Drugstore Smackdown is a new series where we put drugstore products up against their more spendy versions and see if we should spend the money or just save the money!
Whether you are looking to save money on products you already love, or you want to try a type of product for less… and we all want to try products for less… then this is the series for you! So much fun to be had trying to save money!!!
In this Drugstore Smackdown we have two Cleansing Balm’s that have a lot of organic ingredients. I fell in In a deep like with Beatutycounters Cleaning Balm when we received them in Popsugar Must Have. The jar looks a little different but it is the exact same product. I checked the ingredients to be sure. Anyway at $80 there was no way I would be able to keep the habit up! I needed to find out if I could get something less expensive but still nourishing enough to soften my skin while taking the grime off.
Not gonna lie, I gotta a lot of grime on my skin
During a sale at Target I came across Boots Botanics Cleaning Balm and it looked pretty similar. It was during the one day 20% off beauty sale and it stacked with their current (at the time of posting) sale of buy 1 get one 50% off. Fancy! At full price $8.49 isn’t bad if the product works. However if you jump on the current sale you can snap these up for $12.74 for two or $6.37 each!
Obviously the chance to find a deal was so alluring I could not help but jump on the deal. I know I am swimming in beauty products but I told myself that I would write a post about it. Unlike most times I do this, I actually am doing it! Yay!
I ended up getting 20% off of $6.37 making each jar $5.10!
Beautycounter Cleaning Balm: Lets take a closer look at the more expensive version. As you can see there is no color and the balm is solid without being really waxy. The muslin cloth is large and made really well. It is thin and see through like a hot nightie on date night! The directions are to apply an small amount of balm to your face and neck in circular motions and then using warm water and the cloth to remove. Then rinse with cool water. They say you can do this every night! Fancy!
Boots Botanics Cleaning Balm: The jar feels less luxurious and I won’t be Getting any ooks of envy having this out in the bathroom. The consistency is very close to that of the more expensive version. It has a color though, but it must be from the green ingredients as there is no fragrance or color added to this (again like the expensive version). The directions are similar. You put it on your dry face, rub in a circular motion, then take off with a the cloth in warm water. They do say you can put the warm cloth on your face and let it sit there, and then use cold water and the cloth to remove.
|Size:||1.5 oz.||2.1 oz.|
|Cost Per oz.:||$53.33||$4.04|
|Certified Organic Ingredients||Yes, not all||Yes, not all (97%)|
|Cloth:||Yes, Muslin||Yes, Muslin|
|Scouper:||Yes, Plastic||No, use your paw|
|Caprylic/Capric Triglceride||Olea Europea (Olive) Fruit Oil|
|Prunus Armenaca (Apricot)||Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil||Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil|
|Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter||Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter||Cera Alba (Beeswax)|
|Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Wax||Prunus amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil||Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter|
|Cetearyl Alcohol||Cetearyl Alcohol||Prunus amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil|
|Glyceryl Stearate SE||Cetearyl Alcohol|
|Polyglyceryl-3 Cocoate||Rosa Canina seed oil|
|Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter||Citrnellol|
|Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil||Pelagronium Graveolens Leaf Oil|
|Simmondsia Chinesis (Jojoba) Seed Oil||Geraniol|
|Vitis Vinifera (Grape Seed) Oil||Citrus Aurantium Sinensis Peel Extract|
|Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Seed Oil||Linalool|
|Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil||Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit oil|
|Tocopheral (Vit E)||Citrus Limmon (lemon) Peel Oil|
|Mimosa Tenuiflora Bark Extract|
|Artemisia Pallens (Davana) Flower Oil|
|Anthemis Nobilis (Roman Chamomile) Flower Oil|
|Prunus Amygdalis Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil|
|Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Oil||Note: Rose Flower Oil Contains Citronellol, Citral, Carvone, Citronellyl Acetate, Eugenol, Ethanol, Farnesol, Stearpoten, Methyl Eugenol, Nerol, Nonanol, Nonanal, Phenyl Acetaldehyde, Phenylmenthyl Acetate and Phenyl Geraniol.|
|Magnolia Champaca (Magnolia) Flower Oil|
And The Winner Is…… Boots Botanic Cleansing Balm!!!
Both work at cleaning and making my skin soft. Beautycounter’s cleansing balm is just not $70 better than Boots. They both use a lot of organic and healthy ingredients. II did a test between them a few times testing each on one side of my face. After I could not tell the difference between them (don’t worry I wrote on my hand which side I had put what!). BEAUTYCOUNTER is a great brand but way out of my budget for most items. If you are looking to try a cleaning balm that is super close to the expensive stuff then Boots is a great option!
I hope you enjoyed this series and feel free to email me at email@example.com if you have your own smackdowns or dupes you want to share with the rest of us!
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