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Five Best facial cleansers- December 2009

Is a Solution for:
Dull Skin, Oily Skin
Reviewed by Marta December 7, 2009 6 Comments

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.

  • July 22, 2010

    by Ofelia Qui

    I have used the Made from Earth Green Tea Cleanser since I was a teenager, when my mom bought it for me. Over the years I've tried many, many other cleansers and I always come back to the one from Made from Earth. So, now it is the only one I ever buy.

    You can use it two different ways, either by massaging it over your face and then wiping it off with tissue or a wahcloth or rinsing it off with water. It is gentle on my dry sensitive skin and leaves it feeling soft and moisturized. It also removes my makeup, including eyeliner, mascara (unless it's waterproof), eye shadow, concealer, and face powder, with no irritation. It is very reasonably priced and a bottle lasts me a long time, usually at least 3 months.

    I have recommended it to many people who comment on how great my skin looks and feels. I can't say enough good things about Made from Earth - so glad I found it!

  • January 19, 2010

    by Tracy

    I have been using the Olives Organic carrot seed cleasner and moisturizer and these are hands down the best facial products ever used. The best thing is they are all organic

  • January 10, 2010

    by Kimberley

    Hi Marta,

    I was researching where to buy the Amla face cleanser and found that on the skinstore.com site if you enter the discount code 'fab20' at checkout it gives you $13.00 off. So the price goes from $65.00 to $52.00. Just thought I would share, since it's nice to find discounts on awesome products!!

  • January 6, 2010

    by Robyn

    I've been using Skye Botanicals black soap face wash forever! It really cleanses deeply, cleans your pores super well, and leaves you feeling and smelling fresh. I'm so glad it's being recognized!

  • December 7, 2009

    by marta

    Yes, Belli should be given a shout out for being a very strong also ran. It will definitely make it into a future round up of acne treatments, and/or safe for expecting moms.

  • December 7, 2009

    by Junko

    I really like the Belli Acne Clearing Facial Wash too. It is more of a specialty wash I suppose since it's for acne prone pregnant women....I'm not pregnant, but I use it every morning as preventative maintenace.

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