Skincare

Updated Skincare Routine and Testing: Cleansers and Toners

November 6, 2017

Favorite Face Cleansers and Toners | The Beauty Look Book

By popular request I’ve compiled a series of posts on my updated skincare routine and testing. Skincare routines are challenging for me to write about as I am frequently testing new things and I like to switch things up on a regular basis. Since moving from California to Florida my skin has had quite a time trying to adjust to new climates and water conditions. My skin has become truly combination as the weather can make me a bit oily outdoors but the water dries out my skin. I’ve always had sensitive skin and that has pretty much remained the same – I usually react immediately if I have any kind of allergic reaction and then it takes at least a full week for my skin to recover. Luckily with cleansers I’ve had no reactions with what I’ve tested and I’m kicking off my skincare series with cleansers and toners.

I have a rather complex cleansing routine and you definitely don’t need to have one this complex. In the mornings I use one cleanser and then follow with one toner. In the afternoons after workouts or in the evening I definitely double cleanse on a regular basis, sometimes I triple cleanse with an exfoliator added to the routine (scrubs and exfoliators will be covered in a separate post). To try and help simplify things I’ve split all my testing this year by category. At the end of the post I’ll list my top picks and recommendations.

Cream and Gel Cleansers

Favorite Cleansers Sisley, Kate Somerville, L'Occitane, Glamglow, Saturday Skin | The Beauty Look Book

I prefer traditional liquid cleansers because I find they lather best to really clean the skin (vs gels, balms or oils). Ones I’ve been testing this year along with some tried and true favorites:

  • Sisley Phyto-Blanc Lightening Foaming Cleanser * ($130 for 3.8 oz/108 g) is a creamy gel cleanser that has a foaming quality when you add water. It’s gentle but effective and does help give the skin a more glowing look to it. It removes excess oil without stripping the skin and doesn’t make the face feel tight after rinsing. Key ingredients according to their website includes white mulberry and scutellaria extracts to lighten the complexion, lemon extract to tone and restore radiance, vegetable glycerine to moisturize, lavender essential oil to sooth and balance and marjoram essential oil to soothe.
  • Kate Somerville cleansers in general are my favorite because they work the best for my skin type and are affordable for the quality and performance. I often have to rotate skincare because my skin gets used to a product and then I find it becomes less effective. This is not the case with Kate Somerville. My husband also uses these and my brother who is in his early 20’s with sensitive skin also loves these as well.
    • EradiKate Daily Cleanser Acne Treatment ($19 for 1.7 oz/50 ml to $38 for 4 oz/120 ml) is the best for clearing up the skin. It is part of the EradiKate line with sulfur which is their line that helps with acne and blemishes. It’s meant for oily combination skin, but if you’re dry I think it’s still suitable for weekly use or during times you have break outs. Often times anti-acne skincare is too strong for me and ends up stripping my skin so much. This does not dry me out. Ingredients here.
    • Gentle Daily Wash ($36 for 4 oz/120 ml, also available in a larger 16 oz size with pump at Nordstrom) is the best everyday kind of gentle wash. I use it in the morning frequently and in the evenings as well. This is my brother’s favorite. Ingredients listed here.
    • Exfolikate Cleanser Daily Foaming Wash ($38 for 4 oz/120 ml) is a exfoliating cleanser but doesn’t feel like a scrub. It has AHAs and natural fruit enzymes to purify the skin. If you’re looking for an exfoliating wash that doesn’t have scrubby particles this is a great one. Regular use for me helped improve texture and glow. Ingredients listed here.
  • Glamglow SUPERCLEANSE™ Clearing Cream-to-Foam Cleanser * ($32 for 5 oz/150 g) is the new formula and packaging of their Supercleanse Cleanser. I really loved the original version and was really upset to find there was a new one. I still prefer the original version because I found it stronger and better for clarifying and reducing redness. The new one is still good but it’s creamier, a little more gentle and almost feels like it’s hydrating. It has a pore refining triple charcoal complex with three charcoals: coconut, ubame white oak, and gray bamboo, all designed to detox skin. Mediterranean clays absorb oils to mattify skin and restore balance. I just think the original was better. Ingredients listed here.
  • Omorovicza Moor Cream Cleanser * ($80 for 5.1 oz/150 ml) is one of the most hydrating cleansers I’ve tried. It has a cream feel with a cream finish to the skin. It’s a detoxifying cleanser and almost has a cooling hydrating feel once you rinse it off. Skin is left feeling refreshed and hydrated. If you want to try this in a smaller size you can find it in the Holiday Cracker duo the or on Omorovicza’s site you can create your own custom mini travel trio. I would not recommend this for oily skin. My husband and I like to use this on our triple cleanse days to add moisture. Ingredients listed here.
  • Saturday Skin Rise + Shine Purifying Cleanser ($26 for 4.05 oz) is something I tried and liked, but didn’t love. I think it’s a good basic purifying cleanser, but there’s not really anything special that it did for my skin. It has apple and peach extracts which are supposed to remove impurities without stripping. It is paraben-free, sulfate-free, synthetic fragrance-free, synthetic color-free if these factors are important to you. It does a good job at cleaning the skin without drying.
  • L’Occitane Immortelle Divine Foaming Cleansing Cream * ($39 for 4.2 oz) was something I previously reviewed here. Quick recap is that it’s a great cleanser that gentle and soothing  on the skin. I’m nearly done with a tube. It does have a soft scent that you find in the Immortelle line but it’s not strong and does not irritate my skin.
  • Huxley Secret of Sahara Be Clean Be Moist Cleansing Gel ($30 for 6.76 oz) was something I purchased from Nordstrom when they had the Korean Beauty Pop Up. They no longer carry it but you can find it now at Saks Fifth Avenue. This is one of the most gentle gel cleansers I’ve used. It is a hydrating cleanser but doesn’t leave a film on the skin and it leaves the skin feeling very clean. In general I find I don’t really like gel-like cleansers as they don’t lather as well as others. This one is one I used up entirely and liked, but I prefer Kate Somerville and Sisley.

Toners + Cleansing Waters

Face Toner and Cleansing Water Favorites La Mer, Sisley, Bioderma, La Roche Posay, Erborian

Finding good toners that don’t cause my entire face to flare up has been a challenge. My three go-to’s below:

  • Sisley Botanical Floral Toning Lotion * ($103 for 8.4 fl oz/250 ml) is one of the best toners I’ve tried. It’s an alchohol free toner that is designed for dry/sensitive skin, but suitable for my normal combination skin. Since the water here in Florida tends to dry out my skin having a slightly moisturizing toner works well for me as the water strips my face and the toner helps rebalance everything. It has rose extracts, cornflower and witch hazel. The rose scent is super soft and soothing. I’m super picky about rose scents. The By Terry line is excellent but their skincare is often too strong in scent for me (I’m ok with the lip products though). The Sisley toner is soothing and softening. I’ve accumulated minis from GWPs and have been hoarding them.
  • Bioderma Sensibio Tonic Lotion ($9.90 to $16.90) is the best toner I’ve used under $25. It’s soothing and softly hydrating. I’ve bought several travel-sized options which is still a bit pricey but cheaper than high-end brands. Ingredients online at Beautylish.
  • La Mer The Tonic ($90 for 6.7 oz) has been one of my favorite toners for years. I can’t recall how many bottles I’ve purchased. It helps to rebalance the skin and make it feel completely refreshed and clean. I hate repurchasing it though because it’s so expensive. It does last a long time but the price is always a huge ouch to the wallet. Ingredients listed here.
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    • Darphin Intral Toner is another favorite to soothe skin and help with redness. It doesn’t sting even on sensitive days. I’ve actually been a fan of multiple products from the Intral Line including the Sunscreen and Mousse Cleanser.

Cleansing Waters have been in my skincare rotation for years. I find using these in the evenings to remove makeup really help improve clarity of my skin if I use in conjunction with a regular cleanser.

  • Bioderma makeup removers have been great for gentle makeup removing. I’ve tried multiple formulas that I’ve ordered from Beautylish. I really like that they have small travel sizes which are convenient to pack for short trips. The Sensibio H20 is the most gentle, Hydrabio H20 is for dry skin, Sebium H20 is for oily skin. None of these remove waterproof mascara or eye makeup for me, but they do work nicely to remove face makeup. I still need to do a regular cleanse with a regular cleanser but doing a double cleanse with a cleansing water or oil first really helps to make sure all traces of makeup are washed off and gone. Ingredients are all listed on Beautylish.
  • La Roche-Posay Micellar Water ($19.99 for 400 ml, available at Dermstore, Ulta, La Roche-Posay) is a great all purpose cleansing water. It does a really good job at removing face makeup – it’s more effective at removing makeup than the Bioderma for me. It’s gentle but effective. It doesn’t leave a film on the skin. It comes in multiple size options. Ingredients at Dermstore.
  • La Mer The Cleansing Micellar Water ($50 to $90 for 3.4 oz to 6.7 oz) is something I had high hopes for. I ordered mine from Nordstrom and it’s lasted a long time. I think it’s a great cleansing water, but you can get something similar or just as good for a lot less. Still I don’t think you’ll be disappointed if you try it. Ingredients listed here.
  • Erborian Cleansing Micellar Water ($26 for 6.4 oz/190 ml) is another great cleansing water that I tried. It’s a three-in-one like many other micellar waters to remove makeup, refresh and clean the skin. It feels more fresh than others although performance is very similar to others I’ve tried. Ingredients here.
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Cleansing Oils

Cleansing Oils Shu Uemura, Tatcha, Sunday Riley | The Beauty Look Book

Cleansing Oils are also fun to use. I like these for the double or triple cleanse to dissolve and remove face makeup before I wash the face. Sometimes I’ll use a cleansing oil, follow with cleansing water + cotton pad and then use a regular cleanser.

  • Shu Uemura Cleansing Oils * were previously reviewed in this post here. You can find all the details plus a special Shu Uemura promo code for beauty look book readers. Ingredients for all the oils in my original review post.
  • Tatcha One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil ($48 for 150 ml) has been a long-time go to for years. It has a mix of Camellia and Rice Bran oils and is super gentle with a hydrating finish. It removes all face makeup well. You can find smaller trial/travel sizes in a number of Holiday Gift Sets. Also in a few duos at Sephora. Ingredients at Tatcha.
  • Sunday Riley C.E.O. C + E Micro-Dissolve Cleansing Oil * ($38 for 3.4 oz/100 ml) is one that I didn’t like for my skin. I found it a bit too drying for my skin type. If you have normal or oily skin you will probably like this. It is very effective and rinses off well without leaving a film. Skin is left smooth and completely clean, just a little too tight for me. Ingredients here.

Cleansing Balms and Solid Cleansers

Cleansing Balms and Solid Cleansers | The Beauty Look Book

Balm Cleansers have a melting effect on the skin. They are often solid or thick and once you work it into the face it melts and transforms into a balm or oil. I have mixed feelings about these. I feel like they are better suited for normal to dry skin. They often have a creamy moisturizing finish on the skin, almost like a film of moisture. I often follow with a regular cleanser after to make my skin feel more clean.

  • L’Occitane Immortelle Divine Cleansing Balm * ($44 for 2.3 oz) was reviewed here. I like this for a super relaxing feel on the face.
  • Eve Lom Gel Balm Cleanser ($60 for 3.2 fl oz/100 ml) is a new cleanser from Eve Lom similar to their classic  Cleanser but in a pump with a hybrid gel-to-balm like finish. This has a similar oil/balm like formula. It has clove oil, Egyptian chamomile oil, grapeseed oil and eucalytus oil. This one has antiseptic properties for healing and protection. It has a rich moisturizing feel with a strong scent, but it’s not irritating. If you have normal to dry skin but found the regular solid Cleanser too rich, give this one a try. Ingredients at Space NK.
  • Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm with Echinacea GreenEnvy * ($34 for 3.2 oz/90 ml) is probably my favorite melt away balm cleanser that I’ve tried. It has a similar gentle feel to the Clinique Take the Day Off Balm which I liked but found it didn’t take off all my face makeup. The Farmacy is more effective at removing my foundation, powder and blush and leaves the skin feeling very soft. Ingredients here.
  • Omorovicza Thermal Cleansing Balm * is something I got in a mini. It comes highly rated by online reviews but did not work for me. I found it too rich and oily feeling. I couldn’t get it to rinse off properly with just my hands and after reading the instructions I found you have to use a wash cloth to remove. I tried it with that method and it did come off, I still found it left a film on my skin. For me it was too rich. Ingredients here.

So after this year’s testing so far my favorites have remained my favorite cleansers are from Kate Somerville. I find all the ones I’ve tried to be the most effective yet gentle for my super sensitive skin. They work well to remove dirt, makeup and impurities and keep my skin clear and smooth. I really can’t pick one – every one I’ve tried works well. Still with the heat, humidity, sun, and long-wear makeup a single cleanser can’t remove everything 100%. My favorite cleansing water is still the Lancome Micellar Cleansign Water (I’ve used up two bottles this year) although I’ve really been enjoying La Roche Posay as well. Bioderma is still very good and remains a classic but sometimes it’s nice to try new things. In terms of cleansing oils, I rediscovered the Shu Ueumura ones this year and have been pleasantly surprised. I have reviewed and used up the SK-II Facial Treatment Cleansing Oil which I feel is one of the best ones I’ve tried alongside Tatcha’s. I haven’t repurchased the SK-II as I’m trying to work my way through other formulas. When it comes to balms or solid cleansers I think they are definitely interesting and there are a number of great options – I’m still one that prefers liquid ones instead.

That wraps up Part 1 of my updated skincare routine and testing. I tried to link ingredients where I could find them for each product. I’ll hope to have the rest of my skincare posts up before the end of the month to cover exfoliating scrubs, moisturizers, masks and face mists. If you have any questions let me know in the comments and I’ll try to answer as best as I can.

As always I’d love to hear what your favorite face cleansers are!

Press samples and GWPs indicated with a *.

 

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  • SoSuSam

    So interesting to hear how you care for your skin! Like you, I do a single wash in the morning (tho for me it’s Paula’s Choice hydrating cream cleanser…can’t remember the name…very soothing and rich on my dry dry DRY skin) and at night use a micellar water to remove face makeup (and Lancome Bi Facil remover to get rid of eye makeup) followed by a double cleanse.

    I haven’t tried Lancome’s micellar water, but I’m intrigued by your review! I’ve got gallons and gallons of the Koh Gen Do Spa Cleansing Water to make it through first (apparently I stocked up like a maniac at some point), but then I’ll give the Lancome a try. Incidentally, if people are looking for the Koh Gen Do, I always find it in stock at Barney’s.

  • Glenda

    Very thorough post. I like reading about other people’s routine, but I’m always wary of adding anything to my own. My skin reacts badly to so many products. I wish it was less finicky.
    The only cleanser I use is by Cetaphil. It seems to be the less irritating and drying to my skin.
    I have a certain degree of curiosity when it comes to cleansing oils, maybe one day I’ll pick that shu uemura’s one up!

  • Heather

    Gosh I only have 2-3 really. Clinique Take the Day Off Balm (HG amazing), Simple Cleansing Oil (when I’m on a budget) and the COSRX Good Morning Cleanser

  • nic

    Not to be argumentative, but to try out as many products as you do, I definitely don’t think you have sensitive skin. It is reactive to certain ingredients. Sensitive with all of the ingredients from multiple skincare and color cosmetics you so graciously write up for us would wreak HAVOC on a truly sensitive skin. I have sensitive skin and all of my beauty products, especially skincare have 10 ingredients or less. Baby skin. A mosquito bite turns into a half dollar!

    • nic

      Sabrina, for the stinging days on your lovely face, have you tried niacinamide? To repair the skin barrier?

  • Laura Schmaltz

    Fortunately sensitive skin is not a problem for me, so I can generally use whatever I like and be just fine. One I have enjoyed for a long time is the Peter Thomas Roth anti-aging cleansing gel. It’s something I always come back to. And I really like the Josie Maran Aegean cleansing treatment as well. It’s a nice treat for my skin. 🙂

    • nic

      I am dying to try that PTR cleanser! How is it at removing mascara, etc?

  • Rosa J

    I’ve been using Philosophy Purity for many years now. I’ve been thinking about adding a toner to my regime. I always enjoy reading your posts.

  • It’s good to discover other products (even though they are a little pricey) as I’m always looking yo try something different! xx

    sheergloss

  • I really want to try la mer products 🙂
    Miki x

    littletasteofbeauty.blogspot.it

    • nic

      If you have acne prone skin, I do not recommend. I will say, it is good stuff. I had the worst sunburn and got a sample in New York years ago. I reapplied a small amount all day like instructed and the burn peeled off before my eyes. A sample is always good to have, especially on an airplane. I break out, but do not care! I can fix that.

  • I have the Bioderma Sebium H2O, I use it as a toner and I love it! xx

    Carolina’s Makeup Life

  • Andrea Marsh

    I am trying Rodan+Fields right now–the redefine line. Not really impressed.

  • Misty

    I honestly cant think of a cleanser I used up in the last ten years other than a Senegence one that I actually repurchased. (not affiliated). I am a skincare junkie so I am always purchasing new things to try before ever using something up.

  • Hayley Choe

    I use micellar water when i am lazy, otherwise it’s Sunday Riley Blue Moon + Ceraic Slip. Finished both a few times.

  • Megan Harrington

    It Cosmetics 3 in 1 Melt Away Cleansing Balm – I think I got that mouthful of a name right 🙂

  • Joni Powell

    The last cleanser I used completely up was Philosophy’s Purity Made Simple.

  • Aarti

    Thanks for this post! I’m going on accutane in January and I’m going to try the moor cleanser you wrote about above. For now I’ve been trying to use up an old sheisedo white brightening cream cleanser and I take my make up off with eve lom balm. I think I need to try Kate Somerville you made it sound so good! Thanks for compiling this list!

  • Elizabeth Davies

    My cleanser of choice that I last used up was ZO Medical Foamacleanse! Love this stuff!

  • Adrienne

    The last cleanser that finished was Tatcha Oil cleanser & Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Cleanser.

  • Pam

    I have sensitive skin and my go to cleanser is Cetaphil, it is drugstore and it is very gentle on the skin and I have been using for years.

  • I’ve never been interested in Kate Somerville products, and I don’t love the exfoliator, but the cleansers sound awesome! I am trying to switch to more green/natural skin care so I’d love to see if you try any!

  • Truth Lacks Lyricism

    Thank you for the reviews and comparisons! I recently finished the Skinfood Black Sugar Cleansing Oil. It was alright, but I prefer cleansing balms.

  • Melanie Dolores Oclima

    Last cleanser I used up was the Skinfood egg white pore foam. Trying to decide what to try next

  • lisa_carbone

    I’ve embarrassed to say I don’t cleanse with anything special….I’ve been using Pears Original bar soap to cleanse my face for the past year or so. It works so I figure why mess with it!

    Cheers Lisa
    @ LittleMama71

  • Jennifer

    I am enjoying the Sisley Floral Toner too, it is lovely and refreshing! The new giveaway looks heavenly, you are so generous to keep doing these! It’s like Christmas started early!

  • alicia szemon

    i have been wanting to try that sisley toner! i have heard good things about it. I am using the ole herikson oil control sets right now

  • Katrin Bartas

    Love the Caudalie Face Oil Cleanser! Does an amazing job getting off all of my makeup <3

  • Amanda Jimenez

    The last cleansers I used up were the Caudalie Micellar Cleansing Water, MV Organic Gentle Cream Cleanser and the PCA Skin Facial Wash Oily/Problem. The last toner I used up was the PCA Skin Nutrient Toner, which is amazing! My last exfoliant was Root Science Polish.

  • Vickie Jerane

    Clarins foaming face wash for combination skin is a favorite!

  • Christie

    I’ve been using Dior oil cleanser but I think I’m going to try something new after this bottle is gone. Thanks for the recommendations!

  • MBAMommy

    Wow – what a report! The lst cleanser I used up was a bottle of Paulas Choice Clear cleanser.

  • Effie Wong

    I love Clinique take your day off balm + Fresh foam cleanser.

  • Darya

    Last cleanser I used was Sunday Riley ceramic slip cleanser, it’s pretty good.

  • KillerKate

    The last cleanser I used up was Drunk Elephant’s Beste gel cleanser, and I repurchased because it’s awesome. Takes all your makeup off but is still super gentle and non-drying.

  • bida

    I am been using Oskia Cleansing Gel and a cleanser by Indie Lee.

  • Teresa Luong

    St. Ives apricot scrub!

  • Kristen

    I use Farmacy Green Clean cleansing balm (just opened my 3rd jar), which I love. Then I use a Glytone gel cleanser that I get from my dermatologist to help get rid of sun damage.

  • Claudia Hall

    SO appreciative of how detailed you always are! I really needed some new recommendations. My current cleanser is the L’Oreal Fine Flowers Gel-Cream Wash – I like how gentle it is and the smell! 🙂

  • jeansco84

    I’ve used Cellbone’s Collagen Gel Cleanser for years! It pumps out as a foam and I use it with my Clarisonic for a squeaky clean feel!

  • Katie

    Thank you for a great and detailed review. I’ve been on strong Korean/Japanese kick when it comes to skincare, and I’m currently using su:m37 cleansing oil (it smells really nice and does a decent job at removing makeup, but I prefer the Tatcha and Hada Labo ones) and Sulwhasoo Snowise cleansing foam (my HG, absolutely amazing, leaves my skin super soft!)

  • Spacey

    The last cleanser I used is the Dermalogica double cleanse – Precleanse balm and Special cleansing gel together.

  • Mathilde

    I used up a caudalie one… Nice but not great either…

  • Rosie Rayos

    I’ve been meaning to focus more on skin care so your comprehensive reviews are so helpful. I’ve tried most of the micellar waters you’ve listed and my favorite so far is Bioderma. I also really like Elemis’ cleanser and have repurchased it many times.

  • Anna

    Still using Garnier micelair water to remove makeup and then wash my face with Pai Cleanse, moving to sensitive skin staff

  • Anat Anat

    Paula’s Choice resist foaming cleanser. Helps with my rosacea like no other!

  • I love the Tata Harper Purifying Cleanser for mornings. It’s a gentle cleanse for mornings, and also is refreshing to help wake up my skin!

  • Lindsey

    I switch between the Kate Somerville Exfolikate Daily Cleanser and the Fresh Soy Face Cleanser, depending on what my skin might need that day.

  • Lynnsey

    Bioderma is my go to. I love it!

  • D Alder

    Philosophy purity made simple is my go to. I takes off eye make up also. 🙂

  • Kim

    Glam Glow youthcleanse! I love how clean it lives my face without stripping it!

  • GJordan

    Cetaphil

  • Stephanie

    I use Philosophy’s Purity Made Simple. It’s a very thorough cleanser and a great price point, especially if you buy the gigantic bottle during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.

  • Em

    Erno Laszlo blemish wash, which I think they unfortunately just discontinued

  • Madcarlotta

    I also love Glamglow Youthcleanse! It’s one of the few cleansers I’ve purchased repeatedly. It’s kind of like a scrub, cleanser, and even a clay mask (if left on a few minutes) all in one. Works beautifully on my aging, combo skin.

  • Lynnrv

    Black seaweed soap from shiseido

  • Carole D.

    helpful info. thank you.

  • Judy

    I’m almost finished with Vasanti “Brighten Up” Enzymatic Face Rejuvinator.

  • Paola Aravena

    My favorite cleanser is Sunday Riley used in conjunction with my Clarisonic 😊

  • Tatcha rice enzyme powder

  • murphmeister

    i want to try the moor mud products from omorovicza. sound interesting!

  • Ilina Sandler

    Just got another Green Clean at the Sephora sale. Also got the Tatcha oil cleanser, cant wait to try it out!

  • Kim Mckain

    I love Bioderma, great value and I can get it right away on the Beautylish site.

  • Amy K

    I’m almost out of both my SR Ceramic Slip and TH Refreshing cleanser! I wish Sephora stocked the latter!

  • Jill Eileen

    The La Mer cleansing oil is my favorite right now.

  • Shelby

    I recently ran out of Pericone’s Gentle Cleanser and love it. Wanted to try something new so I purchased the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser and I don’t hate it, still trying it out.

  • Anne Capitant

    I’ve been really interested in Farmacy lately so I may need to check out Green Clean when my other balm cleanser (Pixi double cleanse) is out. And my go-to cleanser is the First Aid Beauty one. It’s a great gentle cleanser for sensitive skin. For makeup-removal purposes, my initial cleanser is The Body Shop’s Camomile Silky Cleansing Makeup Remover Oil, and I follow up with their Camomile Waterproof Eye and Lip Makeup Remover if I have stubborn mascara that day.

  • Bianca Rogoveanu

    Effaclar, La Roche-Posay

  • Shelly

    The last cleanser I used up was Mario Badescu enzyme cleansing gel. That’s one of my staples. I replaced my Lancome confort cleanser with a Ren one for dry skin but I miss the Lancome one.

  • Lauren Costello

    Do you know the pH of these? I use the soy fresh cleanser because I read that the low pH preps the skin for the following treatments. Would love to hear your thoughts!

  • thebrashbrunette

    Garnier Micellar Water with Argan Oil. Hands down the best cleanser.

  • Ilvplumeria

    Try the son & park water
    How do you feel about snail mucin?

  • Whew!!! This was such a good and informative post, Sabrina! I was just thinking last week what other cleansers/forms of cleansers I should try so this was great timing. I hardly ever finish cleansers as I hop around, but for the first time I can remember, I finished is Philosophy’s Purity face wash.

    I heard so many good things about Kate Somerville and La Mer (obviously) so I may have to give KS a go!!

    Do you have a blog post to show what are the proper steps when putting on skincare product? Like what kind of product in what order?? Thanks, Sabrina! You always provide great feedback!

    She Sweats Diamonds

  • niche

    I am currently using Fresh Soy Cleanser, Shu Oil Cleanser for oily skin (I feel of the heavier ones leave a film) and the Cosrx low PH one.

  • Nicole Godbey

    Last cleanser I used up (and have repurchased a zillion times) is Clean and Clear Essentials. Simple, effective, fragrance-free, and budget friendly. I use Paula’s Choice for the rest of my routine (toner, exfoliant, serum, moisturizer) and have repurchased her stuff for many years.

  • Sarah

    Last cleanser I used up was Glossier Milky Jelly cleanser

  • Nadine Maurer

    My last cleanser I’ve used up was the Emma Hardie Moringea Cleansing Balm and I loved it!
    At the moment I am using the Omorovicza Thermal Cleansing Balm (alternately the Moor Cream Cleanser) and I love both too. I do use a cloth to get it off and it works for me. Now, after your great post, I think I’ll have to try some other good stuff after finishing my actual cleansers 😉

  • Agatha Mary

    The last cleanser I used up was Banila co clean it zero ))

  • Maria Mercedes Ruperti

    Last cleanser I used up and repurchase is the Oskia renaissance cleansing balm… I really like this one! and another I have used up is the Omorovicza foaming cleanser! Must be my favorite foaming cleanser ))

  • Sofia

    My latest makeup cleanser is the Estée Lauder Advanced Night Micro Cleansing Balm. Perfect!! It removes everything and makes your skin feel soft. It is a gentle cleanser for sensitive and dry skin. I would also like to try the La Mer The Cleansing Micellar Water.

  • Nadine

    I stick to the same cleanser since my skin is very sensitive. It’s the Sheabutter cleanser from a German natural cosmetics brand called Martina Gebhardt.

  • Jiyeon Lee

    The last cleanser I used was the Belif Creamy Cleasing Foam Moist! I use it as a second cleanse after I use my Boscia cleansing oil and it gets everything off without making my dry skin feel too dry. I’m looking at the Youth To The People Superfood Cleanser next- will pick up during the VIB sale 🙂

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  • rising sun

    I rotate out my cleansers regularly, so I can’t actually remember the last one I used up, but I am currently close to being done on the Sunday RIley Ceramic Slip cleanser, and the Kate Sommerville goat milk cleanser.

  • Jennifer Anays Hernandez

    My favorite cleanser that I’ve repurchased is the Belif Problem Solution Cleansing Foam. It’s super creamy and it never dries out my skin. The tree tea oil has been amazing at keeping my skin blemish free and the fact it’s free of harsh chemicals is awesome. I’d recommend it to anyone having issues with acne and blemishes.

  • Elena Lizabeth

    At night use double cleaning: oils, balms, muss, adore Sensai and in the morning a cleaner without soap: Sisley, Nuori

  • Anastasiya

    The last cleanser I used was Estee Lauder perfectly clean foam cleanser – I love it for my dry skin 🙂

  • Joanna G

    love the tatcha cleanser. Should also try the emma Hardie balm. It is the gold standard.

  • DRTVrMoi

    After trying out a new AHA, my skin cried out for Avene

    ANTIROUGEURS DERMO-CLEANSING MILK

  • Meegan

    I love the Fresh Soy Face Cleanser! It left my skin feeling so clean but not dry, for once!

  • Jessica

    I recently used up my Heimish All Clean Balm. It’s all empty now, and the jar is so cute I’m going to keep it for trinkets. Great solid oil cleanser. It melts my makeup away and is great for sensitive skin.

  • Arch

    The last cleanser I used up was Drunk Elephant’s JuJu Bar — it worked well: no drying soap residue and took forever to actually use up. But it was messy and too much of a hassle to try and keep the bar from getting mushy. I’d buy a liquid version of it, but as is, probably won’t repurchase any time soon.

  • Collar Wilson

    My favorite makeup remover is Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Cleansing Oil. I like the Eve Lom’s facial cleanser, but I don’t use it very often. My favorite facial cleansing set is by Tatcha with the rice powders and the camelia cleansing oil.

  • Heather ツ

    I just used up Tatcha’s Polished Rice Enzyme Powder. (I wouldn’t repurchase).

  • disqus_xCMuRvSVRd

    The last cleanser I used up was Kate Somerville Exfolikate Cleanser Daily Foaming Wash. And just repurchased during the Sephora sale.

  • I’m in love with Tatcha’s camellia cleasing oil! Love it. Repurchases too!

  • tasa

    I stray but then I go back again to the Amore Pacific Cleansing Oil. It’s simply wonderful and very gentle, no matter the state of my skin.

  • Tabitha

    Hmm, the last cleanser I used up was probably Cetaphil.

  • lauraz17

    I finally finished up Tatcha Rice Enzyme Powder. It’s ok but not something I would repurchase.

  • Melissa.rva

    Hello Sabrina ! I really love the Bioderma Sensibio Tonic lotion, and I want to try the L’Occitane foaming cleansing cream. The last cleanser I used up was the Bioderma Sensibio foaming gel, I love this cleanser !!

  • Jeanie M.

    The last cleanser I used up was Bioderma H20. I really like this a lot.

  • Laura Schmaltz

    The last cleanser I finished was Bliss fabulous foaming face wash.

  • stephanee

    The last cleanser I finished up was PTR Gentle Foaming Cleanser. Not sure if it still sold at Sephora where I got it but I will miss it!

  • teadivamuse

    Simple’s new Water Boost Micellar CleansiIng Water is ultra mild and is on a par with Koh Gen Doh’s stellar Spa Cleansing Water. I have the best luck getting it directly on the KGD website where they occasionally offer deep discounts of up to 30%. I signed up for their newsletter. but have never gotten a heads up for their sales so I check in every month.

  • Christine

    The last cleanser I used up was DHC cleansing oil. I only bought it because it was Amazon Prime and I’d previously forgotten to reorder my favorite oil, Shu Uemura green. I’m also aaaaaaalmost done with a tub of EH moringa cleansing balm.

  • Jessica

    I bought the Galmglow Supercleanse cleanser after reading your recommendation and I love it! It’s like a mini clay mask treatment.

  • Megan

    I am pretty boring with my cleansers. I have really dry skin (that starts to hurt/peel in winter) so I tend to stick with Paula’s Choice Skin Recovery Cream Cleanser plus Simple Micellar Water. I did recently try PTR Water Drench Cleanser and I liked that one. I have heard raves about the Farmacy Green Clean, might have to pick that up.

  • sigi

    I use Clinique TTDOBalm followed by Fresh Soy. I’m interested in trying the Farmacy based on your description. I love the Fresh, haven’t strayed in at least 5 years!

  • roxymisha

    My last night time cleanser that I used up was Emma Hardie’s Moringa Balm. Emma Hardie is a UK company and the balm is pure luxury, removes all traces of makeup including waterproof makeup and my skin feels hydrated and beautiful. Love it.

  • Marina

    I use Caudalie cleansing milk and it is the best. I’ve read your post about this brand some time ago and fallen in love forever in all products. Thank you for recommending that brand.

    • anna

      that spray body oil is heaven

  • Alyona L

    I use One Love Organic Balm and Huxley Secret of Sahara Be Clean Be Moist Cleansing Gel

  • inkchick

    I’ve been using Clarisonic’s cream cleanser and Boscia’s Makeup Break Up Cool Cleansing Oil. Love them both.

  • urbanangel

    I only use Shu Uemura’s cleansing oils. It removes all traces of makeup and I find that I don’t even need to double cleanse after. And it doesn’t leave my skin tight like foam cleansers.

  • missjbn

    My go to cleansers now are the KLAVUU pearl cleansing foam and the Shiseido senka perfect gel, these are perfect for my super dry skin!

  • Ally

    I love the Kate Somerville Gentle Daily Wash, it’s really soft on my skin and I use it day and night. The Bioderma Micellar water is great for makeup removal too!

  • Valerie Manke

    I always seem to use up my cetaphil cleanser, I need something for sensitive skin.

  • astaraellas

    not super special but my cetaphil gentle cleanser gets the job done!

  • Kat Hernandez

    The last cleanser I used up was from Etude House, a brand from Korea. At first I really loved it and thought it was so refreshing but at the last 3rd of the bottle, I felt like it was already drying my face. I feel like sometimes this happens to my skin like my skin is “fed up” with a product and I needed to switch it up.

  • Jenny B

    Wow awesome post! The Kate Somerville cleansers sound so lovely. I’d love to try the Gentle Daily Wash next as soon as my acne clears up a bit The Murad clarifying cleanser has been my go-to cleanser for a while!

  • Jennifer

    Thanks for the detailed post as always! definitely going to be trying one of those oil cleansers! 🙂

  • susan h

    I am a die hard Shu Uemura cleanser fan 🙂

  • Grace k

    the last cleanser I used up was from Shiseido’s Perfect Whip (purchased in Taiwan). Also DHC’s cleansing oil. I use the double cleanse method

  • Ja Lee

    last cleanser I used up was Glossier’s gentle cleanser!

  • Whitney Lau

    I’ve been using Lancer’s cleanser!

  • dollfeis

    The last cleanser I used up was Boscia Thermal Black Cleanser!

  • Kim Pincombe-Cole

    The last cleanser I used was the DermaE microdermabrasion scrub!

  • cpbebe

    I am continually using up my containers of Clinique Liquid Facial Soap in Extra Mild.

  • christina07

    Lots of cleansers I am interested in trying now, that was a joy to read. I’m currently trying out the PIXI Double Cleanse and so far so good.

  • Karina K

    The last cleanser I finished was Paula’s Choice skin balancing cleanser

  • GK

    The last cleanser I finished was Cetaphil from the drugstore! Great post 🙂

  • Valerie Vitale

    This might sound very basic but I got a sample of a Mary Kay face wash for oily skin and it actually helped my face.

  • marciaf

    I rarely finish anything before starting something new but I did finish a Bioderma Micellar Water recently.

  • Kulpreet Kaur

    I finished my Shu Uemura cleansing oil – the green one – Anti/Oxi. I know I purchased a new bottle but I just can’t seem to find it!! Which is very weird coz how does a 450ml bottle disappear??

  • Wendy C.

    Juice Beauty STEM Cellular cleansing oil.

  • so_schilly

    My all time favorite cleanser is the Sum37 Miracle Rose Cleansing Stick. I’m on my 4th tube and have been using it for 3 years- the longest I’ve ever been loyal to a face product except retinols. It’s gentle and non-stripping but cleanses extremely well. Plus it has Rose petals in it! Foaming cleansers tend to dry out my skin too much so I only i use them at the height of summer heat and humidity.

    I like various cleansing oils or balms first if I’m wearing makeup or sunscreen, and I also love the Bioderma micellar water and have gone through several bottles.

  • Lourdes

    Tria Age-Defying Skincare Priming Cleanser

  • ilen

    I just used up my Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish and I desperately need to replace it. Great post!

  • saby

    I’ve enjoyed using a Clarins cleanser but the oil cleansers sound hydrating.

  • saby

    I enjoy Clarins cleanser. The Somerville one is one I would love to try

  • saby

    I enjoy a Clarins cleanser although the Kate Somerville one sounds great!

  • Justine R

    I actually use a drug store brand in Asia, Kanebo Naive which I love, but I just got a sample size of the Beste jelly cleanser from Drunk Elephant so I’m excited to try that! Cleansing oil wise, my HG is still the Tatcha Camellia Oil.

  • Anna

    Always enjoying your articles! Thank you!

  • bilqees bano

    ponds cleanser

  • Laurie M.

    Last one I used up was Cerave Moisturizing Cleanser. Boring but it is perfect for my skin – gentle yet effective!

  • GG

    I just recently finished another bottle of the Glossier Milky Jelly, and repurchased for the 6th time. It’s thorough enough to be a second cleanse at night, but gentle enough to refresh my skin in the mornings. It’s also mild enough to be used around the eye area, and is what I use to remove mascara every night.

  • Sarah Thomas

    I used up my naive peach cleanser I got in a subscription box. I actually really enjoyed it.

  • Joni

    So when it comes to cleansers I honestly often use the samples and free gifts I get from other purchases— clarins foaming cleanser, kate somerville’s exfolikate, chanel’s gel and creme cleansers… but I do keep repurchasing tatcha’s camellia oil as a makeup remover on days where a micellar wipe isn’t fully gonna do the job! would love to get their essence as well but it’s so pricy, it hurts to think about! 🙂

  • Carina Betty

    The last cleanser I used up was from Missha Creamy Latte Strawberry Cleansing Foam, not bad but I’m not sure that I’m going to repurchase it.

  • Leah

    I have been trying Clinique’s Take the Day Off cleansing oil along with my La Roche Posay Effaclar cleanser as my second cleanse and it’s very good. All you need is a dot of the oil to remove any makeup, even waterproof! 🙂

  • Bridget

    I’ve been using Shu Uemura cleansing oils for years, my favourite being the brightening BlancChroma as it’s the lightest cleansing oil I’ve used and worth every penny! I use Kiehls Rare Earth Deep Pore cleanser for a second cleanse and it works great on my combination skin. I also use Bioderma for pesky eye makeup removal but I’m definitely keen to try the La Roche-Posay micellar water if it’s better at removing waterproof makeup!

  • Jennifer Bowen

    i never used one in a very long time about the only thing i ever used up was a bar of soap other then that i would love to try some of the new things they got out now days

  • Federica

    I love this post Sabrina: it’s well done and it gives interesting tips! The last cleanser that i’ve used up was the Nuxe Reve de Miel gel 🙂 It’s perfect for winter time and i need to bought it again! kisses

  • Angel A

    I just used up Mediheal’s Black Charcoal Pore Cleansing Foam! It took me a long time to finish it all up!

  • Bojana

    What a beautiful post! Thank you! When it comes to my cleansers, I have several of them, but I usually use, as a first cleanser, some of my cold pressed oils. Sunflower or almond oil, and sometimes flax seed oil or hazelnut. It depends of my skin, how it feels, since I use acids, retinol and vit.C. If I need a bit of hydration I like using almond oil, and when I want something light on my skin then I would choose hazelnut ( in case I didn’t eat it all 🙂 or sunflower and flax seed. So last oil I’ve used was almond oil. I just rub them on dry skin and then I take them off with a cotton balls soaked with micellar water. Micellar water which I last used was Garnier’s for sensitive skin, and I choose it because it does not contain perfume. After oils I like to use Eucerin gel for mixed and normal skin, as it is perfume free and is very gentle, and contains sodium hyaluronate. This is the last cleanser for second cleanse I’ve used and I try to have it regularly. So, for me 3 of them 🙂 : Almond oil, garnier micellar water and eucerin dermatoclean gel.

  • Shilpa Shetty

    I love The Body Shop Tea Tree Cleanser, its best for my super oily skin,..

  • Jennifer Jones

    My main cleanser right now is Bobbi Brown Cleansing Oil. I would repurchase because of how well it took off waterproof eye makeup and kept my skin soft.

  • Mina LT

    Any Shiseido foaming cleanser!

  • farrytalegonebad

    Hey 🙂 The last cleanser i used up was the Skinfood Mikshake point makeup remover. And i love it! 🙂

  • thepassionatefashionista

    I’ve used Fresh Soy Face Cleanser for years but just got a sample of the Philosophy Purity Made Simple Cleanser and it’s amazing!

  • Deborah Hayes

    I enjoy a two-step cleansing routine: the first cleansing is with an oil-based cleanser (like the DHC cleanser) and then I follow it with a foaming gel cleanser.

  • binabug

    looking forward to trying the Omorovicza Moor Cream Cleanser

  • Christina

    The last cleanser I used up was Kate Sommerville’s Exfolikate cleanser. It’s pretty good!

  • pinksuzanne

    The last cleanser that I used up was Marcelle’s Ultra Gentle Cleaning Gel. I will not repurchase.

  • Jocelynjmj

    I just tried By Terry Dual Exfoliating Scrub – IN LOVE. Nothing has ever left my skin so soft.

  • Biljana Tadic Skundric

    I have just finished a bottle of Glamglow Thirstycleanse hydrating cleanser, great for my aging combo/dehydrated skin 👍

  • Jiyong Lee

    I don’t have a particular favorite cleanser, but I absolutely adore the Bioderma miscellar water. The BEST.

  • Anna Furer

    I just finished a Clarins Melt Gel and repurchased

  • MALINA CRISTESCU

    My favorite cleansers are from Kielh’s (I only wash my face in the mornings) and I really enjoy Shiseido’s Benefiance Balancing Softner that I use after I take away my make-up with cleansing milk

  • Lauren

    The last cleanser I used up was Fresh Soy Cleanser.

  • Stephanie

    I’ve just finished the Cerave Hydrating Facial Cleanser – I love this for a simple morning cleanse.

    I’m also about to finish the Neogen Foaming Green Tea cleanser and would repurchase. I use it as a second cleanse at night. Although it’s foaming, it doesn’t strip my dry skin and also smells delicious.

  • satelliteoflove

    I’ve purchased, and used up Clinique’s Take the Day Off balm about 5 times now, and will probably never stray for my first cleanse. That stuff gets off everything in seconds!

  • Yiing Zhi Teh

    I should really go for the Kate Somerville cleansers. Only thing that’s stopping me is the high price point..!

  • Lisa L

    The last cleanser I used up was the Sephora oil in foam cleanser!

  • Sushmhitah Sandanatavan

    I love the entire Aveda collection even though not many people use it

  • Laurie Nykaza

    Cetaphil® PRO Oil Removing Foam Wash works great it is the last item I bought and it worked well on my skin.

  • Alisa Stanfield

    Just put the Farmacy balm cleanser in my Sephora cart for round 2 of the VIP sale,so am excited to see your comments here.
    Have you tried the Indie Lee CoQ10 toner? I love it!! It is so calming for my sensitive skin.

  • Melissa

    The last cleanser I used up is my Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser. Yeah I know, not exciting. My skin is very finicky and this cleanser is the only one I’ve tried that actually cleans my face without messing with my pores.

  • Kate Rebmann

    I’ve been loving the Tata Harper Purifying Cleanser recently

  • I just finished the Bioderma Sensibio micellar water.

  • Paol Trenny

    I just finished Klairs cleansing oil.

  • Nermine Haddad

    I just finished Skinceutical’s Purifying Cleanser. It was ok, nothing special.

  • Anna Stone

    I used up Avene eau thermale soapless gel cleanser and on my way to buy it again.

  • TheSunnyDay2013 .

    I use Mario Badescu skin care and love it. I used up Collagen Mask and will repurchase it.

  • Yin Hou

    Are you going to try out the 10 step Korean beauty skincare?

  • Natalie Estey Greene

    I love the Simple Micellar Water, I used my last one up last week and tried the new water boost version for dehydrated skin. I love it so far!

  • Kristy Michael (WalkaboutKrist

    I just finished up a bottle of Mario Badescu’s Enzyme Cleansing Gel. It was fine, but nothing to rave about. I’m on the hunt for something better. I think I’m going to give one from Kate Somerville a try!

  • Trish

    I have been using Erno Laszlo White Marble cleansing oil and soap and have noticed a new luminousity to my skin- I will definitely repurchase

  • Cindy

    I have been using and loving the Amore Pacific Enzyme Peel!

  • Jenn E

    I just used up a bottle of my go-to Purity cleanser by Philosophy. An oldie but a goodie!

  • lisainsf

    I am obsessed with Philosophy Purity Made Simple facial cleansing wipes… I know you are supposed to use an actual cleanser after a makeup wipe but these SO GOOD… I just follow with a quick swipe of toner and I’m done. I also like the various Shiseido cleansing foams (have used since girlhood) and Clinique Liquid Facial Soap Mild.

  • Andreia SPR

    I am currently using Nuxe Micellar Cleansing Oil (but I will not repurchase). I believe for the price range, I might find others better to remove make-up.

  • Melinda G

    I am on my 6th bottle of Tatcha’s Oil Cleanser. I cannot imagine changing; it is perfection.

  • I just finished using LaRoche Posay Micellar foaming water. Great for my sensitive skin!

  • fujifan23

    The cleanser I just used up was the Andalou Creamy Cleanser Vitamin C + Meyer Lemon. Really gentle and great for a simple morning cleanse. For night I use the Derma E charcoal cleanser.

  • Kamla

    Great article! So informative! I’ve been looking for new cleansing oils so this was just the post I needed! The last cleanser I used was the Tarte Rainforest of the sea cleansing gel. It’s nice but I’ve been branching out with some other cleansers from Juice Beauty and Murad.

  • Elena

    The last cleanser I used was one from a polish brand (hope I’m not wrong) Zjaia

  • Petunia

    I finished a Pixi Double Cleanse and Boscia Makeup Breakup cleanser last month. I would definitely repurchase. The Pixi is great for travel and I love Boscia’s natural formulas.

  • Jennifer Munnell

    My routine-Neutrogena alcohol-free toner, followed by missha time revolution night repair science activator ampoule as a serum, and first aid cream for my moisturizer.

  • Sarah Zhu

    I am almost done with my Fresh soy face cleanser! It’s great for my sensitive skin.

  • Adriana Luza

    Heimish All Clean Balm is my fav!

  • Gabriela Zapata

    I love Farmacy Green Clean Balm.

  • Mary

    The last cleanser I used up was a Vichy Milk cleanser/toner 3-1…it was very nice. It didn’t take off makeup very well, but as a second cleanse it was perfect!

  • Christy Peeples DuBois

    It is remarkable all of the products you test. I read so many reviews that I have to go back and reread to remember.
    The last cleanser I finished was Mario Badescu Botanical Facial Gel. His products do what they claim and are a fraction of the cost of other lines as far as the ones I’ve tried.

  • Zoey

    I usually use the Biore Daily Cleansing Cloths.

  • Michelle Castagne

    I’m using IT Cosmetics Bye Bye 3 in 1 Makeup Cleansing Balm.

  • susan

    I used a Neutrogena cleanser. Very practical.

  • Rachel Beltz

    Last I used was a L’Oreal 360… don’t love it sadly…

  • Anne C

    I recently used up Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash Pink Grapefruit Facial Cleanser. I’m now using Tria Beauty’s Positively Clear Foam Cleanser. I would like to use Cleansing Oils next!

  • Christina, Esq.

    thank you for this! based on this post I just ordered the Kate Somerville washes you featured here (and also the toner and oil free moisturizer- do you ave an experience with either of those?) I’m combination and oily in areas, 35 so anti-aging is now a must, as well as adult acne flares. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and some great products as always!