Budget face masks? Check. Affordable moisturisers? Yeah, I can sort you out. The one skincare question I’ve always struggled to answer though is “What is a good, affordable cleanser?”. 

Finally the search is over because I’ve found the most amazing cleansing balm and it’s only Β£14.50. Compared to the Β£34 Emma Hardie cleansing balm or the Β£40 Sarah Chapman Cleansing Balm the Merumaya Melting Cleansing Balm is an absolute steal and as much as I do love my high end versions, this one is just as effective. I first heard about this cleanser from Caroline Hirons, so I knew it was worth a try.

You massage the balm onto the skin before removing it with a cloth and I noticed it’s not as thick as the others I’ve tried. It also emulsifies when mixed with water and turns into more of a milk so it’s easy to spread around the face. The sweet almond oil helps with moisture whilst the Echium oil helps with fine lines, wrinkles and the skin’s elasticity. I’ve really been enjoying using it in the evening to remove my makeup and I love the fresh laundry scent is has. 

So there it is, an affordable, effective cleansing balm and it’s available from John Lewis and Debenhams. For a full list of ingredients and a much more extensive review, check Caroline’s post here


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  1. Marie says:

    Well, now I want to try this one too!

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  5. I have recently been reading so much about cleansing balms however, don’t have the money to try a £40 one so think I will give this a go if it’s very similar in effectiveness next time i’m passing John Lewis. Although a trip there will likely result in me spending £40 in their beauty hall anyway! x

  6. Aerin Downs says:

    This is something I really would consider trying! Sounds fabb :)!!

    BerrieBlogs – Beauty Blog x

  7. I want to try this now! I love a cleansing balm x

  8. Tasniah. says:

    the logo weirdly reminds me of McDonald’s…

  9. Oooh this sounds good – and the price is much more appealing that then more expensive ones! Great post Lily πŸ™‚

    Eve & Faye x
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  10. Alana Duffy says:

    This sounds lovely πŸ™‚ was going to get the Emma hardie one but will definitely try this first!
    Alana x

  11. Esme Peirce says:

    This sounds worthy of a try, thanks for the help ! <3

  12. Zazie Bibi says:

    Ooh this sounds really good! Definitely something i’m going to keep my eye out for! xx

    A Little Treat | Beauty & Fashion Blog

  13. Frankie M says:

    Keep hearing about this cleanser – definitely need to try it!

    Frankie // what frankie said

  14. Awesome little post! I’m almost out of my current morning cleanser and was tempted to try this. Since it’s a lighter it just sounds great.

  15. I’ve been wanting to try a cleansing balm but couldn’t justify the £30+ ones, however this one sounds great!:)

    Esmé ~ CloudEsmé

  16. this sounds lovely, will have to try it out!


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  18. It’s really disappointing that I can’t get this here in Australia. if you know any way I can get this here, it’d be great! It’s also extremely difficult to get a hold of all the cool things you have in the UK πŸ™

  19. Pippi says:

    Really want to try this! Have never quite justified splashing £34 on the EH one but if this is just as good it’s definitely worth a shot ! xx

  20. Maddy says:

    I’ve never heard of this before but it looks really lovely! I want to try it now! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD


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  21. H M F says:

    I’ve been using the Clinique Take The Day Off Balm, which is amazing, but I’m all for saving £££s! Will have to give this a go πŸ™‚

  22. Got to try this, I love a good cleansing balm but like you say most of them are on the higher price tag!!
    So this is perfect!!

  23. Amelia says:

    Definitely going to give this a go!
    Great post, thanks.

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  24. Lucy says:

    this sounds so good, definitely going to have to give it a try! I’d love to try the emma hardie one but I just can’t part with that much money
    Lucy xx
    Sailor Speak

  25. Ellie Fleet says:

    Sounds amazing! πŸ˜€
    Especially for the price! πŸ™‚
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  26. Chrissy says:

    I’ve heard nothing but great things about this balm, it’s definitely next on my to-try list!

  27. Darya says:

    which affordable moisturisers would you recommend?

  28. Hattie says:

    This looks fab definitely going to be saving myself some money on this when my EH cleansing balm runs out! xx

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  30. I’ve always wanted to try a cleansing balm but have avoided it because of the hefty price tag. thank you for this recommendation as I will be trying to get my hands on this soon! πŸ™‚ xx

  31. this sounds really good, definitely on the wishlist now! x

  32. Roshni K says:

    This sounds like a wonderful product, its also natural as far as I know which rocks!
    Roshni’s Journey

  33. Although I am grateful for a cheap alternative I still want to try the original cult product!


  34. Alyson says:

    The almond scent is a plus! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

    xx Alyson
    Beauty Vanity

  35. Jasminecara says:

    I really don’t need another cleanser but, I am so tempted by this! haha xx

    Jasmine Cara

  36. I’ve read so much about this recently I really think I’m going to have to give it a go! I’ve heard it’s good for dry skin too so that’s a bonus for me xx

  37. Looks lovely. Unless I’ve missed it… PLEASE do a post on affordable moisturisers!! I’ve been using an Avene one recently but feel I need an upgrade. Pai is great for me but just too much to spend without a need to!!

  38. itsChelsea says:

    I have been meaning to try a cleansing balm for a while… I’ve heard of the Emma Hardie one but feel it’s a bit too expensive to splash out on without having tried any cleansing balms before. How does it compare?

  39. Ooh this looks lovely, it’s a shame the nearest John Lewis is an hour away & debenhams don’t stock it! Would love to hear what affordable moisturisers you’d recommend Lily! πŸ™‚

  40. Since Estée mentioned this I’ve been on the hunt but sadly I haven’t seen it in the U.S.


  41. kirti goyal says:

    I’ve never heard of this before but it looks really lovely! I want to try it now! x nice article thanx or share it click here for love couples , partner love stories and matchmaking service for free

  42. Sophie Ollis says:

    I’ve been enjoying getting into cleansing balms, too. I’m currently using LUSH’s Ultrabland and am loving it.

    Check out my February Flake-Away series over on my blog where I review the best skincare and makeup for the winter weather and show you a few DIYs.



  43. Hi Lily – thanks for the post! I just picked up the Superdrug Naturally Radiant Hot Cloth Cleanser. It’s half price at £2.98 and comes with a little muslin cloth and is lovely!

  44. Raizel Greco says:

    Sounds really great!

    Ray | Obey Ray

  45. great post!

  46. Thanks for this! I’m the same – I’ve never found an affordable cleanser that I’ve liked so I’ll have to give this one a go!

  47. P says:

    Sounds amazing! will definitely look into this,

  48. Laura says:

    It sounds lovely but I’m back in love with Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish at the moment!

    Laura | Breton & Blush

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