bareMinerals Deep Cleansing Foam with RareMinerals ActiveSoil Complex
4.2 fl. oz. for $20
Last Updated:05.07.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

The name and marketing material for this cleanser lead you to believe the cleansing benefit is coming from its RareMinerals ActiveSoil Complex, but it isn’t. First, there is no such thing as “ActiveSoil,” it is merely a marketing term to make dirt sound fancy. Second, the ingredient label lists it as “soil minerals,” which means there is no way to know what is rare (if anything) about the dirt in this product or what you’re actually putting on your face. Just because it’s a mineral doesn’t mean it contains something rare—minerals can contain sulfur, lead, chlorides—how rare does that sound?

And last, the ingredients in this product that actually are responsible for cleansing your face are similar to the cleansing agents found in soap, and they are potentially too drying and irritating for any skin type.

This cleanser also contains an unusually high amount of alcohol, and the lavender oil causes further problems. Frankly, the only rare thing about this cleanser is that it is one of the worst ones we’ve reviewed in quite some time! (See More Info below for details on why irritation is bad for your skin).

  • None.
  • Drying, soap-like formula adds irritating alcohol to the mix (an odd choice for a cleanser).
  • The supposedly rare soil minerals have no special benefit for skin.
  • Contains two forms of skin-damaging lavender oil.

More info:

This contains lavender oil, and even small amounts can cause cell death and enhance oxidative damage, which takes its toll on your skin. Combined with the alcohol and the drying cleansing agents (including a high amount of potassium hydroxide, also known as lye), this cleanser offers little hope of improving your skin.


Deeply cleanse skin and lift away impurities with this luxurious cleanser. Powered by our 100% pure RareMinerals ActiveSoil Complex, this non-drying formula bursts into a rich lather when activated with water to deep clean pores, instantly refresh skin, and give you a naturally luminous glow.


Water, Stearic Acid, PEG-8, Myristic Acid, Glycerin, Potassium Hydroxide, Lauric Acid, Alcohol Denatured, Butylene Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Propanediol, Polyquaternium-7, Soil Minerals, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil (Glycine Soja), Trisodium EDTA, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil (Lavandula Angustifolia), Lavandula Hybrida Oil (Lavandula Hybrida), Linalool, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil (Vitis Vinifera), Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil (Persea Gratissima), Punica Granatum Seed Oil (Punica Granatum), Phytosteryl/Octyldodecyl Lauroyl Glutamate, Limonene, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil (Anthemis Nobilis), Averrhoa Carambola Leaf Extract (Averrhoa Carambola), Tocopherol

Brand Overview

Bare Escentuals At-a-Glance

Makeup is what this San Francisco-based cosmetics line is primarily about, and they use the pure and natural marketing angle to entice consumers. Founded in 1976 by Diane Ranger, who left the company in the early '90s Bare Escentuals was one of the first brands to introduce the concept of loose powder foundation. Since then, they have moved beyond it to include liquid foundations and tinted moisturizers and an ever expanding line of color cosmetics as well as skincare products.

The products are sold in most Sephora boutiques and Ulta stores, though the full selection of skincare products is most often found at the Bare Escentuals freestanding stores scattered throughout the United States.

We should note that loose powder makeup does take some practice to get the hang of—yet there is no denying that this type of foundation has its fan base. There is a lot to love about Bare Escentuals, even if mineral makeup isn’t your thing (especially their price ranges, which have remained affordable in comparison to many of their neighbors at Sephora).

Strengths: Good makeup removers; a few well-formulated powders with SPF; some nice eyeshadows and impressive mascaras; some impressive foundations; several elegant brush options; not too expensive.

Weaknesses: Some of the loose powder products have texture and finish concerns; some of the skincare contain potentially problematic ingredients.

For more information about Bare Escentuals, call 1.888.795.4747 or visit www.bareescentuals.com.

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Best cleanser...period!

Aside from BE exfoliating cleanser, this is the only other cleanser I use. I've tried others, but this is the ONLY one that powers effortlessly ,through even my stay-put, waterproof ones. Leaves my face totally clean. Might be a little much for people with very dry skin, but I use moisturizer after cleansing and face feels wonderfully clean and happy. Love it!

Reviewed by
Patricia R.
Amazing cleanser for a super sensitive skin

I have been using this product for about 1 week know. I have used neumorous products including the all natural recent Arbonne too to help my sensitivite skin that strated breaking out continuously for the past 4 months. Helplessly I went to my good old bare mineral store and explained my need. The store rep asked me to stop using every thing for 2 weeks and try this Deep Cleansing Foam for 2 wks. It has been only one wk since I strated using it and I havent had another pimple since then!!

Reviewed by
Mae J
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