5 Budget Cleansers for All Skin Types!

Rather than have far too many skin posts this month, I thought it would be funner for all of us to have a little battle off between brands instead! For reference to the products mentioned in this post, I have severely combination skin which means one day I’m dry and flaky, and the next have the oil levels of 5 faces added together. I normally head for products that combat oily skin and
then look for moisturisers which are balancing, as you’ll see in a couple posts time. As always, I’m completely honest which is why I should say that before we start, I haven’t been blown away at all. I have found all of these cleansers to be pretty average to be honest but some are definitely better than others.
The lovely people at Tesco are absolutely exceeding expectations at the rate their beauty section is growing. I absolutely love working with them and reading all the releases and I get so excited in store when I see new products and brands practically every week. Pro Formula Skin Brighting Face Wash 200ml at £2.99 is one of the latest products from Beauty at Tesco that I’ve been trying out and it is rather amazing at removing makeup. This cleanser is apparently fine for all skin types and contained grapefruit and cranberry making it a tad fruity and more ideal for oilier skin in my opinion as it is rather drying. It has salicylic acid and Vitamin C which should help to refresh the skin and help prevent blemishes. I use this when I’m wearing a lot of makeup and need something foaming to take it off quickly and efficiently.
5 Budget Cleansers for All Skin Types, georgina grogan, shemightbeloved
Cherry & Juniper Berry Gentle Hydrating Cleanser 100ml at £16.00 is a little different and actually terrible at taking your makeup off, especially mascara, despite it says it should be. Unlike the foaming cleanser above, this one is creamier and a lot more gentle. It definitely won’t leave your skin dry but instead, soft and moisturised. Riad of Aromas is a new brand to me which uses natural ingredients such as cherry and juniper berry and therefore, it even has a 100% natural fragrance. This would be fantastic to use after you take your makeup off, or on no makeup days as something gentle and calming. Perfect for all skin types too!

5 Budget Cleansers for All Skin Types, georgina grogan, shemightbeloved

After trying a foaming and then cream cleanser, the next up is the Australian Bodycare Tea Tree Oil Gentle Cleansing Milk, 250ml for £12.50. Unlike the others, this one is slightly more targeted as it is better as a daily antiseptic to help treat and prevent spots. The tea tree deeply cleanses the skin without drying it out, however, it’s not ideal to remove eye makeup as with the tea tree, it obviously will sting. Pretty amazing for taking the rest of your makeup off though or simply for when your skin needs a thorough cleanse.
Another foaming cleanser is the Bryt Cleanse at 150ml for £12.50 and I will be honest, it’s definitely been the most disappointing. I don’t enjoy taking my makeup off with it, as it’s rather drying and actually not intended to be used in that way despite foaming. It does indeed deeply cleanse but in a tightening and uncomfortable sort of way, thankfully it does include apple extract, mandarin and sandalwood which means the smell is rather nice. I love the look of Bryt and I do have a couple more products from them to share, so don’t write them off completely just yet!
5 Budget Cleansers for All Skin Types, georgina grogan, shemightbeloved
Finally, a new product, Balance Active Formula Skin Brightening Cream Wash at £3.99 is another beautiful cream cleanser that cuts through and melts away dirt, whilst cleaning the skin nourished. With Vitamin C and salicylic acid, it’s another one to help refresh the skin but it also contains argan oil to really moisturise and soften.
Have you tried any magical cleansers lately?


  1. 14th April 2015 / 12:28 am

    I’m not the biggest fan of foaming cleansers if I’m honest but I do really like the sound of the last one, salicylic acid can be a bit astringent for me but the inclusion of argan oil sounds great!xx


  2. 14th April 2015 / 10:11 am

    Thus post was really interesting. I have oily combination skin and have really gone off foaming cleansers lately though I used to love them. I think the Australian Bodycare Cleansing Milk sounds like the one.I’d.most like to try from this line up, thanks for introducing me to it!
    Rebecca | The Two Twenty Somethings

  3. Guest
    14th April 2015 / 10:49 am

    Good review, however, Cherry & Juniper Berry Gentle Hydrating Cleanser can be used as an eye make-up remover by applying it onto a cotton pad and gently sweep over eye until the mascara is removed as it’s mentionned on the package xx

    • 14th April 2015 / 1:34 pm

      As I said, it’s intended to be used that way, but it’s terrible at removing eye makeup in general…. xx

  4. Jade Gerson
    14th April 2015 / 11:53 am

    I also have combination skin type and having read your
    review I want to point you in the right direction. Firstly you must avoid
    looking at the price of products, instead concentrate on the ingredients and
    how they are affecting your skin.
    Anyone who has unpredictable combination skin must avoid
    foamy, detergent based washes as you have recommended here. They are the worst
    possible thing for your skin type, they totally disrupt your skins natural oil
    balance which is why you have days of very dry and very oil skin. Instead, milk
    or cream based cleansers used in the right way with an exfoliating face cloth
    is the solution. This of course means that it takes a more time to work out the
    dirt and make-up, but it is much better for the skin.
    Cleansers should be used for at least 2 weeks before you
    can notice any improvements on your skin.
    If you simply look to rub off make-up, without any regard
    for the skin then my all means use detergents based washes as suggested here. x

    • 14th April 2015 / 1:38 pm

      Hey there,
      If you read my post at the beginning, you’d see that I wasn’t particular impressed by any of these cleansers and therefore they don’t do amazing things for your skin.
      I simply reviewed them as they come, and gave them my usual tests for a cleanser.
      Such as, how does it make my skin feel, does it remove makeup – should it? Etc etc

      I actually have a background in skincare and know all about how it works and what the ideal cleansers/ingredients should be for set skin types and people in general. However, as a beauty blogger and not wanting to be biassed or slate every brand for not being the same and using cream cleansers, I review them as anyone else would see them.

      Thanks for your comment though. x