4.01.2014

Solid Cleansers for Brushes and Beauty Blenders (Options and Reviews)



So a couple of weeks ago, I shared a showdown between brushes and Beauty Blenders--see that here. And I thought I would follow it up with every makeup fanatics' least favorite chore: cleaning those brushes. Everyone has her own method, be it baby shampoo, olive oil, etc. But I am incredibly impatient, so using a solid cleanser for my brushes and Beauty Blender makes the boring cleaning process a little faster. A solid cleanser is exactly what it sounds like--it isn't liquid or suspended liquid, and it stays solid. Today I'm sharing with you several options for solid cleansers. Can you believe I used to make my own? Ha! I'm so glad I can purchase them, and I have something for every budget. Enjoy.



























Clean Brush Shampoo with Goats Milk
  • $15 for 2 oz., $20 for 4 oz size
  • available in 5 types: unscented, lavender, lemon, rose, grapefruit (limited ed)
  • I have only used the lavender-scented one, and loved it, so I cannot vouch for the scents of the others
  • ingredients: Glycerin, palm oil, coconut oil, goat’s milk powder, titanium dioxide, tea tree oil & lavender essential oil. GMO-free and the glycerin is Kosher
  • great for eye and face brushes and Beauty Blenders
  • goats milk naturally whitens brushes
  • Pros: nice large size, works well
  • Cons: none, unless you're against animal by-products



























Blender Cleanser Solid by Beauty Blender
  • $15.95 for 1 0z
  • faint lavender scent that isn't as strong as the Clean one.
  • great for brushes of all types and Beauty Blenders
  • ingredients: Sodium Palmate, Sodium Palm Kernelate, Water, Gylcerin, Coconut acid,Titanium Dioxide, Palmitic Acid, fragrance, Sodium Chloride, Tetraspdoi, EDTA, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder
  • Pros: it has a tray which helps to dry the cleanser faster
  • Cons: price, these seem to run out very quickly.


























The Masters Brush Cleaner & Preserver
  • $5.95 for 1 oz (pictured), $9.95 for 2.5 oz
  • citrus scent
  • This was the first solid cleanser I ever purchased, and it was created for artists' brushes.
  • Pros: very inexpensive, easy to find (try any craft store or art supply store), great for tough-to-remove makeup stains
  • Cons: small size of container makes it useless for face brushes, and difficult for Beauty Blenders once the product gets low in the container; can leave a film on brushes if not cleaned off thoroughly



























Clean Brush Shampoo with Olive Oil
  • $15 for 2 0z, $20 for 4 oz
  • available in 5 types: unscented (pictured), lavender, lemon, rose, grapefruit (limited ed)
  • ingredients: Olive oil, glycerin, palm oil, tea tree oil. coconut oil, safflower oil
  • great for brushes of all types and Beauty Blenders
  • Pros: works best with natural brushes and brushes/sponges that do not have creme products (like foundation or concealer) in them
  • Cons: I felt it took longer to clean any brush/blender that was dirty due to creme products














Soap
  • This super-affordable and accessible cleaner works well in a pinch. I don't use this regularly.
  • While I prefer glycerin-based soaps, I've been able to use any gentle soap with no problems. I just make sure there is no residue.
OVERALL:
  • I have used these products for years (the Clean since June) and have experienced no reactions from them, and my brushes are still in great condtion.
  • I use the Clean Shampoo or Beauty Blender cleanser the most often, but have used the other options successfully. It all comes down to personal preference.

Benefits of a Solid Cleanser:
  • great for travel (no spills, no liquid)
  • most have disinfectants in them, as opposed to just cleaning ingredients
  • less product is wasted
  • MUCH faster
  • really cleans and removes any product buildup
  • scent as not as heavy as with alcohol-based products

How to Use:
  • Wet brush or sponge. Swoosh in jar. Rinse and repeat (if needed). Dry flat.
  • I make sure there is no water in the solid cleanser container, and usually leave the top off for a bit.

52 comments:

  1. Great post and really helpful! I think I may try the one for artist brushes or the goat one when I run out of the Beauty Blender cleanser!

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  2. Never heard of a solid cleanser before. I guess you learn something new every day. Thanks of the post.

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  3. nice post :) I need to try some of those soon :)

    www.magdalennes.blogspot.com

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  4. Thanks lady . Very informative

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  5. I've been using the Masters one for awhile, and I really do like it.

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  6. Thanks for another great post, Elle...I honestly never heard of solid cleanser before this!

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  7. It's the first time I heard of something like this. :) As you already know, I don't use my brushes often, so I am not in any particular rush of cleaning them (I just do it a few hours after I used them...). I've been a fan of Dr Bronner liquid soap so far - it always did the job and I always have some around. Very curious about these cleansers, though. Need to look them up. x

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  8. i use regular ol' soap. i heard i shouldn't but so far, it hasn't damaged my bristles at all.

    -kathy
    Vodka and Soda

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  9. very informative and interesting post thanks for sharing!

    www.mybeautysleuth.com

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  10. I'm so glad you posted about this. I have been trying to find a less messy solution to brush cleaning! I'm all over this! :)

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  11. Oh man, I learn so much from reading your blog! I was just using shampoo and didn't even know these existed!

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    http://fleuryina.blogspot.de

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  13. Great review! Thanks for taking the time to get to share it with us!
    By you, I know what to buy for subsequent purchases!


    Regards,
    Katherine Unique


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  14. I have never heard of a solid cleanser before, but I would like to try one of these :)

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  15. Great post!! I've been looking for a decent brush cleaner. I've been using a liquid and I just don't feel like it does a good job.

    <3, Pamela
    sequinsandseabreezes.blogspot.com

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  16. I so wish that we got any one of these here, they sound really lovely. Happy April!

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  17. This is my first time hearing about these products. Thanks for introducing them.
    Beautetude

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  18. Interesting. I really need to clean my brushes more. I actually would like to start with a new set.

    Allie of ALLIE NYC
    allienyc.com

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  19. I hadn't heard of a solid cleanser before! Thanks for the reviews.

    -Sharon
    The Tiny Heart
    Cookbook Giveaway!

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  20. I have never heard of solid cleansers before! Now I am curious and am going to have to try it out!

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  21. I love my soild beauty blender cleanser. I should try some of these cheaper alternatives!

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  22. Interesting. I just use baby shampoo myself. I'd love to give solid cleansers a try though, just to compare :-)

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  23. It's amazing you can make them too! You are so impressive!

    The solid option seems much nicer to me, especially for travel.

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  24. great review! always love your reviews <3

    http://www.cindyslittleblackbook.com

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  25. I have the master's brush cleaner, and I love it! I agree about the beauty blender cleaner; it's just too expensive. Great comparisons! xoxo

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  26. I have used the blender cleanser before. It did a great job I thought but it is kind of pricey.

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  27. i so need to get the beauty blender - it's been on my list of things to buy for quite some time!! you are the push I need to make that purchase!!

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  28. I never would've even thought of using a solid. You learn something new every day! :)

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  29. I just started using my beauty blender again and I was thinking about how to clean it the other day, great post!

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  30. I usually don't clean my brushes all too much since I hardly use them but I am lovin' these options. I like the olive one the best!
    www.speakstyleandrock.com

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  31. I've never heard of solid cleansers, but now I'm curious to try one! I've always used shampoo to clean my makeup brushes, although I will admit that I don't even do this often enough.

    ~Jacy
    www.lovelenore.com

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  32. Wow, I'd never heard of solid cleansers, but they are just what I need. Thanks, Elle!

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  33. Wow. There are a lot of cleansers to choose from. Thanks for the share.

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  34. I haven't used any of these before. I typically use hydrogen peroxide, dawn and water. Thanks for sharing I'll have to look for them.

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  35. I hadn't heard of solid cleanser before- but I LOVE this idea. Gonna check it out- you're right, would be great for travel!

    -Ashley
    http://lestylorouge.com

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  36. I have not used any of these before. Might have to check some out!

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  37. i want to try the first one! great review.
    xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  38. I have never heard of these before but now I need one!!

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  39. My favorite solid clenser for my beuty blender is Dr. Bronners magic soap. Litterally takes seconds.

    katespitz.blogspot.com

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  40. I didn't even know these existed! Good to know...I will have to try them!

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  41. Hmmm, interesting. I usually clean mine with a honeysuckle-scented soap, so whenever I use the brush, I smell honeysuckle!

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  42. I just started using the unscented Dr. Bronners baby bar soap to clean my brushes and it works amazingly! Even for the beauty blender! Really, I don't think I'll be looking for any other cleanser going forward

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  43. These sound amazing. I will have to try them.
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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  44. I need to try these out, thanks for the honest review as always!

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  45. I've never tried a solid cleanser! Sounds like I am missing out :)

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  46. I started using soap bars after reading about the Master brush cleanser. I was browsing to find a soap with as less ingredients as possible. I found on that has oil and glycerin and it works really great. Not sure if it has disinfectant properties but I'll do some research on that. I do find it makes my brushes really clean in no-time. Thanks for the overview.

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  47. I must be a very sad person indeed because I really enjoy cleaning my brushes! It's a Sunday morning ritual for me. I still can't get my head around these solid cleanser though. For me nothing beats Dr Bronner.

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  48. Never used them before. I think I must try one of those :)
    http://naturelbellefemme.blogspot.com

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  49. Great blog post! & I am glad to see such awesome things being said!! :)
    -Jessicca
    Owner, Clean Brush Shampoo

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