These are all budget friendly, very effective and PH 6 or lower to maintain the precious acid mantle that defends your skin.
Vichy Normaderm Deep Cleansing Purifying Gel £11 for 200ml or £7 on Boots 3 for 2 *
I assumed this was going to be a gel cleanser, which it kind of is, but it foams when even the tiniest bit of water is added. I love a good foaming cleanser and this one has a low PH unlike most soap based foamers. The smell is lovely and fresh and the pump is always a welcome addition. You get a decent amount too. I keep this in the shower for quick cleansing after a more thorough go over with a balm or after running just to freshen up. I like that it has salycylic acid to help unclog pores yet your skin doesn't feel stripped after using it.
Fake Bake Skin D Luxe Cleansing Balm Melt £22 for 113ml (okay this is just over £20!) *
This has a solid texture in the pot yet turns into a lovely smooth thick oil when it warms on your skin. I love using this when I have a full face of makeup on as it melts away almost everything in just one pass. The smell is pleasant though not particularly strong I assume it's the moringa oil. The packaging is okay, though I would have preferred glass for eco reasons. It also has peptides though I doubt they have much time to do anything substantial.
Soap & Glory The Ultimelt £10 for 100ml or £6.66 on 3 for 2
This was so highly recommended I had to try it for myself. The texture is very bizarre and the tube makes it feel like your squeezing toothpaste out into your hands. It's not my favourite as it is too heavy on the essential oils. It does a decent job of removing makeup though and it can be picked up very cheaply. I think if you like Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish (which I also don't) then you'll love this, it very similar yet cheaper and more readily available. One for those of you with drier skin. Please not that this has half as much product as the others for the money and so isn't quite a s good a deal.
La Roche Posay Physiological Cleansing Gel £12 for 200ml or £8 on Boots 3 for 2
I've saved the best till last. This is my absolute favourite, a complete Holy Grail. It can be used to remove a full face of makeup or for a quick freshen up. It never feels stripping and is gentle enough to use on even sunburnt skin. The smell is divine and the texture spot on. I need to have this cleanser available at all times. My beloved.
I hope some of these work as well for you as they do for me. I always have a selection of cleansers on the go together for different types of days and I can honestly say these are all stars in their own right.
* PR Sample