Natural Cleanser Showdown: Your Guide to Organic Face Washes

Best Organic Facial Cleansers

Ahhh, cleansers. This is one of the products that readers ask me about most frequently. “Can you recommend a face wash for me?” Well, yes, I definitely can! But, what is your skin type? Do you want it to remove makeup as well? Do you prefer foaming, oil, gel, balm, or wipes? What is your budget? The questions are endless, plus there are just sooooo many good natural cleansers out there and everyone has their own preferences.

To be honest, I’ve tried LOTS of natural cleansers over the years. And I mean LOTS. So everything that is listed in this guide is tested and true, and meets all of my standards for ingredients and performance. And I’ll keep adding to the list as I try more so be sure to bookmark this page. Let’s get to it! 💁‍♀️

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Foaming:

In my opinion, foaming cleansers give your skin the deepest clean feeling compared to other types. These two are wonderful options that clean without stripping skin too much of its natural oils.

Bristol Sussex Cleanser

Bristol & Sussex Cleanse*
$25 • All skin types • Removes makeup

 

 

Hollybeth Foaming Cleanser

Hollybeth Chamomile Facial Foaming Cleanser*
$20 • Normal to dry skin • Removes makeup

 

 

Kosmatology Foaming Cleanser
Kosmatology Lemongrass Foaming Cleanser*
$28 • Acne or rosacea skin • Removes makeup

 

 


Solid Bar:

Bars are a great option if you’re looking for package-free! Simply rub them gently on wet skin and they start to lather.

Osmia Black Clay Facial SoapOsmia Black Clay Facial Soap
$24 • Normal, problem, combination skin • Great for perioral dermatitis • Removes makeup

 

 


Oil:

Oil cleansing sounds weird to a lot of people because there is a common misconception that oil clogs pores. Not if you use the correct ones! After finally trying it myself, my skin loved it! According to Wellness Mama:

The basic idea of oil cleansing is to use natural oils in a specific combination to cleanse the skin and naturally balance the skin’s natural oils. This produces much more nourished and moisturized skin that traditional soap and detergent based facial cleaners.

MUN Akwi CleanserMŪN Akwi Purifying Cleanser*
$14 • All skin types • Removes makeup

 

 

You can also use oil-based serums to cleanse and remove makeup – check out this blog post for my favorites!


Gel + Cream:

Gels and creams are probably most similar to conventional cleansers that are found in drugstores. They offer a really nice clean without making your skin feel dry or tight.

Alitura Pearl CleanserAlitura Pearl Cleanser*
$49 • All skin types • Removes light makeup

 

 

Hollybeth Gel CleanserHollybeth Cleansing Gel*
$16 • Normal to dry skin • Removes makeup

 

 

La Mav Sweet Orange CleanserLa Mav Sweet Orange Cleanser
$20 • Oily and combination skin • Removes makeup

 

 

Osea Ocean CleanserOsea Ocean Cleanser
$44 • Normal and combination skin • Removes makeup

 

 

Osea Cleansing MuddOsea Ocean Cleansing Mudd
$44 • Oily or acne-prone skin • Removes makeup

 

 

Ursa Major Fantastic Face WashUrsa Major Fantastic Face Wash
$28 • Normal, combination, acne-prone, oily skin • Removes makeup

 

 

Wonder Seed Hemp CleanserWonder Seed Hemp Facial Cleanser
$20 • All skin types, best for acne or rosacea • Removes makeup

 

 


Liquid:

Liquid cleansers are a great companion to scrubs or grain exfoliates. They are gentle yet effective at removing makeup, too.

Farmaesthetics Fine Herbal CleanserFarmaesthetics Fine Herbal Cleanser
$39 • All skin types • Removes makeup

 

 

Inika Micellar WaterInika Rosewater Micellar Water*
$22 • All skin types • Removes makeup

 

 


Grains + Sponges:

Grains and konjac sponges act as both gentle exfoliation and cleansers in one. This also means that they probably shouldn’t be used daily in order to avoid over-exfoliating!

Dr. Sponge KonjacDr. Sponge Konjac Sponges*
$8.50-11.50 • Different sponges for different skin types • Does not remove heavy makeup unless mixed with cleanser

 

Laguna Herbals Cleansing GrainsLaguna Herbals 3 Way Action Cleansing Grains
$35 • Oily skin, but other formulas available for other skin types • Does not remove heavy makeup unless mixed with cleanser

 

Wyld Konjac SpongeWyld Konjac Sponges
$17 • Different sponges for different skin types • Does not remove heavy makeup unless mixed with cleanser • Code ORGANICALLYBECCA20 for discount

 


Honey:

Honey is an amazing natural cleanser because it gently removes dirt without affecting the skin’s natural sebum. It also has probiotic and antibacterial properties, making it great for acne-prone skin!

Lil' Fox Jungle GlowLil’ Fox Jungle Glow Rainforest Honey Enzyme Cleanser
$75 • All skin types • Not for removing makeup

 

 

Pure + Radiant Suds Face WashPure + Radiant Suds Face Wash
$42 • All skin types • Not for removing makeup

 

 


Balm:

Balms are ideal for nighttime use and dry skin because they are pretty heavy and provide deep hydration. Think of it as an overnight mask, too! They remove makeup really well.

100% Pure Cleansing Balm100% Pure Blood Orange Cleansing Balm
$38 • All skin types • Removes heavy makeup

 

 

Laguna Herbals Eye BalmLaguna Herbals Eye Balm
$60 • All skin types especially mature skin • Removes eye makeup

 

 

MOA Green BalmMOA Daily Cleansing Ritual Green Balm*
$21 • All skin types especially inflamed or dry skin
• Removes heavy makeup

 

 


Mist:

Mist for cleansing?! Don’t knock it ’til you try it! You can use it with an organic cotton round pad or just spray directly on your skin and start massaging it to cleanse.

Ladyloved Nova Rose CleanserLadyloved Nova Rosa Facial Cleanser Mist
$28 • Ideal for skin prone to redness or rosacea • Removes makeup

 

 


Wipes:

Perfect for on-the-go or for those days that you’re just too lazy to do an in-depth skincare routine 😉 I don’t recommend them for full daily cleansing but are a good quick option or for removing eye makeup before using another cleanser.

Ogee Facial Cleaning ClothsOgee Daily Facial Cleansing Cloths
$20 for 30 wipes • All skin types • Removes makeup

 

 

Ursa Major 4-in-1 WipesUrsa Major 4-in-1 Wipes
$24 for 20 wipes • All skin types • Removes makeup

 

 

WotNot Facial WipesWotNot Face Wipes
$9 for 25 wipes • Normal and sensitive skin • Removes makeup

 

 


So which is my favorite cleanser, you ask? This is almost impossible and depends on the day, but if I HAD to choose just one…it would probably be the La Mav Sweet Orange Cleanser. I find myself reaching for that one the most because it lathers perfectly, removes makeup, smells great, and doesn’t leave my skin feeling stripped.

But again, everything on this list is great in my opinion!

Let me know if this guide was helpful or if you have any questions! If you loved it, please share with a friend 😘

 

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