To cleanse your skin naturally, means dumping all the chemical cocktails, and going back to basics. You may wish to use a simple bar of handmade soap. But if you prefer a cleansing cream or oil, here are nice plant-based zero waste choices. If you choose a good cleanser, you may not even need a toner or moisturiser.
Avoid aromatherapy essential oils for pregnancy/nursing (and medical conditions like epilepsy and asthma). Avoid rosemary & citrus oils for high blood pressure. Avoid shea butter for latex allergies.
Healing Clay Facial Cleanser is sold in a glass jar, with metal lid. Handmade with white/green clay, jojoba oil and black cumin oil (to (to fight bacteria). Use once or twice a week, massaging in a circular motion, then rinse or leave for 10/15 minutes. Clay is good to absorb impurities for oily/congested skin. The colour of the clay depends on combination of iron oxides, algae or chlorophyll. Use green clay for oily skin (or pink clay for dry skin).
Pomegranate & Camomile Cleansing Oil is rich and slightly fruity, and also contains sesame oil, geranium and clary sage (good for dry, sensitive and rosacea-prone skin). Pour a small amount in your palm and massage in upward circular movements. Soak a muslin cloth in warm water to gently exfoliate and remove the oil, taking extra care around the delicate eye area.
Most skin cleansers are too harsh for the skin’s delicate PH, and throws the epidermis out of balance, to encourage you to buy more items to correct things! Instead, try using a simple cleanser for a month and notice the difference. Avoid rich creams for oily skin, or you’ll break out in spots!
Tabitha Eve Konjac Sponge is ideal for very sensitive skin and can be used with either just water, or a little of a sensitive skin cleanser. This biodegradable sponge is from the root of the konjac (potato) plant and goes silky soft, once wet. A natural replacement for a sea sponge (a living creature that divers cut away with knives), this can also be used to remove makeup. Allow the sponge to dry naturally, then replace every few months. Can be composted at end of use.
Paper Plane Sensitive Cleansing Bar has just three ingredients (olive oil, coconut oil and shea butter) wrapped in paper. Made with love in Rutland (England’s smallest country, depending on whether the tide is in or out on Isle of Wight!)
Upcircle Cleansing Balm is made with discarded apricot stones from the oil industry, to produce a naturally exfoliating powder to break down oils in the skin. Massage in with dry hands, then remove with a damp flannel or muslin cloth. Can also be used to remove make-up.
Paper Plane Miracle Worker Cleansing Moisturising Balm is a rich balm for dry skin, made with nourishing cocoa butter and lashings of vitamin E and essential oils of lavender, eucalyptus and rosemary. This balm can also be used to massage hands, heels, elbows and knees. You can also use it as a hair conditioner (or use tiny amounts as a hair wax).
Moksa Lavender Chamomile Cleanser is sold in a glass jar with metal lid. It contains bergamot (deep-cleansing), lavender (anti-inflammatory) and chamomile (to soothe eczema, psoriasis and rosacea). Handmade in Devon, it contains jojoba oil, the closest oil to human sebum. Avoid chamomile if allergic to related plants like daisies, marigolds, ragweed or chrysanthemums.