My Favorite Facial Cleansers : Dermatologica and Eve lom

Skincare State of the Nation: How I Cleanse and My Favorite Facial Cleansers :  Dermalogica PreCleanse,  Eve Lom Cleanser ,Eve Lom Morning Time Cleanser.

Cleansing! Arguably the most important part of my routine is clearing off the layers of makeup that I pile on every morning. Woman Logic, right? Pile on expensive products, then use other expensive products to take it off. Rinse, repeat.

I’m sounding like my long-suffering boyfriend who doesn’t understand my obsession with fancy skincare… But bear with me, I’m going to convert you all to the method in my madness.

As I said the other day, my process is to oil cleanse with Dermalogica PreCleanse, then use my Eve Lom Cleanser. In the mornings I use Eve Lom Morning Time Cleanser. Today I’m going to tell you about all three products and why you need them in your life.

Rinse, repeat. ;)


The product pictured above is the Eve Lom Cleanser. On the left is the larger, 200ml size, and on the right is the smaller 100ml. I’ve talked about this cleanser twice before – you can see my review here – and I loved it so much I went out and bought the massive size when I ran out.

I know it’s full of mineral oil which if you’re a purist is a “bad”, “cheap” ingredient but the reality is that this cleanser works and I don’t get a reaction from it. It gives me the deepest clean I’ve ever had with any cleanser. I use it to test other cleansers. If I use another cleanser and follow it with the Eve Lom, I can tell how much makeup wasn’t removed by the residue that is left on the muslin cloth. Often it’s a lot – you’d be surprised.

There are facial exercises included in the pack that you can use if you have problem skin which I sometimes do but I’ve lost mine and have forgotten. It’s a nice optional extra though.

If you want to see how I use it, it’s worth checking out my original post. The only thing I can really add to it is that it lasts. My 100ml lasted me almost exactly 12 months so I’m expecting the 200ml to last twice as long. So far it’s right on track.

Australia: $68.00 – $186.00 from Mecca Cosmetica
UK & Internationally: £30.00 – £80.00 from the Eve Lom website.

Next: Dermalogica PreCleanse


I like a deep cleanse – that much is clear – and I’ve been converted to the idea of doing the double cleanse.

I love PreCleanse for two reasons. The first is that it’s a light cleanse but it gets rid of the layers of makeup and moisturisers that I pile on every day – so it works. The second thing I love is that it’s a FITE product which means that sales of this product help fund a female entrepreneur in a developing country. ( to find out more)

Here’s a bit about the ingredients: It contains olive oil to smooth and soften skin, apricot kernel oil to soothe irritation, nourish and moisturise the skin and borage seed oil, which is widely used for treating inflammation, eczema, dehydration and scaliness. It also contains vitamin E oil, a rich antioxidant that helps minimise lipid peroxidation in the skin and improves skin smoothness and softness.

Australia: RRP $65.50
Internationally: I don’t know. Google hates me.

Next: Eve Lom Morning Time Cleanser


I bought the Eve Lom Morning Time Cleanser because in between using my Eve Lom Cleanser at night, I use serums and moisturisers. I didn’t want to wake up the next morning and not cleanse my skin. I tired a few foaming facial washes that didn’t work or made me break out instantly and horribly, so I bit the bullet and bought the Eve Lom Morning Time Cleanser.

It’s a similar consistency to the original Eve Lom Cleanser in that the Morning Time Cleanser it’s a balm and a greeny-yellowy one. It’s also quite a lot softer and oilier. It comes out by twisting the lid, squeezing the tube and then twisting the lid closed.

Don’t do what I did, not read the directions and try to use this in the shower. Bad! Eve Lom’s Morning Time Cleanser goes on like a mask – I wrap my hair up, apply it on dry skin, leave it for 2-3 minutes (sometimes 5 if you get distracted) and rinse off in the shower. It really complements the clean I get from the original Eve Lom Cleanser. My skin is also really soft and clean afterwards.

If you already own the Eve Lom Cleanser then you’ll love Eve Lom Morning Time Cleanser, but if you don’t, then I wouldn’t bother.

It works for me though and I’ll definitely repurchase it.

Australia: $85 from Mecca Cosmetica
UK & Internationally: £38.00 via the Eve Lom website

Full Disclosure: The Eve Lom products mentioned in this post were purchased by me. I received Dermalogica PreCleanser for review.

(By the way, I wrote this post while watching an episode of the Gruen Transfer – they were taking about skincare advertising. I guess that’s why blogging works versus tv or magazine advertising – these are my real opinions, and these are products that made and continue to make a noticeable difference in my skin. I don’t have amazing lighting and I don’t get paid to voice my views. What I love and use actually works for me.)

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