Aldi Budget Beauty Range
Dupes for Sand & Sky, Rodial, Liz Earle and REN?
Pink Clay, Vitamin C, Original and Rose Cleanser Pack
Hey and hello, hope you’re feeling good: if you’re new here welcome to my blog, if you’ve been here before – thanks for coming back. In a previous blog – Who Made Me Buy What – I explained how one of my fave Tubers, Donna Tries, ‘convinced’ me to buy the Lacura Hot Cloth Cleanser Pack from Aldi. Now I’ve had time to try out each of the four of the cleansers (more than once) I’m going to share my first impressions of these products: To find out exactly what I make of the budget beauty cleansers, how they perform, whether the cleansers might be something you’d benefit from and some tips on using them, read on.
How To Use Lacura Hot Cloth Cleansers
- Apply a small amount to DRY skin and massage onto both face and neck using circular motions
- Wet the muslin cloth hand-held water, wring and apply the now damp, warm cloth over your face (to open the pores)
- Gently ‘polish’ off the cleanser using the cloth
- Rinse the cloth during cleansing
- Splash cool water onto your face to close the pores
- Pat your face dry with a towel
- Finally, rinse/wash the cloth and allow to dry naturally
All four Lacura Hot Cloth Cleansers are used in the same way but each benefits your skin differently. The cleansers are suitable for ALL skin types (including sensitive), are vegetarian and vegan friendly and also carry the leaping bunny logo. Each Cleanser in this gift set is 75ml, which means you’re getting 300ml of product, in total. At just £7.99 for the set of four (plus the cloth), that’s less than £2 per cleanser! For more product info and/or to buy the cleansers go to Aldi On Line.
About Aldi and Lacura
If you’re not familiar with Aldi, they are a supermarket chain who have over 10,000 stores worldwide, including the UK, Europe and the US, and are known for their general affordability. Aldi are also something of a hot topic in the beauty community due to their inexpensive Lacura beauty range which includes skin care, body care, hair care and makeup. Lacura beauty products consists almost entirely of unmistakable, and cheeky, dupes of other well known beauty products and brands. You Magazine produced a great article detailing some of the Lacura Beauty Products and what each is a dupe for, if you want to be in the KNOW, the article is well worth reading!
Back to the cleansers …
Each of these Lacura cleansers needs to be explored individually because of the differing ingredients, what each claims to do and how they make your skin feel. What’s more, as each of the Lacura Cleansers is a dupe of other higher priced, popular cleansers from a range of well known brands, knowing what each is a dupe for, gives an insight as to what you can expect and the opportunity for price comparisons.
Lacura ORIGINAL Hot Cloth Cleanser
Let’s start with the Lacura Original. This may be so called because it’s a dupe of the ‘original’ Hot Cloth Cleanser by Liz Earle. Lacura’s Original even has the same coloured text as the Liz Earle packaging,shares many of the same ingredients & the directions are very similar too. However, 100ml of the Liz Earle Cleanser (with two cotton cloths) retails for £17.00 so the saving is huge.
The Lacura Original Cleanser contains cocoa butter, eucalyptus oil, chamomile, rosemary and white tea, and claims to gently cleanse and exfoliate (or ‘polish’) your skin to leave it smooth and soft. It definitely has a refreshing smell, mainly of eucalyptus, and feels good on the skin. The cleanser is quite thick in consistency, very creamy and easily removes both makeup and cleanses away the your day or night. My skin WAS noticeably softer and smoother after use, and I liked the fresh and revived feeling it gave.
Undoubtedly a dupe for Sand and Sky’s Austrailian Pink Clay Flash Perfection Exfoliator, Lacura’s Pink Clay Hot Cloth Cleanser claims to reveal naturally healthy looking skin, claims shared by Sand and Sky’s original Pink Clay cleanser. Again the ingredients list for both products are so similar they could be ‘twins’ and the text colour on the Lacura product cheekily mimicks the colour its Australian inspiration’s packaging. The Sand and Sky original retails for around £35, so again there’s a massive difference in price point between the products.
Added to Lacura’s mainstay ingredient of cocoa butter are kakadu plum, bamboo, macadamia, mangosteen and Pomegrante and, of course, pink clay. The resulting light pink coloured cleanser has a pleasant, clean smell and feels good on the skin, it removed all my makeup at night, woke my skin up in the morning and left my face and neck feeling loved and cared for, super smooth, soft and, yes, it looked healthier too.
There are various Vit C cleansers available from the higher end Rodial Cleanser (£39) to a drug store version by Superdrug (£4.99) and again they and the Lacura Vitamin C Cleanser have many ingredients in common, share similar product claims and, colour co-ordinating packaging. Lacura wins out again on price though, and then some.
My favourite thing about the Lacura Vit C cleanser is the fragrance, which, whilst not being overpowering, is decidedly citrus – think top notes of grapefruit and base notes of oranges – and I love it! This rich cleansing cream cleanses and exfoliate to leave your skin looking and feeling refreshed. Not quite as softening and smoothing as it’s ‘original’ and ‘Pink Clay’ sisters, but a real pleasure to use, lovely scent and a great product!
And last but not least we have the Rose hot cloth Cleanser from Lacura, which claims to clarify and purify your skin, and bears an uncanny resemblance to the ingredients and claims of REN’s Rose Cleanser which retails for around £15. I’m not a huge fan of rose fragrances, this one is not unpleasant, but for this reason this Lacura cleanser is my least favourite of the four.
That said, it feels nice on the skin, is gentle and yet still manages to remove all traces of make-up to leave the skin feeling very soft, smooth, clarified and generally feeling great. I used it both morning and night and it seems to be very calming on the skin too.
Lacura Hot Cloth Cleansers Hot Tips:
- Assess your skin before use and decide what ‘finish’ you want or what your skin looks like it needs to get the most from each cleanser’s ingredients
- I found that the Lacura Original Hot Cloth Cleanser provided a good soothing, after ‘treatment’ following dermaplaning
- Applied more thickly to cleansed skin, each of the Lacura Hot Cloth Cleansers double up as great face masks! Leave on for 10 to 15 minutes then remove with your hot cloth as normal.
- I also discovered, that the cleansers can be used as hand masks as part of your manicure routine. Simply apply a small amount and rub into your hands, using circular motions, then pop on some latex gloves and then either place your gloved hands into two warm and damp mitts ( I used inexpensive tanning mitts) or wrap in warm, damp face cloths (It’s easier to do one hand at a time, unless you have a friend to help you put the mitts on or do the wrapping). Leave for 5 minutes and then rinse under running warm water. Follow with your favourite hand cream for super clean, super soft, hands.
- Much of Lacura’s beauty range appear as special buys so it’s worth checking either in store or on line regularly so you don’t miss out.
- Alternatively download the Aldi App and get the inside scope of up coming special beauty buys!
So, there you have it four great alternatives to much more costly Hot Cloth Cleansers, that do, in my opinion, as good a job, if not a better one, than the products each is a dupe for. I hope you’ve found this useful and have enjoyed your visit to my blogosphere – if so please share wi5h your beauty fam n friends! Thanks, as always, for reading; as I post blogs every other day, I’ll be back again on Friday with another Entirely Beautiful Blog for you. In the meantime take care.
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Special thanks to Donna Tries who’s fabulous review made me buy the cleansers and, therfore, inspired this blog. If you haven’t already done so, check out Donna’s YouTube Channel, show her some thumbs up love and say hi from me while you’re there! Thank you Donna.