A while ago, I went for the Eve Lom workshop and was given a sample of this cleanser. I did try it out, and it's become somewhat of a contentious issue in my brain due to the lust-loathe factor!
The actual cleanser itself is like a lazy version of their original balm cleanser in that it comes in a tube, as opposed to a pot, and it doesn't require the use of a muslin cloth for removal. This, in my book, is infinitely more desirable because there whole muslin cloth issue is too much work for me. Also, for those who prefer the easy way out, the Morning Time Cleanser is, in fact, suitable for night use as well!
So, what's made these cleansers all the rage? Their multi-purpose nature as makeup remover, cleanser, toner has always been part of their appeal, but they've gotten a very bad rap recently due to the fact that they contain mineral oil. I personally don't see the issue this has raised (other than the smell, which I will get to in a bit), but it seems that some people are sensitive to the stuff, and we shall respect that. Personally, however, this wouldn't be a factor which would dissuade me from the purchase of this product.
This is what the actual tube of the stuff looks like:
[Eve Lom's Morning Time Cleanser]
Unlike it's predecessor, which comes in a bulky and travel-unfriendly tub, this is surely a much better option for those of us who live in an era where travel has become far more affordable. In defence of Eve Lom though, the original cleanser was released in the 1980s, but there is much to be said for remaining current and it would be infinitely more plausible for them to release a tube version of their original cleanser. However, I don't think there is a very large difference between the two, so you could definitely swap out the balm cleanser with the morning time cleanser should you need to.
[Eve Lom's Balm Cleanser]
So, I got a little sachet of the stuff, and since you don't need to use a lot of it, it lasted around 3-4 days which is rather respectable.
[Eve Lom's Morning Time Cleanser - Sachet]
The product comes as a rather thick balm which you add a little water to in your hands to loosen up and massage over your face. You truly do need very little of it to do a thorough job. It doesn't foam up at all, but still does an amazing job of cleansing your skin. I don't doubt that the refreshing, soft, supple feeling is something which would occur across to board for anyone who uses it.
It can be used on the eye area, which is definitely a selling point for me. I get a little frustrated with cleansers that aren't suitable for the eye area because I use eye cream and I have this paranoia of build-up of product. This didn't irritate my eyes at all and it left my skin wonderfully cleansed.
What I find the biggest selling point is how quickly this show results. Within a couple of days of use, my skin felt softer and much clearer than it had been in a while. It's a product I really do enjoy the use of, but would I buy it?
Probably not. There are 3 reasons for this. Firstly of all, it's a very pricey product. At RM215 for 125ml, you could definitely justify the cost on the basis that it could replace a multitude of other products, and that you use a very small amount comparatively, and this is definitely true, but I have issues with the next two that cannot be overcome with delusional thinking. The smell makes me nauseous. It's true that initial use made it seem very calming since you could smell the essential oils, but after a few uses, I started to feel nauseous whenever I sniffed the stuff. It's by no means a bad smell, my olfactory system just isn't a fan of herbal stuff like medicated oils and whatnot, which is probably why I'm not a fan of this scent. Finally, it's called "Morning Time Cleanser". I simply cannot get over the redundancy of the name.
My personal issues notwithstanding, this is truly a rather remarkable product and if you're in the market for a new cleanser, this is surely something you should at least consider. Go to any Eve Lom counter and the sales rep will be more than happy to try out the product on your skin (I think), so that you can feel how awesome it truly is. Definitely worth looking into, and undoubtedly an absolutely fantastic product which delivers more than it promises.