Tested on animals:Yes
These basic cleansing wipes would be a much better option for cleansing skin if they did not contain lavender oil, a particularly irritating fragrant plant oil, and the formaldehyde-releasing preservative 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol. Given that Simple's skin-care products are supposed to be for those with sensitive skin, this is particularly shocking. See More Info for details on why lavender oil is a problem for skin.
Because the solution is left on the skin after using the cleansing wipes and isn't rinsed, you're leaving two potentially significant irritants on your skin. Ponds, Olay, and Dove all offer better, more gentle cleansing wipes.
This also contains zinc PCA, which Simple claims can absorb oil, but there is no research showing that to be the case.
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 without leaving skin dry or tight.
- Contains fragrant lavender oil, a skin irritant.
- Not an option for sensitive skin.
- One of the preservatives is known to be sensitizing when left on skin.
- Cannot control oil production.
Research indicates that components of lavender, specifically linalool, can be cytotoxic, which means that topical application causes skin-cell death (Source: Cell Proliferation, June 2004, pages 221–229). Lavender leaves contain camphor, which is a known skin irritant. Because the fragrance constituents in lavender oil oxidize when exposed to air, lavender oil is a pro-oxidant, and this enhanced oxidation increases its irritancy on skin (Source: Contact Dermatitis, September 2008, pages 143–150). Lavender oil is the most potent form, and even small amounts of it (0.25% or less) are problematic. Although it's fine as an aromatherapy agent for inhalation or relaxation, it is a must to avoid in skin-care products (Sources: Psychiatry Research, February 2007, pages 89–96; and www.naturaldatabase.com).