Monday, 11 March 2013

Neals's Yard Organic Facial Wipes

I was in two minds whether to to do this review or not as I am not a fan of facial wipes!
 They are usually full of alcohol and quite harsh synthetic chemical ingredients, which can play havoc with sensitive skins and which I don't really care to put on my face if I can avoid it!
  Wipes are not a very environmentally friendly way to cleanse your face, the amount of wipes that must end up in landfill every year, I'm sure must be in the millions.
A good old fashioned flannel or muslin cloth is perfectly suited to removing your cleanser and can be washed many times over, then used as a duster to extend it's life even further!
 But most of all in my opinion facial wipes are not the proper way to cleanse your face on a regular daily basis.
Cleansing is the basis of good skin, if you don't thoroughly cleanse your skin and get all the make up and pollution and other 'rubbish' that our skin collects during the day off properly,  then every product you use thereafter will not be able to work effectively and you will struggle to improve your skin.
I am a huge advocate of double cleansing in the evenings, if I have been wearing make up or sunscreen, single cleanse if not and in the mornings, with a good quality natural cleanser such as Pai Chamomile & Rosehip Cleanser or Ren Hydrocalm Cleanser and wiping off using a cloth and warm water.
However having said all that, I was intrigued when I saw these wipes on Neal's Yard website.
The first thing that caught my attention was that they contain 98% soil association organic botanical ingredients, have no alcohol, synthetic fragrances or colours and are 100% organic cotton and biodegradable.
So for wipes they did certainly sound much kinder to your skin than traditional ones.
Ingredients ~
Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Sucrose laurate, Aloe barbadensis (Aloe vera) leaf juice powder*, Camellia sinensis (White tea) leaf extract, Lavendula angustifolia (Lavender) oil*, Anthemis nobilis (Roman chamomile) flower oil*, Coco-glucoside, Levulinic acid, Sodium levulinate, Sodium dehydroacetate, Citral, Citronellol, Coumarin, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool.
*Organically produced ingredient.
The wipes are £5.50 for 25 and measure 22cm x 14cm each and last for 6mths once opened.
Apart form being curious about how these would work, my second reason for purchasing them was, I usually have a 'emergency' cleanser at the side of my bed just in case I get a migraine, am ill, or am quite frankly,  just too shattered to cleanse my face in the bathroom and just want to flop into bed.
Thankfully this doesn't happen very often and as we all know, the cardinal sin of the beauty world is 'never go to sleep with you make up still on', so that's where my emergency cleanser comes in ~ basically a cleanser I can use with cotton pads with my eyes closed while still lying in bed!
 I have been using the This Works 3 in 1 Cleansing Water, but didn't want to repurchase it as I wasn't all that keen on it, so my thinking was, these wipes could do the job of my emergency cleanser instead.
Neal's Yard describes the wipes as being for All Skin Types ~
 "cleansing & moisturising, enriched with soothing Aloe Vera and antixoidant White Tea, gentle enough to use every day"
The wipes come in the usual resealable plastic packet.  The first thing I noticed was their fragrance, they definitely smell of lavender but with other botanicals in the mix,  so the lavender is not as pungent as it sometimes can be.
I am not a huge fan of the smell, but it doesn't linger on the skin after you have used the wipes so it didn't bother me all that much.
They are a decent size and have just the right amount of cleansing fluid in them for cleansing the skin.
I tried them first on a full face of work make up, if they could get this off then they would get anything off!
The wipes did feel nice and soft against my skin and surprisingly removed my make up quite well.
I made sure I used the whole of the wipe and got into all the nooks and crannies with it!
I used two wipes in the end to get it all off then wiped over with a third just to make sure, nothing came off with the third though.
All my facial make up and eye shadow came off well but the wipes did struggle with my mascara, I only usually wear one coat of mascara, sometimes two and it isn't water proof so shouldn't have posed a problem. 
 I really had to rub my eyes to get it off, which is not good news at my age, or any age for that matter!,  and felt I had to be quite rough to even get a a little bit off.
In the end I decided to take it off separately with eye make up remover.
After using the wipes my skin felt soft and comfortable ~ there was no irritation or tight feeling.
I did use these wipes two days in a row but that was as far as I could manage without proper cleansing!!
Overall,  these wipes are perfectly fine for what I want them for ~ 'one off' emergency cleansing, but I could never use them as a daily replacement for my hot cloth cleansers, and wouldn't recommend you do so either.
They could also be used as hand wipes to keep in your car or handbag if you are trying to avoid using chemical laden baby wipes.
Buy your Neal's Yard Organic Facial Wipes here ~
I also wanted to mention if you want to cut down on your cotton pad usage or eliminate it altogether then LucyRose do excellent washable 'cleansing' pads - £5.49 for 5
What do you think to facial wipes yay or nay?
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Till next time my lovelies!
Jenny xx


  1. I'm a bit like you, I like having them just in case of emergencies, or rather, can't be assed moments! Never tried these ones, this looks good although I fear I'd struggle with mascara too! Like the fact it's got aloe vera in it :-) xx

    1. Can't be assed hahaha! Hilarious ! Xx

  2. Great post I love a double cleanse too, I tried the washable pads from lucyrose and found that toner didn't absorb into them, it sort of slid off, I couldn't get on with them and gave them to friend, maybe I was too hasty. x

  3. Thanks Ana :-) x the pads were abit difficult at first but softened up after a couple of washes with lenor softener, they are not perfect though but they have still reduced my cotton pad usage down - I mostly use them for eye compresses :-) xx

  4. I've never liked wipes but I have been known to buy them for travel for when you can't have a proper wash. It's always nice to see a natural alternative and I'll keep them in mind for next time I go on an adventure :)

    1. Yes me either, but they are handy for travel etc and and at least these ones are not full of nasties :-) xx