5 best facial soaps for washing your face


Warning: Any skincare enthusiast worth their salt will probably recoil at what we’re about to say. But hear us out.

Are you happy with your current cleanser? If you’re open to the idea of trying something new, we suggest you swap your go-to wash for a bar of soap.

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Introducing facial soap: the next-gen of cleansers.
These new face washes may look like a classic bar of soap but they’re a far cry from the variety used to wash your hands. Instead, brands including The Body Shop, Drunk Elephant and Herbivore have gone back to basics with their skincare offerings; these cleansing bars cater to every skin type and make washing your face as simple as splash, lather and rinse.
Here, we round up five of our favourites:

Drunk Elephant JuJu Bar

Drunk Elephant JuJu Bar, $40 at Mecca.

This soap is fragrance-free and pH-balanced to cleanse and nourish sensitive skin.

Coalition Blackhead O2 Sparkling Soap

Coalition Blackhead O2 Sparkling Soap, $25 at Sephora.

The Blackhead O2 Sparkling Soap by trusted K-beauty brand Coalition has been specifically formulated for sensitive skin. It’s particularly good for getting rid of blackheads, so lather up!

Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Facial Soap

Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Facial Soap, $10 at The Body Shop.

The Body Shop’s new facial soap enlists the help of tried-and-tested charcoal to purify skin and clean out clogged pores. Not only that, but with every purchase made, the brand will make a donation to the Red Panda Network to help save endangered red pandas.

Kora Organics Unscented Cleansing Bar

Kora Organics Unscented Cleansing Bar, $21.95 at David Jones.

The Kora Organics Unscented Cleansing Bar is as soothing as can be. This cleanser gently cleanses the skin with a base of canola, sunflower and coconut oils.

Herbivore Bamboo Charcoal Deep Cleanse Detoxifying Soap Bar

Herbivore Bamboo Charcoal Deep Cleanse Detoxifying Soap Bar, $17 at Sephora.

Herbivore’s take on facial soap is perfect for anyone whose complexion is on the oiler side. The activated bamboo charcoal works to cleanse and detoxify combination, oily and acne-prone skin.

Main image credit: @emrata Words by Erin Cook

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