The Big Cleanse (Origins, Liz Earle & Lavera)

I’ll admit right at the start of this blog article that I am slightly obsessed with cleansing. Even after the heaviest night out, I have to have a shower before I hit bed (even if I can barely stand up!) and that includes removing every single scrap of make-up. I’ve blogged previously about moisturisers I love, but if you’re not cleansing thoroughly you’ll never get the best from your other skincare products. In my twenties, I used cleansing gels aimed at problem/combination skin but found them to be too harsh and stimulate excess oil production. So I thought it only fitting to review three of the most highly-rated natural cleansers available and see if they live up to the hype!

Origins Checks and Balances ~ £18.50 for 150ml (£12.33 per 100ml) at John Lewis

What Origins Say: “When it comes to faces with dry and oily places, it takes a clever cleanser to balance the two. This Origins gentle, frothy face wash carefully does both jobs without cancelling each other out. It helps to seek out oil, soaks it up then keeps it well in-check, while it balances and protects dry prone zones. And Broadleaf Kelp breaks down dirt, disperses excess oil and sends dullness down the drain. Skin feels comfortably refreshed after cleansing, never tight, pulled or parched. Best for all skin types/combination.”

Origins Checks & Balances

My Review: Helpfully, my Mum works for John Lewis and manages to get me lots of samples of great quality products. As she swears by Origins herself she has grabbed me some samples of a few of their products and this is the first I’ve used. I’ll start with the positive points of this cleanser. As you’d expect from a quality brand like Origins the product is very concentrated and so represents good value. It has a nice texture and foams nicely as you apply it. However, that’s pretty much all I liked about this cleanser. Having used it for a fortnight my skin felt over-cleansed, and stripped of it’s natural oils. The product also has on off-putting toothpaste-like smell. I would say this cleanser is best for an occasional deep cleanse, or for removing heavy make-up, rather than for every day use.

Lavera Basis Cleansing Gel ~ £6.95 for 125ml (£5.56 per 100ml) at

What Lavera Say: “Lavera Basis Cleansing Gel provides perceptibly gentle cleansing of the skin and ensures natural moisturisation of our skin. A hint of essential oils provides a refreshing and reviving sensation after cleansing. For all skin types in particular sensitive skin.”

Lavera Cleanser

My Review: This is a gorgeous gentle gel with a pleasant mild lemony scent. It is concentrated, foams nicely and delivers a thorough cleanse. Despite being a gel, it is not drying or harsh and is gentle enough for me to use over my eye area – however, I do need to use a separate eye make-up remover to remove all traces of eye make-up. At less than half the price of the other cleansers I tested this product represents excellent value for money and will be a bathroom cupboard everyday essential for me.

Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser ~ £26 for 200ml (£13 per 100ml) at John Lewis

What Liz Earle Say: “We only make one cleanser because this formulation is the ultimate in concentrated yet gentle cleansing power and works on every age and skin type. 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, clearer skin. Suitable for all skin types.”

Liz Earle Cleanser

My Review: My first thought on reading the write-up of this product was that it was simply too good to be true. A product that effectively removes stubborn eye make-up but isn’t too oily for your face? A natural skincare brand that makes one cleanser and one cleanser only because it’s so perfect for all skin types? I was dubious, but as my sister is a former aesthetician who rates Liz Earle as a brand I decided to give it a try (plus Mum came up trumps with another free sample). I carefully followed the instructions, applying the product to dry skin with my fingers before wiping off with the muslin cloth provided (the cloth being dampened in warm water first). The smell of the product is gorgeous and reminded me of an essential oil facial. I usually rinse my cleansers off using my hands or cotton wool but using the cloth definitely felt polishing on the skin! As a result I could reduce using my facial exfoliator from twice a week to once. The cleanser was thorough without being harsh, and true to it’s word, effectively removed all eye make-up (including black gel liner and multiple coats of mascara) without any hint of stinging. Although it is twice the price of the Lavera product it really feels like a luxury product and would make a lovely gift or treat for yourself. Shortly after reviewing this product, Liz Earle ran a promotion reducing the price of the 100ml (including two muslin cloths) to £9.50…obviously I snapped up two, plus one for my sister 🙂

Liz Earle

I’d love to know your views on these cleansers or any others you swear by, so please use the comments section below to get in touch. Don’t forget to follow my blog too so you can read my reviews as soon as they’re published.

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Beauty Geek x


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