New beauty products launch thick and fast on a daily basis, so when one gets labelled iconic you know there’s a lot of love for it from beauty insiders, celebrities and consumers alike.
The is up there amongst these elite, constantly being raved about and with trophies to show for it – having won a massive 125 awards.
It’s therefore no surprise one now sells every 15 seconds around the globe. So, when the beauty news hit that a body version of the cult cleanser was going to hit the shelves, and that it’s been five years in the making, us beauty editors got very excited. Should it be at the top of your Christmas wish-list? I found out…
At first glimpse the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Body Gentle Mitt Cleanser, £19, (available exclusively to Boots now and John Lewis and lizearle.com from 25 October) does remind you of the original face product. It has a similar luxuriously rich, creamy texture, with the invigorating scent of eucalyptus.
And it’s also a two-part product. While the original cult cleanser comes with a pure cotton cloth to gently exfoliate and remove the product, this comes with an exfoliation mitt.
But the formula itself obviously differs. It’s packed with pure plant oils, such as sunflower seed, apricot kernel and rice bran – all ingredients that lock in moisture and promote softer skin.
There’s a lot of promise with this product. They say it provides 48-hour moisturisation, softening and smoothing the body leaving it super supple.
This is all something my skin is craving, as the change in season plays havoc with it. I’m shedding dead skin like a snake at the moment, especially on my legs – my skin is rough, dry and itchy. All thanks to the colder temperatures, central heating (yes, it’s on!), and the hot showers I take. So, I certainly gave the product a challenge, but did it deliver?
I have to say it has transformed my skin! It’s a real treat to use, simply apply and massage using the mitt. I made sure to pay attention to the driest areas like the back of my arms, elbows, knees and shins.
After one use my skin looks beautifully smooth and feels super soft to the touch, and that’s without using moisturiser on top. What’s more, I’m not a morning person but the eucalyptus pure essential oil really comes through in the shower making it a great mood-lifter to get you ready for the day ahead.
Is it better than a conventional body scrub used with an exfoliation mitt? If your skin is really dry like mine, then YES, it’s worth every penny – simply because it’s packed with moisture-boosting oils that really pack a punch.
If your skin is in better condition, and you’re looking for a more purse-friendly option, you can stick to one of my favourite budget scrubs (below). They lift away dead skin cells too, so your moisturiser can really penetrate the skin. As for me, I’m sticking to my new favourite product.