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Posted by on Oct 2, 2017 in Skincare | 17 comments

5 of the best… Hot Cloth Cleansers

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5 of the best Hot Cloth Cleansers

So today I’m starting a new feature called ‘5 of the best…’ where I’ll do a quick review of my 5 favourite items in a specific category and explain why I like them and who each one would suit. My first review in the ‘5 of the best’ series is Hot Cloth Cleansers.

What is a Hot Cloth Cleanser?

Hot Cloth Cleansers are a fairly new popular way of cleansing the face, whereby you apply the thick creamy cleanser to your skin and then remove it with warm water using a soft bamboo or cotton face cloth that is provided with the product.

Why do I need a Hot Cloth Cleanser?

The creamy cleanser removes all traces of dirt and make-up while the cloth gently exfoliates the skin to keep it looking fresh and bright. As the cloth is so soft it’s safe to use every day, compared with scratchy exfoliating creams and sponges which should only be used once or twice per week. A lot of them contain natural ingredients too, or contain soothing essential oils that help you to unwind at bedtime. It’s a great way of cleaning your face and exfoliating all at the same time, and I particularly like to use one in Winter as the warm water makes my skin feel really relaxed before I go to bed.


5 of the best… Hot Cloth Cleansers


Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser

Best for… cult lovers

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish was one of the forerunners in the Hot Cloth Cleanser market, it’s been around for what seems like forever and has been used by thousands of women. It has won countless awards and has really made its mark in the list of facial cleansers, I’ve purchased it quite a few times and you may like to read my full review of Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish that I wrote a couple of years ago. If you’re already a lover of Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish then you might like to try the new Rose & Lavender version, and you can also buy spare Liz Earle double-woven pure cotton cloths in a pack of 2 for £4.50.

Buy Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish 100ml pump Starter Kit (includes cloth) for £16



Tropic Smoothing Cleanser

Best for… going natural

Tropic Smoothing Cleanser is the Hot Cloth Cleanser that I’m currently using and I love it! Tropic is a natural brand that you’ll be hearing lots more about over the coming months and years – do you remember Susan Ma who won The Apprentice a few years ago? Well Tropic is her brand and she’s got Sir Alan Sugar on board, the products have recently had a packaging facelift and I haven’t spoken to anyone who’s tried Tropic that doesn’t like it. Tropic Smoothing Cleanser contains only natural ingredients, including uplifting eucalyptus, golden jojoba and avocado oils and it has a lovely citrusy scent, and the thick plush cloth made from 100% organic, sustainable bamboo fibres is the most luxurious out of all these Hot Cloth Cleansers. A really great Hot Cloth Cleanser and perfect if you like to use natural skincare.

Buy Tropic Smoothing Cleanser 120ml (includes cloth) for £16


Superdrug Naturally Radiant Brightening Hot Cloth Cleanser

Best for… a budget

Superdrug Naturally Radiant Hot Cloth Cleanser is a great option if you want to see if a Hot Cloth Cleanser works for you but you don’t want to shell out lots of money. At just £6 it’s way cheaper than all of the other options, and the ingredients include creamy Cocoa Butter and Kiwi Fruit Extract which is a great source of Vitamin C for the skin. The perfect way to try out a Hot Cloth Cleanser, plus it’s suitable for vegans too.

Buy Superdrug Naturally Radiant Hot Cloth Cleanser 150ml (includes cloth) for £5.99 – currently on offer just £2.95!



Organic Surge Brightening Hot Cloth Cleanser

Best for… organic

There’s been a real increase in popularity recently of organic skincare, containing only ingredients that are of natural, organic origin. People are starting to think about what they are putting onto (and therefore into) their bodies, and one of my favourite organic skincare brands is Organic Surge. The Organic Surge Brightening Hot Cloth Cleanser is slightly cheaper than most of the other offerings, and is suitable for vegans too. The ingredients include Shea Butter and Orange Peel Oil – both organic – and it’s another product that has won lots of awards. The only downside to this one is that it doesn’t come with a cloth.

Buy Organic Surge Brightening Hot Cloth Cleanser 150ml for £13.95



REN Hot Cloth Cleanser

Best for… luxury

I absolutely love REN skincare so when I read that they did a Hot Cloth Cleanser I was so excited! If you’ve never heard of REN before they’re a fantastic brand that uses only 100% plant and mineral derived ingredients in their products and they’re available in quite a lot of spas around the world. This REN Rosa Centifolia Hot Cloth Cleanser is actually no more expensive than the other premium brands that I’ve already mentioned but it contains Rosa Damascena Oil which is a rather luxurious ingredient that helps the skin to decongest and the cloth has been made with special technology that helps it to stay warm! How amazing is that!

Buy REN Rosa Centifolia Hot Cloth Cleanser 150ml for £16 from Feel Unique

Find out how to get £10 OFF your first order at Feel Unique so you’ll be basically getting this REN Hot Cloth Cleanser for just £6!


What do you think of my choices?

Are you going to try one of these Hot Cloth Cleansers, or do you already use one? Are there any other great ones that you can recommend that I’ve missed out? I’d love to know what you think!


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  1. I have never heard of hot cloth cleansers but I am excited to try one

    • They’re a great way to remove make-up and dirt whilst exfoliating at the same time. x

  2. This is the first time I hear about hot cloth cleansers. It’s funny how many cleansing steps they can come up with, at some point double cleansing with an oil was very trendy. I’m definitely curios about this one.

    • Yeah oil cleansing is also effective. I think Hot Cloth Cleansers are great as they save lots of time – you’re effectively cleansing, removing make-up and exfoliating in one. x

  3. Why are they called “Hot Cloth Cleansers”? I have never heard of them. Is it a cleanser you put on a hot cloth? I hope this doesn’t sound like a dumb question, I am genuinely curious. The budget-friendly section appeals to me! Lol.

    • It’s a cleanser that you apply with your fingers then remove with a hot cloth. It’s an effective way to remove make-up and dirt from the skin, and the cloth gently exfoliates the skin too. x

  4. I’m so gutted because I’ve got rosacea, and a hot cloth really isn’t great for my skin. But, I can’t believe how cheap that Superdrug one is. I’m sure I could try it out and maybe just wash it off. Thanks for the recommendations!

    • You don’t want the cloth to be too hot, warm is probably better so it doesn’t increase the bloodflow too much. The cleansers could just as easily be rinsed off or removed with cotton wool. x

  5. Great reviews!

    I’m really keen to try a hot cloth cleanser. I love Tropic skincare and anything from the Superdrug range so may have to try one of those out!

  6. I did not know hot cloth cleansers were a thing! I’m definitely trying them!

  7. I love my hot cloth cleanser! I originally wanted the Liz Earle one but it was too pricey. I ended up stumbling on Aldi’s version under the brand Lacura. It smells gorgeous, leaves my skin lovely and clean and really feels special. 🙂 It was only £3.99 but I have a feeling it was one of their transient products. I live in hope that it will become available again. 🙂

  8. Love the Liz Earle I’m tempted by the Ren!

    • I love every REN Skincare product that I’ve tried. Their Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask is amazing too. x

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