Antipodes Grapeseed Butter Cleanser Balm Review

Late last year I discovered Antipodes skincare and quickly fell in love with the products. I’ve tested and posted reviews on a mask, moisturiser and face oil (will link the posts at the end of this post).

Usually, I am not a fan of clay cleansers/balms, etc because I always end up having to use a wash cloth to remove. Since I had so much success with the other Antipodes products I had high hope this would change my mind about a cleansing butter/balm. Antipodes Grapeseed Butter Cleanser Balm Review

About Antipodes Grapeseed Butter

  • nourishing blend of cacao butter, olive oil, harakeke oil
  • soothing blend of lavender and blue chamomile
  • contains hibiscus bloom and provides a gentle exfoliating action

Helps balance oil production and also boosts dry and thirsty skin.


Star Ingredients:

  • Hibiscus flower: a natural source of alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) that help exfoliate, control oily skin and clogged pores.
  • Vinanza Grape: improves elasticity and firmness

Antipodes website can be accessed by clicking here.


Antipodes Grapeseed Butter Cleanser Balm Review

What Antipodes Grapeseed Butter looks like

The butter is a really thick consistency, you have to rub your fingertips together for a minute or 2 to warm it up and melt so you can apply to skin.  I found that if I didn’t melt it enough before applying I wasn’t able to glide it easily on my face. I would have to try to manoeuvre the product on my face and would give me the feeling that I’m tugging at my skin.

It contains mini beads that are part of the ingredients, it doesn’t hurt nor is it rough on the skin. The beads tend to just melt upon contact with my skin.

It’s a gorgeous yellow colour and the scent is pleasant. It’s not strong or lingering. You know I don’t do well with products that contain a lot of fragrance. I also like that it came with its own little spatula that I would store inside the jar. Making it a preferred method to take the product out instead of having to dig in with my fingers.


Antipodes Grapeseed Butter Cleanser Balm Review

How I use Antipodes Grapeseed Butter

I apply this to dry skin as my first cleanse. In case you don’t know, I don’t wear makeup so I don’t know how it fares for makeup removal. But as far as the first cleanse I feel like it does a good job of removing all the dirt and oils that my skin acquires through during the day.

As soon as I apply this onto my skin it just feels like a very thick, vaseline type of feeling. If it’s fairly warmed up before I apply it to my face it glides easier to massage it in a circular motion.

That little lesson took me awhile to work out. I’d imagine this is something you may already know and have been doing for years! I’m always late to the party.


Antipodes Grapeseed Butter Cleanser Balm Review

My experience using Antipodes Grapeseed Butter


I tried many ways to try to remove this cleanser before moving on to my second cleanse and there are 2 different methods I found worked best for me.

The first method is using a wet muslin/ wash cloth. Personally, I try to avoid using muslin/washcloths as much as I can and the only reason is laziness on my part to wash them. I know, sorry excuse, not too hard to throw them in the washing once a week and hang to dry.

The second method that slightly solves my first method is using a facial sponge to remove the balm. The one I use isn’t a Konjac sponge but it’s very similar to one. I purchased a 2 pack of these sponges from Kmart. They work well and I just wash them once I am done and leave to dry until next use. The downside of this is that I can only use that sponge for a couple of weeks for fear of bacteria.

Trying to remove this balm just by using water doesn’t work for me, it doesn’t emulsify for me. There were many times I tried to remove just by using water it only made my skin slippery and leaving a film behind.


Antipodes Grapeseed Butter Cleanser Balm Review

Final Thoughts of Antipodes Grapeseed Butter


This cleanser is okay to use, but I prefer a micellar water or an oil based cleanser as my first cleanse instead of a balm.

I had this butter cleanser for awhile and was using it a good chunk of time at the beginning and really disliked it. So I took it out of my rotation for a few months. Then I decided to add it into one of my monthly project pan so I could get rid of it. My hopes were that by using it up I would fall in love with it, sadly that was not the outcome.

It never left my skin dry or irritated, so it is very gentle on the skin.

When I applied water to this product to wash off, it ends up becoming a barrier texture that nothing can get through. It’s not until it’s completely wiped off that I can apply a cleanser to my face.


Antipodes Grapeseed Butter Cleanser Balm Review

Repurchase Antipodes Grapeseed Butter


No, I would not repurchase this particular item from Antipodes. Whilst I will purchase items from the Antipodes line the Grapeseed Butter will be a no go for me.


Maybe people who wear makeup may find this ideal to melt all the makeup off during a pm routine. That was not how it worked out for me, no instant visual of seeing all my dirt melting off. However, I did like the way this cleanser cleaned my skin but I would love it if Antipodes somehow made this in a different method other than it being a balm. The method of applying this cleanser is what doesn’t work for me.




Have you used this butter cleanser? Or are you like me and have decided balms/butter aren’t for you?





Check out my other Antipodes skincare reviews.

Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask – click here

Antipodes Avacado Pear Nourishing Night Cream – click here

Antipodes Divine Face Oil Avacado and Rosehip Facial Oil – click here



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