Milk Cleansers are creamy cleansers that moisturize and hydrate the skin while emulsifying and lifting away dirt and residue. They tend to be rich, emollient and without a lather. Some are so gentle they can be tissued off the skin instead of being rinsed away. Most milk cleansers, even after being washed off, will leave a light moisturising remnant of itself behind on the skin. Embrace this, I promise your skin is clean!
Milk cleansers are best suited for normal to dry, sensitive and mature skin types. However, oilier skin types might benefit from using a milk cleanser for their morning cleanse.
Sodashi Calm Cleanser with Lavender
Natural, Luxury Brand $$$
First off, I have to say that this is probably my favorite cleanser of all time. Big statement, I know. This rich and creamy milk cleanser is made with white kaolin clay which adds a purifying and conditioning component to this moisturising cleanser, leaving the skin so soft after rinsing.
Sodashi has four different variations of this cleanser Calm with Lavender, Balance with Lime, Rejuvenate with Sandalwood and Mankind with Cedarwood (which doubles as a shave cream). The Balance Clay Cleanser with Lime is a favorite for someone who is dry and acneic.
cetearyl alcohol (plant derived), citrus grandis (grapefruit seed extract), kaolin (white clay), lavandula angustifolia (lavender), macadamia integrifolia (macadamia oil), prunus armeniaca (apricot kernel oil), simmondsia chinensis (jojoba oil), tocopherol (vitamin E) and xanthan gum
Dr. Hauschka Soothing Cleansing Milk
Natural, Mid Range $$
The gentlest of all cleansers, this mid-weight milk calms and soothes irritated and inflammed skin. So mild and versatile, this cleanser can be tissued off the skin, used on a cotton round to wripe off make-up, or left on the skin as a calming treatment or moisturizer. This product is a staple in my skincare arsenal. Truly and "oldie but goodie!"
Great for dry, sensetive, mature skin types or as a first cleanser for a tween/teenager looking to start their skincare routine. It is a great alternative for anyone using Cetaphyl. I have also found it effective and gentle enough for use during chemotherapy.
Water (Aqua), Alcohol, Anthyllis Vulneraria Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Glycerin, Lactobacillus/Oat/Rye/Wheat Seed Extract Ferment, Cetearyl Alcohol, Bentonite, Lecithin, Xanthan Gum, Hydrolyzed Wheat Gluten, Fragrance (Parfum)*, Limonene*, Linalool*, Geraniol*, Citronellol*.
*component of natural essential oils
Juice Beauty Cleansing Milk
Organic, Drugstore $
This creamy cleanser hydrates, soothes and tones with neroli, grapeseed, aloe, sesame and sunflower oils. Effectively removing makeup while feeding the skin with Vitamin C and B5, all for $22! Juice Beauty is my favorite skincare range for someone who's new to "natural." Its inexpensive, comprable to mainstream brands in effectiveness and super accessible, all while being USDA, COPA and GFCO certified.
This cleanser is great for normal, sensitive or dry skin types but could be used as a morning cleanse or as a pre-cleanse to a gel cleanser for oilier skin.
Ingredients: Organic juices of vitis vinifera (organic white grape juice)*, rubus idaeus (organic red raspberry juice)*, aloe barbadensis (organic aloe juice)*, vegetable glycerin, caprylic/capric triglyceride, organic plant oils of carthamus tinctorius (organic safflower seed oil)*, helianthus annuus (organic sunflower seed oil)*, sesamum indicum (organic sesame seed oil)*, prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond oil), vitis vinifera (grape seed oil), cetearyl alcohol, gluconolactone, cetearyl glucoside, sorbitan stearate, sodium benzoate, botanical extracts of calendula officinalis (marigold flower extract), chamomilla recutita (chamomile extract), tilia cordata (linden flower extract), boswellia carterii (frankincense extract), tocopherol (Vitamin E), ascorbyl palmitate (Vitamin C), panthenol (Vitamin B5), xanthan gum, tetrasodium glutamate diacetate, allantoin, sodium hydroxide, citrus aurantium dulcis (organic sweet orange & sweet neroli)* , chamomilla recutita (chamomile) and boswellia carterii (organic frankincense) pure essential oils
* = Certified organic ingredient