Today posts is a review two of the soap and glory cleansers – Peaches and Clean (cleansing milk) and Drama Clean (micellar water). I am a HUGE soap and glory fan so I don’t know how I didn’t know about these cleansers but I got them in my stocking at Christmas (thanks, mama) and I’ve been using them for the last six weeks or so.
Peaches and Clean
I was quite nervous to start using this cleanser because it had the unfortunate luck of replacing the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish in my routine after that ran out. The Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish totally changed my skin, it completely cleared it up and I was scared that any other cleanser might send it back to where it started. However, I’ve been quite impressed by this cleanser.
The name is a little misleading, this is definitely more of a cream cleanser and less of a milk. I use this in the exact same way as I use the cleanse and polish. I massage a couple of pumps into my face and neck and then take it off with a hot muslin cloth. That’s not what the instructions say to do, but I found that hot cloth cleansing did great things for my skin and I didn’t want to give it up. I then follow it with my usual moisturiser and eye cream (read about those here).
There are some great things about this cleanser. Firstly, I would say that this cleanser makes my skin feel a similar way to the cleanse and polish. Not a squeaky clean like I find with a micellar water, more of an enriched clean and my skin feels super soft after using it. However, I would say that the texture and feel of this cleanser is a lot less luxurious. Secondly, this cleanser hasn’t really broken my skin out, which I’m so happy and relieved about. Thirdly, it removes makeup really well (however, I rarely use it as a makeup remover). On makeup days I use this as the second step of my two-part cleanse but if you have something more luxurious, this could definitely be used as a first step too.
On the negative side, I don’t look forward/feel motivated to wash my face with this cleanser. With the cleanse and polish I looked forward to washing my face twice a day, but with this, I can take it or leave it (which is not good for my skin). I think this is related to my next point: I cannot stand the smell of this cleanser. It has a fake, sucrose, peach scent to it and I think it smells super cheap and sickly. I feel like if you like peach scents then maybe this would be great but I just got way too accustomed to the luxurious spa-like scent of the cleanse and polish.
Overall, I would say this is a pretty good cleanser. It’s very gentle on the skin and leaves your skin feeling really clean but not stripped. Although it doesn’t compare to the cleanse and polish for me, it is half the price. If you’re looking for a cheaper cleanser and you don’t mind sucrose, peach scents, I would recommend you try this one.
I have mixed feelings about this cleanser. I am a huge Micellar Water fan (the Garnier one is my favourite) but this one is a little bit different to the typical ones and I can’t make my mind up whether that’s a good thing or not.
I use this on the days that I wear makeup as the first step in my two-step cleanse (I follow it with the peaches and clean cleanser, above). I just put it on a cotton wool pad and wipe it over my face. It normally takes about four cotton wool pads to take all of my makeup off but I wear a lot of makeup and four is a pretty standard amount for most micellar waters I’ve tried.
Things I love about this Cleanser: It takes off makeup really well and it feels pretty luxurious on the skin for a micellar water. It’s also really cool and soothing on the skin which is so satisfying. But my favourite thing is that it smells AMAZING (unlike peaches and clean). It has a really strong cucumber scent and smells like cucumber water but cucumber water is one of my favourite things to drink. I used to get a cocktail from this bar in Montreal which was gin and cucumber water based (they no longer have it on their menu) and every time I use this cleanser it reminds me of that drink.
Things I don’t love as much: This claims to be a 5-in-1 cleanser () however, all I can confirm is that it cleanses/removes makeup. It’s hard to tell whether it does much else and also, I don’t want it to do anything other than take off my make up? I guess that doesn’t really bother me but I’m not sure that I love that concept. Something that does really bother me, however, is that this cleanser leaves what feels like a sticky layer behind. It’s super uncomfortable and makes me want to itch my face which means I always have to do a second cleanse after using it.
Like I said, I have mixed feelings about this cleanser. The smell is divine and honestly, despite the things that bother me I would probably continue to use/buy it just for the smell. However, if you don’t have an obsession with cucumber, it is double the price of the Garnier micellar water and even though it is a little more luxurious, the layer it leaves behind is super annoying so I just don’t think it’s worth the difference.
I hope you enjoyed this post and found it helpful. I would say buy the Peaches and Clean cleansing milk if you’re looking for an affordable but high-quality cleanser, but don’t buy the Drama Clean micellar water (buy the Garnier instead).
I’m sorry that I’ve been so MIA recently, I’m in my final 6 weeks of my final semester of university and life has been crazy busy. However, I’m back now and hoping to be more organised so I don’t have to take another break. Thanks for reading!