When I was younger anything went, and worked very well, in my 20s I used Clinique, then about 12 years ago moved to Liz Earle – drawn in by the free samples dished out at Cowes Week one year.
It was love at first dab and sniff (I am very sensitive to smell and all the products smell divine to me) – and I was a devoted mail order customer, and was ecstatic when the brand became available firstly in the Duke of York’s Square shop and then John Lewis. In my mid 30’s rosacea reared its head, and my skin that previously glowed and was nonreactive to all products quickly became temperamental, flaky and glowed red at the slightest provocation – the Liz Earle Superskin moisturizer is the only non prescribed product I have found that will reliably calm it down.
I use Cleanse and Polish twice a day for most days of the year, and have a huge stack of muslin cloths gathered over the years. Because of the sensitivity I’ve avoided the seasonal limited Cleanse & Polish, but Ed bought me both for my birthday – the Sweet Orange & Mint (50ml/ £9.75) and the Pink Pepper & Mint (150ml / £20.75), both come with a cloth packaged in pretty cardboard tubes, which I wish that I had a use for as they are too pretty to not to keep.
The Sweet Orange & Mint is the winner, delightfully fragranced, delicate, but definite and beautifully girly and feminine, the pretty illustrations on the bottle appeal too. The Pink Pepper & Mint is far more delicate, and definitely more masculine, but I am still enjoying it and it is one for after the gym, or to help you wake up after a late night(I popped a blob on the back of my hand just now to remind myself of the fragrance, and the skin underneath is noticeably smoother and plumper having just absorbed it for a few minutes).
I am dropping hints for another bottle, or two, of the Sweet Orange & Mint in my Christmas stocking, and am quietly hoping that it might join the range permanently.
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