17 Best Natural Facial Cleansers: EWG Rated & Human Reviewed

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I knew eventually you'd go hunting for a super awesome facial cleanser with natural ingredients. I knew one day you'd go, "Hey, I really don't think I want to risk giving myself cancer every time I freakin' wash my face."

Or perhaps you're suffering from health complications as a result of your hormones being thrown out of whack, or one of an entire plethora of quite horrifying ailments ... all of which can be caused by the chemicals in your body care products (among other things).

So clearly you've had a good talk with yourself (no worries ... I talk to myself all the time), and now you've somehow stumbled onto the most amazing place to find your new fave facial cleanser. Perhaps before you found this holy grail of natural product guides you tried doing your own research and paid good money for a product or two that just didn't work well.

Well, all that is about to change. Ahhh! Isn't it fabulous when life hands you such a killer gift? 


All of the Blissful Miss Best Lists are made up of products that are rated safe by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a well known organization that rates products according to their ingredients. They'll even tell you what specific health concerns are caused by a particular ingredient. A rating of 1 is the safest, least toxic, with a 10 being the most harmful. All of the face washes on this list have an EWG rating of 1 and 2.

Amazon Reviews

The list is then narrowed down by those products that are sold on Amazon, and again by those rated 4 stars or more by Amazon reviewers.

So when you choose an item from a Blissful Miss Best list, you are getting a product that is both rated safe by EWG and well liked by peeps like you who have used it and took the time to tell the rest of the world about it.


The safety of products suggested by Blissful Miss is based on the Environmental Working Group rating system. This is not to say that every ingredient in and of itself is considered completely safe, but combined with several other safe ingredients receives a good rating by EWG. If you want to ensure every ingredient is up to your personal standards you are encouraged to read ingredient lists and do further research as you see fit.

Blissful Miss List of Best Natural Facial Cleansers

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EWG Rating - 1

EWG - 1

Get all glowey with this richly foaming facial cleanser. Especially great for oily and acne prone skin. 

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Awesome cleanser! I have really bad break outs and this always does the trick. Perfect for oily skin.

I am in love with this cleanser. I love that I can use it as a mask and a cleanser at the same time. I have very oily, acne prone, sensitive skin. I still occasionally use a harsher cleanser to control breakouts, but this is gentle enough to be my go-to daily cleanser.

I wouldn't be without this. The ingredients are PURE and WORK. My face feels so fresh, clean, and renewed after using this, and the smell is very refreshing and invigorating. I definitely recommend it- works great for clearing pores, removing make up, and can be used as a mask as well.

EWG - 1

Desert Essence Thoroughly Clean Face Wash is extremely popular among reviewers. Note that the link here is for an 8.5 oz pump bottle, but there is also a very cost effective 32 oz. refill bottle available. Put it in a foaming pump and it will last a very long time. 

  • A gentle cleansing solution that leaves your skin feeling silky and smooth
  • Contains natural Organic Tea Tree Oil, a natural antiseptic that cleanses without making skin feel tight or dry
  • Includes soothing extracts of Goldenseal, Hawaiian White Ginger (Awapuhi), and essential oil of Chamomile
  • With mineral-rich Bladderwrack, harvested from the sea
  • Helps improve the texture, clarity, and radiance of your skin

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I cannot stress enough how much I love this face wash! I have been using it every night for the past 4-5 years. I would give this product a 10 out of 5 stars.

I have been using it for years. I'm 43 and people tell me all the time I look like I'm in my early 30's. You really must try it for yourself. You'll notice a difference in your skin within a few weeks.

I love this face wash! I have extremely oily skin that is prone to the occasional breakout. But since I've been using this product for about the last 3 months or so, that has changed.

I have used this product for over 10 years. Not only is it one of the best face washes, It can be used all over your body for many different reasons. It makes a great body wash after a workout or after yard work, removing sweat, dirt, etc. Also helps to calm down minor skin irritations, or rashes. It can sting a little so try a small area first. It works well on very oily skin leaving it clean and fresh and less prone to breakouts.

EWG - 1

Keys Care Island Rx Therapeutic Foaming Facial Cleanser was developed to be used on sensitive skin like the face and neck. The foaming applicator automatically dilutes the special Island Rx formulation so that it can be used directly on wet skin. It is also great for bathing small children and babies.

Island Rx was the first product Keys Care developed. With over 100 initial versions, the product was developed for Wendy Steele after her bout with Melanoma. The basis for Island Rx is a 300 year old Castile soap recipe with holistic and naturopathic influences in the form of healing essential oils, a Micelle that resembles the antioxidant properties of natural glacier water and the addition of softening oils like avocado, jojoba and the power of Aloe Vera. Keys customers have reported the reversal of common skin disorders like eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, acne and skin allergies after just a few uses.

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This cleanser is amazing! I have VERY sensitive skin, and Keys' formula cleanses without over-drying. It's helpful for mild acne. Scent is pretty neutral. The ingredients are harmless. It also rinses quickly. Highly recommend this product.

The foaming soap lasts FOREVER (I use it once a day and one bottle has lasted me over a year.) . . . It is non-drying and my skin has never looked this fresh and healthy. I also use the foaming soap with my baby. It is so gentle on her skin.

Has helped clear up my dry sensitive skin without stripping! Love this product!

I have been using this product for well over a year now. I love it because it takes ALL of my make-up off easily with 1-2 pumps, one bottle lasts a very long time (3-4 months), it smells nice, has nothing harsh or damaging in it and it has helped clear away and keep away my adult acne.

EWG - 1

  • Gentle yet powerful
  • Foaming version of rose hip seed facial cleanser
  • Hydrate skin with essential oils
  • Smells wonderful
  • Environmental Working Group has rated this product 0 on their toxicity scale
  • All skin types

Be Natural Organics Gentle Foaming Facial Cleanser is a gentle yet powerful cleanser possesses remarkable skin rejuvenating properties. It is enriched with a combination of rose hip seed, seaweed, and essential oils to provide nourishment every time you cleanse. The rose hip treats overexposure to the sun and the seaweed conditions and hydrates the skin, while providing natural vitamins and nutrients.

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I'm halfway through the bottle and love this product. It doesn't dry out my skin, yet washes off all makeup including mascara and liner. The smell is like a mild rose and very natural. Will purchase again.

I used to buy a more expensive all natural face wash . . . I gave this lower priced one a try and I was surprised at how much better it did than the expensive one. My skin feels so clean after I wash my face. I love it! I use it daily and don't think I'll stop using it ever . . . ∫

It is a really great cleanser for the face and depending on the mascara and eyeliner, it washes those off easily. I purchased it Nov. 4. It is now Feb 1 and even though I use it nearly every night, I still have over half of it left. So it is very economical, too. No complaints. I will buy it again.

EWG - 1

This organic face wash "lightly" foams without the use of sulfates (a nasty ingredient commonly used as a foaming agent). It's got Vitamin C & E in there to detoxify, heal, revitalize, and protect from the sun. 

Several reviewers love how well it cleanses away dirt and makeup without drying their skin, and like many natural products, works well for several reviewers with sensitive skin. Other skin loving ingredients packed in this cleanser include rosehip, chamomile, sunflower, avocado, olive and more ... all of which freshen skin while maintaining its moisture balance (hence the reviews about not drying out skin).

Several reviewers use this cleanser along with the Block Island Revitalizing Night Cream which is rated 1 by EWG and is on the Blissful Miss List of Best Natural Night Creams.

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For the past week I've been using this facial cleanser and the companion revitalizing cream as part of my bedtime routine. The results have been noticeable. Overall my face has a fresher and has a brighter look. A little goes a long way for this cleanser. Feels nice on the skin and non-drying.

I was looking for a cleanser that was gentle yet removed all my make up. I don't use a separate make up remover so had a hard time finding a cleanser that actually removes your make up. This one does the job and it's gentle on your skin. And I love that it's organic!

My skin tends to react to any and every product I put on it. Until I found this cleanser, and my skin is happy (and clean!) It is non-drying and perfect for sensitive skin ... I will never use another cleanser again! I also used it with the Block Island Organics night moisturizer (also something my skin has shunned in the past) - skin is so happy!

EWG - 1

  • Gentle everyday non-drying face cleanser suitable for all skin types
  • Lightly infused with refreshing organic citrus limon and cape rose essential oils made by an artisan distiller in south africa
  • 100% natural

Planet Botanicals Face Wash Kigelia is gentle nourishing face cleanser combines the benefits of kigelia africana with olive, jojoba and olive oils to leave your skin fresh and hydrated. The ancient kigelia tree has been used for centuries in africa for its skin-firming and anti-inflammatory qualities. Combined with cold pressed avocado and rosehip oils, the face cleanser cleans and hydrates, without stripping the skin’s natural oils. Perfect to use as an everyday skin cleanser and to soothe with the natural beauty benefits of the kigelia fruit.

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This gel is terrific for people with Rosacea. I use it twice a day along with the toner. It feels great on my face and is really helping calm down my flare-ups. Just a little but does a lot!

My skin feels really clean, smooth and not irritated.

I use only a couple drops on my facial brush, so though it was pricier initially, it actually lasts a long time. Now my husband's using it too.

EWG - 1

  • Thoroughly yet gently cleanses the skin
  • Removes makeup and impurities
  • Nourishes skin
  • All skin types

CSI Rose Hip Facial Cleanser is a gentle yet effective cleanser enriched with a Sp combination of Rose Hip Seed Oil, Olive Oil Castile, Seaweed, and Oil of Kumquat to provide a complete spectrum of skin nourishment and protection every time you cleanse. Your skin will feel fresh and look radiant.

  • Rose Hip Seed Oil: extracted from the seeds of wild rose bushes, this oil is used to help cleanse, nourish and revitalize skin.
  • Olive Oil Castile: Contains properties that gently cleanse the skin without stripping away its natural oils.
  • Seaweed: Abundant in skin-loving vitamins and minerals, seaweed also helps purify, tone and moisturize the skin. Oil of Kumquat: Rich in vitamin C, one of nature's most powerful antioxidants that is also involved in the production of collagen, the main protein found in connective tissue which gives skin structural support.

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Fantastic pure cleanser. Lathers nicely and cleans but does NOT leave your skin dried out! Recommended for anyone - it beats more expensive products hands down!

I ordered some of this on a whim and it's a keeper. I have very oily skin, especially in summer when the humidity and heat are WAY up . . .  I never have the tight feeling of over-stripped skin that accompanies 'oily skin' formulas in most facial cleansers.

The bottle will last you a LONG time with twice daily use as you only need a pea-sized amount for a good lather and scrub over your entire face.

EWG - 1

While some facial cleansers strip your face of it's natural oils, this one is infused with oils to actually moisturize, balance and normalize your skin's own oil production ... thereby reducing inflammation in the process. Nice!

Get all stimulated with an energizing blend of vitamins and minerals for a sweet "recharge" that brings out your radiant, youthful self. (It's in there somewhere!)

I'm in love with the short list of all natural ingredients: Purified water, organic extra virgin olive oil, organic beeswax, organic honey, organic pollen, organic propolis, and essential oils.

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This is a nice all-natural cleanser great for sensitive skin and eyes and I am VERY sensitive. 

This stuff is so fantastic. I have reorder multiple times and have never been disappointed. It dissolves makeup easily without being harsh. Leaves skin hydrated and refreshed every time. I have sensitive skin that tends to be dry so this is perfect year round.

I love this cleanser. I have very dry, mature skin and it really helps with that. 

Love this facial cleanser! I love that I feel moisturized after washing my face.

EWG - 1

Not even close to your traditional facial cleanser.

This unique face wash is made of natural clay. Its tiny grains naturally and gently exfoliate for a deep clean that minimizes pores and reveals the most radiant you. "My, you're spectacularly glow-y today!" they'll say.

All organic, Thesis Facial Cleanser is excellent for all skin types, but is particularly beneficial for dry, mature, sensitive or problem skin.

Oo! And the glass container is eco friendly too. SCORE! 

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This is the best face wash I have ever used - gentle, soothing and healing. I love the mild exfoliating element to it as well, I always feel truly refreshed after using it. My acne has cleared and I owe it to this product!

So if you are looking for a traditional wash this isn't for you. But if you are looking for an amazing wash for mature skin or larger pores this is it. It comes in grains. Add water create a paste and wash. It really is mild and exfoliates naturally. My skin looks clean, smooth and bright. Give it a try. It's so worth it.

My favorite new exfoliant. I never post reviews but I want this company to stay in business because I love this product. My skin is dry and acne prone and sensitive, and this cleanser cleans my pores deeply without stripping the skin ...The clay feels good on my skin. I make a paste in my hand and apply it to my face like a mask, then massage it around and rinse.

EWG - 1

This new-ish product is a hit with reviewers, including an esthetician. It not only gives you squeaky clean skin, but hydrates in the process, balances your natural oils and heals inflammation. It's like the Ginsu of facial cleansers. But wait! There's more! Hemp seed oil has the ability to relieve skin issues like Acne, Rosacea, Eczema, and Psoriasis. Sweetness!

*NOTE: Beware that the facial cream reviewers also rave about has an EWG rating of 4.

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I am an esthetician and I have tried many facial products, to make a long story short I am hooked!! ... Definitely worth the money :) My face looks wonderful!

Beautiful cream cleanser with a minty scent that invigorates as you wash.

I've had acne most of my life. Finally I went to a dermatologist but have since not gone in almost a year. I know one of the reasons is this facial cleanser. It's great for all types, I have combination skin. It feels nice and cooling on my face as I use it. My skin continues to look great even without using any dermatological drugs. 

EWG Rating - 2

EWG - 2

Wake up your face and senses with yummy citrus essential oils while gently exfoliating. There are no grainy granules here. Instead, Alpha Hydroxy Acid causes cells to become "unstuck", so to speak, allowing dead skin cells to slough off and make way for new healthy skin. Leaves your skin smooth, soft and blissfully bright. 

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This is great stuff! I have combination skin and this works very well with it. My face feels clean yet not over washed.

One of the purest facial exfoliants you can buy . . . I've been using it for years and I definitely save some nice money buying from Amazon since it's CRAZY expensive at Whole Foods.

It leaves my face clean and balanced, and it even shrinks the pores a little--and keeps them from growing larger.

I love this stuff! It's so gentle and doesn't dry out my skin. I have an oily t-zone and sometimes some sensitivity, but this formula seems so pure.

EWG - 2

Gently get dirt and makeup out of every last pore, crease and crevice with this sensitive skin cleanser. Attached to every bottle is a nifty blue "Scrublet", adding to the deep cleansing action. Reviewers agree that pores look noticeably smaller and skin gets all soft and supple-y!

*NOTE: There are three formulas sold through this Amazon link. Only the Sensitive Skin formula is rated safe by EWG.

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I bought this face wash just to try something new. I LOVE IT. It leaves your face feeling clean, and I noticed the size of my pores were much smaller!

Love this face wash! I bought it because I had a bad rash on my face from using a friends clean and clear face wash that was just too strong for my skin. I bought this and my face got really soft and the rash went away in two days. I still use it. The scrubber is great at removing foundation and eyeliner for the days that I wear makeup. Will repurchase . . .  its kind of hard to find though!

If you have sensitive skin, this is the cleanser for you. It is gentle, non drying, no fragrance, and removes all traces of makeup. It is the only one I have found that works.

EWG - 2

Gentle enough for sensitive skin, while strong enough to get your waterproof mascara off. SWEET! 

Vitamin C & CoQ10 heal and protect the damaging effects of the sun and environmental stuff so your face proudly displays your youngest version of you! Natural botanicals balance, refresh and tone, while essential oils improve circulation, wake up your skin and more. Simply put, get clean, soft, youthful and revitalized skin.

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This is a very impressive product! I have very sensitive combination skin that is quite dry but prone to breakouts. Many cleansing products either worsen the dryness or lead to acne flare-ups. This cleanser is gentle enough for my skin, doesn't cause breakouts, and removes makeup effectively (even waterproof concealer and eye makeup).

It is my new favorite cleanser!! I love the smell of this, very clean! No residue and takes off even waterproof mascara without drying out my skin!!!

I had terrible acne, I used all the products you can think of to get rid of my acne and nothing worked . . . I finally began using this cleanser twice a day and my acne has gone away and my skin looks healthier. I haven't taken antibiotics in over 2 years thanks to this cleanser. Thank God! Try it, it really helps!!

Acne & Skin Irritations

If you suffer from acne or another skin irritation that is bacterial or fungal, take a look at these two cleansers, the second of which is us for both Face AND Body.

EWG - 2

Tea Tree Oil is your best friend when it comes to naturally battling anything bacterial or fungal, which is one reason this soap-free foaming cleanser is a hit with acne sufferers of all ages. In addition to Tea Tree Oil, Thursday Plantation gently cleanses skin to remove excessive build up of acne causing oils. You need your own natural oils, but excess is no bueno for awesome clear skin. 

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I'm in my early 20's and have been dealing with horrible adult hormonal acne for while now. I have tried product after product, gone to the doctor and dermatologist and NOTHING worked! And I mean nothing. I felt completely defeated until I read about this product ... I have been using it for a few months now and it has completely cleared up my acne! I haven't had any major breakouts and it is helping clear up the scarring I have from previous acne. It doesn't dry your skin out at all and a little bit goes a long way!! Definitely recommend.

My face is prone to acne (a result of hormonal imbalance in my 40s), and I began using it. The change was noticeable almost immediately. The dark red splotches were gone within two days of using the product, thanks to the calming effects of the tea tree oil which is a main ingredient in this product.

This is great. My ophthalmologist suggested I use a tea tree oil face wash (and shampoo) to help with a skin issue I was having due to an eye infection. (My eye was constantly tearing causing the skin on the upper and lower lid to be sore and puckered.) This helped almost immediately. Now that the eye issue has been resolved I'm still using this face wash as it's also helped with my acne and oily skin.

EWG - 2

This Tea Tree Oil cleanser is formulated for both Face and Body. Like the previous cleanser, it is antibacterial and anti-fungal, and since it can be used on the whole body, is useful for a variety of skin irritations from urinary tract infections to athletes foot. Awesome! Combined with the super healing effects of Vitamin E and Herbal Extracts, Derma E might just become your superhero face and body cleanser.

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I've been using this product for the past 5 years. It's simply amazing. It's great for acne, itchy skin and more. Tea tree is a natural anti-fungal, so it's wonderful for any skin funguses, feminine itchiness and more. I have combination skin and don't find this product over-drying

My skin is susceptible to infection due to a rare skin disorder. I use this with green tea body wash to get a good cleansing. It is not drying and has a pleasant fragrance-not overpowering. I consider this a must-have in the shower.

The product works great on your face or body as an antibacterial, antifungal wash. The smell is a refreshing smell similar to eucalyptus tree. You get that icy/hot minty/menthol feeling. This is a great wash especially for athletes or people who sweat a lot and have the risk of getting fungal infects due to the warm moister on skin and clothes. I apply this to my whole body after a good boxing workout and feel very clean and refreshed.

Men's Facial Cleansers

Many of the above cleansers work great for men, but these two are both formulated specifically for guys. 

EWG - 2

Guys love the smooth skin they get from Jack Black Pure Clean Daily Facial Cleanser. Combining cleansing action with a toner, it removes deep-down dirt and oil, while prepping skin for a wicked awesome shave. If you're a dude, buy this cleanser. If you're a gal, buy this cleanser for your dude!

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This is the best all-purpose, all-around daily men's cleanser that I've used - and I've tried them all. As a guy with combo skin, it's been difficult to find a good cleanser that doesn't then require me to apply a toner. This has it all in one easy cleaning step and it doesn't dry out my skin. The best.

This stuff is great. Consistently cleaning with it 2x a day has cleared up the random acne I was experiencing and it definitely improves my shaves if I wash with it right before shaving. I keep a bottle in my gym bag and another one at home so I'm never without.

While I may be a guy, I'm still concerned about my face and how it looks and feels. This month I went to my 20th year HS reunion and was told that I still look the same as in HS - no wrinkles and perfect skin. Sounds over the top, but I definitely believe using the Jack Black and a daily moisturizer has kept me that way.

EWG - 2

Another smooth skin cleansing gem for men. Aveeno both cleanses and exfoliates in prep for a stellar shaving experience. Great for sensitive skin, this cleanser helps with acne and soothes skin with natural oatmeal. 

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Aveeno's Face Wash is a great product for anyone who desires a silky smooth face. I'm usually not huge on cosmetics but picked this up for some acne problems that had cropped up for me. It smells nice and oatmeal-y (mmm, breakfast in the shower) and feels good against the face, not too abrasive or too soft. I use in in the shower right before I shave and it GREATLY improves my result as well as clearing up my skin. I get a better shave and afterwards my skin feels smooth and soft. Also reduced the number of blackheads on my nose.

Great exfoliating cleanser. I've been using this product for years. I have very sensitive skin and it great for keeping my skin fresh and clean without irritation. I shave with a razor on my face, so it also helps with a smooth shave. Love this product.

As a young man with acne. I have used lots of products and I mean.. lots of products over the years for my face but its either too harsh and drying or too oily but this is just perfect and it has a feeling like you can feel it go under your skin and you feel and see a fresh face after you wash it off. Its beautiful - I think I have found the ONE.

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Written by Jenna Dawn
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