The Inkey List Oat Cleansing Balm Review

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The Inkey List Oat Cleansing Balm Review
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The Inkey list has been on my radar for a while, but it has taken me quite some time to get around to trying any of the products. As a big cleansing balm fan, I loved the sound of the Inkey List Oat Cleansing Balm, and so have been testing it out. Here’s how I got on.

What is Inkey List Oat Cleansing Balm?

The Inkey List Oat Cleansing Balm Review
The Inkey List Oat Cleansing Balm Review
  • Rich cleansing balm
  • Designed to melt away makeup and impurities
  • Won’t dry out the skin
  • Uses Oat Kernel Oil to hydrate, moisturize and cleanse
  • Colloidal Oatmeal makes it great for sensitive skin
  • For use morning and night
  • Ideal first step in a double cleanse
  • Can be left on for 10 minutes as a moisturizing mask treatment

Key Ingredients

  • 3% Oat Kernel Oil to support moisture levels, smooth and reduce blackheads
  • 1% Colloidal Oatmeal it helps to reduce the appearance of redness and soothe irritation

How to use The Inkey List Oat Cleansing Balm

I like to use this as the first cleanse in the evening to remove makeup and SPF, although it’s also lovely on its own in the morning if my skin is feeling a little dry.

I just massage a smallish blob over my dry skin for a couple of minutes then add water to emulsify. It turns into a light milk that lifts away impurities and you can rinse it off or remove it with a warm flannel. I prefer to use a wash cloth as I think this better ensures there’s no residue left on the skin.

You can leave it there, or do your second cleanse if that is your preference.

As I said earlier, you can also leave it for 10 minutes before removing to give your skin a moisture boost.

My Review

The Inkey List Oat Cleansing Balm
The Inkey List Oat Cleansing Balm

The Inkey List Oat Cleansing Balm is a lovely, effective cleanser and you will get on well with it if you like rich, thick textures.

It has a thick oil melting texture that glides over the skin effortlessly and breaks down makeup and SPF with ease. I can feel the slightest hint of texture in the product, but it isn’t abrasive and I find it fine for use on my eyes.

The Inkey List Oat Cleansing Balm
The Inkey List Oat Cleansing Balm

The best way to remove it is with a warm wet flannel, otherwise it can leave some residue, especially around the eyes. Having said that, I am not averse to that feeling of moisturisation left behind by some of my cleansers and this one leaves my skin feeling comfortable and supple.

This is an ideal first cleanse as it does all the heavy duty makeup removal quickly and easily.

In conversations on my Instagram, some have told me that it can be quite difficult to squeeze out of the tube. I haven’t experienced this and I think that’s probably because it’s summer right now and everything is a lot warmer. It most likely solidifies more in cooler climates.

I’d recommend giving it a bit of a shake before squeezing out in warmer climates as it can separate a little.

Another great, super affordable cleanser, the one from The Ordinary. Read my The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser Review.

If you’re still on the hunt for a new cleanser, check out my Best Cleansers for 2022 blog post.

Where to buy it

The Inkey List Oat Cleansing Balm is £10.99 and available via the following retailers. Check the individual links as it is often on offer.


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