Reveiw: Neutrogena Nautrals Purifying Facial Cleanser

Price: $6-8
Size: 177 ml / 6 fl oz
Availability: Drugstores

Company’s Description

This face wash contains natural salicylic acid found in Willowbark bionutrients to penetrate deep into pores to detoxify and help remove dirt, oil and makeup, while rinsing clean without pore-clogging residue.

This is a review of Neutrogena’s latest facial cleaner, released with its new “Naturals” line.

Packaging: 10/10
This cleanser comes in a plastic bottle with a pump. The packaging is simple and straightforward. It is also suited for traveling with because it’s lightweight and you can turn the pump top so that it locks.

Quality: 9/10
Neutrogena is promoting its new “Nautrals” line as containing “no harsh chemical sulfates, parabens, petrochemicals, dyes or phthalates.”

Neutrogena mostly gets thumbs up for taking this approach. Skincare items all too often contain irritating ingredients, even ones marketed for sensitive skin. Neutrogena avoids many of those irritating ingredients with this cleanser. Let’s break down the ingredients:

Cocamidopropyl Betaine A gentle surfactant (short for “surface active agent”). Surfactants help wash away grease, oil, and dirt.
Decyl Glucoside Another gentle surfactant.
Glycerin An ingredient that helps protect skin by filling in its intercellular matrix and attracting water to the skin.
Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine A mild surfactant.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate A foaming agent.
Salix Alba Bark Extract An ingredient that has potential anti-inflammatory benefits for the skin.
Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride A conditioning chemical often found in hair de-tangling products.
Sodium Benzoate A preservative.

Most of these ingredients are gentle or mild. But the last ingredient listed is “Fragrance.” Fragrances are almost always irritating to the skin and should never be added to skincare products. Although the fragrance ingredient is unnecessary and potentially irritating, I bumped down the score by only a little because it is the last ingredient on the list, meaning there’s only a small amount of it in the cleanser.

Neutrogena claims that the Willow Bark from the Salix Alba Bark Extract contains salicylic acid. This claim isn’t exactly accurate. Willow Bark contains salicin, which is converted into salicylic acid when taken orally. It’s very unlikely that you’ll get the benefits of salicylic acid by applying Willow Bark extract to your skin.

Aside from the ingredients, this cleanser works well. It even took most of my makeup off (I was wearing powder foundation) and I did not have to use a lot of the product to cleanse my face.

Ease of Use: 10/10
The pump disperses just the right amount of product and you don’t need a lot to clean your face.

Price: 9/10
$6-8 is an average price-point for a drugstore cleanser. Make sure to look out for weekly sales at your local drugstore so that you can get a deal on this cleanser.


This is a very good cleanser, but it would be a great one if Neutrogena had left out the fragrance.

Toss if: you are sensitive to smells
Try if: you’re running out of your facial cleanser and want to try something new
Buy if: you want a mild cleanser

Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Facial Cleanser Ingredients
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7 Responses to Reveiw: Neutrogena Nautrals Purifying Facial Cleanser

  1. hofken says:

    Hmmmm. My son’s dermatologist recommends Neutrogena Clear Pore and it has been amazing! Acne is long gone.

  2. Tammy says:

    Been using this cleanser for less than a month! Been pretty happy with it but somehow today after using it just before bed my skin around my cheek area started to hurt. I didn’t use any products before cleansing my skin (no make up or anything) so I’m guessing it might be this cleanser. =/ yikes.

    • Allura says:

      Hmm, I don’t think I’d blame it on the cleanser. Cleansers are only on your skin for a very short period of time, so unless it has very harsh and irritating ingredients (which this one doesn’t), it’s not likely to irritate it for a long time.

  3. Inez King says:

    there is no directions for use,do you use a wash cloth or pump it in you hand. will it make your eye burn.

    • Allura says:

      You could do either. Of course, you don’t want to get it in your eyes, but as long as you’re keeping your eyes closed while washing, it won’t.

  4. Jenny says:

    I would really want to try this out but I don’t think we ahve it in Canada yet.. havent seen it around .. 🙁

  5. Danyell says:

    I use to buy very expensive cleansers and I read an article that you it can be a waste of money. So, I had a coupon and I purchased this… I like it and I will be buying it again.

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