Tried & Tested: REN Rosa Centifolia Hot Cloth Cleanser & Organic Surge Anti Aging Brightening Hot Cloth Cleanser review

Friday, 11 April 2014

Think of Hot Cloth Cleansers, and usually only one brand will come to mind - Liz Earle.  I've been a long time fan of Liz Earle's cult Cleanse & Polish for years, but after testing out these two different ones, has my mind been changed?

For those unfamiliar with Hot Cloth Cleansers, they are basically a cream cleanser that you apply to dry skin and remove with a warm/hot cloth or flannel.  The majority on the market also double up as makeup removers, so they're a great option for the first step in a double cleanse routine for the evening.  There are lots of Hot Cloth Cleansers out there to choose from, so I've road tested two from REN and Organic Surge to see how they compare with my beloved Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish.       
Organic Surge Anti Aging Brightening Hot Cloth Cleanser* (150ml, £12.50, link)
This is the first product to be released from Organic Surge's up and coming new Anti Aging range and features a more sleek and high end look.  Their Hot Cloth Cleanser features a special brightening formula that also rejuvenates, conditions and protects, whilst still being suitable for sensitive skin.  It has lots of skin loving ingredients such as Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, Orange Peel Oil, Damask Rose Oil, Star Anise Oil and Rose Geranium Essential Oil to name a few, so I was eager to give it a go.  The packaging features an easy pump application and I found that 1-2 pumps per use was sufficient enough depending on how much makeup and sunscreen I was wearing that day.  This cleanser feels really luxurious to use as it's got a lovely thick and buttery texture with a pleasant light floral scent.  I massaged it into dry skin and it removed all of my makeup (including waterproof mascara) instantly.  Afterwards, my combination skin felt smooth, clean and comfortable - the oily parts didn't feel tight nor stripped, and the drier parts felt nourished and hydrated.

REN Rosa Centifolia Hot Cloth Cleanser* (150ml with a complimentary cloth, £16, link)
I often use REN's Rosa Centifolia 3 in 1 Cleansing Water in my skincare routine, so when I saw that they had a Hot Cloth Cleanser from the same line, I knew I had to try it.  This cleanser features ingredients such as Rose Water, Cocoa Seed Butter, Beeswax and Rosa Centifolia Flower Extract to deeply cleanse, decongest, smoothe and purify and is suitable for all skin types.  It features the standard pump packaging that I've come to love with these cleansers (no fiddly squeezy tubes or pots to deal with here), and again I applied 1-2 pumps per use.  The texture is incredibly similar to the Organic Surge one - lovely thick and buttery with a gorgeous subtle floral scent.  It removed my makeup like magic (including waterproof mascara), and I noticed that my skin felt silky soft and was thoroughly clean afterwards.

How do they compare to Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish?
The biggest main differences between these two and C&P are the scent and ingredients used.  Whilst the ingredients are all quite similar, there are some differences between them, so it's a case of going with what ingredients you already know work for your skin or doing a bit of trial and error experimentation.  For example, some people have breakout issues caused by Shea Butter, so try the REN instead etc.  Scent can also be a big dealbreaker - C&P has a very strong menthol scent, whereas these two both have a much more lighter floral scent.  Price wise, C&P retails for £13.25 for 100ml, so Organic Surge comes out the cheapest.

Which do I prefer?
To be perfectly honest, I like them all!  I love the cooling menthol scent of C&P so I think I'll always have it in my skincare routine, and it'll be great to rotate it with one of these to get the best of both worlds.  If I had to be super fussy and choose between the REN or Organic Surge, I may pick the REN simply because it made my skin feel a fraction more soft than the OS, but really, they both work well and do pretty much the same thing.

Do you use a Hot Cloth Cleanser?  
What's your favourite?

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26 comments

  1. I need to try more hot cloth cleansers you're making me want to try all three haha!


    Sarah | More Than Adored

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  2. I've always stuck by my trusty No7 Hot cloth cleanser, but the REN one sounds so lovely! Definitely on my to try list.

    Catherine, xo | LLV Blog

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    1. Haven't tried the No7 yet! Must give it a go next time I have a voucher for them x

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  3. I've tried both of these and loved them x

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  4. Great review! The Ren and the C&P are 2 cleansers I would really like to experiment....:-)x

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  5. I love the Evercalm REN cleanser but have yet to try this new hot cloth version, I love cream cleansers and the Organic Surge is a bit of a bargain so it looks well worth trying! Xx

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  6. I really like the Superdrug hot cloth cleansers but I have also recently started using the body shop camomile cleansing butter which is amazing for make up removal!

    Danniella x
    www.famousinjapan.co.uk

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  7. I've always tried cheaper alternative to C&P but it's about time I give it a go! Looking forward to seeing more of OS launches. Lucy at Lucyy Writes xx

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    1. It's worth trying out at least once, haven't found anything that's an exact dupe for it yet! x

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  8. I haven’t tried either of these - the Ren cleanser looks particularly good x

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  9. I use Cleanse & Polish but I have to admit that these two cleansers sound lovely too! xx

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  10. I use C&P and have gone back to it for years, really want to try some new hot cloth cleansers though, my skin just feels like it needs something new to give it a really good deep cleanse. The REN cleanser is tempting me the most so far.

    Sharon x

    http://stargazyeyes.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. The REN one is amazing, I love it :) x

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  11. I really want to try the hot cloth cleanser, sounds amazing! x

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  12. Oooh! I had never heard of hot cloth cleansers before. These actually sound so wonderful. Great review!

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    1. Thanks for reading Amber! Give one a go :)

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  13. I used to be a bit Liz Earle C&P fan but when I found out that Liz Earle is now owned by Avon, I've stopped buying them as Avon were in a bit of a scandel regarding animal testing.

    Since then my search for a hot cloth cleanser has taken me from nspa, soap & glory and currently REN. Out of those 3, REN is by far my favourite and I was very underwhelmed by S&G.
    I've seen many others that I'd like to try but they have all been rather pricey so I think I'm going to go try Organic Surge next to see for myself how that compares to REN.

    Helen
    teainthetub.blogspot.com

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    1. I think you'll like the Organic Surge one if you like the REN, they are very similar!

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