By Holly Litchfield
Isn’t it funny that we wash our face up to twice daily, but often don’t think much about the products we use so regularly? It seems that as long as we feel a face wash gets us clean, that’s enough. But did you know many facial cleansers are actually packed with harsh chemicals that can irritate and damage not only your skin, but your health? Chemicals like sodium laureth sulphates and parabens can actually have long-term impacts on our internal organs, never mind our external complexions.
So of course, it’s more than worth it to seek out an all-natural or organic facial cleanser that’s right for your skin type. We’ve found 13 fantastic brands that are not only as natural as can be, but also come in a wide variety of different formats, using different methods and ingredients to cleanse the skin. So whether you’re after a balm, something that foams, or a gentle cleansing milk, you’ll find that one of these natural facial cleansers below will leave you feeling as fresh–and as natural–as a daisy.
This super gentle cleanser comes infused with almond and mild plum kernel oil, which are both closely related to the skin’s own sebum and hold nourishing powers. It’s a creamy formula that you just apply, rub in a bit then wipe off. This fragrance free and cruelty free cleanser is very kind to skin, restoring the skin’s lipid balance and maintaining its natural moisture.
Best for: Dry to normal skin Price: Around $10 Find it: here
Think an oil can’t clean your skin? Think again! This oil-based cleanser contains a blend of organic and biodynamic essential oils, plant extracts and the energies of gems and crystals, for skin that tends towards dehydration. A blend of sesame, avocado and spelt oils help in the removal of makeup and impurities for a gentle yet effective cleanse, whilst helping to maintain the delicate moisture balance of the skin. Can also be used for removing eye make-up. Seriously, don’t be put off by the idea of cleaning with an oil – we’ve tried this, and it works powerfully to dig out dirt!
Best for: Any skin type Price: Around $70 Find it: here
No wonder this is a favorite among celebs and beauty editors alike! This is a richly cleansing balm that’s packed with antioxidants and nourishing cocoa butter, as well as a whole nourishing garden of carrots, lavender, and chamomile. This organic cleanser fights inflammation and calms the skin, all while working hard to dissolve grime and makeup—it’ll even get every last bit of that stubborn waterproof eyeliner, leaving behind a bare face that’s softer, more radiant, and totally red carpet worthy.
Best for: Dry skin, deep cleaning Price: Around $70 Find it: here.
Instead of harsh foaming cleansers, these disposable wipes use coconut derived ingredients to wipe away makeup and grime. These are formulated mainly for new moms or pregnant women who may have hormonal imbalances, so tea tree oil is added to kill the bacteria that causes blemishes. They’re great to have in your bag to refresh your skin on a hot city day, but we’re not sure how we feel about using disposable wipes that aren’t fully biodegradable.
Best for: New and expecting moms, those on the go Price: Around $8 Find it here.
An all time Eluxe favourite, this is creamy cleanser has a light, fresh rosy fragrance. It combines the purest of natural ingredients including rose flower water, jojoba oil, grapefruit seed extract and vitamin E to create a formula that’s strong enough to remove even eye makeup, but gentle enough for red, mature and delicate skin. Just pat on then swipe off.
Best for: Sensitive, dry skin Price: Around $20 Find it: here
Rosehip, mango and coconut conspire here to wipe away all traces of makeup – even mascara – on all skin types. This is a gentle, organic formula that aims to remove impurities from all over the face, including the delicate eye area, without causing any irritation on the skin. Certified natural by Natrue, you can expect skin to feel thoroughly cleansed and completely hydrated after using this.
Best for: Makeup lovers Price: Around $40 Find it: here.
This is highly nourishing creamy foaming cleanser. Suitable for normal to dry skin types, it’s infused with Rosehip seed oil (more commonly known for its anti-aging fatty acid properties) and essential oils such as chamomile and Damask rose, which work to rejuvenate skin leaving a purified, smooth, and more balanced tone. It boasts a delicate floral scent with a gentle foam consistency that eliminates impurities and makeup effectively.
Price: Around $50 Best for: Mature skins Find it: here
Biodegradable Jojoba beads are incorporated into this creamy formula to gently exfoliate – they are so tiny, and so smooth, these spheres won’t scratch or irritate your skin even with everyday use. This gentle yet effective formula is blended with pure Rose Water, known for its astringent, antiseptic and moisturizing properties.
Best for: Dry or mature skins. Get it here.
Rosewater and mint provide the delectable scent behind these light facial washing pads. The rosewater leaves a slightly hydrating film whilst the mint refreshes. The only issue is, we’re not sure if these little pads are biodegradable, and what’s more, they’re small, meaning you may need 2-3 to remove all makeup.
Best for: Those on the move, oily skin Price: Around $30 Find it: here
This gentle, creamy cleanser is designed to remove all make-up types including stubborn waterproof mascaras and long-lasting foundations. Its ultra-soft formula, consisting of organic blackberry, apricot and aloe vera extracts leave skin feeling revived and smooth whilst its organic orange water combats areas of dehydrated skin. Enriched with organic virgin sesame oil for up optimum comfort, Bio Beaute proudly ensure 100% gentle skincare that smells great, too.
Best for: Dry, dehydrated skin Price: Around $20 Find it: here
This thick, rich formula wipes off all traces of makeup instantly. Made with a soothing blend of organic aloe juice, organic coconut oil, organic green tea extract, the essential oils in the formula–namely ylang ylang, lavender, rosewood, tangerine and bergamont–leave this not with a coconut scent, but a lightly floral one.
Best for: Perfect for all skin types, including rosacea.
Eliminate impurities and minimize pores with this luxurious cleanser. It’s packed with Marula Oil, Kigelia Africana, Aloe Ferox and Green Rooibos tea to reduce redness, improve hydration and firm skin. Sandalwood and Cedarwood rejuvenate, while White-Blossoms and Jasmine stimulate cell renewal and fade scars. This is the perfect product for those exposed to pollution and harsh climates, as African clay removes pore-clogging pollutants and tightens pores. This natural product is fee from parabens, BPA petrochemicals and toxic preservatives
Best for: All skin types. Get it here.
Real African black soap—made from the ashes of plaintain and cocoa pods – combines with rosehips, mineral salts and coconut oil to deep clean your skin whilst leaving it feeling refreshed. This all-natural face wash can also act as a facial mask, and is renowned for its abilities to battle blemishes and the signs of skin aging. The formula is 100 percent natural, fragrance free, and gentle enough for those with oily or sensitive skin.
Best for: Oily or sensitive skin Price: Around $20 Find it: here