Editor-Approved: Best Cleansers To Remove Stubborn Makeup

At Clean Beauty Collective, we can’t get enough of cleansers – be they in cream, oil, balm or milk form, every cleanser has its place and a time of year when it comes into its own.

There are few things we love more than taking off makeup at the end of the day (or night), and your choice of cleanser can make a real difference to how easily that happens, and how good your skin feels afterwards. Cleansers help create the perfect clean slate for the  serums, oils or moisturiser to follow, and a wardrobe of  heavenly formulas coupled with a ritual approach just may be the ultimate in skincare self-care.

We’ve rounded up some of our favourites and why…

Aeos Cleansing Oil dé-Maq

For many, using oils on the face may seem counterintuitive, especially those who associate it with breakouts and the like. Well, the situation is quite the opposite, and we at CBC love our cleansing oil offerings. Award-winning Aeos Cleansing Oil dé-Maq is a luxe option made up of a transforming blend of premium-grade organic and biodynamic oils and plant extracts. It feels like heaven on the skin and goes to work quickly dissolving heavy makeup and grime.

Trilogy Balancing Gel Cleanser

Trilogy’s certified natural Balancing Gel Cleanser is a clarifying soap-free face wash specifically designed for oily and combination skins. Formulated with purifying witch hazel and willow bark extracts for gentle and effective botanical cleansing, it doesn’t strip the skin thanks to the addition of pure plant oils to tone and hydrate. Key power-packed ingredients include pure, wild-harvested, Certified Organic Rosehip Seed Oil and the aforementioned Willowbark: a multifunctional, rejuvenating extract with cleansing, astringent, anti-inflammatory, soothing, and conditioning properties.

Tailor Skincare Oil Cleanse

An award-winning favourite of many, Tailor Skincare’s Oil Cleanse kicks impurities out with cold-pressed New Zealand hazelnut and kanuka oils, whilst organic sunflower oil and vitamin E  gently nourish and protect delicate complexions. For best results, apply the cleansing oil over your makeup or bare skin and massage it in an upward circular motion to assist the pores to unclog. Spending one or two minutes concentrating on areas with makeup or breakouts, then with a wet or dry Tailor Towel, gently wipe the face and neck to remove impurities, excess oils, and congestions drawn out by the cleanser.

Aeos Gentle Cleansing Lotion Pink

Light and non-greasy yet deeply cleansing, this advanced botanical blend of organic and biodynamic essential oils, plant extracts and crystal essences from the inimitable Aeos come ‘alive’ when activated with water – maintaining the delicate moisture balance of the skin with the utmost purity. Award-winning, vegan and cruelty-free, this formula is a clean beauty hero for a reason.

Trilogy Very Gentle Cleansing Cream

If you prefer a cream cleanser, Trilogy’s certified natural, fragrance-free Very Gentle Cleansing Cream is a great choice. It delicately removes make-up without drying or irritating sensitised and reactive skins and contains ingredients like natural spring water combined with chamomile and camellia oil, both rich in essential fatty acids, to gently cleanse and refresh even the most irritated of complexions.

Alder New York Everyday Face Cleanser

The Everyday Face Cleanser from Alder New York is anything but ordinary. A pH optimised, sulfate-free serum-like cleanser, it has been formulated to improve firmness, boost radiance, and even skin texture. For daily use, it is packed with collagen-boosting sea botanicals and low dose glycolic acid to leave skin smooth, soft, and bright. To boost its efficacy even further, use it with the brand’s facial cleansing brush.  Made with over 1.25 million gentle nylon bristles and an ergonomic palm grip handle for ultimate pressure control and comfort, it even comes with a sleek stand that sits pretty on any vanity.