Cleanser reviews



A cleanser, for my purposes, should:

  • clean skin: mainly of sunscreen
  • without drying and stripping it
  • or irritating it
  • or leaving a very greasy film (though some moisture is fine)
  • leave it feeling comfortable and calm afterwards
  • have no scent
  • not contain ingredients that are known irritants on my skin, including most essential oils and unspecified “fragrance”

General requirements for any product:

  • be a sensible respectable democratic price
  • avoid branding and marketing that is insulting, stupid, idocratic, fear-mongering, misogynist, racist, unthinkingly priviledged, mean, snobby, badly-written, and otherwise irritating
  • use environmentally benign or biodegradable ingredients
  • use ethical ingredients, labour, and manufacturing practices: vegetarian, sustainable, fair, equitable, beneficial, and otherwise calm and non-neoliberally-stripping
  • be as close to cruelty-free as it is possible to be: in the sensible practical way of its makers not conducting any animal tests themselves or allowing (or otherwise being responsible for, by action or omission) others to test on their behalf, including hedging with an “except where required to do so by law”
  • from companies that have changed or are changing their policies, and that invest in and work on changing testing practices
  • I am under no illusions that 100% cruelty-free is possible, as I have never yet seen a product that doesn’t include at least one ingredient (ex. water and every preservative) that’s been tested on and caused harm to unconsenting animals at some point in the past (ex. lethal-dose testing in the 1940s-50s)
  • bearing in mind that it is impossible to be pure as the driven snow; arrogant or misguided or ignorant to think that one can be perfect; the best a consumer or producer can do is learn, accept humbly, and try to be responsible and do as much as possible to help, heal, and change for the better



  • recently (last two years, since The Cumulative Disasters Of Spring 2015): all over when skin in crisis state: mineral oil
  • face and, when skin irritable or irritated, all over: La Roche-Posay Tolériane Dermo-Cleanser; can be tissued off, which was useful at a time when my skin flared up on contact with water
  • other simple bland creamy cleansers that worked at other times previously: Barefoot Botanicals, Boots Expert, Derma E Pycnogenol, Earth Science (but has fragrance), Marks & Spencer, The Body Shop aloe, various UK supermarket own brands, Weleda Almond, and see cleansers
  • otherwise, hands and body: La Roche-Posay Lipikar Syndet
  • or a bland unscented shampoo: Curelle, EarthSafe, Earth Science, Free & Clear


INGREDIENTS: Aqua, *Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) oil, Decyl polyglucoside, (sugar-based surfactant), Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate,(Olivem®1000),Vegetable Glycerin, Leuconostoc/Aloe barbadensis Leaf/ Sorbus Aucuparia Fruit Ferment Filtrate *Certified Organic Ingredient

CAD 16.00-20.00 for 240 ml / 8 oz




INGREDIENTS: Aqua (Water), Decyl Glucoside, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Xanthan Gum, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil (1), Biosaccharide gum-1, Citric Acid, Coco-Glucoside, Glyceryl caprylate, Glyceryl Oleate, Sodium anisate, Sodium levulinate, Stearyl Alcohol, Benzyl Alcohol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate
(1) Certified Organic Ingredient

USD 8.00-12.00 / CAD 10.00-12.00 for 473 ml / 16 oz


One comment

  1. The Handmade Vegan

    The Jason Basics Cleanser has been a life-saver for me over the past year. Simple, very affordable, and does not make my skin freak out. Happy to see others love it too, as I always fear my favorites will be discontinued.

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