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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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.
Hollybeth Chamomile Facial Foaming Cleanser*
$20 • Normal to dry skin • Removes makeup
Kosmatology Lemongrass Foaming Cleanser*
$28 • Acne or rosacea skin • Removes makeup
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 Soap
$24 • Normal, problem, combination skin • Great for perioral dermatitis • Removes makeup
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.
MŪN 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 Cleanser*
$49 • All skin types • Removes light makeup
Hollybeth Cleansing Gel*
$16 • Normal to dry skin • Removes makeup
La Mav Sweet Orange Cleanser
$20 • Oily and combination skin • Removes makeup
Osea Ocean Cleanser
$44 • Normal and combination skin • Removes makeup
Osea Ocean Cleansing Mudd
$44 • Oily or acne-prone skin • Removes makeup
Ursa Major Fantastic Face Wash
$28 • Normal, combination, acne-prone, oily skin • Removes makeup
Wonder Seed Hemp Facial Cleanser
$20 • All skin types, best for acne or rosacea • Removes makeup
Liquid cleansers are a great companion to scrubs or grain exfoliates. They are gentle yet effective at removing makeup, too.
Farmaesthetics Fine Herbal Cleanser
$39 • All skin types • Removes makeup
Inika 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 Konjac Sponges*
$8.50-11.50 • Different sponges for different skin types • Does not remove heavy makeup unless mixed with cleanser
Laguna 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 Sponges
$17 • Different sponges for different skin types • Does not remove heavy makeup unless mixed with cleanser • Code ORGANICALLYBECCA20 for discount
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 Glow Rainforest Honey Enzyme Cleanser
$75 • All skin types • Not for removing makeup
Pure + Radiant Suds Face Wash
$42 • All skin types • Not for removing makeup
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 Blood Orange Cleansing Balm
$38 • All skin types • Removes heavy makeup
Laguna Herbals Eye Balm
$60 • All skin types especially mature skin • Removes eye makeup
MOA Daily Cleansing Ritual Green Balm*
$21 • All skin types especially inflamed or dry skin
• Removes heavy makeup
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 Rosa Facial Cleanser Mist
$28 • Ideal for skin prone to redness or rosacea • Removes makeup
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 Daily Facial Cleansing Cloths
$20 for 30 wipes • All skin types • Removes makeup
Ursa Major 4-in-1 Wipes
$24 for 20 wipes • All skin types • Removes makeup
WotNot 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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