Product Type: Liz Earle body care
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Polish Your Face
Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser
Member Name: Essexgirl2006
Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser
Advantages: It works.
Disadvantages: Maybe a bit pricey
I have always heard good things about the Liz Earle range of cosmetics and I was fortunate enough to be given her Superskin Concentrate last year, which I really liked. Liz Earle's ethos is to use plant based ingredients, so no animal ingredients, (but some 'animal-friendly' ones such as beeswax and honey are used in certain products) and they don't test on animals. They try and source ingredients sustainably and ethically, and don't use excess packaging.
Through a promotion online I decided to order their 'skincare essentials range' for £41 which is a substantial saving on buying the cleanser, toner and moisturiser separately and it included a superskin concentrate travel bottle, as well as a free gift (another bottle of cleanser). This review is based on my thought on the cleanser which has a normal RRP of £12.75 for a 100ml pump. Other sizes are available. Through my offer I also received two muslin cloths which are used to remove the cleanser. These can be bought separately or you can get them with the pump in a starter pack from £14.25.
Upon opening my box the cleanser was wrapped in branded tissue paper, which can be recycled. The cleanser did not have a box and ingredients and instructions for use are included on the bottle. Certainly a packaging plus, there is nothing wasteful here. The light blue bottle has a pump dispenser under a plastic lid which is easy to remove and replace (it clicks back in place easily and doesn't wobble on top of the bottle).
They can be purchase don the Liz Earle website, in branches of John Lewis or in their own shops (of which there are only a few). They also sell via QVC, so it may be worth watching one of their programmes and comparing the offers.
To use I pressed the pump dispenser and the rich, white cream came out into my hand. It has a creamy, mouse like texture and smells 'natural' - I can pick up the subtle scent of Eucalyptus (it contains eucalyptus essential oil amongst other natural ingredients) and chamomile. One good pump gives me just the right amount for one use. I spread it over my dry face with my fingertips in an outward motion and it goes on evenly and smoothly providing me with good coverage. I then dip the muslin cloth (or sometimes just a face cloth/flannel if I don't have one available) into my basin filled with hand-hot water, squeeze and then I use the cloth to remove the day's dirt and make- up from my face and throat. I think it does an excellent job as there is no visible make-up left behind - I tend to remove eyeliner and mascara separately, but they claim that this can be used to remove waterproof mascara. I would be a bit nervous about getting it in my eye though. I have checked with a cleansing wipe and that doesn't tend to pick anything up so I know this cleanser has removed everything. It is recommended that you then splash your face with cool water after, but more often than not I forget. It is recommended to use twice a day but I only use at night.
The ingredients include beeswax to protect the skin, eucalyptus, glycerine (vegetable derived), hops extract, vitamin B5, Rosemary essential oil and chamomile. Full details are on their website.
When rinsing the cloth you will notice that make up is left on it. A lot of it will soak off when rinsing but some marks will linger. I tend to wash mine with my white laundry after a few days and it gets most of the make up off then.
My skin feels really clean after using, I found it a tad astringent the first couple of times I used it but my skin has got used to it and it doesn't bother me. I just dry my face and follow with her toner and moisturiser. Overall I have been very impressed with how this makes my skin look. I am in my early forties so my skin isn't as young as it was I think it doesn't look too bad all things considered! The cleanser doesn't claim to have any anti-ageing properties so don't expect miracles, but it does clean my face and keep my skin looking clear and bright, and seems to be suitable for sensitive skins and those prone to spots and I have no hesitation in recommending it. For what you get I think it represent excellent value as I have been using mine every night for a month or so now and am nowhere near the bottom of the bottle. I do recommend keeping an eye on the website or getting their newsletter as you can spot offers and promotions that way.
Summary: An excellent cleanser that really does the job and makes my skin feel good