The superstar ingredient? A hint of menthol.

By Kayla Blanton
Updated July 22, 2019
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Burt's Bees Cleansing Cream

It is with a T-zone slathered in Glamglow’s Supermud Clearing Treatment that I assure you my love of luxury skincare knows no bounds. The more aware I become of gunky ingredient lists, the further I find myself drifting from drugstore cosmetic aisles. To me, the fluorescent lit aisles scream, “Pollutant microbeads! Unnecessary fragrance!” and so on. Still, during my regular grocery run, my innate curiosity will sometimes lure me through them, which is how I found Burt's Bees Soap Bark and Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream.

I was on the hunt for a cleanser that’s gentle and non-stripping but still has the strength to penetrate my pores. In high school, I always loved the Clean & Clear Deep Action Cleansing Cream because of the cooling tingle it left behind, but I wanted to find an alternative with more natural ingredients. Upon skimming rows of Neutrogena, Bioré, Dove, and more, I happened upon Burt’s corner. And when I read “99.9 percent natural” and “hint of Menthol” on one of the brand’s white-and-yellow tubes of face wash, I knew I had to give it a try.

That night, I used it as a second cleanse after removing my makeup with an oil-based product and, after I rinsed it off — I can’t praise this enough — my skin felt like my mouth feels after a 30-second Listerine swish. In the best way. In no way did it burn or irritate my skin; the pillowy white cream just left my face feeling fresh. Its rejuvenating menthol and soothing chamomile and aloe are an ingredient match made in face wash heaven that now lives in my medicine cabinet and follows me into every shower. With moisturizing additives like sunflower and coconut oil, the cleanser leaves my dry skin feeling hydrated and clean rather than tight and deprived of moisture.

To buy: $7 (was $9);

And the best part is, the dread that normally comes with repurchasing my pricier picks (Peter Thomas Roth’s Hyaluronic Acid Cloud Cream and the aforementioned clay mask, to name a few) doesn’t even surface when this product runs low. Why? Because a six-ounce tube is only $7, and I can pick it up while grabbing bread and milk.

Ultimately, I found my favorite cleanser and learned an important lesson on the same day: Don’t let yourself overlook the drugstore’s hidden gems, and if it’s only $7, there’s no harm in giving it a try.