A good skincare regime is something that we Geeks take very seriously, so it won’t come as a surprise to you that we’re always on the lookout for the best products to help wipe away the day or get us ready for a new one. With the beauty world inundated with cleansers it can be hard to distinguish between the good, the bad and the ugly. Luckily that’s where we come in…

The Claims

Described by Vogue as ‘probably the best cleanser in the world’, this multi-award winning, multi-purpose cleanser claims to deep cleanse the skin without drying it out, removing all traces of dirt and make-up even the infamously hard to remove waterproof make-up! The cleansing and gentle exfoliating action is said to decongest the skin of dirt and dead skin cells while toning and improving circulation for a perfect complexion. It aims to help the skin cells regenerate quickly and preps the skin ready for all our other beauty lotions and potions to work their magic. Here’s hoping the science can back up these bold claims…

The Science behind the Bottle

Clove Leaf Oil

Eve Lom pride themselves on producing products with a signature blend of aromatic plant oils and this cleanser is no different. The first up for scrutiny is Eugenia Caryophyllus leaf oil, better known as clove leaf oil, which seems can be used to spice up our skincare, not just our cooking! Clove leaf oil has been shown to provide a triple threat, bringing anti-oxidant, anti-microbial and analgesic power to the table. Antioxidants are able to mop up the destructive molecules that would otherwise be capable of accelerating the ageing process of our skin, while antimicrobials can fight any bacteria on our skin that could contribute to those unwanted blemishes! It seems Eve Lom have done their homework as clove leaf oil is a welcome addition to any cleanser.

Eucalyptus Oil

Next up is Eucalyptus Globulus leaf oil (Eucalyptus oil), which is both a potent antioxidant and an effective antimicrobial making it an ideal addition to a skin cleanser, and the perfect partner for clove leaf oil.

Eucalyptus oil has also been shown to be effective in helping acne. It is what’s known as sebostatic, so it can regulate sebum production and by doing so, hopefully minimise the chance of an acne outbreak! On top of this Eucalyputus oil can reduce water loss from the skin by forming a protective barrier and helping trap water to keep our skin feel hydrating after cleansing and give us that sought after radiant complexion.

Hops Oil

Another powerful antioxidant comes in the form of Humulus Lupulus extract (Hops oil) which will work alongside the many other antioxidants present in the formula to protect our skin from unwanted premature skin ageing. Studies have shown that xanthohumol and lupulones present in this extract have anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties so could give this product spot-preventing power.

And to make it a trio of benefits, Hops extract is an effective astringent so can help to remove excess oil and tighten the skin leaving it feeling extra clean.

Cocoa Butter

Cocoa butter is a natural fat derived from cocoa beans and has no doubt been added to Eve Lom’s cleanser for its moisturising properties. As an emollient, cocoa butter can help strengthen the skins barrier function to reduce the amount of water our skin loses (transepidermal water loss, for the geeks out there), helping our skin to look and feel healthy and hydrated.

Mineral Oil

Mineral oil is a large molecule made up of long hydrocarbon chains so it sits in the top epidermal layers of our skin where it prevents trans-epidermal water loss across the skin, keeping it hydrated and making it appear smoother.

The Verdict

After this long list of science savvy ingredients we can see how the Eve Lom has earned its reputation. This astringent, anti-oxidant, anti-microbial cream covers all bases to leave your skin clean and protected and the emollients on this list certainly pack a hydrating punch so won’t dry your skin out after cleansing! Although we are impressed with this cleansing, protecting, moisturising and full on skin-loving formula, Eve Lom did claim this cleanser can help our skin cells regenerate quickly and prep us for the next step in our beauty regimes but there was little evidence it would be able to fulfil this promise.

At £55 for 100ml, it would be more of a payday splurge than a staple in our makeup bags and with several of the star ingredients featuring in Liz Earle’s Hot Cloth Cleanser, we’re not so sure we’d want to splash out the extra £40 for the luxury of Eve Lom.

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Paraffinum liquidum (mineral oil), peg-30 lanolin, cetearyl alcohol, bis-diglyceryl polyacyladipate-2, aluminum stearate, theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter, peg-75 lanolin, phenoxyethanol, eugenia caryophyllus (clove) leaf oil, humulus lupulus (hops) oil, chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower oil, eucalyptus globulus leaf oil, bht.