mistakes.  A little of this on a Q-tip fixes any smears or smudges and, unlike an oil, it doesn't leave behind any film or residue, so it's no problem to continue applying makeup on top of.

It wouldn't be one of my reviews if I didn't add a scent breakdown somewhere, so here goes.  The ingredients list chamomile extract, cucumber extract, vanilla oil, lavender oil, and patchouli oil, and somehow they all combine together into a sweet scent that's very reminiscent of baby powder.  It's not terrible, but nothing to write home about either.

The Bottom Line
I think there's a part of me that will always prefer oils and creamy cleansers for makeup removal, but if you're looking for a good water-based remover, Blum's is a great one to check out. It's gentle, inexpensive, and it does a good job removing eye makeup - even toughies like mascara and eyeliner (although keep in mind that none of mine are waterproof, so I can't speak to how it would work on those.)  Regardless of whether I find something I like better for everyday, I can definitely see keeping this in my kit for any mid-application cleanups, as it really does excel in that regard.  

What's your favorite kind of makeup remover?

Ingredients: Aqua (water), aloe barbadensis leaf juice, decyl glucoside, chamomile extract, cucumber extract, vanilla oil, lavender oil, patchouli oil, gluconolactone, sodium benzoate, glycerin.  


  

2 comments:

  1. I'm used to using dual-phase eye makeup removers and when I switched to a greener regimen, I was having a hard time finding a green alternative. This sounds right up my alley, thanks for the review!

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    1. You're welcome :) It's not dual-phase, but definitely worth a try!

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