The Cleansers

My quest for the perfect cleanser has been all but a lost cause. I’ve come to terms with the fact that I will probably have to switch between 3:
1. Hydrating but calming (boring) cleanser
2. One that REALLY cleans and makes skin feel obvious improvement
3. One that exfoliates without damaging my sensitive skin

I’ve also been on a quest to clean up my skincare routine. Lately I’ve realized that the more pure and clean my products, the better my skin looks and responds.

Tata Harper Refreshing Cleanser ($50, Spirit Beauty Lounge)

A very light, moisturizing, floral-scented cream cleanser from Tata Harper, a brand that prides itself on nontoxic products. The refreshing cleanser is perfect for those days where you just didn’t wear much make up and don’t need something strong. It leaves skin soft, and hydrated. The floral scent is divine and the feel is amazing. It isn’t Clarisonic friendly in that I couldn’t really get a rich lather out of it, but I don’t really mind. It is choke full of active ingredients and I don’t know how much these do in general for cleansers, but I LOVE thinking about how much good I’m doing for my skin.

Although it is only 1.7oz, you only need 1 pump each time so it lasts a while. I am usually very picky with cleansers and this one seems to be good enough for a repeat.


Kahina Giving Beauty Facial Cleanser ($56, Kahina)

When we first got samples of Kahina at work I didn’t know what to make of it. I wasn’t sure if it was one of those pure oil cleansers because I had read that Kahina is known for their Argan Oil products. When I saw the sleek black bottle with the drawing scribbled on it, I couldn’t say no to trying it out. The product just feels incredibly high end from the weight to the colors, it just feels and looks wonderful on my bathroom counter. The cleanser comes out as a very fluid gel that smells very natural in a good way, not overwhelming. This is the cleanser I use when my skin just needs to be nurtured whether it is from a rough weather day or a long day – the fatty acids just sooth my skin. The product itself is 100% natural and 78% organic which fits into my clean skin routine.


Omorovicza Gentle Buffing Cleanser ($75, Neiman Marcus)

I’ve gone through a gamut of exfoliating cleansers and chemical exfoliants proved too “rough” for me, while physical exfoliants often contained granules that were entirely too large to not do any damage. Then I found Omorovicza through work. Omorovicza is a high-end, natural line from Hungary which uses ‘time tested’ actives such as thermal spring water and diathomaceous earth. The bottle is very lovely. The cream inside had a very faint, flowery scent. I noticed that my skin was left very soft, so as an exfoliant it worked. The granules were not big and were very gentle which was very important to me. The mineral delivery system, a Omorovicza patent, helps deliver minerals down to the finest layers of skin for plumper, radiant skin. So far I’ve noticed that it leaves my skin feeling soft yet hydrated which no other exfoliant has done before.

What are your favorite cleansers?



  1. April 28, 2013 / 4:37 pm

    I love Kahina’s packaging. I haven’t tried it yet though I think they sent me samples. Instead I’ve just polished off Skin & Bones which has the same heavy luxurious black glass bottle and smells lovely. I need to try that Hungarian brand too now! I am forever on the hunt for a “well balanced” exfoliant that actually works.

    • April 29, 2013 / 8:40 pm

      How do you like the Skin&Bones brand? I’ve heard of them before but haven’t had a lot of experience with the products!

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