You would expect a product with a "fragrance free" claim in its name to actually be free of any fragrance. However, Yes To Carrots Fragrance Free Towelettes contains over a half dozen fragrant plant extracts, including jasmine, rosemary, coriander, bergamot, and lavender, among others. Make no mistake: Fragrant plants are absolutely a source of fragrance in any skin-care product and they can cause irritation—that's bad news for your skin, especially around the eye area!
These cleansing cloths/towelettes are steeped in a solution that lacks any cleansing agents, instead relying on emollients to remove your makeup.
The soft cloth material would have been ideal for the sensitive areas of the face (such as for removing eye makeup), but the amount of fragrance and other irritant ingredients makes this a no go from any angle. See More Info for the facts on fragrance in skin care.
Check out the superior cleansing cloths we recommend in the GOOD to BEST Cleansing Cloths section of Beautypedia).
- Made of a soft, mild cloth material.
- Despite the claim of fragrance free, this contains several irritating fragrant plant extracts.
- Cleanses poorly.
- Doesn't remove long-wearing makeup very well.
Irritation from Fragrance: 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).
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Water (Aqua), Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Sodium Chloride, Glycerin, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid, Caprylic / Capric Triglyceride, Phenoxyethanol, Polyglyceryl-4 Caprate, Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Extract, Chamomilla Recutita Flower Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Certified Organic Alcohol, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Extract, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmin) Flower / Leaf Extract, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Ext., Fucus Vesiculosus Extract, Prunus Persica (Peach) Fruit Extract, Rosemarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Coriandrum Sativum (Coriander) Fruit/Leaf Extract, Citrus Auranitum Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Ext., Cupressus Sempervirens Leaf/Stem Ext., Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower/Leaf/ Stem Extract, Camelia Sinensis Leaf Ext., Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood Extract.
How this Israel-based brand of skin-care products came to be so widely distributed is an impressive marketing feat. It’s sold in over a dozen countries and we’ve seen it locally in such diverse places as Safeway (a grocery store) and Ulta (a salon/spa/cosmetics boutique). Business is booming in the natural products market, and it appears that the Yes To brand is on its way to being one of the frontrunners! Yes To products were even featured on the popular daytime talk show The View. Clearly, this line has attracted the attention both of consumers and the media.
Why all the fuss? We’ll do our best to explain, but the simple reality is that the success of this brand is due to the fact that lots of consumers want natural products, regardless of whether or not the formula is beneficial for skin. Many women (but not those who read our reviews) are completely unaware that many of the products from the so-called “natural” product lines contain just as many synthetic ingredients as “unnatural” brands. That’s no longer the case with Yes To products, but not too long ago, it was!
The Yes To brand is divided into four sub-brands: Yes To Carrots, Yes To Cucumbers, Yes To Tomatoes and Yes To Blueberries. The original launch and the largest group is Yes To Carrots. After the carrot-containing products became a hit, the company began to assemble a tossed salad of other products, including their Yes To Cucumbers, Yes To Tomatoes, and Yes to Blueberries. What next? We’re anticipating Yes To Lettuce and Yes To Blue Cheese Dressing, that way you can make a complete salad!
All kidding aside, Yes To products are worth a look if you prefer mostly natural ingredients, though not every natural ingredient Yes To uses has been proven beneficial for skin, and some are problematic. As with most natural-themed lines, there are a handful of Yes To products to consider. But few of them are state-of-the-art and there are no products to successfully manage acne or blackheads, lighten skin discolorations, or significantly reduce redness
Although it is commendable that Yes To doesn’t make over-the-top anti-aging claims, a skin-care line should help take care of skin’s daily needs, and this line’s products are somewhat lacking. All the fruits, vegetables, and any natural ingredient you can name isn’t enough to protect skin from the cumulative damage of unprotected sun exposure (the Yes To brand does sell a couple of excellent sunscreens) or to satisfy other skin-care needs. It’s a nice idea to think that tomatoes, carrots, sweet potatoes, and blueberries are as good for your skin when applied topically as they are for your health when consumed as part of a healthy diet, but that’s simply not the case. Still, if you shop this line carefully you’ll come away with some workable products that are pleasant to use.
For more information about Yes To and its food-themed brands, call (888) 929-3786 or visit www.yestocarrots.com.