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This post has been updated: Five Best Cleansers of 2013
I've come across some many good cleansers this year and, as I find myself reaching for them over and over again, it struck me that there was a new Five Best in the making. A good way to test a cleanser is to leave the face bare for an hour or so after using it. So many of them leave you with tight, dry skin that cries out for an immediate swathe of moisturizer. Not these.
The star of our last Five Best cleansers, Tracie Martyn's Amla, has made it back again. For those on a budget, CSI's Rose Hip Cleanser is incredible value. A great Copley find and recommended by our reviewer Terri is Olives Organic Botanicals. My latest discovery is Sky Botanicals African Black Soap Brightening Cleanser. Epicuren Discovery Milk Cleanser is a gentle and effective solution for sensitive, oily skin. If anyone is wondering what happened to Suki's exfoliating cleanser, I still love it but have held it back for an upcoming five best exfoliators.
Ingredients in Tracie Martyn
Aqua (purified water), amla extract, sorbitol, coconut and soy amino acids, castor and soy hydrolized protein, decyl glucoside and lauryl lactylate, lactic acid, salicylic acid, ascorbic acid (vitamin c), malic acid, allantoin (comfrey), papaya enzymes, pineapple enzymes, silicon dioxide, honeysuckle extract, turmeric extract, spinach extract, blend of spearmint, lime and other natural essential oils.
Ingredients in CSI
Purified water, olive oil castile, vegetable glycerin, rose hip seed oil, oil of kumquat and seaweed extract
Ingredients in Skye
Shea butter and shea bark, palm butter, cocoa butter, cocoa pods, roasted plantain skins and leaves, vegetable glycerin, lemon peel extract, lemongrass essential oil, seaweed extract.
Ingredients in Epicuren
Distilled Water, Glycerin, Kukui Nut Oil, Helianthus Annulus (Hybrid Sunflower) Oil, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel), Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Macadamia Glycerides, Essential Oils, Centella Asiatica Extract, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Nymphaea Alba Flower (Water Lily) Extract, Evening Primrose Oil, Cinnamomum Camphora (Camphor) Leaf Extract, Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis), Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Ruscus Aculeatus (Butcher’s Broom) Root Extract, Panthenol, Hydrolyzed Yeast Protein, Hydrolyzed Milk Protein, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Extract, Grapefruit Seed Extract, Rosemary Extract.
Ingredients in Olives
Organic saponified olive oil, organic coconut oil, organic jojoba oil, organic aloe vera, organic rosehip oil, organic carrot seed oil, organic rosemary extract.