Thursday, 25 October 2012

Battle of the Cleansers: Part 1

I've been on the search for the perfect cleanser recently to sort my acne prone skin out! I tried the nspa one as a cheaper alternative to the infamous Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish then a couple of Lush samples. Here are my thoughts....

nspa Hot Cloth Cleanser

Claims: to quickly cleanse, exfoliate and purify skin. It does not claim to remove make up but as I wanted it for this purpose, I gave it a go. I had read some reviews who said it was good for removing make up. It is identified as step 2 of the cleansee, exfoliate, treat and moisturise routine but does not contain any exfoliating beads.
Smell: Not bad, it smells like essential oils (maybe lavender) which I'm not a massive fan of but it's ok. 
Use: OUCH! This should not be used on your eyes, it stings A LOT! This is not good as if I can't use it to take my make up off I would need to use a wipe as well and I'm too lazy to use that many products!
Effect on skin: Good. Apart from my eyes, my skin felt cleansed and soft.
Overall: 2/10 Not brilliant for me as I can't use it to take my make up off.
Price: £7.00 from Asda
Repurchase? NOPE!
Perk: free muslin cloth which I use with other cleansers!

Lush 9 to 5 cleansing lotion

Claims: liquid cleanser for when you're in a hurry
Smell: Honeysuckle and ylang ylang. I liked it.
Use: Really easy to use, just apply to a dry face and rub make up off. This was great to take my make up off because it was gentle on the eyes.
Effect on skin: my skin felt clean and fresh all day. It was less greasy than normal too.
Overall: 8/10
Price: £4.75/95g or £9.25/240g
(Re)purchase? Yes!
Lush Ultrabland Facial Cleanser

Claims: 'A rich, soft, oily cleansing cream that cares gently for all skin types.Softens the skin whilst thoroughly cleaning it – this product is super effective at its job. Ultra sensitive.'
Smell: This smells almost medicinal. Not too unpleasant.
Use: I found this pretty hard to use. The cream was hard to spread around the face and felt too oily. Adding water didn't seem to help it spread around or remove it easily.
Effect on skin: initially, it felt like i'd just applied moisturiser which was lovely but it began to feel a little greasy through the day.
Overall: 5/10
Price: £6.75/45g £10.75/100g
(Re)purchase? Probably not.

So, there we have it (for now). 9 to 5 is definitely on my Christmas list but there is other cleansers that I'd like to try including Liz Earle, Soap and Glory and No7. Any recommendations of your favourites?


  1. I really want to try a lush cleanser they look so good. I love clinique cleansers they are really efficient xx

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  3. Thanks for reviewing Ultrabland! I've been wanting to try it for a while now, but I'm afraid that it will be too oily. What do you think, can you use it if you have oily skin? xx

  4. thanks for sharing im not sure i wanna try this one!

    -Stephanie J

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  6. The 9 to 5 lotion sounds fab! I'd love a soap & glory cleanser too, I've heard good things about them :)


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