This morning I went digging through one of my bathroom drawers to find a brush. Instead of the brush I found buried drugstore treasure — not one, but *two* tubes of Basis Cleaner Clean Face Wash (about $5 each).
Two years ago, back when my skin was mad crazy oily, Basis Cleaner was my go-to face wash. I figure that since it was good enough to stockpile (I wouldn’t be surprised to find a few more tubes stowed away in other drawers) back before I started blogging, it deserves a second look now. I vividly remember this cleanser saving my skin back in the day.
Throughout my 20s I had skin problems. Even as recently as two years ago I suffered from really oily, acne-prone skin, and Basis Cleaner Clean was the only face wash able to remove all of my makeup without making my skin feel tight and dry.
Seriously, seeing the tubes sitting there at the bottom of a drawer brought back beauty product memories. Can you close your eyes and imagine how your favorite perfume smells? I can kinda do that with Basis Cleaner. I remember its citrusty fragrance, light and invigorating like a basket of oranges and lemons. I remember how it made my skin feel soft, smooth and just really clean and fresh. And at $5 for a huge 6 oz. tube, it’s a bargain, too.
Only for normal-to-oily skin, Basis Cleaner Clean contains botanicals like aloe vera, rosemary and spearmint extracts and did a top-shelf job back in the day — downright incredible considering its price. It’s oil- and soap-free but does contain sodium laureth sulfate (SLS)… one of the ingredients in garage floor cleaners, engine degreasers and car-wash soaps.
But don’t let that scare you. Basis Cleaner Clean is not a harsh cleanser, or at least it wasn’t two years ago. It was so mild on me, in fact, that during terrible bouts of adult acne, Basis Cleaner Clean was one of the only products I could use. Your results may differ from mine, though, so be sure to test it on a small section of skin before you dive right in for the whole shebang.
Product: Basis Cleaner Clean Face Wash
Price: about $5 for a 6 fl oz tube
Use: To remove makeup and clean skin
Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: A+
My skin has changed a lot over the past two years; it’s now more on the dry side, and I can no longer use Basis Cleaner Clean (it would be too drying). But when I suffered from oily skin problems, Basis Cleaner Clean really was a miracle product. It helped me get through my 20s. If you have normal-to-oily skin and want an affordable, gentle cleanser, give it a look.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,