Saturday, 1 January 2011

Battle of the Cleansers: Liz Earle VS Trilogy

You got here just in time!!! Meet today's contenders.....first up is......
Trilogy Cleansing Cream with Rosehip oil
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Available from feelunique for £17.92 (free worldwide delivery), and also from Lovelula for £22 (+ p&p).

2010's Green Beauty Bible winner, this cleanser is all natural and contains half a bottle of Trilogy's famed rosehip oil. It's also full of almond oil, evening primrose oil, aloe vera, carrot oil, orange oil, rose geranium oil, frankincense oil, lavender oil, chamomile oil, grapefruit extract and vitamin E, making this cleanser an antioxidant rich, moisturising treat for the skin.

All you need to do is apply, massaging into the face and neck, and then rinse off with warm water.

But be warned, the instructions do say that this cleanser is only suitable for normal-dry skin.

Ingredients: Aqua (water), glycerin (vegetable), rosa canina (rosehip oil), oenothera blennis (evening primrose oil), buxus chinensis (jojoba oil), prunus dulcis (almond oil), aloe barbadensis (aloe vera), wheat straw glycosides, cetearyl alcohol, daucus carota sativa (carrot oil), aurantium dulcis (orange flower oil), pelargonium roseum (rose geranium oil), boswelia carterlii (frankinscence oil), lavandula angustifolia (lavender oil), chamomile rectita flower oil, citurs grandis (grapefruit seed extract), tocopherol (vitamin e), phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexyglycerin, citral*, citraniol*, citronellol*, limonene*, linalool*
*components of natural essential oils

And in the Green Corner is.......Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish, hot cloth cleanser!!!!

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 Available from Liz Earle with prices starting from £5.00 (+p&p)

It's lean, it's green and it makes your skin oh so smooooooooooth.
Ok, ok, you don't really need an introduction to this one. It's won so many awards and is adored by many natural beauties, liklihood is that you've tried it, but until we were researching sun lotions we had never heard of Liz Earle (Sorry!). Yes, we know. How could we?? Truth is, we don't really know ourselves.

It's a two stage cleanser, first off you massage 1-2 pumps of cream onto dry skin and then you rinse the muslin cloth in hand-hot water, wring out before polishing off the cream to gently buff away dead skin cells and give you a glow. You then splash some cool water over your face and moisturise.

This cleanser comprises of beeswax, cocoa butter, eucalyptus oil, chamomile oil, rosemary oil, hops extract and Vitamin B5. This combo makes for a cleanser that stimulates cell renewal and is moisturising, soothing, astringent and toning.

It's suitable for all skin types and if you have oily or acne prone skin this cleanser comes highly recommended.

Liz Earle products never use synthetically derived Vitamin E, animal ingredients, mineral oils, genetically engineered/modified ingredients and only use preservatives when there is no other option. In that instance they use low concentrations of high grade broad-spectrum preservatives. Their ethnobotanist supports sustainable products and local community growers, they strive to use as much organic produce as possible and they actively work on reducing their environmental impact.

Ingredients: Aqua (water), Caprylic/capric triglyceride, Theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter, Cetearyl alcohol, Cetyl esters, Sorbitan stearate, Polysorbate 60, Vegetable glycerin, Cera alba (beeswax), Propylene glycol, Humulus lupulus (hops) extract, Panthenol, Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) extract, Anthemis nobilis (chamomile) extract, Eucalyptus globulus (eucalyptus) oil, Limonene, Citric acid, Sodium hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Benzoic acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Dehydroacetic acid, Polyaminopropyl biguanide.

The Review
The Trilogy cleanser offers a rich cream that leaves the skin soft and smooth. But you do need a lot more than the packaging suggests. We also had a bit of trouble with the pump, in the end we had to unscrew the top just to get some of the cream out...and it didn't rinse make-up off. Instead, we had to apply a few times and use cotton wool to help remove it.

We usually love Trilogy products but this disappointed, instead of using it as a make-up remover we use it as a general cleanser before bed. Which does give us a gorgeous glow

Liz Earle on the other hand is the quickest - and easiest - cleanser that we've ever used! It goes on smooth, you only need a small amount and it removes all traces of stubborn make-up. That being said, it's not as natural as Trilogy, and does contain sodium hydroxide. But because of Liz Earle philosophy, it is our overall winner as an all-purpose facial cleanser.

Trilogy: 4/5
Liz Earlie: 5/5

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