(6 customer reviews)


Bright yellow from the turmeric (no synthetic scents or colours in Leafology products ever!); expect maximum anti-inflammatory magic & a softly-softly approach to cleansing, with carefully-chosen seed oils, essential oils & organic shea butter. Soften, cleanse & remove make up without causing breakouts or over-drying/stripping skin.

‘I absolutely love this balm , leaves my face feeling so soft and cleansed . Love the fact that not only does it not contain anything bad but that my skin gets to absorb all the lovely natural products every time I use it.’

Scroll down for the full product story, usage guide and to discover the benefits of each carefully-chosen ingredient.

30ml / 60ml recyclable glass jar.

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Love a money-saving set? This product also features in The Complexion Clearing Kit and The Bright Collection.



It took me a long time to realise that even blemish-prone skin is best treated with a ‘gently gently’ approach (and not with vigorously-applied, aggressive, stripping chemicals). It took me even longer to realise that excess oil is actually often a symptom of over-drying, which in turn is often a result of using such mainstream ‘solutions’ which do their very best to strip away all possible oils from the skin, even when those oils are in fact the healthy kind.

If you dry out your skin too much, your body cleverly compensates… by producing more oil, which freaks itself out (that’s the science part) and then may contribute to blocked pores and, you’ve guessed it, end up decorating your face with all manner of unsightly Jackson Pollock-style artwork.

Here’s a little secret, then. As all real scientists can tell you, ‘like attracts like’; therefore, using carefully-chosen plant oils in your skincare regime does not (shock horror) create an oil slick of your visage; instead, it’s a lovely little miracle: the oil you apply joins in with any excess oil going on there and collects it to be lifted away when you wash off this mighty fine plant-based cleanser. All without stripping away the natural oils which SHOULD be there. Your skin needs a delicate balance – obvious, really. It’s a bit like blue-tac; you know how applying blue-tac to blue-tac helps collect it off the walls, once you’ve taken down your posters of Peter Andre? It’s the same thing.

Leafology Yellow Gold Cleansing BalmANYWAY, mini-lecture aside, there is more to this divine cleansing balm than the above; namely, its exquisite composition of complementary plant-derived nutrients and clever extracts. I created it to be absolutely dense in exactly the kind of thing that turns mediocre skin into excellent skin, imparting some seriously impressive ingredients I may be slightly obsessed with (see the list below for why this stuff is amazing!). Seriously, I am revelling in this little sunshine-yellow pot of goodness every evening as I use it to cleanse my skin before bed. It’s completely non-irritating, non-drying, non-pore-blocking, refreshing, free of any unnecessary or questionable chemicals… and leaves my skin incredibly soft, the way I like it.

Why is it yellow?
An excellent question. The bright, sunny hue comes entirely from the natural turmeric root, which is packed full of the anti-inflammatory curcumin, which your skin will love (it’s soothing, anti-redness and antibacterial; excellent for blemished skin). Leafology Yellow Gold Cleansing BalmAlthough gorgeously bright in the pot (mostly silky smooth plus some flecks of tiny, exfoliating, sunny yellow/orange particles), the turmeric’s colour only shows as a slight tinge on your face, which you will of course wash off, and it doesn’t stain the skin at all used this way. I would advise setting aside a particular facecloth for use with this balm – or even purposefully choosing a yellow one, for fun – as the cloth itself might turn a bit yellow during use. (Alternatively, you can use cotton pads dampened with warm water.)

Uses & Directions:
Apply with fingertips or with mini birch wood spoon to dry skin, massaging in circles. Wash off (see below) or choose to leave on for a few minutes (e.g. while brushing your teeth!) before doing so.
To wash off:
1. rinse with water, removing the balm thoroughly OR
2. opt for a quick ‘n’ easy mini-pamper by placing a facecloth under the hot tap (so it’s warm, but not scorching hot!) and holding it to your face first for 10-30 seconds – this allows the steam to open up the pores. Then use the cloth to gently wipe away the cleansing balm. (This is an incredibly soothing way to finish a day, and also really relaxing for your eyes!).
3. Dampen cotton pads with warm water and wipe away the cleansing balm.

Key ingredients/benefits:
GRAPESEED OIL: Non-comodogenic (doesn’t clog pores), this clever oil is light and dreamy, balances sebum, moisturises and is said to restore collagen in the skin. Its linoleic acid helps strengthen cell membranes. It’s also astringent, meaning it tightens pores. Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory – meaning it works on problem areas as well as preventing future ones.

TEA SEED OIL: Calming, anti-inflammatory and a potent anti-oxident. The catechins in tea are antibacterial agents that help fight acne-causing bacteria. See this page for a more lengthy run-down on the magic of tea.

TURMERIC: A true wonder-spice, turmeric’s curcumin makes it antibacterial and an effective anti-inflammatory, often helping to calm pain, redness and swelling. Turmeric has been used across Asia for smoothing complexions and can help to clear breakouts. It’s the reason for the gorgeous natural yellow hue of the balm (but rest assured it’s well balanced against other ingredients, so you only get the clever nutrients, not a yellow-stained face!). I love this stuff.

JUNIPER BERRY: Antiseptic, stimulating and antibacterial. A naturally purifying acne-fighter, juniper has a long history of general and medicinal know-how. In medieval times, it was seen as an excellent defence against evil spirits, and The Old Testament includes several references to the ‘Broom Tree’ being used to cleanse, purify and eliminate that which is false and negative. If nothing else, it balances sebum levels.

CASTOR OIL: Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, promotes supple, plumped skin, helps fade blemishes, moisturises and helps evens skin tone.

ORGANIC SHEA BUTTER: Coming from the seeds of the karité nuts, shea butter penetrates the skin without blocking pores; allows the skin to breathe. Its unique fatty acid (vitamin F) profile makes it wonderful for rejuvenating even delicate skin types.

MEADOWFOAM: Said to detox the skin and break down blackheads, meadowfoam (so named due to the appearance of the pretty flowers) is soothing, nourishing and moisturising.

TEA TREE: Well known for its anti-bacterial properties, its a high-performing skin aid, keeping things clean and clear. Antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal, it’s also a soothing addition to the balm.

LAVENDER & ROSEMARY: calming, anti-microbial & toning, these two make a delicious pair, lightening up the scent while meaning business.

Ricinus communis (Castor) seed oil, Butyrospermum parkii (Shea) refined butter, Vitis vinifera (Grapeseed) seed oil, Candelilla cera, Camellia kissi (Camellia) seed oil, Limnanthes alba (Meadowfoam) seed oil, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) root powder, Melaleuca alternifolia (Tea Tree) leaf oil, Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender) leaf oil, Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) leaf oil, Juniperus communis (Juniperberry) fruit oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Limonene, Linalool.

All prices are in GBP.




  1. Joan

    I love this! I am a turmeric fan anyway. I’ve already found taking turmeric very beneficial for my arthritic knee, so trying a cleansing balm containing my fave spice was a no- brainer. This super natural blend works a treat!

  2. ccsager

    This stuff has been an actual game-changer for my skin. I have naturally oily/combo skin and have battled it for so many years. Over the past year or two, I’ve been trying to work with it and moisturise it, then a couple of months ago, I started using Leafology’s products on my face and … Well, let me tell you about just two things that have happened in that time …

    1. I’ve been complimented on my skin. On more than one occasion. This has never happened to me before. I’ve always considered myself to have BAD skin. One of those times was by a makeup artist and beauty expert who was shocked to learn my skin’s naturally oily.

    2. I can get to the end of the day without blotting or powdering my skin and it’s still matte. I used to be shiny by 11am. By the end of the day, my foundation had gone completely, having slid off my oily skin. Now, it still looks great when I take it off. I’m in shock!

    I have to admit, I was skeptical about adding oil to my already oily t-zone. I needn’t have been! This in conjunction with the overnight oil and Good Face Day Serum have completely changed my skin (and just in time for me to get married later this month – phew!). I’m so pleased – thank you, Ella Rose! <3

  3. Laura

    I absolutely love this balm , leaves my face feeling so soft and cleansed . Love the fact that not only does it not contain anything bad but that my skin gets to absorb all the lovely natural products every time I use it

  4. julia

    This stuff is incredible and I am amazed! I was a bit dubious about using a solid oil cleanser that doesn’t contain an emulsifier (for easy rinsing) but it doesn’t need it… I massage this stuff into my makeup’y face and take it off with a warm flannel. It removes every scrap of makeup and leaves skin soft and supple. It does a better job in one sweep than a double cleanse with established expensive ‘high end’ cleansers. So not only is this more efficient at cleaning, but it is also better on the pocket. I wish it came in a bigger tub size. Combined with my evening ‘face food’ my skin is literally glowing, blemish free, and my wrinkles don’t seem so bad either! I am literally astonished every morning upon seeing my reflection in the mirror!

  5. Janet

    This was the first cleansing balm I had tried, in fact the first time I had even heard of using an oil-based balm rather than a frothy cleanser. My skin took around four days to get used to it, but since then, my skin has been glowing, felt cleaner, and had no break-outs. I have tried other balms since using this one, and I have to say, I prefer this to all others that I have tested! Thank you so much 🙂

  6. Rosie Forth

    This stuff is just incredible – whenever I use it I have an amazing skin day the next day. I’ll go all out and use it with the toner and overnight face food, and it’s a sure fire way to calm down a breakout. Smells wonderful too, and it lasts for ages despite being such a tiny pot. I won’t be without it now!

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