Liz Earle for Men: Cleanse & Polish™
Today we welcome on board a new recruit to the mighty male crew at Just Nice Things – ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Big Welsh. He’s big and he’s Welsh. Yes, really. He’s also very kindly trialled and reviewed the Hot Cleanse & Polish from Liz Earle’s skincare range for men so without much further ado, let’s get on with it…
With an ever-growing male toiletries market my dressing table space is getting a tad crowded. I’ll admit I’m vain, a little cocky and even a tad narcissistic when it comes to my appearance, and I’ll try anything to enhance what I wake up with in the morning, yet I don’t think I’ll be making space on my dresser for this one.
Opening the tissue-wrap with held-breathe and anticipation to a rather plain looking tube and a couple of muslin cloths was a disappointment to say the least. The styling of the packaging wouldn’t look amiss next to my Clinique 3-Step potions and lotions so it’s clear to see their aiming it at the higher-end of the market.
Opening the tube and taking a whiff it didn’t really smell of too much. The instructions with the set say to fill a basin with warm to hot water, soak the muslin and pat your face with the water. I’d take a wild guess and say it works the same way as the regular, women’s Hot Cleanse & Polish best seller.
Squeezing out an amount of the paste/cream/lotion (it has a weird consistency)and rubbing it between my hands, it doesn’t really form a lather, it doesn’t spread and it doesn’t seem to combine with the water in any useful way. I persevere and apply to my face. It’s not entirely unpleasant and on swiping the cloth around my face I did “feel” cleaner especially as I was using it at the end of a long day.
I finish up and pack it all away (what are you supposed to do with a soggy muslin cloth?!). I would say my face felt very smooth and I certainly appreciated the feeling of my skin after using it. That’s probably the result of the eucalyptus and cocoa butter in the product.
I admitted that my predilection for male cosmetics meant I was curious to give this a go, but I think the key thing in the male-end of the market is convenience. No matter how vain or mirror-happy a man is, he’ll struggle to use a product if it takes more than a minute or if it means leaving his room. I just don’t think most men have that pamper-gene.
It’s very much a needs-must mentality and I think this product seems more of an effort and even though it does produce pretty good results. I think I’d struggle to muster up the enthusiasm to use it more than once or twice a month.
Suitable for all skin types including sensitive skin, Liz Earle’s Cleanse & Polish for men costs from £13.25 for a 100ml pump starter kit.
Thank you, Big Welsh! You can follow Big Welsh on Twitter as bigwelsh. To find out more about the men’s skincare range from Liz Earle, visit http://uk.lizearle.com/mens-skincare.html. Have you tried any of these products? If so, how did you find them?