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The Best Cleansers in Clean Beauty

one love organics cleanser

How is it even possible that I’ve never written a post specifically highlighting my favorite facial cleansers? I thought for sure I had, but nope, after doing a deep dive into the dusty corners of this here blog, not a facial cleansing round-up was found.

Well, let’s change that, shall we? Here are my 4 favorite facial cleansers in clean beauty!

BEST OVERALL CLEANSER

*whispers* Y’all know what’s coming, right?

One Love Organics Easy Does It Cleanser simply has to be the most-mentioned product in my 10+ years of beauty blogging. (Just look at all the mentions on this blog over the years! Also, check out my “Skincare” highlights on my Instagram profile to see many mentions there as well.)

I have used this cleanser for years and years and it’s never let me down. It’s multi-purpose (you can use it as a body cleanser as well), is soap-free, and completely non-drying. Glycerin helps draw and retain moisture to the skin’s surface and apple seed oil acts as an excellent skin conditioner that helps soothe and soften, dry, stressed or mature skin. Also, the apple seed oil also gives it the most delicious scent. For all skin types because it’s the bombdotcom.

Most importantly, this cleanser removes every trace of my makeup with just a light lather and a quick rinse of water. No vigorous rubbing, no washcloths, nothing. Did I mention I’m a contact wearer and can get this directly in my eyes without so much as the slightest sting? How is that even possible?

Nutshell – it’s the PERFECT cleanser for me – quick, gentle, easy, and painless. I adore it.

BEST EXFOLIATING CLEANSER 

Okay, okay. I know what some of you are going to say…”Sarah, I want something a little bit more active! Give me all the exfoliating goodness!”

Well, let me introduce you to One Love Organics Botanical A Cleanser. This gel treatment features an intelligent blend of two exfoliants: alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), which scrubs away surface congestion and beta hydroxy acid (BHA), which penetrates to deeply cleanse pores. Combined with mild, plant-powered cleansers and Pro-Vitamin A, this lightweight formula purifies the skin while diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Free from harsh sulfates and drying detergents, its pH lies between 4.9-5.2 — the ideal for rebalancing skin. Suitable for all skin types except those with ultra-sensitive skin, it produces a luxurious, cushiony lather for a soft, supple finish.

I have been loving this cleanser since it’s release last year. It’s like Easy Does It on steroids. The same lovely scent and overall cleansing abilities but throw in some serious AHA and BHA goodness. Those of you who want to uncover radiant skin, run, don’t walk.

BEST CREAMY CLEANSER

While I prefer a foaming cleanser on most nights, my skin occasionally begs for something a little creamier. It’s those times that I reach for African Botanics Baobab Clay Oxygenating Cleanser. African Botanics has become my #1 overall skincare brand (all of my favorites are listed here) and their cleansers do not disappoint.

This detoxifying and balancing cleanser is a silky smooth clay-gel that eliminates impurities and unclogs pores without over-drying or irritating. It’s ideal for people exposed to urban stress, pollution, harsh, dry climates or for frequent travelers and is recommended for dull, mature, unbalanced, seborrheic and sensitive skin.

The key active in this formulation is African Clay, which refines pores and accelerates the healing of acne and blemishes and removes excess oil and reduces pore size. Also, Kigelia Africana and Aloe Ferox firm, tone, and tighten the epidermis.

I massage this creamy, luxurious cleanser onto my dry face for a minute or two and then remove it with a warm washcloth. It’s quite lovely and the essential oils of Sandalwood and Cedarwood help calm, rebalance and rejuvenate my skin.

BEST CLEANSING OIL

Where my double-cleansing ladies at?! I know you’re out there!

Damn, I wish I wasn’t so lazy because double cleansing is the cat’s meow and I know I need to be doing it more often. However, in all honesty, I can’t stand most oil-based cleansers because I feel like they always leave a residue. You know what I’m talking about – having to repeatedly wipe your face with a damp washcloth to get everything off. Not my cup of tea.

But! There is a cleansing oil that doesn’t leave a residue AT ALL. In fact, you can get it all off easily with your hands and warm water! I know because I started using it this year and I’m obsessed.  It’s the Beautycounter Countertime Lipid Defense Cleansing Oil…have you tried it? YOU GUYS. This is what I’ve been dreaming of when it comes to oil cleansers.

This luxurious, lightweight cleansing oil gently (yet effectively!) removes makeup and impurities without stripping essential lipids from the skin. Rich in vitamin E, fatty acids, and a plant-derived Retinatural Complex, the formula reinforces the skin’s fragile moisture barrier for a soothed, nourished complexion.

In a study of 32 users, 100% (ONE HUNDRED PERCENT) said it left no residue, 100% agreed it didn’t irritate the eye area, 97% said skin felt soft, smooth, and nourished, and 97% said it easily removed face and eye makeup.

This cleanser might be the product that gets me off my lazy bum and into double-cleansing on a nightly basis. Yes, it’s that good.

What are your favorite facial cleansers? Let me know if you have any questions about these products – always happy to help!

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Odds and Ends

1. Please tell me you saw this Bon Jovi-singing dude. Love it.

2. Overthinkers, this is for you.

3. My standard poodle does not look like Siba the poodle. Best of show!

4. When 3 of my top 5 face masks are from the same amazing line, you know they have to be GOOD.

5. I really, really loved this piece. There are some positives when it comes to menopause.

6. Oklahoma is KILLING ME right now, but we won’t stop.

7. I’ve worn this sweater three times in the past week. Obsessed.

8. I’m really into these chain-link bracelets lately.

9. WTF WTF WTF live frog in a green pepper. Nope.

10. What? A bar code reader hooked up to a speaker made this music. So cool.

11. Okay, this is good. #letemchoke

Happy Valentine’s Day! Are you loving on yourself today?! I hope so. You look damn good, by the way.

image credit: ashley hohnstein

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Best of the Best: Josh Rosebrook

Best of the Best is a series showcasing my favorite, tried-and-true, go-back-again-and-again green beauty brands. Being a beauty blogger, I’m in a constant state of flux with skincare, as I’m always trying new products. However, these brands are always in my rotation and are worthy of my highest recommendation.

josh rosebrook review

Oh, Josh Rosebrook….where do I even begin? There are SO many products that I love by this incredible line of skincare and haircare, but today I am going to focus on my Top 5 in skincare.

Active Enzyme Exfoliator

Advanced Hydration Mask

Hydrating Accelerator

Cacao Antioxidant Mask

Nutrient Day Cream SPF 30

As you can probably ascertain from the first three products above, Josh Rosebrook masks are kind of a big deal with me as they are the most reached for masks on my skincare shelf.

Let’s get started with the Active Enzyme Exfoliator. Friends, I can promise you it’s a very rare occurrence if this mask isn’t on my face every Sunday. This exfoliator supports the feeling of healthy cell turnover with enzymes from honey, papaya, yucca, beetroot and elderberry that naturally soften and brighten the skin’s appearance. And man, it does its job – my skin looks brand spanking new (not a dead skin cell in sight!) when I wash this off my face.

josh rosebrook active enzyme exfoliator

I love this exfoliator for many reasons – especially that it’s a chemical (natural enzymes like papaya) and physical (very finely milled walnut shells) exfoliant, so you’re getting the best of both worlds. I’ve tried A LOT of exfoliators, and this one is seriously impressive. Also, and I find this to be true with all Josh Rosebrook products, they never irritate my skin. I can leave the Active Enzyme Exfoliator on for up to an hour with no sensitivity – just gorgeous, clear skin.

And you know else loves this exfoliator? My husband, as you can see in this video!

He uses this exfoliator every week, not to mention the Hydrating Accelerator and Advanced Hydration Mask every evening. (Josh Rosebrook is his skincare line of choice..get your men using this incredible line STAT.)

Speaking of the Advanced Hydration Mask, will you look at that shade of blue?

Just looking at it makes me happy. This mask attracts and maintains cellular hydration retention with a synergy of senna seed, aloe vera, mango seed butter, honey, and avocado. Ginger, fenugreek, and chickweed stimulate circulation while blue tansy, rose and St. John’s wort instill a feeling of calm to inflamed skin. It’s basically the most soothing hug for your skin ever.

Looking to calm sensitive and/or irritated skin? Get this mask. Need a huge boost of hydration? Again, GET ON IT.

josh rosebrook active enzyme exfoliator and hydration mask

Aren’t both products gorgeous? p.s. – the scents are even better.

Moving on to one of the line’s ultra top sellers since day one, the Hydrating Accelerator is a toner, light moisturizer and herbal vitamin-infused water that balances your skin’s pH and preps your skin to more readily absorb serums, oils, and creams that follow. I love to use this during the day and it’s no joke that I have 4-5 little bottles of it around my house at all times because my entire family uses it! I mean, you never know when you might need a spritz!

josh rosebrook cacao antioxidant mask

Next up, the Cacao Antioxidant Mask. This delicious (yes, I want to eat it) mask is a powerful skin brightening and rejuvenating product that detoxifies, tones, tightens and softens the skin. You’ll see instant results after just one use, and regular users will experience a clearer, firmer and overall brighter complexion.

Cacao is extremely high in flavanols–powerful antioxidants that help to activate circulation in the skin stimulating blood flow to micro-circulatory areas feeding your skin the vitamins, minerals, amino and fatty acids and antioxidants it needs to be bright, tight and youthful. And I can attest to activated circulation – you can expect your skin to be slightly redder for up to hour after using. (The first time I used it I was concerned that my skin was too sensitive, but nope, it was just all the blood being brought to the surface of the skin by the flavanols. This has actually become my favorite part of the process – when I see my pink skin, that means damn good things are happening!)

Other ingredients are Coenzyme Q10, which delivers antioxidants via small molecules that can easily penetrate skin cells, Bladderwrack which is a rich source of vitamin A and sea minerals (super nourishing!), and antioxidants in Grape Seed oil which protect collagen to firm skin structure and restore elasticity.

This mask is incredible, y’all. I adore it.

Last but certainly not least, the Nutrient Day Cream SPF 30 is a must-have. This dual-action day cream performs as a regenerating moisturizer and natural, broad-spectrum sunscreen. The Nutrient Day Cream delivers a potent combination of distinct herbal actives and plant oils to repair, moisturize and protect skin and the lightweight cream finishes matte, smooth and comfortable without a white cast. A high-quality uncoated, non-nano, high micron zinc oxide provides effective sunblock against skin-damaging solar rays.

This cream is perfect for all skin types (including oily and acne-prone) and has a seriously impressive list of ingredients including organic oils of hemp, borage and sea buckthorn, as well as bilberry, catnip, and marshmallow root, to name a few. Tons of antioxidants brighten and firm while enzymatic action ignites tissue cell metabolism, slowing down the aging process of the skin.

Long story short, this is way more than a daily SPF. It’s like a superfood for my skin and most importantly, looks great on. No white residue can be found immediately after applying which I know can be such a dealbreaker with other facial SPF products. It’s an SPF game changer in my book.

Josh Rosebrook consistently delights me with his product line and I’m a huge fan. As always, please let me know if you have any questions and I’ll be happy to help if I can!

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