Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser and Balm Dot Com Review

As a brand, Glossier is kinda taking the beauty world by storm. Although I’ve become an Into the Gloss reader only recently, the brand’s youthful packaging, curated selection of products, and emphasis on skincare caught my attention long before they started shipping to Canada. Only recently have I been able to get my hands on a few of the products that most caught my attention: the Milky Jelly Cleanser and Balm Dot Com in Coconut.

I’ll start my review with the Milky Jelly Cleanser, a product with a cult following. Thanks to Caroline Hirons, I’ve recently switched over and cultivated a love for non-foaming cleansers, despite the fact that I’ve got combo/oily skin. It could just be me, but I’m convinced that without foaming cleansers stripping my skin of its natural oils, my skin is less oily than it has been in previous summers. (Either that or I’m getting old. Maybe both.)

MJC’s texture is super weird because it has the approximate consistency of semen. “Milky jelly” really does describe it well. When massaged onto dry skin, the cleanser is essentially clear but feels plush and kushy – it’s weird and wonderful. Then I usually wet my hands and massage it in some more before rinsing off or removing it with a wash cloth.

What I find most exciting about this is that it doesn’t burn my eyes, and leaves the skin feeling clean and fresh but not stripped. I’m not sure how Glossier achieved that, but they did. This makes it perfect for a second cleanse after removing makeup, or for a morning cleanse.

In my opinion, everybody with skin has to have an all-purpose skin moisturizer to use on lips and other chapped parts. Smith’s Rosebud Salve is one of my faves, but honestly, Glossier’s Balm Dot Com is giving it a run for its money. I got the coconut flavour, which isn’t all that coconutty to be honest. I can’t pinpoint the flavour – like a coconut mixed with vanilla maybe? Anyway, the fragrance is inoffensive, and it’s the performance that counts.

I find this more moisturizing than my beloved Smith’s Salve. It’s also petroleum-based, but the addition of lanolin really seems to seal moisture in. It works beautifully as a lip moisturizer while I’m doing my makeup in the morning (yes, I’m aware that this is an oddly-specific usage for this product). I also like to use it on my nose to prevent chapping when I have a cold (I had a summer cold – it was awful).

I really like the products I’ve tried so far and will very likely order from Glossier in the future!

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