Monday, 22 September 2014

3 Of The Best Hot Cloth Cleansers – Liz Earle, Eve Lom, Espa

If you were asked to name a brand you associated most with cleansing, chances are you’d say either Liz Earle or Eve Lom. Liz Earle’s Cleanse & Polish and the Eve Lom Cleanser are multi-award winning classics, adored the world over.  

That both feature in my top rated may not be all that surprising. Less predictable perhaps is my third featured cleanser - Espa’s Nourishing Cleansing Balm. This one may not share the ‘cult’ status of Liz Earle or Eve Lom, but to me it is just as adorable.

  Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish



The Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish clocked up its 100th beauty award in 2014. What an achievement! Over the years there have been a few special limited edition versions, most recently a summertime scent with orange flower and chamomile. The one I’m including here is the original and, in my opinion, still the best.

The original blends eucalyptus, rosemary and chamomile essential oils. It smells fresh and uplifting, is very soothing on the skin, and has a wonderful rich and creamy texture. It makes light work of removing makeup, including stubborn mascara.

As it’s such a classic, I guess most of you know how to use it. But briefly, it’s a two-step cleanser. Step one you massage into the face and neck; step two you remove with a muslin pre-soaked in hand-hot water.

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish starter kit costs £14.75 for 100ml cleanser plus 2 muslins. You can buy it here.

Eve Lom Cleanser


“Probably the best cleanser in the World”, says Vogue of the Eve Lom Cleanser. Saying “probably” is sitting on the fence somewhat, in my mind, but this is undoubtedly an extremely good cleanser.

It has a very distinctive aroma. For me the smell is almost medicinal – think soothing and calming, not unpleasantly clinical. It contains clove oil, which has a strong odour and antiseptic qualities to encourage clear skin. Three other plant oils feature - Eucalyptus (to help drain away toxins), Hops (to tone), and Egyptian Chamomile (to soften and soothe).

The texture here is soft butter, not like the ‘ready to spread from the fridge’ excuse for soft butter, more the ‘Real McCoy’- creamy butter that has been left out of the fridge to melt a little. It’s a flawless texture! Again, removes stubborn waterproof make-up and exfoliates skin via the muslin included.

Eve Lom’s Cleanser costs £40 for 50ml and can be bought here.

Espa Nourishing Cleansing Balm



More akin to the Eve Lom than the Liz Earle, in that it is a balm that comes in a jar, as opposed to a creamy cleanser in a bottle. There, though, similarities end.

Espa’s offering has a gorgeous delicate rose fragrance. Judged on smell alone, this cleanser would be my favourite. The way Espa formulates its products with the most sublime essential oils (think health spa aromas) makes it one of my favourite skincare brands (post on Espa favourites here).

The Espa texture is firm, making it last longer with me than Eve Lom as only a small amount goes on your finger when you rub from the jar. With the Eve Lom, because it’s soft, I tend to scoop it out more!  This is also a water –soluble balm. Once you’ve massaged it into the face dry, apply a little water and lather it. It transforms into a rich cream. Wonderful! Remove with a damp muslin.

Again, great at removing make-up and leaves skin feeling soft and toned. Espa Nourishing Cleansing Balm costs £46 for 60g jar and can be bought here.

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18 comments

  1. Liz Earle have heard of but never used before and the price is not too bad, I have not heard of the other two. I have not yet decided if I will change my cleansers or moisturises as my skin has found what it likes best but will see

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    1. The Liz Earle is indeed a great price. Tx

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  2. I've never used any of these, but heard good things about ESPA, should try something new

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    1. I'm a big Espa fan. I just love that spa aroma! Tx

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  3. I am totally committed to Liz Earle, it is amazing and I love the scent of it. Also love the rest of her range, and the bodywash too.

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    1. Yes, completely, a lovely brand. I bought the Liz Earle advent calendar a few years back (they seem to have stopped doing it - wonder if they'll bring it back?) which gave me the chance to try out, well, 24 products - obviously ;) . It was a lovely xmas special. Tx

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  4. The Liz Earle cleanser is a great price, I thought it would be more than that, I am definitely going to give it a try. Do they do good work on pores?

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    1. The Liz Earle is a super price, yes. I find tackling pores a tricky one. I tend to use a combination of products - masks, serums etc as well as a cleanser to treat them. Tx

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  5. You always come up with some exotic brands. I have heard of them all, but I haven't tried any of the products that you mentioned in your post. I like eucalyptus in skincare products. The smell is super fresh and gives an illusion of cleanliness.

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    1. Thanks Min. Eucalyptus, yes lovely and fresh and clean smelling. Tx

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  6. These products look lovely! I need to up my skincare game! Will definitely be having a gander at the website. x

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    1. These are my 3 favourites - currently. With so much innovation in beauty trying out new products it's a constant (and very enjoyable) journey. Tx

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  7. I have heard of Liz Earle Before but never used her products. I love hot cloth treatments, they make your skin feel so refreshed!

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    1. I love hot cloth too, especially to take make-up off with in the evening. Yes, skin feels totally refreshed and clean. Tx

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  8. I love Cleanse & Polish although I have kind of forgotten about it as I like too try different things here and there, the Espa one looks gorgeous though! xx

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  9. Good to learn about this added option! I love the idea of a rose scented cleanser! T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

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    1. I'm a massive fan of rose too Tina. One of my favourite skincare ingredients. Tx

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