Thursday, 2 September 2010

Liz Earle Vs No7 Cleanse and Polish

Both have the same concept for cleansing, but one has been around for much longer and not as easily available as the other. 

First up, the infamous Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser is £13 for 100ml and includes 2 muslin cloths. 
It contains 100% natural ingredients which include:
  • Beeswax (Cera alba)
  • Chamomile Essential Oil/Extract (Anthemis nobilis)
  • Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao)
  • D-panthenol (pro-vitamin B5)
  • Eucalyptus Essential Oil (Eucalyptus globulus)
  • Glycerin 
  • Hops Extract (Humulus lupulus)
  • Rosemary Essential Oil/Extract (Rosmarinus officinalis)
Fill a basin with hand-hot water.

Apply 1 or 2 pumps onto dry skin and use your fingertips to gently massage the cream over your face and neck. Work in circular movements from the centre of your face outwards. Massage over your eyelids and eyelashes last to avoid spreading eye makeup over your face.

Rinse the pure muslin cloth in hand-hot water and wring it out so it's damp, not wet.

Use the muslin cloth to wipe off the cream using a clean section for each part of your face. Place a single finger inside the cloth to thoroughly clean more awkward areas such as around the nose. Rinse the cloth thoroughly during cleansing.

Rinse your skin in cool water and carefully pat dry using a soft towel. Rinse the muslin cloth thoroughly and allow it to air dry naturally.

What I think
I've been using this for over a year now, and has really helped with not breaking me out and keeping the skin calm. This cleanser smells divine, and is an absolute pleasure to use. The consistency is almost whip-like, and feels like luxury on the skin.

I recently ran out of the Liz Earle and I just happened to be at Boots (surprise surprise) in Bond street armed with one of those wonderful £5 off vouchers. I saw their version of the cleanse and polish and thought, why not? Its called the No7 Radiance Boosting Hot Cloth Cleanser, which usually goes at £8.75 for 200ml. With the voucher, I only paid under £4 for mine, so bargain for me!
 Directions are similar to Liz Earle
This cleanser is much thicker in comparison, the best I can describe it is a thicker version of Johnson's baby lotion. It almost smells like that as well. The smell is definitely not as pleasing and uplifting as our Liz Earle. It does feel less natural and heavier on the skin. Plus the smell is a bit chemically. Not surprising really, as the ingredients between the two don't compare at all (except for Glycerin). Having said that, it left my skin feeling soft, supple and most importantly, not too tight or dry.

Both packaging is pretty similar, as they both come in a tube with a pump dispenser. However, the No7 is slightly transparent so you can see how much product is left. Whereas you don't get that with Liz Earle, which is a little annoying.

I would say Liz Earle's is the original and mother of all hot polish cleansers - present and future - but I was pleasantly surprised by this cheaper version. I would most surely recommend having one of these in the bathroom (or bedroom, or wherever) to use a couple of times a week.

One thing I wanted to note is that I do still need use and eye makeup remover in addition to the cleansers.

In general, hot cloth cleansers seems to be my favourite of the cleansing methods, Just whole ritual of using it and how it feels on the skin.

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