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I really wanted to like this product, afterall the vast majority of reviews for the Eve Lom cleanser, say what a wonder product it is.
In the past I had always been put off by the cost of it, however on a trip to Space NK I got seduced into trying it, after the assistant has said it would help with exfoliation. So, excitedly off I trotted with a three day sample. My skin is classic combination with an oily t zone and I do tend to use oil free moisturisers as anything too rich can give me breakouts. I have to admit within the first few days my skin looked ok and I like the fact that I didn't need to use a moisturiser.
So, it was the time to treat myself to a 50ml pot of it and on reflection I am glad I went for the smallest pot. I have never had such a bad reaction to a skincare product before. Within a couple of days I had the largest painful boils appear on my chin; it felt like they were multiplying by the hour. I continued to use the cleanser for a further four days, hoping that I was having an odd hormonal blip, but the spots just got worse and worse. I can only put it down to the high percentage of mineral oil in this product which must clog pores! I am so disappointed that I spent so much money on a product that had such a terrible reaction for me. I can't even say to try this first as obviously I did this, but perhaps not for long enough.
One week on from ceasing using the cleanser my skin is clearing up, but where the large boils were, I now have tons of blackheads.
This cleanser clearly works for many people, as there wouldn't be so many great reviews, but for me it is probably the worst cleanser I have ever used.
I don't usually review products, even though I am a complete product junkie and have tried them at all. However I am going to write one today. The reason being that this product is totally worth the money. This cleanser made an immediate difference. So I was hooked. But my obession with 'the next big thing' never ended. So I tried more cleansers of the same ilk, but they were never really the same. To date I've tried:-
- Liz Earle
- Elemental Herbology
- Vaishaly(Stung my eyes out!)
- Soap & Glory
But I always come back to Eve Lom and there is a very good reason for that - nothing has ever come close to the way my skin feels after cleansing with Eve Lom cleanser. Now I use it with my Clarisonic and I see a big difference. Smooth, clean skin, no spots.
I tried the Eve Lom Cleanser two days ago as I was given a sample and had heard rave reviews about it. Now wish I hadn't.
I have normal skin, and my eyes are slightly sensitive.
Immediately on using it my eyes started burning and this lasted a good 20 minutes or so. On drying my face after wiping away the cream with the muslin cloth, my skin tightened uncomfortably, like it would when you have a mud mask on. This continued for an hour or so. Finally, severe dry patches showed up, and the rest of my skin felt greasy.
Finally 48 hours later, I have tiny spots come up on my face, & since nothing else in my regime has changed, I can only assume it's the Eve Lom.
I'm going straight back to my trusted Chanel cleanser - I'm not saying that Eve Lom is completely rubbish, but it obviously does depend on your skintype and it won't necessarily suit you. I now have my fingers crossed that my normally almost flawless skin clears up quickly.
Some time ago I read about Eve Lom cleansing routine and I got really fascinated by the new (to me that is) approach in skincare routine of using a cold cream cleanser massaged into the skin which is then removed with a muslin cloth. The first occasion I got I treated myself with an 100ml Eve Lom cleanser. I have to say it was a lot of hype at that time about it over the internet and magazines, so I got tempted as it claimed is good for acne by some.
This cleanser comes in a white minimalist jar with an Eve Lom logo and product description on it. It looks very basic but I think is a very well presented. When I bought the cleanser I also got some muslin cloth with it. My opinion is that it can not be used without a muslin cloth.
It looks like a gooey cream that has a really nice natural herbal scent to it, some might even say it looks like old fashioned medicine.
How I use it:
I rub a small amount all over my face and gently massage my skin. I find the massaging part very relaxing for the face, it releases the tension accumulated during the day so the skin appears really smoothed out afterwards. Then I take the muslin cloth and put it with under some acceptable warm (not too hot) water and make sure is all soaked. After I squeeze the water out of the muslin cloth and I drape it over my face and allow it to gently cool down, when its cooled down I massage the muslin cloth into my face for a short while and all the make-up, impurities absorbed by the cleanser is transferred onto the cloth. Then I tap (not splash) gently a bit of cold water on my face to close the pores.
I find that this method removes all my make-up and leaves the skin feeling soft.
I do not use the hot muslin cloth on a regular basis with steaming warm water as it can dry my skin up or irritate so most of the days I just use rather look warm water.
I wash the muslin clothing after every use. I do not like it being dirty when I re-use it.
On the long run:
Firstly this product lasted me for months on end with daily use, in the long run it is worth paying £48 for 100ml compared to other regular cleansing products.
I am a prone to acne and I have noticed that this cleanser does not agree with my skin. I have to make sure I have removed all of it, or else if any is left on my skin I get spots. Removing it all from the skin surface can irritate the skin. Even so it still caused me some moderate acne so instead of using it daily I only used it for make-up removal once every couple of days which worked ok for me.
I got to say when it comes to the actually removing the make-up this is an amazing product. This grease does a fantastic job, highly efficient.
At a closer look on the ingredient's list I can see paraffin liquidum which is mineral oil, a by-product of the petrol industry that is dead cheap. Now I have noticed that if I use any sort of cosmetics that contain mineral oil, my skin simply does not like it, even on my body I get small spots like a rash and I am sure is mainly due to the fact that this stuff can not be absorbed by the skin so it just sits there blocking the pores and not allowing skin to breath.
So considering that this cleanser is based on mineral oil I think it is a complete rip off for £48.00, I think the entire product cost pennies to produce so the profit margin for Eve Lom must be huge.
But the whole experience on the method of use it inspired me further to create my own oil mixtures made out of pure natural plat oils that never clogs my pores. I don't have to worry if is any left on my skin because it is actually moisturising in a good healthy and productive way that never gives me any acne, in fact it helped me further clearing it.
This is how I make my own blend :10 % castor oil and 90% sunflower oil ( or jojoba, extra virgin olive oil, hemp seed oil, grape seed oil is also brilliant and cheap) and that is all mixed together , very basic and efficient. This is really cheap to make and you can use food grade items you already have in the house.
I personally like to add 7 drops of essential oils to it, like lavender for it's beautiful scent and amazing properties.
Tip: If you want to make it into a cream just melt it all together with some beeswax in a pan, then when it cools down it will solidify into a cream. You can re-heat the mixture if you do not like it until you find the perfect balance of beeswax oil ratio.
All this works better for me then the Eve Lom cleanser. As for the muslin cloths I have found many online shops that sell some who work just as great as the Eve Lom ones, and it is a matter of preferences which is the perfect muslin cloth I think..
This sort of method of cleansing the skin has been around ever since ancient Egypt, so is not a new concept at all.
** How I heard about it **
Readers of glossy beauty publications will all be aware of cult beauty products. Ones that stand the test of time despite the young pretender's constant efforts - ones like Elizabeth Arden's 8 hour cream, Crème de la mer and yes, even good old vaseline!
Products such as these always intrigue me because magazines are pushing the latest 'new best thing' every issue and to be honest, I find it hard to believe that they are not only promoting it because they have been given it free etc. I mean how good can a face cream be if by just 1 month later there is another, better wonder product on the market?
Plus they usually cost the absolute earth so unless you are super rich, it's not an option to keep buying different products to see which one does actually deliver it's promises.
I had read about Eve Lom cleanser quite a few times in different magazines. It has been around for circa 20 years now and has earned a bit of a cult status around beauty editors, make up artists and consumers - other wonder products come and go but this seems to remain a firm favourite. In fact Vogue calls it "probably the best cleanser in the world".
** A bit about Eve Lom **
Eve was born in Czechoslovakia and married Pink Panther actor Herbert Lom in France. Determined not to be another bored Hollywood housewife, she started studying beauty therapy specialising in lymphatic drainage, nutrition and cranial Osteopathy
In 1983 whilst living in London, Lom started up her own salon and launched her self named brand.
** What made me decide to buy it **
Okay so I had read and been intrigued by the constant references in magazines etc, but knew it was pretty pricey so I still didn't rush right out and buy it.
What finally swung it for me was reading an interview on the Femail.com website - a rare interview with the lady herself Eve Lom.
Look up a picture of her and you will see that although she is 59, she looks incredibly beautiful but she still has wrinkles. She isn't botoxed and lifted to within an inch of her life and doesn't intend to be either! She says she is horrified by a society in which we all want to stay young forever, and points out the irony of pumping our faces full of chemicals such as botox yet insisting on natural organic food. She just comes across as an incredibly wise woman and I thoroughly enjoyed reading the interview.
She describes how the main cry she hears from women these days is "I'm confused" because we are bombarded with such a variety of products on the market, creams, masks, peels, serum - agggh!!!
'That's me' I thought! I have problem skin anyway and just don't know which way to turn to begin to treat it.
It's appropriate to mention that I researched it on Ciao and Dooyoo (this was before I joined) and it really helped!
So off I went to Space NK, one of the stockists of Eve Lom with my mind 90% made up that this cleanser was going to be the first premium beauty product in my bathroom.
The other 10% of my mind was made up after a brief chat with the sales assistant. She told me how it was the one thing she had used for years and had passed it on to her 18 year old daughter who suffered from bad breakouts. Now she said, her skin is wonderfully clear and she attributes it to this cleanser.
So I handed over my £48.00 for a 100ml pot and thought "ooh that's a small pot". The assistant assured me you need only to use the smallest amount and it will last for at least 6 months. 10 months later and I have probably got a third of it left so although the initial layout seems hefty, it is definitely long lasting therefore value for money.
** The product **
The packaging is a white pot with gold lettering - simple and classy just like the lady herself (classy I mean, not simple!!)
Notable ingredients: Egyptian chamomile, hops, clove and eucalyptus oil and cocoa butter
What it claims to do?:
Cleanses, tones, exfoliates all in one, removing even eye make-up.
Improve radiance and tone of skin.
What you get with it:
- The cleanser
- A muslin cloth (you get one but these can be bought separately if
you would like extras)
- A booklet on how to use
I opened the pot and the product was a sort of green / yellow colour - sounds revolting when I describe it like that but it looks natural and is not off-putting in the slightest.
The smell is distinctive, reminds me of winter spices and Christmas - I think that's the clove! Some might not be too keen but it's one of my favourite things about it.
I'm not usually one to pay much attention to an instruction booklet but after spending £48 I thought it was pretty important that I got the most out of it, so I read it!
It basically outlines the all important 7 steps of massage.
The reason for this is the steps outline a massage technique based on lymphatic drainage. The aim is to improve the texture and circulation of your skin at the same time as cleansing and exfoliating leaving you with not only squeaky clean skin, but with more radiance and less puffiness.
It seemed like a lot to bother with first thing in the morning, particularly as I'm a 'splash my face with water and go' kind of girl, but then I thought, well maybe that's why I get breakouts in the first place so make the effort girl! Plus the sales assistant assured me that I would get used to it and would get it down to a couple of minutes in no time at all.
My skin is fairly dry so it advises me to use it once a day at night time (for oilier skin you can use it the morning too).
First you fill a basin with hot water. Then you get a small amount of the product (about a 10p size) and massage it all over your face and neck, including around your eye area.
At this stage the product felt really thick and a little grainy with the exfoliant. It felt extremely luxurious to use. I looked in the mirror and the cleanser looked all glossy, a bit like I'd smeared myself with vaseline!
I had the instruction booklet propped up and followed the 7 steps which took quite a while on my first go but with practice I have indeed got the routine down to a couple of mins! There are accompanying pictures so its easy to follow.
You basically massage and use mild pressure to decrease puffiness in key areas (eyes, forehead, mouth, jaw line etc).
Then you soak the muslin cloth in the basin of hot water, squeeze it out and press the cloth onto your face for about 5 seconds, repeating this process 3 times. This steams the face, opens the pores and allows the product to really clean your skin.
Next you use the cloth to exfoliate and remove the product by gently rubbing it in small circles around your face.
Finally, rinse the cloth in cold water and hold over your face in order to close your pores.
** Results **
Before getting into the Eve Lom routine, my skin was blotchy, dry and had breakouts so bad that I couldn't bear anyone to look at me. I know that sounds awfully self pitying and pathetic but I'm just telling you honestly how it affected my confidence at the time.
I have used many cleansers before and they have either made no difference or actually made it worse.
I am so happy to say that 10 months on, this product has made a considerable difference to my skin. I do still get the odd spot which is fine, but by and large I have the clear skin I always wanted.
The cleanser leaves my face feeling ultra soft and although I am trained to moisturise after cleansing, I really don't feel the need to because my skin doesn't feel tight and dry in the slightest.
It has definitely improved the tone of my skin too, it just looks a bit brighter and fresher. The puffiness around my eyes and jaw line are noticeably less too.
I must admit that I do use this about 3-4 times a week now rather than every single night - if I have been out, this is the last thing I want to do if I'm a little worse for wear  but the effects haven't waned. I'm pleased as punch with it and will definitely be buying it again.
Yes it's a little pricier than average but in it's worth remembering that it's a cleanser, eye make up remover and exfoliator all in one.
I honestly recommend to anyone with problem skin, or someone that just wants to have an all rounder that last's ages.
Also posted on ciao as ciaomiaow
Thanks for reading xx
Anyone who loves their beauty products will have heard of Eve Lom cleanser. The famous facialist (who charges around £175 for a facial) has developed this cleanser, alongside the muslin cloth and a method for cleansing which involves using little circular motions to both massage and removes the cleanser, using the muslin cloth soaked in hot water to help open the pores.
The product itself is pricey at around £50 for a jar but it does last a long time. It's still expensive though when compared to other premium brands.
How does it work? Well the cream itself is very oily and this is the premise of the product - oil cuts through dirt doesn't it, so the consistancy is perfect for deep cleansing. Coupled with the muslin soaked in hot water (then wrung out) to remove it using circular motions, this part helps to exfoliate the skin. I have read people saying that it is the cloth that does the work but I personally think that it is both, the cleanser works well but the cloth adds that extra oomph to help the cleanser perform better.
It is a univeral truth that cheap skincare is a false economy. I know this and still i try to save cash, but every time i do i get annoyed and disappointed and end up with a half bottle of crappy cleanser i don't like and end up spending the £38 i should have spent in the first place on this product.
Eve Lom cleanser has a genuine cult following and I can see why. Not only is it nothing like any other cleanser -it's a buttery consistency which melts on your skins rather than a liquid, but it really works. The paste is slightly grainy and the muslin cloth you use to remove it really exfoliates your skin. The cloth is so much more environmentally friendly than anything you throw out everyday -when mine gets grubby i pop it in the washer and it comes up great. This is the only thing I have even found which cleans all the London dirt off my face and leaves it fresh and bright.
The pot lasts for ages - I have often used the travel kit with two of the tiny pots in and they have lasted me weeks.
You can buy it from Space NK or there is now Eve Lom counters in John Lewis in Oxford Street and Selfridges. I would highly recommend.
I originally heard about Eve Lom cleanser from a friend who was staying over my house and brought this cleanser with her.
I couldnt believe she paid £50 for it, but she sold it to me when she said her skin had never been in better condition.
So after a shopping trip to Space NK and £50 lighter I decided to give it a go. It had a strange smell but not offensive in any way and is a kind of pale green/yellow colour. Its consistancy looks quite thick and has small particles in it but these particles soften up and melt as soon as you put in on your skin and so I wouldnt say it exfoliates very well because of this.
After a while, the muslin cloth that comes with it gets a bit dirty and unhygenic so you need to make sure its washed properely often otherwise you could actually be adding germs back on to your skin.
My skin did feel silky smooth afterwards and the bonus is that you dont need to moisturise afterwards so you save money on buying another product.
I wouldnt buy it again because aside from it being expensive there are loads of ingedients inside it and chemicals that Id rather stay clear of, and its on your skin for such a short amount of time it feels like im throwing money down the sink. So now I use facial wipes instead as its more hygenic and that combined with a good organic moisturiser is still less then a quarter of the price of this product.
This product has a somewhat cult following and has been raved about for years. I have friends who would never be without it, some have combination skin, some have dry skin. I have combination skin, prone to breakouts, but my skin didn't like it. It clogged my pores and so although my skin from a distance glowed a bit more from using this product, up close my pores seemed like the size of oranges and were blocked. Ugh!
The product is quite economical as you don't need very much to cleanse your skin. I used a spatula to scoop out a little and then warmed it in my hands. Once it was liquified somewhat, I would apply all over the face.
The cleanser is then removed by the cloth that is included when you purchase a tub. ( Like the Liz Earle muslin cloth, it is best dipped in warm water and drained until nearly dry for the best result.) Admittedly, your skin does glow after using this product but the blocked pores lessened the positive effect. Some of the ingredients are known for their pore-blocking results on certain skin types so this may not be for you if you suffer from blocked pores in general. However, I have friends who swear that their pores have never been clearer since using this, so go figure.
For the ingredients of the cleanser, it's a very expensive product. However, because you don't need much the actual usage is quite economical. If you have normal skin, you have a good chance of seeing positive results, but it's not for everyone.
Blimey I seem to like the more expensive products out there!
I have dry skin that is exposed to the elements through my outdoors hobbys and also though car heaters/air conditioning. Ive tried many cleansers targeted at dry skin and in the main my skin is left feeling like ive had a face lift!
I bought this cleanser in Space NK (what a fabulous shop!) as part of a travel set, really so I could try several of their products at once without having to commit my self to the rather scary £50 price tag for the full sized pot.
The cleanser is solid and does have a weird but not unpleasant smell. All pots including the travel size come with the muslin cloth.
The basics are: take small amount of cleanser, apply across face, wash off with warm muslin cloth using circular motions. You can do a mini facial by applying the cleanser, putting the warm cloth across your face for 5 secs, reheating cloth in warm water & repeating this 3 times.
Your face feels amazing afterwards! As this cleansing process takes care of the exfoliating as well you can feel smug that you daily complete 2 steps of a good regime in one step!
There is no doubt that the muslin cloth makes this cleanser more special, but it is the combination of both that give you a gloriously clean face. If you dont want to spend £50 on Eve Lom cleanser then get yourself a muslin cloth from body shop & use with your current cleanser; not the same experience by a long chalk but i guarantee you'll notice your skin being cleaner.
Whoever says that it is the muslin that does the job is frankly talking nonsense. I have just started to use Eve Lom and it is certainly the product that works. Try rubbing a wet muslin over your dirty made-up face and see how good a job it does of removing make-up! It's actually very strange how the product works because it goes on your face oily and you begin to wonder how on earth it's going to come off without having to use fairy liqiud or something to cut through the oil : ). But not only does it come off easily it also magically dissolves make-up INCLUDING mascara! I, for one am happy with it just for that reason alone. But it does leave your skin soft, smooth and bright. A must for every beauty regime.
Believe the hype. I have used all the branded and non branded cleansers over the years (Clinique, Guerlain, La Prairie, Shisheido and many many more). Eve Lom is by far the simplest and best. The weekly mini facial/massage option is a real treat and the daily routine of cleansing once in the evening is quick, easy and relaxing. My face is glowing, my wrinkles are less obvious and I have no break outs and my pores are far less obvious - nothing short of superb. No more wasting money on trialling other products this stuff really is the best out there. Everyone has commented on how young I look (age 35)
I think this product is great, its works really well on difficult skin that is both dry and spotty. It leaves the skin moisturized, but completely deeply cleansed. I disagree though that its all about the muslin cloth, I use it with a thick cotton facecloth instead and that holds more hot water and that really steams the product when I hold it to my face which it works even better than that thin one you get with it.
I am usually cynical about 'raved' about products and expensive brand names, but having tried a sample pot of this cleanser I was hooked. The product looks awful- like yellow-green goo) and smells like a mad herbalists shop, but boy does it work. After smearing on a very small amount, and using the hot muslin cloth (included) I was amazed to find that all my make-up had disappeared (even waterproof mascara)and, after closing pores with the cold cloth then gently drying with a towel,that I no longer even need moisturiser. Several people have commented on my fresh looking complexion even my 'notice nothing' boyfriend. The routine of removal with the cloth may take a few minutes, but I enjoy it.
The product is famous enough to have all ones friends after 'a go' and expensive enough to have to think carefully about buying it, but if I were to have anyone to ask what I want as a present I wouldn't hesitate to beg for this stuff.
Trying a small sample pot was a great way to see that this was for me - samples given on British airways first class flights for lucky gals or for sale on ebay for most of us! beg a sample from a friend if they have some, but do try if you are able.
i have a jar of eve lom on my windowsill which i now occasionally use. but i have to agree with another reviewer when i say that it's the FLANNEL which does hte job. Now, i was a bit slow on the uptake with this flannel malarkey so it wasn't until i was into my second pot of eve lom that i twigged it was the flannel that was getting the job done and not the product. hence, i have two flannels as you get one with every jar. in the blurb that accompanies the product it says that it's a 'special' flannel made of muslin. i'm not sure that this justifies the price of £12 for a pack of three flannels as all they are is a bit of muslin cloth folded over and stitched round the edges. you can buy a metre of muslin for about £1.50 and if you can't sew there's only you and the washbasin that'll notice it isn't stitched around the edges! one more thing: the other skin-benefit that comes with the eve lom cleanser is the leaflet that tells you how to give yourself a good old eve lom facial. the thing is, you don't really need the cleanser to do it, as the techniques of massaging particular points in the face are beneficial without that particular cleanser; another, cheaper one would do. i say cheaper, i've been using either virgin vie cleansers or dermalogica (without a great deal of enthusiasm, it might be added), but after seeing batcat's recommendations for ponds cold cream, i'll be trying that next time i pass boots! anyway, i use the eve lom facial techniques (sometimes, as tey're a bit of a faff) along with the muslin flannel and those things are what works, not the cleanser.
the cleanser also feels a bit icky in terms of texture.
to be fair, i don't find the smell of eve lom cleanser overly eucalyptussy or unpleasant, in fact i quite like it. but smelling nice is not enough! my skin, by the way, is combination, thirty years old and if left to its own devices veers between excessive dryness and blackheadishness.
Cleanser which contains four aromatic oils / chamomile, eucalyptus, clove and hops / which aim to decongest and soothe the skin /