bareMinerals Purifying Facial Cleanser with RareMinerals ActiveSoil Complex
6 fl. oz. for $20
Last Updated:04.06.2015
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 the 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 “soil minerals,” which means there is no way to know what is rare (if anything) about the dirt in this product or to know 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 standard detergent cleansing agents. That’s just fine, but this cleanser also contains several fragrant plant extracts and two forms of irritating lavender oil. These ingredients stand a good chance of causing needless irritation, and irritation is the last thing your skin needs (see More Info below for details on why irritation is bad for your skin).

  • Contains gentle cleansing agents that remove makeup.
  • Rinses without leaving a residue.
  • Overpriced for what amounts to a standard cleanser.
  • Whether or not the dirt in this product is rare is irrelevant—there is no research showing soil is helpful for skin.
  • Formula contains several fragrant plant extracts and oils capable of causing irritation.

More info:

The fragrant plant extracts and two forms of lavender oil do not make this a gentle cleanser, although it does contain gentle cleansing agents. The fragrant plants and lavender cause irritation that hurts skin’s healing process and can be a problem when used around the eyes. Even small amounts of lavender oil can cause cell death and enhance oxidative damage, which takes its toll on your skin.


This gentle, purifying cleanser removes makeup, dissolves impurities and re-balances skin for a soft, smooth complexion. Powered by our 100% pure RareMinerals ActiveSoil Complex, this formula leaves skin feeling perfectly clean, instantly hydrated and renewed with a naturally luminous glow. Plus, it’s gentle enough for eye makeup removal.


Water, Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Sodium Lauroamphoacetate, Glycerin, Carbomer, Cetearyl Alcohol, Coco-Glucoside, Sodium Lauryl Glucose Carboxylate, Benzyl Alcohol, Soil Minerals, Punica Granatum Extract, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Actinidia Chinensis (Kiwi) Fruit Extract, Ananas Sativus (Pineapple) fruit Extract, Litchi Chinensis Fruit Extract, Garcinia Mangostana Fruit Extract, Zizyphus Jujuba Fruit Extract, Passiflora Incarnata Fruit Extract, Psidium Guajava Fruit Extract, Averrhoa Carambola Fruit Extract, Sodium Lauroyl Oat Amino Acids, Sodium Cocoyl Apple Amino Acids, Macadamia Integrifolia Seed Oil, Xylitylpolyglucosides, Anhydroxylitol, Xylitol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Cetyl Alcohol, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Lavandula Hybridia (Lavandin) Oil, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil, Linalool, Lauryl Glucoside, Tetrasodium EDTA

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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This product has been so perfect for my dry and sensitive skin. I am breakout and blemish free, unless I stop using it for a couple of days. It is gentle and refreshing :-) On bottle #2 or #3!

Reviewed by
Amanda d.
Gentle and effective cleanser

I am on my second bottle of this cleanser and I find that it works very well at removing my mineral makeup (Jane Iredale's) without stripping my skin.So far I have not experienced any irritation whatsoever and my skin looks clearer and feels softer that before using this cleanser. The lavender oil is at the very bottom of the list and I can barely smell it. Moreover we are talking about a cleanser, that is to say a product that gets wash off and none of the ingredients stay on your skin for lon

Reviewed by
Alice T.

I only tried this as I received a free sample. (a fairly large one). This was so so as a foundation remover but HAD to be followed up with a real cleanser to really clean your face. No odor but any Paula's Choice cleanser will do the job in one step much better (as will Clinique's Foaming Face Wash with better results). Don't waste your money!

Reviewed by
Erin G.
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