Facial Cleansing Towelettes – Cucumber and Sage

by Burt's Bees  Brightening
Price:
$6 - 30 cloths
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Category:
Skin Care > Cleansers (including Cleansing Cloths) > Cleansing Cloths
Last Updated:
5/21/2014
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
No

First things first: There's nothing about these cleansing towelettes that's "specially crafted" for normal to dry skin. They do have some good ingredients that can soothe skin, such as aloe and cucumber extracts, but there are far better plant extracts than these for soothing skin. Aloe and cucumber just aren't the best in that regard.

These cleansing cloths contain only relatively mild cleansing agents, so the formula relies more on the emollients included in the solution, along with the friction from wiping them across your face, to remove excess oil, dirt, and makeup.

The main drawback of this cleanser is the overabundance of fragrance, and that's not good for anyone's skin. Plus, the namesake ingredient sage is decidedly not good for skin. In fact, one of the natural components responsible for sage's fragrance is camphor, a known skin irritant (Source: www.naturaldatabase.com). See More Info for why irritation is so damaging to skin.

When you consider that this product is intended to be left on skin - one of the advantages of wipes is supposed to be that you don't have to rinse - it's best that these be left on the store shelf. Instead, choose one of the options on our list of Best Cleansers.

Pros:
  • Contains some soothing ingredients, such as cucumber and aloe.
Cons:
  • Formula includes sage leaf extract, which has components that can irritate skin, as well as too many fragrance ingredients, which are a problem for all skin types.

Specially crafted for normal to dry skin. Our soothing cucumber and Sage towelettes remove makeup, cleanse, and tone in one easy step, leaving skin naturally clean without the need for rinsing.

Aqua (Water, Eau), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Polyglyceryl-4 Caprate, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Tocopherol, Citric Acid, Xanthan Gum, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Benzyl Alcohol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Parfum (Fragrance), Phenoxyethanol, Hydroxycitronellal, Citronellol, Amyl Cinnamal

Almost all the skin-care lines in the world prefer to identify themselves as originating from companies established to create elegant, scientific formulations conceived with an in-depth understanding of the skin’s functions and needs. We say almost, because Burt's Bees makes no such claim. Quite the contrary; this line is about as unglamorous and as unscientific as it gets (the picture of Burt on the label made me think we were buying fishing gear, and press materials for the brand mention he used to live in a turkey coop). Talk about being an iconoclast!

This is how the company's founder Roxanne Quimby describes its history on its Web site: "I guess you could say it all started because there weren't many jobs up there north of Bangor. Though we found, grew, or traded for most of what we needed, I figure a person's got to have at least 3000 dollars a year in actual greenbacks to survive in this old world, especially if you've got kids. I'd been let go from my last three part-time waitressing jobs and had been buying low and selling high at yard sales and flea markets, which brought in about $150 a week during good weather. How we got started making lip balm and ended up in North Carolina is another story, and a long one at that, so I’ll save it for some other time." This is a skin-care line?

Aside from its humble, amorphous beginning, Burt's Bees is about natural, earth-friendly skin-care products, as well as overly fragranced products. Its philosophy in this respect is sincere: "To us, the word 'natural' means only one thing. It means, 'harvested from nature.' And we adhere to that definition like the strictest of school teachers."

For those seeking a line of skin-care products with truly natural ingredients, this is one of the few that steadfastly adheres to its commitment: there is no hypocrisy here. If the ingredient lists are accurate, and there is no reason to assume otherwise, then you will not find preservatives or synthetically derived ingredients of any kind. Just from the all-natural point of view, there will definitely be people who will be excited about these products, but I'm not one of them. 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.

We know that most people are attracted by fragrance, and in this regard these products excel. They are also notable for the lack of preservatives, which can be beneficial for those who can’t tolerate preservatives. (That lack may be an issue for product stability, although we did not have these products tested for contamination.) But for any other skin-care need, we suggest you use your wisdom and recognize that while Mother Nature is assuredly wise about the Earth, She does not have everything the skin needs. In fact, Mother Nature offers up many problematic things for skin, including the sun and poison ivy.

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

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