Sooo I’ve got a fair few cleansers on the go here. A few more than I realized. They’re one of those things that I love trying out, probably because I don’t tend to stray too much with any other part of my skincare routine. Since I’ve got such a mountain compiling, it seemed like the perfect time to do a run through of the advantages of each one. Maybe you guys will find something you fancy.

Micellar Waters:

Micellar waters are a thing of genius. A cleanser/makeup remover that takes everything off without leaving behind a greasy feeling… I dig it. France, they know how it’s done. As I’m sure everyone knows, this is the product that made micellar waters so popular and it deserves all the fame it gets. I don’t tend to use micellar water to remove all of my makeup, rather just to take off the last of my eye makeup. It’s not that they don’t do a good job, it’s just that I prefer using cleansing oils as they don’t require a cotton pad, which can sometimes feel a bit abrasive on sore skin.

L’oreal Sublime Soft Gentle Micellar Solution
If you’re finding Bioderma is still a bit on the pricey side where you’re located, then L’oreal has got their own version. It’s pretty similar. It doesn’t feel any different to touch, but after some time of using it I’ve noticed what a number of others have mentioned – it’s slightly more drying on the skin. It’s not bad by any means, but if I had to decide between the L’oreal and the Bioderma version I’d go for the Bioderma, especially since Escentual sells it for such a reasonable price these days.

Oil Based Cleansers:

The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil
Decent oil cleansers tend to be on the pricey side, so the fact that The Body Shop makes an affordable one is pretty smashing. You massage it into dry skin and it dissolves all of your makeup. I do recommend wiping it off with a flannel though, as it can leave the tiniest bit of residue behind otherwise.  Also, I love the convenience of the pump. The only thing I don’t like about this cleanser is the smell. It is intense in a perfumey kind of a way. But if you enjoy a lot of fragrance in your skincare then this might be great for you.

Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm
To me, this cleanser is perfect. It’s ideal for sensitive skin, due to the simple ingredient list and lack of fragrance, and it feels so, so good. It feels less oily than an actual cleansing oil (maybe that seems obvious?). It’s so smooth and silky. Like a cleansing oil, it takes everything off. It may not have a pump, but the upside is that the pot makes it travel friendly. It also leaves no residue whatsoever, so I don’t need to use a flannel is I don’t feel like it. This is definitely my favourite cleanser of the lot.

Cream Cleansers:

Ren Evercalm Gently Cleansing Milk
If you’re having trouble with dry skin, then this is the cleanser I would recommend. The consistency is quite thick and creamy. It feels incredibly moisturizing as you’re using it and there’s not a hint of that tight feeling in your skin once you wash it off. The smell is quite refreshing too. Not sure what ingredient it is that causes the distinct smell, but the word I always think of when I give it a sniff is “Nordic.” If you like natural ingredients in your skincare, I think you’ll enjoy this one.

La Roche Posay Toleriane Dermo Cleanser
This is the cleanser I would recommend if you find your skin is extremely reactive. There’s nothing in it that would cause any irritation and it feels almost like nothing on the skin, if that makes any sense. It’s another hydrating formula, due to the high glycerin content. The two downsides are that it leaves a distinct residue if you don’t wash it off with a flannel and it’s not the best at removing makeup. I wouldn’t imagine this to be everyone’s favourite cleanser, but for those having to use harsh treatments, such as retinol, you might find this to be a godsend.

The Body Shop Aloe Calming Facial Cleansers
This is a newer one in the collection, but I was instantly impressed when I tried it. It feels very soothing, but it also feels like it’s doing a damn good job cleaning. Where the Ren cleanser feels like it leaves a load of moisture in your skin, this one feels more like it removes grime and oil without stripping the skin at all. I think it’s the perfect cleanser for sensitive, oily skin. Rebecca recently mentioned it as her go to cleanser when her skin is aggravated and breaking out and I couldn’t agree more.

The Body Shop Tea Tree Cool and Creamy Wash
If you want a refreshing morning cleanser then this is your guy. It contains tea tree and menthol and it leaves you with a cool, tingly sensation. This is also a good cleanser to grab if you’re feeling gross and oily. It really washes the crap out of your face (more so than the Aloe Cleanser) to the point of almost feeling stripped. Almost, not actually going that far. I think it would be great for anyone that’s trying to transition out of using foaming cleaners.

So that’s it guys. Hopefully there was something for everyone in there. Let me know if you’ve tried any of these and what you thought of them.

  • I definitely need to try the Tea Tree Cool and Creamy Wash. I'm on the hunt for a good morning cleanser and this sound perfect. I adore the Clinique Cleansing Balm but I do want to try the Body Shop offering as well as I've heard good things about it too. Not a big fan of scented products though as my skin tends to disagree with fragrances which is why I love the Clinique one so much. Maybe I can snag a sample of it next time I'm in the store and see how it goes first. xx

    Celina | The Celution | Bloglovin’

  • The Tea Tree Creamy wash sounds amazing, I'm all about refreshing cleansers in the morning, but I'm really not a fan of gel cleansers. I've been loving the Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Butter which I hear is similar to the Clinique balm. I really want to try the cleansing oil as well.

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

  • I had the exact same experience with the L'Oreal micellar water – bit more drying and Bioderma is certainly easier to get hold of nowadays! – Hollie

  • I absolutely love the Ren cleanser, but there's a couple you've mentioned here that look like they're also worth trying out! The Clinique one sounds perfect for my skin, hopefully I can grab a sample!

    Tessa / Bramble & Thorn

  • Thanks for this! Half of those are already on my skincare-to-try list, and I'm definitely looking into adding the rest 😛

  • A sample is a good idea. I think the smell is one of those things that could really turn some people off. Hopefully you don't mind it though.

  • I've been curious about that Camomile Butter too, wondering if it smells as strongly as the oil.

  • Oh my gosh you should. I know it's a bit pricey, but it's so nice and gentle on the skin and that one tub has lasted me for such a long time.

  • I don't find the scent too offensive on the Butter, I actually quite like it! I haven't smelt the oil though so I can't compare.

  • I've actually tried all of these except the creamy Tea Tree one! Ren Evercalm is my faaaave <3 (also, now, whenever I read your blog title, it's all 'bloomin rouuuuge, bloomin rooouuuuge')

    ellabooxo • beauty & lifestyle

  • I have a favourite from each one of your categories: Bioderma, Clinique and La Roche Posay! I prefer Bioderma to the L'Oreal one, and I really want to try the REN one 🙂 xx

    Gyudy's Notes Of Beauty

  • The Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Butter is a really great cleansing butter as well and hasn't got the strong perfumy scent of the cleansing oil. I also really enjoy the Aloe Calming Facial Cleanser and use it a lot in the mornings, as it isn't harsh and stripping at all. Might have to try the tea tree one to use after exercising! Great and informative roundup 🙂
    x Julie

  • I really want to try the Body Shop Tea Tree Cool and Creamy Wash- I love the tea tree line as a whole, so I guess I'd like it! 🙂
    I've been using the Camomille Cleanser for a while now and I really love it.. I also feel like it lasts for ages!
    Have you tried the Garnier Micellar Water? I love it, it's such a huge bottle and removes makeup so well .. I don't know how it compares to Bioderma though because we don't have that in Austria, but I've heard it's a great dupe. 🙂


  • The Garnier one is what I wanted, but for some reason they don't have it in Canada from what I've seen. They brought in a whole bunch of new Garnier products, but not the micellar water! Poop.

  • OooOOOooo. Good to know about the scent thing with the Cleansing Butter.

  • Hahaha. I'm glad. And holy moly you are a cleanser fiend…. I like that in a woman.

  • It is lovely. Also I find you can often get it for a good deal of Look Fantastic.

  • Ah that sucks! It comes in a huge bottle and lasts for ages! And I'll never quite understand how these micellar waters work.. how does applying water to my face remove makeup?! But as long as it works… 😀

  • I love the Body Shop Camomile Oil cleanser! I miss not having brought it with me! Not sure if you've tried the REN hot cloth cleanser, but I rate it as well 😉

  • There's so much stuff I want to try from Ren. That brand really appeals to me for some reason.

  • I adore the Clinique TTDO Balm! It is so luxe and doesn't aggravate my sensitive skin

    Allison from

  • Ohh I would love to try out Micellar Waters! ^ ^

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  • The REN Cleansing Milk sounds so so good. I'm pretty used to having a dry feeling after cleansing but if that didn't happen, I would be in love! The Clinique balm sounds amazing as well, I'm keen on trying a cleansing oil/balm and seeing what all the fuss is about 🙂

    Sheri | Behind The Frames