I am trying to find a new cleanser after using REN’s ClearCalm 3 Clarifying Clay Cleanser for almost two years (review here). As much as I love this product, I thought it would be good to see what else is out there. Here are five of the cleansers I’ve tried in the past couple of months.
Essential Care Creamy Coconut Cleanser
I love Essential Care’s Organic Rose Moisturiser (review here) so when I saw that they have a coconut facial cleanser I thought it might be worth a try. This product is free from all toxic chemicals, including parabens, is biodegradable, not tested on animals and has 88% of organically grown ingredients. It doesn’t smell of coconuts, which is a bit of a letdown for me. It doesn’t really smell of anything. It’s a light cleanser and I it doesn’t remove makeup particularly well. It also doesn’t lather much. It kind of disappears. It’s not a bad product, just not something I would go for again.
DHC Deep Cleansing Oil
DHC is one of the most popular Japanese brands in the West. I used to buy a lot of their product in Japan. They were always of a very high quality. This is one of their bestsellers. Cleansing oils are a bit different from normal cleansers. They are designed mostly to remove makeup. The trick with this product is to use in with dry hands. It’s a bit similar to MAC’s oil makeup remover which I also really like. It’s a really good cleanser. It leaves your skin deeply cleansed and moisturised. If you haven’t tried DHC’s Deep Cleansing Oil, I would recommend it.
Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser
This one has a cult following. I, personally, don’t like it all that much, mainly because of the strong camphor and eucalyptus smell and the fact that it contains parabens. It works well as a cleanser. It comes with a cloth that you use to remove the cleanser with while gently exfoliating the skin. I tried using the cloth for a while but I find it a bit time-consuming to wash it every couple of days. It’s a good product, there is no denying: it removes makeup well, it doesn’t dry out my skin and it leaves it feeling nice and clean. I understand why people love it so much although, personally, I don’t think I will be repurchasing it.
Sophyto Purifying Silken Cleanser
I’ve been loving Sophyto lately. I’m surprised this brand isn’t more famous. It’s a natural, paraben-free brand with really nice ingredients. It was founded in New Forest: a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site national park in the UK. This cleanser has honey propolis, desert lily, aloe, and hazelnut oil. It’s a thick gel that smells of honey. You can get it from Naturisimo (here). The product was a finalist of the Best Eco Beauty Finalist 2011 CEW Awards. I like it a lot although it doesn’t remove 100% of makeup. But if you use a makeup remover or DHC oil to remove eye makeup first it works really well. It doesn’t lather but it leaves the skin nice and soft. It’s my favourite of the five. If you haven’t tried any of Sophyto’s products, it’s worth giving it a try. It’s a really nice brand.
Dead Sea Spa Magik Gentle Cleansing Facial Wash
This product leathers well and smells strongly of salt and sea. The down side is that it leaves the skin rather dry. It might be the salt in it. Although it’s paraben-free and cleans well, it leaves the skin feeling tight and dry. I don’t like the consistency either. It’s sort of a whipped paste. Definitely won’t be repurchasing.