Whether it’s your grandma’s trusty cold cream, an Insta famous serum, or simply a pharmacy favourite cleanser. Some beauty products truly have cult status. 

No matter if a product has been passed down through generations, or is a sell-out thanks to a viral post. Regardless of your budget, it’s always good to try before you buy. 

We’re always on the lookout for holy grail products to test for ourselves and have put together a list of pocket-friendly sample sizes. 

Cleansing Balms 

Cleansing balms have become a staple bathroom cabinet for a whole range of consumers with a wide range of skin ailments. Whether you love fragranced, spa like formulas or scentless and sensitive balms we’ve listed a couple of fan favourites you can get your hands on before you splurge on a full size. 


Emma Hardie Moringa Balm

100% cult for those who love the smell, texture and luxurious mini facial effect at home. Suitable for all skin types, however if you’re sensitive to smells or fragrances, may not be for you. 


Clinique Take The Day Off Balm

An extremely effective formula for removing every last trace of spf and make-up. Scent free and a safe bet for all those who avoid or breakout due to fragrances or rich essential oils. This balm isn’t particularly exciting to use but as someone with sensitive skin that’s exactly what we want and need!


Elemis Pro Collagen

Another rich and calming fragrance, the perfect bath time treat for removing make-up with a hot, fluffy flannel. Alike the Emma Hardie, suitable for all skin types, however try this sample size first if you’re similarly sensitive to fragrance/rich oils such as sweet almond. 



Cleansing Creams and Gels

Your cleanser is the product that spends the least time on your face and as such, more expensive formulas may seem like a begrudging purchase. However, if you’ve ever suffered with constant trial and error of irritating and acne aggravating products, a holy grail solution will be worth every penny. 


First Aid Cleanser

One brand that is particularly well endowed with Twitter is First Aid. With a wide range of products in a range of formulas, their sensitive cream face wash has cropped up in many international publications for its gentle formulation. Available in multiple sizes this creamy cleanser emulsifies into a lather without stripping your skin


 La Roche Posay Effaclar Gel Cleanser 

For those that love a gel cleanser and are cursed with the conflicting combination of oily yet sensitive skin, you may be onto a winner with this french pharmaceutical brand. La Roche Posay boasts a comprehensive range of products with Effaclar created as a gentle approach to eliminating acne bacteria. 


Fresh Soy Face Cleanser 

In addition to a fresh cucumber scent this gentle formula claims to remove make-up whilst balancing your skin. To try this cleanser which boasts a hydrating ingredient list including rosewater, glycerin and borage seed oil opt for the 30ml first.

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