These skin cleansers are made from natural biodegradable ingredients, in zero waste packaging. Avoid essential oils for pregnancy/nursing. Avoid shea butter for latex allergies. This rose clay cleansing balm is made with vegan ingredients, and sold in zero waste packaging. Suitable for all skin types, these active ingredients will melt into the skin and cleanse to remove grime and make-up. Sold in a glass jar with aluminium lid, it is not greasy, nor blocks pores. It contains castor oil, clays, vitamin-rich plant oils and rose absolute and rose geranium oils. In full or travel size.
Bramble & Blossom Luxury Beauty Balm
Bramble & Blossom Luxury Beauty Balm is made in Hertfordshire, and donates a portion of each sale to Tiggywinkles in Buckinghamshire, the world’s busiest wildlife hospital. Sold in a glass jar with metal lid, this little tub of nourishment is made from plant-based and biodegradable ingredients, and won’t harm aquatic life, as it washes off your skin, into the skin. These skin cleansers are made from natural biodegradable ingredients, in zero waste packaging. Use as:
- A hot cloth cleanser
- A skin moisturiser
- A wipe-off face mask
- A cuticle massager
- For chapped hands
One popular oil is jojoba, from a shrub and closest to human sebum (grease!) This discovery led it to replacing whale oil, which used to be used in skincare products. However, ambergris (‘whale vomit or poop, whoever you ask) is still used in many top brand perfumes. Years ago whales were hunted and the ambergris retrieved. Now whale hunting is illegal in most places, it’s all a bit clouded as to how it is harvested. Far better to use sustainable perfumes.
Zero Waste Cleansing Bars
Alternative by Suma Facial Cleansing Bar is vegan and free from palm oil, wrapped in compostable paper. Without fragrance, it’s made with cocoa butter and also good to cleanse your body. Ideal for delicate and sensitive skin.
Balade en Provence Solid Cleansing Bar is made in the Provence region of France. Made with organic ingredients, this contains French green clay to remove daily build-up of impurities, and soothing aloe vera to calm redness and rashes.
This plastic-free solid cleansing bar is handcrafted in Lithuania, and contains activated charcoal to absorb oil from the skin, alongside tea tree oil to draw out dirt. Perfect for oily skin, after use stand somewhere dry to air (like on a slice of loofah). Made in small batches, it’s sold in a compostable box made from starch, bamboo and charcoal.
Konjac Cleansing Sponges
Tabitha Eve Konjac Sponge is biodegradable and can be composted at end of use. A natural replacement for a sea sponge (from a living creature), this is made from the root of a konjac plant and is hard, but becomes silky soft once made wet with water. Beautifully gentle, just use it to cleanse face and remove makeup. Allow to dry naturally, and replace every few months.
Beauty Kitchen Facial Cleansing Sponge is made with sustainably-sourced Konjac roots and infused with blue chamomile. This fragrance-free sponge is perfect to use with your favourite cleanser, or to remove face masks. The sponge, string handle and packaging is compostable, and you can reuse the finished sponge as a water reservoir for houseplants. 2% of sales are donated to environmental organisations. Also in a version to cleanse the body.
Natural Vegan Cleansing Creams
This kaolin clay foaming cleanser is sold in a glass jar with a metal lid, and comes with a bamboo spoon (optional. The cleanser gently exfoliates and draws out impurities, while rich oats soothe and hydrate your skin. Just use morning or night, a few times a week. Contains lime oil. Pour a spoon of the clay cleanser onto your palm, and add a few drops of water. Rub your hands together to create the clay, then apply to a cleansed face and neck for 15 to 30 seconds, and rinse. Avoid contact with eyes and damaged skin, rinse eyes with water if necessary and keep out of reach of children.
Often the best cleansers are oils which help to lift away sebum, even on oily skin. Moksa Lavender Chamomile Cleansing Oil is a cleanser made with soothing essential oils, along with jojoba oil and bergamot.
Organic Quinoa Cleansing Grains are designed to stimulate your skin’s collagen, and help remove age spots. Contain buckwheat, British kaolin clay, lavender, calendula, chamomile, mint, melissa, marshmallow root, yarrow and red clover. Use once/twice weekly for sensitive skin. Quinoa (pronounced ‘keen-wah’) is a superfood in that it contains all the amino acid proteins, so it’s a great ingredient for vegans. However, it has a bitter coating that must be rinsed, then you kind of cook it like rice. Grown in the Andes, there has been a bit of controversy over worker welfare, so always buy Fair Trade. Recently, farmers have started to grow organic quinoa in Shropshire.
This facial wash with Fuller’s Earth gently exfoliates with sencha green tea and rice, and also has nourishing greens of wheatgrass and spirulina. Sold in a glass bottle with aluminium lid. The earth is a clay that can absorb excess oil, so this is an ideal wash for people with oily or acne-prone skin conditions. The name ‘Fuller’s Earth’ comes from its history. Years ago, the person working in a wool refinery was called a ‘fuller’, and would apply this to the wool, to remove excess oil and dirt.
This Healing Clay Facial Cleanser is sold in a glass jar, with metal lid. Handmade from white and green clays and black cumin oil (fights bacteria) and jojoba oil. Use once or twice a week, adding a teaspoon on your face, and massage in a circular motion. You can rinse immediately, or leave on for 10 to 15 minutes, then wash off. You likely know that clay is used for beauty care. That’s because it’s great to absorb impurities, so great for oily skin. The colour of the clay depends on the combination of iron oxides and algae or chlorophyll. Green clay is best for oily skin, if you have dry skin, you are better off going for pink clay.
The Ilex Wood Lemon & Bergamot Cleansing Balm is applied to dry skin and massaged in, using a hot damp flannel to gently remove the balm. Rinse and voila! The balm contains soy wax, shea butter and castor oil. Contains oil of tea tree too, for spots and blemishes.
Pomegranate & Camomile Cleansing Oil
Pomegranate & Camomile Cleansing Oil can even remove waterproof mascara. Rich and slightly fruity, this oil is high in the skin regenerative punicic acid. Also contains sesame oil, geranium and clary sage (good for dry, sensitive and rosacea-prone skin). Just pour a small amount of oil into your palm and massage into face and neck, using small 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.
Lovely Skincare Calming Cleanser & Mask contains oats to gently polish the skin and hemp seed oil to calm red patches and pimples. Made in Sheffield, this contains white kaolin clay, rice bran oil and sunflower oil.
Wildtree Skincare Organic Cleansing Balm is vegan, organic and raw and does not contain essential oils. It features organic orange oil to cleanse and purify, alongside almond oil (to seal in moisture) and baobab oil (to regenerate the epidermis skin layer). Apply directly to dry skin and massage in, then remove with warm water and a muslin cloth. Contains shea butter.
Soothing Cleansing Waters
Zesty Lime & Coconut Cleansing Water is made with lime essential oils and can remove eye make-up. It contains orange flower water, coconut oil and skin-friendly emulsifier and preservative, all in an aluminium bottle/lid.
Soothing Organic Lavender Water can be used as a regenerative cleanser, toner or gentle make-up remover. Apply to fingertips or a reusable cloth to gently sweet over face. Made from the harvested and steam-distilled flowering tops of lavender blooms, this is good for problem skin and skin that is healing from too much sun. You can also use it as a hair rinse or to massage the scalp, or even an anti-frizz spray. Avoid direct contact with eyes, discontinue use if you experience any irritation. Organic Bulgarian Rose Water is better for sensitive or dry skin, made with organically grown Damask roses, handpicked in the early morning in Bulgari’s Rose Valley.