Dupe War: Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser Vs. Clean & Clear Deep Action Cream Cleanser

I was so excited to finally try out the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser when I initially picked it up in London. After hearing so many of my favorite bloggers claim it as one of their skincare staples, I couldn’t wait to see what all the fuss was about. At first use it felt surprisingly familiar to one of the first cleansers I ever used. In fact, the scent, the tell-tale tingle, all brought me back to my high school days of using the Clean & Clear Deep Action Cream Cleanser.

Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser Cleanse And Polish Dupe

Anecdotal Verdict

Once the association finally clicked in my head, I went out to the grocery store and picked up the first bottle of Deep Action Cream Cleanser since I was a teenager. Then I did a thing that probably didn’t benefit me much, but I don’t think it hurt me either: I used the Liz Earle cleanser, and then immediately used the Clean & Clear. Besides a very slight change of texture (discussed further below), I could hardly tell the difference between the two. Both left my skin feeling clean, a little tighter feeling than I prefer (but I’m an oil cleanser convert – so there’s that), and incredibly smooth and soft.

Suggested Use

Liz Earle suggests that you apply the product to dry skin and massage it in for a while before removing it with their damp muslin cloth. Clean & Clear suggests starting with a slightly damp face and working it in before either washing it off with warm water -or- using a washcloth. I’m thinking that difference is due to the fact that there is a slight difference in texture. If you look at the photo below, the Liz Earle dollop looks more condensed as a product and feels a bit creamier – therefore easier to massage into dry skin without pulling or using more product. The Clean & Clear has a bit more of a whipped texture and absorbs into the skin a little more quickly – forcing you to use a bit more if you don’t start with a damp face.

I’ve been going back and forth between using them, and for both products I’ve been applying it to a dry face, massaging it in, and then using my Clarisonic in lieu of the muslin cloth before rinsing off what’s left. I still can’t tell a difference between using the two products.

Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser Clean and Polish Dupe Clean And Clear Deep Action Cream Cleanser


Both use Cetyl Alcohol and Polysorbate 60(emulsifying ingredients), and similar filler ingredients. The main difference is in their active ingredient that fights breakouts – Liz Earle uses benzoic acid and Clean & Clear uses salicylic acid. Benzoic acid essentially focuses on killing bacteria in pores and preventing infection, where as salicylic acid focuses on cell turnover and works as a mild exfoliant – though I think I remember reading that it is also less effective in a cleanser than it is as a spot treatment. Though Liz Earle does seem to have more moisturizing oils added back in.

Bang For Your Buck

Liz Earle is about $25 for 3.3 oz, where Clean & Clear is $6 for 6.5 oz full price (but regularly has sales going on). You might need to use slightly more of the Clean & Clear, but at about 1/10 of the price per oz I don’t think that matters as much.

Frankly both are great cleansers and do the job well, even for those with sensitive skin. I think if you’re more concerned with using something a little more natural then your best bet will be the Liz Earle (but only by a nose) because they add more natural oils to make the product a bit more moisturizing. But the actual cleansing portion most of the ingredients seem to be on par.

Bottom Line I’m pretty sure that the Clean & Clear offers up a pretty great dupe of it.

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