19 June 2015

A New Cleansing Favourite – And It’s Irish! Nia Calendula and Orange Blossom Cleansing Balm

Nia Calendula and Orange Blossom Cleansing Balm

I’ve been doing a fair bit of travelling lately and wherever I go, this wee pot of natural goodness comes with me.  It’s handily packaged, reasonably priced, smells delicious, is made in Ireland and most of all, leaves my skin feeling soft, clean and pampered – in two easy steps.
Anyone familiar with Liz Earle’s Cleanse & Polish (or Karate Kid) will recognise the wash on/wash off process: just apply to damp skin, including the eye area, massage in and remove with a flannel. But the instructions are where the resemblance ends: the Nia product has a much more solid formula and comes in a wee metal tin – which makes it ideal for carry-on cabin baggage (although I confess to preferring a nice hygienic pump to scooping product out with my fingers. The website says is comes with a spatula and cloths, but my press sample arrived on the doorstep solo.)

Nia Calendula and Orange Blossom Cleansing Balm

The balm is packed with oils including coconut, extra virgin and vitamin E, which start to soften and melt on contact with skin, and are really effective at taking off makeup and grime. You can feel the oil on your skin after using it, which might be lovely for drier skin types, though I like to follow up with a toner or micellar water.

It doesn’t emulsify – because it’s free of emulsifiers, funnily enough, along with fragrance, parabens, silicones, petroleum and loads more, but it does contain lavender oil, which can irritate some sensitive skins (thankfully, not mine – and as a bonus I love the scent). Calendula (or marigold) and orange blossom also add to the lovely scent (and are known for their soothing properties, to boot). I’ve had no issues with breakouts in the six or so weeks I’ve been using it and as I come to the bottom of my tin, I’m definitely planning to purchase a standby for travelling.

Interested in trying this out? You’ll find it for €20 on dolledup.ie here.

Check out my other travel beauty essentials. 

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