No Hope in Soap

Posted by: Emily

I suppose, in borrowing from the old anti-drug slogan “no hope in dope,” that I am comparing my old favorite, soap-based cleansers to drugs, but it’s not that far off.

They’re not good for you (harsh soap stripes your face of all natural moisture and healthy oils), they’re not great for the environment (many of these soap cleansers have SLSs), and they’re really hard to quit!

And, like drugs, there’s an awful lot of peer pressure to use soap. Think of all those commercials with the foamy cleansers

Yeah, right. I always look this put-together when washing my face. And I only lather half of it! Yeah, right!

those completely-made-up girls are using, trying to look like they’re not wearing any makeup at all, of course, like  they just have naturally poreless, perfect skin. And they only ever use the foamy mess on half their faces– have you noticed this? Check out any Neutrogena commercial and you’ll see what I mean. It looks nothing like when the rest of us wash our faces for real– they’re so neat and tidy– but I digress.




So I’m getting clean. I thought I could not live without foaming cleansers to remove my makeup and clean my  face, but I have been testing out two non-foaming cleansers lately and I am a convert!

Before I tell you all about them, I do have to make a disclaimer:  not all foaming soaps are bad for you or the environment– there are some great exceptions, like Dr. Bronner’s soaps, which foam through the magic of coconut oils and use no synthetic foaming agents. I’ve never tried it on my face, though, and wouldn’t necessary recommend that, though I don’t know why. I just happen to prefer cleansers that are made specifically for the sensitive skin of my face, and perhaps in that way, I am a total marketing target, but I’m okay with that.

Here are the two non-foaming cleansers that have won me over:

Juice Beauty Organic Facial Wash

I am a big fan of this whole line, and the Organic Facial Wash is my favorite. At $22, it’s a little pricey, but it lasts for a long time, and it really works. It doesn’t foam, but it almost feels like it does– I always peek my eyes open while massaging it into my skin to see if it’s foamy, which it never is, but it feels soft and thorough like my old soap cleansers did. You have to shake it before use because the oils separate, which does not make it high maintenance, in my opinion. I use two pumps and have never had any makeup residue come off on my washcloth when patting dry. And the best part? It doesn’t give me that squeaky-clean over-dry feeling that soap cleansers did. I used to think that was the standard of clean, till I learned that’s actually a bad thing! This cleanser leaves my skin feeling fresh, clean, and a little bit moisturized! It contains many yummy, good-for-you oils.

Weleda Gentle Cleansing Milk

I have always been skeptical of cleansing milks– I didn’t think they could remove my makeup. However, this is a new product from our beloved Weleda, and you know how I love everything they make, so I had to try it! And it works! I have used it on damp skin and on dry skin, and either way, I massage some into my skin, rinse, and follow with the companion Refining Toner, and it removes my makeup and leaves my skin fresh and clean! I couldn’t believe it, but then again, it is Weleda!

One last disclaimer: Neither of these products takes off my mascara (I know, I know, I’m still using a non-natural waterproof mascara, ugh!) so I do that first with a swipe of Weleda Almond Facial Oil or any Argan Oil, and then these cleansers take off whatever remains.



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13 responses to “No Hope in Soap

  1. Hey Emily! I use lavender Dr Bronner’s on my face. I dilute it with a little water and add to a foaming pump container. I have super sensitive skin. I was a pro-activ girl mind you. The Dr. Bronner’s does not break my skin out at all and I love it. I use it all over so I only have one soap! You should try it 🙂 Lora

  2. Rachel

    I have a more general question relating to Vitamin E, which has been confusing to me. Do you happen to know the difference between Tocopherol and Tocopheryl Acetate? I read somewhere that Tocopherol isn’t as bad as Tocopheryl Acetate, but not sure if that’s true…are they both contaminated with Hydroquinone? Sorry- I know it’s getting super specific here but I see those ingredients in many products and am having trouble finding reliable/understandable info on the topic…

    Thanks so much! I love your blog 🙂

    • Jordan

      Hi Rachel,

      Thanks so much! I honestly don’t know the difference and I’m sure I could research, just like you said you did, and come up with some general idea, but without being a chemist sometimes it’s hard to find a direct answer! You could try submitting a question to The Beauty Brains: and see if they could get us an answer to your question?

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  4. Has anyone tried the cleansing milk by Juice Beauty? I’ve been thinking about getting it but not sure – I really want something that will remove a majority of my makeup. I use mostly natural cosmetics so hopefully it should work out well. I have a coupon for Juice Beauty where you get a free Organic Facial Moisture Concentrate with the coupon code “ecostiletto”. It expires 4/19/11. I want to buy just one thing from the site so I can use this code and I just can’t decide what to get.

    • Jordan

      Hi Jessica, I haven’t tried the cleansing milk yet, but I have to say that I have liked everything I’ve tried from Juice Beauty so far! I say go for it and be sure to let us know what you think! Nice coupon code deal, by the way!!

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