Huda’s Wishful Cleansing Balm: Is it actually worth it?

I have always loved the idea of cleansing balms and butters. So, when I found that Wishful Cleansing Balm is available, I went out and got it. And to say the least, it did not disappoint.

Wishful Clean genie Cleansing Butter was the first product I tried from Huda Kattan’s skincare line “Wishful”.

woman applying cleansing balm on her face

I’m a fan of the double cleansing system and an oil-based balm or butter like this one should ideally be the first step of cleansing. I use it to remove my makeup and sunscreen at the end of the day. I’ve probably used up more than half of the tub at this point.

Okay let’s start.

Wishful Cleansing Balm


Rating: 4.5 out of 5.



$35 for 100g. I would say it’s a decent price point since you don’t need much of the product, so it’ll last you for quite some time.


Love the tub packaging. But a spatula could prove quite useful, so we don’t have to dip our fingers in the tub over and over. Surely, every product has some sort of preservatives, but I always try to limit dipping my fingers in the product. Besides, I can buy a small skincare spatula, even though I feel like it could easily have been included in the packaging.


It has the most beautiful texture and a great slip. It goes from a smooth butter to oil to milk when you work it on your skin.

Cleansing ability:

I would say 9/10. Brownie points for removing every bit of mascara and eyeliner off! Eye makeup is quite pesky to remove indeed. The only thing is you have to work it nicely on the eyes. What’s nice is you can do that without rubbing or tugging or without applying much pressure.

Ingredient analysis:

Wishful Clean Genie Cleansing Balm ingredients


The star ingredients are camellia sinensis leaf extract or more commonly known as the green tea extract. Green tea extract is an excellent antioxidant and has anti-inflammatory properties. Another ingredient is prunus yedoensis leaf extract or cherry blossom extract which has been proven to have skin soothing properties by combating inflammation. Last but not the least, it has malachite extract which is another antioxidant that keeps free radicals at bay.

Additionally, if you like your cleansing balms to come off easily with water, look for PEG-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate in the ingredient list. It’s an emulsifier and a mild albeit highly effective surfactant. Further, it has excellent solubility in water hence, no oily residue after washing your face.

Some other highly rated cleansing balms that have PEG-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate are:


To conclude, I absolutely love the Wishful Cleansing Balm.

  • It doesn’t dry out my skin.
  • Furthermore, it doesn’t leave an oily film on the face afterwards and comes off easily with water.
  • The only thing I don’t like about it is the fragrance. It’s unnecessary and in any case, I’m not a fan of the smell either.

An unscented version of Wishful cleansing balm would be a 10 on 10!

Have you tried the Wishful Cleansing Balm? Let me know your experience in the comments! Check out the rest of my skincare routine here. Also, find out here about some amazing skincare resources you absolutely need in your life!

Shop the Wishful Clean Genie Cleansing Balm here (US) and here (India).

Disclaimer: Please patch-test any new product before using any new product and keep in mind that what works for me may not work for everyone.


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