I am a fan of clay cleanser: even though I have dry skin, I found that the addition of clay improves the cleansing power and balances my skin. I'm still searching an affordable option to REN Clearcalm 3 Clarifying Cleanser that I love. I just feel, regardless of science or magic or else, that an expensive cleanser is a waste of money; literally down the drain it goes after a matter of minute on the skin.
Upon further squinting of the eyes, REN cleanser is nothing but a lotion cleanser with a good amount of kaolin clay thrown in. That's exactly what I have been doing lately: throw in a heap of kaolin clay into whatever water-based lotion cleanser that I have on hand.
Kaolin (or any other clay for that matter) is dirt cheap, y'all. One pound of various cosmetic-grade clays runs from $5-$8. That is a whooping pound. I only bought about 2 oz from local Whole Foods and it still lasted me quite a bit from daily use since summer. I keep a small amount in baby food jar, to be scooped and mixed with Cetaphil, Avene, or whatever lotion cleanser I have on hand for a nice, refreshing rinse in the morning. You can go as fancy as you like without breaking the bank: mine is French Clay, there's also pink, white, rhassoul, moroccan, bentonite, etc. Most of all, you know how much clay is in your product and not just wondering if it has any trace of clay in it.
I think this solves my dilemma about clay cleanser for now. I'm very happy with this semi-DIY. Speaking of DIY, here's another thing that is cooking in the Land:
|Yes, those are poke marks on the batch on the right, just to test the consistency.|
Please excuse the fluorescent lighting of my kitchen but I was cooking a few batches of cleansers and tweaking a few different recipes. The end product is, hopefully, a creamy, non-surfactant based cleanser that has a good slip, lots of cleansing power and loaded with humectants (especially heading towards drier months). Stay tuned.