Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm

Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm

Take The Day Off cleansing balm, in a nutshell, is a solid version of an oil cleanser. The balm turns to oil with body heat and friction to break up makeup and sunscreen. It then emulsifies with water into a ‘milk’ that can be rinsed off, or if you’re like me, buffed off with a warm damp face washer.


Why do I need it?

I’ve stated before my all-time favourite cleanser is DHC’s Deep Cleansing Oil, but there are times when an oily liquid is just not so great. Travelling is the one I immediately think of.

This is when Take The Day Off balm comes into its own. Just like the DHC it dissolves makeup and sunscreen including long-wear foundation and waterproof mascara and cleanses without stripping the skin. But, it remains a solid until you use it, then it becomes an oil! Genius.

It even remains solid in extreme temperatures. It regularly gets to 35+°C (95°F) in my bathroom over summer. I’ve had loads of other cleansing balms turn to soup on me and be completely unusable between the months of November and March, but not Take The Day Off. Its never melted. Even in Bali. (I decant into a smaller pot)

Because Take The Day Off balm is by Clinique, you know its fragrance free and tested for common skin sensitivities. It does not contain mineral oil, which is a big deal for a lot of people, including myself. The base oil is Safflower Seed oil. It also does’t contain any essential oils, unlike DHC which contains rosemary oil.

To me, being so bland is actually what makes it a little less enjoyable to use, hence why its never taken the #1 position in my cleanser/makeup remover line up. I’ve heard the texture and cleansing experience described as ‘washing your face with lard.’ And it is a little bit like that. It looks and feels like colourless margarine, or solid coconut all that has no smell and doesn’t ever turn liquid.2751-29602_NA_01_330x430

It is however brilliant at getting the job done with minimum fuss, maximum usability and at an affordable price. Suitable for all skin types. You only need need a ‘fingerful’ – about the size of a pea – so it lasts forever. Perfect first cleanser in a double cleanse (for makeup/sunscreen removal). You can use it as a second cleanse also, but if you’re using two different cleansers, this one would always go first.


What is in it?

Very few ingredients actually:

Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Sorbeth-30 Tetraoleate, Polyethylene, PEG-5 Glyceryl Triisostearate, Water\Aqua\Eau, Tocopherol, Phenoxyethanol [ILN30654]


Where do I get it / Whats the damage?

The best thing about Clinique is its literally available everywhere! So reliable. You can go to your nearest Department Store and they are almost certain to have it.

I always get mine from David Jones as I know the Clinique staff at my local store. I also recommend Adore Beauty if your taste in beauty is a little more niche than what a department store has to offer. If you’re anything like me, you’re never just buying one thing and Adore has a lot to tempt as well as the Clinique…

But, if like most people you don’t live in Australia, Sephora and Boots have you covered.

My one gripe with TTDO (apart from the blandness – which is a positive for some) is that Aussie beauties have to pay a whopping 47% more than their American counterparts for exactly the same product. What is with that?!


  • Australia: RRP $55AUD  (about $42.50US)
  • US: RRP $29.00US
  • UK: RRP £22.00 (about $31.30US)


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