As we are currently enjoying the first day of the London Olympics I decided to do my own 'Team GB' Battle of the Natural Cleansers, two of the best British Skincare Companies in the natural category slog it out in my bathroom, but only one can win the gold for me - which will be crowned winner???
Let the games begin!
First off the shelf has to be, of course the iconic Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish - I'm sure most of you are aware of Cleanse & Polish but just in case there are a couple of people on the moon who haven't then listen up!! - you're missing out on a treat!
Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish 200ml
What the Brand Says :-
Our plant based cleanser has a two-phase action, phase one is the cleansing. Free from mineral oil, it has a rich and creamy texture and swiftly removes all traces of face and eye make up, even stubborn mascara.
Phase two is the polishing. Polish off the cream using the pure muslin cloth to gently dislodge dead skin cells and help reveal clean, soft and radiant skin.
Naturally active ingredients include eucalyptus and cocoa butter for smoother, cleaner skin.
Sound Marvellous? Well, mostly yes and a little no - here's what I have to say :-
I have used Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish for about 10 years, it really is one of my favourite cleansers, I have a staple of about 5 at the moment but I can always rely on good old Liz Earle!!
The Cleanser comes in either a 100ml pump or a 200ml tube, I like both, but would recommend you go for the pump if you are new to the cleanser or are likely to get abit giddy when squeezing a tube !!
The cleanser is indeed a lovely thick creamy consistency, you can really smell the Eucalyptus oil as soon as you dispense it, very fresh and clean, it removes all make up effortlessly, even heavy make up, lots of mascara etc, it just melts it away!
Massage it around you face and neck and gently apply to you eyes and lashes, and then you remove it with the muslin cloth soaked in warm water.
You are then left with lovely fresh soft properly clean skin, that isn't stripped or tight feeling, ready for the next step in your routine.
Simples! Ladies it really couldn't get any easier that this!
I would recommend, if you are wearing any eye make up, you apply the cleanser to your eyes first and let it work on them while you massage the rest of your face and neck, then go back and gently massage the eye area afterwards, just because you will end up with two big circles of blackened cleanser around your eyes from where it has removed your mascara etc and you don't really want to be then massaging this around your face.
The cleanser is jammed packed full of quality botanical ingredients, however it is not 100% natural as you might first imagine from it's packaging and general marketing, it still does contain parabens.
A full ingredient listing can be found here - If this is something that concerns you.
Liz Earle also provides a factsheet on the use of Preservatives in her skincare - http://uk.lizearle.com/factsheet-preservatives
Now onto the negative aspect of this cleanser, Liz Earle states that 'one pump' is enough to cleanse your face and that one 100ml pump contains approx 60 pumps so will last you a month.
Well, here I have to disagree, not with the amount of pumps per tube, this is accurate, however one pump is certainly no where near enough to cleanse my face with, even without any make up!
I have to use 2-3 pumps, simply because one pump just sinks into my skin as soon as it hits it and only allows for about 2 seconds of massage, not enough sometimes to even get it around my whole face and neck.
I have tried all sorts over the years to get to the elusive 'one pump' cleanse, wetting my face first, blobbing it on areas first then massaging it but nothing works, it has to be 2-3 pumps, well 3 to be honest if I'm wearing make up and 2 in a morning.
As I always double cleanse in an evening, this means that one 100ml pump only lasts me about 1-2 weeks if I was to use it every day, so for me personally not very economical.
However this hasn't stopped me from using it, I still love it and will continue to use it.
The Cleanser is a joy to use, does a thorough job of cleansing (with 3 pumps though!), has skin improving botanicals, doesn't test on animals, has no animal extracts and is approved by the BUAV shown by it's leaping rabbit logo!
Ok ladies, so there is no denying Liz Earle's Cleanse & Polish was a beauty industry changing product when it was first introduced, many have since tried to imitate it with their version of the 'hot cloth' cleanser but none have managed to touch it UNTIL ..........
Pai Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser 100ml Pump.
What the brand says -
Our Camellia & Rose gentle hydrating cleanser easily removes dirt, make-up and other impurities that build up on your skin throughout the day.
Suitable for all skin types, including allergy prone skin, the Pai cleansing system is gentle but effective. Unlike detergent or alcohol based cleansers, it won't dry out or irritate your skin.
Bursting with omega 3 and vitamins A, B, C & E, this cleanser works to hydrate your skin, leaving it soft and supple.
The included exfoliating muslin cloth lifts away dead skin cells to leave a smooth and fresh complexion.
Use around the delicate eye area to remove even waterproof mascara.
Sound Amazing ? Well I agree it is!
I have used this cleanser for around a year now and Pai for me is one of London's best kept secrets, it is a superb skincare brand that for some reason doesn't seem to shout about it's wares in the same way Liz Earle does, why? I really don't know as it is every bit as good as Liz Earle but with 'natural' knobs on!
The Cleanser is almost identical in terms of consistency to cleanse & polish, a thick white creamy texture, it smells gorgeous, like rose hips. I personally find it a very comforting smell.
Cleanse & Polish (left) Pai (right)
Cleanse & Polish (bottom) Pai (top)
It spreads across the skin well and removes every trace of make up, eye make up is swiftly melted away. I apply it in exactly the same way as cleanse & polish, and it does exactly the same job, but I would describe this a more gentle refined experience whereas the Cleanse & Polish has a zingy fresh feel.
Again a very simple but effective cleanser.
I personally love to use this if my skin feels abit sensitive or just needs that little bit more TLC or is having a hormonal moment!
It really seems to calm and soothe it and I can really tell a difference when I use this cleanser, my skin is super soft and hydrated and just seems to look more radiant and seem more in harmony, which is no surprise really as the cleanser has been formulated for all skin types but especially for sensitive & reactive skin.
It is absolutely crammed full of skin treating beautiful botanical ingredients
78% of which are certified organic, by the soil association.
Full ingredient listing can be found here
Pai does not use any parabens, petrochemicals or a whole host of other ingredients some consider to be skin unfriendly.
A full list of whats not in Pai can be found here.
It comes beautifully boxed complete with a certified organic muslin cloth.
I really love this cleanser, it has no negatives for me at all, it matches Cleanse & Polish in every way and in my opinion surpasses it in terms of ingredients.
Pai claim that you need to use 2-3 pumps of this to cleanse your face and I agree you do, even a bit less, I personally use 2 pumps for make up and 1 1/2 in the morning. .
So a bottle of this cleanser would last me around 2-3 weeks if used very day so abit more economical than the Cleanse & Polish, however it is more expensive so it's swings and roundabouts really!
Pai does not test on animals, is vegan approved and has the BUAV approval shown by the leaping bunny symbol.
Soooo who wins the Gold medal then?
Well for me it has to be Pai Camellia & Rose Cleanser.
It is a difficult choice as they are both fabulous in their own ways, and both have a permanent place on my bathroom shelf, however I think Pai really knocks Liz Earle out of the water if you want a cleanser that is more 'natural' simply because of it's certified organic ingredients, and also what it leaves out of its skincare.
So if you are looking for a new natural cleanser then I can really recommend giving both a try.
Back To Basics
Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish 100ml £14.25 with cloth
Good price for size and quality
Pai Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating cleanser 100ml £25.00
More expensive but worth it I feel, for the organic quality ingredients.
Any thoughts? Leave a comment below or contact me!