Cleansing your face is undoubtedly the most important step in skincare. Compared to multi-tasking serums and holy grail facial masks, cleansers don’t often get the same hype around them, but without cleansing, no other skincare products will work! A natural facial cleanser is a must for your skincare routine.
With some many cleansers out there on the market, which one is the best for you? First of all, we can cut out a huge portion by eliminating all cleansers that include ingredients including sulfates, parabens, and fragrance, among others, that are doing your skin no favors. To read more about why these ingredients are harmful, check out my article Ten Ingredients to Avoid in Beauty Products.
The cleanser you need is non-toxic, gentle, and effective. Also, it will have ingredients that work for your particular skin type and skincare goals. This might sound obvious, but sometimes we see a really popular product that we want to get, but it just may not be the ideal product for you. Here I have listed the best nontoxic and natural facial cleanser that meet different skin types and needs.
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Best for Normal/Combination Skin
OSEA Ocean Cleanser
So you have pretty nice skin huh? Lucky you! But, you still need to take care of that face to maintain your naturally balanced face. I recommend OSEA’s Ocean Cleanser. It’s unique texture gently washes away surface impurities while delivering antioxidants and minerals to protect your skin. It leaves your skin feeling balanced and refreshed.
Best for Oily Skin
OSEA Cleansing Mudd
My cleanser recommendation for oily skin also comes from OSEA. What can I say, I love their products! The Ocean Mudd Cleanser formula uses is made from a mix of organic seaweeds that decongests oily and blemish-prone skin. Seaweed is a superfood ingredients – rich in minerals, amino acids, and vitamins. Jojoba oil helps to balance oil levels of the face leaving your skin balanced. Wild mint, tea tree, and peppermint provide a cooling and tingling sensation for a very satisfying end result!
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Best for Acne/Blemish Prone Skin
True Botanicals Nourishing Cleanser, Clear Collection
True Botanicals’ Nourishing Cleanser from their Clear Collection is the perfect face wash for acne-prone skin. This gentle cleanser lifts surface impurities while also providing a light exfoliation to help decongest the pores. The does not over dry your skin which only exacerbates your acne. Black willow bark provides a natural salicylic acid for exfoliation while green and white tea provides powerful antioxidant protection. It is also lightly scented with sandalwood, need I say more?
Best for Dry Skin
Naturopathica Manuka Honey Cleansing Balm
This cleansing balm from Naturopathica provides a luxurious spa treatment for your parched skin at home. The thick cream glides on gently and easily and starts breaking down makeup and impurities right away. Manuka honey provides an antibacterial component but more importantly, it works to strengthen the skin’s moisture barrier. For dry skin, the moisture barrier is essential because it keeps moisture locked into the skin. Royal jelly peptides also work to the same ends plus promoting skin renewal.
Best Oil Cleanser
One Love Organics Vitamin B Enzyme Cleansing Oil
The Vitamin B Enzyme Cleansing Oil is hands down the best oil cleanser I’ve used. It is one of my all-time favorite skincare products! The oil is rich and glides smoothly over your skin. With a small amount of water, the oil turns milky as it breaks apart all the gunk on your face. Fruit enzymes from pumpkin and papaya seed oil provides a gentle exfoliation while omega-rich sunflower seed hydrates and enriches the skin. I personally did not like the smell of this product, though everyone else on the whole planet does seem to like it. Despite not liking the smell I continued to use the product because it was so good. The scent is tropical and is found very enjoyable by many people.
Best No Rinse Cleanser
Odacite Blue Aura Cleansing Water
This innovative product is a recent winner of the Byrdie Eco Beauty Awards because it goes above and beyond your traditional no-rinse cleanser. This product utilizes micelles, small balls of oil that attract dirt and impurities, in aloe vera rather than water, providing extra hydration for the skin. Neem, turmeric, and holy basil help protect against skin-damaging pollutants that can wreak havoc on your skin. If you know you have a hard time washing your face every day (I definitely do) having this quick and effective way of cleaning is essential for you!!
Best Exfoliating Cleanser
Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser
Tata Harper’s Regenerist Exfoliating Cleanser provides a thorough exfoliation to reveal radiant skin but gentle enough to use every day. With natural apricot microspheres and BHA from white willow bark extract, this cleanser provides both a physical and chemical exfoliation. At the same time, olive oil and calendula extract work to hydrate and soothe skin.
Have you tried any of these natural facial cleansers? What is your experience with them? Did I miss a category you are searching recommendation for, let me know in the comments!
Great post. Thank you for sharing.! Always curious to see what products are out there and what is best for different skin types.
Loved your post. I want to try the Honey Balm product for dry skin. living in the midwest during December -February my skin gets abused by the winter. What are your Thoughts on Arbonne Products?
I haven’t tried any of their products but I have heard of them! I will have to take a look into it. Glad you found this info useful though! Feel free to reach out if you want some more personalized recommendations! [email protected]
Becoming pregnant, I had to give up all my skin routine and my skin is a mess and now I am due in a few days, I on the look out for new products to add to my routine. Thanks for sharing!
Maybe I’ll do a post soon about a pregnancy skincare routine! Thanks for the idea
Oooh I’ve never heard of these but sure going to see if I cam get my hands on the ones for dry skin to try… Thanks for the info, u learn something everyday 😁
I’m glad you enjoyed the post and learned about some new brands! They are all great brands with ethical values.
I have been meaning to look for a more natural skin care regimen. Thank you for this!
Yes! You should do it! I swear once you start with more natural products you can’t imagine using harsh cleansers anymore.
I am definitely in need of a new cleanser. I’ve never really broken out much before, but something is happening in my late 30s and I need to up my game. Thanks for the tips!
Yes, as our skin needs change, its good to reassess our skincare routine! I would recommend True Botanicals. They are pricy but they are also the best, especially for aging/blemish-prone skin!
I am so in need of a nice cleanser i have tried many and as I have sensitive skin, it can be hard to find the right product thanks for sharing!
Agreed, it is hard! Pai Skincare is a line made for people with sensitive skin, so you may want to check out their products! xx Dora
Also, I will add a ‘best cleanser for sensitive skin’ later today. I can’t believe I missed that! Thank you!
Thank you so much for sharing this post. This is great post. I love skincare product.