Liz earle hot cloth

I also liked the other products too. Firstly the Eye Bright Soothing Lotion. I’ve actually been using my travel sized one so haven’t even opened this large bottle. This product contains witch hazel and aloe vera as well as the herb eyebright and is designed to sooth tired and puffy eyes. I liked this product and have been using it alot. Its like a water consistency and is definitely refreshing. You can use it by sweeping a soaked cotton pad over your eyes but for a longer treat soak two cotton pads in the lotion and apply to eyelids for 10 minutes which sounds lovely! I use it in the morning to wake up my eyes but I do also use it to sweep over any spots as its witch hazel content is an astringent and does help reduce redness I’ve found.

The Liz Earle Skin Repair Moisturizer is a good little product. I chose the one for combination skin and I find its non greasy but nice and creamy. Its a nice day cream to put on and I tend to use it in a morning about 10 minutes before I put my makeup on. I like it but I wouldn’t say its my favourite item in the bundle.

Lastly the Instant Boost Skin Tonic. Its designed to be used after the Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser and is essentially a toner. It has cucumber and aloe vera ingredients so is non drying too. I love the twist cap which makes it super easy to use and I really like how its nourishing rather than drying which was noticeable. This is definitely one of my faves of the bundle.


So my hero products are definitely the Cleanse & Polish hot Cloth Cleanser and the Instant Boost Skin tonic and I think I would definitely repurchase. the only negative at all I would have is that the Liz Earle website is a little hard to navigate. Its not that easy to find specific single products as bundles do always come up at the top of the list but in saying that there are some amazing deals to be found on bundles so definitely worth checking out!

Let me know if you’ve tried the Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser or what your fave Liz Earle product is??



New beauty products launch thick and fast on a daily basis, so when one gets labelled iconic you know there’s a lot of love for it from beauty insiders, celebrities and consumers alike.

The Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser is up there amongst these elite, constantly being raved about and with trophies to show for it – having won a massive 125 awards.

It’s therefore no surprise one now sells every 15 seconds around the globe. So, when the beauty news hit that a body version of the cult cleanser was going to hit the shelves, and that it’s been five years in the making, us beauty editors got very excited. Should it be at the top of your Christmas wish-list? I found out…

The promise

At first glimpse the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Body Gentle Mitt Cleanser, £19, (available exclusively to Boots now and John Lewis and from 25 October) does remind you of the original face product. It has a similar luxuriously rich, creamy texture, with the invigorating scent of eucalyptus.

And it’s also a two-part product. While the original cult cleanser comes with a pure cotton cloth to gently exfoliate and remove the product, this comes with an exfoliation mitt.

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But the formula itself obviously differs. It’s packed with pure plant oils, such as sunflower seed, apricot kernel and rice bran – all ingredients that lock in moisture and promote softer skin.

There’s a lot of promise with this product. They say it provides 48-hour moisturisation, softening and smoothing the body leaving it super supple.

This is all something my skin is craving, as the change in season plays havoc with it. I’m shedding dead skin like a snake at the moment, especially on my legs – my skin is rough, dry and itchy. All thanks to the colder temperatures, central heating (yes, it’s on!), and the hot showers I take. So, I certainly gave the product a challenge, but did it deliver?

Our verdict

I have to say it has transformed my skin! It’s a real treat to use, simply apply and massage using the mitt. I made sure to pay attention to the driest areas like the back of my arms, elbows, knees and shins.

After one use my skin looks beautifully smooth and feels super soft to the touch.

After one use my skin looks beautifully smooth and feels super soft to the touch, and that’s without using moisturiser on top. What’s more, I’m not a morning person but the eucalyptus pure essential oil really comes through in the shower making it a great mood-lifter to get you ready for the day ahead.

Is it better than a conventional body scrub used with an exfoliation mitt? If your skin is really dry like mine, then YES, it’s worth every penny – simply because it’s packed with moisture-boosting oils that really pack a punch.

If your skin is in better condition, and you’re looking for a more purse-friendly option, you can stick to one of my favourite budget scrubs (below). They lift away dead skin cells too, so your moisturiser can really penetrate the skin. As for me, I’m sticking to my new favourite product.

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Best body scrubs £10 and under

Sanctuary Spa Body Scrub, £7

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The beautiful scent makes this such a pleasure to use. And it leaves skin smooth and comfortable. A bargain!

Weleda Birch Body Scrub, £9.95

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Super gentle, even on sensitive skin. And Victoria Beckham is a fan of the brand. What’s not to love!

The Body Shop Satsuma Exfoliating Body Polish, £10

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The pick for those that love fruity scents, as it’s available in a strawberry fragrance too.

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Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser: Revisited, Re-Thought and Really Rather Liking!

It’s rated top notch by beauty eds and beauty nuts alike, but I wasn’t mad about everyone’s favourite cleanser when I tried Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish four years ago. Yes, it smelled lovely: this is a plant-based cream that’s chocca with gorgeous naturally active ingredients like hops, eucalyptus, chamomile, rosemary, and cocoa butter. Yes, the pump dispenser was very neat and handy. And yes, I did initially think the stuff was amazeballs, but then I never repurchased it when it ran out.

At the time, I just wasn’t impressed with how it handled mascara removal and it seemed to take a minimum of three uses – apply cleanser, remove with cloth, repeat ad nauseum – to shift the rest of my make-up.

On a whim and with my budget-busting Eve Lom cleansing supplies at a low ebb, I recently decided to give Cleanse & Polish (from €15.50 from or from Wilde & Green, Dublin 6) another go. So I suppose I did technically repurchase it… eventually. This time around, I’m using a separate eye make-up remover – Sephora Waterproof Eye Make-Up Remover, FYI – and it’s only taking one pass to remove my foundation. Huzzah!


As ever, I apply Cleanse & Polish to dry skin, massage it in circular motions as usual, and wring out a muslin cloth in hand-hot water before polishing the cleanser off my mush for a two-in-one cleanse and exfoliate. I reckon that improvement in performance is mostly because I’ve significantly dialled down the coverage of my base – it’s less spackle, more make-up nowadays – and since I’m not obsessed by how badly it’s removing my make-up, I can appreciate that it’s treating my skin very nicely indeed.

Despite the fact that I’ve been partying hard over the festive season, my skin is currently no more spotty or congested than usual. In fact, overall my complexion is looking brighter and it’s also making a difference to the redness around my nose, chin and cheeks.

I won’t be waiting another four years to repurchase this time.

Does Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser Live Up To The Hype?

If I had to use only one cleanser for the rest of my life, I’d go with Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser. No doubt about it.

I know, you didn’t expect that. If you’ve been around for a while, you know I often say it doesn’t matter much what cleanser you use. Any cleanser that leaves your skin clean but not tight will do.

I still believe that. In the past, I’ve been super fickle with cleansers and used whatever was cheap without problems. But since meeting Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser, I don’t stray as often. And when I do, I always come back to it in the end. There’s something about it my skin just can’t get enough of.

Maybe it’s the super emollient formula. Maybe it’s the addition of a muslin cloth that exfoliates my skin while cleansing, saving me time in the morning.

What I know is that after every use, my skin feels super soft and clean. Here’s what makes the magic happen:

What’s In Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser?


A quick look at the ingredient list reveals something unusual: there are no detergents here. How the heck can it cleanse skin without detergents?!


Ingredients like Cetearyl alcohol, Cetyl esters, Sorbitan stearate, and Polysorbate 60 aren’t sexy or popular but they’re what makes this cleanser work.

Emulsifiers bind oil and water together. This means they can remove both water-soluble and oil-soluble grime, such as dirt and makeup. Plus, they moisturise skin to boot. Win win.


Derived from the roasted seeds of the cocoa tree, cocoa seed butter is super moisturising. This rich and creamy butter is loaded with fatty acids, a group of substances that make up the skin’s protective barrier. They make skin soft and smooth and bring even the driest of skin types back to health again.

In a cleanser, cocoa butter makes sure skin doesn’t come out worse for wear from the cleansing process. While some cleansers can leave your skin feeling tight, cocoa seed butter keeps it soft and smooth. Plus, it’s loaded with polyphenols, antioxidants that keep wrinkles at bay.


I have to mention the “baddies” in the formula. Eucalyptus leaf oil and rosemary oil are proof that not all essential oils are good for you.

Eucalyptus makes your lotions and potions smell good while rosemary has antioxidant properties BUT both have fragrant compounds that can irritate sensitive skin.

My skin isn’t sensitive so I can use the cleanser without problems. Phew! But skincare guru Caroline Hirons points out this combination turns her skin into a red and burning mess.

I’m sure most people can use this cleanser fine but if your skin is sensitive, you may want to skip this.

Related: Natural Ingredients That Can Irritate Sensitive Skin


Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser has a thick, rich and creamy consistency – it feels more like a moisturiser than a cleanser.


It smells strong of eucalyptus. I personally like it. It’s fresh and invigorating. But it can irritate sensitive skin.

Related: Should Skincare Products Be Scented?

How To Use it

It’s the first (and only cleansing) step of your skincare routine morning and night. I start by massaging a pump all over my skin. Then, I dampen one of the washcloths that comes with the cleanser and wipe my face clean with it.

Performance & Personal Opinion

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser cleanses and exfoliates skin in one go. As the cleanser quickly removes all traces of dirt and makeup (even waterproof mascara!), the washcloth gently exfoliate skin, getting rid of old dead cells, too.

I have to admit I was a bit sceptical at first. I wasn’t sure a cleanser this moistuirizing could do such a throughout cleansing job but it does. I’m so glad I was proven wrong!

I’ve been using it daily for a month now and my skin feels so soft. Unlike most cleansers out there, it doesn’t strip the skin of the moisturising oils it needs or compromises its protective barrier. On the contrary, it keeps everything smooth and healthy.

I especially love to use it in winter when my skin gets a little drier than usual (thanks harsh weather!). Rather than aggravate the problem, this cleanser gently takes care of my skin, leaving it both clean and soft.

The catch? You really need to be religious about washing that washcloth. Wet washcloths are a breeding ground for bacteria. If you wipe your face with a washcloth that’s even slightly damp, you may get an infection or something nasty.

That’s not Liz Earle’s fault. All washcloths require a little bit of extra care. If you’re too lazy to wash your washcloth after every use and wait for it to fully dry (I am sometimes 😉 ), you can use the cleanser without it. It’ll still do the cleansing job well. But, unless you use a separate exfoliant, you can say goodbye to the cleanser’s exfoliating benefits.

When I don’t use the washcloth, my skin isn’t as bright as when I do. This subtle glow is the result of exfoliation. The cleanser alone can’t give it to you.

Related: Should You Use A Washcloth To Cleanse Your Skin?

Who Is This For?

Dry/normal skin that’s not too sensitive. Especially if you’re looking for a multitasking cleanser that can double cleanse and exfoliate in one go.

Who Is This Not For?

Oily, acne-prone, and sensitive skin types.


Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser is available in several formats:

  • 100ml pump + 2 pure cotton cloths
  • 200ml tube + 2 pure cotton cloths
  • 100ml pump
  • 200ml tube
  • 100ml pump x 3
  • 200ml tube x3
  • 30ml tube

FYI, I prefer the pump. It pours out just the right amount of product you need, so none gets wasted.

The cotton cloths are fairly gentle on the skin. They don’t scratch or irritate me, but you need to wash them after every use.

Does Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser Live Up To Its Claims?

This rich, indulgent cream deeply cleanses to instantly remove daily grime, pollutants and make up, even stubborn mascara, to leave skin feeling comfortable, balanced and exceptionally clean. Yes!
Used with the pure cotton cloth it gently exfoliates, lifting away dead skin cells to reveal smoother, clearer and brighter-looking skin. True again.
All skin types. I’d recommend it only to dry/normal skin that’s not too sensitive.

Price & Availability

Starting from £7.00 up to £76.50 (for 200ml tube x3) at Liz Earle and Feel Unique

Do You Need It?

I do! Seriously, though… If you have dry or normal skin that’s not bothered by fragrance, this is well worth a try.

Dupes & Alternatives

  • Lacura Vitamin C Hot Cloth Cleanser (£3.99)
  • Your Good Skin Nourishing Hot Cloth Cleanser (£9.50)
  • Pai Skincare Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser (£40.00)
  • Superdrug Vitamin E Hot Cloth Cleanser (£4.99)

Have you tried Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser? Share your thoughts in the comments below.


Aqua (water), Caprylic/capric triglyceride, Theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter, Cetearyl alcohol, Cetyl esters, Cera alba (beeswax), Glycerin, Polysorbate 60, Sorbitan stearate, Eucalyptus globulus leaf oil, Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, Humulus lupulus (hops) extract, Chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower extract, Propylene glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Panthenol, Benzoic acid, Dehydroacetic acid, Sorbitol, Limonene, Ethylhexylglycerin, Polyaminopropyl biguanide, Citric acid, Sodium hydroxide.

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