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Facial Cleansing Towelettes – Pink Grapefruit
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30 cloths for $6
Last Updated:05.21.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

These cleansing cloths are pitched as a simple, effective, and gentle way to cleanse even acne-prone skin - don't believe the claims! The ingredients in these wipes are among the last thing that any skin type needs.

Look on the label and you will notice that fragrance is the third ingredient listed - and no matter how many times we've said it, it bears repeating: Fragrance is not skin care, especially not in this saturated amount!

Listed just after the fragrance is grapefruit seed oil. Topical application of grapefruit oil may cause contact dermatitis and/or a phototoxic reaction when skin is exposed to sunlight (Source: www.naturaldatabase.com). This is especially a concern when you consider that the ingredients in these wipes are not meant to be rinsed off ("no rinsing" is one of this product's selling points). See More Info for details on why the irritation from fragrant plant extracts is terrible for skin!

We simply cannot recommend these: They are too irritating to keep any skin healthy. For better options, check out our list of Best Cleansers.

Pros:
  • None.
Cons:
  • Contains a high amount of fragrance, and fragrance isn't skin care!
  • Grapefruit oil can cause contact dermatitis and/or a phototoxic reaction when skin is exposed to sunlight.
  • Because the solution from these cloths isn't meant to be rinsed, you'll be leaving strong irritants on your skin.
More Info:

Fragrance in Skin Care: Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes chronic irritation that can damage healthy collagen production, lead to or worsen dryness, and impair your skin's ability to heal. Fragrance-free is the best way to go for all skin types. If fragrance in your skin-care products is important to you, it should be a very low amount to minimize the risk to your skin (Sources: Inflammation Research, December 2008, pages 558–563; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135, and November-December 2000, pages 358–371; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, April 2008, pages 15–19; Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2008, pages 78–82; Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, January 2007, pages 92–105; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 2005, pages S13–S22).

Claims

Specially crafted for normal to oily skin, our invigorating pink grapefruit towelettes cleanse away pore-clogging dirt, oil, and even makeup, for naturally clean skin with no heavy residue—and no rinsing. Gentle enough for daily use, even on acne-prone skin.

Ingredients

Aqua (Water, Eau), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Parfum (Fragrance), Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Polyglyceryl-4 Caprate, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Glycerin, Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Citral, Limonene, Linalool

Brand Overview

Strengths: Inexpensive.

Weaknesses: Many products have potent fragranced formulas; several formulas packaged in jars, which compromises their ingredients.

With humble beginnings in the town of Bangor, Maine, Burt's Bees is a brand focused on natural-themed, earth-friendly skincare. Unfortunately, in many cases, this also translates to less than beneficial formulas as not all of the natural ingredients used are helpful for skin.

Many of the plant extracts and oils used in these products, including orange oil, cinnamon oil, clove oil, lemon oil, eucalyptus oil, pine tar, alcohol, lime oil, and balsam peru, are problematic for skin and present a significant risk of irritation or a sensitizing reaction. Both the intriguing philosophy and inexpensive products are attractive, but it takes more than that to establish reliable products that are good for skin. It’s also important to consider the potential benefit (or potential harm) of the ingredients used.

There are some formulas to consider among the brand’s offerings, but some to be wary of—see our individual reviews on Burt’s Bees products for more details.

For more information about Burt's Bees, call 1-800-849-7112 or visit www.burtsbees.com.

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06.12.2014
Grapefruit is extremely irritating!

Is it a good value if it isn't healthy for your skin? I remember years ago I bought a toner from Estée Lauder that contained grapefruit. It made my skin want to scream! I had to eliminate each product to figure out what was causing the pain. It was the toner.

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