Botanics Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm


This is the final installation of my three-part high-street cleanser reviews (see here and here for the previous two). This one is about the Boots Botanics Organic Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm (£8.99).

This is a full-on balm made from shea butter, rosehip and jojoba oils. The consistency is thick and oily (see picture below) so you need to rub between your hands to melt it first. You definitely have to use a hot cloth (or flannel in my case) to remove the cleanser as it doesn’t dissolve in water.

The smell of this is lovely and makes me think of old apothecaries (or at least what I imagine they smell like)! I love using this in the bath, letting the heat of the bath steam my face before massaging in the cleanser and letting it sit for a while. I then use my hot flannel to remove it and then leave the hot flannel on my face like a lovely spa treatment. I often do a double cleanse with this cleanser as I find it very therapeutic. It also works – i.e. all my makeup and mascara comes off easily.


As a final note about all three cleansers I would say that this is definitely my favourite of the three for an evening full cleanse. It has the feel, smell and results of something far more expensive. My second favourite would be the Superfacialist by Una Brennan Vitamin C+ Skin Renew Cleansing Oil because it has become part of my morning routine and is so different to anything else that I would normally use in the morning. The Sanctuary Spa Polishing Hot Cloth Cleanser is also really really good but as I said in my review I would probably buy the Liz Earle on given how similar they are.

I am so impressed with my high-street trio of cleansers. When I started thinking about winter cleansers my immediate thought was that I would have to spend loads to get the product and results I wanted – well I was wrong. These three cleansers really show how amazing high-street skincare is!


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