Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish, Rose and Lavender

Cult Liz Earle product, Cleanse and Polish – has got a new limited edition sister! Rose and Lavender is the new, special edition version of the hot cloth cleanser, with £2 of each sale going straight to The Princes Trust.

It is the same idea as the standard Cleanse & Polish – which you can read my reviews of here – but with added rose petal oil and lavender essential oil to help add to the overall calming properties – not only to the skin, but to your mind – it’s great to use before you got to bed for that very reason!

I’ve been using it for the past few weeks with a muslin cloth and find it very soothing for my problematic skin. I am safe in the knowledge that this removes all traces of make up and daily grime. There are only a few cleansers I feel safe with on my messed up face, and this is definitely on the safe list! My Mum, who is in her fifties is also a big fan – as well as my teenage sister. If you want a soothing cleanser which leaves your skin clean without being tight – try this, you’ll love it!

The limited edition cleanser is available for £19.75 for 150ml at John Lewis, Liz Earle and QVC while stocks last.

Liz Earle’s Naturally Active Essentials

I have reviewed Cleanse & Polish before, saying it was going on my Holy Grail list… and it was…. but in the mean time I tested out some other brands, and my beloved Cleanse & Polish was somewhat forgotten by me. My skin was in dire need of some TLC; breaking out all over the show, horrid red angry boils… and I wasn’t really sure of the solution. By sheer twist of fate I was sent Liz Earle’s Essentials range – The Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser, Instant Boost Skin Tonic, and Skin Repair Light Moisturiser to review… and now I will never forget Cleanse & Polish again!

Within days of using these three products my skin seemed to sigh with relief, it was suddenly a lot calmer – and while it hasn’t been a miracle product – I am still getting the odd spot, it seems, and therefore I seem, a lot happier. I have now been using these products for almost 4 weeks, so thought it  was ample time to test them out and see how I got on…

The Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser is a thick, cream based cleanser containing naturally active ingredients including eucalyptus and cocoa butter. I had been sent the 100ml starter tube – which basically means that it comes with two of the muslin cloths you need to use in conjunction with it (RRP £13.25), but is also available without the cloths. The cleanser is gorgeously thick and rich and superb at getting it’s job done of cleaning your skin – so much so that you can use it as a make up remover, including eye make up. That in itself tells me that it’s powerful yet gentle – something which my spot-prone skin is obviously fond of. To use the cleanser you pump some of the product out onto your hands (I use one pump in the morning, and two at night to shift the make up!), then massage over your (dry) face and neck. You then wet one of the muslin cloths in warm water, and use it to remove the cleanser, gently exfoliating as you go. Once you’ve done that, you rinse the muslin, then splash your face with cold water to close your pores. It leaves my skin feeling silky and moisturised without greasy. I have used the 100ml bottle in this way for almost 4 weeks and today it ran out – I have gone out and bought a 200ml tube as I don’t want to skip it in my routine tonight! I guess if I took my make up off with a face-wipe first, I wouldn’t need to use so much at night and it would last longer, but hey ho.

The next product was the Instant Boost Skin Tonic, which is their version of a toner – but without any alcohol so no stripping of the skin! If they sold this as a perfume, I would wear it – the smell reminds me of something in my childhood that I can’t put my finger on, but it’s delicious – a really comforting smell. I was sent the 200ml bottle (RRP 11.75) and have been using it for almost 4 weeks – although I can’t actually see how much of the product is left (this is my only gripe with these products, although I realise it would take away some of the luxuriousness), it feels and sounds as though there is about a third of the bottle left. You use this after cleansing – twist the twisty cap, squirt some on to a cotton pad then wipe it all over your face and neck. Be warned not to squeeze the bottle as I first did, it will pour out on it’s own! I’m not a religious toning kinda girl, but I liked the additional step in my routine. It feels extremely calming and refreshing – when I have had the odd spot, putting my Instant Boost Skin Tonic soaked cotton wool pad on it has felt like it was doing some good. It is very gentle and most definitely does not leave my skin feeling dry or taught in any way, which is a concern I’ve always had with toners. It’s also a fail-safe way of making sure every last scrap of make up is off.

When I explained I had combination, spot prone skin, it was recommended I used the Skin Repair Moisturiser which is suited to combination/oily skin – there are others available for the different skin types, but this particular one came in a 50ml pump tube (RRP £17.60) I think the normal and dry skin types come in a pot. Although the smell is very gentle, I’m not overly fond of it. After 3 and a bit weeks of it I don’t even notice it, but for the first week I didn’t like it. It’s not strong or overpowering, so luckily I couldn’t smell it on my face – it’s not even a horrible smell, just a dusky herbal smell that I’m not too keen on. Smells aside, this is a great moisturiser. It’s thick to the point you could pump some onto your hand, turn it upside down and it wouldn’t drop off, but not so thick that it feels like it’s never going to sink in to your skin – a perfect consistency. As I wrote this review I used some on the back of my hand, and it now feels very soft! I have been using 2 pumps of this, morning and night, and again, would guess at there being about a third left. After applying this in the morning, I tend to wait 5-10 minutes before applying make up just to make sure it has all settled in.

I am very impressed with all three of the products. Cleanse & Polish is definitely the only cleanser I’ve used that my skin seems to get on with the most, and working in combination with it’s two team-mates seems to be a winning team to me. Each bottle has written on the front what its purpose it – Cleanse & Polish says ‘cleanses and gently exfoliated for smoother, clearer skin’ – check! Using the muslin means I no longer need to use my harsher exfoliator, dry patches are gone and my skin is calmer, clearer and smoother. The Instant Boost claims it ‘revitalises, soothes and tones for instant radiance’ – check! This is definitely a product with instant effects, it just feels gorgeous! The Moisturiser says ‘light, gentle and balancing for fresh, naturally healthy skin’ – check! I love that it’s so moisturising without making my skin oily. If you are in the market for a new skincare regime, I would highly recommend this one. You can buy it, or find your local stockist at www.lizearle.com

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish

Firstly, an apology – I haven’t been around as much as usual, or as much as I’d like, due to a number of reasons – it’s been my birthday (I got those Chanel Sunnies from my September Wishlist!, and a voucher for a brazillian blowdry – yay), I’ve had loads of work on, been trying to get my life on track, and my skin has been awful.

I’m sure the Cleanse & Polish has nothing to do with my bad skin – there are a number of factors which could be causing it – where I have moved house and have been without a doctor, I haven’t taken my Dianette for a couple of months because I haven’t had it – perhaps I rely on this more heavily than I realised – needless to say I have now registered with a doctor and have it on repeat prescription once again. I have also changed my skincare routine – my skin has been so oily recently that I’ve skipped out my morning moisturise and instead just use Laura Mercier’s Oil Free Primer. There’s a number of new products I’ve been using over the last week or so too – the Primer – although I have used the non-oil free one in the past without problems, and Estee Lauder’s Double Wear Concealer & Foundation (which I’m still not 100% about, by the way).

Cleanse & Polish has become a bit of a cult product – so many people I know use it, and the system has been one that’s always been of interest to me – I get dry patches on my face so I like the idea of daily exfoliation with the muslin cloth. I bought the 100ml bottle which comes with two muslin cloths in a wash-bag from John Lewis for £13. I got it at the beginning of September but wanted to have used it for a few weeks before I wrote up on it, so I could give an honest opinion.

The cleanser comes in a long tall bottle with a pump application – it’s slightly annoying that you can’t see how much product you have left as it seems to feel weightless – I’m 3.5 weeks in and have no idea how much remains! It’s a thick creamy consistency which feels really lovely to put on the skin. The bottle recommends using one to two pumps – I use one in the morning and two in the evening as I need it to remove my make up, and boy, does it remove make up! As I said above, I’m currently using Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation which is notorious for needing a double-cleanse – this gets rid of it all – every single trace of make up from foundation to mascara is gone and it’s so simple too!

You massage the cleanser on to your face and neck, then rinse one of the muslins in hot water, then use it to wipe all the cleanser off your face. Have you ever had the urge to put the hot-cloth on your face that they give you at the end of an Indian meal? I can’t say I have, but I know there are people that do it! Well now you can do it every day, and it feels gooooood. The heat from the cloth opens your pores, the muslin exfoliates your skin as you wipe, and then you splash your face with cold water closing your pores. You are only supposed to use the muslins 2-3 times to stop the spread of bacteria – this is great if you do a lot of white washing (which no doubt as my son has just started school I now will!) but if not you can buy more muslins from Liz Earle, or you can just do as I did and get busy with the scizzie and cut up one of my daughters big muslins which can be found anywhere from Asda to Mothercare.Once you pat your skin dry, you’re done.

I love that one product seems to do so much – I would have thought that something that can do so much and remove so much make up so well would make my skin dry and tight, but it doesn’t. Although it doesn’t seem to be helping with the breakouts (which again, I’d like to say I’m sure isn’t related to this), I am confident in the fact that this is making my skin totally clean at the end of every night. One of the main ingredients is chamomile, which feels really calming to the skin, and the richness of the cleanser is moisturising. I love it – it’s now on my Holy Grail list and after using such a great product I’d be really interested in finding out more about other Liz Earle skincare products.

Update – this lasts me around 4 weeks