Skin Care, Skincare Reviews

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish – Worthy of Cult Status?

Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish is deemed a cult product by the beauty industry. Is it worthy of such status?

In my eyes, absolutely yes!

As I have mentioned before, my skin is sensitive at the moment. I was using Dermalogica Anti-Bac facial wash in the hopes of clearing the breakout on my chin. Low and behold, instead of clearing my skin up it made the situation much worse. I was left with dry and further irritated skin and even more spots.


I have used Cleanse & Polish in the past but I got distracted with trying other products. I ditched the Dermalogica product and switched back to my beloved Cleanse & Polish eight days ago.

It’s a natural product with plenty of ingredients that are known to benefit the skin. It smells of Rosemary essential oil to me, which is a little Vicks VapoRub- esque. It’s super creamy. I massage one squirts worth into my skin with my fingers and then rinse off the product using a muslin cloth.

Although the product itself in excellent at removing make-up and soothing the skin the real winner is the muslin cloth. It gently exfoliates without causing any irritation. That being said, I have tried the muslin cloth with other cleansers and not had the same results – usually because the cleansers in question were irritating my skin beyond belief.

I use it tandem with the Liz Earle Skin Repair Moisturiser for combination skin. I couldn’t be more delighted with my skin. It’s looking better every day. For me, gentle products and a gentle skin care routine is the key to clear skin.


I’m going to order the 100ml Starter Kit from the Liz Earle website. The set includes a bottle of Cleanse & Polish and muslin cloths, it costs €15 (above). I have never purchased the 100ml pump bottle before, I opted for the tube the last time. I may order the mini size for travelling too. I also have my eye on the light moisturiser. Shipping to Ireland seems pretty reasonable too.

Have you tried Cleanse & Polish? Do you recommend any other Liz Earle products?

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  • Pauline

    I’m getting obsessed with trying to clear up my skin for good! I get breakouts on my chin and t zone and after reading loads of reviews about the clinique 3 step programme i tried it and thought it would work wonders but it dried the face off me and did not stop the breakouts. Is the cleanse and polish going to be the same, or is it worth a try? i’m using vichy normaderm at the mo and it’s grand, but i am on the hunt for a miracle cure!!
    Should I try the cleanse and polish?!

  • Rachel

    I am so excited to read this :) I just ordered the healthy, beautiful skin kit (cleanse & polish, toner, and skin repair) a few days ago!

    • Amy

      Oooh enjoy!!!

  • Nikki

    My skin used to drive me nuts with breakouts from products up until I started getting microdermabrasion treatments and started using Lancome products – The change in my skin is incredible and I’m only 2 sessions into my 6 session treatment !! I also love the Lancome routine is really nourishing xx

    • Amy

      Interesting about the microdermabrasion – have been considering that lately!
      I have tried only two lancome creams but my skin was too sensitive for the fragrance.My mam swears by them though! She always goes back to lancome :) x

  • Kelly

    I use Cleanse & Polish, as well as the Light moisturiser, which I love. I have pretty angsty skin [combination/sensitive, textbook oily t-zone and chin-breakouts], but the moisturiser manages to balance it, without making me break out. I have deviated from using it, but have never found anything to match the results. Definitely would recommend you try it! (:

    • Amy

      I absolutely must try it now :) Balancing? Sounds like heaven!!

  • Emma

    I couldn’t agree more – Cleanse and polish has been my holy grail! My mid-30’s skin has suffered terrible for the last 8-9 years from my hormones…and at the end of a long line of products I have tried (of varying prices) came C&P!! My skin began to clear and look much less ‘angry’ after only a few dasy. I’ve now been using it at least 6 months and things just keep improving!! I don’t know if you are aware or if they send to Ireland but QVC do some pretty awesome deals on Liz Earle products.
    Skin sorted…any suggestions for an equally sensitive scalp?!!
    Thanks Amy!

    • Amy

      Oooh a sensitive scalp post coming soon :)
      Thanks for the qvc tip – never thought of checking!

  • Gwen Perry

    I love this product!!! I’m 15 and I have spot prone skin I had a massive break out about a week ago and my mom got the cleanse and polish for me to try out. Wow in about 2 days my face was almost completely clear! It was such an amazing difference every noticed how good my skin looked. I would recommend this product to anyone. Also it smells amazing, and the muslin cloth is so good for cleaning your face without felling like your scrubing at your face

    • Amy

      Well said Gwen, couldn’t agree more!

  • Lyndsey

    I am desperate to try Liz Earle as I only ever hear good things about it. However, I will wait till I can track down somewhere that has the starter kit in stock first!
    I used to use Dermalogica and have regular monthly facials in a salon which used those products. However, my skin was terrible during that period, and the therapist kept telling me that this was because the products were bringing out all the impurities out of my skin. After 6 months, I realised that I had been extremely gullible and stopped the facials and using the Dermalogica products and low and behold my skin cleared up!!!

    • Amy

      Agreed on the Dermalogica – their range for spotty skin is very drying and irritating to anyone with skin sensitivity.
      Glad your skin cleared up!

  • sharon

    I’ve used C & P a few times, keep trying other stuff in between but always go back to Liz Earle, saying that I haven’t tried it for a while. I feel a trip to their website coming on :-)

    • Amy

      That’s when we know we’ve found something great – we keep coming back for more :)

  • Rachel

    Hey Amy, juat ordered the whole set on the website and can’t wait for it to arrive!! Hoping it will do great things for my skin especially coming into the Irish winter!!! Got a free eye treatment with it to so will let you know how I get on!!!!

    • Amy

      Oooh let me know how the eye treatment goes. I need to start considering using one soon ;)

  • Niamhy

    Hey Amy, do you still use the Profound Glycolic cleanser??

    I bought it a couple of weeks ago and found that it left my skin completely dry and flaky after about 4 days of use. I have combination/normal skin so was surprised you didn’t find it drying too!! I still use it one a day every about 3rd say more when I feel my skin needs a deep cleanse!

    • Amy

      Hi Niamh,

      Re the cleanser – Do you use it with a muslin cloth? That took off dead skin for me and helped the process move quicker.

      Maybe you are one of those people who have a sensitivity to the glycolic acid if it causes over-drying? It didn’t dry me out at all but as I said I was using the cloth to buff off dead skin. My skin feels a little tight for about a half hour after use – but I get that from any product that contains glcerin or similar ingredients – it leaves a barrier on the skin that feels tight once it hits the cool air.

      Your right not to use it every day if it’s causing dryness. x

  • Annie

    Hi amy- i was wondering if you could go into detail about muslim cloths like how to use them and where to get them. I’ve heard a lot about them but I am missing this knowledge!! thanks x

    • Amy

      Hi Annie,

      The muslin cloths I have came with the cleanser starter kit. You can also buy them on the Liz Earle site – think it’s 2 for €4.
      The Body Shop also sell them but I’m not sure of the price.

      Basically when removing my cleanser I use the cloth in much the same I would use my hands to wash off a facial wash. I dampen the cloth (too rough when dry)with warm water – no hot water, and very gently wash the cleanser away. x

  • Michelle

    Is this really only €15 for 100mls? :O
    The thing that’s been putting me off this has been that I thought it would be extortionately expenisve! But really that is just the same as I pay for my Lush cleansers, but I need 3 of them at a time to keep my skin relatively clear!

    • Amy

      3? Oh my god,that’s work!
      I expected c&p to be expensive too. Surprisingly good value. Another reader commented above to say that they are often on offer on QVC too!

  • Ellen

    I’ve been wanting to try the Cleanse & Polish and the tonic but now I’m gonna add the moisterizer on my list as well. Thank god christmas is coming up!

    • Amy

      Haha my thoughts exactly!
      Dear Santa…

  • PP

    Have you tried Cetaphil? Im using it now but not sure if its doing anything for me

    • Amy

      I’d have to agree with you. It didn’t irritate my skin but it didn’t improve it either.
      Maybe with a muslin cloth it might have better effects?

  • Janaina

    Hi Amy,

    Totally agree with you that this stuff deserves its cult status! I have oily, breakout prone skin and miraculously despite how creamy it is, it really didn’t cause me to have a breakout! I also have sensitive skin which is prone to rosacea and this was gentle enough not to inflame that either! x

    • Amy

      It’s crazy that it’s so creamy and yet it doesn’t clog pores – maybe it’s the fact that it doesn’t contain mineral oil. It’s great to find something so great. Holy grail status!

  • Olivia

    I’m the biggest fan of C&P, it really saved my skin, I’m going to repurchase loads fot his for christmas!

    • Amy

      My thoughts exactly :)

  • Coleen B.

    Hi Amy,
    Love you blog and your videos, keep up with them faithfully! (And your soap store…loved everything I ordered!) Do you think any shop would sell them in Ireland? I live in Cork :)

    • Amy

      Thank you Coleen :) I may go down that route in the future – will make sure when and if I do that they are available in Cork :) x

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