Review: Liz Earle’s Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser

This is a very much raved about product in the UK and it took me ages to purchase this product as Liz Earle’s pretty difficult to come by in stores other than in John Lewis (which I do not have access to in Canterbury) so I am pretty late in hopping onto the Liz Earle bandwagon!

I’ve been using this on and off for a good 5-6 months now as initially I wasn’t too sure of this product!


Here’s what Liz Earle has to say about the product:

Our plant based cleanser has a two-phase action, phase one is the cleansing. Free from mineral oil, it has a rich and creamy texture and swiftly removes all traces of face and eye make up, even stubborn mascara.

Phase two is the polishing. Polish off the cream using the pure muslin cloth to gently dislodge dead skin cells and help reveal clean, soft and radiant skin.

I purchased the starter kit which costs approximately £13.25 which consists of a 100ml pump bottle of Cleanse and Polish with 2 muslin cloths. This cleanser is arguably one of the most talked about hot cloth cleansers in the UK and nearly every beauty blogger / columnist have been waxing lyrical over this product which I presume prompted other brands such as No7 and Sanctuary Spa to come up with their very own versions of the hot cloth cleanser.

So what is hot cloth cleansing? It’s essentially cleansing using a cream-based cleanser which is wiped / polished off with a muslin cloth. This not only removes make up but the muslin cloth acts as a gentle exfoliator too.

The Liz Earle website states that this can even be used to remove ‘even stubborn mascara.’ However, I recommend against doing so as the muslin cloth seems harsh for our sensitive eye area. Being the ‘good’ *ahem* beauty blogger that I am, I decided to put the Cleanse and Polish to test and see if this cleanser actually removes ‘stubborn mascara.’

I recently acquired Shiseido’s Perfect Mascara Defining Volume (which is amazing – no smudges, holds curl perfectly) but like most good things comes a con…. It’s a pain to remove!

Sadly, Cleanse and Polish failed to remove this stubborn mascara and my eyelids felt sore after even though there wasn’t any rubbing involved. An eye make up remover should be the first step before moving on to the Cleanse and Polish for all you ladies who paint your beautiful peepers!

Application and usage of this product is easy enough: I do not use a lot of make up (just a bit of foundation over my nose and chin area, loose powder and blush) so one pump of Cleanse and Polish is more than enough to dislodge all the gunk. Lightly massage the cleanser all over dry skin and soak the cloth into warm water, wring dry and gently polish the make up off your face!

I usually rinse the cloth and repeat 2-3 times to ensure there isn’t any residue left before using a regular cleanser.

The end result? Soft, clean skin! The product stays true to its claims of being able to remove make up and gently exfoliates the skin. I have noticed a reduction in blackheads around my nose area since I’ve started using this and I have not been using any facial scrubs over the last couple of months as I’ve been lazy! 😀 So yes, this product is good but as it’s difficult to come by for me (available online and at John Lewis stores only) I do not know if I will repurchase! I wish Liz Earle’s available locally though!

I have not tried other hot cloth cleansers but am eyeing the No7 one which I may purchase when my trusty Kose Softymo Speedy Cleansing Oil runs out!

Have you tried hot cloth cleansers? Let me know what you think of them!



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