When it comes to cleansers, there a few that have garnered cult status since their inception. Whether they have been around for years or newly launched on the market, their formulations and results have given them our gold-seal of approval and made their way into our permanent skincare collection.
10 of the best cleansers in the industry
Omorovicza Thermal Cleansing Balm
This is definitely one of the most well-known cleansers in the industry. Using a base of Hungarian moor mud and mineral rich water, the thick and luxurious balm helps to remove surface impurities for a thorough cleanse. It also comes with a mini Omorovicza cleansing mitt which helps to fully remove the cleanser.
Perfect for: A deep cleanse.
Lumene Lähde Nordic Micellar Cleansing Water
One of the newest launches onsite, Lumene's Lähde Nordic Micellar Cleansing Water has fast become one of our all time favourite first-step cleansers. Made with unique Arctic cloudberry and Arctic spring water with micellar particles, it's a refreshing yet gentle first cleanse, and one our routines wouldn't now be without.
Perfect for: A first cleanse & all skin types.
Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm
Loved by bloggers and makeup artists for its ability to remove all manner of makeup and impurities, the Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm is one of the most well-known cleansers on the market. It transforms from a solid balm in the pot to a liquid oil on the skin, and helps to draw out all impurities for a super clean look and feel.
Perfect for: All skin types.
Eve Lom Cleanser
The Eve Lom Cleanser is considered the creme de la creme of cleansers, and is one of the most talked about products in its category. Made with clove oil, chamomile, eucalyptus oil and cocoa butter, the balm helps to decongest and remove even the most stubborn of makeup.
One of its main points of contention has been that it contains mineral oil, so if you particularly sensitive to the ingredient, try the brand's newer Gel Balm Cleanser. It's free from mineral oil but contains the same great ingredients and has a lighter feel.
Perfect for: Dry & dehydrated skin types.
Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm
Since Zoella raved about the Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm on her YouTube channels, sales for the product have rocketed. It's little wonder she's so in love with it, the gentle formula contains a blend of nutrient rich grape seed and sweet almond oils to plump and smooth the skin, while its blend of essentil oils is perfect for calming and balancing after a hard day at work.
Perfect for: Sensitive skin types.
ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm
Loved by everyone who tries it, the ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm is one of the best cleansers on the market for when you want a luxury skincare experience. The rich and indulgent balm melts into the skin for a super hydrating cleanse when your skin needs a little moisture boost. Formulated with a blend of potent actives including padina pavonica and starflower oil, it's the perfect Sunday cleanse for when you deserve a little treat.
Perfect for: Normal to dry skin types.
Caudalie Gentle Cleansing Milk
Housed in beautiful new packaging, the Caudalie Gentle Cleansing Milk is a cult classic, with the brand loved by supermodel Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. We love that it's loaded with antioxidant-rich grape extract to protect against environmental damage, while it's nourishing formula leaves skin feeling cleansed and oh so soft.
Perfect for: Dry / dehydrated and sensitive skin types.
Bobbi Brown Soothing Cleansing Oil
Those who know about Bobbi Brown's range of skincare rave about it, and those who don't know need to try it. Their Soothing Cleansing Oil is one of the most effective cleansing formulations we have tried, and completely washes away all impurities and makeup. It's packed with a blend of active botanicals including jasmine flower and kukui nut oil for a nourishing feel.
Perfect for: All skin types including sensitive.
La Roche-Posay Effaclar H Hydrating Cleansing Cream
If you suffer from blemish-prone skin that also feels tight, uncomfortable and sensitive, you will love the La Roche-Posay Effaclar H Hydrating Cleansing Cream. Made with a unique anti-friction texture, the lightweight cream melts into the skin for a gentle cleanse that doesn't disrupt your skin's natural balance.
Perfect for: Sensitive and blemish-prone skin types.
Avène Cleanance Cleansing Gel
Avène is one of the best-known French pharmacy brands on the market, and their Cleanance Cleansing Gel has gained serious cult status since its launch. Made with the brand's famed thermal spring water, it helps to regulate oil production for a mattified and healthy finish.
Perfect for: Blemish-prone and combination skin types.
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