Face wipes can be very helpful makeup tools and although they are not the best method to clean your face, they could help with that too. They have become a beauty item that almost everyone has, even those who are not daily makeup wearers. They are so convenient and fast to use and a lot of them are cheap too. With so many of them in the market it can be hard to choose until you look at their ingredients contained and then the choice becomes much easier.
I’ve previously wrote about the B. Pure Sensitive Micellar Cleansing Wipes vs Superdrug Cleansing Sensitive Facial Wipes – Which ones are best?, Nivea Makeup Cleansing Wipes – In-depth Review and Ingredient Analyses and Misfit Cosmetics Wake Up Your Skin and Face Wipes – In Depth Review and Ingredient Analysis and although they were all good enough to do the job, there was always something missing or not great about them, mostly ingredient-wise.
So, the search continues and in this post we will be looking at the Burt’s and Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes with Cotton Extract. Are they any good and should you spend your money and time? Let’s find out.
The Burt’s and Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes with Cotton Extract come in plastic packaging of high quality. It has a simple flowery design but looks nice and elegant.
The wipes are held inside the packaging with a sticky lid that is reusable and works well.
Overall, although these wipes are not especially beautiful, the packaging has a presence to it that makes it appear superior to many others in the market.
One pack of the Burt’s and Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes with Cotton Extract contains 30 wipes and retails for £6.50. They are definitely not cheap but neither as expensive as some higher end ones.
Considering though that they have the same big negative, containing alcohol denat. as the Nivea MicellAIR Wipes but are also twice the price, sort of means that they are not worth the money. Sure they have more nourishing ingredients but a cleanser is supposed to just cleanse plus the Nivea MicellAIR Wipes have an easier time cleaning.
Texture, Colour and Shape
The wipes have a square type of shape and although they are moist, they are not as moist as some other ones in the market.
The cloth material is soft and nice to use on the delicate face skin and the material is neither too thin or too thick. One wipe is 17.5cm x 18.7cm big (or 6.9” x 7.4”).
The Burt’s and Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes with Cotton Extract have a soft refreshing smell which is pleasant. The scent comes naturally from the ingredients contained, there is no added fragrance.
If you read any of my previous wipe posts I always choose the sensitive wipes because it’s always a good idea to treat your skin as sensitive even if it’s not. Cleansing products should be gentle and the sensitive ones tend to have the kindest formulations.
These wipes are compatible for all skin types. Avoid using cosmetics on broken skin. If you are concerned consult with a medical doctor first.
These wipes are cruelty free and last for 12M.
Here’s what the brand says about the product:
“In one simple step, our Sensitive Facial Cleansing Towelettes remove dirt, oil and make-up while toning your skin. Softens and soothes with cotton extract, rice extract and aloe, these 99.1% natural cleansing cloths are gentle enough to use every day on sensitive skin. After cleansing your face with these wipes, no rinsing is necessary, so you can use these face wipes anytime, anywhere. Fragrance-free, hypoallergenic, allergy-tested and dermatologist tested, these makeup remover wipes are specially designed for sensitive skin. Use this 30-count pack as part of our Sensitive skin care regimen. Put the power of nature to work for your skin.
- 30 count pack of 99.1% natural, FSC certified cloth towelettes
- Soften and soothe with cotton extract, rice extract and aloe
- Remove dirt, oil and make-up without rinsing
- Fragrance free, hypoallergenic and allergy-tested face wipes
- Dermatologist tested and ophthalmologist-tested cleansing wipes”
Practicality of use – user experience
The Burt’s and Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes with Cotton Extract are easy and pleasant to use. The packaging reseals easily and keeps them moist for a long time.
These towelettes cleaned out left over dirt nicely without leaving the skin dry. However, they were not moist enough to clean out an entire face of makeup and perhaps the formulation is also a little too gentle for that. That’s not to say that they couldn’t but you would need more wipes to do so than with other wipes in the market. However, we can’t really judge them too much by this because you really shouldn’t be using them on a face full of makeup anyways!
Wipes are better used to clean the face in the morning or before skincare in the night, after the face has already been cleaned with a wet cleanser or for correcting makeup.
These wipes contain 27 ingredients of which 20 offer some positive (some more than others), 1 potential negative and 5 irritants. The biggest let down of these wipes is the presence of the alcohol denat. which is known to dry out the skin. However, alcohol also kills bacteria and is not always a completely bad option, as long as the rest of the formulation balances out the drying and in this case it sort of does.
To keep this article short, I am only listing the skin nourishing or skin positive/negative ingredients and ignoring the ones that only play formulation purposes. For the full list of ingredients scroll down to the “full list of ingredients” section.
- Aqua (water, eau) based formulation.
- Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice– Skin conditioner, locks moisture in (=humectant). Some consider it to have anti-flammatory properties and protects against UV-damage. This is not a sunscreen and you still need SPF. Some have reported it to stimulate collage production and therefore, reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
- Glycerin – Found naturally in the skin so can be seen as a skin replenishing ingredient. A skin conditioner that helps improve and smooth the appearance of skin. A good moisturiser that is almost always present in moisturising products.
- Gossypium Herbaceum (Cotton) Flower Extract – A skin conditioner.
- Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract – A hair and skin conditioner.
- Artemisia Umbelliformis Extract – Skin conditioner.
- Beta Vulgaris (beet, extrait de racine de betterave) Root Extract – A skin conditioner.
- Euphrasia Officinalis Extract – Anti-microbial, skin conditioner, soother, tonic, astringent (reduces redness and puffiness), anti-flammatory.
- Saccharum Officinarum (sugar cane, extrait de canne a sucre) Extract – Skin conditioner and moisturiser.
- Sucrose – A natural sugar, skin conditioner, replenisher and humectant.
- Fructose – This natural fruit sugar can act as a skin conditioner, replenisher and humectant (=locks water in).
- Glucose – A natural sugar, skin conditioning and moisturising agent thanks to its ability to bind water.
- Dicaprylyl Carbonate – Skin conditioner.
- Polyglyceryl-4 Caprate – Skin conditioner.
- Xanthan Gum – Skin conditioner. Holds water and improves the shelf life of the product.
- Tocopherol – Refers to a class of compounds with similar activities to vitamin E. A skin conditioner, anti-oxidant and fragrance agent. Check out: Vitamins C & E – Do they work in skin care?
- Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil – Anti-oxidant, skin conditioner and fragrance.
- Trehalose – Moisturiser.
- Citric Acid– A natural preservative, can be used to even out skin tone.
- Inositol – A hair conditioner, humectant and anti-static agent.
- Alcohol Denat.– There is evidence suggesting that low molecular alcohols (denat. or not) damage and dry the skin. This can in turn enhance the penetration of other compounds into the skin, although sometimes this might not be a negative.
Ingredients that can cause irritation to some:
This is actually really case specific, as different people have different sensitivities and allergies. Just because a compound has been reported by some to cause sensitivity, it doesn’t mean you will have an issue. “Sensitizer” compounds being present is not a negative in my opinion, as this is the case with pretty much everything out there and funnily enough I’ve seen products that are targeted specifically for sensitive skin, containing some compounds that have been reported by some, or are known to be, sensitizers.
If you have sensitive skin or you are prone to skin sensitisation and unwanted reactions, try a little bit of this at the back of your hand first and consult a medical doctor if you are concerned.
The following compounds present in the Burt’s and Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes with Cotton Extract been either proven or claimed by some to be sensitizers, irritants, allergens etc: Citric Acid, Alcohol Denat., Benzoic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol.
Full list of ingredients:
Aqua (water, eau), aloe barbadensis leaf juice, glycerin, gossypium herbaceum (cotton) flower extract, oryza sativa (rice) extract, artemisia umbelliformis extract, beta vulgaris (beet, extrait de racine de betterave) root extract, euphrasia officinalis extract, saccharum officinarum (sugar cane, extrait de canne a sucre) extract, sucrose, fructose, glucose, caprylyl/capryl glucoside, dicaprylyl carbonate, polyglyceryl-4 caprate, xanthan gum, tocopherol, glycine soja (soybean) oil, trehalose, citric acid, inositol, alcohol denat., benzoic acid, benzyl alcohol, potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate, phenoxyethanol.
The Burt’s and Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes with Cotton Extract are more skin nutritious than many others out there but they are also more expensive. They work well and take out left over dirt but are not wet enough to work too well with a full face of makeup. They are gentle but unfortunately, also contain alcohol which can dry the skin. They are not a bad product and there are definitely more positives than negatives however, they are also not perfect.
I will likely continue using them, although there are cheaper products that are equally good/bad. My search for better wipes will continue, especially ones without alcohol.
I am not affiliated with any company or brand. These are my views and experiences.
Beauty is a very personal thing, we all have different skin, requirements and biological build which can influence things. What worked for me might not work for you and vice versa. Have you ever tried these products? Did they work for you? Let me know your experiences below!
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