September 27, 2017

Best Makeup Remover: Farmacy Green Clean Review

If you’ve ever considered sleeping in your makeup because it was too much of a hassle to remove your mascara, you need Farmacy Green Clean in your life.

Disclosure: This post is not sponsored. This post does not contain affiliate links. I purchased this product myself with my own money.

I’ll get the only downsides to this product out of the way real quick so I can spend the rest of this post gushing about how much I love it. I have some major feels about this product, and I’m stoked to share them with you.

However, I do need to mention that this product uses coconut oil (caprylic/capric triglyceride) as a main ingredient. For most people this won’t be a problem, but some people have skin that doesn’t like coconut oil. Normally this is where I would tell you that you should probably avoid this product if you believe your skin is sensitive to coconut oil, but since this is a product you’ll wash off after a few minutes, I would say you can probably still use this. Just be sure you remove it thoroughly with a face wash and you should be fine. The other downside if the essential oils in this product, which can be irritating for some people with sensitive skin. I personally am fine with using essential oils and fragrance on my skin, but I know it’s something that some people choose to avoid. For that reason, I wouldn’t recommend using this if you are sensitive/allergic to any of the essential oils in this product. Now, for the rest of you, let me tell you about the wonders of Green Clean.


How to use:

Scoop out a small amount (about the size of a nickel) with the spatula. (Note: Farmacy’s instructions say to scoop a generous amount, I disagree. A little bit will get the job done easily.) Massage the balm between your fingers, then gently massage it over your face until your makeup is dissolved. Rinse with water, then follow up with a cleanser (foaming or non-foaming, whichever you prefer). My personal favorite is Stratia Velvet Cleansing Milk. You’ll want to follow up with another cleanser because Green Clean may leave a slight oily residue. If you’re unfamiliar with double cleansing, I have a post about it here.


Here’s what I love about Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm (that name’s a mouthful):

  • Takes off all of my makeup without me having to scrub at my face. Seriously, everything. Prior to purchasing the full size, I had a deluxe sample from Sephora. I was enjoying Green Clean, but the moment it went from ‘I like this’ to ‘I need this’ was when it removed my Covergirl Lash Blast Waterproof mascara. I’ve never been able to get that stuff off in one go before. It usually lingers on my lashes for at least a day even after using some of my favorite cleansing oils.
  • The texture feels luxurious and makes taking off my makeup a pleasant experience instead of a chore.
  •  Smells amazing. To me, it smells like sherbert, though I’m not sure if that’s what it’s supposed to smell like. Whatever the scent is, I love it. Fruity, fresh, sweet. It’s not overpowering or super synthetic smelling. It might still be a little too much for anyone with a very sensitive nose, but I think most people will be fine with this scent. Everyone I know that uses it absolutely loves the scent!
  • Even though it’s in jar packaging, it comes with a little spatula to keep things hygienic. I also appreciate the spatula because I hate the feeling of anything under my nails. I’m so happy I don’t have to scoop this out with my hands for that reason.
  • A little bit goes a long way. I only need a little scoop about the size of a nickel to cleanse my whole face. The sample I had lasted me for about 8-10 uses, so I imagine the full size will last quite a bit longer.
  • My skin feels smooth and hydrated after I use this to remove my makeup, and it leaves me with a nice, soft glow to my skin.


Ingredients (via Sephora.com):

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, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Echinacea Purpurea Root Extract, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Moringa Pterygosperma Seed Extract, Disodium Phosphate, Citric Acid.


Final Thoughts:

I would recommend this for everyone except those of you with very sensitive skin or coconut sensitivities. It does an excellent job of removing makeup, the packaging is thoughtfully designed, and it’s an enjoyable product to use. Considering the amount of product in the package, the amount needed for one use, and the price of the product I think it’s a good value too. It’s definitely more expensive than a drugstore equivalent would be, but it’s also significantly more effective than any other cleansing balm, cleansing oil, or micellar water that I’ve ever tried. For me, the price is worth it. The incredible lime sherbert scent is also a huge plus for me!

Where to purchase:

$34 for 3.2 oz/ 90 ml Sephora | Farmacy

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Thanks for reading! Question: what makeup product (mascara, liquid lipstick?) do you have the hardest time removing? Let me know in the comments!



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