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

by Gio
liz earle cleanse and polish hot cloth cleanser review

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.

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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?

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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

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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Marina(Makeup4All) December 21, 2010 - 6:50 pm

I’ve heard so much about this product, looks like everyone loves it. I would love to try it myself now 🙂

beautifulwithbrains December 21, 2010 - 7:19 pm

Marina, it is a great cleanser, Marina. Gentle but effective and leaves skin so soft! I’m sure you’ll love it too. 🙂

makeup morsels December 22, 2010 - 1:56 am

ohh I’m actually waiting for this to arrive right now 🙂 I’m glad to hear you like it, I hope I will too.

beautifulwithbrains December 22, 2010 - 1:08 pm

Makeup morsels, I’m sure you will. It really is a fab cleanser that removes everything yet it’s not too harsh on the skin and doesn’t dry it out. 🙂

Vonvon December 22, 2010 - 3:04 am

This is an interesting product. Would love to try it, for sure!

beautifulwithbrains December 22, 2010 - 1:08 pm

Vonvon, do try it if you can. You’ll love it, I’m sure. 🙂

Ana December 23, 2010 - 11:40 am

I wonder how much of it is in the cloth alone.
I mean: if we take some other cleanser (that performs well) and use it with a cloth, will it too have all the good effects/have the good effects of the cleanser we used + make the skin brighter?
And I wonder what the difference would be if one used just the cleanser vs. using both for a whole month (vs. a few days; new cells, yadda yadda).

I’ll be sure to get my hands on some anyway, since it seems everybody loves it 🙂 .

beautifulwithbrains December 23, 2010 - 12:06 pm

Ana, I was wondering the same thing when I first received the cleanser. All washcloths perform a gentle exfoliating action so it doesn’t matter what cleanser you use, if you remove it with a cloth then your skin is gonna be brighter. And the cloth will also help in removing makeup.

However, what sets this cleanser apart from the rest, at least for me, is how soft it leaves my skin. I tried lots of different cleansers in the past and they either were too gentle and didn’t remove everything or they removed everything but were too harsh and left my skin feeling tight and uncomfortable because together with the makeup and dirt, they had also stripped too much natural oil. This cleanser instead leaves skin very soft and I think this is part of the reason why my skin looks better as it removes the dirt but not the oils that keep it natually moisturized.

I’m not sure how well it’ll perform on its own. My guess that skin will look healthy and feel soft but obviously not brighter as you’re not exfoliating. They have a small 30ml tube for only £5.00 that doesn’t come with the muslim cloths so if you’re curious to see how it performs on its own you can opt for that one and, if you like the result, you can always purchase the starter kit (which comes with the cloths) later on.

Edward March 24, 2017 - 2:22 am


I’m very new to skincare, how long will this 100ml tube last if it is being used both in the morning and at night?

Gio March 25, 2017 - 10:44 am

Edward, that depends on how much you use. But. a little goes a long way, so it should last you a few months.


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