7 All-Natural Cleansers For A Cleaner 2020 Skin-Care Routine

Megan Decker

In 2019, with the borderline-extremist focus on clean and ethically-sourced ingredients, you don't need to be consciously "cleaning up" your medicine cabinet to find yourself with a shelf full of all-natural labels. Since our go-to retailers, like Target and Sephora, have enacted 'Clean Beauty' initiatives, it's easy to find a Drunk Elephant cleanser that magically melts away your crusty mascara bits and also happens to be formulated without sulfates or synthetic fragrance — which, for you, might just be a nice bonus.

To prove the universal functionality of totally toxin-free face wash, we've rounded up a handful of best-selling all-natural cleansers, all of which are just as effective at removing makeup and dirt particles as their counterparts without a clean seal. No matter if you're die-hard about a skin-care routine that's fully green — from soap to toenail polish — or you're just fresh out of face wash, scroll through to find an all-natural cleanser that will leave your skin feeling baby-soft, using nothing more than plant enzymes and organic oils.

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Sailor by Captain Blankenship Gentle Tides Cleansing Oil


You may have seen this cute indie Captain Blankenship label highlighted in the Sustainable Shop of our 2019 Beauty Innovator Awards. Not only is the gentle cleansing formula super clean, melting your foundation down the drain with organic sunflower seed oil that won't disrupt your skin's moisture barrier, but you can also find it at Target, to boot.

Sailor by Captain B. Sailor by Captain B. Gentle Tides Cleansing Oil, $, available at Target

Drunk Elephant Slaai Makeup-Melting Butter Cleanser


For a nighttime face wash that actually melts stuck-on mascara without stinging or irritating even the most sensitive skin or eyes, look no further than the newest cleanser by Drunk Elephant — a Beauty Innovator Award winner that also passes the Sephora Clean Beauty standard.

Drunk Elephant Slaai Makeup-Melting Butter Cleanser, $, available at Sephora

Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Removing Cleansing Balm


If you'd describe your skin type as dull or dry, you may already be devoted to a gentle cleansing balm, which are great because they melt away makeup without stripping the skin of its natural oils. This formula in particular is a favorite (with over 2,000 5-star Sephora reviews) because it's formulated using Farmacy's proprietary blend of ingredients, including papaya extract, a naturally-derived exfoliant that leaves your skin brighter and pores smaller — no double-cleanse required.

Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Removing Cleansing Balm, $, available at Sephora

Tatcha Pure One Step Camellia Oil Cleanser


If the waxy balm consistency isn't your texture of choice, an oil cleanser is essentially the liquid version. Warm up a few pumps of this camellia and rice-bran blend in your hands before massaging into skin to dissolve makeup, then rinse it away with warm water. Your skin will be left soft, balanced, and clean, but not squeaky clean.

Tatcha Pure One Step Camellia Oil Cleanser, $, available at Sephora

Origins Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash


Reviewers with combination skin go crazy over this gentle frothy cleanser because it treats both dryness and oiliness with one wash. The broad leaf kelp extract quells excess oil production where needed, while the wheat protein additive balances the drier spots on your face.

Origins Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash, $, available at Sephora

Youth To The People Superfood Antioxidant Cleanser


Like a green juice for your face, this face wash is loaded with cold-pressed antioxidants to make your skin feel hydrated and energized. Also like a pressed juice, it's formulated without alcohol or sulfates.

Youth To The People Superfood Antioxidant Cleanser, $, available at Sephora

Korres Greek Yoghurt Foaming Cream Cleanser


Greek yogurt is a probiotic-packed superfood that soothes skin irritation, which is great if you're reactive to alcohol or foaming surfactants. This cream cleanser touts the yogurt additive and still foams ever so slightly when you splash your skin with water, so you know it's working.

Korres Greek Yoghurt Foaming Cream Cleanser, $, available at Sephora

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