My love for skincare doesn't stem back too long - I only really started to invest in my skincare about 18 months ago. Looking back at it now, I think of the gradual changes of what products I was using from early teens, early twenties until now and I can see that the products which I used in the past are greatly different to what I use now. In my teens I was using the typical products and brands that targeted acne and hormonal prone teenage skin such as Clearasil or Clean and Clear. In my early twenties, when my skin seemed to a bit more balanced I started to use what I thought were more upscale such as Nivea, Garnier and Neutrogena. As I grew a little bit older and had a bit more money to spend, I started looking into more 'natural' and 'clean' skincare products. I purchased brands such as Antipodes (which I only ever bought on sale), Sukin and eventually REN Skincare. REN was probably my first foray into the more mid range skincare and within using it for a few weeks, I immediately started to notice a difference in my skin. I ended up changing my whole entire routine to REN and used the products religiously for a good 18 months. I then felt that the range wasn't doing much for me anymore and I was getting a bit bored and my Mecca sales associate my eyes to whole other class of skincare - she introduced me to Eve Lom.
Eve Lom is considered to be a luxury or premium skincare line, its infamous Cleansing Balm is priced at AUD$118 for a 100ml jar and for many that is quite a lot to spend on a cleanser. I remember well when my lovely sales associate gave me the whole Eve Lom spiel, the story, packaging, the ritual and the amazing effects the brands would have on my skin. She had me hook, line and sinker but for me, I had never paid so much money for skincare before and I wasn't 100% sure if I wanted to spend that much on a skincare routine. Long story short, I did walk out with something from Eve Lom - I had purchased my very first 'luxury' skincare that day - the Eve Lom Morning Time Cleanser. After that I found myself going to Mecca more and more, intrigued with all the skincare concoctions that was available...and I guess the rest is history and here I am now...
What Is It:
The Eve Lom Morning Time Cleanser is a lightweight version of Eve Lom's infamous Cleansing Balm. It is marketed as the perfect accompaniment to the Cleansing Balm as this light weight balm washes off easily with a muslin cloth.
What Does It Do:
This lightweight balm cleanser basically uses a combination of hyaluronic acid, papaya enzymes and Vitamin A to cleanse, polish and treat the skin in the morning after waking up. It is a simple and easy formula to use in comparison to the brand's Cleansing Balm as this cleanser emulsifies and does not require a muslin cloth. It promises to leave the skin soft, plump and radiant after cleansing and to prepare the skin accordingly to the next steps of the morning skincare ritual.
The ingredients listing for the Eve Lom Morning Time Cleanser, taken from Eve Lom
Hydrogenated Polydecene, Cetearyl Alcohol, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Lanolin Oil, Stearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth 20, Phenoxyethanol, Papain, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Oil, Humulus Lupulus (Hops) Cone Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Leaf Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Ethylhexylglycerin, Beta-Carotene, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil, Ascorbyl Palmitate
As you can see, unlike the original Eve Lom Cleansing Balm, this cleanser has no mineral oil (and is probably why I purchased this in the first place). It does contain Phenoxyethanol which is an alcohol that is used as a preservative or fragrance as an ingredient that is high up on the list which is some cause for concern for those who are sensitive to drying alcohols in their skincare regime (I haven't reacted to this however). It does also contain a bunch of more natural and botanical extracts that helps to exfoliate the skin (papain/papaya enzymes), Sunflower Seen Oil (great source of Vitamin E and other antioxidants), Clove Oil (an antibacterial), Carrot Oil (to boost collagen production) and Chamomile Oil to help soothe the skin.
When I first purchased this cleanser, I was completely over the moon. It just felt and looked like luxury to me. The simple yet luxurious white and gold packaging, the intoxicating smell of clove, the balm like texture and the story behind the Eve Lom brand really mesmerised me. Looking back and playing around with this cleanser now, I still like it, but I no longer love it like I once used to. Don't get me wrong, the Eve Lom Morning Time Cleanser is a beautiful cleanser in its own right and it does do the job well. However as a daily cleanser I just don't feel the same sort of love for it as I once used to. I guess I have moved on to other products and have used other products that I love more that perhaps have a more beneficial ingredient list for me. I do like to take this travelling as I feel that it sort of does everything for my skin in terms of cleansing and exfoliating (and therefore I 'technically' don't need to bring so much with me).
The Eve Lom Morning Time Cleanser works well as a morning cleanser or as a second cleanser. However, I would not use this cleanser for both day and night if you have sensitive skin or at least use it cautiously before doing so. I would also not recommend doing an acid tone after using this for those with sensitive skin also! The reason being, is that the papaya enzymes which are contained in this are exfoliating so it may disrupt your skin's protection barrier (I learnt this the hard way at the beginning and am only able to just tolerate it now). To use this twice a day would perhaps be a little too much and too harsh for the skin, and acid tone after for the same reasons. I find that the cleanser does leave your skin feeling beautiful and soft after cleansing and in no way does it leave the skin feeling dry or tight. There is a mild exfoliation that does occur which does leave the skin feeling radiant and glowing after use and is particularly handy in the morning. When I was using this on a regular basis (before before I became addicted to cleansers), my complexion was clear and purified, it left my skin looking great and would be a great prep for my simple skincare routine afterwards. I find that due to it's more light weight texture and the fact it emulsifies well, it is also great for those who live in a hotter and humid climate or those with oily/combination skin as the addition of ingredients such as clove and eucalyptus act as a antibacterial and a skin purifier.
In terms of removing make-up, the Morning Time Cleanser is okay at doing so but if you are one to wear quite a bit of heavy eye make-up, a first cleanse is absolutely necessary as this will not be powerful enough to take the day's face off alone. When using the balm you will find it to feel quite soft, smooth and luxurious and it will melt effortlessly to an oil on the skin. Once you apply water to your face, it becomes a milky texture which after a few splashes of water will emulsify, to leave your skin feeling fresh, clean, hydrated and glowing. If you are sensitive to smells, I would not recommend this cleanser at all, as the Morning Time Cleanser has a very strong herbal clove like smell. I don't mind smells generally and this actually took me some time to get used to as it reminded me of Chinese Herbal Medicine (and I don't like Eastern herbal smells). After some time you do get to use to it but it is quite a strong smell to begin with. The smell doesn't linger though and as soon as you start to use the product you will notice the scent will disappear. The packaging of this is a basic plastic tube with the distinct beautiful Eve Lom logo printed in gold, the top screws open and close to release the product. It can be annoyed after use as when you due screw the top to close the product there is always a little bit of balm leftover, so be sure to scrape this excess off before putting it back.
I used to love this cleanser a lot but as mentioned before, I now have other cleansers in my stash that are around the same price but seem to be a lot more exciting in terms of ingredients. For example, brands such as Oskia use a Sweet Almond Oil as their first ingredient or Emma Hardie uses Moringa Oil and other brands such a Sunday Riley uses a synthetic ingredient first but follows with other oils such as jojoba esters along with a plethora of other amazing and active essential oil extracts. For the AUD$90 that I pay for this (its RRP is GBP £40 or USD$60) I expect this to have more active or exciting ingredients and having Phenoxyethanol so high up on the ingredients list isn't so appealing either. Whilst Phenoxyethanol doesn't seem to effect my skin in the same way as alcohol denatured does, it is still an undesirable alcohol (for me personally), where if contained in an ingredient listing, it looks much more appealing as one of the last few ingredients. I would recommend this cleanser for those with normal to combination skin and those with sensitive skin, use this but with caution. It does have the potential to be harsh if used too much or used in conjunction with other exfoliating products - I would definitely ask for a sample first. Whilst I DO like the Eve Lom Morning Time Cleanser and it does do it's job of cleansing and keeping the skin looking radiant and fresh well, I simply have fallen out of love with it and as sad as it sounds, I am just no longer wowed by it. It is such a shame because there is so much nostalgia associated with this product for me as it really did pave the way for my love of skincare.
Repurchase YAY or NAY:
If you had asked me this 4-5 months ago, I would have said I would repurchase this in a heartbeat (and I do have another one left in my stash). However, now, I would be a little more hesitant to as I would rather purchase something else having been introduced to so many other wonderful cleansers. As I mentioned earlier, this cleanser is a lovely cleanser that does perform and does a great job of leaving your skin hydrated and complexion glowing. It does the job and does it well and by no way is it a bad cleanser. For me personally, I guess I simply have found other products that work better for me or that I don't need to be so careful with and it has just lost that excitement and wow factor for me.
What was your first every 'luxury' skincare purchase? Are you still using it now or have you moved on to other things? Share your thoughts and experiences in the comments below!