One of the Japanese beauty products that always please my friends from overseas is RAFRA Balm Orange. I have many products I tend to recommend whenever I take my foreign friends shopping during their visit in Tokyo, but there is no other product that impresses them than RAFRA.
I am a big fan of their original Balm Orange, which I’ve used up more than 10 jars of, but what I enjoy even more is their limited edition come out twice a year. I really liked Balm Orange Green Tea which was brought out in summer 2017, the rare combination of green tea and fresh orange was kind of addictive.
Their latest limited edition is Balm Orange Cacao&Orange Peel, which came out in January. It’s not sold online but available at stores like PLAZA, LOFT and Tokyu Hands. You should definitely grab one if you’ve spotted this somewhere because their limited editions tend to sell out quickly.
The texture is very similar to the original, but I find it a little thicker and harder to distribute on the whole face especially during winter when the temperature is low. You might want to add a bit of warm water to make it easier to massage after applying the balm on the skin.
And another difference is the amount -the original comes in two sizes; one is 100g and another is 200g, whereas Cacao&Orange Peel is only 60g which of course made the jar smaller too. I find it a little hard to put my finger in there to scoop a generous amount of product, and I’ve gone through my first jar very quickly.
For those who are not familiar with the cleansing balm, let me tell you what it does. Balm Orange works as…
– makeup remover
– morning cleanser
– mild exfoliator
– skin softener
The best part of this cleansing balm is how quickly and easily it removes my makeup including waterproof eyeliner and mascara. I’ve never felt a need of using an eye makeup remover before cleansing my face with this product, because as you can see in the photos, it removes literally everything.
There are two unique ingredients in Balm Orange Cacao&Orange Peel; moisturising Almond Oil and Cacao Polyphenol full of antioxidant. I am not sure if Cacao Polyphenol made a difference to my skin, but I could feel the moisturisation of Almond Oil for sure.
This winter was one of the driest winter ever and my skin felt super dry and sensitive. I switch my cleanser from the original Balm Orange to Balm Orange Cacao&Orange Peel when it came out in January, and it improved my skin instantly. It was surprising how much difference can a cleanser make.
This product transforms the cleansing process really enjoyable and relaxing especially with the warming sensation makes me feel like I am having a spa treatment. Of course the scent is heavenly too, the original Balm Orange smells like fresh orange juice whereas this limited edition smells literally like chocolate orange. YUM!
Unfortunately RAFRA isn’t widely available internationally, but you will be able to find some websites where you can get their products from when you google. Based on my research I believe Kirei Station is carrying this limited edition, and there are some other websites selling the original Balm Orange as well as the limited editions came out in the past.
For my in-depth review on the original Balm Orange can be read HERE but be prepared for the super low quality photos, it’s written 3.5 years ago…!