I had been wanting to try Liz Earle’s Hot Cloth Cleanser since reading numerous glowing reviews of it across the blogosphere. I finally bought it a few months ago and it’s been my everyday essential ever since. I had previously used Cold Cream to remove my make-up and cleanse my face. Although the favourite product of our foremothers is amazing for removing make-up I was on the look out for something a little less oily.
Cleanse and Polish runs along the same lines a classic cold cream in that you apply the creamy formula all over a dry face including over your eyelids to remove make-up. The difference is in the ingredients which contain mostly natural botanicals as opposed to some rather suspect ones in cold cream. These include rosemary, chamomile, cocoa butter and eucalyptus oil. Not only do they work wonders on your skin but they also smell amazing.
The cleanser comes with a special magic muslin cloth which not only removes all traces of product and make-up but also helps to exfoliate and remove dead skin leaving the face clean and smooth.
The cleanser comes in pretty green packaging along with a muslin cloth. I picked up the starter kit which comes in a handy zip up bag with a 100ml bottle of cleanser and 2 muslin cloths. At £15 I think it’s great value especially as the product lasts so long. I bought my first set a few months ago and have only just replaced it.
I love the smooth formula which is easy to apply and is so gentle that it can be used on the delicate eye area. As I mentioned it smells beautiful and really feels like a luxury product. The muslin cloth is very soft, but very effective and can be washed at 30 degrees when required.
For removing make-up it is an absolute god send. Like many vintage devotees I usually wear a fair amount of liquid eyeliner as well as several layers of mascara most days. I like to remove it without having to scrub the area at all, as I don’t want to get wrinkles before my time! With Cleanse and Polish you just gently rub it over the make-up and it gently melts it away. All you have to do is wipe over with the muslin cloth and the make-up is gone. Similar products I’ve tried have left a faint residue of make-up leaving me looking a little panda eyed, but this removes every last bit.
I’ve always had very clear skin and have never really suffered from spots, although I do get an occasional one now and then especially when I wear a lot of foundation. Last month I did a lot more outfit photos and I usually wear a little more make-up than usual, I found this product really helped to keep the breakouts at bay as it left my skin so clean.
I’m so happy with this product that I use it every day, I simply love it. I also love that Liz Earle is a British company based on the Isle of Wight. They also don’t test their products on animals like so many other companies still do which is definitely a plus point for me.
I bought my set from the Birchbox website.
Liz Earle is also available at John Lewis
Lucy DorlingDecember 13, 2014 at 11:25 am
I’ve used C&P now for 5 years and you don’t want to know how many 200ml tubes I have stashed away lol. It’s such a fantastic cleanser, I can’t imagine not using it. I do a double cleanse each day as I wear SPF and my skin is so beautifully clean and comfortable feeling. I also adore Skin Repair moisturiser, the smell is divine xx
Jessica CangianoDecember 14, 2014 at 6:39 am
This sounds like such a lovely product. I’m glad to know I’m not the only one who finds cold cream to be on the oily side. I have really dry (and sensitive skin) and always figured that was part of the reason it seamed so oily to me – the product had to work through my dry epidermis, which wasn’t all that keen on soaking it up like sponge, even though it should have done just that (dry skin, eh?!).