Best & Worst Hot Cloth Cleansers


I thought it was appropriate to kick off the new year with a cleanser post and this one has been in the works since about this time last year so it’s long overdue. I’ve tried a lot of hot cloth cleansers and my reason for putting off the review was that I wanted to show as many as I could in one video but I decided to just bite the bullet and work with what I had. I’d like to put in an honourable mention of the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish as I don’t currently have it but I do really like it. It’s the bench mark which I measure all others against so when I speak of these next 5 just know that. Another thing to note is that my skin is combination/oily and even in the driest weather I rarely suffer dry patches so if your skin is super dry my recommendations will likely be totally inappropriate.

Soap & Glory Fab Pore Hot Cloth Cleanser – £10.00 – 100ml

As facial cleansers go it’s not bad, it’s actually pretty good BUT it’s not suitable for removing eye makeup and that’s a deal break for me. I want a one stop shop and this stings my non-sensitive eyes so I wouldn’t recommend you try it on your own. If you’re happy to remove your makeup and then use this as a skin cleanser then it’s good, I had no adverse reaction I just prefer one cleanser for all things.

Merumaya Melting Cleansing Balm – £14.50 – 100ml

This reminds me so much of the Nspa cleanser I reviewed here it starts as a gel and then transforms (or ‘melts’) upon contact with water in to a milky substance that if I’m honest is totally useless on my skin. I know some people rave about this so don’t be offended if it’s your favourite, we can’t all love the same things. If you massage the gel into your skin and THEN wash away with water it works well but if you have any water on your face or hands to start with you’re done for – this also stings like a mother on my eyes so.. no likey I’m afraid.

Botanics Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm – £9.99 – 70ml

This is a real disappointment because the original formula of this was great, a thick balm which was soft enough to scoop out and massage on your skin without leaving too much residue. The new version is hard and leaves a thick oil on my face even once I’ve scrubbed at it with a flannel. It removes all of my makeup without irritation which is a plus and I do generally do a second cleanse with something which removes that icky layer but if you want one cleanser to rule them all this is not brilliant.. unless of course your skin is super dry and you’re in to oily residue.

Superdrug Vitamin E Hot Cloth Cleanser – £4.99 – 200ml

Although this isn’t my favourite it’s definitely the one I would buy again because it’s such good value and gets the job done. It’s basic, the texture is of a thick face cream, it feels nice on my skin, it leaves my skin feeling fresh and clean and it’s super cheap for a huge tube. My only not so great point about this one is the smell.. it’s like suncream which is not my bag at all but I’ve smelled perfumes that are the same so it must float some of your boats and I’ll put that down to preference.

Moa The Green Balm – £9.99 50ml

Now THIS is my favourite! It’s a little pricey per ml though so I don’t use it all the time. My skin never feels as nice as after using this and it’s the only one that gave me an instant AHHH feeling after first use. Of each of the cleansers I’ve used it’s the only one that I feel does anything for my skin other than cleanse it, it feels softer and although it does leave a little residue (I know, I know) it’s pleasant and somehow still fresh. The Green Balm is also multipurpose so you can use it for dry skin, lips.. useful for travel if you’re trying to cut down on the products you’re carrying!

I hope that was useful for those of you have been considering a new cleanser.. I would definitely recommend the Moa but like I say it’s not cheap (not expensive and you don’t need much at all but not entirely budget friendly) so my overall winner has to be the Vitamin E, it does the job and it’s great value! I would like to mention that none of the above broke me out or had any negative effects on my skin it’s all just personal preference and what I look for in a cleanser so take that in to consideration when making your choice.

You can watch the video online here

Miss BB



  1. 6 January, 2014 / 4:43 pm

    After hearing so much about the Liz Earl hot cloth cleanser, I’ve been looking for a cheaper alternative, and this post was really helpful! Thank you,
    RosieLM x

  2. Hayley
    6 January, 2014 / 4:53 pm

    Just ordered the green balm after days of umming and ahhing over it because of you 🙂

  3. 6 January, 2014 / 5:01 pm

    I’ve used the Botanics one and I like it but I so wish it wouldn’t leave the oily layer on my skin – it makes my face feel unclean 🙁

  4. 6 January, 2014 / 6:14 pm

    I love the No.7 Hot Cloth Cleanser, it’s cheap and works so well! It’s gentle enough for evening the most sensitive skin.

    Beth | BethBlogsBeauty

  5. Chloe walker
    6 January, 2014 / 6:17 pm

    Hot cloth cleansers are my holy grail products!
    The only thing not to break me out! I swear by them!

  6. 6 January, 2014 / 6:40 pm

    Such a useful post! I’ve been wondering whether to get the Botanics balm but I think I’ll give it a miss. G

  7. 6 January, 2014 / 8:53 pm

    I have had reactions to every hot cloth cleanser I used, even the liz earle! Lucky me! So I dont get the whole hot cloth cleanser love!

  8. 6 January, 2014 / 9:53 pm

    I’ve been looking for a good budget hot cloth cleanser so this video was really helpful. I think the Liz Earle one is just that bit too expensive, especially if I can find a good one for a fraction of the price.

    Bree l Colour Shimmer Sparkle

  9. 6 January, 2014 / 10:49 pm

    I do love superdrug for a bargain! I recently got Liz Earle hot cloth cleanser and thought it was a but nutty when it said you can put it on your eyes, so I’m really glad I read this. Not tried it yet, but who knows, I may be a convert.
    Love Vicky

  10. 6 January, 2014 / 10:54 pm

    I love the Superdrug Vitamin E cleanser, completly transformed my skin! I do want to try Liz Earle’s though, heard a lot about it.

  11. 7 January, 2014 / 10:21 am

    Oh no, I love the Merumaya Cleansing Balm & I use it to remove my eye makeup. Such a shame it doesn’t work for you. But I guess thats what makes it interesting the fact we all need something different from our skincare x

  12. 7 January, 2014 / 1:54 pm

    I have the Soap & Glory cleanser and agree with the eye makeup comment. I also thought it smelled a little too earthy for my taste, a bit dirty!

  13. 7 January, 2014 / 3:03 pm

    I have also tried the botanics one, and I agree the residue puts me off majorly.

    I currently only use organic coconut oil, I know its naughty (apparently!) but it works for me, I have had no break outs and it really keeps the eczema on my face at bay through the cold weather. And its far cheaper then the stuff in the shops and doesn’t have all the added alcohols etc that make it sensitive!

    However, after your recommendation of the superdrug hot cloth cleaner I may give this a go!

  14. 9 January, 2014 / 2:50 pm

    This was a great read – thank you!
    Katie x

  15. 9 January, 2014 / 7:26 pm

    I’m currently using Boots No7. Hot cloth cleanser, I have combination skin and it really dries out the excess grease on my face whilst moisturising. Working my way up to Liz Earle! x

  16. Ashley Rothwell
    13 January, 2014 / 11:25 am

    Ugh the botanics one is vile. I have to literally scrub the oily layer off which cannot be good. I love a facial oil but this feels like chip fat! I so wanted to like it. No 7 hot cloth cleanser is the best low cost cleanser I have found so far, no bells and whistles but doesn’t cause any problems with my skin. Loved the texture of the body shop cleansing balm but be wary if your sensitive as it gave me eczema all over my face (lovely! ) after a week of use.

  17. 26 April, 2014 / 2:09 am

    Funny I’ve used most of those cleansers and have the opposite reaction to most – LOVE the Boots Botanic and not a fan of the Superdrug. I do have dry and sensitive skin though so I guess different strokes for different folks!

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