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THE INKEY LIST OAT CLEANSING BALM

Only released in 2020, this balm has already generated an insanely impressive cult following. Getting its name from its main ingredients; colloidal oatmeal and oat kernel oil, it is advertised and reviewed as being a lifesaver for dehydration, especially for sensitive skin.

Before moving forward, let’s break down that jargon. Colloidal oatmeal = oat grain that is ground into a fine powder which contains antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that help with dry, itchy skin. Oat kernel oil is the lipid extracted from oats which is packed with proteins and fats, making it a great moisturiser. Both these ingredients act as a natural cleanser for blackheads, dirt, and excess oils.

It’s big selling point is how gentle it is for sensitive skin whilst still being hard-working at the same time - win! You can use it AM/PM, The Inkey List advises to massage a raspberry sized amount into damp skin and rinse.

The cleansers consistency is thick, heavy and oh-so-balmy. Perfect if you’re after something heavier, as well as it doubling up as a nourishing face mask. In addition, the product is vegan and cruelty free.

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THE GOOD

  • Super affordable, and you get a lot of bang for your buck (price below). I use mine in rotation with other cleansers, and am a third of the way through it after 5 months.

  • It’s hydrating and does feel beautifully nourishing, it’s become my go-to product I reach for to soothe my face if it’s taken a beating from the sun. Those with dry skin would benefit the most from this.

  • No scent, or colouring.

  • The Inkey List state this cleanser also doubles as a face mask, which is not uncommon for thick balms. Multi-use products are a lifesaver when it comes to saving your pennies and getting more out of your money.

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THE BAD

  • This is by far the hardest of all my cleansers to remove after use, and let me tell you, this girl has a LOT of cleansers. My partner who is the least fussy person when it comes to skincare, even commented it felt like it was still on his skin after washing it off. This was a bit of a deal-breaker for me and the reason I’ve stepped back to using it only as a mask.

  • The mixture separates, it comes in a large tube which has the oil gravitating to the top, and the thicker balm sinking to the bottom. That’s a big no from me - having to massage my skincare bottles before each use isn’t what I signed up for.

  • Speaking of the container, myself along with many reviewers found it tends to be tricky to remove from the tube. I thought I had a faulty product at first but alas that was not the case; Small nozzle + thicccc balm, you do the math.

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THE VERDICT

Did I like it? This product has SO many good reviews, and a lot of satisfied customers it really is hard to argue with the stats. For me though? It’s fine. It will do the job and great if you want a fuss free cleanser on a budget – even better if you suffer with dry and/or sensitive skin.

Price? £9.99 for 150ml

Would I repurchase? No. Personally, there was more frustration with the packaging and thick consistency than there was “wow” factor.

Average online review ratings: 4.5/5 on Boots, Feelunique. 4.1/5 Google reviews.

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