I’m often asked if environmentally friendly beauty products can be affordable, and my answer is always a resounding, unequivocal “yes!” Considering the general outcry over Bets’ recent Cetaphil post, now like a good time to share a few of my favorite healthy facial cleansers. Consider this the start to a very irregular series! –Meghan
Best for Busy Girls
Neutrogena Naturals Fresh Cleansing + Makeup Remover ($6.50): The greenest cleanser in the drugstore arena, this creamy gel lacks a lot of the nasty stuff, including fragrance, chemical sulfates, parabens, petrochemicals, dyes and phthalates. (I also like that the bottle is made of 50% post-consumer recycled content, something that, in my opinion, should be an industry standard.) I also removes even the most stubborn day-old eyeliner.
Best for Ladies who Love a Squeaky Clean Complexion
Desert Essence Thoroughly Clean Face Wash ($10): When I polled my friends, two expressed long-time fangirl status for this affordable co-op buy. The sharp tea-tree scent can be a deal breaker—you either like it or you don’t—but loyalists claim this amber-colored liquid cleanses thoroughly and rinses clean. Like all Desert Essence products, this wash does not contain parabens, glycols, phthalates, petroleum compounds, sodium laurel sulfate.
What’s your favorite cheap + healthy facial cleanser? Tell us!
Born and raised in Minnesota by surprisingly low-maintenance parents, beauty writer and lifestyle editor Elizabeth Dehn (aka Bets) spent her awkward years buying Mood lipstick and whipping up DIY face masks before founding Beauty Bets in 2009.