My mother always drilled me on the importance of a skincare regime from a young age. Sleeping in my makeup on was one of the biggest crimes I could commit as a teenager; almost worse than smoking round the back of the woodshed (although also not generally known to generate a glowing complexion).
She always bought me interesting products, not always from the big brands, but things she’d tried and liked. She was a huge fan of Eve Lom’s hot cloth cleanser (above) for a while and got me hooked on it too. I could eeek out a tub for years, especially when I was a student.
She went on to discover a great Eve Lom substitute cleanser, costing a fraction of the amount but with all the same benefits.
I forgot all about the pot she bought me – the glass jar I found at the back of my cupboard has gone through about five house moves – but re-discovered it a few days ago in desperation after I polished off my very last Olay daily cleansing cloth (which I can’t buy here).
The brand name is appallingly awful, which appears on the decidedly grubby looking lid below (don’t forget this relic is about ten years old)
It’s the word ‘ladycare’ that I can’t stand; it makes it sounds like it’s for somewhere very much south of your face. Anyway, the tub calls itself Organic Cleansing Cream which is an improvement.
Even after all that time out of site, out of mind, it smelled delicious but…much more interestingly…my skin changed. Within about three days of using it.
It’s a hot cloth cleansing system that works very much like old Eve’s and is based on the principle of perfectly cleansed skin + gentle daily exfoliation (provided by the cloths you use to remove it).
My skin looked healthy again; it had a sort of glow to it that I’d assumed I’d lost forever to the aging process, which seems to have really kicked in in earnest this year.
Yup, I’m hooked and having finally polished off my vintage tub of the stuff, am thrilled to say that it’s still being made. Probably because Spiezia have very sensibly dropped the ‘ladycare’ part of their brand name. This is their website and my 100ml pot of unctuous wonderment arrived yesterday. Postage to Singapore was more than reasonable at just £6 ($12).
Eve Lom image courtesy of Eve Lom