But, don't get my wrong, I'm certainly not shunning this 'land of opportunity.' And especially as of late because the beauty connections have been put to sterling practice because, ladies and gents, Liz Earle has arrived across the pond in the US.
Being the tester I am, I started my Earle venture with the classic: Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser. The philosophy with this potion is to 'cleanse' by rubbing the creamy cleanser into the skin, then 'polish' with the adjoining muslin cloth.
I've been a fan of muslins for a while, but I'm just now realizing that they're such a faff--some too big and hang in your (nasty) sink, others too small and only cover your eye. So I guess I'm not the best tester when it comes to the Liz Earle cleansing philosophy.
Nevertheless, I've been using this cleanser for my morning cleanse and nightly makeup removal step. The blend of beeswax, eucalyptus oil, glycerin, vitamin B5, cocoa butter, rosemary extract, and chamomile boast an honorable conscience, but the formula isn't completely clean for die-hard naturalists.
As I judge this potion based on it's performance, it takes off makeup nicely (only leaving a slight tell-tale black smudge of waterproof mascara in the morning) and cleanses the skin leaving no film, residue, nor oily or stripped sensation.
I have to disagree with the experts here, though, because Cleanse and Polish is the only cleanser that Earle's line contains, making it 'suitable for all skin types.' And the reason I beg to differ is because my skin hasn't gotten along with this cleanser very well. It's caused a few stubborn whiteheads and pesky under-the-skin bumps along my jawline.
At first, I put down the gradual disagreement to another product, but after switching this cleanser's job to Cetaphil (probably even worse for my skin...) the little lumps have gradually dissipated.
So, I think Liz Earle has a mighty solid cleanser here, but, I must admit, my skin isn't quite the fan. I'll go back to my American ways.