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Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser // Worth the hype?

Ahh, famous Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser. Do you know when you see a product on a blog again and again? Then it slowly starts to…


Ahh, famous Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser. Do you know when you see a product on a blog again and again? Then it slowly starts to worm itself into your brain until you decide it’s something that you need? Something that will be the answer to all your skin problems and certainly-for-sure-without-doubt-I-assure-you will prevent all these nasty blemishes that keep popping up everywhere?

Well, that’s me and my relationship with Liz Earle.

I had been seeing a lot about hot cloth cleansers, specifically the Liz Earle Clean and Polish one.

As my current skin products were all coming to an end, I decided to treat myself and indulge in something a little more expensive that I usually would.

I bought the Liz Earle hot cloth cleanser, toner and a sample 15ml size of the moisturiser for £35.

liz earle cleanse and polish Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser

Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser Review

The cleanser comes with 2 cloths. It’s recommended to wash them after 3 to 4 days of use.

The bottle comes with a pump, you use one pump and then rub it into your face, then you run the cloth under hot water and remove the product.

The product itself smells quite like menthol, a bit like eucalyptus – which I love the smell of. But it’s just not enough.

It kind of gives me that feeling when you’re trying to remember the name of an actor in a movie. You know their name is in your head, but can’t quite pluck it out. That’s what this smells like – it’s like a distant memory or something that you want to smell more of but can’t.

I can’t explain how this makes me feel. Help.

When I’ve removed the product, it doesn’t feel like I’ve just cleansed my face. It feels like I’ve put some cream on it and then washed it straight off again, it’s very bizarre.

My skin doesn’t really look or feel any better or worse for it.

It does remove my make-up and it’s okay at removing my mascara. But I wanted more. I expected more. It’s almost as disappointing as the Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream.

liz earle cleanse and polish

The toner and moisturiser give me the same feeling as the cleanser. They’re nice enough but just don’t give me a fresh-faced sensation that I like my products to give me.

liz earle hot cloth cleanser

I think it’s safe to say that I won’t be re-purchasing any more Liz Earle products in the future. I’m disappointed as I’ve heard lots of brilliant reviews about these products, but they didn’t work for me!

I have seen that Boots do a hot cloth cleanser, which I might try out next!

liz earle hot cloth cleanser
Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser Clothes

What are your favourite cleansers and toners? Especially if you have dry, blemish-prone skin! Tell meeeehhhh!



  1. I have dry blemish prone skin too! Whilst I do like this cleanser to an extent, I know exactly what you mean and feel there are cheaper alternatives which are more effective! I love The Body Shop’s Camomile cleansing butter, Boots No7 beautiful skin hot cloth cleanser & Superdrug’s Vitamin E hot cloth cleanser (which is so affordable)

    Hope you find one that works for you lovely!


  2. I used to really love this cleanser but I suspect they have changed the formula since the company was sold 🙁

    Lovely – a very elegant selection!

  3. It’s great to hear your own opinion about this product because I was actually thinking about getting a liz earle product so it’s good to know you didn’t like it too much!

    Much love xxx

  4. You pretty much describe exactly how I feel about new products and I manage to spend way too much money convinced I need them haha but what works best for me is Cetaphil cleanser, it’s light but does the job and is perfect for blemish skin (like mine) and I use an AHA cream from and moisturize with jojoba oil in the evenings. It’s made such a world of a difference. Sometimes I even mix a few drops into my night cream but my skin is a thousand times softer.

  5. It’s such a massive disappointment when you buy something after reading many good reviews about itand then it doesn’t work for you…
    I’m currently using a La Roche-Posay cleanser (which I absolutely love) and Caro’s using The Body Shop’s tea tree one, which works perfectly on her skin (and it does on mine too!)


  6. Eeekkk! I too have read so many glowing reviews on this product so it’s refreshing to read a honest, different point of view. One of my biggest concerns is my face doesn’t feel clean when I wash off the cleanser, it just makes me feel really icky and I need to wash again. Hmm, think I’ll continue to give this a skip.

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  7. I got the Hot Cloth Cleanser in a Birchbox. While the process took a little getting used to, I did feel like it really cleaned my skin well. Bummer it didn’t work for you.

  8. So sorry that this didn’t live up to the hype! Ahh I really hate when that happens, especially when I had such high hopes for a product. My skin is on the dry side right now, but also very acne prone and I loooove the cleanser. It’s so simple and plain and doesn’t leave my skin feeling tight and dry 😉 .

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  9. Oh no! What a shame. I absolutely love the Hot Cloth Cleanse and Polish. I actually have a ton of Liz Earle products, most of which I love. I definitely rate their shampoo/conditioner the highest!

  10. I’ve never used the Liz Earle one but the No7 cleanser from Boots is fab. Not the greatest smelling but makes my face feel fab, which is what i was after!

  11. Most products that are different take me a while to get used to, Liz Earle was one of those products. As the hot cloth is creamy it feels strange rubbing it in and then removing with a cloth. I don’t use this everyday but as a skin pick me up once a week good for removing dirt and dead skin. Different products work differently for different people. The boots one is less fragranced and is creamier in consistency. Lucy x

  12. I felt exactly the same when I tried the range. I stuck with it for a good few months but like you I have blemish prone skin, so the fragrance and cloth were aggravating it further. This was a shame as I love Liz Earle body and makeup products and really wanted these products to work for me.

    I do know a few women in their 50s who love the range so I think it suits older skin wonderfully.

    At the moment I am enjoying the Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference range – it is really gentle and not too fragranced. The toner has really brightened up my skin :).

  13. I can see why you’re disappointed. I used to love Liz Earle’s cleanser but since I started trying gels and oil cleansers I no longer think it’s a great option. x

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  14. I quite like that cleanser, though I have heard that it’s not as good as it was. Right now I mainly do double cleansing using Korean products. I use a Skinfood oil cleanser followed by whatever foam cleanser is closest to hand. I have a lovely rose one containing real rose petals that came in a Memebox a while ago.

  15. i bought my liz earle cleanser and skin tonic almost a year ago, but only really started using them this autumn. i do feel a bit disappointed in the cleanser as well; it doesn’t remove eye make-up as well as i thought it would and isn’t life-changing. i think there’s just too much hype about it on the blogosphere/youtube that i was expecting too much from it. i do like it though, and i like the skin tonic even better:-) looking forward to hear what you’ll use next though, and if you think it’s better than this! xx

  16. haven’t tried these yet since i’m in america, but it sounds gimmicky, like th cloth is supposed to do something magical

  17. I agree with you about not feeling clean afterwards due to these new methods of cleansing being introduced. I still splash my face with water even if it is not written in the instructions. Old habits die hard. lols.

    Neal’s Yard Rejuvenating Frankincense Refining Cleanser is the one I am using currently. Would highly recommend to ask them for a sample before buying the whole tube as it is around £20 too.

  18. I have the same thoughts as you on this! I bought into the hype too. It just didn’t make my skin feel clean though! I much prefer my Clinique cleanser which actually feels like I’ve taken all of my makeup off my face. Also I struggled to get my eye makeup off with this! x

  19. I really liked this cleanser but I’ve not tried any of the other Liz Earle products. I use it as an evening cleanser as it feels to me like I’ve got makeup removed much better than any of my other products but I only have it because I had birchbox points to spend, I definitely wouldn’t buy one at full price because I agree with you that it doesn’t do much to improve your skin. (Over time mine did improve but I think just from removing my makeup at night, not from the product it self!) x

  20. Glad to read this and hear I’m not missing out! I wouldn’t spend that much on skincare anymore, not now I’ve discovered the superdrug vitamin e range oh wow it’s amazing! I decided to try the hot cloth cleanser and it was on offer for less than half price and I love it! One of the only products I remember to use every day and I honestly notice a difference in my skin when I use it, you should deffo try it! xo

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