Problem: Before I discovered hot cloth cleansers, however well I thought I''d cleansed by face there was always some residue. I''d think I''d done a really good job in removing all traces of make-up before going to bed, but in the morning there would still be telltale traces of mascara giving me that all too familiar panda look.
The Solution: I''d seen good reviews of hot cloth cleansers and thought I should give the No 7 version a try. I''m a great fan of Boots No 7 anyway particularly when there''s a good offer going. A 200ml pump costs 9.99 GBP and comes with a small muslin cloth.
My experience: Unless I am only wearing minimum eye make-up, I still use eye make-up remover to tackle the eye area first. I then dispense a generous amount of the cleanser onto my finger tips and then using both hands, massage it into my face including all around the eyes. I think massage is really good for the skin anyway so unless I''m in a real hurry I will spend a minute really working in the cleanser. It''s really thick and creamy and feels very smooth on my skin. The idea is then to polish off the cleanser using the muslin cloth which also dislodges any dead skin cells so effectively gives the skin a gentle exfoliation.
For me the cloth does have to be rinsed through first with pretty hot water ? it just doesn''t feel so good with cold water which definitely doesn''t leave the skin feeling anyway near so clean. I do splash my face with cold water as soon as I have finished with the warm cloth though, pat my face dry with a towel. The cleanser actually feels quite nourishing and not dehydrating but I always apply moisturiser. It''s all rather reminiscent of the old fashioned method of washing with soap and a good old flannel. A lot of make-up residue comes off on the cloth and I find I have to wash the cloth every time I use it so I alternate with a range of flannels. These seem to work just as well for me but I''m lucky in that my skin is not particularly sensitive; muslin is of course very gentle.
Another plus point is that the pump works. You don''t have to try to break into the bottle as it gets towards the end in order to extract the last little bit of primer. Most importantly, it works; no more traces of make-up in the morning!
Recommended?: I love it so as you might guess, I have no hesitation in recommending this cleanser.
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I bought this mainly because I'd heard a lot of good things about it and also because it's £5.00 cheaper than the hot cloth cleanser that I'd been using previously.
This retails at £9.95 per 200ml bottle, which isn't amazingly cheap but it's a slightly cheaper alternative to a lot of other hot cloth cleansers and it's well worth the money - it's just as good as the Liz Earle version. The cleanser is part of the No 7 range and it is only available from Boots.
It can be purchased via their website or in store and I had to buy mine online as there was no sign of it in my local store so I'm assuming that it had sold out, which wouldn't suprise me because there's quite a lot of hype surrounding it at the minute amongst us review writers and beauty bloggers!
The cleanser comes in a white cardboard box which I like - it makes it seem quite luxurious and expensive! The box has got a blue and white colour scheme and it's nice and simplistic. The No7 is written in large blue font and in smaller black font there's the product name. It states on the box that the cleanser is suitable for all skin types. A short product description reads 'reveals soft, hydrated, radiantly clean skin.' Inside the box there's the muslin cloth and of course the bottle, which is made from a sturdy, transparent plastic.
The bottle is a cylindar sort of shape and not at all bulky, which I find handy as I can easily fit it into my overnight bag when I'm staying at a friends. While the packaging is not particularly attractive, it doesn't look cheap and I quite like the simplistic design. The product and brand name are written on the front of the bottle in black writing and the top of the bottle has a plastic cap which pulls off to reveal a little pump.
The pump's dispenser hole dispenses just the right amount of product each time I press it down and I find two pumps, which equates to a 50 pence sized blob is enough to cover all of my face - a little goes a long way and the smooth cleanser glides over my face without dragging on my skin or blobbing up and becoming tacky. The cleanser is quite average in appearence and consistency - it's white and quite thick, but not so thick that it feels like a heavy layer on my skin. It's also not quite as thick as the Liz Earle cleanser, but it's just as effective.
I use my fingers to apply it in an upward circular motion and I find it quite relaxing to be honest - it feels really soft and silky against my skin and it's not got that horrible overlly cold/wet kind of feeling that some cleansers have. Like all cleaners I use this all over my face and neck. I found with my previous cleanser that my skin would actually absorb most of it because it's so dry, but because this is nice and thick there's still a lightweight layer left even after a couple of minutes.
Once I've applied the cleanser I run the muslin cloth under some hot water and lay it over my face. This opens the pores and it's extremely relaxing as well and I love the gentle scent, however I do sometimes skip this step and just leave the cleanser on on its own for a few minutes. After leaving the cleanser on for a few minutes I remove it with a flannel or the muslin cloth. The muslin cloth is soft and gentle on my skin however the cleanser sticks to it and becomes gloopy and it's hard to get it off, so I usually use a flannel.
My skin always feels absolutely amazing after using this - soft, clean and moisturised and it looks brighter as well. The cleanser gets rid of every last ounce of make-up and my skin feels gorgeous. Even the day after using it my skin feels soft and well cared for and I've noticed that since I started using this my T zone hasn't been dry at all. The cleanser is hypo-allergenic and very gentle on my skin - in the two weeks that I've been using it I have had no irritation or redness.
Overall, I can't recommend this product enough and I give it a well deserved five out of five stars.
I do love no 7 beauty product from Boots and buy them all the time. I usually always buy them using a £5 off voucher because it really does save a lot of money and also a very good amount taken from the original price. So always worth using them if you receive one. I had bought the Liz Earle hot cloth cleanser a couple of time and really loved it. I was trying to find another brand which appeared similar to the Liz Earle range cleanser and I came across this one, so I bought it using my voucher. Thought it was worth a go.
It comes in a transparent plastic tube which has a pull off top. It also comes in a nice Jade Green box. Inside the box is also a muslin cloth which is folded inside a plastic wrapper. The cleanser is white in colour. The tube has a pump dispenser which is very easy to press to release the cleanser onto the fingers.
The white cleanser is extremely soft and smooth, the texture is super and one that I love. It is really creamy. It only has a slight smell to it and not really noticeable compared to Liz Earle's, but that isn't such a problem to me, so long as it works well.
All that is needed to cleanse the face and neck area is to just pump twice onto the fingertips and gently massage it all over the face and neck area. It glides across the skin perfectly and feels lovely. I love the feel of it on my skin. I just massage for a couple of minutes or 1 minute if I don't have a lot of time in the mornings. But I always try to make sure I massage for 2 minutes in the evening. I like to make sure I don't miss any areas, particularly around my nose and T zone areas and chin. I do sometimes remove the cleanser with a cotton pad because I find using a muslin cloth more than once a day can be too much for my sensitive skin some days. Other days it is fine.
Once I have finished massaging, I just take a muslin cloth and wet it, using fairly hot water and just very gently remove the cleanser, being really careful not to rub too hard and just gently glide it across the skin, there is no need to rub because the cleanser does the work with the cloth. I always look at the cloth to see how much dirt is removed. This cleanser removes all traces of make up and cleans the face brilliantly and in a way that I like a cleanser to clean. The muslin cloth which comes in the box, I find isn't suitable for my skin. I have quite sensitive skin and find the cloth is far too rough a texture for my skin. It kind of makes my skin feel sore after using it, so I just use my Liz Earle cloths, I find they are much nicer cloths and more suitable for my skin. So if you, like me have sensitive skin be aware the cloth is quite rough. If you have normal skin, I would say it may be fine but just bear this in mind before using the cloth. Maybe try a little of the cleanser on the back of your hands first and then remove it with the cloth to see how it feels. You know your own skin and how you like a cloth to feel on it.
I often use this cleanser to remove my mascara before I use it on my face, to make sure I remove all traces of the mascara. I just pump a small amount onto my fingertips and gently work it with my fingers over my eye lashes. It doesn't sting my eyes or irritate them at all but I do use this method really carefully and slowly. It just dissolves the mascara perfectly, then I just then use it all over my face.
There is no need to wet the skin first, just use on dry skin. Once the dirt is removed, all that is needed then is to splash your face with cold water and pat it dry with a towel. The cold water helps to close the pores.
The advice on the side of the box tells me to avoid direct contact with the eyes. I have found it is a gentle cleanser and my eyes have never been sore using it the way I do to remove mascara but this is worth bearing in mind when using this cleanser. It also tells me the cloth should be hand washed. I never hand washed the cloth because I only used it once and didn't like it, so I binned it instead. The cloth is a fairly thin muslin, it isn't very soft like the Liz Earle cloth. This for me is the only let down with this product. It is such a shame the cloth isn't more softer for my skin.
After my skin has dried completely, my skin feels so clean and refreshed. The cleanser doesn't dry my skin and my skin doesn't feel tight at all, just a nice glow. I then use a day or night moisturiser and my skin glows even more and feels really soft.
I certainly highly recommend this cleanser if you are looking to buy a cheaper one which is similar to the Liz Earle range but without the high price tag. I am really happy and pleased I tried this one because in my opinion it works just as effectively but priced a whole lot cheaper. I have bought quite a few since my first purchase and I will continue to buy this one in the future because it is a really good quality cleanser and extremely good value for the money.
Price is just £10 for 200ml tube, although it only cost £5 with the voucher. Also you can see how much cleanser is left in the tube so you know when to replace it and not run out of the cleanser. I love this feature of the tube. I even like the look of this tube being transparent and seeing how the amount is reducing, this may sound silly but at least I know how much I am using.
It is suitable for all skin types, even sensitive skin like mine. A beautiful cleanser that works a treat to remove all traces of make up and dirt from the skin at a good price in my opinion. Try to use the £5 off voucher you won't be disappointed with this cleanser and it also works out a lot cheaper for an excellent cleanser.
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I give this one 4 stars. Dropping a star because of the muslin cloth being too rough and not suitable for my skin. If the cloth was a little softer material I would have given this one the full 5 stars.
Thank you for reading my review and I hope it has been of some help.
I hadn't previously used the Liz Earle cleanser, but had read the reviews and not being able to afford that particular one went in search of an alternative and found this No 7 version- And I'm so glad I did!
The product comes well packaged in a box, and includes the muslin cloth. The bottle has a good pump action and I have never had any problems with it (I'm now on my second bottle) and unlike other pump tops it seems to give you every last drop of cleanser which is good! However one full pump does give an awful lot of cleanser, so I only really use between 1/2 and 3/4 of a pump per use.
The instructions on how to use are quite specific. Apply to skin, then rinse the cloth with hot water and lay over the face, then remove the product and finally close pores with cold water. To be honest, unless I'm not pushed for time (which I usually am as only ever use this before I go to bed and then can't be bothered) I don't bother with this, and yet I'm still very pleased with the results! I just apply the product to dry skin and massage in, then remove with the damp cloth and dry.
The cream is very rich, and unlike other cleansers does not strip the skin at all. Certainly other cleansers have left my skin feeling dry and tight but not this one. It is excellent at removing all traces of make up, and I have even used around my eyes to remove eye make up, which it also does a fab job at. The muslin cloth is a good size and good quality, and washes well in a washing machine.
I have noticed that I get lots fewer spots than I used to before I used this cleanser, and really can't recommend it highly enough especially as it lasts for ages (my last one lasted about 8 months) and given the price it is excellent value for money.
For ages I had been using Liz Earle's cleanse and polish and was really happy with it. I had tried a couple of high street alternatives and they were either not that good or OK but not for long term every day use and not as good as the original. However, Liz Earle is quite expensive at about £13 a time (plus P&P as nowehere near me sells it) so I longed for the day when I tried a cheaper brand and liked it!
I notced this No 7 Hot Cloth Cleanser when I was in Boots about 4 months ago, and as it was only £9.95 and I had a £5 No 7 voucher to use anyway (taking it down to under a fiver) I thought I would give it a go!
The packaging is very nice and simple - a cardboard box that encloses the pump action dispenser and a hot cloth.
The pump is made of sturdy plastic and feels of good quality, and there is a push on lid to avoid any bathroom mess.
Like the Liz Earle original and other hot cloth cleansers, you apply the cream cleanser to your face and neck area with your fingertips and then place the muslin cloth (that you pre-soak in warm water) over your face before using it to remove the cleanser.
The cream has a lovely fresh smell that is not overpowering and the cream is a nice consistancy. You also learn quite quickly that a little goes a long way and as a result it lasts a long time.
Whilst not all of the ingredients are 100% natural like Liz earle's cleanser, I have found it to be very gentle on my sensitive skin with no tightness, redness or irritation.
The cleanser removes all impurities and make up - it kind of dissolves it leaving your face lovely and clean and very smooth to touch. I love how my skin feels after i've cleansed it with this product!
I have bought it twice more since I first purchased it and each time I have managed to use one of the No 7 £5 promotional vouchers that Boots often do so each time it has cost me under £5, and has lasted about 5 weeks so that's £1 a week!
Would really reccommend you give this a go if you're a fan of Liz Earle but not the cost!