5 Cruelty Free Cleansers You Need to Try

A decent skincare routine is vital to having clear, fresh looking skin. If you’re anything like me, then you’ll probably be somewhat of a product hoarder, but knowing what to buy can be a bit of a minefield. What makes skincare hunting especially tricky, however, is when you’re tying to shop cruelty free and quite a lot of companies can be rather cagey (isn’t that right, Benefit?) on their animal testing status. A lot of people make the switch to using cruelty free makeup, but can find it difficult with skincare products so, through a series of trial and error, I think I’ve found some cruelty free superstars that are suitable for all! Let me know in the comments below if you’re a fan of these products or are going to give any them a try…

1. The Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Butter | £10

This sumptuous butter is super gentle and effective at dissolving makeup and leaving your skin feeling baby soft and looking wonderfully smooth. It’s suitable for all skin types, even sensitive skin, and smells heavenly. You just sweep your finger tips over the balm and massage it into your face, rinsing with warm water. Simple!

2. Lush Ultrabland Cleanser | £13.50 (for 100g)

This wonderfully gentle cleanser has been the answer to many of my skincare woes. It contains honey, rose water and almond oil to combat blemishes and clear your skin right up – always a plus. It is quite a thick formula, so did take a little getting used to, but it deeply and effectively removes all makeup without drying out your skin, which is pretty darn spectacular in my opinion! Just massage into your skin and remove with warm water or a cotton pad.

3. Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser | £15

Glossier have already achieved cult status with their array of effective and beautifully packaged products, so I was keen to give this fan favourite a try. This cleanser can be used on dry skin to melt away makeup, or you can use it on damp skin as part of your morning routine for a wake up and shake up. Personally, I use it as my second cleanse after taking the majority of my makeup off. It leaves your skin feeling squeaky clean and ensures you’ve got the last remains of your makeup off at the end of the day. I leave it in the shower so I don’t forget to give my skin an extra cleanse!

4. Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanse & Polish | £16.50

I was a little dubious about this cruelty free smash hit because it seemed a tad faffy for me, but I was completely wrong. It is a change to the standard methods of makeup removal; you massage a pump of the luxurious cleanser into your skin and then run the accompanying cloth under hot water and wipe away, little by little, removing makeup and giving your skin a little buffing in the process. It acts as a cleanser and gentle exfoliator in one and I noticed a huge improvement in the texture and clarity of my skin after using this little beauty for a couple of weeks.

5. The Body Shop Vitamin E Cream Cleanser | £8

This cleanser has been in my skincare collection for years. I love that it’s Vitamin E based as it protects your skin from the damage caused by pollution and everyday stress, it removes makeup well and leaves your skin feeling soft and fresh. It’s one of those products I always have in my cupboard and always will!

What are your favourite cruelty free cleansers? Are you going to give any of these cleansers a try? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for reading, folks.

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  1. April 29, 2018 / 5:16 pm

    Great list of cleansers! I’m currently half way through milky jelly cleanser and loving it. I heard the Liz Earl cleanse and polish is lovely and I would also like to try the camomile balm from The body shop.

    • May 1, 2018 / 12:16 am

      You should definitely give them a try! They’re so worth it and work wonders for your skin ✨ thanks for reading! ☺️

  2. May 1, 2018 / 4:03 am

    I love using the Essano Beauty Foaming Facial Cleanser it has rosehip oil in it, I’m interested in trying out some from the body shop, I really love their products.

    • May 1, 2018 / 10:27 pm

      Ooh I’ve never tried that one! Are they cruelty free? I’ll have to give them a try if so ? definitely try out the Body Shop cleansers, they’re amazing!

      • May 1, 2018 / 11:58 pm

        yes they are cruelty free, the brand is from new zealand. They are stocked in a lot of places in NZ & AUS not sure about other countries but I’m sure on their website it should have stockist listed

        • May 2, 2018 / 11:38 pm

          Ahhh I’ll have a look and see if they’re available in the UK! Thank you ☺️

    • May 18, 2018 / 1:39 pm

      Thank you, lovely! Definitely worth a try, it’s SO good ?

    • August 19, 2018 / 3:17 pm

      Their products are insane, aren’t they? Besotted!

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