Not for me. No better (& possibly worse) than all the other cream/oil cleansers, very expensive & smells like a hot water bottle!
I don't like the chemical content. Felt thick & sludgy applying to my face unlike Trilogy, Liz Earle or Akamuti, and did not give wow results it's famous for.
Will stick with Trilogy which has made a real difference. Whereas this is all hype & no substance. Thankfully I was given a trial sample & cloth when purchasing other items from Space NK - they will also give you a trial pack free of charge if you ask so don't buy the full size as it's a dear do!!
UPDATE 10th JUNE 2010: Fantastic alternative to this is Elemental Herbology Purify & Soothe cleansing balm also available from Space NK - it's a similar product but all natural, cheaper and very very effective.
I bought this product some years back and loved it, but thought it too expensive to continue with.
I was given a pot as a present recently and have to agree with some other reviewers that the formula appears to have changed. My skin did not like it this time around, becoming spotty and greasy after a few days.
First off, I really really don't like bashing products because I'm a firm believer in that what works for one person may not necessarily work for another - each person's skin reacts differently to products. BUT, I wish I had listened to my fellow MUA reviewers on this one. I live in NYC so I went to the Space NK store and asked them for suggestions on cleansers for combo acne-prone skin since the winter was throwing my skin off. Their first and only suggestion right off the bat: Eve Lom. Figures that the store has an interest in the brand because I found out that the Eve Lom line was acquired by Spake NK. The saleswomen also said that it would get worse and not to worry, something along in order to see results, everything inside had to "come out." Maybe this is when the light bulb was supposed to go off in my head. I carefully followed the step-by-step routine, and gave it a real 1 month shot. After the first few days of it making my skin soft, I started getting painful red cyst-like pimples, which I've never had before. They hurt so much that I felt my fact was on fire. It was horrible. It just went downhill after that, and finally when I called them to see if I could at least get store credit since it was $100 and only 10% of the jar was used, the store said no. Maybe this stuff works for people with better skin than mine, but I would trust the other reviews before buying this product. I went back to my AHA cleanser and this amazing stuff by Jason's Natural (see my review on it).
Ok, I tried this stuff back in 2006. Purchased from Barneys when I was living in NYC. My skin was looking great, very balanced etc (thanks to the MD Formulations Adult Anti-Acne kit) so I thought I was ready to simplify my beauty regime. This product and the philosophy behind it had me really excited. And, oh my god, it was the worst thing to happen to my skin! I'm talking cystic acne, irritation, concurrent dryness and oiliness, my skin just went crazy! I also don't think all the rubbing with the muslin cloth helped matters either, however strangely, I did have relative success with Liz Earle Hot Polish Cloth Cleanser later that year, in comparison.
I bought my first jar of this about 3 years ago, followed the routine religiously and had great results but couldn't afford to re purchase then. I bought my 2nd jar recently, followed the routine and have had nothing but aggravated skin from it. Either the formula or my skin has changed, I won't buy this again.
I think the effective parts of this cleansing routine are the massage, the friction from the cloth and the hot water so don't pay £48 for this gunk when you could do the same routine with any cheaper oil based cleanser and a flannel.
I was sure this was going to be a great cleanser as I have read so many reviews in magazines raving about it and when I went into spaceNK to talk to the SA about they said it would be prefect for my oily ance prone skin! I had just finish a tub of 'the organic pharmacy' carrot cleasner and though I had like it had read that eve lom was better for oliy skin so I thought why not give it a ago. Am sorry to say theres still two 2/3 of the tub left! I didnt like it much at all and like other people on here first couple of uses where great and then my skin looked dull and fell greasy after using it! Also I really don't like the tub its in unscrewing the pot is annoying and hard in the shower! If someone is looking for a good cleansing blam I would say try the carrot cleanser from theOP instead! This isn't all that good not for me anyways!
An oily cleanser which rinses off relatively clean, though I would always use a muslin cloth to ensure that I get every bit off. I only wear concealer and powder and use a separate make up remover for eye-make up, but the oiliness of the cleanser makes me think it would be pretty good at removing a full face of make-up.
However, I will not repurchase as I think it is overpriced for what it is (and am now trying to reduce the use of any petrochemicals in my skincare) and the whole muslin cloth thing is quite time-consuming.
hmmm i was on the fence about this one....
great texture and for me the medicinal smell made me believe it was good for my skin...but gosh,the effort of it all.im not sure most busy ladies can do all that facial massage malarky every evening.and is it just me or would any cleanser do a fantastic job with the hot muslin cloth routine?
its a nice product but i wont be buying it again.
Like many reviewers before me, I found the idea of this product more appealing than the reality. The muslin cloths are lovely, and the technique of massaging a rich, mineral-oil-based cleanser into the skin and then steaming and massaging it away is also very nice. I really felt that I was getting my skin clean without overdrying it, and the whole little ritual at the end of the day was very relaxing. But my skin is just too reactive to respond well to the essential oils, or something, in the formulation. I quickly got a number of bright-red blemishes, which detracted significantly from the appeal of my otherwise soft and healthy skin.
The good news is that I found a brilliant substitute (for me, anyhow) which gives me all the good results of Eve Lom cleanser but also calms my irritable, acne-prone skin: Ombra Melkfett cream with calendula. In texture it is like a softer, meltier Aquaphor, with the addition of soothing calendula and vitamin E. I believe in Germany it is often recommended for the treatment of eczema. If anything, using this with the Eve Lom method gets rid of even more of my dirt and makeup, and it smells outrageously good. From the first day I used it, the irritation and blemishes were noticeably reduced. I love it. What's more, I get 8.4 ounces for under $9, and a little goes a long way, as with Eve Lom. A dab the size of a large pea or my pinky nail is plenty.
This is a colossal waste of your hard earned money! The main ingredients are mineral oil and cocoa butter, both are inexpenive ingredients and can be found in many low cost formulations. Mineral oil will certainly remove makeup etc and coco butter is moisturizing. The good news stops here. This product contains 2 types of parabens and eucalyptus and clove oil, both well known skin irritants. Product also contains lanolin which is something that can be an allergin in those sensitive to wool. Given this set of ingredients and the recommended cleansing procedure, I can't imagine how any one escapes irritations! To use a rough muslin cloth with hot water with the irritating essential oils is hardly a recipe for taking care of your skin. If you want a washable cleansing cream try one of Ponds and save yourself a lot of money.