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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.