A few months ago I bought a selection of Aldi skincare products and I’m slowly working my way through them (although I still can’t bring myself to try the Pixi copy, Lacura ‘Healthy Glow’ tonic.
Aldi is notorious for cloning packaging of premium brands and (hopefully) the contents. We know from companies like Beauty Pie that some factories make the same products for high and low-end makeup and skincare. I trialled Lacura Charcoal Mud to Foam Cleanser.
Formulated to provide a clear and bright complexion, this Charcoal Mud To Foam Cleanser will also help to reduce the appearance of imperfections. Helping to dissolve excess oils, remove make up and dead skin cells; all you have to do is apply this to your face before adding water. The combination will help to gently exfoliate the skin, leaving you feeling fabulous. Specially formulated with clay and charcoal, this lovely cleanser leaves skin visibly clearer and mattified.
- For deep-cleaning of the skin
- Helps to clear up acne
- Minimalises the appearance of pores
- Specially formulated with clay and charcoal powder to remove excess oil and make-up
- Improves skin texture and complexion by minimalising pores, gently cleansing and exfoliating the skin
- Leaves skin visibly clear and mattified
- With added extracts of coconut, bamboo and eucalyptus oil
- Dermatologically tested
- Not suitable for sensitive skin
This is a weird review because it is a perfectly good cleanser at a very reasonable price. Skin afterwards does really feel ‘matt’ clean, but not squeaky clean (you don’t want that, it means the skin has been stripped of its natural oils). I didn’t feel it was particularly exfoliating, but skin certainly feels clean and soft after use.
That said, I used it religiously for three weeks and at no point in time did it ever foam – not once.
The weird part (and it’s a biggie) is that it’s extremely messy to use, trying to rinse it off it completely ruins the basin and turns muslin cloths black. Even a 95c wash doesn’t get rid of the colour, they come out like limp, grey rags and I had to throw away loads of them. You also have to really scrub the sink clean afterwards with an abrasive cleaner.
In fact, the mess was so bad and time-consuming to clean up that I binned it. That was extremely wasteful, but night time cleansing is supposed to be a relaxing ritual. You’re taking off the day and unwinding, not getting the marigolds and Flash out and scrubbing the sink.
Also, and I’m treading carefully here, but the reviews on the Aldi website have a touch of ‘Stepford Wives’ about them. There are only two 3 star reviews and the one below mirrored my experience.
I bought this a month ago and my skin looks and feels clear and glowing. This product is very messy though and left mud all over my bathroom and stains towels so I use just one towel for myself and a flannel to wipe off the sink tiles etc when finished. It would be much better if the mid turns into a foam but it just stays like mud until you wash it off .
I might just be an old cynic, but I find I’m losing faith in online beauty and skin care reviews. I feel beauty brands, especially the high-end ones, are bribing vloggers and bloggers (and reality tv celebs), with extravagant overseas trips and gifts. They say they’re not obliged to vlog about the product, yet all (well, most), produce eerily similar content praising these products.
But, if you’re looking for a genuine beauty bargain from Aldi, then I highly recommend Lacura Hot Cloth Polish I switch around my cleansers, but always stock up on this Liz Earle dupe. If it could take off eye makeup then I’d never use the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish again and save myself an absolute fortune.
Lacura Mud To Foam Cleanser 150ml £5.99 ALDI