Sunday Riley Blue Moon Clean Rinse Cleansing Balm Review

28th October 2020 in Cleanser, Exfoliation, Skincare - No Comments - Talia James (The Skincare Saviour) - 4 min read
Sunday Riley Blue Moon Clean Rinse Cleansing Balm Review

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You might be a little confused reading this but ill clear it up, Sunday Riley recently changed the name of her Blue Moon cleanser. I first used this in 2017 when I was first getting into skincare and I absolutely loved this cleanser because back then I had what I thought was dry skin but I was just extremely dehydrated! I would definitely recommend this cleanser to any of you out there that has dry dehydrated skin but anyone can really use it just the thirsty girls will get more use of it.

What is it?

Blue Moon Cleansing Balm is of course a balm to milk cleanser that contains small sugar granules (Sucrose Laureate) that gently exfoliate the skin. This cleanser is for those of you with dry skin as it contains a lot of hydrating/oil replenishing ingredients. I have combination skin that tends to be quite dehydrated so on the days where I feel especially dehydrated, I reach for this.

Sunday Riley Blue Moon Clean Rinse Cleansing Balm Review

How do you use it?

This cleanser is pretty solid even for a balm so what I tend to do is scoop some out of the pot them rub it between my palms for a few seconds just to heat it up and soften it, you can then apply it in circular motions. Sunday Riley says you can use this to remove makeup but I would tend to use this as a second cleanse in my routine as its almost like a “treatment” cleanser I would suggest using a cleansing cloth to remove this even though it does contain some good emulsifiers but because of the granules don’t dissolve and stay on your face. I find it much easier to remove it all with a face cloth than just splashing water at your face.

On the days where you feel that your skin is especially dry, Blue Moon Cleanser can also be used as a mask by leaving it on the skin for 20 minutes then cleansing off with warm water.

What in it?

Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride emo, Sucrose Laurate emo|emu|surf, Jojoba Esters so|emo|h, Acacia Decurrens Flower Wax emo, Glycerin sii|h 0 0, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Wax emo, Polyglycerin-3 h, Glyceryl Behenate emo|emu, C10-18 Triglycerides emo|solv, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter emo 0 4, Peg-8 Beeswax emu, Cetyl Alcohol emo|emu|vc|surf 2 2, Ceteth-20 surf|emu|surf, Steareth-20 emu|surf 1 2, Polyglyceryl-6 Distearate emu, Polyglyceryl-3 Beeswax emu, Squalene sii|aox|emo, Tangerine (Citrus Tangerina) Oil, Citrus Sinensis (Sweet Orange) Oil perf, Tanacetum Annuum (Blue Tansy) Leaf Oil, Matricaria Recutita (German Chamomile) Essential Oil so, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract, Ylang Ylang (Canaga Odorata) Flower Oil perf, Citrus Aurantium Var. Amara (Neroli) Flower Oil , Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile Roman) Flower Oil so|perf, Phenoxyethanol pres, Moringa Oil/ Hydrogenated Moringa Oil Esters (Moringa Butter), Chlorphenesin pres|amic, Caprylyl Glycol h|emo
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This cleanser contains ingredients such as Blue Tansy which is supposed to help reduce the body’s response to irritation although there is not much research to prove that this even happens.  The base of this cleansing balm is Cocoa Butter, Moringa Butter and Beeswax Absolute you will recognise the moringa butter from the Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm, these will help to break down makeup and sunscreen while the Beeswax Absolute will help to calm dry irritated skin, Sucrose Laurate which is a sugar-based surfactant. Clementine Petitgrain, Vanilla and Tangerine Essential Oils which gives it that gorgeous orangey/vanilla scent and finally German Chamomile which again is valued for its calming and soothing properties but please remember that these ingredients are fragrant essential oils which some people might find irritating.

Sunday Riley Blue Moon Clean Rinse Cleansing Balm Review


Those with dry skin will find that there skin is somewhat hydrated although you will still need to use hydrating serums and moisturisers. Your skin will also be exfoliated due to the little granules so please avoid using another exfoliator if you use this cleanser.

Sunday Riley Blue Moon Clean Rinse Cleansing Balm Review

Final Thoughts?

I feel like I have come a long way since 2017 and so has skincare, while this isn’t something I would always jump to use it is a nice cleanser to have around if you do feel especially dehydrated but I would be careful because you don’t want to be using it this too much and exfoliating every single day.

Will I Repurchase?

3/5 – Maybe not because I have other balm cleansers that I use which are both hydrating and not exfoliating so I can use them all the time. Deviant Skincare Cleansing Concentrate for example.

Where to buy?

This is more luxury cleansing balm as it comes in at £46. You can find the Sunday Riley Blue Moon Cleansing Balm online at or instore.

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Talia James (The Skincare Saviour)

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