I’ve always been a nerd when it comes to animals. Cat videos and dog memes were basically created for me. A few years ago I decided to take my fandom for the animal kingdom and the environment to the next level by trying to be more conscious about the products I purchased. Now, if you’ve ever attempted this, I’m sure you’ve seen that it’s a massive rabbit hole, filled with an insane amount of information to sort through.

So if you’ve ever been curious about cruelty free products or wanting to make the change to more environmentally and animal friendly products, here I am. Your cruelty free co-pilot! I’ll be sharing my honest opinions about products while providing general information about cruelty free things. So let’s not waste any more time. Today, I’ll be reviewing a face cleanser from Nourish Organics.

Nourish Organics Company Information

I feel that it’s important to provide some basic company information before we look at the product itself. When looking at products that are cruelty free, there is a lot of information and personally, I think it’s important for a company to be transparent. If we’re expected to put their products on our skin or into our body, we should have a clear understanding of what they are selling. Now if I’m out and about somewhere and I’m curious if a product is cruelty free, I usually first check out the FAQ section of the website. Often times the FAQ will address whether a product is tested on animals. Now, I do want to make one note, while Nourish Organics does address the issue of vegan products in the FAQ, they do not address animal testing. However, since they have been Leaping Bunny certified, we can trust that they don’t test any products on animals.

Nourish Organics was started in 2003 and the first company to ever work with the USDA to ensure their products were able to be certified organic. All their products are certified cruelty free, gluten free and most are vegan friendly. They have several verified seals, including the Leaping Bunny.

When in doubt, this seal will let you know if they are certified cruelty free.


Nourish Organics also actively participates in local and national charities including Big Brothers/Big Sisters, The Women’s Center, and the Association for the Blind. So all in all, Nourish Organics is a pretty solid company, with clean line of products and a commitment to community.

The Product: Nourish Organics Moisturizing Face Cleanser

So before we get into the nitty-gritty of the product, I just want to say a few things about my skin and skin in general. For obvious reasons, this review or any review that I do, will be talking about how the product worked for me and my skin. That doesn’t mean the product will definitely work (or not work) for you. If you’re curious about any product that I review, I encourage you to go try it and let me know. I’d love to hear how something worked for you. I actually have a lot of hope that, for instance, just because something didn’t work for me, that you were still able to try it and that it was a magical, glorious product for you!

I have combination skin that tends to be on the sensitive side. It tends to be both very dry and very oily but I have to aware of how harsh a product can be on my skin, otherwise I’ll get redness and irritation. And even though I’m no longer a teenager, I still suffer from breakouts and clogged pores. Additionally, I’m pretty fair (which is just a polite way of saying pale and pasty as vanilla frosting) so things that irritate my skin are pretty noticeable.

Because my skin can get so dry, finding a face wash I can use in the mornings is a huge challenge. It can dry my skin out so much that even if I use moisturizer, the dry areas will still be flaky and gross. But because I’m also oily and I get breakouts, washing my face in the morning can help manage it.

Don’t know your skin type? Or just curious for more info on what your skin type might be? Look for links at the end of the post!

I came across the Nourish Organics line while at Target. I decided on the Moisturizing Face Cleanser because it met my criteria of being a certified cruelty product, the price point was affordable ($11.19 at Target) and the description sounded like it was just what I was looking for:

This gentle cleanser washes away impurities without drying, irritating or causing redness. Cucumber hydrates and soothes. Watercress, rich in antioxidants, helps protect skin from free radical damage. Fragrance-Free. Gluten-Free. Vegan.

Skin Concern: basic care

Recommended for: normal skin

Used for: basic cleaning

As you can see from the product description, the recommended skin type is normal. After doing a quick search on my phone and seeing mainly positive reviews, I decided to give it a try despite my skin being combination.

It’s fragrance free and includes ingredients like cucumber for hydration, watercress for antioxidants, and aloe vera to help keep skin calm.

The Review

So overall, I like the face wash just fine but I wasn’t wowed by it the way I had hoped. I washed my face with it in the morning and still found that after my face had that dry, tight feeling. However, it wasn’t nearly as dry or tight feeling as I get with other products. I laid on a little extra moisturizer that morning and everything seemed fine. As promised, the wash was fragrance free. If there was a fragrance it wasn’t powerful enough for me to make note of it.

The consistency was a little on the runny side, and it looked similar to Cetaphil. However, the product lathered up nicely and went on smoothly. It washed away very easily and my skin did feel very clean.

I would also like to note that I do not like the packaging for this product. I don’t mean from an aesthetic point of view. I actually think the packaging for the product looks nice. The tube comes in a nice box which kind of made me feel fancy.  But because of the runny consistency, when you open the lid  to the tube, the face wash tends to immediately start coming out. I’ve gotten stuck more than once with way too much soap and since you can’t get it back in the tube, it just becomes wasted product. I think with the consistency as it is, it should either be in the form of a pump or with the lid on the top.

Final Thoughts

I think Nourish Organics is a great company that seems to really put a lot of thought and time into their products. I think their products are very reasonably priced and the fact you can get them at stores like Target is a big plus. Good products shouldn’t be expensive or difficult to get ahold of.

While I wasn’t wowed by this particular product, I would certainly try other products in the Nourish Organics line. I think overall this is a good everyday face wash, especially for people that don’t suffer from the dreaded dry tightness like I do. I will certainly finish up this product, as there was nothing so unbearable about it that I couldn’t finish it.

Just to sum up the pros and cons for you:


  • Cruelty Free and easy to read ingredient list
  • Good company with good values
  • Fragrance Free
  • Leaves skin feeling clean


  • Poor packaging design
  • Probably better suited for normal to oily skin types

Well that’s all! Thanks so much for reading this post! I hope that you found it helpful! I would love to hear your thoughts about this product or the post itself. If you have any products that you’re curious about and would like me to be the Test Hedgehog, be sure to contact me.

And as promised, if you’re interested in learning about your skin type, check out one of the following links:




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