Hey guys today I am going to be comparing two hot cloth cleansers for you. The two I have tried are the Sanctuary Polishing Hot Cloth Cleanser (available at Boots
for £10.50) and the Vitamin E Hot Cloth Cleanser (available at Superdrug for £4.99)
Just quickly I wanted to mention that I used both cleansers only at night and used each of them consistently. I applied them to my dry face after removing most of my makeup with a face wipe, then used a hot damp face cloth to remove the product and exfoliate my skin. Both come with a muslin cloth but I prefer using face cloths.
I tried the Sanctuary one first, back in August whilst it was on offer for around £6. It contains 125ml of product and it lasted me a good 3 months. I liked the simple, plain packaging and the squeezy tube made it easy to get the product out. The cleanser itself had a lovely thick consistency that spread surprisingly well and felt so luxurious. That meant a little of it went a long way and I guess that’s why it lasted me so long. It didn’t sting my eyes at all, to the point that after rubbing the cleanser on them I could actually open my eyes to be able to find my face cloth! It also didn’t irritate my skin at all and had a lovely subtle scent. This cleanser removed all last traces of makeup and left my skin feeling smooth, clean and comfortable. I thoroughly enjoyed using this cleanser.
Once I had used up the Sanctuary cleanser I decided to try out a cheaper alternative so I picked up Superdrug’s Vitamin E Hot Cloth Cleanser. This one comes in a similar style tube but it costs less (over half the price!) and you get more product – 200ml of product actually, so compared to The Sanctuary one this seems like a really great deal. Again, I used this consistently at night but despite getting more product with this it only lasted me 2 months. I think the reason for this is the product is thinner in consistency and it just doesn’t seem to go so far. It almost slides around and emulsifies into nothing so I find myself using more each time. Another down side is this does sting my eyes a little bit. It’s not so bad if I keep my eyes closed but I definitely wouldn’t want to be opening them whilst this was on my face *cue me blindly feeling around my shower for my face cloth….there’s an image you didn’t need!* One thing to note with this is that it smells like suntan lotion.. Not necessarily a bad thing, I’m just not keen on it but that is personal preference. One more thing, this didn’t remove every last trace of makeup. When I used my toner after my shower I could still see a little bit of makeup coming off on the cotton pad. Not a tremendous amount but I thought it was worth mentioning. Again, this did leave my skin feeling smooth, clean and comfortable.
All in all I definitely prefer the Sanctuary Polishing Hot Cloth Cleanser. It’s the one I keep going back to and everything else I have tried just doesn’t quite compare to this one. I’ve heard the Sanctuary cleanser is good for oiler skin and the Vitamin E cleanser is good for drier skin, so maybe that’s why I prefer the Sanctuary one as I have combination/oily skin.
If you have tried either let me know your thoughts in the comments below, or if you have any recommendations for future hot cloth cleansers to try let me know!