I have been meaning to review this for absolutely ages and kept forgetting, which is rubbish at it such a charming and lovely product to use. The Sea Mud Deep Cleansing Bar is (arguably) Erno Laszlo’s most famous product, having gained a cult following since it’s original creation which I believe was in the 1920’s, but don’t quote me on that!
The bar is delivered in what I would describe as understated glamorous packaging; a black tray with a white slide off lid that is so pretty to look at and will fit in well with pretty much any bathroom. However, it isn’t the packaging that’s important if the product inside is rubbish, so I’m pleased to report that this soap does everything it promises.
It’s a soap aimed to treat, exfoliate and care for skin by removing impurities, yet it’s gentle enough for every day use. However, don’t be swayed by the fact that it’s just a soap bar; as a cleanser it really does feel like it’s removing absolutely everything on your skin, so skin is left feeling refreshed and calmed without that horrid stripped feeling you normally get with soap bars. The foam it produces is a very soft, almost cream-like consistency that whips off dirt quickly and easily. It’s weird that it exfoliates (which it definitely does as you can feel it in your skin after you’ve washed the soap off) as it doesn’t feel gritty or grainy at all.
The only downside of this is that it’s packed full with charcoal, meaning that the soap residue is black, so tread carefully if you’re using a white flannel; I ended up buying a dark flannel to use specifically with this so that my white flannels didn’t look like they hadn’t been washed for a year…
Regular readers will know that I’m banned from using any other skincare at the moment whilst I undertake a long-term skincare review, but this is definitely one of the products I miss as not only is it a quick, effective and luxurious cleanser to use, it also feels exciting using something that has such a long and impressive heritage; it’s old school!
In summary, if you’re looking to splash out on a more upmarket cleanser (it comes in other variants to suit your skin type; mine is aimed at slightly oily/combination skins and since my skin is exactly that, it’s ideal) that will not only look gorgeous in your bathroom but also prove a very effective cleanser – this is probably the only cleanser I’ve come across that didn’t make me feel the need to double cleanse – then the Sea Mud Deep Cleansing Bar is a fantastic choice.
Available now at the newly launched UK store priced at £45.
Disclosure: PR sample.
Great review. I used this for many years as part of the full Laszlo “ritual” which makes your skin really glow. But they changed the packaging, ingredients and discontinued some of my key products to am no longer suing the line. One thing you must do with the soap is splash with warm to hot water aroudn 30 times and then ten times in clean warm water so rinse all the residue away – then ideally follow with a toner. In hard water areas this soap can really mess up / clog up our sink as well!
I’ve been fascinated by the ritual for absolutely ages as I keep hearing people rave about it. I’m not sure I can handle the idea of having to splash my face all those times though! xx