First Impression: SAAT Insight Wegstehlen Cleansing Balm
Yo, dewy fam! Jane here with another hot take for you, coming in fresh from Philly~
We were selected by K-Beauty online retailer Jolse to try the SAAT Insight Wegstehlen Cleansing Balm. I had mixed feelings on this product at first; read on to know if it won me over!
This is a sherbet cleansing balm which according to Jolse, smoothes skin by cleansing thick makeup, tightens pores, and eliminates blackheads and excess sebum.
Mineral Oil, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, PEG-5 Glyceryl Triisostearate, Polysorbate 60, Beeswax, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, PEG-8 caprylic/capric glycerides, Argania spinosa Kernel Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil, Olus, Tocopherol, Aniba Rosaeodora Wood Oil, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil, Citrus Paradisi Seed Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia Oil, Mentha Piperita Oil, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol
According to COSDNA, there are 2 potential irritants and acne triggers. Beeswax (0-2, acne/irritant) and Tocopherol (2, acne/irritant) are the potential triggers. It’s important to note it contains essential oils for those sensitive to essential oils.
I detect a slight citrus/floral scent, due to the essential oils. I find it light and refreshing, not overpowering.
Comes in a tub with a small spatula to scoop out the product. The spatula rests on top of an inner protective lid beneath the screw cap. The box which it comes in is the most artful pink marbled packaging I've ever seen.
Thick but emollient balm, similar to vaseline. It leaves behind a greasy residue.
Now here’s where things get a little messy. This is not your typical cleansing balm which can be applied and rinsed off easily with your double cleanse. It takes a good 15-20 seconds to massage the product into your skin. It stays on your face and is resistant to water, so it won’t rinse off unless you use plenty elbow grease, but even that is futile. In actuality, the balm residue is meant to be removed with a warm wet cloth or towel, which works so much more effectively than plain water on its own. This type of balm application and removal is similar to other luxury balms such as the Omorovicza Thermal Cleansing Balm. Though I haven’t tried the latter cleansing balm, the two balms have some ingredients in common such as beeswax, almond oil, and cetearyl ethylhexanoate. This may account for the same removal process due to the same thicker balm texture.
I have to say I was worried at first, since this balm was thicker and worlds oilier than I’m used to with a typical sherbet cleanser. I’ve used balms from Enature, Heimish, and Banila Co but this balm is nowhere near the consistency of the others. I was especially worried about how the greasy consistency would fare on my already oily, acne-prone skin. In addition to feeling oilier, it feels much more rich, luxurious, and nourishing on the skin.
Once I got over the greasy residue and having to wipe it off with a damp cloth, I can honestly tell you that my face just felt WAY cleaner after. It kept the right amount of moisture and didn’t feel stripped or dry; it felt really nice and nourished.
If I can overcome my laziness and get over the extra step needed to clean the balm off, I'd say this balm is a winner. It works really well with my skin as it hasn’t caused any breakouts and my skin feels nourished afterwards. I’m not sure I’d repurchase the balm at this point, but it's growing on me and I am really glad I was able to test it out, as I wouldn't have tried it if I knew what to expect.
I’ve only tried this balm twice but I give this a solid 4/5 stars. It really meets its claims about eliminating excess sebum, and my skin felt more balanced after use.
Where to purchase
You can purchase SAAT Insight Wegstehlen Cleansing Balm at Jolse. At the time of this post it is on sale for only $18.80, which is a great price for a cleansing balm of this quality.
Would you be interesting in trying this cleaning balm? Let us know in the comments!
*Disclaimer: We were selected by Jolse for testing purposes. All opinions are my own.