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Need A New Cleanser? High-End Ones To Watch

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As a self-professed luxury beauty addict, I think of my collection as an investment. The excuse is particularly viable for skincare. After all, what’s worth investing in if it isn’t your own face?

I have a weakness for lengthy and effective skincare regimes. Removing makeup at the end of the say is the most satisfying feeling to me and I haven’t skipped on it once for around eight years. There’s no doubting my commitment. I’ll do anything and spend anything to achieve healthy skin (apart from maybe drinking my two litres of water per day, that is effort).

Despite my overfilling skincare drawers, if you told me I could only keep one type of product, I wouldn’t hesitate. Cleansers.


Cleansing is ingrained so heavily into my routine that skipping it would be akin to not cleaning my teeth. Completely unacceptable. When it comes to product I favour gels or creams but the most important consideration is always, without compromise, does it work?

Well, I’ve rounded up 4 of my favourite high-end cleansers, the ones that ab-so-lutely work.


When it comes to skincare, I have a type. Simple, yet effective. But I’m going to start off with an outlier.

Givenchy’s ready-to-cleanse is effective but certainly isn’t simple. It boasts a superior formula which requires only water to effortlessly transform its gel consistency into a creamy mousse lather. That it leaves the skin feeling fresh as well as clean, revived and moisturised goes without saying: those benefits apply to every cleanser that I’ll be recommending (within this post and ever).

It’s the enriching properties of Opuntia cactus flower extract set this apart from other products. The best way that I can summarise: It will leave you feeling expensive. It’s indulgent and when I use it I feel momentarily transformed into a Calabasas socialite or rich old lady (basically all I want to be when I grow up).


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This one isn’t pictured because I haven’t repurchased since featuring it in my first product empties of the year. It’s such a wonderful cleanser though, one which I’ll definitely be using again in the near future, that it just didn’t feel right to disclude it. It’s the most gentle cleanser I’ve had the pleasure of using and works like a dream. I haven’t had problem skin in quite some years, but I know a few people who swear that this is the only product that works for them in terms of clearing up acne.

Boasting CF & vegan status, it’s gentle lather washes away impurities without stripping the skin of its natural moisture. It also soothes the skin with calming Balm Mint and Lavender extracts.



Designed for normal-dry skin, the (brand new) Transforming Cream Cleanser acts as a double-cleanse in one product. When I’ve left my evening skincare ritual a little later than usual and just want to get the job done, it’s this that I reach for.

Combining the benefits of an oil and cream cleanser, it effortlessly dissolves and washes away makeup and impurities. Sweet almond, coconut and soybean oils work alongside vitamin E to ensure skin is taken care of.

Another advanced formula, this one turns from cream into a hydrating milky oil which leaves my face feeling amazing. I can only describe the scent as clean and comforting, much like baby bath products or fresh laundry.


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This is it. The longest relationship forged in adulthood (well, teenage-hood) that I’ve ever had. It rescued my pubescent acne ridden face and for that, I’ll be forever grateful.

I’ve repurchased this countless times. I’ve literally had a bottle (or two, or three- those Clinique gifts are too good to pass on) at all times since I was around 14 years old. That’s 10 years, and now I feel old.

I have no doubt that there are cleansers that work just as well. In fact, both the Givenchy and the Dermalogica are pretty similar. My history with this though leaves it at nowhere but the number one spot on my favourite-cleansers-of-all-time list. Plus, it’s a great dabble into the world of more expensive cleansers without the eye-watering leap from spending loose change in Savers to walking up to an actual brand counter and investing nearly 20 quid into one product. It’s a slippery slope, soon you’ll be hundreds of pounds deep and will proudly own enough to set up your own shop. Or maybe that’s just me.


*  This post contains gifted items. As always, all words, images and opinions are my own. Please read my full disclaimer for more information. 

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  • Reply Lisa

    I’ve not used any of these but a couple of the most effective cleansers I swear by are Origins Checks & Balances and REN Centifolia Cleansing Balm. Origins for ease, always. We wear our skin every day so I am completely with you on investing in a cleansing product that really works! Lisa x

    July 11, 2019 at 9:34 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      Origins is a brand that I’ve been meaning to try forEVER but I never actually get around to picking anything up. I’ll keep the Cheeks and Balances in mind- thank you!x

      July 14, 2019 at 5:12 pm
  • Reply Gillian

    Ah, cleansers are my one true skincare love also! I know it’s not necessarily ‘luxury’ in price or packaging but have you tried the Camomile Cleansing Butter from The Body Shop? It’s seriously better than any high end option I’ve tried! Although, I’m very tempted to pick up that Givenchy cleanser, the packaging alone had me swooning before reading how much you loved it 😍 beautiful photos as always!

    – Gillian x

    July 11, 2019 at 9:42 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      Oh I haven’t tried the Body Shop one, no! I’ll definitely keep that in mind, thank you for the recommendation! Honestly the Givenchy had me sold on first use and I still love it. Thank you! x

      July 11, 2019 at 10:00 pm
  • Reply Lindsey

    Oh my goodness this is certainly leaving me inspired – I wish I had your dedication! I go through phases where I’m either perfect with my skincare or doing pretty much nothing and don’t seem to have found anywhere in between. These are some great recommendations – thanks for the nudge to actually pay attention to my skin!

    July 11, 2019 at 10:12 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I’m so glad! Honestly I’ve had a routine for YEARS so its all just habit now and I enjoy switching it up sometimes! x

      July 14, 2019 at 5:46 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    I feel like cleansers are always a good place to invest in your skincare (as well as a moisturiser) as they can make or break your skin!! I am more of a budget queen but the Gatineau cleanser definitely sounds like something I would like so thanks for the recommendation!
    Sarah x

    July 11, 2019 at 10:16 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I totally agree, I actually don’t mind investing in any skincare because I think it’s worth it. It’s incredible- definitely one to try if you’re ever looking for something luxurious x

      July 14, 2019 at 5:48 pm
  • Reply Aaliyah

    These cleansers sound amazing! Cleansing is definitely such an important step in our skincare routine, I find that it might be the most important. The Clinique cleanser sounds amazing! Definitely need to give that a go x

    July 12, 2019 at 10:20 am
    • Reply sophhearts

      They’re ones I LOVE! I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending any of them! I totally agree- twice a day religiously x

      July 14, 2019 at 5:13 pm
  • Reply Charlotte Peters

    Why do I not have a cleanser in my routine! Such a great post! Will deffo make a purchase of one this summer!

    July 12, 2019 at 10:24 am
    • Reply sophhearts

      I’m glad you found it helpful! Honestly I couldn’t recommend getting a cleanser enough, even if you just pop into Boots and get an affordable one in the meantime- they’re so important for healthy skin! x

      July 14, 2019 at 5:20 pm
  • Reply Jenny in Neverland

    I’ve heard great things about Dermalogica. I wish I would afford to splash out a bit more on skincare – most of the time, you really do get what you pay for!

    July 12, 2019 at 3:00 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I do agree- I have to admit that with makeup I’m happy to use a minute of luxury and affordable but the vast majority of my skincare is higher-end because I’ve just never found anything to beat it x

      July 14, 2019 at 5:15 pm
  • Reply Jazmin

    I’m definitely getting more and more into the luxury brands, specially when it comes to skin care! There’s no doubt you can pick up affordable ones that do a great job. But there’s something special about spending some me time with a luxury skin care routine. The Clinique one you mentioned it great – id completely forgot about it but I used to love it! Have you ever tried the GlamGlow bubble cleanser? I love that one xx

    July 12, 2019 at 3:24 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I agree and although there are affordable ones that do a good job, I do tend to find that you get what you pay for! The high-end ones (tend) to give that bit extra – although definitely not all, I have tried some high-end ones which I haven’t liked! No I’ve not but I keep meaning to try more from GlamGlow so will keep that in mind- thanks for the recommendation! x

      July 14, 2019 at 5:58 pm
  • Reply Sophie Wentworth

    I totally agree that cleansing is such an investment that’s often overlooked. I haven’t tried any of these (I don’t think?) But i like the sound of the Gatineau one. I tend to opt for balms though x


    July 12, 2019 at 8:11 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      The Gatineau is perfect for doing a great job in a rush! I like balms too but tend to use them as pre-cleanse products on the whole x

      July 14, 2019 at 5:16 pm
  • Reply Chloe Chats

    That’s pretty impressive that you haven’t failed to not remove your makeup at the end of the day for 8 years! I’ve definitely had moments where I’ve just completely forgotten it’s still on my face haha. I use the soap and glory deep cleansing milk every night and it’s a favourite of mine! 💚

    Chloe xx

    July 13, 2019 at 12:50 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      Haha thank you! I just can’t not- I’m a little bit obsessed! I tried a little Soap & Glory skincare years ago but haven’t picked any up in a while! Thanks for the recommendation I’ll keep it in mind!x

      July 14, 2019 at 6:04 pm
  • Reply Naomi

    I haven’t tried any of these (tight budget at the moment!) but that Givenchy one looks really interesting! Defo one for the lust list!

    Naomi xo

    July 14, 2019 at 12:28 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      If you’re ever looking to invest in a higher end on the Givenchy is definitely one I’d recommend. Everything about it is just so luxurious and it does a fab job too!x

      July 14, 2019 at 6:08 pm
  • Reply Kristin Harris/Tales from Home

    These all sound great and I should probably invest in higher quality cleansers at some point! Will definitely keep these in mind!

    July 14, 2019 at 2:13 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      There’s nothing wrong with affordable ones but I do find that I get best results from higher-end ones- typical! x

      July 14, 2019 at 6:12 pm
  • Reply Nancy

    Oh man, I started getting into high-end luxury skincare and makeup brands lately and they really hit you differently. Oooh, I haven’t used the cleanser from Givenchy yet – it looks rich though. Clinique does a really good job with their products – it is always nice to have a brand and product you can really rely on for so many years!

    Nancy ♥

    July 14, 2019 at 5:59 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      They really do, they just give that little bit extra and a stronger piece of mind don’t they?! Plus they’re kinda addictive! I’m glad you like Clinique too, I love their skincare x

      July 14, 2019 at 6:19 pm
  • Reply Lucy

    Cleansers are so important for our skincare, I like buying a mixture of high end and affordable skincare/makeup, I think the better skincare products are more high end xx

    Lucy |

    July 14, 2019 at 6:23 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I couldn’t agree more! My collection is definitely a mixture of high end and affordable too, I’ll use anything that works best for me!x

      July 16, 2019 at 10:03 am
  • Reply Sian ryan

    Clinique Liquid soap use to be my holy grail for years, such a good product! I am so glad I am not the only one that loves it!

    July 14, 2019 at 7:56 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I’m so glad you love it too- I’ve found that its quite hit or miss with some people! x

      July 16, 2019 at 10:06 am
  • Reply Annie

    I feel the exact same way about my skincare routine! I’ve kept up with for so many years, I could probably do it in my sleep. Thanks for sharing these products! If there’s anything beauty related that I’m more than happy to invest in, it’s definitely skincare products.

    July 14, 2019 at 8:10 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      It’s just so much easier to get into good habits isn’t it?! I agree, I do love my skincare!x

      July 16, 2019 at 10:39 am
  • Reply Aimsy

    I always remove my make up before bed, like you though I struggle to drink enough water throughout the day! I haven’t tried any of these cleansers, although came close to using the Clinique one when I was younger. At the moment I am really into oil cleansers (started in Lush and now make my own version) and my skin loves it; so I would be really worried going onto another in case my skin reacted badly. Maybe in a few years haha!
    Thanks for sharing, these all sound like they would make a great pamper sessions!

    Aimsy xoxo

    July 14, 2019 at 8:59 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I definitely struggle to drink enough water too. If you’ve found what works well for you then definitely stick with it! I like oils but typically use them in the pre-cleanse stage x

      July 16, 2019 at 10:11 am
  • Reply Eena

    I’ve only ever used Clinique (thanks to my parents!) and it really does work wonders on your skin. I’ve yet to try more high-end luxury products and I would definitely love to try the Givenchy cleanser!

    cabin twenty-four

    July 14, 2019 at 10:33 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I have my Mum to thank for introducing me to Clinique too- I’m so glad you like it as well! The Givenchy one is incredible, well worth investing in for something more luxurious x

      July 16, 2019 at 10:18 am
  • Reply Geraldine

    I’ve never heard of the Givenchy cleanser but that sounds SO luxurious for sure!! The Opunta cactus flower also is unknown to me but I guess that’s what gives it its unique edge compared to other cleansers! I have always wanted to try Dermalogica as well but never got the chance because I still have some cleansers here. Thanks for sharing Soph!

    Geraldine |

    July 15, 2019 at 12:09 am
    • Reply sophhearts

      Its definitely the most luxurious cleanser I’ve used so far! Dermalogica is great too for simple skincare that just works. I know how you feel- I always have a tonne of cleansers on the go- I must stop buying! x

      July 16, 2019 at 10:31 am
  • Reply Mercy

    Didn’t have any idea Givenchy has skincare range, where was I hiding? And it’s reasonably priced too, thankful for your post, I have to check it out.

    July 15, 2019 at 3:37 am
    • Reply sophhearts

      I only found out relatively recently, they don’t seem to advertise it too much but I received a sample with something and just fell in love with it!x

      July 16, 2019 at 10:44 am
  • Reply Bexa

    The comment about the Givenchy cleanser making you feel like a rich old lady made me laugh, that is the ultimate goal, right? Hehe! I have to admit, I’m not that good with remembering to cleanse at the end of the day but I think that having a good quality product would definitely motivate me. I’m very tempted by the Clinique Facial Soap especially after reading your positive experience with it! Fab post, thanks for the recommendations Soph! <3 xx

    Bexa |

    July 16, 2019 at 3:10 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      That’s always been my ultimate goal haha! Honestly the Clinique one I swear by. Their counter staff have always been fantastic with me so pop in and ask for a sample if you’re interested! x

      July 18, 2019 at 9:04 pm
  • Reply Deborah Kos

    It is so nice to treat yourself to a luxury high-end cleanser once in a while. I would like to try the Givenchy Ready To Cleanse.

    July 16, 2019 at 10:06 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I totally agree, they’re so worth the investment!x

      July 18, 2019 at 9:06 pm
  • Reply Jade Goddard

    Omg never know about this range! It looks amazing

    July 17, 2019 at 6:51 pm
  • Reply Valerie

    These cleansers sound wonderful! I definitely agree that cleansers are an important aspect of skin care, so I’m definitely going to check these out! Thanks for sharing!

    July 18, 2019 at 12:32 am
  • Reply ashleigh davis

    I love all the examples you’ve given here! I’ve heard many good things about a lot of these! The only brand I have tried myself is in clinique which I must admit I LOVE but I’d definitely be up for trying out a few of these 💗

    Ashleigh –

    July 23, 2019 at 2:48 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      Thank you! I’m so glad you love the Clinique too, I know of a couple of people who don’t get on with it but for me it’s a staple! Honestly I’d recommend any of these without hesitation! x

      July 26, 2019 at 10:39 pm

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