I’m so thrilled to begin a new series of posts today for the next week or so on all my top picks in beauty – skincare, makeup, hair, nails, tools, and body care products for the year 2012!

I’ve done a ton of reviews this year and sorted through the crap to bring you all the best products with the most effective, natural ingredients in their formulations so I hope you enjoy this series and leave your thoughts in the comments along the way!

Today’s post is focusing on the best facial cleansers of 2012 and if you’ve been following along for any measure of time, you won’t be surprised at my picks which I’ve spoke about again and again and again because they are my go-to cleansers.

First in the list is Antonia Burrell’s Natural Glow Cleansing Oil which is fantastic for any skin type, but will do especially well for those suffering from congestion, dullness, acne breakouts, skin that feels both oily and dry, and just generally imbalanced skin. That is not to say that other skin types won’t benefit, though, because this cleansing oil is really lovely and includes lots of potent plant extracts and oils which work to heal the skin from the inside out. It truly works and you will see incredible improvements in your skin in very little time, especially if you’re battling skin issues. To see my original review on this cleansing oil, check here.

Second in the list is Suti Skincare’s CLEANSE Organic Balm which I have raved and raved about. This has certainly been another of my go to cleansers for when my skin is out of balance, especially when it just feels drier than usual or tighter than usual or if it’s feeling red and inflamed. This is the best thing to calm skin down! I really love it as a massage balm to cleanse skin, especially as an all-in-one cleanser + makeup remover because not only does it get the job done, but it leaves my skin super soft, clear and hydrated without a moisturizer. Also, since they include a natural muslin cloth with the cleanse balm, you get a bit of gentle exfoliation if you use the cloth to remove the balm and there’s no oily residue (for those who dislike that!). I’ve enjoyed this one both in Summer and Winter months with great success. I think those with sensitive, dry, and mature skin will really enjoy this one a lot, but I also think there can be some benefit to those with other skin types as well, especially if you’ve had issues with skin that just seems to be out of sorts. The ingredients in this are amazing, natural AND effective all at once. You can see my original review on this cleanse balm here.

Third on the list is another cleanser that I’ve just talked and talked about over and over again and that is the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser which is brilliant for oily, acne prone skin types! I think it will work for other skin types as well, though very sensitive and dry skin types may want to tread carefully as this includes a strong amount of acne fighting essential oils which may irritate or dry your skin depending on your skin type. For those who have oily, combination or acne prone skin, though, this one is absolutely amazing! It works a lot like my childhood favorite Noxzema (and smells like it too!) though with a host of natural ingredients instead of harmful ones to clear pores out, balance oil production, calm breakouts and redness, and mildly exfoliate all at the same time. It works much like an old fashioned cleansing creme because you use 1-2 pumps which you massage all over your face including on eyes and lips to remove all traces of makeup and dirt. Then, you rinse the cloth in warm to hand hot water and use it to buff the cream off of your face. It really softens the skin, clears out dead skin cells and pores, and helps to combat breakouts. I love this one as a staple, especially in the Summertime. Check out my original review on this cleanser here.

Lastly, there is Living Nature’s Vitalising Cleanser which I really love for all skin types as it is gentle enough for even the most sensitive, but will also benefits those with oily, combination or dry skin as well. I think that someone with breakouts may also benefit, but depending on your skin, you may need something more cleansing. This is a great one for if your skin is irritated or just feels dry or dull as it’s very hydrating to use. It feels a bit like using a very moisturizing lotion on your skin and it smells wonderful all while gently cleansing and nourishing the skin. I think those with dry and sensitive skin will really see a lot of benefit with this one because of the botanical ingredients and hydrating oils in the formulation. Also, if you have any kind of damage on your skin, this one is lovely for healing gently without causing any irritation or being too abrasive. It’s just a lovely, calming, gentle cleanser and it works very well in the Winter especially when your skin needs more hydration and nourishment. Check out my original review on this cleanser here.

So, those are my picks for the best face cleansers of 2012 – What Are Yours?

Stay tuned all week for more of my top beauty picks for 2012!


22 thoughts on “My Top Favorite Skincare Products of 2012 – The Best Face Cleansers

  1. masquerade21

    Great post and great idea for a series, I’ll be looking out for the posts to come. I really like the Simple Kind to Skin Vital Vitamin Foaming Cleanser, it’s so light and becomes a foam so it’s not gooey and messy like some other cleansers and it leaves my skin nice and soft. I’d say its just good cleanser, it doesn’t really target any specific problems though.

  2. luchessa

    Great post dear. Soon i’ll be looking for a new cleanser & i will keep this post in mind for sure. I have a combination & sensitive skin, so i might be looking for Suti Skincare’s CLEANSE Organic Balm. Or which one would you suggest?

    1. storybookapothecary Post author

      I’m glad to be of help! Hmm yes Suti would be a great one otherwise, Antonia Burrell is also really amazing. I love the Suti Cleanse Balm for when my skin is on the drier side and Antonia Burrell is great for balance. It worked wonders for me even in Summer which was weird considering it was a million degrees out. But yes, both are amazing. Hope this helps! xx

      1. storybookapothecary Post author seems to have free intl. delivery and free delivery in UK & surrounding territories and carries both brands, but if youre in AU , this site > carries Suti. If not, I’d go with Naturisimo, they seem to have the best shipping policy of the ones I just checked right now Hope this helps! ❀

      2. luchessa

        i’m in Germany sweetie.
        Oh Naturisimo seems to be a great site. love the fact that you can order sammles first, before going for a full size product.And wow free delivery world wide…im impressed already. thanks for the tip.

      3. storybookapothecary Post author

        OMG I WAS SO OFF! Lol. My bad. Well there’s loads of sites that deliver to Europe for free including Naturisimo which does seem lovely! Sorry about the mix up but we ended up in the right place in the end I hope – have a lovely new year ! xx

      4. luchessa

        haha pls don’t worry, you dont have to keep up with everyones location πŸ˜‰
        Yes i will study the site and probably even purchase a thing of two there. πŸ˜€

  3. My Lucite Dreams

    I’m a bit obsessed with cleansers recently. I used to love the the Liz Earle and I still do, but now I love ones that are a bit more rich, it’s a luxury, my special time. I’m dying to try the Suti! All sound lovely πŸ™‚

    1. storybookapothecary Post author

      I agree cleansers can feel very luxurious! I love the Liz Earle in summer or if Im looking dull, oily or congested. It is a great one for that. I’m always up to try new ones as well though so any recommendations are always welcome! Sharing is caring LOL xx

    2. storybookapothecary Post author

      Oh! And yes the Suti is amazing. Very luxurious, effective and lovely all in one product. I imagine it might b fantastic if you travel a lot because it does everything – cleanse, exfoliate and hydrates all in one go.

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