Liz Earle’s Cleanse & Polish, An Update

I often get asked about what my “all-time favourites” are, and I suppose that at some point I should really make a video about it. The problem is that there are always new readers coming through (hello new readers!) who haven’t seen previous posts, and so every now and again I have to go over old ground. My Cleanse & Polish does deserve to be re-covered, though, considering that I use it on an almost daily basis! It really is one of my staple products. (Read my first review here.)

For those who have never heard of Cleanse& Polish, it’s a two-step cleanser from natural beauty brand Liz Earle, and it works to deep-cleanse and gently exfoliate at the same time. It’s a pretty simple idea, but the results are brilliant. I have rarely heard any complaints about it, and if you type ‘Cleanse and Polish’ into Google search you’ll literally see tens of thousands of positive reviews. Some people subscribe to Cleanse & Polish so that one gets delivered every month!

The cleanser itself is a thick cream, dispensed from a pump-action bottle. You massage the cream over your skin, and you can really work it into your lashes and the eye area (with eyes closed, obviously) to help dissolve stubborn eye makeup. You then use the muslin cloth to remove the cleanser, soaking it first in warm water and holding it over your face to allow the warmth to loosen makeup and dirt. I use small, circular actions to remove my makeup, but when it comes to the eye area I fold the cloth and press it over my eye socket, like a compress, blotting away mascara and eyeshadow and repeating until my eyes are clean.

There are lots of ‘versions’ of Cleanse & Polish out there, and I have tried many of them, but there’s something about the Liz Earle version that keeps me coming back. It’s just very thorough, yet very gentle. Some say that it’s overpriced, but I don’t think that £12.25 is too bad at all for a cleanser that will last at least a month. If I use it once every day or every other day, a 100ml bottle lasts me for about two months, but you can use it twice a day if you wish. If previously you had neglected your cleansing routine, then you’ll probably notice dramatic differences once you start to Cleanse & Polish – good cleansing is, in my opinion, the basis of any successful skincare routine. The fact that you gently exfoliate with the cloth only makes this step more important – dead skin is sloughed away leaving the skin more receptive to any creams that you decide to use afterwards.

If you fancy giving C&P a try, you can get a 50ml bottle for £8 or a 30ml bottle with a muslin cloth for £5.25 – there are lots of sizes available for those who are already in love, too!

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  1. vera
    June 10, 2012 / 12:48 pm

    hey ruth! first: I loove your site! Especially your skin care articles and videos..I am quite ineterested in skin care as well, I could probably spend hours researching ingredients and reviews.
    anyway..I hope you can help me: I really really want to try the liz earle hot cloth cleanser, but I live in Austria and international shipping from the lizearle-homepage is 15 pounds yikes! Do you know any other (online)shops that sell liz earle?

    • Ruth
      June 10, 2012 / 10:46 pm

      @Vera yes, John Lewis! Not sure what their shipping is like though… Also, I know I shouldn’t say this, but….eBay? x

  2. vera
    June 11, 2012 / 6:22 pm

    thanks sooo much ruth! shipping from john lewis is only 7,50! yesss! I am gonna order now :) thank you thank you thank you!

    • Ruth
      June 11, 2012 / 7:03 pm

      Oh no! So sorry… That is a PAIN it’s so expensive to ship! : (

  3. vera
    June 11, 2012 / 6:25 pm

    oh no! I got excited too soon. they dont do international shipping of liquids. well, thanks anyway! I’ll check out good old ebay!

    • Lisabeth
      August 13, 2012 / 1:39 pm

      @vera, have you tried the Liz Earle website for mainland Europe (
      It appears the shipping costs is around €6.25.
      I’ve ordered from Germany and it was great.

      Certain sites have made me dislike shipping costs but I really like Liz Earle products and stock up when I can.

      • Cheryl
        May 5, 2013 / 2:44 pm

        thanks Lisabeth, i’ve actually been looking for a website that ships Liz Earle to Malta, and then I found your comment :)

  4. Lisa
    August 13, 2012 / 8:13 am

    Liz Earle cleanser is my favourite too I come back to it time and time again so now I’m not going to bother trying any others. My skin is oily and I can get spots but this seems to balance out my skin better than any others. I also use the liz Earle light moisturiser and face mask and they are great too.

  5. Sheila
    February 1, 2013 / 6:35 pm

    Hello, Ruth!

    I tremendously THANK YOU! I finally get to see it, one of my quite long time expected post and, more or less, equally quite long time responded (“,). I remember to have asked you on a previous comment about the best substitute for the Clinique 3 Step and I’m not doubting that one is THE right answer to my question.

    Much love to you, Ruth. (“,)

    Thank you very much, again and again.

    A great fan of yours from Portugal, Lisbon.


    Sheila. *

  6. Frankie
    February 11, 2013 / 11:39 pm

    Hi ruth, love this cleanser! do you think there is a better one to use for a morning wash?

  7. Natalia
    August 27, 2013 / 12:50 pm

    Would you prefer this or a cleansing balm?

  8. November 10, 2016 / 12:33 pm

    I like to experiment with different cleansers, but I keep coming back to this one again and again. I like the smell and texture. While some reviewers find the hot cloth thing to be a faff, it really does get your face clean without drying it out. I have a stack of the cloths and wash after every use (they are usually dry by morning, so no issues with throwing them in the wash).

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