Review: Boots No. 7 | Hot Cloth Cleanser

Following the massive hot cloth cleanser craze from the UK, I’ve spent a good couple of months hunting down some options available here in Canada with unsatisfying results. At that time most of the popular options were either country specific or had a ridiculous international shipping fee attached. But following the lead of a blog post I read one day, I frantically ran to Shoppers Drug Mart and picked up the Boots. No.7 Hot Cloth Cleanser.

Brand: BOOTS No. 7
Product: Beautiful Skin Hot Cloth Cleanser
Size: 200ml
Price: $10-12 CAD
Details: All skin types, hypo-allergenic.
Availability: Shoppers Drug Mart (Canada), ULTA (USA)
Would I repurchase: Undecided.

From the countless number of blogger raves about hot cloth cleansers, I had high expectations of it’s magically skin perfecting properties. Maybe it’s the weather or just a trend but it seems these creamy buff off cleansers are far more popular than the foaming options we’re so used to over here.

Straight out of the bottle, the No. 7 cleanser has a very thick emollient consistency similar to that of a cold cream, contains a smattering of cocoa seed butter but has a rather prominent sweet fragrance. Expecting more of a lightweight lotion or cream, this really surprised me with how dense and lush the texture is, in fact after continuously massaging this onto my skin it remained that way and never thinned out or dried up at all.

Packaged in quite a substantial plastic pump bottle dispenser, it contains 200ml of product and comes with it’s own muslin cloth. For those new to hot cloth cleansers the premises sounded simple enough, apply to dry skin with dry hands, massage thoroughly, compress with a damp hot cloth then buff away and rinse.

While I usually prefer to use this on bare skin days, it does work equally well with a face full of makeup (eye products excluded as I use a separate makeup remover for that). In my demo photo, I have blush, lipstick and foundation which all easily emulsified and buffed away with the hot cloth cleanser after a minute or so of massage. On the face, it takes about four pumps of product to get the job done thoroughly.

The finished result leaves me with velvety soft skin and no greasy residue at all. If I am using this to remove face makeup, I do follow up with double cleanse using a foaming cleanser. Altogether, I feel the whole procedure of the massaging, the hot cloth and the buffing is something that takes some practice to get familiar with. It’s a nice luxurious treat on a winter’s night when you’re looking for something pampering but it’s certainly not a routine I’ve adopted for everyday. Quite frankly, I’m not sure I’m completely sold on the hot cloth method or that it does anything spectacular for my skin compared to using other cream or cold cream cleansing products.

A rich and enveloping cream product, the Boots No.7 Hot Cloth Cleanser is gentle and effective for both bare skin days and makeup days. While this won’t leave you with the satisfying refreshing feeling of a foaming cleanser, it does leave you with soft velvety skin and would be an especially good option for drier skin types. If you’re new to hot cloth cleansers, this inexpensive option is worth picking up to see if the general feel and method is suitable for you.


Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetyl Alcohol, Myristyl Myristate, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Glycerin, Tribehenin, Butylene Glycol, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Phenoxyethanol, Panthenol, Methylparaben, Fragrance, Dipropylene Glycol, Ethylparaben, Acrylates/C10 30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Potassium Hydroxide.

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