Finding a good makeup remover is one of the most important steps in your skincare routine – in my last post about oil cleansing, I talked about this Chamomile Sumptuous cleansing butter from The Body Shop*, and that it’s currently what I’m using as my makeup remover. I’ve been using it for a few weeks now, and wanted to share my thoughts on it!
I’ve tried more than my fair share of makeup removers during my time as a makeup artist and skincare addict. Properly removing your makeup is crucial if you’re a regular makeup-wearer. I used to use the Bioderma Micellar water & Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm for years, and while I did love those products they are unfortunately not cruelty-free brands. – That’s what initially drew me to the Body Shop’s products, especially the Chamomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter.
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The Body Shop Chamomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter* was on my radar for a while and seems to be one of the most popular currently on the market. I wanted an all-over product – something easy that could be used on my face and my eyes.
- Price: $17 CAD, about $13 USD
- Size: 90 ml
what it claims: to be a best-selling indulgent makeup remover that “gently and efficiently melts away make-up and impurities” according to The Body Shop.
Now, since we are in the middle of a pandemic I knew that going to check it out at the mall was out of the question. I’ve been self-isolating since March, so all my shopping has pretty much had to be done online. I ordered mine through Amazon, as it was the same price but offered free Prime shipping. Who knew that almost the entire Body Shop selection was available on Amazon?!
The Body Shop Chamomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter* does contain a couple of different types of natural oils, such as olive fruit oil, sunflower seed oil and shea butter which can all be beneficial for the skin and effective in breaking down makeup, dirt and impurities. Normally I pay a bit more attention to a product’s ingredient list before I buy, but admittedly I didn’t do that this time. The first 2 ingredients are synthetic wax and PEG-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate– pretty common skincare ingredients, as they are emulsifying ingredients that give this product the great texture that it has and also help cleanse. However many prefer to avoid PEGs, as some sources say these ingredients can contribute to dehydration and premature skin ageing. with regular long-term use.
This product also does contain fragrance, something I usually avoid due to skin sensitivity, Fragrance can also be a very dehydrating ingredient. It does have quite a strong smell )while a very nice smell, it is strong. Again, I should have read the ingredient list. However, it hasn’t caused any irritation to my sensitive skin.
So…does it work?
Rather than just telling you whether or not it works, I thought I’d show you. I used 2 different dark waterproof eyeliners – a Smashbox pencil eyeliner (bottom) and the Sigma liquid eyeliner (top.)I made sure to let it dry for at least 10 minutes before applying a small amount of the cleansing butter.
A little goes a long way, you really only need to gently wipe your finger across the surface of it to get enough product. then you just massage it over the skin! For dark, waterproof products like these eyeliners or if you’re wearing heavy makeup you definitely want to massage it around the skin for at least a couple of minutes to break it all down.
I really love how much this product emulsifies, and how easily it washes off with water. For best results I prefer to follow with a liquid cleanser, like the Andalou Naturals Citrus Kombucha Cleansing Gel* or the Ordinary Squalene Cleanser.*
For really dark, waterproof makeup you might need to massage it a little longer. The pencil eyeliner broke down right away, but liquid eyeliner & waterproof mascara tend to take a little longer. Once rinsed with water/wiped away with a washcloth, all visible makeup was removed though.
(my skin always gets a little red when I’m removing makeup, but I haven’t experienced any negative reaction or irritation.)
Rain Coates Beauty rating: 8/10
Overall, I do really like this product. It removes my makeup well and doesn’t leave my skin feeling irritated or stripped. My only complaints are the heavy fragrance, and I wish the ingredients were cleaner.
Would I recommend The Body Shop Chamomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter?
Yes, I would recommend it to anyone looking for a good cruelty-free makeup remover. However, It wouldn’t be my first recommendation for those with super dry or sensitive skin as it could potentially cause irritation. For a good natural makeup remover for those with sensitive and dry skins, I’d suggest using an oil like Rosehip or Argan!
Have you tried the Chamomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter? What are your thoughts on it?