A couple of months ago I decided to try some inexpensive cleansing wipes from Forever 21 at the recommendation from a fellow blogger. The store didn’t have any of the lavender cleansing wipes she mentioned, so I went with the Cocoa Shea Butter wipes because they said “moisturizing” on the packaging.
What a terrible disappointment! While the wipes are moisturizing and gentle, they don’t remove eye makeup at all. I had to tug at my already sensitive eyes and my non-waterproof mascara didn’t budge. The Forever 21 Cocoa Shea Butter wipes only cost about $2.90 for 30 wipes, so it wasn’t a terrible loss. They are fine for removing face makeup, but I always wash my face afterwards because I really don’t trust them to get everything off.
The Forever 21 Cocoa Shea Butter wipes are made in the U.S. Here’s their ingredient list, if your eyes are good enough to read it:
Enter Natracare Cleansing make-up removal wipes for sensitive skin. I was sent these wipes to try out.
First, I noticed they are made with organic cotton cloth, something I have never seen before, and they are biodegradable. Twenty percent of the total ingredients are organic, and the product is 99.6% natural. They are also approved by the Vegetarian Society (I didn’t know there was one!) It all sounds great, but will they work?
The wipes were not super-saturated with liquid the way some wipes are, so I wondered whether they were up to the task. Not to worry. They definitely removed my eye makeup with no problem whatsoever. And removing my CC cream was a breeze. Take a look!
Natracare says their wipe for sensitive skin “gently removes makeup-up, moisturizes & soothes skin, removes waterproof mascara and leaves the skin cleansed and fresh without feeling dry”. Absolutely true.
The brochure that came along with the Natracare wipes described the ingredients that conventional wipes may include – things I would rather avoid – especially with my sensitive skin: harsh chemicals that may release formaldehyde, sodium laurel sulfate and parabens. They also mention that other wipes may contain synthetic fragrances that do not usually bother me, but that can be allergens for others.
Natracare is an award-winning brand from the UK. It began in 1989 as a response to synthetics and toxins in conventional tampons and pads and their effect on women’s bodies and the environment. Hmmm, something I never thought about but should. As mentioned above, the products are approved for vegetarians and they are vegan as well. They are cruelty-free. In addition, the makeup removal wipes are dermatologically and ophthalmologically tested. They are made in Greece. You can learn more about the brand and their complete product line-up on the Natracare website.
Natracare is sold worldwide. It is available at some natural food stores, vitamin/drugstores and on Amazon, walgreens.com, vitacost.com, drugstore.com and iherb.com among others. The price for Natracare Cleansing Make-up Removal Wipes is about $7.66 for 20 wipes.
Aqua, Aloe Vera Leaf Water*, Glycerin, Sodium citrate, Brassica Campestris Seed Oil, Gluconolactone, Chamomila Recutita Flower Water*, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Avena Strigosa Seed Extract, Dicaprylyl carbonate, Prunus Armeniaca Kernel Oil*, Lauryl glucoside, Tocopherol, Polyglyceryl-2-Dipolyhydroxystearate, Polyglyceryl-4-Caprate, Microcrystalline cellulose, Cellulose gum, Parfum (Sweet orange oil, Lavandin oil, Mandarin oil, Lavender oil, Lemon oil, Bergamont oil BF, Petitgrain oil), Sodium benzoate, Levulinic acid, Sodium levulinate, Glycerly oleate, Citric acid, Xanthan gum, Lecithin, Calcium gluconate, Potassuim sorbate, Limonene**, Linalool**, Sodium phytate
**naturally occurring in the essential oils
I noticed that the Forever 21 wipes contain a couple of the ingredients that Natracare specifically leaves out of their wipes. So in the competition between the Forever 21 wipes and the Natracare wipes, Natracare – though more expensive but also much better-for-you and gets the job done – wins hands down!
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.