This Neutrogena Cleanser is Surprisingly Natural AND Gentle

And that's a rare thing at the drugstore.
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And that's a rare thing at the drugstore.
Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Facial Cleanser

Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Facial Cleanser

Since we've been talking about cleansers lately—namely the new Kiehl's one that got my seal of approval—I wanted to alert you to one more, in case you're in the market. It's not exactly new, but is new to me, and I was surprised by how much I liked it. Especially because it's readily available at the drugstore, and it's super-affordable. ('Cuz sometimes, the Kiehl's money, you'd rather put toward shoes.)

The cleanser I'm talking about is the Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Facial Cleanser, and yes, you read that right. Neutrogena has a natural skincare line that it quietly launched two or three years ago, and some of the items are pretty awesome. Who woulda thought?

This product in particular caught my eye mainly because the label says it's free of "harsh chemical sulfates," which I've been trying to avoid lately. Instead, it gently lathers using cocamidopropyl betaine (made from coconut), and decyl glucoside (also from plant sources). In fact, 90 percent of the ingredients are naturally-derived, and there are no parabens, dyes or phthalates. Here's the full ingredients list:

Water, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Decyl Glucoside, Glycerin, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate, Sodium Chloride, Citric Acid, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Sodium Sulfate, Sodium Benzoate, Parfum.

The only thing I wish wasn't in here is the apple-scented fragrance, which could be irritating if you're sensitive (though I am and haven't had any issues). 

Interestingly, the back of the bottle says the cleanser is for acne-prone skin, but I don't find it drying. I think normal, combination and oily skin types could all use this just fine.

One thing to note—though it's a gel, this cleanser is not particularly great at removing eye makeup, so I suggest doing that step separately (I like to use Bioderma Sensibio on a Shiseido Facial Cotton anyway). Or, if you're anything like me, you have a cleanser that stays in the shower that you use in the mornings, and then a more heavy-duty one that's in the medicine cabinet for evenings. Since I don't need to remove makeup in the shower, I leave my Neutrogena in there, and I'm very happy starting my day with it.

I definitely recommend this one if you're searching for an affordable, natural and gentle cleanser for normal-to-oily skin. Let me know what you think!

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