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
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.
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.
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.