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Everyone’s skin is different and multiple can react differently to the same product. That’s why its important to understand what works for you and your skin type. Cleansers are an essential part of a healthy self-care routine. Your skin can collect dirt and pollutants throughout the day, and if you use makeup you also need a healthy way to remove those products from your face. Depending on whether you have oily, dry, or combination skin, the type of cleanser you need may differ from ones you’ve used in the past or what other people recommend.
That’s why we put together a list of 15 facial cleansers divided between gel cleansers, foam cleansers, and cream cleansers. They are all available on Amazon and cruelty-free because it’s totally possible to avoid contributing to the harm of animals while taking care of yourself.
1. InstaNatural Vitamin C Facial Cleanser
InstaNatural’s Vitamin C Facial Cleanser is a gentle face wash with antioxidants like vitamin C and organic aloe. It can clear and unclog pores, breakouts, blemishes, and is supposed to work for all skin types. It’s also infused with green tea, chamomile sugar cane, and coconut water. The price is $19.97.
Kashmir says, “Lovely product. Seems to be very gentle on the skin. It’s animal friendly and has a 12 month shelf life but I have a feeling I’ll be needing bottle of this every other month or so so I’m going to subscribe to this product. My face feels very soft and although the breakout problem I’m having right now stung a little bit at first While I was washing I can feel them coming down and starting to dry up on their own now.”
2. Ursa Major Natural Face Wash
Source: Ursa Major Natural Face Wash
Ursa Major’s Natural Face Wash is a concentrated foaming gel cleanser that exfoliates without stripping skin’s moisture or messing with the pH balance. The ingredients are naturally-derived and include soothing aloe, sugarcane, rice seed, and coconut-derived surfactants. It’s paraben-free, fragrance-free, cruelty-free, and vegan. It’s also free of petrochemicals, sulfates, synthetic fragrances and colors. The pleasant fragrance comes from the essential oils including cedar, spearmint, lime, lemon, rosemary, black spruce, owyhee, vetiver, and lavender. It works best for natural, oily, combination, and temperamental skin types. The price is $28.00.
An Amazon customer says, “I can say without a doubt that this face wash cleared my skin. I used to have constant breakouts and every face wash that I tried left my skin dry and irritated. I’ve been using this for over a year and love it. I’m willing to give it five stars even if I really dislike the smell because it has been so effective on my skin.”
3. Avalon Organics Intense Defense Cleansing Gel
Intense Defense Cleansing Gel by Avalon Organics is certified organic, plant-based, and made with organic botanicals and essential oils. It contains no GMOs, parabens, synthetic colors or fragrances, phthalates, or sulfates.The vitamin C lathers away toxins and impurities. This cleansing gel costs $7.02.
Robin says, “I wash my face with this product morning and evening and rarely get a breakout. I do not use other skin products on my face except moisturizer around the eye area. Bonus: Avalon Organics doesn’t have ingredients that the Environmental Working Group claims can be harmful, e.g., to your endocrine system.”
4. Eve Hansen Vitamin C Face Wash
Source: Eve Hansen Vitamin C Face Wash
Eve Hansen’s Vitamin C Face Wash gently exfoliates skin to remove dead skin cells while refining and hydrating skin. It can be used on sensitive skin, and the natural ingredients will not strip skin of its moisture. It’s vegan, cruelty-free, and doesn’t contain any parabens, silicones, sulfates, or phthalates. The price is $19.98.
Carrie says, “I really love this cleanser! I use it in the shower and follow it up with witch hazel and almond oil as my face care routine and my face has never looked better! Acne and blemishes are rarely a problem now that I am not using cleansers full of sulfates and the vitamin C has done wonders for my skin.”
5. Anora Skincare Purifying Gel Cleanser
Anora Skincare’s Purifying Gel Cleanser was formulated by a doctor with over 45 years of experience in skincare, health, and wellness medicine. The antioxidant-rich formula cleans and gently exfoliates. It’s made with natural ingredients including orange peel oil, aloe vera, white tea leaf extract, cucumber fruit extract, and more. This cleanser is cruelty-free and does not contain any sulfates, parabens, fragrances, or synthetic colors. It costs $36.00.
An Amazon customer says, “Great product for the price. I have been a bit cheap about specific facial skin cleansers in the past, but this gel is definitely worth buying and using. It is very easy. I typically use it in the shower or removing makeup and it feels extremely clean and light, as well as, gently exfoliating. I highly recommend the investment in your skin.”
6. Tree to Tub Unscented Foaming Facial Cleanser for Sensitive Skin
Tree to Tub’s Unscented Foaming Facial Cleanser is made with coconut, shea butter, aloe vera, acai, and chamomile. It’s a low pH formula that’s gentle and healing even for those with eczema, rosacea, and sensitive skin. The cleanser is also hypoallergenic, fair trade, vegan, cruelty-free, and sustainably harvested. It costs $18.99.
Morgan says, “Thank the heavens for this. The lather is so soft and gentle, doesn’t leave my skin oily or dried out. Really feels clean but without feeling like it stripped away a layer of my skin with it.”
7. Forest Heal Whipping Foam Cleanser
Forest Heal’s Whipping Foam Cleanser is infused with papaya extract to naturally and gently remove make up, and to destress and invigorate your face. Andiroba oil is derived from hand-collected, dried and pressed seeds from Amazonian trees and they lend their anti-inflammatory and healing properties to this cleanser. It’s also vegan, cruelty-free, and organic. It costs $14.99.
An Amazon customer says, “It’s a creamy, flaming cleanser that makes your face feel squeaky clean but doesn’t make it feel stripped or dry afterwards. I use it at night before bed and after working out and have noticed a huge reduction in acne and my skin just looks better overall. It’s a great price and works incredibly well. I was using harsher cleaners with salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide but this one seems to reduce acne and cleanse better and not leave my face red, dry, and irritated.”
8. Pure Biology Premium Facial Cleanser with Hyaluronic Acid
Pure Biology’s Premium Facial Cleanser with Hyaluronic Acid is a gentle face wash that cleanses without stripping skin of moisture or healthy bacteria. It’s made with essential oils and botanical extracts to remove blackheads, cleanse pores, moisturize, and repair damaged, irritated skin. Pure Biology says it works for all skin types including acne-prone, oily, and dry skin. This non-GMO, cruelty-free, and paraben-free cleanser costs $21.90.
An Amazon customer says, “This cleanser is very creamy and does not irritate my skin. It thoroughly cleanses the skin without drying it out. I love the consistency and feel of the product. My skin feels clean and healthy. I would highly recommend this cleanser for anyone looking for an effective, non drying cleanser.”
9. Ariul Natural Face Wash Cleansing Foam
Ariul’s Natural Face Wash Cleansing Foam is does not contain mineral oils, chemical surfactants, artificial colors, artificial scents, and is cruelty-free. It’s made with natural oils extracted from seven fruits and plants that maintain moisture. The natural herbal extracts include Sea Buckthorn Fruit, Camomile, Rosemary, and Camu-Camu, which help calm the skin. There’s also a Phyto-6 Purefull Complex from Tomato, Broccoli, Banana, Cabbage, Tomato, and Carrot. It costs $12.99.
Heather says, “I only use a pea size amount if that and it does the job. This bottle is lasting me awhile and well worth the money. Love that it is cruelty free as well. Doesnt leave my face dry and I have seen improvements since using this product.”
10. Block Island Organics Purifying Facial Cleanser
Block Island Organics’ Purifying Facial Cleanser is meant to work for all skin types including sensitive, oily, combination, dull, normal, and dry skin. It’s free of sulfates, harsh chemicals, phthalates, dye, fragrances, gluten, and is vegan and cruelty-free. Packed with antioxidants, vitamin C, and vitamin E, it can revitalize skin and decrease sun damage. Organic aloe vera, rosehip, chamomile, sunflower, avocado, olive, and other botanicals are also in the ingredients. The price is $21.99.
An Amazon customer says, “I really enjoy this cleanser for the following reasons: Doesn’t dry out my skin as much as conventional face cleansers. It seems to be unscented which is the biggest reason I like it. It makes skin feel extremely smooth after, which is a sign of a very good cleanser. Skin looks fresh after and ready to apply moisturizer.”
11. Pacifica Beauty Coconut Milk Cream to Foam Face Wash
Pacifica Beauty’s Coconut Milk Cream to Foam Face Wash is not only vegan and cruelty-free, but it’s also free of parabens, phthalates, mineral oil, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, and petroleum. Two of the main ingredients are coconut and vitamin E, and it smells like coconut and vanilla. It costs $9.49.
An Amazon customer says, “Love the smell and how my face feels after using. Only need a very little.”
12. Acure Seriously Soothing Cleansing Cream
Acure’s Seriously Soothing Cleansing Cream purifies and cleanses skin without drying, and provides nutrient dense moisture while cleaning. It also protects skin’s natural acid. Acure says it’s good for dry and sensitive skin. It’s vegan, cruelty-free, sulfate free, and paraben free. The price for one cream is $9.99.
An Amazon customer says, “This cleanser is not at all greasy or oily, but it is soft and luxurious. It does a great job of cleaning without overdrying. My face has been super happy and calmer since I started using this. If you just use this cleanser and skip a moisturizer your face will feel a little tight. A little goes a long way with this cleanser.”
13. evanhealy Ayurvedic Coconut Cream Cleanser
evanhealy’s Ayurvedic Coconut Cream Cleanser is made with certified organic, raw, and unrefined virgin coconut oil which is natural fragrant and its living enzymes and nutrients deeply nourish skin. Organic virgin coconut oil can cleanse pores and keeps skin clear and smooth. This cream cleanser is also naturally scented with sweet orange and the vetiver helps calm and relax facial muscles. It costs $24.95.
Michele says, “This product removes make-up better than anything I have ever used. It also leaves my face soft and moisturized with no need for additional products, except maybe some under eye cream. I truly love it. Although it’s main ingredient is coconut cream, it is non greasy when removed with a wet cloth.”
14. NENA Gentle Cleansing Cream
Source: NENA Gentle Cleansing Cream
NENA’s Gentle Cleansing Cream is made with glacial mineral water and glacial oceanic clay which has over 60 minerals and rare earth elements, and removes makeup, dead skin cells, and environmental pollutants. NENA says it’s suitable for all skin types including normal, dry, oily, sensitive, and aging skin. It’s vegan, cruelty-free, halal certified, and Environmental Working Group verified. The price is $15.95.
Kelsey says, “I love that this cleanser goes on easily, is fragrance free, and doesn’t dry out my skin or make it oily.”
15. Hemp Brightening Facial Cleanser Cream
This Hemp Brightening Facial Cleanser Cream is made with natural hemp oil, aloe vera, chamomile, cucumber, and Japanese green tea extract. It gently washes skin and calms skin inflammation and irritation. It can also prevent redness and breakouts. It’s supposed to be gentle on all skin types and be very effective at removing makeup. As well as being cruelty-free, it’s also paraben-free, SLS-free, alcohol-free, and free of harsh chemicals. The price is $17.77.
An Amazon customer says, “Love this facial cleanser. It has a creamy consistency and feels amazing! As someone else commented, it is not the best to remove make-up, so you do have to remove make-up prior to washing face but I don’t mind at all. My face feels clean after using this cleanser. I have a combo oily/dry skin and have not had any issues or redness with this product. The bottle size is a bit small for the price but it is a natural product so just keep that in mind.”
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