Best Budget Cleansers

It was probably around 4 years ago that I started taking my skincare regime seriously. At the time I moved from the Bodyshop products to the mother of skincare, Liz Earle. I would consider my skin as Normal, with the usual complaints of being a little dry in winter, and occasionally a bit shiny later in the day around the T-zone. I absolutely love Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish as I feel it cleans and nourishes my skin and really does live up to the hype. However with Nadine Baggott and other beauty gurus championing the budget cleanser I thought I’d road test a few with a view to switching up my usual routine.


The Bodyshop

Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter


First up and I’m back to the Bodyshop. I had used this cleanser before and loved it, so was looking forward to going back and trying it again. It’s a solid cleansing balm, and a little goes a long way. It is fantastic at removing make up due to the silky texture and even removed eye makeup well. It smells clean and fresh and I love the little tin packaging. I did find that it left my skin a little dry, but I felt that it became less dry as the month went on. Maybe not a great winter cleanser when you want more moisturising properties, but it’s a fantastic summer cleanser or as the first step in your double cleanse routine. 


Boots Botanics

Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm


I was really excited to try this one as it is heralded as a budget version of the Elemis Cleansing Balm or Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm at a fraction of the price. I’m not sure whether I didn’t like this product because it was a balm, or whether I just wasn’t too keen. The consistency is on the thick side, with little bobbles in it that break down when moisturised into the skin.  I also found that after I’d clothed it off there was a residue left on my skin, so it didn’t feel very clean and I ended up using another cleanser after. If you’re a balm fan it’s probably worth a try with so much on a fan base at a great price, but it definitely wasn’t a favourite for me.



Nourishing Hot Cloth Cleanser


I hadn’t really heard of the brand other than through Nadine, and was surprised to find out that its one of Boots own brands. The consistency of this cleanser is more of a cream, coming in a tube rather than in a pot. It’s supposed to be fragrance free, but I actually think it does have a slight fragrance which is light and fresh. I found that this cream was absorbed really easily when working it into the skin, so probably used more product that the other two, and it didn’t remove as heavy eye makeup as the Bodyshop butter. Other than that, it was incredible. Immediately after using, my skin looked brighter and felt refreshed and plump. It’s so unbelievably moisturising but also leaves your skin feeling clean and ready for the next step in your regime. There’s no doubt that I will be buying this cleanser again!


The Verdict

The standout winner for me was definitely YourGoodSkin, living up to its name as a nourishing cleanser, and will definitely be part of my routine from now on. I also think it’s a good competitor for the Liz Earle hot cloth cleanser and while it’s not that much cheaper (Liz Earle £14 for 150ml), Boots often do 25% off their skincare making it nearly half the price of the Liz Earle at £7.12! A fantastic budget cleanser and I’m looking forward to trying some more products in the range and seeing if they’re as good.


What’s your favourite cleanser? Have you tried any good dupes for the luxury brands?


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