Skincare

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish | Review

jodie / 22nd October 2014

You know the dilemma you face when you need a new cleanser, but haven’t shaken up your routine in so long you don’t really know what the best option is? That was me about 3 months ago. After doing a whole lot of research on cleansers, I decided to try out the famous Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish hot cloth cleanser. Praised by many a beauty blogger and winner of numerous awards, I thought it sounded great. Add in the claim that it’s supposed to be gentle on sensitive skin, and I was sold. Or rather, this product was (to me).

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You probably know the drill, but for the sake of this review, I’ll go over the concept: It’s a sort of creamy, balmy substance made with lovely natural ingredients (mostly cocoa butter) which you rub all over your face (either with your makeup on to remove it, or after you’ve removed it by other means for an even better cleanse). You massage it into the skin for a few minutes, then take one of the muslin cloths (you can either buy them separately or they can be bought as part of a set with the cleanser), soak it in warm water, wring it out, then use that to remove the cleanser (and all the dirt and crud from your face). The muslin cloths provide gentle physical exfoliation, which is great for getting rid of any dry, flaky skin.

I had a a very mixed experience with this. The first week I used it, I thought it was breaking me out on my cheeks, where I don’t normally get blemishes. After persevering (partly due to it being so highly regarded, and partly because it’s so damn pricey I was determined to use it all up), my skin looked gorgeous and glowy for a few weeks. Then I started getting blackheads and whiteheads all over my chin. I put it down to this cleanser, and stopped using it. However, the issues on my chin are currently still there, which leads my to think this cleanser isn’t the culprit, so I may have to try eliminating a few other products from my regime to single out the cause. 

Anyway, when it performed well I really liked it. I was worried the eucalyptus would be a nightmare for my sensitive skin, but the SA convinced me it would be fine – and it was. I must stress that no matter how strongly this smells of eucalyptus, you really can’t detect it on your face – you know that cooling sensation you’d get with vapour rub or something? You really don’t get any of that with this.

It was also great at removing makeup. I mostly used it after removing mine with a makeup remover, but on the occasions when I just used this, it was awesome, even with waterproof mascara. 

The combination of creamy, hydrating cleanser and gentle exfoliation is a winner for me. My only issue is that it may have broken me out. I’ll keep you posted if I find out what the case of my breakout was, and it it turns out this is blameless, I’ll definitely keep using it.

Have you tried Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser? What do you think of it?


  • Consistency: Very thick, buttery, creamy. Lovely.
  • Sensitive Skin Suitability: While Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish doesn’t sting or burn, I’m worried it may have broken me out.
  • Price: £14.75 for the starter kit, which includes 100ml pump bottle and 2 muslin cloths.
  • Overall Rating: 7/10. Great cleanser, just worried about the breakout. This would go up to about an 8 if it’s not breaking me out, the reason being it’s quite expensive, especially if you have to keep buying the muslin cloths.