Tested: Eve Lom Cleanser

Eve Lom's cleanser is an iconic product that is raved about loads, but has also gotten some pretty bad reviews. I visited Senteurs d’Ailleurs in Brussels a few weeks ago (more about that visit later!) and got a generous sample and a muslin cloth to give it a go. I felt quite attracted to the brand, especially when I was explained how their salon facials work (very deep cleansing with extractions).. It seemed like the brand for me! The idea of the cleanser is quite simple: it’s everything in one, so it acts as a make-up remover, cleanser & toner. Eve Lom claims you don’t need anything else, as long as you use the product properly. To use it properly you’ll just need two things: a clean muslin cloth & hot water. The ingreds are not what you’d think they would be.. I was a bit surprised to find Paraffinum Liquidum as the first one, although it’s not the only cleanser in its kind to have that one as one of the main ingredients. 

The full list of ingredients: Paraffinum Liquidum (Mineral Oil), Peg-30 Lanolin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Aluminum Stearate, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Peg-75 Lanolin, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Oil, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Leaf Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Humulus Lupulus (Hops) Cone Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Bht, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben.


So here’s how you’ll go about this cleanser:
♥ Massage about a euro coin size worth of product onto your dry skin. Massage it in real good. You’ll feel all the make-up & dirt loosen. If you’re wearing eye makeup, wait to do your eyes until last. You’ll look like a funny panda bear when you’re done.
♥ Now prepare a bowl with hot water. Soak your muslin cloth and squeeze out excess water. Now quickly hold the cloth over your face for a second or five. You should feel the heat sort of penetrate your skin and open up your pores. I’m in doubt whether pores actually “open up” this fast, so I’ll leave it up to you whether you believe this part. 
♥ Repeat the previous step another two times!
♥ After the third time, use the cloth to remove make-up and bits of cleanser in circular movements. This’ll exfoliate as well as get that blood circulation going. 
♥ As a last step, rinse the cloth in cold water and hold over face and neck for five second again. This supposedly closes your pores. I used to believe this, but I now know that pores don’t just open and close.. 

My personal opinion? It smells like noodles. And although it makes my skin feel super soft, and I think I saw immediate skin improvement (I swear!), I would never be able to use this as my only cleansing product for both mornings and evenings. The process is a bit of a hassle, I’d probably need to stock up on 10 muslin cloths to have in rotation and wash them by hand to prevent detergent chemicals to affect them .. and it just doesn’t make me feel ‘fresh’ and clean. I didn’t hate this, I even liked it on the whole, but I wouldn’t purchase it. Sorry Eve!

(I’m yet to test out the rescue mask, I’ll keep you posted as always!)

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