Liz Earle 'Cleanse & Polish' Hot Cloth Cleanser - Review

I'm sure most of you have heard of the oh-so popular Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish cleanser by now - it is loved by makeup artists, bloggers and regular gals alike. The cleanser has built up a huge reputation, and is constantly featured in beauty awards lists in various publications every year. It's safe to say, I was dying to try this! The lovely people over at Liz Earle sent me the Starter Kit to review, which contained a 100ml bottle of the cleanser, two muslin cloths and a travel bag to pop the bottle and cloths into. I've used just over half of bottle, and unfortunately it didn't wow me as much as I originally anticipated!
I find that when a product has so much hype built up around it, that everyone's expectations of it are automatically high and almost unrealistic - especially for skincare. Most skincare products, regardless of the hype surrounding them, can be hit or miss for people. This product is literally used by TONS of the beauty bloggers I follow, and I constantly hear them go on and on about it and the Liz Earle range in general. I was genuinely devastated after about a month's worth of use, that it didn't do anything for my skin at all.
August and September were bad skin months for me, I had constant breakouts and irritations on my face. I trawled through a heap of products, trying and testing to see which ones would combat my breakouts. I used this cleanser both morning and night for at least three-four weeks straight, and it didn't help my skin at all. It didn't cause more breakouts, it just didn't aid in getting rid of them. It's a nice product; your skin feels deeply cleansed after you gently exfoliate the product off with the muslin cloth, but it just didn't have any amazing effects on my skin at all. I'm also not a fan of the menthol smell, it reminds me of toothpaste and it's definitely not a scent I want to be putting on to my face.
Most people said it takes a while for the effects to show whilst using the cleanser, but I stopped using it after a month altogether. I might use the rest of it up now, seeing as my skin's improved. It might show it's benefits more-so then, as opposed to when my skin was in terrible condition.
As always, just because I personally didn't get anything out of the product - that doesn't apply for everyone! The majority of people who have used this, adore it. I'm clearly just one of the people it doesn't work for, unfortunately. I love trying out new products, especially high rated ones so I appreciate the Liz Earle team for sending this out to me to have a go with. Let me know in the comments below, what your experiences are with the Cleanse & Polish cleanser, as I'm interested to see if anyone else had a similar experience using it.

You can buy Liz Earle products online, or in Wilde & Greene, Milltown, Dublin 6.


  1. I feel like the menthol would really sting you eyes! Even if you avoided putting the cleanser near them! I still want to try though!

  2. I thought that this would be a miracle worker! It's such a shame that even after a month it had no effect on your skin. I haven't tried any of their products yet so I'm going to have to try to not be too put off because my skin never cooperates with new products! xx

  3. I completely agree with you! had such bad skin and thought this would help but it just seems to take my makeup off and actually i noticed my skin getting worse so i just stopped using it!

  4. This is interesting as all of the other bloggers I've seen have made out that it's a holy grail product!

    Sarah x

  5. Aw thats a shame, i've been using this since i was about 14, so i've used it for over 5 years and i adore it!

    Sophierosehearts x

  6. I love trying out new skincare products ...I've bought a bunch of products from the bodyshop! ...I want to try this liz earle product but I'm scared I won't be impressed with it like you! ...your review was really helpful =)

    Charlee x

  7. Actually never realised this contained menthol. I like menthol but it does NOT like me, it dries my skin up no end! Won't be trying this.

  8. I love Liz Earle but a make-up artist recommended to me that maybe I was better off not using it in the morning because my skin seemed to be rejecting make-up :/ he said the cocoa butter might be a little too rich to use under make-up for me.

    I've cut down to use Cleanse and Polish every so often, like in the evenings when I'm having a shower. Also as soft as the muslin cloth is, I was warned not to be over exfoliating my skin ... I believe the hype but I think no product can be for everyone.

    Glad to see a review of it that wasn't just singing its praises as per usual!


  9. This polish cleaner is helpful for everyone and i am also using it since the few months. Polish cleaner results are perfect and i like it. I hope in future you also update us. threads.co.uk


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