I started using this Burt's Bees Sensitive Facial Cleanser after running out of my stock of Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish. Being too cheap to pay the shipping costs to get Liz Earle over to the States, I picked this up instead and have since got through two tubes. Anything I've finished more than one pack of must be good!
This soap-free cleanser is clinically proven to moisturize sensitive skin while gently cleansing away dirt, oil and makeup without over drying or causing redness or irritation. Distinctly formulated with cotton extract to soften, rice extract to moisturize, and aloe to soothe. Naturally gentle and skin friendly for daily use.
- Soap- and fragrance-free
- Hypo-allergenic and non-comedogenic
- Allergy- and dermatologist-tested
- No parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals or animal testing
- 99.0% natural
This cleanser comes in a large 170g squeezy tube, which is 70% more than comes in the standard Liz Earle pump bottle. I'd prefer it to come in a pump bottle to control the amount that comes out but otherwise I'm happy with the packaging.
The product is slightly more waxy and thick than Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish. But it's still smooth and easily spreadable. The instructions say to massage it onto a wet face and then rinse it off, but I prefer to use it as a hot cloth cleanser so I apply it to dry skin and wipe it off with a warm, damp muslin cloth before rinsing. It feels a bit too waxy to rinse straight off the face - it does rinse off eventually but needs friction as well as water to rinse off nooks and crannies so takes longer to rinse off than it does to wipe off with a muslin.
I always wipe my make-up off before cleansing so I'm not sure how this cleanser would fare taking off a full face of make-up, but with the help of a muslin cloth, it does remove every last trace of eye make-up that I didn't even realise was still around my lashline. It's very satisfying to see those traces come off on the muslin cloth!
I don't find that this irritates my eyes at all. In fact, I can open my eyes with it on my face while I'm reaching for a muslin (and I have very sensitive eyes). It's also unfragranced.
(BTW I have also tried the Burt's Bees Soap Bark and Chamomile Deep Cleansing Creme, which looks almost like the same product, but that does sting my eyes because unlike the Sensitive cleanser it contains menthol. I wouldn't recommend it.)
My skin has felt great while I've been using this cream cleanser. It leaves my skin feeling clean and soft, and I don't seem to be complaining so much about blocked pores these days. It's definitely a keeper for me - and much cheaper than Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish to boot. It's my favourite alternative I've found to date.
The full ingredients of Burt's Bees Sensitive Facial Cleanser are:
Aqua (Water), Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil (Sunflower), Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Sucrose Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cocos Nucifera Oil (Coconut), Gossypium Herbaceum Flower Extract (Cotton), Oryza Sativa Extract (Rice), Beta Vulgaris Root Extract (Beet), Quillaja Saponaria Bark Extract, Theobroma Cacao Seed Butter (Cocoa), Yucca Schidigera Leaf, Root, Stem Extract, Artemisia Umbelliformia Extract, Euphrasia Officinalis Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana Water (Witch Hazel), Saccharum Officinarum Extract (Sugar Cane), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Silica, Sucrose, Fructose, Glucose, Coco-Glucoside, Inositol, Maltodextrin, Citric Acid, Benzoic Acid, Trehalose, Xanthan Gum, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, CI 77947 (Zinc Oxide), Alcohol Denat., Phenoxyethanol
Burt's Bees is pretty widely available in drugstores here in the US. This cleanser costs $11.99 for 170g (6oz) which seems to last me a good length of time. You can find it cheaper if you are organised enough to shop around for it online too.