Yes, this is my FIRST Liz Earle experience. I know, I know, I might be the last person to hop onto the bandwagon. It might sound shocking since the brand has been around for 22 years, and many women of all ages have been raving about it for, what might feel like, centuries. But for some reason Liz Earle and I haven’t crossed paths until I was out of my Elemis cleanser and wanted to see if there’s something out there worth trying. Don’t get me wrong, I still swear by my Elemis skincare (an in-depth skincare update should be here by the end of August). At the same time, Liz Earle products kept popping up on my radar. Call it the power of marketing, curiosity or sheer trust I have towards many fellow bloggers, I came out of my local Boots with a hefty and gorgeously designed limited edition tin container. And the rest is history, squeezed into a blog post.
Many people love the original cleanser. So when I came up to the Liz Earle counter I had my eyes on the “prize”. But then right there, staring at me, was the new limited edition Grapefruit & Patchouli one. I knew I had to get it. Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Grapefruit & Patchouli LE Cleanser (it’s a mouthful, isn’t it?) retails for £22.75 at Boots. It’s a bit of a splurge but you’re getting a full kit which makes it worth in the long run. As an alternative, you can go with Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Classic Start Kit which would cost you £16.00.
I really love the container your cleanser comes in. It is beautifully designed and comes with a handy tin lid. I think I will keep it for travel purposes – it makes an amazing makeup brushes holder! Inside you get a 150 ml cleanser with the same design on the bottle, a very neat pump and 2 crisp white muslin cloths.
Since the cleanser I got is a Limited Edition one, it has zesty/fresh notes of grapefruit and earthy/spicy notes of patchouli on top of the classic blend of chamomile, cocoa and rosemary. The scent is refreshing, energizing and not overwhelming. Once you apply it, the aroma goes a bit sweeter and more soothing.
Among the favourable (and exciting) ones are: beeswax (skin protective), cocoa seed butter (moisturizing), rosemary and chamomile extracts (antioxidant and soothing properties), grapefruit peel oil and patchouli oil (energizing and healing). The unfavourable list contains a few preservatives, acids and fragrance which are all irritants so that’s something to keep in mind and look out for. This cleanser is also cruelty-free.
Ok, here comes the moment of truth. Are you also one of those people who more than often ignore instructions and “figure out” the way by yourself? Yup, that’s me too. For at least a week and a half I would apply the cleanser onto damp skin. It wasn’t bad at all and it still cleansed it well. But, I also went in with my Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water first. Then, out of blue, I decided to read the back of the bottle.
There are 2 phases (as expected) when it comes to applying it. And guess what? You’re supposed to gently massage it onto DRY skin! Light bulb moment. To be honest, I avoid the eye area because I found that it did irritate my eyes a bit so that’s where I still go in with my trusty micellar water. Then it’s time to go with phase 2 which is “polishing”. You need to soak one of your cotton cloths in hand-hot water (I went too hot a few times – not a good feeling) and gently remove the cream off your face along with the #makeupoftheday.
I also rinsed the cotton cloth in water after every wipe, if that makes sense. It was very satisfying.
The cloth is to be thoroughly rinsed afterwards (which I did every time) and get machine washed at 30 degrees Celsius after 3 to 5 uses (which I haven’t done yet but I’ve switched to another clean cloth). Liz Earle recommends to “splash your face with cool water” after you’re finished, and ta-dah, you’re done. Once again, being a bit of a “rebel”, many times I have skipped (more like forgotten) to do that step. Water temperature contrast makes perfect sense though. It helps soothe and invigorate the skin.
- it’s a very gentle cleanser and I love its soft and creamy formula;
- the scent is very pleasant, calming and awakening at the same time (I am vouching for the Grapefruit & Patchouli Limited Edition cleanser only as I haven’t tried the original one yet);
- it does a flawless (!!!) job at removing makeup and all the dirt and grime we collect on our skin during the day – I tested it going in with micellar water afterwards and the cotton pad didn’t pick up anything where it would usually pick up foundation/concealer stains;
- it lasts! – I believe 150ml will last me for 3 months or more as I’m not wasting product and I mix it up with a gentle exfoliator I’d usually use in the shower in the morning;
- I absolutely love the cotton cloth and think it’s aahhhmazing!
- it leave your skin perfectly cleansed, soft, smooth and smelling lovely;
- my skin has cleared noticeably and I haven’t got any major breakouts after the “initial stage” (more below).
- it’s a bit pricey (but, again, it lasts so it’s not a dealbreak for me at all);
- a few unfavourable ingredients make me a bit cautious as to whether I will become one of those people who repurchase their 100th bottle (we shall see but at this stage I think I will);
- I don’t know whether it was hormonal but when I first started using this cleanser my skin broke out. Not badly but there were definitely more spots than usual. I decided to carry on with it to see if it’s going to get worse and, yay, about 2 weeks later blemishes cleared. So yeah, I am not 100% sure if it was the cleanser that gave me a reaction or not. At the moment, about 4 weeks in, my skin doesn’t have any new breakouts. Even my jawline has calmed down (and it’s usually very irritated). So currently it’s in “The Yes” position 🙂
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