Extra Balm Rinse
7.3 fl. oz. for $59
Category:Skin Care > Cleansers (including Cleansing Cloths) > Cleansers/Soaps
Last Updated:04.01.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Extra Balm Rinse is a very rich, luxurious cleansing balm for dry to very dry skin, but the olive oil prevents it from rinsing well without the aid of a washcloth. That’s not a big deal, but the amount of the fragrant component limonene in this product is. Limonene is a volatile compound found in most citrus fruits, and its topical application causes contact dermatitis (Source: www.naturaldatabase.com).


A great way to experience Bobbi's Extra Skincare. This easy-squeeze tube of conditioning cleanser removes all traces of makeup and impurities quickly and completely. Leaves skin with a smooth, cushiony finish, and feeling instantly refreshed.


Glycerin, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Limonene, Polyglyceryl-10 Behenate/Eicosadioate, Glyceryl Behenate/Eicosadioate, Polyglyceryl-3 Beeswax, PEG-10 Sunflower Glycerides, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Polydecene, Beta Carotene, Potassium Stearate, Benzyl Alcohol, Linalool, Anise Alcohol, Citronellol, Aminomethyl Propanediol

Brand Overview

Bobbi Brown At-A-Glance

Strengths: A good cleanser and eye makeup removers; some impressive foundations, with options for all skin types and preferences; very good blushes and eyeshadows (powder and cream); several top-notch mascaras; the Gel Eyeliner and Shimmer Brick are impressive; mostly excellent brushes..

Weaknesses: As with most Lauder-owned companies, the well-formulated moisturizers are hindered by jar packaging, which compromises the effectiveness of light- and air-sensitive ingredients; several otherwise effective products marred by irritating fragrant oils or fragrance components; concealers and lip glosses are unimpressive; CC cream leaves skin looking worse, not better.

It all began with lipsticks. In 1991, New York based makeup artist Bobbi Brown debuted a collection of ten lipsticks at Bergdorf Goodman, expecting to sell about one hundred units in a month. She sold more than that the first day. From there, it's been mostly success after success, as Brown launched her classic foundation stick, wrote her first book, Bobbi Brown Beauty The Ultimate Beauty Resource, and enjoyed continued attention as an in-demand makeup artist and beauty educator.

The popularity of the line, particularly the makeup, did not go unnoticed by Estee Lauder, who acquired Bobbi Brown Cosmetics in 1995. Since Lauder has been at the helm the line has expanded well beyond what Brown likely envisioned back in the early 1990s, and it now includes fragrance and body-care products, among others. Yet it is Brown's makeup that continues to excel with superior foundations (though the ones without sufficient UVA protection disappoint), true matte blushes and eyeshadows, and with all of the other basics that are essential to a woman's classic makeup wardrobe. It isn't the least bit surprising that this makeup collection continues to do so well, because for many women, it's one-stop shopping that combines classic makeup application techniques with enough fun-yet-functional products to keep customer's interest piqued season to season.

Turning to the skin-care collection, there isn't a great deal to say or extol. The prices are rather steep, especially when you consider how many well-intentioned products use jar packaging, and fragrant irritants are a common thread, including in most of the sunscreens, which is a shame. Color is Bobbi Brown's strong point, but you will find a few sleeper hits among the selection of mostly inadequate or problematic skin-care products.

For more information about Bobbi Brown, owned by Estee Lauder, call (877) 310-9222 or visit www.bobbibrowncosmetics.com.

Bobbi Brown Makeup

We admire Brown's latest philosophy on beauty. She says, "The secret to beauty is simple—be who you are." No arguments here! However, it's clear from promotional materials for this line that Brown believes being who you are should involve some amount of makeup, a concept many women may disagree with. Still, there's no question that the right makeup, applied and blended correctly, can make a world of positive difference to a woman, and in this regard Brown's counter staff is well-prepared. It was nice to overhear the makeup artists explaining step-by-step application tips to customers, rather than just pushing products. With just a few exceptions, this is a makeup collection its namesake creator should be proud of—not only for the products, but also for the level of service and education provided.

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I also love it

My dry skin loves this. No contact dermatitis for me :) It does remove my makeup. I warm a little bit in my hand with a few drops of water and apply to my face, i have zero problems with it rinsing clean. sometimes i mix in BB's buffing grains for face. (I customize the amount of grains according to how much exfoliation i need at that time) and i have the most wonderful scrub ever. Other times i use my clarisonic. Skin is soft smooth and clean

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Dena A
also bummed

Because my skin is so dry i purchased this balm and it worked great. my dry skin was feelling moisturized and my skin felt and looked really good. But I too developed a rash on my neck that also became itchy. To be completely honest I was at first in denial that it was the balm because I really liked the way my skin looked and felt while using it. But the rash remained and i had to give it up. Paula maybe you can whip up a product similar without the irritants. I would buy it immediately!

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I purchased this product because I have very dry skin and needed a wash that would not further dry my skin, initially I really liked the way my skin felt and looked after washing. I liked that it was a balm. It is very thick with consistency of thick honey. But.... I started developing on my neck terribly red itchy blotches ... kind-of like hives. I was highly allergic. I was bummed. I discontinued use.

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Hate to admit I love it!

It's true that it doesn't take makeup off very well, so I use it in the morning. I just love the feel and smell of it and enjoy the experience of washing my face with it.

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