Eve Lom Cleanser Review & Dupe!

Saturday 15 January 2011

Hey Ladies,

I recently purchased the Eve Lom Ultimate Kit & have been using the products since so I thought I'd review their cult cleanser for you.

They say;

With a powerful blend of Egyptian chamomile, hops, clove and eucalyptus oil, together with cocoa butter the Eve Lom Cleanser cleanses, tones, exfoliates all in one. Even the most stubborn make-up and eye make-up will be removed.
The specially woven muslin cloth is used with the Cleanser to improve skin circulation while cleansing and exfoliating the skin in minutes.
The result is clean, perfectly balanced skin and a radiant complexion.
Suitable for all skin types.

My Thoughts;

Firstly this is a lovely cleanser, it feels really rich & luxurious & once you warm the balm between your fingers spreads nicely so you don't need to use loads, one of my first thoughts about it was that it may not last a long time but I found I could use less & less each time so will last a decent amount of time.
It is very effective in removing all of your makeup, so there's no need to repeat the process unlike what I find from some other cleansers & I found it didn't irritate my eyes in the slightest, as with any skin care routine I always double cleanse & so I use a different cleanser after using this & in the morning as I'm treating it more as a makeup remover than a cleanse because it would end up very expensive if you used it 3 times a day! My skin doesn't feel dry after using it or oily either so I agree most skin types would be suited to it but maybe really oily girls should consider a different cleanser.
The smell is very floral & herby (kind of like essential oils) it's bearable for me, not my chosen scent if I'm honest but I can put up with it as its not on my face for long (I don't bother with their method of removal, basically very long winded dip the muslin cloth in water press & repeat 5 TIMES!! Who the hell has that patience??)
The price is my issue because it's ridiculous! For 100mls which is about standard for a cleanser it will cost you £50, now personally I will invest in my skin for a quality product, I'll happily spend that amount, this isn't a quality product if you look at the ingredients.

paraffinum liquidum (mineral oil), cetearyl alcohol, peg-30 lanolin, bis-diglyceryl polyacyladipate-2, aluminum stearate, theobroma cacao (cocoa butter), peg-75 lanolin, chamomilla recutita (chamomile oil), eugenia caryophyllus (clove oil), eucalyptus globulus (eucalyptus oil), humulus lupulus (hops oil), phenoxyethanol, methylparaben, butylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, isobutylparaben, p-chloro-m-cresol, eugenol, isoeugenol

Mineral oil is one of the cheapest ingredients in skin care & its the main ingredient in this 'high end' product which I think is just cheeky, they just slap the Eve Lom name on it & charge people far too much, there's also a few parabens in there which people might not like. Mineral oil & parbens are in many skin care items mainly so the product doesn't spoil, a long shelf life for a manufacturer means if the products aren't selling quickly they're fine to stay in a warehouse for long stretches without the need to throw them away. I did make a decision to avoid mineral oil in products when I saw it in my YSL oil cleanser and I didn't even think Eve Lom would have the stuff in it so didn't bother looking ... until I started writing this review.

Apart from the ingredients (which I would totally overlook if i loved a product) I wouldn't buy this again because simply I don't love it, I think it's ok it works perfectly well but it's just not love. As Gemsmaquillage would say 'we didn't bond'.
With any products which use muslin cloths as their method of removal I feel it's more the cloth making your face have the radiance you receive than the actual product! So overall I like it but don't love it.

My dupe for this to end a very long review is the Boots Botanic Cleansing Balm, no mineral oil in sight for the grand old price of £6.36 & I have it on good authority (I will test it out after the Eve Lom) it is exactly the same if you use it with the muslin cloths & that's coming from my friend Jade who swears by Eve Lom, I am happy I introduced her to it & saving her fortunes now.

Thanks for reading & I hope this is of use to someone if you were thinking about trying it & let me know if you've tried it & more importantly did you love it? I hope you're all having a lovely weekend, I have come home from my boyfriends & currently in Stephen Fry heaven with him on my tv & me in my bed (not in a rude way, I love my bed & miss it every night I'm in my boyfriends)

IMATS news - I very much might be going so let me know if you are, bit last minute but hopefully I can make it!


  1. This cleanser would be completely wrong for my skin type but I just wanted to say what a really great through review this is. You are definitely one of the best bloggers for reviews, I always read them and benefit so much from it! Even if the product is not for me. So thank you! x

  2. i absolutely adore The Fab Pore Hot Cloth Cleanser by Soap and Glory which is supposed to be a dupe for the Liz Earle one, the ingredients are virtually the same!!! yay for cheaper alternatives :D x

  3. Great review, I switch between dermalogica special cleansing gel & Ponds cold cleansing cream..I would defo recommend it :)

  4. Yes! I use the Botanics cleanser and totally love it - good to know its as good as the Eve Lom X

  5. I'm surprised they'd put mineral oils in this, it is cheeky because you'd assume they would be more natural as they're charging a higher price. I was really going to pick it up as my cleanser is coming to an end but the mineral oils, eesh!

    Thanks for including the alternative, I'm going to pick that up and give it a whirl.. Do you know if it irritates the eyes?

  6. That's so bad that it's full of rubbish ingredients! I tried this years ago, and didn't like it either, the smell also put me off :-s I think that the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish is so much better, totally agree about the cloth being the main reason for the radiance.
    Have you ever tried the oil cleansing method? That's even cheaper and gives such a nice glow. I did a post on it somewhere on my blog :)

  7. Thanks so much for the review Nicola..I definitely will be checking out the Boots version!

  8. I don't think this review does Eve Lom's Cleanser justice. First of all, the muslin cloth is used as an exfoliating agent and helps to remove all the cleanser off your face (including mineral oil, therefore it won't clog your pores). Secondly, you can avoid using the muslin cloth altogether if you have a clarisonic. Also, mineral oil is included in the cleanser but it doesn't clog the pores if you remove the cleanser off properly. Plus mineral oil isn't the main ingredient, hops, clove, and chamomile are. Also, this cleanser is a cult favorite and has won the award of best cleanser 5 times in a row by Vogue. I think you shouldn't judge a product unless you have used it properly.

  9. Also, oil based cleansers are the best for oily skin. It seems odd but its true. Eve Lom discovered that when she was creating her cleanser and she noticed a huge difference and improvement in her clients with oily skin.


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