By Jessica Jones
Who doesn’t love Eve Lom cleanser? The rich green oily goop. The heavenly menthol smell. The clinical, white packaging with just that touch of glamorous gold. The cute muslin cloth. The luxury price tag (£55). Vogue went so far as to call it the “best cleanser in the world” Ok well maybe that is pushing it. After all, there can’t actually be a “world’s best cleanser,” can there?
It makes me think though, what do I really require from a cleanser? 1. That it takes my make-up off 2. That it leaves my face feeling plump and conditioned 3. That it doesn’t strip all the natural oils out of my skin 4. That it doesn’t make me break out in spots 5. That it doesn’t contribute to long term health problems. Tick, tick, tick, tick, Uuuuh-Ooooh!
By using my cutting edge investigative method of reading the label I discover that my Eve Lom cleanser contains liquid parrafin, PEG-30 and all five of the ugly parabens sisters. I add the expensive white pot to my ever-growing mountain of no-longer-acceptable beauty products. Now begins the task of finding a replacement to fill the empty space left in my heart and on my bathroom shelf.
This luxury cleanser is closest in look and feel to the Eve Lom – it’s a thick, almost granular, oily paste. It is yellow in colour and smells of pungent rosemary and cloves. The cleanser is a cocktail of nourishing, astringent and antioxidant ingredients. It also contains coconut oil, known for its antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties. It comes in a blue glass jar and the makers recommend that I scoop it out with a small wooden spatula (supplied but immediately lost by me.) Presumably this is to avoid contaminating the goop with finger-borne bacteria. I fish out a dob with my finger and it softens as I pat it across my cheeks, neck and brow. After leaving it on my face for a minute to do its work, I compress it off with a warm muslin cloth. My skin feels soft and alive. The packaging is more health food store than high-end salon but, aesthetics aside, this is a gorgeous, rich cleanser and re-nourishing treatment.
Quality: ***** Price: £££ Packaging: ** Overall rating: ****
Everyone’s raving about it, and with good reason. On squirting out a splash from the sealed plastic pump bottle, my fist impression is of stepping into a room filled with scented lilies. I learn that this lovely scent is actually ‘notes of fresh Jasmine and Gardenia’. The base oil in this cleanser is a mixture of soya, vegetable and olive oils – all perfectly good stuff. I do wonder if the fragrance used is entirely natural – only because Nude don’t mention the fact anywhere on the packaging or on their website. In my experience, cosmetics companies rarely miss an opportunity to trumpet their own virtues. That said, cleansing with this oil is a gorgeous experience. After compressing off my trusty muslin cloth my skin feels soft and refreshed.
Quality: *** Price: ££ Packaging: ** Overall rating: ***
This stellar anti-oxidant cleanser and facial treatment contains a heavenly cornucopia of precious oils. MV only use organic oils obtained from the first pressing. What does that means for you and me and our delicate little faces? Because virgin oils are not refined, bleached or deodorised they retain their natural nutrients and antioxidants. This product is more that just a cleanser – it’s an instant, nourishing pick-me-up for tired skin. I actually look forward to locking the bathroom door, applying the oil and then sitting quietly with the warm muslin cloth over my face and just breathing in the heavenly scent. The MV face cloth is at least nine times the size of the titchy little squares that I’ve been used to using. ‘Why are they giving me this cloth the size of a towel?’ I wondered. Now I understand – folding the muslin gives me a thick pad of cloth that retains the heat far longer. I swear, this oil is the ultimate luxury face treatment. Caution: try it once and you will never go back.
Quality: ***** Price: ££££ Packaging: *** Overall rating: *****
And the winner is… MV Organic Skincare Energizing 9-Oil cleanser!
Eve Lom Cleanser 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
MV Energizing 9-Oil Cleanser Ingredients: Sweet Almond (Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis) Oil*, Avocado (Persea Gratissima) Oil *, Infused Centella (Centella Asiatica Extract) Oil, Vitamin E, Rosemary (Rosmarinus Officinalis) Extract With essential Oils of: Lavender, Bitter Orange, Geranium, Sandalwood, Rosewood & Carrot Seed * Organically Grown
Inlight Organic Facial Cleanser Ingredients: Cocos nucifera – coconut oil – moisturising, nourishing, Sesamum indicum – sesame oil – nourishing, antioxidant, Olea europaea – olive oil – soothing, Buxus chinensis – jojoba oil – nourishing, to promote elasticity, Butyrospermum parkii – shea butter – to promote elasticity, nourishing, Cera alba – beeswax – soothing, protective, Lavandula angustifolia – lavender – anti-inflammatory, cytophylactic, Camelia sinensis – green tea – astringent, antioxidant, Citrus limonum – lemon – astringent, anti sebum, Rosa canina – rose hip – antioxidant, Eugenia caryophyllus – clove bud – antiseptic, Cupressus sempervirens – cypress – astringent, Rosmarinus officinalis – rosemary – stimulating, anti-bacterial, Zingiber officinale – ginger – stimulating, toning, Oenothera biennis – evening primrose oil – antioxidant, regenerating Allergens: linalool, eugenol, d-limonene, geraniol, isoeugenol ** ** Allergens are natural constituents found in some of the organic essential oils we use and, even though they are present in a very low percentage, by law we have to list them.
Nude Cleansing Facial Oil Ingredients: glycine soja (soybean) oil, polyglyceryl-4-oleate (vegetable oil), squalene (olive oil), tocopherol acetate (plant sources), fragrance (parfum), benzyl benzoate (essential oil), linalool (essential oil), eugenol (essential oil)