A liquid, a powder, and a gel…

Sounds like the beginning of a bad joke, right? I personally like the one about pandas and commas, but I also really like these three very different and beautiful cleansers. I’m cheating a bit with the Vered Organic Botanicals Herb-Infused Toner, but that’s because this sensually-smelling toner moonlights as a cleanser (you can read about it from Fig+Sage). A botanical plethora of essential oils and herbs is infused into grape alcohol, distilled water, and vegetable glycerin to make a non-drying, refreshing step as a cleanser or a toner. While I liked the simplicity of this as my sole cleanser, my finicky face likes this more as a toner. The toner can be swiped on with cotton pads or slapped on with bare hands, and I rather like both methods. After applying, I leave the remaining moisture and slather on my face oil, which mixes beautifully and feels wonderfully soft and hydrating.

The Clean Dirt from May Lindstrom Skin is a whole ‘nother beast. You can see the powder-to-mousse action from Beauty by Britanie, skjonnhet, kimberlyloc, and the woman herself which is terribly good fun. The concoction also brings Christmas cookies to mind thanks to its clays and warming spices that come together to purify and exfoliate the skin. For that reason, I would definitely dub this as the strongest out of the trio, and my usage ranges from once in a while to two times a week as to not terrify my breakout-happy skin. Sometimes I leave it for an extra minute or two as a mask before washing off, and every time I go to bed with soft skin and visions of sugar plums dancing in my head.

The Dr. Alkaitis Organic Purifying Facial Cleanser is the most classic cleanser of the bunch, as I’ve mentioned before, with healthy foaming action and a gel-like texture. This combined with the Vered toner and Vered Therapeutic Balancing Face Oil (not pictured) have been a pimple-fighting powerhouse these past couple of months. I have been seeing less and less breakouts each month and am liking the downwards trend very much. But that’s a story for another time…In the meantime, have you tried any of these cleansers? What are your favorites?

Note: When it comes to makeup removal, all of these can to some degree, but removing makeup separately before cleansing always results in no makeup residue once it comes to toning. Also, none of these should be getting friendly with the eyes.


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  1. June 21, 2013 / 6:27 am

    Yes! At night I follow with the Dr. Alkaitis Cleanser, but the HIT was my cleanse+tone for mornings–lovely way to start the day 🙂

    Yes, yes, yes, I didn't realize how heavy the Dr. Alkaitis oil was until using the TBFO. TBFO is much lighter! At first I was trying to use up to 7 drops because I wasn't used to how light it was but I'm down to 3 now that I'm used to it.

  2. Asti.
    June 21, 2013 / 2:01 am

    Love this post!! Vered herself I think doesn't use a cleanser, this toner is an all in one cleanser+toner so I think you are on the right track with the function of this product, good that your skin likes it! I might be looking at this one as a my cleanse+tone in the morning!

    I am trialling the Vered balancing oil currently, love love how light it is. I agree with you I can imagine how the toner + the face oil would be a powerhouse to banish those pimples!