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Sunday, 2 June 2013

Review: Botanics Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm

After becoming less than enamoured with my Peaches & Clean cleanser, but unable to get to Asda to repurchase my beloved nSpa Hot Cloth Polish, I had a wee browse in Boots for a reasonably-priced cleanser which didn't contain SLS or parabens, and came away with the Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm from Boots' Botanics range. I've been using it for about five weeks now, and thought it was time to share how I've been getting on.
Boots Botanics Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm Review
As you can see, it comes packaged in a white cardboard box which houses a white plastic pot. You also get one muslin cloth in the box, which I've found to be really good quality with a different texture on each side, depending how much exfoliation you're after. According to the box, "This organic deep-cleansing balm contains a fabulous blend of Shea butter, Rosehip and Jojoba Oil to leave skin smooth and beautifully clean. The ultra-rich, softening formula swiftly lifts make-up, while the gentle polishing action of the muslin cloth helps dislodge pore-clogging debris, revealing your beautiful radiant complexion. Muslin cloth included. Rosehip is nature's nourishing gem. The seeds are a rich source of essential Omega oils, which help to improve suppleness and keep all skin types beautifully soft and healthy looking."
I like the packaging; it's simple and does the job, telling you everything you need to know. It's easy to get just the right amount of products out of the pot, and you can easily tell how much you have left. As long as you wash your hands before use (which you should do before washing your face anyway!), I don't feel that digging your fingers in to get the balm out is a hygiene concern, either. The balm smells lightly of a botanical kind of scent, nowhere near as strong as the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish but definitely noticeable, although the scent fades as you use it and hasn't irritated my skin at all. In the pot, the balm feels hard and waxy to the touch, but within a couple of seconds it softens so you can scoop some out, and it just melts into the skin as you use it.
To use this, I massage a blob around the size of a pound coin into my skin for about a minute, using my fingertips to get right into the creases around my nose, and concentrating on areas which tend to get congested such as my chin. Then, I rinse the muslin cloth out in hot water, wait a second or two for it to cool slightly, and use it to gently polish the balm off in small, circular motions. I find it does a really good job of removing make-up, and on the occasions where I've been naughty and not removed my eye make-up first, it doesn't have a problem taking that off either. I tend to remove the balm, then rinse the cloth and repeat the removal process, as I do find it can be hard to get all traces on the first go. Once removed, though, my skin feels clean, soft and smooth; since using this, I've noticed the number of blackheads around my nose has reduced, too. I won't say it's a miracle worker because I do still have blackheads, but there's definitely fewer of them! I've also had fewer spots, apart from a week or so where my skin had a breakdown over me switching my Pill. I should also point out that I use a fresh muslin cloth each day, to avoid bacteria build-up which can lead to spots; my skin has been way better since I started doing this!
I've found this lovely and gentle on my skin and I do plan to repurchase this because I think it's a really good cleanser, especially for the price, and something which really seems to suit my contrary oily-but-sensitive-and-eczema-prone skin. I wouldn't like to draw comparisons with other cleansing balms such as the ever-popular Emma Hardie number, since I haven't tried it, but with products like this available at a fraction of the price I don't see any need to!
Botanics Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm is available from Boots, priced at £8.99 for 70ml, although it's currently on a 3 for 2 offer and it's always worth checking the Advantage Card kiosks for some cheeky offers or extra points!
Have you tried the Botanics Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm? How did you find it? What's your favourite type of cleanser?


  1. i would love to try these <3
    i wish we had boots in India :(

  2. would u like to exchange blog buttons?

    1. Oh I'd love to! I'll pop yours up in a minute :) xo

  3. added urs <3

  4. That's such a bargain. Sometimes I worry that blogging has made me a bit of a skincare snob, and that maybe I'm spending more on it that I need to when I could find good products for half the price. It's hard to know what the truth is really, as results tend to be long-term rather than immediately noticeable...argh. Haha.
    Might have to give this one a go soon as I'm going to have to tighten my purse strings a bit when we move house at the end of the month, and frankly I'm tired of spending out so much on products - no sooner have I bought one thing than something else runs out, it's like a never-ending cycle!
    Hope you're well lovely.
    Mel xx


  5. This looks like a great product, I am one of those people who is really bad at investing in a great makeup remover, I always just use babywipes, but this definitely looks like something I need to invest in.



  6. Would LOVE to try this, seems like a great alternative to the Emma Hardy one : Fab review xx


  7. oooo I'd like to try this xo

  8. Ooh I didn't realise Botanics did one too xx


  9. Did not know that Botanics did one of these! :) I'm running out of my Liz Earle Cloth cleanser and looking for something cheaper, this sounds lovely! Will have to definitely jump in on the 3 for 2 offers!



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  11. I've seen this a few times & always wanted to give it a try :) love that it's paraben free and didnt irritate your skin ( I have sensitive skin too) so going to take the plunge & purchase!xx

  12. This sounds really lovely, I will be looking out for it in the future :)

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  13. Hey Jess,
    I just found your blog :)
    Glad to read some reviews on the Botanics..I am using a night cream at the moment and I bought it convinced to get a completely natural products ( without reading the ingredients properly) and I am not completely sure it is, although it is a very nice hydrating cream..
    I would like to try this product, sounds worth it.

    Ila x

  14. A really good review Jess... Will check out on my next trip to Boots.

  15. I really want to try this! x


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