An award-winning face cleansing balm made with the fine powder of discarded apricot stones, a natural by-product of the apricot oil industry which is rich in antioxidant Vitamin E.



  • Face cleansing balm for all skin types.
  • Designed to gently remove makeup (including eye makeup), pollution and impurities
  • Suitable for everyday use
  • Handmade in the UK
  • Vegan
  • Cruelty free
  • Sustainable
  • Housed in a 50ml glass jar with aluminium lid


How to use:

Massage a coin-sized amount between your fingers and onto face in upward circular motions. Remove with a warm, damp cloth to reveal a clearer, brighter complexion. Best used as the first cleanse to break down make-up, SPF and any oils (sebum, sweat) on the surface of the skin. For their full recommended skin routine, check out the blog post.


Brand Story:

UpCircle is a small UK company that handmake skin care products using repurposed ingredients wherever possible to avoid things going to waste. Their ultimate mission is to leave the world better than they found it by transforming ingredients that would otherwise be discarded into natural, organic beauty products. All of their products are Cosmos-approved, vegan, cruelty free, SLS and SLES free, palm oil free, silicones free, parabens free, sulfates free and parfum free!


Ingredients: 100% NATURAL ORIGIN. INGREDIENTS: Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil, Ribes Nigrum (Black Currant) Seed Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Powder, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Oil, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) Fruit Oil, Tocopherol, Eucalyptus Citriodora (Eucalyptus) Leaf Oil, Leptospermum Scoparium Oil, Salvia Sclarea Oil, Juniperus Communis (Juniper) Fruit Oil, Tanacetum Annuum (Blue Tansy) Flower Oil, ^Limonene, ^Linalool. ^Natural constituent of essential oils listed.

UpCircle Cleansing Balm

  • What does it replace and is it an improvement?

    The whole UpCircle mission is to prevent a linear economy by repurposing ingredients that would otherwise be thrown away. These cleansing balsm are made using the finely-ground powder of discarded apricot stones, a natural by-product of the apricot oil industry that otherwise would have ended up in landfill, which to me, makes this product a massive improvement in itself!


    Not only this, but all of their products are vegan, cruelty free, sustainable, palm oil free, organic and 100% recyclable packaging that is as plastic free as possible! 


    Before I started my plastic free journey, I used to get all of my skin care products from The Body Shop. I used to use the Vitamin E cream cleanser and the camomile eye make up remover, both of which come to a total £18.50 with two plastic bottles. So at £18.99 this is slightly higher priced, however you're getting all of the added environmental benefits whilst only using one product with no plastic! 

  • What is my review?

    Since trying this product, I have noticed a real difference in my skin. I use it before bed every day to take off my make up (if I've worn any that day) and to cleanse before bed, and sometimes in the morning if I have time. It melts in your fingers and smells amazing! The fine powder in the balm acts like a very light exfoliator so you feel like you're really cleaning your skin. I can't believe how smooth my face feels afterwards considering it is not a designated exfoliating product. This is now a staple in my skin care routine! I won't be going back to my old Body Shop favourites. Highly recommend!


    My rating: solid 10/10!

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