The Cleansing Balm You Should Know About


We all know the importance of taking our makeup off every night, and the best way to do it is by using a cleansing oil or balm. Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against micellar waters and wipes. I’ll be the first one to admit how convenient they are, but they can easily irritate the skin. Needless to say, a cleansing oil or balm is the perfect choice for those with sensitive skin as there is no tugging or pulling involved – unless you’re doing it the wrong way. I recommend to use only the tip and “length" (I’m sure you’ll know what I mean) of your ring fingers and to massage your skin lightly in circular motions.

While there are plenty of excellent cleansing oils and balms on the market, such as the Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm and the Sulwhasoo Gentle Cleansing Oil, the Su:m37 Skin Saver Melting Balm is, for me, a skincare product everyone should have.

Regarding the design, there is currently no other cleansing balm offering that even comes close. The Skin Saver Melting Balm is a winner, and it’s undeniably eye-catching packaging makes every other cleanser out there look like a (cheap) relic. Can we just take a moment to admire the gorgeous magnetic leaf-like spatula?

Performance-wise, I have nothing to complain about. I don’t use this cleansing balm as a makeup remover, principally because I feel like it would be a waste of product to use this little gem as a simple cleansing oil. However, for the sake of this post, I gave it a try, and I must say I’m pretty impressed with it.

It easily removed most of my waterproof makeup without any effort in a matter of seconds, and didn’t leave any greasy residue behind. It wasn’t able to entirely remove my incredibly stubborn and 100% waterproof Hera Rich Lash Mascara – but again, only a very few eye-makeup removers can do so – but when it came to eyeliner, foundation, blush etc it quickly and easily removed everything.

The best way to use it is, in my opinion, as a massage oil to slim down the face and as a first step cleanser after using micellar water to remove most of your makeup. The silky texture and the relaxing scent of this balm feel absolutely luxurious on the skin, and massaging my face and neck with it is certainly one the most enjoyable part of my nighttime routine. The formula contains a blend of fatty acids and herbal extracts, which will highly benefit those who need extra moisture and those with tired, dull skin.

The Skin Saver Melting Balm is only 36$, and while it may seem to be excessively priced for a makeup remover, it is truly fantastic and oh so worth it as a first-step cleanser and as a massage oil. Just when I thought a cleansing balm couldn’t surprise and delight me anymore, Su:m37 has proven me wrong.



Amy Hayden



  1. Rachel
    August 20, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    Hi…Can you tell me more about “double cleansing?” I am looking to switch to K-Beauty, due to the fact that I need a good hyperpigmentation remedy and have seen the great reviews of Snail Cream and Bee Propolis, but as to cleansing with oil, I have never tried. Can you please tell me what the process is for using an oil cleanser and the need for another type of cleanser as well. thank you so much!

    • Amy Hayden
      August 21, 2017 at 1:16 am

      Hello Rachel,

      I honestly cannot recommend you anything with animal-based ingredients. Not only because I find them totally useless in a skincare formulation, but also because I find them harmful for the skin. If you’re looking for a good hyperpigmentation serum I’d like to recommend the Hera Epigenic Effector. I recently published a full review about it here, hope you’ll check it out!

      The double cleansing method aims to minimize skin’s irritation and improve the overall complexion by using a cleansing oil or cleansing balm to trap oil, dirt and makeup, while the second cleanser aims to remove oil and makeup residues, but also to deep cleanse your skin and pores.
      You can also see it that way : Less cotton pads = Less frictions = Less wrinkles and skin’s irritation.

      On a dry face and with clean dry hands, gently massage your skin in circular motions with a few pumps of the cleansing oil of your choice for at least 1 minute. Add a little bit of water to emulsify the oil, massage again for a few seconds, and rinse everything off with lukewarm water. Next, take the cleanser of your choice (preferably a foam cleanser) and wash your face as usual. That’s it! If you’d like to see it in action you can check out this video by Shu Uemura – though I do not recommend skipping on the second cleanser just like they did in the video.

      • Rachel
        August 22, 2017 at 4:22 pm

        Thank you so much for taking the time to reply so quickly. I appreciate the info/advice.

  2. Ditta
    July 11, 2017 at 3:20 pm

    Hi Amy,

    Thank you for the review. I agree that cleansing oil and balm are the best for sensitive skin. Since changing my cleansing lotion with facial cleansing oil from Klairs, I can feel that the redness in my cheek has been appearing less frequently. Especially during this hot weather in July.

    Anyway, what are your thoughts on Banila’s cleansing balm? xo


    • Amy Hayden
      July 12, 2017 at 2:49 pm

      Hello Ditta,

      I find the Banila co overpriced and not truly worth it. It does an excellent job at removing makeup, but I got similar results with the $8 Kose Softymo Deep Cleansing Oil. Skincare-wise, unlike the Su:m37, it didn’t do anything for my dry sensitive skin. 🙂

  3. Samantha
    July 4, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    Oh Amy, you’re such an inspiration to me! I used to be so bad at removing my makeup and taking care of my skin but now I have a full skincare routine based on your recommendations. I don’t have acne anymore and my fine lines have disappeared, thank you so much! I will definitely try out this cleansing balm. 🙂

    XOXO Sam

  4. Lily
    July 2, 2017 at 8:20 pm

    Hi Amy!

    Cleansers are by far my favourite skincare product! I purchased the miracle rose stick based on your recommendation and it’s now my all time fav cleanser so I need to try this cleansing balm asap. 🙂

  5. Anna
    July 2, 2017 at 9:14 am

    Everytime I check your posts you encourage me to buy sooooo much products! This Su:m37 offering looks so dreamy.


    // Anna

  6. Aria
    July 1, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    Oh My! That cleanser sure looks amazing. ♥

  7. Michelle
    June 29, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    I love double cleansing and this cleansing balm seems like perfection.

    xo || Michelle

  8. Astrid
    June 29, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    I just picked up the miracle rose cleansing stick and the Hera cell essence after seeing them in so many of your blog posts, can’t wait to try them!! And that cleansing balm truly looks lovely oooh <3

  9. Kathy
    June 29, 2017 at 11:13 am

    BEAUTY GOALS! I love clinique’s balm so I’m definitely going to buy this one. Wish you the best. x


  10. Leanne
    June 29, 2017 at 11:01 am

    I’ve never really used a cleansing balm before but now I have to try it out. Thanks for sharing! Leanne

  11. Marie
    June 29, 2017 at 9:32 am

    I’ve never tried Su:m37 before but their products seem really nice ~

    xo, Marie

  12. Lisa Ain
    June 29, 2017 at 5:27 am

    I haven’t tried any of these products before but they all sure sound great and dreamy!



  13. Jess
    June 29, 2017 at 2:57 am

    Omg this cleansing balm is stunning!!! I have so many things on my wish list from the brand now!

  14. Ingrid
    June 29, 2017 at 2:30 am

    Never heard of this brand before, gotta check them out asap now! x

  15. Melissa
    June 28, 2017 at 7:28 pm

    Su:m37 has been on my radar for the longest! I’m definitely getting this cleanser and the rose stick.

    xo, Melissa

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