The Clean 13: Our Top Natural Facial Cleansers

Our top natural facial cleansers are vegan friendly, non toxic, and sometimes, fully organic! There’s definitely one here for you

By Sruti Raman

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. Here, we’ve found 13 fantastic brands that 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.

Our Top 13 Natural Facial Cleansers

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1. Inika Organics Phytofuse Renew Camellia Oil Cleanser

Think an oil based cleanser can’t get wipe the dirt out of your pores? Think again! This plant based cleanser by Inika Organics is actually creamy, though it is infused with natural oils. And the best part? It comes with a super cool brush head that massages the skin and distributes the product evenly throughout your skin. The unique formula moisturizes with shea and cocoa butter, and protects with anti-oxidizing camellia oil.

Best for: Normal to dry skin, exfoliating

Price: Around $30

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2. Organic Pharmacy Carrot Butter Cleanser

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.


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4. Alchimie Forever

If you’re the kind of girl who loves a zesty scented face cleaner to pick up your spirits, then this gel is perfect for you! It contains natural extracts of papaya and grapefruit, and gently foams up to dissolve makeup and excess oil from your skin’s surface. Refreshing cucumber smells heavenly and softens the skin, and while tart grapefruit refreshes and brightens. The best part? This is light formula preserves the skin’s natural pH balance, leaving it cleaner, softer and healthier.

Best for: Gentle foaming action, a great scent

Price: Around $41

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5. Organic Apoteke Active Face Cleanse Gel 

Active Face Cleanse Gel by Organic Apoteke is not only Certified Organic, but also contains ingredients that are great for detoxifying for your skin. For example? The papaya and pineapple extracts in this cleanser leaves your skin bright, but not tight – just beautifully clean and clear. The active ingredients stimulate microcirculation, which gives your skin a more youthful glow. Get your hands on this product if you’re looking to refine your pores and deep clean your skin.

Best for: All skin types, especially if you are prone to blemishes.

Price: Around $40.

Find it here.

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6. Trilogy Makeup Be Gone

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, of course!

Price: Around $25

Find it: here.


7. Pai Skincare Camellia & Rose Hydrating Cleanser

Looking for a great smelling, non-soapy, all natural face wash? Pai’s creamy face cleanser is gentle on the skin and effectively removes all traces of makeup while cleansing your skin without stripping it. Thanks to the presence of natural flower oils, the cleanser helps retain moisture and keeps your skin fresh and clear. This is a fully vegan product that’s great for everyday use. We love that it comes with a reusable muslin cloth, too!

Best for: Normal and combination skin types.

Price Around $30.

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8. Aromatherapy Associates Exfoliating Rose Cleanser

Natural, fully biodegradable Jojoba beads are blended into this creamy exfoliating formula to gently remove dead skin cells. Even if you have sensitive or acne prone skin, you’ll love this – the beads are so tiny, and so smooth, these spheres won’t scratch or irritate your skin even with everyday use. This natural face wash is blended with pure Rose Water, which not only smells great, but is known for its astringent, antiseptic and moisturizing properties.

Best for: Dry or mature skins.

Price: $43

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9. In Transit No Traces Wipes by ThisWorks

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

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10. Kora Organics Foaming Cleanser

Containing certified organic ingredients, this foaming cleanser was created by supermodel Miranda Kerr to gently wash away daily dirt. Totally soap-free, the formula is packed with all kinds of plant based goodness, including aloe vera, green tea extract and the dreamy scent of sandalwood. Each ingredient was carefully selected by Miranda herself to protect your skin from free radicals and leave your face feeling refreshed and invigorated.

Best for: Oily, combination and problematic skin

Price: Around $30

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12. African Botanics Baobab Clay Oxygenating Cleanser

There’s a lot of goodness in this face wash, including marula oil, kigelia Africana, aloe and green Rooibos tea, and they’re all there for a  reason! For example, the tea helps reduce redness and improve hydration, while the aloe soothes and cleanses, and the marula oil hydrates. There’s also sandalwood and cedarwood to rejuvenate, and jasmine to stimulate cell renewal, fade scars, and of course, it makes this product smell great! This natural facial cleanser is, of course, free from parabens, BPA petrochemicals and toxic preservatives

Best for: All skin types, but especially for those who live in polluted areas.

Price: $60

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13. Shea Terra Deep Cleanser

This is one of our favourite natural facial cleansers! It’s based on traditional African black soap, which is made from the ashes of burnt plantain and cocoa pods, and is renowned for its abilities to battle blemishes and the signs of skin aging. This natural ingredient combines with rosehips, mineral salts and coconut oil to deep clean your skin whilst leaving it feeling refreshed. What we love most about this all-natural face wash is the fact that it can also act as a facial mask – just leave it on longer before rinsing off. 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


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