Face & Body Cleanser $15.00

Foaming formula that cleans without removing good bacteria.
3.4 fl oz - TSA Compliant
Rated 4.84 out of 5 based on 37 customer ratings
(37 customer reviews)
Rated 4.84 out of 5
Certified for compatibility with the skin's natural microbiome.

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6.8 fl oz (200mL)
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Clinically researched:

Easily removes dirt, oil, and makeup without drying or stripping.

Suitable for dry, oily, and sensitive skin types.

Enhances the results of the AO+ Mist.

Preservative-free. Family-friendly. Plant-based.

3.4 Ounces (100ml) TSA Friendly

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We've long believed that bacteria on the skin are harmful.
Lathering agents, chemicals, & preservatives in soaps and cleansers remove important oils and good bacteria from our skin.


As we've gotten "cleaner", we're having more problems with our skin.


Just like our gut needs good bacteria to be healthy, the same is true for our skin.

This cleanser is the first one ever to be formulated to preserve the good bacteria naturally found on the skin.

face & body

Use like you would any other face cleanser or body wash. Pump into your hands, lather onto wet skin and rinse.

misc. uses

Users also find it works great for removing makeup & as a shaving cream.
less is more

No need to lather up head to toe. Focus on key areas that actually get sweaty and dirty.


Fewer products.
Deodorants & moisturizers are the most common products removed from routines.


Great for all skin types.
Users across all types notice improvements in their skin's

Healthier-looking skin.
Users also notice a difference in the look and feel of their skin

Shorter showers.
55% of users are able to take shorter showers with fewer

LESS THAN 10 Ingredients

Aqua (Water), Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Lauramidopropyl Betaine (plant-based cleanser), Coco Glucoside (plant-based cleanser), Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Glycerin (moisture-binding), Hydroxypropylcellulose (thickener), Hydrolyzed Quinoa (moisture-binding)

All plant-based ingredients

We don't use preservatives in any of our formulas, and we source pure, unpreserved raw ingredients.

Because preservatives function to prevent bacterial growth in formulas. On the skin, they have a big impact on the bacterial ecosystem.
Shelf life

Because we don't use
preservatives, our products have a
shelf life.

No refrigeration necessary.

Best used by:
8 weeks after opening.


Every ingredient and formula is screened with a unique process we've developed to ensure it is friendly to the ecosystem of the skin, the skin microbiome


The most sensitive bacteria we test with are AOBs (the same bacteria found in the AO+ Mist). AOBs play a keystone role in the skin's ecosystem.


It's not just about skin care, it's
about skin health.

This is why our research partner, AOBiome, is dedicated to clinical research on AOBs as a treatment for skin disorders.

Our mission is to develop products that restore and nurture the skin biome. To do this, we had to develop strict criteria and processes for ingredient selection, formulation, packaging, and manufacturing.

We use AOB as our core measurement for testing biome-friendliness. Here's what that means: AOB are one of the most sensitive microorganisms on our skin. Because of this, we believe by formulating a product that's friendly to AOB means that it will also be friendly to the other delicate microorganisms of the biome as well.

We've developed a patent-pending assay that we use to screen all our ingredients and the final formula to ensure that it's A-OK for AOBs.
One of our early findings was that preservatives have a negative affect on AOB. This shouldn't be surprising because preservatives exist for the sole purpose of preventing bacteria and other microorganisms from growing in products. No wonder AOB didn't do well with preservatives, and why you won't find them in our formulas.

In theory, the motivation for including preservatives is a good one, but at the time, we didn't know what potential effect preservatives have on our skin biome. This is a new factor to consider.
This goes beyond our screening process. When sourcing ingredients, we've found many raw materials on their own already come with a preservative. We had to be very careful about our process to make sure we were always starting with unpreserved raw materials.
We develop products that nurture and feed a living ecosystem, without ingredients meant to inhibit or kill. This is why our products all come with an expiration date that's counted in weeks, not years.
We had to recreate parts of this process. We manufacture and package our products with strict criteria to ensure that they are 100% pure when they arrive at your door.

Our packaging is selected for maximal protection of the product inside, requiring us to use pharmaceutical grade packaging for products like the AO+ Mist. We include an expiration date on each product so that you know when to discard them.
Learn more about our forumaltion process and products at BiomeFriendly.com
Do I need to refrigerate it? The cleanser is not temperature sensitive. While refrigeration will give you a cool lather, it will not extend the shelf life, which is 8 weeks after the first pump of the bottle.

Does the cleanser contain live bacteria? The cleanser does not contain live AOB, but it's specifically formulated to nurture the good bacteria that you get from your AO+ Mist, keeping your scalp biome healthy.

Can I still use my shaving cream, and/or moisturizer? Yes. We'll never recommend that you abandon products you love. We encourage you to experiment and see what works best for you. As best practice, we recommend applying the Mist as the very last step in your cleansing and skincare routine, after all other products have had a moment to absorb.

Mother Dirt Shampoo and Cleanser were designed specifically to be compatible with the AO+ Mist, and most off-the-shelf products are not considered biome-friendly. Some oils, such as coconut oil, are biome-friendly (as long as they are preservative and added-fragrance free), and will not harm the good bacteria on the skin.

Is the Cleanser scented? The Cleanser has a very light scent of rosewater (one of the ingredients).

Is the Cleanser okay to use on my kids? The Cleanser and Mother Dirt products are safe for use on children. Our ingredients are on each of the product pages, please feel free to run them by a pediatrician or doctor if you would like.

37 reviews for Face & Body Cleanser

  1. Rated 2 out of 5


    I love the product- hate how little you get for the price. Too bad it’s not “dirt” cheap… I would switch to only using this forever. But you get so little use out of it for $16!!! I am willing to bet that at lower prices and larger bottles… Millions more people would be using this…. But it’s just not worth it. And will probably never get big because it’s just too expensive for how little product you get. If you (mother dirt company) ever decide to change this, there is a HUGE potential market where I come from, and I would even love to be a distributer for you…. Just a thought (but it’s never going to happen unless you change the size of your bottle and the amount of product)

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Robert M

    I’ve been using the cleanser for three weeks and my skin feels great. I’ve always used what I thought were beneficial soaps (natural) but this is so much better. It does not foam up like conventionsal soap and does have a slight scent which disapates after being washed off. After I dry off, my skin feels much smoother and stays that way for most of the day. Great stuff!

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Devin (verified owner)

    A great change. I have been using the cleanser for a few months, it is light and prefect for cleaning my face, and entire body. The light fragrance free foam leaves my face clean and just right, not dry as with other cleaners. I am a happy customer.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Talib (verified owner)

    My only wish is that it came in larger containers… I’ve been all over the spectrum with cleansers and I’m an obsessive ‘have to be and smell clean’ person. The cleanser is remarkably gentle and leaves me feeling and smelling super clean – for an unbelievably long time. And while I’m not quite ready to give up the sun, the cleanser and the mist have helped improve my complexion significantly.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Chris (verified owner)

    Been using the cleanser for a while now – it took some adapting (getting used to the fact that it doesn’t EXPLODE with lather, for example), but it works great. I feel clean without smelling like chemical perfumes, and my skin is in far better shape. Especially relevant for me since I spend a lot of time in the gym, so how often and with what I clean up are doubly important.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Karen M (verified owner)

    I started using the cleanser as soon as it was available from AO+.
    I had been a mist user from the beginning and was really looking forward to the added benefits of the cleanser; and I was not disappointed!!
    I must be allergic to whatever makes soap “soap” because I’ve not ever found a cleanser that doesn’t irritate my sensitive body parts, until Ao+!!
    It does not dry or irritate or inflame my skin like all other soaps do – I use it on my face as well – it’s been great for me. Gentle foaming, light fragrance, even takes my makeup off.
    I haven’t found any issues with expiration of the cleanser past the month, if there’s more in the container, I use it, and it’s fine.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Deborah (verified owner)

    I have used the cleanser since it hit the market, and I am lost without it. It takes off my face makeup and lipstick, and I shower with it. It is rich, creamy, and effective without stripping my skin of all the good stuff that Mother Nature puts there. When I have to use regular soap, my skin feels tight and unpleasant afterwards, so I try hard not to run out of it.

  8. Rated 4 out of 5

    Bill M (verified owner)

    A great way to preserve the skin biome and still feel clean! I would give it five stars but it doesn’t quite hold enough soap to get me through the month: I end up having to buy two containers. Like most of the soap’s reviewers, I’ve been happy with it: it’s a biome-friendly soap that doesn’t cause any irritation and does a good job. PLEASE SELL THIS IN A BIGGER CONTAINER.

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    Charlotte (verified owner)

    As a traveler, I often have issues with dryness during my stays in hotels. The cleanser is effective in cleansing my skin without drying it out and I like the absence of fragrance. I use the mist which does an amazing job of controlling body odor. I haven’t had to use deodorant in ages!

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    Hari S (verified owner)

    Very gentle on my dry skin. My face doesn’t get oily anymore.

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    Linda (verified owner)

    Love it! Have not used deodorant since I started using the cleanser. And, deodorant never really lasted long enough for me anyway. So wonderful to know that it is safe and natural too. The shampoo is great for me, I swim a lot and it takes and sand and salt out of my hair like no shampoo has been able to. Thank you Mother D.

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    Amy F (verified owner)

    I started using the Mother Dirt cleanser as soon as it was made available. I appreciate that it preserves the skin biome, which translates into longer effectiveness of the mist. It works well. I appreciate that the product is free of any artificial masking fragrances. Haven’t had an issue with expiration.

  13. Rated 4 out of 5

    Stephanie (verified owner)

    I became interested in supporting my skin biome in 2014. I started using the AO+ Mist in 2014 and subsequently the cleansing products with satisfactory results. Personally, I have not had any major skin issues to notice any substantial change; however, I trust the ingredients more than I do conventional products. I occasionally find I still need to resort to traditional shampoo after a week or two, but the cleanser has been entirely adequate. I believe that in the future we’ll learn even more about our skin biomes and how to care for them, and I am interested in voting with my money in support of companies who prioritize this kind of thinking with their products. Thank you!

  14. Rated 5 out of 5

    Lucy (verified owner)

    The Mother Dirt cleanser (along with the rest of their products) is amazing! It’s so gentle and versatile– I use it on my face, my body, my hands, and to shave with. Since I started using the mist, shampoo and cleanser combo last year, my skin looks much clearer and less flaky. It’s like no other product!

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    Becky C

    I was SHOCKED at how easily and quickly the face & body cleanser removed my makeup. There was a lot of it (think, night out on the town) and it came off in one wash. Very impressive.

  16. Rated 5 out of 5

    Erica K

    I was both intrigued and excited when I learned about these biome friendly products. This cleanser is very gentle for someone who suffers from incredibly sensitive skin like myself. I have problematic skin and this has worked well to calm and rebalance my skin. I look forward to watching the changes in my skin as I continue to use it. I was worried about it being able to remove makeup, I wear a tinted moisturizer and mineral powder during the day but it leaves my skin nice a clean with no residue. I highly recommend this product. Especially when used in conjunction with the AO Mist.

  17. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jeff (verified owner)

    It is a super light foaming cleanser that works good with the mist. My water is harder on the aob’s than this mist. Got a vitamin C filter.

  18. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kylie L (verified owner)

    I love the cleanser. I have been using it along with mist for about four months now. It preserves my micro-biome while effectively cleaning my naturally oily skin without drying it out or leaving residue. Using both products has lead to significant reduction in the problem skin on my arms. These products are life changing and have helped my skin more any of the numerous products I was using before.

  19. Rated 5 out of 5

    Amanda (verified owner)

    I’ve been consistently using the cleanser and mist for almost a year. I have very sensitive skin, and I love how the cleanser washes my face in the morning without stripping it and making it too dry. The scent is barely there and pleasant. I have concerns about all of the chemicals in regular soaps at the supermarket, and even the natural food stores. I feel confident this cleanser is good for my body!

  20. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jack (verified owner)

    I’ve been using this for a few months now, and I’ve been perfectly happy with it. It feels very light and minimal – just enough to leave you feeling (and smelling) clean, but presumably without disturbing or removing the micro-biome you’re trying to maintain. Seems to have very minimal and natural ingredients, and doesn’t have any overpowering fragrances or anything. I would agree with other reviewers that it does leave your skin feeling a bit less dry and more supple in general, as opposed to using regular soaps or body washes. Good stuff!

  21. Rated 5 out of 5

    Dina (verified owner)

    I really love this product– it’s the only soap I use on my face and body. It actually cleans without making my skin dry and itchy (a problem I have in the winter) and has no smell which I really like. I love the convenience of only using one product for both face and body. I only wish it was offered in a larger package since I use about 2-3 of these per month! I use this together with the mist and my skin is much softer than it’s ever been and no need for moisturizer.

  22. Rated 5 out of 5

    Mark (verified owner)

    I’ve been using the Cleanser for about 9 months and I love the smell! It also leaves very little residue on my skin and makes you feel fresh and clean. It’s the perfect way to start the day and also know that you are still being easy on your skin and biome.

  23. Rated 5 out of 5

    Nicole (verified owner)

    Great cleanser. It is gentle, effective, and doesn’t kill the bacteria!

  24. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jess (verified owner)

    Love this cleanser. I have used very drying products on my face for years, leaving me with skin that was both oily and dry- and still with problems. The combination of this and the spray were great- my skin tone and texture improved greatly, as did my other concerns. Great product.

  25. Rated 5 out of 5

    Eric (verified owner)

    The cleanser and shampoo work great for cleaning off dirt and grime but leaving my skin feeling normal. Works great with the AO+ Mist.

  26. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jim (verified owner)

    Works great with the AO mist. Gentle cleaning, sweet and not strong smelling, and of course doesn’t dry my skin. Highly recommended.

  27. Rated 5 out of 5

    Lara (verified owner)

    I’ve always had trouble with trying “gentle” cleansers. They were generally ineffective at actually removing all my makeup, left my skin feeling like I still needed to wash it, or irritated my skin or eyes even more than using plain handsoap. This is the first product I’ve ever tried that managed to actually deliver on the “gentle cleanser” promise. Hooked for life.

  28. Rated 5 out of 5

    Stacey (verified owner)

    I love your face wash, I use it every day, and it has totally helped to balance my skin. I used to feel like my skin had patches of dryness, but now everything feels even and I don’t need to moisturize, and my face doesn’t feel greasy. When I first switched, I broke out a lot, but I think it was just my skin getting used to a new product. Thank you, I love this product!!

  29. Rated 5 out of 5

    Karsten (verified owner)

    I love this cleanser! I had been looking for a facial cleanser that didn’t have a long list of ingredients I couldn’t pronounce. This one is it! I also love that it’s gentle, fragrance-free, and won’t damage my microbiome like other cleansers might. I’m now getting this on Autoship. Worth it!

  30. Rated 5 out of 5

    Shannon R

    I’ve been using the cleanser and shampoo for over 6 weeks and love both products. The cleanser makes my skin feel clean without using but a couple of pumps for my entire body! It has truly transformed the way I go about my daily cleansing routine, for the better might I add!

  31. Rated 5 out of 5

    Wes (verified owner)

    This is a great product. I’ve been a user of the AO+ Mist for almost a year and saw great results. But I am a shower lover, and I know certain practices and products can damage the biome. With the cleanser (and shampoo), this isn’t a problem anymore. I thought my skin was great before, but after using the cleanser my skin started to improve even more. If you are a user of the Mist, give this product a shot to.

  32. Rated 5 out of 5


    I first read about Mother Dirt products in Bloomberg Magazine. I ordered all three; the mist, shampoo and cleanser and have been using all three for about a month. I used to shampoo daily which left my hair striped of its natural oils. Now I shampoo every other day with fantastic results. My hair is soft and shiney. The cleanser and mister are used after I shower and my skin also feels much smoother and softer. These are great products!

  33. Rated 5 out of 5

    Mike (verified owner)

    I have been using the mist ever since the New York Times ran an article about it. More recently, I started using the Mother Dirt body cleanser and shampoo. They both are great complements to the mist. Now, I cleanse both my hair and body followed up with the mist. The results are fantastic. My skin never looked so good!

  34. Rated 4 out of 5

    shanda (verified owner)

    I like it! My only comment is that it’s too much cleanser to use within the expiration time period. I want to be eco friendly and minimize packaging and shipping etc, but don’t like the idea of having to throw out product. And since I’m showering less these days (thank you Mist!) I think I’m going to have a lot left over. I will update this review when my cleanser and shampoo expire.

  35. Rated 5 out of 5

    matlgrl (verified owner)

    Just started using the shampoo and it is so wonderful. I can’t say enough about how good it is. My hair feels soft and very clean without feeling like it has been stripped of all life. Have been using the body and facial wash for a couple of weeks and have the same opinion – thinking it is so very great. I feel as if I am clean without being stripped of all the natural oils my body wants to protect me with. I will definitely want to use these products over and over again. Thank you for making such a superior product.

  36. Rated 5 out of 5

    John (verified owner)

    These products are great! The shampoo cleans but doesn’t strip and I only use it about every other day with no oily look at all in between. I don’t use a conditioner. The body wash cleans effectively as well but doesn’t leave your skin oily or with any residue. I love them both and it’s great they have no scent. Neither product seems to sting the eyes if you get a little in. Each bottle goes a long way

  37. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kerry (verified owner)

    I love these products! They are both gentle but effective. The cleanser is a light foaming cleanser – it has a nice foam that is great for face and body (I sometimes use it for shaving too). The shampoo is a thicker gel, easy to use. Neither products have any fragrance, but they both have a very light, natural, scent that reminds me of grapefruit. They leave my skin and scalp feeling clean but not stripped dry. Love!

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