40 Best Organic Facial Cleansers for Every Skin Type

40 Best Organic Facial Cleansers for Every Skin Type

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Organic facial cleansers are great additions to any skin care routine. The skin is the largest organ in the body and it absorbs a large amount of the chemicals that we apply to it on a daily basis. Therefore, it’s generally not a good idea to put anything on your that you wouldn’t put in your mouth. Organic cleansers leverage the power of nature’s most potent fruits, vegetables, herbs, and clays in order to dramatically cleanse, repair, and nourish the skin—without using gnarly chemicals. Additionally, natural cleansers can be just as effective as their traditional counterparts (some even do an amazing job at removing super heavy makeup), so you don’t have to make any tradeoffs for effectiveness. Whether you have dry, sensitive, acne-prone, aging, oily, or normal skin, there is an organic face wash out there that’s sure to work wonders for your skin.

There are many kinds of face washes and cleansers on the market—each crafted for a different skin type. Most organic cleansers can generally be bucketed into two categories: foaming vs non-foaming cleansers. Foaming cleansers contain surfactants and natural foaming agents that work themselves into a lather to break apart dirt, oil, and impurities. Non-foaming cleansers do not create a soapy-lather and come in a variety of forms including oils, creams, and micellar water. Conventional wisdom claims that foaming face cleansers are bad for dry skin types because the suds strip away your skin’s natural oils; however, many modern organic cleansers use soaps made from vegetable oils (like coconut, jojoba, and sunflower) which can actually add moisture to the skin. With all this jargon, choosing the right cleanser for your skin type can be tricky. Check out our short guide on Choosing the Best Organic Face Wash for Your Skin Type at the end of this page for some tips. Still need help choosing the best organic skin care products for your skin? Then, check out The Ox Box! Each quarter, we’ll put together a box filled with premium organic skin care products hand-selected for your specific skin type and skin conditions.

While organic face washes may be better for your skin’s overall health, organic products are not created equal. Many cleansers sold today are filled with cheap preservatives and harsh soaps that can actually irritate your skin and exacerbate existing issues. Some cleansers that are branded as “organic” may actually contain cheap fillers and very little organic material. Others make wild claims about their results—all while overcharging for common and inexpensive organic ingredients. We tirelessly researched hundreds of organic brands, their claims, ingredients and their products to create this list of over 40 (actually) organic face washes.  At the very minimum, the organic cleaners on this list will not include any ingredients from the “dirty dozen” like Sulfates, Parabens, Phthalates, Petrochemicals + Mineral Oils, Synthetic Fragrances + Dyes, PEG compounds, and Ethoxylated Ingredients. Additionally, all organic cleansers on this list are made with high-quality organic + natural ingredients, contain no harsh soaps, and have a track record of satisfied customer reviews from across the web. These are truly some of the best of the best organic face washes we could find—Enjoy!

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True Botanicals — Hydrating Anti-Aging Organic Cleanser ($48)

Packed with antioxidants and moisturizing ingredients, this yummy cleanser from True Botanicals is perfect for mature skin types or those looking to fight the signs of aging. Treat your skin to a dose of green tea, white tea, jasmine flower, lavender oil, grapefruit oil, and vetiver root oil. This formula gently washes away impurities while simultaneously adding moisture into the skin. A must try!

OSEA Malibu — Ocean Cleansing Mudd ($44)

A pleasantly invigorating face wash specifically designed for acne-prone skin, oily skin, and those with large pores. This face wash gets in deep. The soothing blend of tea tree oil, peppermint, and rosemary create a gentle cooling, tingling, and minty sensation that is sure to wake your skin up. Although it removes excess oil and grime, this wash also leaves your face feeling plump and moisturized.

True Botanicals — Hydrating Anti-Acne Organic Cleanser ($48)

A luxurious balancing face wash for oily skin types. Deeply cleansing, yet gentle, this organic cleanser creates a light foam that easily removes dirt and oils (not the best at heavy makeup removal). Some oil-fighting face washes can be a little drying, but this cleanser actually balances the skin's natural sebum so that your skin is left soft/hydrated with a slight matte finish. Great for stubborn acne.

Dr. Alkaitis — Purifying Organic Facial Cleanser ($39)

Luxurious and effective! This non-drying lightly foaming organic cleanser from Dr. Alkaitis features 100% certified organic and natural ingredients. It's non-comedogenic (won't clog your pores), incredibly gentle, and contains no fillers (not even water). Fans of this product love that it is powerful enough to deeply cleanse stubborn clogged pores while still leaving their skin hydrated and soft.

RoseMira — Moroccan Red Rose Exfoliating Cleanser ($45)

Although this organic cleanser has no added fragrances, the smell is completely intoxicating. This luxurious face wash combines exotic ingredients like Moroccan red rose, guava, Indian sandalwood, ginseng, and honeysuckle root to gently exfoliate, tone, and balance the skin. It's made with 100% natural and 85% organic ingredients. The vitamins and rose oil in this cleanser make it ideal for mature skin.

Suki Skin Care — Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser

An all-natural and organic exfoliating treatment for all skin types. This neat little jar of face wash exfoliates the skin with granular sugar (non-abrasive) and natural AHA. These organic ingredients gently remove dead skin cells, dirt, and oil from pores which helps to greatly minimize the occurrence of future whiteheads and blackheads. This is a great weekly treatment for cystic/hormonal acne.

Eminence — Monoi Age Corrective Exfoliating Organic Cleanser ($42)

A fantastic anti-aging organic cleanser from luxury skin care brand Eminence Organics. This advanced formulation gently exfoliates the skin with finely ground organic olive seeds and a yummy natural AHA cocktail made from lemon, passion fruit, grape, and pineapple extracts. Then, compounds like Tahitian Monoi oil, CoQ10, and plant stem cells go to work to tighten skin and reduce the visible signs of aging.

Eminence — Calm Skin Organic Chamomile Cleanser ($42)

Crafted from super gentle and soothing ingredients like chamomile tea, calendula oil, sunflower oil, and rosemary extract, this organic face wash from Eminence is ideal for those with rosacea or highly sensitive skin. It's non-foaming, won't dry out the skin, and significantly reduces facial redness --all while providing deep pore cleansing results. A true game changer for sensitive skin types.

Tata Harper — Regenerating Organic Cleanser ($84)

A perfect exfoliating cleanser for clogged pores, uneven skin tone, and mature skin types! Made from 100% natural and 82% certified organic ingredients, this organic face wash is a true luxury. Using a combination of clays, enzymes, and essential oils this organic cleanser exfoliates, decongests, and minimizes the size of pores. A fan favorite of Tata Harper's with hundreds of five star reviews.

Suki Skin Care — Purifying Foaming Organic Cleanser

Don't let the name fool you, this organic cleanser creates a very light lather (from saponified coconut oil). Although this face wash was crafted for sensitive/acne-prone skin types, it also boasts anti-aging benefits. While apple enzymes work to unclog pores and kill bacteria, potent antioxidants and essential fatty acids minimize fine lines and wrinkles. Contains 100% natural + 36% organic material.

RoseMira — Pineapples + Cream Organic Cleansing Milk ($45)

This little known, but very effective organic face wash from RoseMira is a game-changer for dry skin. It's made with effective ingredients like Bromelain (an exfoliating pineapple enzyme that gently dissolves dead skin cells) and organic honey powder (powerful anti-bacterial and hydrating properties) which can transform dry skin. This non-foaming wash can be used daily or as a periodic dry skin treatment.

Tata Harper — Purifying Organic Cleanser

If your skin suffers from damage due to environmental irritants (such as pollution and sun damage), then check out this luxury organic face wash from Tata Harper. It's soap-free and features clays, fruit enzymes, and oils that have been clinically proven to purge surface impurities and protect the skin. With daily use, it helps your skin to have a clearer, softer, and more even complexion.

Eminence — Clear Skin Probiotic Organic Cleanser

This organic cleanser has won multiple awards for its acne-clearing abilities including "Best Acne Cleanser" by the Aesthetician's Choice Awards and "Best Acne Collection" by DaySpa Professionals. It's a non-foaming cleanser that features tea tree oil, cucumber, almond milk, and probiotics/yogurt as its main acne-fighting ingredients. These compounds reduce redness, kill bacteria, and hydrate the skin.

Naturopathica — Sweet Lupine Makeup Remover + Cleansing Cream

This organic face wash can seriously remove heavy makeup. You can either massage this luxurious cream directly onto your face or apply a small amount to a cotton pad to wipe your makeup away. Ingredients like mango butter, sunflower oil, rose oil, and ylang ylang gently dissolve dirt + oil without irritating the skin. Rinse with warm water and you're done (it's so creamy you may skip your moisturizer).

Earth Tu Face — Palmarosa + Aloe Organic Face Wash

Made with organic saponified oils of coconut, olive, and jojoba, this organic cleanser creates a nice foaming wash that won't strip your skin of natural oils. It's 100% plant-based and packed with hydrating organic ingredients like aloe, rosemary, hemp seed oil, lavender, and palmarosa. As with all products from boutique brand Earth Tu Face, this face was has no added fragrances, preservatives, or fillers.

Eminence — Firm Skin Acai Organic Cleanser ($42)

Another great anti-aging organic face wash from luxury spa brand Eminence. This non-foaming formulation is best suited for mature/dry skin types, but will work well for anyone wanting firm, plump, and youthful skin. It contains a ton of skin nourishing ingredients like plant-based hyaluronic acid, CoQ10, sea buckthorn oil, and an antioxidant + vitamin rich berry juice complex. Loved by Eminence fans.

which organic cleanser is best for your skin type?

There are many different kind of organic face washes on the market–each crafted for a specific skin condition. There are gel cleansers, cream cleansers, clay cleansers, foaming cleansers, non-foaming cleansers, oil cleansers, micellar cleansers, and bar cleansers (just to name a few!). With so much to choose from, here’s a quick and handy guide to selecting the best organic face wash for your skin type.

Dry Skin

Generally speaking, the best organic cleansers for dry skin are non-foaming cleansers. Non-foaming cleansers do not contain soaps which may strip your skin of its natural oils. Instead, they are packed with moisturizing ingredients and emollients that leave your skin very hydrated. Look for organic cleansers that contain hydrating oils (like coconut, sunflower, argan), honey, hyaluronic acid, exfoliants (to help clear way flakey/dead skin), and aloe vera.

Sensitive Skin

Sensitive skin simply refers to skin that is currently or can be easily irritated. Sensitive skin can include rosacea, eczema, psoriasis, or simply skin that doesn’t react well to most products. The best organic cleansers for sensitive skin are non-foaming and contain gentle ingredients like lavender, aloe vera, chamomile, calendula, jojoba oil, shea butter, borage seed oil, and sunflower oil to name a few. Avoid alcohols, foaming cleansers, and anything with strong chemical exfoliants.

Normal / Combo Skin

Normal and combination skin types can generally find both non-foaming and foaming cleansers to be effective. Great ingredients for normal/combo skin include vitamin C (sun protection), antioxidants (slow down the visible signs of aging), clays (help keep pores clear), and natural oils for moisture.

Oily Skin

The best organic cleansers for oily skin types are foaming cleansers. These cleansers are much stronger at removing oil, makeup, and dirt than their non-foaming counterparts. Additionally, oily skin types should look for cleansers that contain clay, citrus fruits, oils that balance sebum production like jojoba oil.

Acne-prone skin

Both foaming and non-foaming organic cleansers will work for acne-prone skin—depending on whether you suffer from dry skin acne or oily skin acne. Acne-prone skin types should look for organic face washes that contain bacteria fighting ingredients like tea tree oil, honey, willowbark, clays (bentonite and kaolin clays), green tea, probiotics, and rose oil.

Mature / Aging Skin

Mature and aging skin lacks moisture and elasticity, which causes wrinkles, sagging skin, and fine lines. Mature skin types will benefit from highly moisturizing non-foaming cleansers that are packed with antioxidants. Deep cleanses and exfoliators are also great for mature skin as they help to speed up our natural cell turnover rate.

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