The first step to any skin care routine is the cleanser. A cleanser is an essential part of your skincare regime and must be chosen wisely. Deciding the perfect one for your skin can be a daunting task so I’ve compiled a list of 11 Best Cruelty Free Cleanser for you to try out. These are some of the best cruelty free face wash, including vegan options.
I’ve included drugstore face wash, as well as other priced options. Continue reading to know which one will suit your skin type!
Best Cruelty Free Face Wash *2021*
Let’s get started!
1. Murad AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser
If you’ve dull, rough, and dehydrated skin then this is just the perfect cleanser for you. It is a cleanser with exfoliating properties. The best part is the smooth, soft and fresh skin it provides. Also, reduces the appearance of visible pores.
It has exfoliating acids and “jojoba beads” that provide you a clearer, bright complexion. Gently exfoliates and also prevents dullness. The cleanser consists of salicylic, lactic, and glycolic acid. This face wash also tackles the issues of dryness and roughness.
Depending on your skin, you can use it alternatively, or once a day. (Couple it with a mild cruelty-free cleanser and you’re good to go.) This Murad cleanser is suitable for combination, oily, and dry skin. You can skip if you’re on the sensitive side.
- Helps to tighten pores
- Amazing for oily skin
- Makes skin smooth, soft
- Free from Phthalates, Sulphate, & mineral oil
- Hydrates and retains moisture
- Exfoliates, brightens & tackles roughness
- Not for sensitive skin (Ingredients can be harsh for some people)
2. Jack Black Daily Facial Cleanser
I love their hand cream and deodorant. Breaking news. Not. I love their cleanser too! I’m always getting Jack Black on Amazon and you’ll always find me recommending this brand. Anyhow, it’s a great facial wash that’s suitable for all skin types. It doesn’t dry out your skin. There isn’t any strong fragrance but a subtle fresh scent. I use it as a female and love it. Good for everyday usage.
- Suitable for all skin types
- Great for daily use
- Won’t dry out your skin
3. Dermalogica Clear Skin Wash
As the name suggests, you get clear skin using this face wash. It has helped people with their skin. Great for irritable and breakout skin. Dermalogica cleanser also provides fresh, bright, and smooth skin. This vegan face wash removes excess oil. You don’t need much, little goes a long way. It contains 0.5% salicylic acid which helps to clear clogged pores, and also acts as an exfoliant.
Dermalogica Skin Wash is a gentle, foaming cleanser that helps to clear your skin. Other key ingredients include menthol, camphor, eucalyptus, and tea tree. This product is also gluten-free, vegan, and free of all nasty ingredients, and has recyclable packaging.
- Gluten-free & Paraben free
- Helps to clear acne
- Recyclable packaging
- Good for oily skin type
- Deals with breakout & irritable skin
- Not for extremely dry skin
4. ELF Cosmetics Jelly Pop Watermelon Cleanser
Add the summer vibe to your skin care routine with this watermelon cleanser! It smells like watermelon, fruity, and amazing. The smell isn’t strong, atleast I didn’t find it to be.
Elf Watermelon cleanser is a vegan and cruelty free face wash that is affordable. It has a jelly-like consistency. This face wash washes away dirt, impurities, and oil. Infused with Vitamin B5 & watermelon extract.
- Daily usage face wash
- Smells amazing
- Cleanses well
5. Mario Badescu Glycolic Foaming Cleanser
It’s a foaming face wash that has glycolic acid. This foaming cleanser doesn’t dry out your skin and lathers into a rich foam. Also suitable for sensitive skin.
It removes excess oil, dirt, and also your makeup. This cleanser makes the skin soft and bright. It also helps with hyperpigmentation. If this suits your skin, you can also try their other products from the range. You’ll find many keepers!
- Removes oil, dirt
- Won’t dry your skin
- Helps with hyperpigmentation
- Removes makeup
- Lathers into foam
- Fragrance free
- Contains SLS
6. The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser
A facial cleanser that needs no introduction. It’s immensely popular and a cult favorite of many, including yours truly! I like it as it’s a cheap vegan face wash that contains Squalane. This cleanser has a 5.50-6.50 pH and feels amazing on the skin.
It is a hydrating drugstore cleanser that is great for sensitive skin. If you’ve redness, this is your ideal pick! Another wonderful thing is that it acts as a great makeup remover. It removes your everyday makeup, including mascara without irritation! However, I do recommend cruelty-free micellar water or makeup remover for heavy makeup.
You gotta apply it to dry skin after rubbing it between your fingers. Its texture changes. Moreover, it is non-comedogenic and soap-free.
- Gentle cleanser
- Removes makeup
- Free of silicone, parabens, and sulfates
- Doesn’t dry out skin
- Imparts a healthy glow
- Small size
7. Boscia Purifying Cleansing Gel
A charcoal-based vegan face cleanser that is natural and clean. It contains Vitamin C. Boscia Gel is a warming cleanser, you can feel the warmth while applying. This is a detoxifying face wash that cleans & minimize your pores. You can also use it to remove your makeup. It provides smooth skin and a beautiful glow.
Boscia cleanser comes in a pump bottle and has little to slight fragrance. It clears excess oil and won’t strip you of your natural skin moisture. Great face wash for sensitive skin people. Did I mention it’s paraben-free?! It is gluten-free, artificial fragrance and color-free as well.
- Leaves skin soft
- Cleans the skin thoroughly
- Paraben, Sulfate & Gluten-free
- Color and fragrance-free
- Removes makeup
- no cons!
8. PUR See No More Blemish & Pore Clearing Cleanser
A great face cleanser for blemish and congested pores. When you apply it, there is a slight tingling sensation, feels cool. It has a mint fragrance to it which is refreshing. Personally, I love it. It’s also available in Tea Tree and Peppermint scent.
This face wash deep cleanses your skin and is packed with good ingredients such as lactic and salicylic acid. It is also a great exfoliator and a foaming face wash. You need only a little bit of the product, so it would surely last long. On the flip side, if you’re dry skin, you may find it to be a tad drying. It didn’t irritate my skin and caused no breakouts.
- Works nicely for congested skin
- Great for acne-prone skin
- Has peppermint oil which refreshes the skin
- Bit drying
9. Andalou Naturals Rose Cleanser
Great face wash for dry and sensitive skin. It’s a foaming face wash that smells divine and perfect for dull skin. The fragrance is not strong. It is a gentle everyday cleanser and contains the goodness of pomegranate, rose stem cells, and aloe.
- Gentle everyday face wash
- Suitable for dry skin
10. Yes to Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Cleanser
Best suited for oily or acne-prone skin. If you face breakouts regularly, this is a nice affordable face wash. It contains ingredients such as charcoal, tomatoes, jojoba oil, and salicylic acid. These provide glowing fresh skin, alongside gentle exfoliation.
It is formulated without Parabens, Silicone, and SLS. The fragrance is pleasant and this face wash acts as a great makeup remover too.
- Great for Blackheads
- Good for combination/oily skin
- Gently exfoliates
- Rich in antioxidants
- Makes skin glow
- No cons!
11. Pacifica Sea Foam Complete Face Wash
A great drugstore, and vegan foaming face wash that smells awesome! It is suitable for all skin types. Great for removing makeup. It is affordable, clears oil and dirt. This Pacifica face wash is gel-based and turns to foam later on. It’s also long-lasting.
It is free from animal-based ingredients such as carmine, beeswax, and lanolin. It is also formulated from mineral oil, parabens, phthalates, SLS, gluten.
- Amazing for regular use
- Doesn’t have nasty ingredients
- Makes skin squeaky clean
- Good for oily skin type
- Might leave your skin feeling dry.
Do try these face washes out and see what works the best for you! If you have favorite cruelty free and vegan face wash, share in the comments below!