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Tired of using beauty products with an ingredients list you can't pronounce? Make the switch over to natural products that boast simpler formulas and naturally-occurring ingredients that you could say 10 times fast. Since washing your face is a non-negotiable part of each day, a natural face wash is a great place to start.
Here are our picks of the best natural face washes.
Best Overall: Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser
Tata Harper dishes out some of the best natural beauty products we've used, and this cream cleanser is no exception. Ever the multitasker, it cleanses, clarifies, and tones the skin for flawless results.
The formula—made of 100% natural origin ingredients—rids skin of dirt and impurities while unclogging pores, softening the skin, and buffing away dead cells with a gentle exfoliating action. The smell, a fresh citrusy delight, is also to die for.
What Our Testers Say
"As I rinsed away the cleanser, my skin felt smooth to the touch—textureless almost." — Bianca Lambert, Product Tester
Best Budget: Pacifica Sea Foam Complete Face Wash
Natural cleansers can get a bad reputation for not actually cleansing your skin, but this pick from Pacifica Beauty proves that myth wrong. It can wash away even the toughest makeup in one rinse, sans scrubbing or double-cleansing—and without any harsh sulfates that can strip the skin, leaving it parched.
The formula is infused with sea algae extract to normalize skin's moisture content and remineralize skin to enhance brightness, papaya extract to naturally soften and gently exfoliate, and coconut water to tone, balance, and cleanse.
Best for Acne-Prone Skin: 100% Pure Tea Tree & Willow Clarifying Cleanser
Turmeric powder is made from the root of Curcuma zedoaria, a form of ginger native to Southeast Asia. Its active ingredient, curcumin, is what gives it that yellow-orange tinge; it's also what makes it such a potent anti-inflammatory. Turmeric is also found to lighten hyperpigmentation.
Botanicals are the driving force in this cleanser from 100% Pure, including rosemary, burdock, and neem to kill acne-causing bacteria. There's also turmeric, willow bark, and tea tree oil to soothe and reduce inflammation, and parsley, an antifungal and antibacterial that wards off bacteria that trigger acne.
Besides keeping breakouts under control, it moisturizes, plumps, tones, and tightens skin.
Best for Dry Skin: Nourish Organic Moisturizing Cream Face Cleanser
If you have dry skin, you want to steer clear of harsh cleansers that can strip vital moisture. Instead, reach for one that is chockfull of hydrating ingredients, like this one which includes cucumber, watercress, coconut oil, and sunflower oil to hydrate and soothe skin. The only things that'll be whisked down the drain are dirt, makeup, and impurities.
Best for Sensitive Skin: S.W. Basics Cleanser
Glycerin is a naturally occurring compound in the body; in topical skincare, it is derived from plants. It functions to draw water to the skin and continue hydrating it, making it a great ingredient for extreme dryness.
It doesn't get any more basic than this cleanser (in the best kind of way). The ingredient list includes organic rosewater, organic vegetable glycerin, and organic tea tree oil—so natural, nourishing, and gentle.
Best Brightening: Ursa Major Fantastic Face Wash
Get your glow on with Ursa Major’s Fantastic Face Wash. Worthy of its name, the cleanser is made from 99.5% natural ingredients and uses natural AHA/BHA fruit acids to exfoliate, making dead skin cells and a dull complexion a thing of the past. Aloe brings the hydration, while spearmint and lime deliver a glow. Plus, the fragrance will give you a burst of energy in the morning.
Best Organic: Avalon Organics Intense Defense Cleansing Gel
Vitamin C is an essential nutrient required for the growth and repair of tissues in all parts of the body, including the skin, but we cannot produce it on our own. For the skin, it helps to boost collagen, lighten discoloration, and fight free radicals.
Natural and organic are not one and the same. An organic product means the ingredients are organically farmed, whereas natural products boast ingredients of natural origin. This cleanser, in particular, is certified organic and contains no GMO ingredients, parabens, synthetic colors, fragrances, sulfates, or phthalates.
What it does contain is a blend of organic botanicals and essential oils, a plant-based gem that cleanses and brightens the skin while protecting it against environmental damage. That's thanks in large part to the inclusion of antioxidants like vitamin C, white tea, and lemon bioflavonoids.
Best Bar Soap: The Yellow Bird Peppermint & Tea Tree Soap Bar
This is not your grandmother's bar soap. It's a multi-tasking bar—good for face, body, and hands—formulated with many natural and organic ingredients, including peppermint, tea tree, and other essential oils to mask unwanted odors while soothing and clearing the skin.
It gives off a rich lather and an invigorating fragrance that'll have you seriously hooked.