Tested on animals:Yes
Note Spring 2016: This product has been reformulated since its original review. We appreciate your patience as we take the time to thoroughly update this review! Check back later this summer for a full update.
These fragrance-free facial cleansing cloths are a good option for those with normal to dry skin, with one strong caveat that applies especially to those with sensitive skin, which we find ironic given that Simple's skin-care products are aimed at people with sensitive skin. On the positive side, the detergent-free formula contains an emollient (cetearyl isononanoate) to do the "cleansing," along with lesser amounts of ingredients known as emulsifiers, which remove excess oil and dirt and some also help moisturize the skin.
Although not adept at removing waterproof or long-wearing makeup formulas, these cloths are a good option for morning cleansing (meaning when you aren't removing makeup) or for cleansing on the go when access to clean water may be inconvenient.
One potential caution: These cloths contain the formaldehyde-releasing preservative 2-bromo-2-nitropane-1,3 diol, which, like some other preservatives, can be sensitizing if left on the skin, especially in the eye area. If you're concerned, as we are, yet want to try these cloths (though we suggest you think twice), be sure to rinse the solution from your skin after use.
Simple's skin-care statement is as follows: "Our philosophy is: Simple says—never use perfumes, dyes or harsh irritants that can upset your skin. Simple says—settle for only the purest possible ingredients. Simple says—trust the natural goodness in all of our products especially for sensitive skin." That's a good philosophy, but, unfortunately, most of Simple's products don't live up to their lofty goals. There are fragrant ingredients in many of their products; there are potentially irritating preservatives in some of their products; their sun-protection products contain synthetic sunscreen ingredients, which aren't the best for sensitive skin; and many of their ingredients are not natural. (We know their claim of natural goodness doesn't state outright that they use only natural ingredients, but that's what they imply, and many consumers will believe it.)
- Cleanses gently, leaving skin soft, not stripped.
- Fragrance-free formula is suitable for sensitive skin.
- Inexpensive and convenient to use.
- One of the preservatives might be sensitizing if the cleansing solution is left on rather than rinsed off the skin.