Product Review: Leland Francis melting balm

As a [green] beauty lover, nothing makes me giddier than a new product launch — but a multi-functional one? Count me in! Leland Francis‘ new melting balm launches this Saturday, October 15, and I’m excited to tell you more about it!

I’ve been a huge fan of Leland Francis ever since I discovered them last year. In fact, I listed them as one of the best brands that I discovered in 2017! Leland Francis is still kind of a new-ish brand, but I feel like they won’t be for long. What about I love about Leland Francis is that the line is uncomplicated, their products are very efficacious, and the price point is really great. What more could you want?

At the moment their collection only includes four (soon-to-be five plus) products but I can tell you that the line is something special. I’ve tried their Black Rose Cleansing Gel and Luxe Face Oil and the both of them are exceptional — I’ve even likened the Luxe Face Oil to MŪN’s AKNARI Youth Serum (different ingredients but very similar results)! The one thing that I felt the collection was missing was a good mask / balm / balm cleanser (ok, that’s three things), but that’s where their new melting balm comes in! Two years in making, the melting balm is multi-purpose balm that covers all those bases — it’s a brilliant cleanser, mask, and overnight balm in one!

The melting balm is packed with great ingredients like Rosemary, Evening Primrose, Rosehip, Tamanu, and Vitamin E and is great for all skin types. It is mostly translucent and has a slight yellow tinge to it. The texture is really, really nice — it’s almost gel- or petroleum-like — and melts instantly on contact. A lot of other cleansing balms I’ve tried are quite oily and often feels like you’re smearing butter all over your face. Personally, I generally don’t prefer that because it’s much harder to get off, but this cleansing balm isn’t like that. The melting balm has a lovely rose-sandalwood scent, and while it also includes bergamot, neroli, and geranium, I mostly pick up the rose and sandalwood.

As a cleanser, I warm a small amount of it into my hands and gently massage it onto my dry skin. It spreads thinly and smoothly without leaving much residue on your hands. It deeply cleanses, easily removing makeup and impurities, and rinses cleanly with water (always a bonus)! I love that it’s moisturizing and doesn’t strip my skin of any moisture.

I absolutely love it as a hydrating mask! I’ll use a larger, dime-size amount and apply it to dry skin. It’s recommended that you leave it on for five to ten minutes, but since I’m #extra, I like to leave it on for at least half an hour. I then rinse it off with warm water (but a warm washcloth will do, too) and then revel at how smooth and baby-soft my skin is! OMG, so good!

I’ve also tried the melting balm as an overnight balm. I usually apply it as the last step in my routine — I apply a dime-size amount to my face and neck. When I do this, I do find my skin slightly “tacky” to the touch. By morning, the tackiness goes away, and my skin feels supple, smooth, and soft — super glowy! The tackiness may be due to user error — I think I may be applying too much or maybe it’s because I typically apply it over a serum. Next time I’m going to try using a smaller amount and applying it to just cleansed skin.

Final Thoughts

I’m really happy to see Leland Francis growing their collection, and this melting balm is such a nice addition. The price point is fantastic, as well — $38 USD for a 2.3 oz multi-functional balm? Yes, please! I know Leland Francis has a few other products in the works and I can’t wait to see what they come out with!

The melting balm launches this Saturday, on October 30, and can be purchased directly from


Glycerin, Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Caprylic Capric Triglycerides, Sucrose Stearate, Phenyl Trimethicone, Cetyl Palmitate, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Seed Oil, Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Calophyllum Inophyllum (Tamanu) Oil, Tocopherols (Vitamin E), Microcystalline Cellulose, Cellulose Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Citric Acid, Ethylhexylglycerine, Citrus Bergamia (Bergamot) Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium Rose) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Neroli) Oil, Rosa Damascene Flower (Rose) Oil, Santalum Album (Sandalwood) Oil


The Leland Francis melting balm was kindly provided for consideration, however all opinions expressed are my own. This post contains no affiliate links or codes.