Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanse & Polish is the award-winning facial cleanser. Most premium skincare brands boast one, two or even three awards. Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanse & Polish – no less than 125 awards worldwide. Blimey charlie. The original and, in my opinion, the best hot cloth cleanser. Now everyone and their mother has copied the two-step cleanse and polish, but Liz Earle gets my vote every time.

What is it and how does it work?

Apply one or two pumps onto dry skin and massage lightly into the skin. Then leave for a minute or to to allow it to dissolve makeup, dirt and grease. Then rinse the muslin cloth in the warmest water your skin can handle, then gently wipe off the cream cleanser using the warm, damp muslin cloth. Finish with a splash of cold water or toner to close the pores.

If you’re wearing makeup, remember to take off any waterproof eye makeup first. If wearing makeup, I double-cleanse. First using the cleanser with and rinsing off with my fingers, and then second time with the muslin cloth.


Why is it so good?

Simply put, the active ingredients* are all botanical rather than chemical in nature. Cocoa butter softens and moisturises the skin, while chamomile, eucalyptus and rosemary tone, soothe and purify the skin. Put these together in a cleanser and you have a rich, hydrating cream cleanser that quickly and effectively removes dirt & daily pollution grime and makeup. No stinging or harsh rubbing, but you’re till left with a deep clean and lightly polished finish. No fuss, no fancy scientific explanations, just clean skin.


My Liz Earle story

I was first introduced to the brand by my former sister in law who gifted me a classic Cleanse & Polish set as part of my bridal beauty box. Since then I’ve dipped in and out of other skincare brands to get my adult acne under control. Now my skin is relatively clear, I’m back on the Liz Earle daily two-step cleanse & polish and I love it.

Liz Earle was one of the brands I worked for during the Christmas retail period and it was by far my favourite brand to work with. There is nothing better than representing a brand that you know and genuinely love. All of my skincare recommendations to customers came from personal experience with the brand, complemented by my skincare training & the expertise I’ve gained as a freelance makeup artist over the past 8 years.


My personal favourite

Just before Christmas I was running out of my Eve Lom Morning Time Cleanser (which I love but don’t love the price tag quite as much)… then we had a few advance tester tubes of the limited edition Mint & Pink Pepper 150ml sets at the counter. The classic scent is perfectly fine, but I love the peppery musky tone of the Mint & Pink Pepper.  I held on an extra week until they were released to the public on 27th December 2016 and then snapped a few up for myself. I’m sorted now with cleansers until at least the Spring.


*[Full ingredients list: 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, Humulus lupulus (hops) extract, Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, Anthemis nobilis (chamomile) flower extract, Phenoxyethanol, Panthenol, Benzoic acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Dehydroacetic acid, Sodium hydroxide, Limonene, Citric acid.]
Other variants on the classic Hot Cloth Cleanse & Polish include Rose & Lavender (permanent range), as well as Orange & Clove (Christmas 2016 edition), and the Mint & Pink Pepper (2017 Limited edition). Available from Boots, John Lewis, Fenwicks,