No7 Hot Cloth Cleanser

Over 4 months ago now I purchased No7's Hot Cloth Cleanser from Boots for £8.75 - I was considering buying the much talked about Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser from Liz Earle but for the same sized 200ml tube it was £21.50 plus of course the postage. So as both products had equally great reviews I opted for the cheaper version.

Now as my blog is about being savvy I thought I would firstly talk about the price, as I am sure some of you will be wondering if it's worth the money. 

For £8.75 you do get a boxed 200ml tube of the cleanser which is actually really thick and per cleanse you only need one pump of the product so it will last you a good amount of time. I am tempted to say 3 - 5 months. I am however only 1/3 of the way through this as I only use it when I have worn a full face of makeup which is about 3 times a week. As I feel like this is the only thing that thoroughly cleanses my skin and exfoliates it at the same time. 
You also get one muslin cloth to use with the cleanser which I do feel isn't up to scratch with the cleanser. It is quite thin and basically quite cheaply made. Which does mean after running it under hot water it gets cold quite quickly. Having said that is does work fine and does the job. I would suggest if you don't want to exfoliate your skin with the muslin cloth you could use a normal soft flannel instead.

Onto the product itself - Like I previously mentioned this is a really thick cleanser that feels similar to a cold cream or a thick cream, which does give a rich feel to the cleanser. As for application, you apply the cleanser onto dry skin and massage it in (which feels quite nice and relaxing) to loosen all the makeup you are wearing and any dirt/oil. You then run the muslin cloth under warm to hot water (so that it's still comfortable) and wring out the excess water. You are them supposed to place the cloth over the face to open the pores (I would say splashing your face with warm water before applying the cleanser then patting it dry would work better)...well this is what it instructs you to do. I do find that the muslin cloth goes cold by doing this. So I skip that part and start to remove the cleanser in circular motions using different parts of the muslin cloth as I go. 

They do advise that you splash your face with cold water after use to close the pores however I do think this can be abit of a shock to the skin and also not something you want to do at night when you are going to bed. So I just splash my face with warm-ish water to make sure the cleanser is totally removed. Then just softly pat your face dry. 
If of course you don't want to exfoliate your skin every time you use the cleaner as previously mentioned just swap the muslin cloth for a soft flannel or even a small facial sponge, which does feel quite relaxing and doesn't leave the skin looking at all red.

As the name suggests this does really give a radiance boost to the skin - the skin almost glows after use. It also leaves the skin feeling plumped up, soft and most importantly totally clean.

Also something that is worth a mention is what skintypes it would be suitable for. I personally have quite an oily T-zone then normal to dry skin everywhere else on my face, so abit of everything really. I have found it works wonders for removing the dry skin from the sides of my nose and chin. 
So I do feel as it is so mild that is would work fine with all skintypes even quite sensitive skin (I would say opt for a flannel though)
I also feel this would be a great product for ageing skin - anyone that suffers from dry or dull skin it would be perfect for. It just brings back that healthy glow to the skin and plumps it up abit. 

Overall this is a really great product for any age or skintype. It is relaxing and calm to the skin and worth every penny.



  1. I might try this out, I'm in love with No7 beautifully balanced cleanser so I'm hoping this is just as good :)
    Just need to wait for a £5 till split now...

  2. great review, i absolutely LOVE this stuff!

  3. Wow brilliant review, i think Im going to have to try this out now!!

  4. Hey! Love your blog, read it daily along with others, Im new to blogging so Ive just started my own! please show me some love! lol - not currently as nice as yours, but I'll get there!
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  5. I've been looking at this for a while thanks for the review x

  6. I think i'll try this as opposed to the Liz Earle one. Hopefully Boots will have the £5 vouchers on soon! x

  7. I have been using this for the last 3 months and still have loads left....I purchsed it over the Liz Earle one, and have not been dissapointed......:)

  8. Sounds like a great product!:D Now, where to find on here....

    Happy Wednesday!:D
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    & Life According to Marie.

  9. i've wanted to try this for a while and it sucks that boots doesn't ship internationally! glad to hear it works great, especially for sensitive skin because mine is quite sensitive.

  10. Great review. As you know I'm a big fan of this too. I've been using it every night for about 5 months and there is still a good amount left.

    It's terrific value for money and a really great cleanser.
    Jane x

  11. I've been using Liz Earle's Cleanse & Polish since 1997 when it was only available on QVC and was in it's original burgundy and white packaging. I have been quite a loyal customer as it's the only cleanser that doesn't upset my dry, sensitive skin. It also got rid of tiny blackheads on my nose that I'd had for years and which no other cleansing routine could deal with.

    However, I've become disenchanted somewhat with the Liz Earle Cleanser in recent years because it get's consistently more expensive despite her company getting bigger and bigger all the time (she has been selling in the US for some years now too). So I decided to try my sister's No. 7 Hot Cloth cleanser while visiting her for a few weeks. It is VERY obviously copying Liz Earle's product, what with the pump, the name "hot cloth cleanser", the muslin cloth, the same routine etc. The huge difference is the ingredients. The Liz Earle product has only natural ingredients and oils, you can really feel and smell the difference. The No.7 one has a lot of chemically ingredients and isnt nearly as rich as the Liz Earle product. I would say that they are both as equally effective as each other in removing full make up, however the liz earle one can be used for the eyes and it does not sting one tiny bit, whereas the No 7 one stung my eyes when I tried that. The No 7 product did not leave my face dry or sore though, which is great news for me.

    In summary, I do believe the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish is a superior product because of the lovely ingredients and the scent and texture of the product, and the fact that it works as an eye make up remover without stinging the eyes. HOWEVER, as I said before, I think Liz is pricing herself out of the game and I think I will be buying myself a pump of the No. 7 cleanser simply because I can't justify paying almost £13 a month for cleanser, which the Liz Earle costs.

    I do think though, that you should buy even a sample size of the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish so that you can do a proper comparison blog post on both products. I'd be interested to hear your own opinion. :)

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