Today's review is on the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser. This product has been reviewed a million and 1 times, but I decided to write about it anyway as one more review won't hurt ;-).
So what is the product?
The Hot Cloth Cleanser is a cream based cleanser which you apply straight onto your make up and massage in. You then use a muslin cloth and polish the skin until every inch of make up and dirt has disappeared!
Liz Earle say:
'We only make one cleanser because this formulation is the ultimate in concentrated yet gentle cleansing power and works on every age and skin type.'
The product has 'naturally active ingredients which include Eucalyptus, Hops, Rosemary and Beeswax. Here is a full list of their ingredients for you to check out:
Aqua (water), Caprylic/capric triglyceride, Theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter, Cetearyl alcohol, Cetyl esters, Sorbitan stearate, Polysorbate 60, Glycerin, Cera alba (beeswax), Propylene glycol, Humulus lupulus (hops) extract, Panthenol, Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) extract, Anthemis nobilis (chamomile) extract, Eucalyptus globulus (eucalyptus) oil, Limonene, Citric acid, Sodium hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Benzoic acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Dehydroacetic acid, Polyaminopropyl biguanide.
I checked out the ingredients on a cosmetics database and the only ones that come up as being a moderate hazard are Sorbitan Stearate and Polysorbate 60.
The starter kit is £13.25 which includes one 100ml Cleanser and 2 Muslin Cloths. For me, this is a little bit more than I would want to pay but after all the rave reviews, I just had to try it!
What do I think?
Firstly, Liz Earle send you the product so it feels like your opening a present. Everything is wrapped beautifully with a letter, trial sized toner, and leaflets about the products. It also came in a little bag which is perfect for taking your skin care products in when you travel. The packaging is nice and simple, it looks expensive and you know you are paying for a good quality product.
You get 2 muslin cloths which are fantastic sizes and can be put in the washing machine with a normal clothes wash.
To me, the cleanser is a gorgeous smell, I love it! It is a scent that I have enjoyed smelling everytime I use it! Like it is described, the cleanser is a cream and it glides on your face and sinks into your skin. Once you have soaked the cloth in water, and polished your skin, there really is no make up left. I know a lot of people will then repeat this process if they were more make up or want a really deep cleanse.
I got through my cleanser quite quickly, I am now on to my second bottle. I started using it in May and ran out in June. My second bottle seems to be lasting longer for some reason though. I repurchased it for £11.75 where I got just the cleanser without the cloths. I think for me, this is an expensive cleanser to use consider how quickly I got through a bottle.However, I wanted to give the cleanser a fair trial and give it a good couple of months of testing.
When I first started using the cleanser, my skin was quite bad with a mild acne. At first, I thought that the cleanser was clogging my pores up as my skin seemed to get slightly worse. I wondered whether the Cocoa Butter was the problem. When I read some online reviews, I found a handful of people who seemed to have a similar experience to this and they said they had contacted Liz Earle. The company said that it should calm down within a few weeks so I decided to keep going with the Cleanser. Especially because I know your skin often needs time to change to a product and it can be 3 months before you notice any difference.
So I am now over 3 months on and can tell you how I got on.
Well, with a little help from some other products, my skin has looked the best that its been in this last year. I am really enjoying using the cleanser and it leaves my skin fresh and smooth. As I have dry skin, it really helps keep flaky, dry patches at bay. I sometimes also don't moisturise afterwards because my skin never feels tight when I have used the cleanser.
I can safely say i'm another person saying how wonderful the product is! I will be repurchasing the product once again when this bottle runs out. My only negative is the fact that my skin seemed to have a slight disagreement with it at first and that it can be a bit pricey especially if your looking for affordable products. From reading reviews, it seems that people with sensitive skin also like the product.
You can buy the product here http://uk.lizearle.com/cleanse-tone-moisturise/cleanse-and-polish-hot-cloth-cleanser.html but its pretty pricey for delivery outside the UK, sorry!
Overall, a great product that lives up to the hype!
My overall rating for Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser: 9/10