As I said in my Last post, I felt compelled to buy Take the Day Off Makeup Remover Balm so I could get the BonusTime bag. The Clinique lady was so enthusiastic about this balm. It’s had good reviews all over the internet too.
It comes in a purple plastic tub. Which on opening reveals a lard like substance. I’d rather not have stick my fingers into it, but with this consistency I suppose there’s no other way. I could get a spatula or a lolly stick for it. Maybe Clinique should provide one. Once you have scooped out a small dollop it melts very easily into an oil. You’re meant to then massage the oil into your dry face, paying attention to the dirty bits, then remove with a muslin or Microfibre cloth and warm water. The shop lady didn’t say to but I will be using a cleansing lotion as well just to be on the safe side. One ought to double cleanse after a day of full face makeup.
Here’s the science-It’s main ingredient is Ethylhexyl Palmitate. This coconut palm derivative is a skin conditioner and emollient which gives the balm its balminess. The second ingredient is Safflower seed oil. This contains linoleic acid, a fatty acid which helps restore the skin’s barrier, it may be beneficial for eczema and acne.
It’s very satisfying massaging TtDO balm into its oily form. It feels very hydrating. It’s a very bland substance- no scent whatsoever. After removal with a cloth my skin feels clean and not dry. I could still get a trace more mascara off with micellar water and a pad. I’m not convinced it cleaned my face that much more than warm water and microfibre cloth alone, but it certainly left my skin more hydrated.
My main concern is that the rich coconut derived emollient will cause a breakout. Time will tell. I would certainly recommend it to those with dry, dermatitic or eczema prone skin- it’s bland oily moistness should be perfect.
It’s unusual stuff but it’s pleasant and satisfying to use. I’m hoping my skin is enjoying it too.
8/10 so far, I’ll update if my skin rebels x