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A few weeks ago I wrote about Eve Lom’s Rescue Mask. Today I am talking about Eve Lom’s Cleanser*.
You know how I thrive on cleansing balms and I am always willing to try a different one because not one is ever the same. Believe me that is the case when my combination skin did not like Emma Hardie highly praised Moringa Cleansing Balm.
Eve Lom’s Cleanser which has been heralded by Vogue as “probably the best cleanser in the world” is a cult classic. It’s a solid balm which, when massaged into the skin, melts away make-up and grime as it decongests, exfoliates and brightens. It contains four essential oils (Eucalyptus, Clove, Egyptian Camomile and Hops) and cocoa butter with quite the formidable scent (so you’ll either screw your nose up in horror or barf.)
I wasn’t too bothered by the distinctive aromas of the cleanser but I was intrigued by the specific instructions in how to use it. Most cleansing balms simply recommend that you massage a small amount into your skin, adding water to emulsify the product and break down the particles of your make-up before wiping clean with a warm, wet flannel. Eve Lom’s Cleanser insists you apply with dry fingers in a circular motion, then place a muslin cloth (included) in hot water and wring out before pressing the warm, damp cloth on your visage and hold for 5 seconds to open pores.
I’m not done yet!
Repeat the last step three times before rinsing the cloth in clean warm water and wiping off your make-up with circular movements to exfoliate at the same time. FINALLY rinse the (quite pathetic) muslin cloth in cold water and reapply to the face for 5 seconds to close the pores. Have you fallen asleep on me?
I can understand the logic of the heat softening and breaking down the grime and make-up but I don’t know if many can be bothered to follow the procedure religiously. I did give it a go and discarded the muslin cloth after one attempt in favour of the good old flannel, which frankly kicks muslin to the kerb. I’m not entirely sure if it makes a superior difference from the regular method because wiping with a flannel kind of replicates the exfoliation part. Meh. I don’t know. As far as the actual product is concerned, my skin likes it very much. No spots, no irritation and my skin feels suitably pampered and cleansed.
It is a pot of luxury at £55 for a 100ml pot but if you’re familiar with Eve Lom, then you won’t flinch at the asking price. Generally the price point for a decent cleansing balm is around that mark. Besides, such products last ages because so very little is required for usage.
Eve Lom’s Cleanser is available from QVC, John Lewis, Space NK and Eve Lom’s official website.
Here’s a mask which doesn’t seem to get much of a mention in beauty blogging – well, not to my knowledge any way. It should because it is damn good.
A few months ago, I was rummaging in my drawers for something and found Eve Lom’s Rescue Mask*. I shrugged and gave it a try. Then I kept returning to it time and time again. There really is something special about this that leaves my skin soft to touch and a face that glows. It’s a deep-cleansing treatment that pulls out all stops in clearing congested skin and brightening complexion.
After cleansing, you apply a medium to thick layer on dry skin. Then leave to set for 15-20 minutes. The aroma of camphor will fill your nose (the stuff that Vicks smells of), invigorating and refreshing tired skin not to mention its anti-septic properties are beneficial too. When the time is up, gently buff off the dry mask with your fingers in small upward circular motions, then wipe off the excess with a damp warm flannel.
I’m slowly working my way through Eve Lom’s skincare range and so far, everything I touch works in my favour. I have dry to normal skin, and the Rescue Mask revives my skin, giving it a much needed boost. I also noticed my make-up applied and looked better (especially on my cheeks which always gets dehydrated). I am banking on the mask drawing out impurities and leaving a purified blank canvas for the artwork.