As some of you know, my venture into hot cloth cleansers started several months ago with Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish (read my review of it here).  I still love this Liz Earle cult product and have made my way through three tubes of it since.  But now I feel like my eyes have been opened to a whole new world of hot cloth cleansers that I really need to give a go.  Thus when I came to the end of my latest tube of Cleanse & Polish, I took the opportunity to try a different brand, and came across Sanctuary Perfectly Polished Hot Cloth Cleanser.

The concept and instructions for the Sanctuary hot cloth cleanser is no different to Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish.  You massage the cleanser onto dry skin using your fingers to lift off make-up and dirt, and then wipe it off with a muslin cloth wetted with warm water (a muslin cloth is included in the box).

The Sanctuary cleanser has more of a balm/butter consistency rather than the creaminess of Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish (see below on back of my hand).  This makes it feel a bit thicker and a little less easy to spread, meaning I end up using more of it to get the coverage I like.


The smell is strong but not in an artificial way… it smells very spa-like; a little earthy and herby (imagine hemp, basil and hops).  It smells like it would do good things to your skin.

The Sanctuary hot cloth cleanser does a perfectly fine job of making my skin feel clean, but it’s not quite as effective as Liz Earle at melting tough eye make-up.  It does dissolve it, but just not as quickly.  Which actually isn’t a problem for me as I usually remove my make-up before cleansing anyway.  After wiping the cleanser off and rinsing with water, my skin feels fresh and squeaky clean with no residue.

So will I switch from my beloved Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish to the Sanctuary hot cloth cleanser?  …. No, after using Sanctuary for over a week, I still prefer Liz Earle.  I prefer the creamier texture of Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish and find my skin feels softer after using it.

The benefits of the Sanctuary hot cloth cleanser is that it is readily available from most Boots stores, whereas Liz Earle is quite difficult to get hold of offline.  And it’s a little cheaper than Liz Earle.  I paid £9.78 for a large 150ml tube compared to my usual £11.50 for 100ml of Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish.

The full ingredients of the Sanctuary Perfectly Polished Hot Cloth Cleanser are:

Aqua (water), Theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter, Cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, Cetearyl alcohol, Cetyl esters, Glycerin, Cera Alba, Cannabis sativa seed oil, Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, Polysorbate 60, Sorbitan stearate, Camalina sativa seed oil, Diazolidinyl urea, Sodlum benzoate, Disodium EDTA, Potassium sorbate, Anthemis nobilis flavor oil. Triethanolamine, Ocimum basilicum (basil) oil, Chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower extract, Humulus lupulus (hops) extract, Linalool, Citronallol, Phenoxyethanol, Benzoic acid, Dehydroacetic acid, Ethylhexyglycerin, Polyaminopropyl biguanide.

By the way, I actually wanted to get the Soap & Glory The Fab Pore Hot Cloth Cleanser, but it was out of stock in every Boots I tried.  I am told it will be back in stock around mid-May so will jump on it if I see it on the shelves.

5 comments on “Sanctuary Perfectly Polished Hot Cloth Cleanser: Review

  1. I think i’m going to check out the Liz Earle at John Lewis after reading your review! But my skin is naturally oily, so i’m a little worried the product will make it even more oily and will result in break outs… Thanks for the insightful review anyways! =)

  2. @PinkOrchids: People often mistakenly think that hot cloth cleansers are greasy and unsuitable for oily skin, but I promise you, they leave the skin feeling much cleaner than from using a foaming face wash, and they don’t leave any residue on the skin. Give Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish a go and let me know how you get on!

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