Described by Vogue as ‘probably the best cleanser in the world’, the Eve Lom Cleanser had a lot to live up to when I finally got my hands on it in August (compliments of August’s Look Fantastic Beauty Box).
The cleansing balm had been on my radar since I first discovered the world of beauty blogging way back when, as it was regularly name dropped on the DL by all.
It’s definitely the original of all balm cleansers, with three decades worth of praise behind it, and litch millions of awards. But – i just don’t get it.
I just don’t, I’m sorry.
It smells so vile! Like stale clove-sweets-regurgitated-vomit. Ugggh. I was instantly so disappointed because of its overpowering fragrance. And to be honest, I’ve nothing against cloves per say, as in I LOVE hot ports/whiskeys/mulled wine, BUT I just can’t hack the scent in cleanser form. Who’d have known?!
Scent aside, it does remove your makeup quick smart – As in foundation/mascara/lipstick literally melts away in seconds, requiring minimum effort. Which is pretty impressive.
The (gritty) balm itself contains four essential oils – Clove (anti-bacterial), Eucalyptus (decongesting), Hops (toning) and Chamomile (soothing), and after a day or two of using this morning ond night, my face definitely looked more radiant. High five. My skin felt noticeably smoother and looked kinda plumper, which is obvs the effect ya want, but at the same time I feel like that perhaps had a lot to do with the twice daily exfoliating action provided by the accompanying muslin cloth. (Jus’ sayin’.)
What I seriously don’t get is how such a high end product has mineral oil listed as it’s first ingredient….
Mineral oil gets a hard time by dermatologists and the likes, and has been linked to all sorts from clogged pores to cancer. I’ve read a lot from both sides of the argument, and can’t help but think it’s negatives are being a tad exaggerated (by Daily Mail and the likes)… It’s just vaseline, it can’t be that evil. BUT it’s just vaseline, how the fudge is a tub of Eve Lom so high dollar?!
All in all, if you can handle the stale puke fragrance, it does play a blinder at removing heavy duty makeup. Although so does Dermalogica’s Precleanse or The Body Shop’s Chamomile Cleansing Oil to be fair. I won’t be repurchasing, and would recommend everyone to cleanse with a muslin cloth regardless of their cleanser brand for the same decongesting, radiance boosting benefits!
I did however love the balm formulation over a cleansing oil (less mess), and so I’ve added Boot’s Botanics Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm to my dupe list which is a teeny tiny fraction of the Eve Lom price, but alas never seems to be in stock.
I also picked up a L’oreal Miracle Cleansing Oil at the weekend after hearing positive reviews. I’ve yet to use it, and actually now that I think about it I don’t think I’ve actually ever used any L’oreal skin products before. 2015 has been the year of rekindling my L’oreal Makeup love though – Sure True Match is only class, hey.
And as for the not so budget friendly, I’ve just placed an order with my Guinot stockist beautician pal for all new errrthing – cleanser, exfoliator, moisturiser, masks etc. I’ve never properly used Guinot before but she is literally glowing at the mo from all the Guinot goodness so obv I want in. Exciting times!