I consider cleansing to be the most important part of my routine. Smoggy London streets, makeup and mad dashes to work and back.. and by the end of the day I could convincingly pass as a hiker up the Hekla Icelandic volcano. So to remove makeup, dirt and grime of the most Pompeian proportions I turn to Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser.
I decided to give it a try after hearing rave reviews from friends and reading about the cleanser and that it's won close to 70 awards!! However, being a natural sceptic I was dubious... But that's before I tried it.
Whats's in it?
The cleanser is extremely gentle with natural herbal ingredients and a divine sort of lavenderly smell. It also contains the following; Cocoa butter; Hops extract; Eucalyptus; Rosemary; Chamomile and Beeswax.
Crucially there is NO MINERAL OIL, a cheap substance often employed in cosmetics and is the equivalent of rubbing vaseline or baby oil all over your face (things I am both allergic to).
Shockingly mineral oil is one of the main ingredients in Eve Lom's cleanser which costs £50 for 100ml!! I find this outrageous since Eve Lom's cleanser is based on the same premise as Liz Earle's, but you pay far more for an inferior result.
To the best of my knowledge Liz was the first to develop and commercialise this type of cleansing method and what you get is far more natural and gentle and costs just £13.25 for a 100ml starter kit with two muslin cloths!
The application is simple. Massage the rich cleanser gently over your face and neck. The texture is divine and really luxurious. Then rinse the muslin cloth in hand-hot water and sweep over your face, removing the cleanser and all traces of makeup.
I have an admission to make here... I enjoyed the process so much that I cleansed three times in a row.
Skin feels incredibly clean and also very comfortable. Not tight or irritated, I was even tempted to forgo the rest of my routine, as it felt like I had done it all already.
I really recommend that you try this product, because it really does the job. It hasn't earned its reputation on the back of gimmicks or expensive marketing campaigns but because it really works! Great for sensitive of problem skins and also those in search of a great natural beauty staple.
Get it from Liz Earle, QVC & John Lewis