Thursday, 10 June 2010

Soap & Glory Fab Pore Hot Cloth Cleanser: Alternative to Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish?


I finally bought Soap & Glory The Fab Pore Hot Cloth Cleanser (£8.99 for 100ml) in Boots, which I've been itching to try because of how similar the major ingredients are to Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser (read my review here). Liz, you know I love Cleanse & Polish, but it's not very convenient get hold of sometimes!

I use this Soap & Glory hot cloth cleanser in the same way as any other hot cloth cleanser... I massage a blob over my face for a minute or two, concentrating on areas more prone to congestion, and then wipe or massage it all off with a warm, damp muslin cloth (a decent one is included in the pack). I finish by rinsing with warm water.

This cleanser smells like a Neal's Yard store... an aromatic whiff of lavender, orange and clary essential oils. Very pleasant indeed, not at all syrupy and artificial like most Soap & Glory products.

The texture of this cleanser is creamy and silky (compared to the matte cream you get with Liz Earle). It has a nice slip to it and doesn't dry out on the face too quickly (good for longer massage time).

Soap & Glory Fab Pore Hot Cloth Cleanser

I always remove my make-up and superficial dirt with a Boots No7 face wipe before deep-cleansing with hot cloth cleansers, but I find that hot cloth cleansers are great for removing make-up too if you prefer a simpler cleansing routine. All those oils are great for melting off make-up - even mascara.

Compared to Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish, the Soap & Glory cleanser seems to leave my skin softer. This is either because the Soap & Glory formula doesn't rinse off as cleanly as Cleanse & Polish, or because Cleanse & Polish is very slightly more drying (perhaps the eucalyptus oil?).

None of the above is a criticism of either brand - both products leave my skin feeling amazingly clean and soft, but I would say Soap & Glory is a little more moisturising and softening for dehydrated skins, and those with normal to oily skins will probably prefer the totally stark naked skin feeling that Liz Earle achieves.

As my skin is quite dry, I'm going to be reaching more for Soap & Glory Hot Cloth Cleanser - it honestly makes my skin feel like a baby's butt cheeks!

However, to help you decide which product is right for you, here is a summary of each product:

Soap & Glory The Fab Pore Hot Cloth Cleanser
Slightly cheaper, easier to get hold of (most Boots stores), more softening, smells of orange and lavender oils, studenty packaging that will clash with everything in any nice grown-up's bathroom.

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser
A bit more expensive, difficult to get hold of (only John Lewis, Liz Earle stores etc), leaves the skin feeling very clean and decongested, smells of eucalyptus oil which people will love or hate, spa-like packaging that makes you feel like a posh old lady (ah, my dream).

The full ingredients of Soap & Glory The Fab Pore Hot Cloth Cleanser are:

Aqua (Water), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Esters, Sorbitan Stearate, Polysorbate 60, Synthetic Beeswax, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Oil, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Leaf Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Oil, Panthenol, Disodium EDTA, Linalool, Caprylyl Glycol, Methylparaben.

Suspiciously similar to Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish right? It's clearly a copycat of a cult product, but I have to say Soap & Glory have done a brilliant job of creating their own version of an already great product.

Some other hot cloth cleansers on the high street are the Sanctuary Perfectly Polished Hot Cloth Cleanser which I reviewed here, and Boots No7 Radiance Boosting Hot Cloth Cleanser which I haven't bothered to try because it doesn't contain any nice, smelly essential oils like the others (which is probably why it's the cheapest of the bunch at £8.75 for 200ml).

If you still haven't tried a hot cloth cleanser, I beg you to try it just once, no matter what skin type you have. Contrary to common belief, hot cloth cleansers are great for deep cleaning and decongesting even oily skin. I've managed to "turn" a lot of my sceptical friends round to the idea of hot cloth cleansing and they're raving advocates now too.

16 comments:

  1. Great review. I was going to buy the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish when I finished my current cleanser, but I'm really tempted to try the Soap & Glory one now. Thanks :)

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  2. Have you tried No.7's hot cloth cleanser? I'm using it at the moment and really like it. It also tells you to wet the cloth with warm water and place over your face for a couple of seconds to let the cleanser be absorbed into your skin before scrubbing off. Would like to try S&G after though.

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  3. This is a brilliant insight on the product! Thanks! I've been trying to get hold of a cleanser with the cloth as well so this might be it. Thanks for the review.
    XXX

    http://mspurplemakeup.blogspot.com/

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  4. Brilliant review. I spent ages looking at Soap and Glory products today but didn't see this one though! I will go back and look again! I have been wanting to try out a hot cloth cleanser for a while now. This looks good!

    Melissa
    http://xxlilymakeupxx.blogspot.com/

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  5. Great review! I have combination skin but I think I'd rather use this. I hate the tight feeling you get with some cleaners, I'd pick moisturised skin anyday! xx

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  6. I am going to have to try this now - I use the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish in theTube version but really struggle to get the product out as its quite thick. This sounds really good. :)

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  7. i love everything soap and glory x

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  8. @Joy: I'd say use try both Soap & Glory and Liz Earle and decide which one you prefer afterward!

    @ELLE: No, I haven't tried the Boots No7 hot cloth cleanser. It doesn't all the nice essential oils that the others have! I'm sure it works just as well, but I love the spa-like smell of the Liz Earle and Soap & Glory versions.

    @Mercedes: Give it a go!

    @Melissa: The Soap & Glory Hot Cloth Cleanser was out of stock for weeks in every Boots store I tried. I think the stock should be back in most stores by now. Hope you find it!

    @DesignerSpray: Yeah I hate that tight feeling after cleansing too. I don't get it from any of the hot cloth cleansers I've tried. But I used to think it was normal when I used to use foaming face washes... I can't believe I was so mean to my skin!

    @Happy1234: Ah, I never used to buy the tube version of Cleanse & Polish... I only ever bought the pump bottle which I liked because it controlled the amount that I used. Otherwise I would probably have ended up using more than I needed.

    @kirstyb: Haha you sound like a devout fan!

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  9. Great review. I love the Liz Earle cleanser but can't afford to pay $50 per bottle after shipping and taxes (I live in California). Luckily, my local Target carries the Soap and Glory cleanser. I am a happy camper now. They are both very good products.

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  10. @CindySabi: Ooh I'm so glad you've found it in Target!

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  11. Great review - thanks very much. Regarding the Boots no 7 radiance booster hot cloth cleanser - I totally agree with you - I have tried it and it is nothing like Cleanse and Polish and it smells awful - like bubble gum - and has some awful ingredients. I will try the soap and glory one! Thanks x

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  12. @Anonymous: Wow it sounds like I was right not to try the No7 Radiance Boosting Hot Cloth Cleanser! Yes, definitely try the Soap & Glory one if you like the essential oils smell of Liz Earle!

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  13. Hi! Thank you for your detailed review :D
    In your "12 products I cannot live without" (or some similar title), you say that you always go back to the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish, but seeing that this one is a newer post, you now prefer Soap & Glory one? Or do you just recommend to try any of them? I'm inclined to try S&G since it's cheaper and I love their packaging, lol

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  14. I've just started using a Superdrug hot cloth cleanser, I have oily skin and am looking for something to stop breakouts. My main problem at the moment is that my new house doesn't have hot water so I'm using it as more of a cold cloth cleanser!
    Poppy Elizabeth xx

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  15. I'm allegic to panthenol and trying to find an alternative to liz earle :(

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  16. This really makes me want to try both, haha!

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