Last Updated on November 11, 2021
EDITOR’S NOTE: Updated with additional information after several members of our household used these face washes for a prolonged time.
Aldi has a small selection of Regular Buy personal care products sold under its Lacura brand. They include sunscreen, razors and day and night cream. Aldi has carried a Lacura facial cleanser for years, but during a recent shopping trip, I noticed Aldi appeared to have updated its facial cleanser options.
In addition to the old familiar Lacura Hydrating Facial Cleanser (which some readers are reporting they can no longer find on the shelves), Aldi is selling two new face care products: Lacura Cleansing Exfoliating Scrub and Lacura Foaming Gel Cleanser. Like the original facial cleanser, these are Regular Buys that are in the store all year.
Several members of my family used both of these new products for a while to see how we liked them. I thought they were decent, but one family member who has more sensitive skin found both of these formulas to be overly drying. As a result, after I used up both containers myself, I’ve moved to purchasing different brands at a regular grocery store that don’t have a drying effect on skin. If Aldi went back to selling its old face wash formula, I’d happily switch back to buying facial cleanser at Aldi.
With that said, here’s a closer look at both new options:
Lacura Cleansing Exfoliating Scrub
This scrub is $2.79 for a 7-oz. stand-up tube dispenser (about 40 cents per ounce). It says it compares to Johnson & Johnson’s Clean & Clear Deep Action Exfoliating Scrub, which at the time of publication cost $4.97 for a 5-oz. container or $9.64 for a 2-pack from Walmart (about 99 cents per ounce and 96 cents per ounce, respectively). Aldi’s older Lacura Hydrating Facial Cleanser rings up at $3.19 for an 8.45-ounce bottle (about 38 cents per ounce), making it a slightly better deal than the new Lacura Cleansing Exfoliating Scrub.
The Aldi scrub claims to be oil free, soap free, paraben free, and good for all skin types. It was made in Germany and is dermatologically tested and was not tested on animals. It contains allantoin and white lily extract, with exfoliating particles made from mild jojoba pearls.
It can be used in the morning and evening. To use it, wet your face and gently massage the scrub onto the face using small circular motions, then rinse. Avoid direct contact with eyes, and if eye contact occurs rinse thoroughly with water. The container recommends following up with Lacura Q10 Day Cream or Night Cream.
This has a nice, not-overpowering scent, and it has a cooling effect on the skin. The small exfoliating particles give your skin a good scrub, which makes this cleanser different from what Aldi has offered in the past.
Lacura Foaming Gel Cleanser
This is $2.79 for an 8.45-oz. bottle with a pump dispenser (about 33 cents per ounce). It says it compares to Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Cleanser, which at the time of publication cost $9.07 for 6.7 ounces at Walmart (about $1.35 per ounce). Aldi’s original Lacura Hydrating Facial Cleanser rings up at $3.19 for an 8.45-ounce bottle (about 38 cents per ounce), making this new Lacura Foaming Gel Cleanser a slightly better deal.
The Aldi cleanser claims to be both a makeup remover and cleanser in one that is good for all skin types. Like the scrub mentioned above, this is dermatologically tested and was not tested on animals. It was manufactured in Luxembourg, and it is free of soap, oil, alcohol, and parabens. It also is noncomedogenic and hypoallergenic.
To use it, wet your hands and face with warm water, pump the cleanser into your hands, and work it into a lather. Gently massage onto the face using small circular motions, then rinse well and pat dry. Avoid direct contact with eyes, and if eye contact occurs rinse thoroughly with water. The container recommends following up with Lacura Q10 Day Cream or Night Cream.
This has a very mild scent. It’s a clear gel, and it forms light suds when rubbed into the skin, which makes it different from Aldi’s other long-time facial cleanser that is a white cream that does not foam.
Aldi’s new Lacura facial scrub and facial cleanser both cost significantly less than their name-brand Clean & Clear and Neutrogena counterparts. Both have mild scents, and you can choose whether you want an exfoliating product or a basic cleanser. Be aware that if your skin is on the sensitive side, these cleansers may have a drying effect.