What They Have to Say

A nourishing cleansing balm that erases makeup and gently lifts away impurities caused by pollution, it leaves the skin hydrated and silky smooth.


This Hydrating Gel Melt Cleanser easily dissolves makeup and pollutants from the skin. Infused with argan oil, rose extracts, seed oils, and vitamin C, this cleanser leaves your face moisturized with each use.


The battle of the cleansing balms has begun!

Cleansing balms have become an important part of cleansing routines worldwide, 365, 24/7… all of that. No matter if it’s Summer, when you need to thoroughly remove stubborn SPFs, or in Winter, when you may wear a little bit more makeup.

BUT which cleansing balm is the one… the almighty… the all powerful one that will clean off all the makeup, dirt, etc., without stripping your skin?!!

That’s why tCBC started this series! We will do all of the hard work and save you from the decision fatigue that can be comparing the hundreds of cleansing balms on the market today. So, on to our first match up!

e.l.f. Hydrating Gel Melt Cleanser vs. Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm with Echinacea GreenEnvy™

Obviously Farmacy takes the cake for in the naming department (insert hysterically laughing emoji face).

Names aside, let’s get down to what really matters… what does the product look, smell, and feel like, because to quote Juliette, “What’s in a name?” Not a damn thing!

Farmacy’s Green Clean Cleansing Balm

Farmacy Green Clean - Inside

Farmacy Green Clean – Inside

  • Cost = $34.00 for 3.2 fl oz (90 ml)
  • Cost per ounce = $10.625 per fluid ounce

In the jar, the Green Clean cleansing balm is a pastel kind of aqua color and it has a very subtle, bright citrusy scent. It does contain the citrus essential oils; lime, bergamot, and orange. Please note that they do not specify if the bergamot is bergamia-free (the compound that can sensitize your skin to sunlight), so if you have sensitive skin keep that in mind.

The product is hard to the touch but starts to melt on contact with skin. The balm suddenly becomes this luxurious feeling oil that glides easily over skin and doesn’t tug at the eye area or irritate the eyes. It also emulsifies and rinses clean with minimal pressure or tugging. So all A+’s for feel and performance!

As far as ingredients are concerned, it contains a lot of great ingredients such Turmeric, Ginger, and Moringa oil and extract. However, the Moringa extract appears very low on the ingredient list which just makes us wonder how concentrated it is or did they have to use less to keep at a certain price point.

Speaking of pricing; it’s not cheap, and it’s not outrageously expensive. $34 is pretty middle of the road as far as cleansing balms go and, for the amount of plant extracts and oils, isn’t too steeply priced for what’s in the jar.

As far as packaging goes, the outer box, as always, is beautiful and an enjoyable way to learn about Farmacy as a brand, but the jar itself is simply thin plastic. They counteract the cheap jar by adding a lid and spatula to help keep the product sanitary.

Oh.. and it lasts quite a while, using on average four times a week, it lasted about 3 1/2 months. So… it’s about $10.00 a month…

Cleansing Skin with Green Clean Cleansing Balm (R) and Melt Cleanser (L)

Cleansing Skin with Green Clean (R) and Melt Cleanser (L)

Side cleansed with Green Clean Cleansing Balm after rinsing

Side cleansed with Green Clean after rinsing

Green Clean EWG Rating

EWG Skin Deep Database - 2

Green Clean Ingredients
Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Peg-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate, Peg-10 Isostearate, Polyethylene, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Melia Azadirachta Flower Extract, Amino Esters-1, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Amber Powder, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil, Coccinia Indica Fruit Extract, Solanum Melongena (Eggplant) Fruit Extract, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Ocimum Sanctum Leaf Extract, Corallina Officinalis Extract, Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Water/ Aqua/ Eau, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Echinacea Purpurea Root Extract, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Moringa Pterygosperma Seed Extract, Disodium Phosphate, Citric Acid
Green = Low Risk 
Yellow = Moderate Risk

    Turns into a light oil texture
    Doesn’t tug around or irritate the eyes
    Contains a variety of cleansing plant extracts and oils to help keep pores from clogging
    Comes with a second lid and spatula to help keep the product sanitary

    It’s not exactly a budget-friendly initial investment
    It’s only readily available if you live near a Sephora

e.l.f. Melt Cleanser


e.l.f Hydrating Gel Melt Cleanser - Inside

e.l.f Hydrating Gel Melt Cleanser – Inside

  • Cost = $10.00 for 1.41 oz (40 g)
  • Cost per ounce= $7.09 per ounce

e.l.f. did a surprisingly good job with this cleansing balm as far as clean ingredients. It is a clear balm that kind of smells, looks, and feels like petroleum jelly, but isn’t petroleum jelly… that’s the most apt description we could come up with. ;D

This balm features a lot of rose ingredients and Argan oil. It melts down on contact with skin but still keeps more of a balmy texture than the Green Clean cleansing balm. Sadly, it doesn’t perform QUITE as well as the Green Clean either. It does tug at the eye area a bit (so maybe don’t use for removing eye makeup), and it can leave some mascara/eyeliner residue behind after rinsing. The residue wipes away, or washes away easily if you double cleanse. I did notice a difference in how hydrated my skin felt when not double cleansing.

Ingredient wise, the Melt Cleanser has a simpler, over all cleaner ingredient list.  The packaging is nice and beautiful in it’s simplicity. I appreciate that e.l.f. took the time to use outer packaging, and the jar is a sturdy double-walled frosted blue jar. Aesthetically, e.l.f. wins.

Again averaging four uses per week, it lasted one month… so again, you’re paying $10.00 a month to use this product.

Left side cleansed with the Melt Cleanser after rinsing

Left side cleansed with the Melt Cleanser Cleansing Balm after rinsing

Melt Cleanser EWG Rating

EWG score 1

Melt Cleanser Ingredients
Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Glycerin, Water (Aqua), Sucrose Stearate, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil, Rosa Canina Fruit Extract, Rosa Moschata Seed Oil, Rosa Rubiginosa Seed Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Ascorbyl Palmitate
Green = Low Risk | Yellow = Moderate Risk

    It’s readily available
    It’s well priced for most budgets
    Ingredient list is simple
    It does what it says; removes your makeup and leaves the skin hydrated.

    The amount of product is a little on the small side
    It tugs at the eye area a bit and doesn’t completely rinse away eye makeup

Who takes the win?!

Farmacy Green Clean - Inside

Farmacy Green Clean – Inside

We have to give the win to Green Clean. It works out to be the same cost per month as the Melt Cleanser, and it’s easier to keep the product sanitary, but what really won it for Green Clean is how easily it removes eye makeup without tugging!!

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