Product Type: Liz Earle body care
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At last I've found my perfect cleanser
Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser
Member Name: alyson29
Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser
Date: 18/06/11, updated on 26/12/11 (111 review reads)
Advantages: Smells gorgeous, leaves skin feeling fresh, clean and beautifully soft
Disadvantages: None for me
ABOUT LIZ EARLE
You may well have heard the name prior to the launch of the brand, as Liz Earle is a well known beauty editor and TV presenter. In 1995 the brand was launched by Liz and her friend, Kim Buckland using the name Liz Earle Naturally Active Skincare and only the finest quality naturally active ingredients are used in creating each and every one of the products; all of which are available at an affordable price. The concept behind the range is that the products are easy to use and are suited to everyone regardless of their age or skin type and most importantly, they are intended to offer the user a pampering experience. I was interested to learn that the range was initially for purchase through QVC in 1996 with their first product selling out within just half an hour. The company feels strongly about the environmental impact and their philosophy can be located on their website. Organic ingredients are used where possible, as they believe in sustainability and the supporting of local community growers.
WHY DID I CHOOSE THIS PRODUCT?
Whilst I was more than happy to make my purchase based solely on consumers' reviews the final selling point for me was the ingredients, which I will discuss later in my review. Many of the products that I have tried and tested over the years have caused my skin to react and I believe this to be due to the level of artificial ingredients. In my teens my oily skin was susceptible to breakouts and I wrongly believed for far too many years that I needed to dry it as best I could, so I opted for strong astringent cleansers. Unfortunately and unknown to me at the time, they were far too drying for my poor skin, which was subsequently producing excess oils to compensate thus landing me an even worse problem. As I've grown older my skin type has changed and can now be described as T-zone and through research I have learned that my choice of cleansers were totally unsuitable.
APPEARANCE OF THE PRODUCT
I purchased my product from John Lewis where the Liz Earle representative demonstrated the cleanser on the back of my hand. When I agreed to make a purchase she recommended the starter kit, which consists of a pale green zip up bag containing a 100ml bottle of cleanser together with two pure muslin cloths. The appearance of the packaging of the cleanser is very calming and relaxing with its' pale green colour and unlike many other brands it is free of unnecessary marketing clutter. The container is of a study plastic with a clip on lid that fits snugly each time it is replaced. Accompanying my starter pack is a fairly large piece of cardboard that gives me clear and concise directions on how to effectively use my cleanser. The 100% cotton woven cloths are approximately 35 cm square and are fairly thick. They have been designed to an exceptional standard, as they have a fairly wide hem of green thread, so there is no risk of any fraying.
USING THE CLEANSER
I fill a wash hand basin with some warm water as I will need this later and I press down twice on the easy to operate pump to dispense a small amount and I gently massage the rich and creamy white cleanser into my dry skin. The eyelids and lashes should be left until last so not as to spread any make up over the face. The cleanser is of a fairly thick consistency, but as soon as it makes contact with my skin it begins to thin and it almost instantly soaks into my pores leaving a very thin covering on the surface. It is extremely easy to spread and offers a very refreshing yet delicate eucalyptus aroma. I make the most of this stage, as it is so wonderfully pampering, so I massage the luxurious cream into my skin for a good few minutes.
As the name suggests, this is a two-phase product with the first stage cleansing the skin. I then need to rinse the muslin cloth in the sink of warm water and wring out so it's damp as opposed to soaking wet. Whilst the cloth isn't particularly soft, neither is it rough and it is very comfortable to use. New sections of the cloth should be used to remove the cream and if necessary I give it another rinse before proceeding. Whilst I don't wear waterproof mascara its' removal together with my eyeliner can often be quite difficult and I generally use baby lotion with cotton wool balls. The first time I used this product I was absolutely amazed at how quickly and effectively the mascara and eyeliner lifted away, even those stubborn particles that often gather around the base of the lashes. As directed, I splash my face with cool clean water and towel dry. The cloth should be thoroughly rinsed and allowed to dry naturally. I was converted after my initial use, as my skin felt absolutely wonderful, as it was silky soft and smooth to the touch. The lower sides of my nose often feel a little gritty for want of a better word, but after only one use of Cleanse and Polish the area was beautifully smooth.
It is claimed that the cloth will dislodge skin cells and assist in revealing smooth, clean, soft and radiant skin and I couldn't agree more. I have very little colour to my pale toned skin and was quite astonished to witness that the cleanser offered a slight healthy glow that I later learned was due to the eucalyptus and cocoa butter. Although I haven't suffered with breakouts for some considerable time my skin's appearance seems much clearer and fresher, as I have been using this product morning and night for the past eight weeks. I then complete my routine by applying my favourite OLAY moisturising cream. One of the many things that I love about this product is that a little goes a long way and I am of the opinion that with me using it twice a day that it will probably last me a further 3 - 4 months.
INGREDIENTS AND OTHER INFORMATION
I do not believe in copying endless lists of ingredients into my reviews, as I feel it unnecessary. However, I would advise that there are a number that caught my eye, namely cocoa seed butter and beeswax; both of which offer moisturising and smoothing properties to the skin, hops extract, which delivers astringent and toning properties, rosemary oil that invigorates and stimulates the skin cells, chamomile essential oil to sooth, pro-vitamin B, which also stimulates the renewal of cells and eucalyptus essential oil that is known for easing muscular aches and pains. This list is not exhaustive, as there are many other highly beneficial ingredients contained within the cleanser.
I was interested to learn that the company use mineral sunscreens in their products in order to provide the best UV protection and to minimise the risk of skin allergy. I suffered no adverse reactions when using this product, as my experience is that whilst it is extremely effective it is very gentle and caring for the skin. Liz Earle products are well suited for those people who suffer with sensitive skin, but it is recommended to carry out a patch test at least 24 hours before use.
The company does not test any of its' products on animals nor do they use any animal ingredients and the familiar BUAV (British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection) can be located on the reverse of the bottle. The cleanser should be used within 30 months of opening and the bottle can be recycled once empty. In order to keep the cloths clean and fresh it is advisable to place them in the washing machine at 40 degrees C after every 2 - 3 uses and allow them to dry naturally. I tend to place my cloths over a cold towel rail and they dry in no time in readiness for my next use. I've yet to purchase replacement cloths, but I am of the opinion that my current ones are likely to last a considerable time, particularly if they are regularly washed at the recommended frequencies.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
You can purchase Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish from most department stores or directly from the Liz Earle website. The product is available in a range of sizes with the starter kit that I have discussed today costing £13.25, which is excellent value for money as far as I am concerned. Replacement cloths are available at £3.25 for a pack of 2.
As I am sure you are aware, I am a real fan of Liz Earle's Cleanse and Polish and this is now my number one cleanser, so it is extremely doubtful that you will see me writing any further cleanser reviews. I cannot speak highly enough of this product and I so wish that I have tried it much sooner. I have never experienced such high quality results from any other product and as a result, it receives 5 stars from me together with a huge recommendation.
I hope you found my review useful and would thank you for reading.
This review appears on both Ciao and Dooyoo under the same user name.
Summary: A superb cleansing product from Liz Earle