If there were an award for Best Bees in the Beauty Biz, it would have to go to Burt. Those benevolent little bees of his have been cranking out some really fantastic products lately, so when I spotted something from the line I hadn’t seen before at Target, I reached for it quicker than you can say “bzz!”
Burt’s Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes with White Tea Extract ($6 for 30), pre-moistened wipes designed to remove dirt, makeup and oil in a single step (no rinsing required), boast being made from 99.1% natural ingredients. The all natural cloths also carry an FSC certification, meaning that the ingredients used to make them come from a well-managed forest (as certified by the Forest Stewardship Council).
The moment the first cloth touched my skin I thought, These are so soft that I’ll go through 30 of them quickly. One wipe easily removes whatever foundation, powder, lipstick, blush, eye primer, eyeshadow and non-waterproof mascara I might be wearing (waterproof and long-wearing eye makeup, however, require something stronger, like a dedicated eye makeup remover).
Two big considerations for me when it comes to wipes like these are the scent, if they have one, and whether they leave behind a film on my skin. I think these are great on both fronts; I love the white jasmine and citrus scent, and I don’t detect any residue or film.
But for some (ironic) reason the cleanser stings my face — just a little — and leaves my skin feeling a touch dry and tight. I don’t feel it on my hands or my arms, however, when I use them there to remove eyeshadow and lipstick swatches. That said, it might be at least partially due to the fact that I recently started using Retin A again, so the skin on my cheeks and forehead has been a little more sensitive than usual.
Oh — and for ladies trying to avoid skin care products that contain oils, these aren’t oil-free, as they do contain soybean oil. Just something to keep in mind.
All in all, I like these for a few reasons — the price, scent and 99.1% natural ingredients — but I wish they were gentler on my sensitive skin. Your results may vary, though, so they could be worth a try, especially if you don’t wear a lot of long-wearing and/or waterproof eye makeup.
PRICE: $6 for 30 towelettes (7.09 by 7.88 inches each)
AVAILABILITY: Available now at most drugstores, grocery stores and also online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B
Speaking of sensitivities
Burt just launched a new line of face products designed to cleanse and moisturize sensitive skin (I should give it a try!). The line’s called Natural Skin Solutions: SENSITIVE, and it contains four products.
There’s a Facial Cleanser ($9.99), a Daily Moisturizing Cream ($14.99), an Eye Cream ($14.99) and a Night Cream ($14.99).
If you’re a fan of Burt’s (and his bees), they might be worth checking out.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,