Review | Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm

Apologies for the silence in the last few weeks, I was away on vacation which was honestly the best one I have had in a while. From NY to London to Paris to Dubai, it was bliss! Let me know if you guys want me to do a post on our vacation, where we stayed etc if that would be of any interest 🙂

As the big 30 is fast approaching (face palm) I realized that I have to tailor my skincare to my skin’s current needs. What worked for me in my early 20s is no longer suitable. On this vacation, would you believe that I spent more money on skincare than MAKEUP????? The girl is truly becoming a woman 🙂

I will do an updated skincare routine post after I have used the new products I got for at least a month but I wanted to share this cleanser today- Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm. Let’s put it this way, the name could not have been more literal. It literally takes off all the makeup and grime on your face at the end of the day leaving you with squeaky clean skin.

How is Clinique TTDO different from other cleansers?

Formula:  It has a solid, wax like consistency which to be honest at first glance is not the most pleasant to look at. If you are used to liquid cleansers this may appear strange but please, don’t judge it by its texture. Once you massage it into your face with your fingers, it transforms into a lightweight, silky oil. This oil helps to lift off the makeup even stubborn areas like around the eyes. After that, you can either rinse your face with warm water using your hands or a wash cloth. I prefer to use my hands. 

Cleansing Prowess: This cleanser really penetrates the skin to get all the makeup and dirt out. It does a great job even on days when I’m wearing a lot of makeup and sunscreen. A good way to test how good your cleanser is is to check the cotton pad when you use a toner. When I use my toner after using TDDO, there is hardly any trace of makeup left behind.  

Post Cleanse Feeling: Most cleansers leave your face feeling tight and dry because of the chemicals contained in them. TDDO does the exact opposite because it contains emollients and plant oil. It leaves your face feeling very soft, supple and hydrated but not greasy. 

Forgive my grubby finger marks 🙂 I couldn’t wait till I had photographed before using it

Price and Where to Buy

I bought it in London from the Fenwick store for 22 pounds. It’s sold at the Clinique stand in all the other major department stores like Debenhams, House of Fraser etc. *TIP* Did you know that you can buy some skincare products from duty free at discounted rates? Clinique and Clarins I’m sure of but there are other brands as well. Not every time perfume, sometimes skincare,.. don’t dull 🙂 

You can also get it in Lagos,..Montaigne Place in the Palms Lekki stock Clinique and they sell TDDO for around N6000. Not bad given the conversion rate, I am actually going there this weekend to purchase a back up. 

Have you guys tried TDDO or any other Clinque products? Thoughts? 

Enjoy the weekend! 



  1. August 21, 2015 / 4:02 pm

    Will definitely look for this at Montaine Place this weekend…and yes to Vacay post!!

    • September 22, 2015 / 11:38 am

      Still figuring out how to craft that post 🙂

  2. August 31, 2015 / 1:26 am

    Hmmm its no longer 6k at Montaigne's. Got my 1st jar there and was like not bad at all no need to buy in London. Went back and it was a whopping 8,500!!!! Except they reduced it again based on the current rate I shall use the body shop one or Emma Hardie till I find someone to buy from the States (its also $22 in the US)

    • September 22, 2015 / 11:39 am

      Ah 8500??? That's mad pricey! Did you get EH in Lagos? Where please? 🙂

  3. September 1, 2015 / 7:45 am

    Girllllll. This thing is the truth!!! like the commenter above I was also going to buy a backup at the Mointaigne Place at the airport and it was now N7500. I couldn't even cry. and even though the rates are now reduced, it has now gone up to N8500?! Chale I would use something else till I travel.

    Please do a post on how your vacation went and deets on great places you stayed and visited. Mans are scrimping and saving for a break.

    • September 22, 2015 / 11:40 am

      Yeah men 8500 is kinda rough…I'm going to be miserly with my…Still trying to work on the vacay post 🙂

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