“ Brand: The Sanctuary / Type: Cleansing Polish / Subcategory: Cleanser / What it does: Smoothes, Cleanses / Quality Standard: Organic „
I have read plenty of positive reviews about hot cloth cleansers, and so decided to give one a try for myself. I spotted this Sanctuary Perfectly Polished Hot Cloth Cleanser on sale in Boots where it costs RRP £10.50 for a 150mls bottle.
Product description: "Deep cleansing, gently melts away make-up. Sanctuary Spa Skincare has been professionally developed for our spa facials. With carefully chosen natural extracts and essential oils to work with your skin to rebalance, nourish and protect your complexion from skin-ageing.
Soothing chamomile and hops help calm and tone stressed skin, whilst hemp and gold of pleasure* oils work deep down to help nourish and replenish lost moisture. Your skin is soft, feels hydrated and looks radiantly clean." (*nope, I have no idea what this means. Lost in translation?)
The Sanctuary Perfectly Polished Hot Cloth Cleanser comes nicely packaged in a sleek, tall white box, which contains a 150ml tube of cleanser along with a muslin cloth. The tube is made from a white plastic so it is impossible to see how much product is left inside, and I found it tricky to get the final 1/10th or so out of the tube, due to its long shape.
Recommended directions for use: Massage cleanser over your face, eyes and neck using circular movements. Wring the muslin cloth out in hand hot water and place over face for 30 seconds to open pores. Gently polish off the cleanser using the cloth; be gentle around the delicate eye area. Rinse cloth in cold water and place over face for 30 seconds to close pores. Finish by splashing your face with cool water. Pat dry gently.
This cleanser is very different to others that I have used before, and I was careful to follow the instructions when I first started using it. To begin with, you must apply the cleanser to dry skin and then work it over your entire face. You can then use the muslin cloth - first soaked in hot water, and then afterwards in cold water - to fully remove the cleanser and all your make-up comes off with it. The cleanser itself is a pure white colour and has a very thick creamy texture. It spreads easily over the skin and feels soothing as I massage it in. I must say that in my experience, placing the cloth over my face to open and close my pores seems to be a bit of a waste of time. When using the hot cloth it only seems to retain the temperature for merely a few seconds before leaving me with a damp cold cloth over my face, so I don't think this offers much benefit. Using the cold cloth on my face is just unpleasant really, so I avoid this step, and just go for the simple option of soaking the cloth in warm water and using it to wash my face clean.
It is safe to use this cleanser all over your face, including the eye area. I tend to cover my face first and then leave my eyes until the end, as the cleanser literally melts my make-up away, and it starts running into my eyes if left there for too long. The cleanser is very gentle on my skin but it does start to sting if I get the cleanser and remnants of eye make-up running into my eyes, so I am particularly careful when cleansing in this area. The effect of the cleanser is fantastic, and I get excellent results. It cleans away every last scrap of make-up with a minimum of effort. It really lifts everything away so that all it takes is a quick sweep of the cloth before my skin is fully clean again. The only problem is that this is a bit rich for my combination type skin, and if I use the cleanser too often it can cause a few little spots to break out, so I save it just for use in the evenings and only when I need to get rid of a heavy make-up look, rather than using it every day. Afterwards there is no residue left behind and my skin feels clean and smooth to the touch.
The muslin cloth is handy, although I prefer to use a normal flannel when I wash my face. The muslin is very thin and gets dirty instantly, which means that it requires frequent washing. I'm not sure that it is any better than any other sort of face cloth, but it does seem to be standard that hot cloth type cleansers will recommend use with a muslin cloth, and it is helpful that this was included within the packaging for the cleanser as I did not own one previously.
I like using this hot cloth cleanser because it is very effective in removing my make-up and being able to re-use the muslin cloth makes it a bit more environmentally friendly than the disposable facial wipes that I often use. I can recommend it for anyone that wears heavy make-up and wants an easy solution to get rid of it quickly at the end of the day.
I had heard a lot of good stuff about hot cloth cleansers and thought I would try one or two out. I saw this cleanser and thought I'd give it a try being a fan of 'The Sanctuary' products.
Price - I paid just over £10.00 for this at Boots. I think this is quite reasonable as its a large tube containing 125ml of product. This will do many applications. The price includes a natural muslin cleansing cloth of good quality, which helps ex-foliates the skin whilst the cleanser is doing its thing!
Packaging - The packaging on this is different from the sanctuary's usual orange packaging as it is from their Spa range, so the packaging is very basic and simple. The outer box is a relaxing sage colour and the actual tube of cleaner is plain white with dark lettering. I think the packaging could have been a little more sophisticated, considering the price but I don't think its overly important and the packaging as it is, is at least fresh and clean.
Application - This was really easy to use. You simply lay the hot cloth across your face to open your pores then, massage a generous amount into your face and neck in circular movements and leave for a few moments then massage away with the hot cloth. The packaging recommends that you lay a cold cloth across your face, to close the pores again. The smell of this product is gorgeous, it is quite floral, but not overpowering. It smells fresh and clean.
Performance - This was really easy to use, my make up melted away easily as it cleaned so well. After use my skin felt lovely and soft and a little tight in a good way. I din't at all find this product at all drying, which can happen with other similar cleansers.
Overall I think that this a fantastic cleanser. it's a real treat for the skin and I definitely recommend it.
I was given this as a gift from a friend who had surplus bathroom toiletries stock after she noticed my skin becoming drier over winter and this not agreeing with her oily skin type when she tried it herself.
She recommended I buy some muslin cloths to use alongside the product as those would help to exfoliate my skin. So we popped off to boots and I found the sanctuary pack of 2 muslin cloths for £3.49
You will need to use this cleanser twice daily, so 2 cloths is perfect for when the other one is drying.
****So, whats it all about?****
Well, the Perfectly Polished Hot Cloth Cleanser is a deep cleansing, make up removing product that seems to do it all!
It contains natural ingredients such as Hops, chamomile and essential oils to rebalance and nourish the skin with moisture, aswell as helping to protect it from the ageing process.
Great for the nature lovers out there as it is also naturally fragranced from the essential oils it contains so no nasty synthetic fragrance reactions for sensitive skin.
It also lists in its top 3 ingredients Aqua, Cocao seed butter and coconut oil, aswell aswell as jojoba and basil oils which have great moisturising properties.
This product smells fantastic. It is quite thick so you only need a small amount and a 150ml Tube costing £9.97 available from Boots should last you 2-3 months using it twice daily.
Liz Earle skincare offer a very similar product for quite a bit more money and you don't get as much product in the tubes. Another advantage of this range is that you get to earn advantage points at Boots if you buy from there as the Sanctuary range has offers on quite frequently!
However due to the aromatherapy oils I must point out that this product is not suitable for ladies during pregnancy!
****So how do you use it?****
Apply a small blob of this rich cleanser to your face eyes and neck and massage in using circular movements.
Next, wring your muslin cloth out in hot water and and place this over your face for 30 seconds to allow the product to penetrate into your pores.
Then using the muslin cloth, remove the product. As you do this, the cloth will gently exfoliate the top layer of your skin.
Then rinse the muslin cloth in cold water and place over your face for 30 seconds to close the pores.
Then to finish splash your face with Cool water and pat your face dry with a towel.
Alternatively, this product may be tissued off.
My skin feels a million times better after using this product and would highly recommend it to anyone with a tendency to a drier skin.
If you would like any information on the Sanctuary products that may complement this cleanser the website address is www.thesanctuary.co.uk
Thank you for reading!
I purchased 'The Sanctuary Perfectly Polished Hot Cloth Cleanser' after doing a lot of research on the internet into cleansers. I had read a lot about the Liz Earle 'Cleanse and Polish' cleanser, which had great reviews. The prices for this started at £12.50 for a 100ml bottle. I was all ready to buy it when I came across this. It sounded very, very similar to the Liz Earle version, but was slightly cheaper, £9.78 for 150ml, and on 3 for 2, and apparently full of organic ingredients.
I ordered the cleanser online, and was very excited when it arrived. My skin hadn't liked my last face wash at all, and I was so looking forward to trying something completely different.
The cleanser comes in a white plastic squeezy tube. Not quite as posh as the Cleanse and Polish but that didn't matter to me. Inside the white plastic box it was in was a small square piece of muslin cloth to be used for application.
The instructions explained clearly how to use the cleanser. The cream is applied to dry skin, massaged in over the face and neck. I found only a small amount of the cleanser was required. I wasn't keen on the smell at first, it's a bit of strange one, but after using it for a week or so I didn't even notice it. The idea then is to use the muslin cloth to both exfoliate and remove the cleanser. You soak your cloth in warm water before putting it over your face for 30 seconds. The instructions then tell you to use the cloth to remove any cleanser remaining on the face, rubbing it gently over the skin. You then soak the cloth again, this time in cold water before holding it over the face for another 30 seconds before finishing the process with a splash of cold water to close the pores.
The cleanser can also be used as a normal cleanser simply applying to the face and rinsing straight off.
I have been using the cleanser now for around 8 weeks, morning and night alongside 'The Sanctuary Instant Hydrating Toner' and 'The Sanctuary Spa Warming Microbrasion Polish' (which is fantastic and I will review later). For the first few weeks, I wasn't that impressed, there was little change to the appearance of my skin in regards to spots. However from the beginning I did notice my skin was definitely more moisturised. I only had to use moisturiser once a day, rather than twice like I have always had to do before. My face did not feel at all tight and dry which it always has done with the wash off cleansers. In the last few weeks, I have noticed a huge improvement to my face. My skin appears to be getting back to normal, with very few breakouts. It is looking much more radiant, and I put that down to this cleanser.
The muslin cloth is supposed to be washed after using it twice, which means ideally it needs washing daily. As I only had the one cloth, I used a clean flannel as a replacement when the muslin was in the wash. I found this even better than the cloth. It seems to hold the heat from the water better, whereas the muslin gets cold straight away, and I also found the flannel to exfoliate better too.
My first tube of the cleanser is just about empty now after 8 weeks use, and I have already ordered some more.
I can't compare it to the Liz Earle version as I've never tried it, but if you like the idea of Cleanse and Polish perhaps you should try this as a cheaper alternative. I have been very impressed so far.
Full of organic ingredients, this unique cleanser works deep down to melt away dirt and make-up whilst replenishing lost moisture / The muslin cloth gently exfoliates, leaving skin exceptionally clean and smooth / Your skin is soft, feels hydrated and looks radiantly clean /