Skin Cleanse & S.W. Basics Cleanser

Often less is more, especially when it comes to skin care products for sensitive skin. For several months I had been using a DIY cleanser with a rosewater base from a recipe in Skin Cleanse by Adina Grigore. (The signed edition of the book is available on the S.W. Basics website.) When I ran out of my last batch of DIY cleanser, I decided to try the S.W. Basics Cleanser as it also has a rosewater base.

Skin Cleanse is a back to the basics book by the founder of S.W. Basics, formerly Sprout Wellness. The book focuses primarily on DIY and doesn’t attempt to promote her own product line. In fact several of the products from her line are based in part on the DIY recipes contained in the book. Many of the recipes are very simple using only a few ingredients that are both easy to find and priced affordably.  (I’ve been disappointed in other natural beauty DIY recipe books that contain recipes with long lists of hard to find, expensive ingredients that end up setting you back more than the cost of a high-end commercially sold product). S.W. Basics also now carries several DIY essentials on their website.

It’s not just a recipe book though, it also takes you through the “skin cleanse”, focusing both on what you ingest into your body and what you apply on it, and how this impacts your skin. While I felt I was already very conscious about what I put into and on my body, I never really took the time to analyze the impact of different foods on my skin. With Skin Cleanse you are the test subject and the book encourages you to focus on what works for your particular skin.

The S.W. Basics Cleanser is a simple formula with only three ingredients – rosewater, glycerin, and tea tree oil. You apply it with cotton and then rinse it off. I’ve been using this as a morning cleanse. I apply it, let it sit for several minutes, and then rinse it off in the shower. Since it is a liquid it rinses off easily and the rosewater/glycerin base leaves the skin lightly moisturized.

I was initially concerned that the tea tree oil might cause some sensitivity.  I usually prefer that my facial cleansers do not contain essential oils. However, I did not have a negative reaction. In addition several spots on my face cleared up after the first week of using this cleanser. I’m very sensitive to smells and did not notice a strong tea tree oil scent when applying this.

I initially tried the 1 oz mini size but have since purchased the full 4 oz version. Both are packaged in a glass bottle. I realize some people are concerned about having to use disposable cotton balls or squares to apply product. If this is an issue for you S.W. Basics makes re-useable cotton rounds that are machine washable. Alternatively, you can make your own re-useable cotton rounds/squares by cutting up cotton fabric into rounds or squares.

You can also find select S.W. Basics products available locally at Target and online at, Dermstore, and petitvour.