Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm (I use P.M.) * The Mouth Recommends - Staple
No surprises here - it's my 1st choice for a fallback option and although I love trying others, if I run out of this I get panic palpitations. There is nothing about this cleanser that disappoints me. And I'm not alone - this little gem is winning awards left, right and centre. Ooh - except I want a supersize of it PLEASETHANKYOU. More on EH here.
Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish (I use A.M.)
What can you say? One sold every 30 seconds. That's a nice pension plan thanks very much! Although this new formulation has a tad too much eucalyptus/camphor it hasn't stopped me using it - and it won't. It's too easy, too affordable and it works. If you have been living under a rock and need more info on Liz Earle C&P you can find it here.
Cetaphil (A.M./P.M.) *The Mouth Recommends - Staple
Aah Cetaphil how I love you so. When in doubt get out the Cetaphil girls. Cheap, simple, easy on the face and a legend in its time. Don't bother using it to try and get your eye make up off - you'll need a separate remover for that - but otherwise - crack on. You can buy Cetaphil from chemists and here from Victoria Health. Genius.
Amanda Lacey Cleansing Pomade (P.M.)
OK here's the thing: I love this cleanser. A lot. It is beyond beautiful. I first used it about 10 years ago. But it is £55.00. Yes. FIFTY FIVE POUNDS. That's ELEVEN bottles of red wine, a pair of shoes, a handbag or 2.5 Emma Hardie cleansers. If you can afford it - power to you - it IS lovely. But seriously. £55.00?? Really?? If you want to look at beautiful skincare the way that I look at Chanel hand bags (i.e. never gonna happen) you can here.
Clarins Extra-Comfort Cleansing Cream (A.M./P.M.)
I know I am a little obsessed with oily/balm cleansers but I do love this milk cleanser. I don't have a hugely sensitive skin but I always tend to lean towards sensitive cleansers and toners when buying - they usually do the job with less nasties and are less harsh. Interestingly with this particular one, I love that it comes in a big fat pot that I can scoop my fingers into and smear all over my face. Not elegant, but sometimes necessary to just release that 'aaahhhhhh' feeling. Lush. Check it out.
Lancome Galatee Confort (A.M./P.M.)
Ah Lancome. This one is here by demand of Mama Mouth. She has used it for Y.E.A.R.S. I mean really. I do not even BOTHER trying to get her to use anything else. And the reason it is here is because when I am going home (anywhere where Mum is) I don't take a cleanser. I use hers. It takes EVERYTHING off. No need for separate eye remover. And its available here.
OK so my final pick is a tribute to my beautiful Nana (pictured above). I feel incredibly lucky that my earliest memories are of watching my Nana do her evening skincare routine. Whether she was staying with us or I was at her house, without fail, she would pull this out of her bag, get her cotton wool, and set to work. This amazing woman is now 84 and still has people saying: 'My God - Nana Mouth (not her real name) - your skin looks A.MAZING.'
Ladies and (limited) Gentlemen, I give you:
Almond Oil. *The Mouth Recommends - Staple
So. If you want a cheap, natural alternative to those extortionate eye makeup removers, pop down to your local chemists - they may have it behind the counter - ASK - and save yourself ££££'s. Personally I love a bit of Neal's Yard but you can buy it cheaper if you want to.
Next up: Face Masks