I have four main criteria that guide my skincare routine: cost, efficacy, production (good for me, the animals and the planet) and simplicity. In a cleanser, that translates into finding something that will both cleanse AND remove makeup without drying out my skin or breaking the bank.

For me, the Aubrey EveryDay Basics Cleansing Cream ($8.95) cleanser strikes a nice balance of performance and price. The ingredients list is moderately impressive. I like that the cleanser is vegan, gluten and cruelty free, and made with many organic ingredients. I could do without the multiple forms of alcohol, which I don’t like putting on my skin because it can be an irritant and I find it increases dryness. It also contains witch hazel as well as quite a few essential oils, including eucalyptus, peppermint, rosemary, and sage. I did not experience any irritation when using this product, but those with very sensitive skin (or noses) should be aware of the potential irritants.

The Aubrey Cleansing Cream is a thick, white cream that worked well with my Clarisonic Mia, though used alone I found the thickness made it a little hard to work into the skin. There is a fairly strong mint/eucalyptus scent, which translates into a slight tingle on the skin that intensifies during rinsing (especially if, like me, you prefer cooler water). The product does a good job of washing away the majority of my makeup, though I used a Q-tip to get stray mascara and eyeliner afterwards. And the cleanser didn’t leave my skin feeling tight, despite the alcohols. Because optimally I would be using a separate makeup remover before cleansing, I made sure to use a toner to remove any remaining face grime, makeup or leftover cleanser before applying my serum or moisturizer.

There are things I like and dislike about the packing. On one hand, I like the resilient plastic, the cylindrical shape that fits easily into shower corners or a caddy, the generous amount, and the air-tight container. On the other, I sometimes had issues with the pump not coming back up all the way, and the solid white bottle means you can’t see how much product you have left.

I liked the Aubrey Cleansing Cream, and I will definitely finish the rest of my sample bottle. Would I purchase? I’m not sure. The price is right, you really don’t have to use much, and I was pleased with the product’s performance. At the same time I wasn’t wowed. I didn’t dread using this product, but I didn’t necessarily look forward to it either.

Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Cetyl Alcohol, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water*, Aqua, Alcohol Denat. (38b, Lavender), Potassium Cocoate**, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil*, Glycerin, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Eucalytpus Globulus Leaf Oil*, Potassium Olivate**, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Extract, Cinnamomum Camphora (Camphor), Menthol*, Ascorbic Acid, Potassium Jojobate**, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil*, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Oil*, Cyamopsis Tetragonoloba (Guar) Gum, Tocopherol, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract

* Organic

** Made With Organic Ingredients