Saturday, 11 September 2010

My Staple Diet - Cleansers

I am often asked what products I use.  To be honest I change my skincare more often than I change handbags. But I do have a few fallback staples that I always rely on which I will allude to below. First up is Cleansers - something for everyone!

Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm (I use P.M.)
No surprises here - it's my 1st choice for a fallback option and although I love trying others, if I run out of this I get panic palpitations. There is nothing about this cleanser that disappoints me. And I'm not alone - this little gem is winning awards left, right and centre. More on EH here.

Amanda Lacey Cleansing Pomade (P.M.)
OK here's the thing: I love this cleanser. A lot. It is beyond beautiful. I first used it about 10 years ago. But it is £55.00. Yes. £55.00. If you can afford it - power to you - it IS lovely. Check it out here.

Clarins Extra-Comfort Cleansing Cream (A.M./P.M.)
I know I am a little obsessed with oily/balm cleansers but I do love this milk cleanser. I don't have a hugely sensitive skin but I always tend to lean towards sensitive cleansers and toners when buying - they usually do the job with less nasties and are less harsh. Interestingly with this particular one, I love that it comes in a big fat pot that I can scoop my fingers into and smear all over my face. Not elegant, but sometimes necessary to just release that 'aaahhhhhh' feeling. Lush. Check it out.

Lancome Galatee Confort (A.M./P.M.)
Ah Lancome. This one is here by demand of Mama Mouth. She has used it for Y.E.A.R.S. I mean really. I do not even BOTHER trying to get her to use anything else. And the reason it is here is because when I am going home (anywhere where Mum is) I don't take a cleanser. I use hers. It takes EVERYTHING off. No need for separate eye remover. And its available here.

OK so my final pick is a tribute to my beautiful Nana (pictured above).  I feel incredibly lucky that my earliest memories are of watching my Nana do her evening skincare routine. Whether she was staying with us or I was at her house, without fail, she would pull this out of her bag, get her cotton wool, and set to work. This amazing woman is now 84 and still has people saying: 'My God - Nana Mouth (not her real name) - your skin looks A.MAZING.'
Ladies and (limited) Gentlemen, I give you:
Almond Oil. *The Mouth Recommends - Staple


Almond Oil.

A few words of warning: We use to remove eye makeup only and use sparingly - puffy eyes and you're using too much.
So. If you want a cheap, natural alternative to those extortionate eye makeup removers, pop down to your local chemists - they may have it behind the counter - ASK - and save yourself ££££'s. Personally I love a bit of Neal's Yard but you can buy it cheaper if you want to.


  1. I can go to bed happy. Thankyou for posting this, agree about the LE, unfortunately it does not suit my skin if I use regularly but for a quick cleanser every now and again you can't beat it - I can put this stuff in my eye with no reaction. And Cetaphil, how many ways do I love thee. Thanks C, I will treasure this. Jan x

  2. Emma Hardie rocks. Love this stuff.

  3. Brilliant recommendations! I'm very tempted by the Emma Hardie.

    P.S. Thanks for the link :) I linked you yonks ago - love your blog - straight to the point good advice.

  4. I've been using Jojoba oil to remove my eye make-up, but I'm not a fan of the smell. I guess I'll try almond next :) Thanks for sharing! xxx

  5. Hi! Long time you wrote this but I've heard a lot of god stuff about cetaphil and really want to try it out. But which cleanser is the one you recommend? Is it the Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser or the Cetaphil For Normal to Oily Skin Daily Facial Cleanser? Thanks a lot!

  6. Hey I have the same question as above. I'm going to NY next week and want to buy Cetaphil, but which ones is it? Is it the Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser or the Cetaphil For Normal to Oily Skin Daily Facial Cleanser? Cheers!


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