Thursday, August 4, 2011

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish: the good and bad

Please excuse the use of generic photograph, but my muslin cloth is embarrassingly stained at the moment and I do not wish to harm your vision by showing it to you in a photo.

I've gotten several requests for a review on this - and now that I've been using it for a good couple of months I'm ready to share my experience.

First off, if you're not familiar - Liz Earle is a British brand, and their "cleanse and polish" cleansing system is their most well-known product. It is a creamy foam cleanser (quite a densely packed foam that spreads like a cream, if that makes any sense) and if you buy the intro kit it comes with a cleanser and two muslin cloths.
To use, you massage 1-2 pumps of the cleanser onto your skin. It starts melting off all the makeup and dirt, then you wet the cloth with hot water and wipe the cleanser and the melted impurities off your face. A quick rinse afterwards and voila - beautiful cleansed skin!

Here were my pros and cons while using this cleanser:

- loved the scent (very herbal)
- natural product, free of sulfates and parabens
- didn't break me out (I'm acne prone and oily and sensitive so this was a huge plus)
- great for travel, I left my Clarisonic at home while I was traveling because it was heavy and took up too much space but this was a very worthy replacement
- skin felt amazingly radiant and clean afterwards

...sooo yeah, I really loved this! It would definitely be my "holy grail" if it wasn't for...

- for me, in Canada (and for you ladies in the USA too, I'm guessing), we can only get this online from their official website
- the price... at $31 a pop for 100mL, this is double the cost and half the size of the Cetaphil cleanser I regularly use. I wouldn't really mind since one bottle goes a long way - I've used mine daily for 2 months and I'm still not out, and they also sell 3 packs of it for $58.50 BUT...
- shipping to Canada costs $17 *cries* in the US it's $7 which is a lot more reasonable

Bottom line... I hate having to rely on online shopping for such an essential product like a cleanser.
I do love this product, though, so I would gladly repurchase and have it in my arsenal for travel since the foam is very light and convenient... but I'm not getting rid of my beloved (yet chemical-ridden) Cetaphil Cleanser just yet.


  1. i LOOOOVE this cleanser! i recently ran out but the shipping costs make me want to punch myself in the throat so i've been using other cleansers. i'm planning a trip to London in April next year, though so i'll definitely be stocking up. =)

  2. Wow, thats a LOT for shipping to Canada!! :( hopefully they will have places that carry Liz Earle!

  3. I hear so many good things about this but I know how you feel about ordering essentials online...I'm in the U.S.

  4. I absolutely love this cleanser as well, but I think would describe it more as a cream cleanser rather than a foam. (Splitting hairs here!:)) I agree, the smell is a big plus for me! Love your blog and videos. Nic

  5. i just discovered your blog and LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE it! as a fellow canadian, your posts are amazing and totally relevant!

  6. have you tried ebay? shipping charges must be a lot cheaper. I use it too and always get from ebay shipped

  7. John Lewis - Its an English Deptpartment store. Stock Liz Earle. It may be cheaper buying from their

  8. $17 dollars shipping? get out out of here with that.

  9. never tried this! sounds great x

  10. I have just started using this cleanser and my skin loves me for it! Makes cleansing feel less like a chore, more like a luxury. Luckily I live in the UK, and delivery is a lot less expensive.

    Kate xxxx

  11. I've been dying to try this cleanser for ages but the price and availability are off-putting. Even though I'm in the UK I'd still have to order online (or stock up every time I visit The King's Road).. arrrgh, annoying.

  12. Thanks for this review, so interested in this cleanser and being in the UK, a double bonus!! Definately will treat myself on payday!

  13. Im from Australia and i just order this and didnt have to pay for shipping? Maybe check the site again?

    1. Did you order straight off the website? I live in England and about to go back to Aus, sounds like I need to stock up!

  14. Could you find someone to swap with in the UK??

  15. Would love to try this product, have heard sooo much hype about it.

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