Editor's Pick: The Soap-Free Cleansing Bar That Won't Dry Out Your Face

Don't be fooled by its shape. This vegan face wash clarifies, balances and moisturizes skin like a champ.

Editor's Pick: The Soap-Free Cleansing Bar That Won't Dry Out Your Face
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Every bar of soap I've ever used leaves my skin feeling dry and waxy. I've been conditioned to assume that if it's in the shape of a rectangle, I'll have that weird after-feeling on my skin. (My dermatologist growing up even recommended washing with Dial Gold to dry out my acne—it worked.) But despite its solid square form, I decided to try Drunk Elephant's Pekee Bar ($28) since I've heard nothing but amazing things about the vegan skincare brand.

Current Obsession: Drunk Elephant Peke Bar
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Lesson learned: Never judge a book—or bar soap—by its cover. This cleansing bar does the exact opposite of what I've experienced in the past. With a pH-balanced base, there's no stripping of the skin. Instead, you're left with a soft, moisturized visage that feels luxuriously clean.

Infused with blueberry extract, Marula oil and honey, the Pekee Bar packs a multipurpose punch by clarifying, balancing and moisturizing while also washing away pore-clogging impurities and excess oil. Amazingly enough, it does all that while being soap-free. (Don't fret though, you're still going to get a wonderful cleansing.) The brand's decision to exclude soap, fragrance and a bunch of other blacklisted items is what makes its products ideal for sensitive skin. 

Get ready to re-evaluate your idea of face wash with Drunk Elephant's Pekee Bar and buy it, here.

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