Cleansing wipes both are and aren't a part of my regular beauty routine. I learned a long time ago that oil cleansers are really the best at dissolving makeup and heavy-duty grime, but they also require more rinsing and—gasp—EFFORT. Sometimes I just don't have the patience for that. Of course not all wipes are created equal... today I'll be reviewing the Purify Coconut Water Cleansing Wipes by Pacifica, which is perhaps one of the best-known natural beauty brands.
"Clean skin is an absolute for anti-aging. Coconut water infused natural towelettes gently cleanse your face while removing toxins, oil, pollutants and make-up* from your skin without water. Papaya, a natural exfoliant, helps revive skin and remove dead cells. Aloe vera and calendula soothe and calm. These skin-loving wipes are an indispensable part of your daily routine for healthy skin. Anytime, anywhere.
* These wipes can remove most make-up, but due to the fact that we do not use chemical solvents, they will not remove the most water-proof make-up. They are a great follow-up to using a make-up remover as they will remove the residue from your skin leaving it refreshed."
I appreciate that Pacifica is honest enough to disclose that these wipes might not be sufficient for removing waterproof makeup on their own. Personally I would use a separate eye makeup remover anyway to avoid having to scrub my eyes hard, but maybe some folks don't do that.
Purified Water, Decyl Glucoside, Glycerin (vegetable), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Water, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Extract, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract , Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) Extract , Polysorbate 20, Citric Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Fragrance (all natural).
Each pack retails for $6.00 and contains 30 pre-moistened websites. You can purchase them from the following retailers:
Each wipe measures 14.6cm by 20cm. They have a fairly standard texture—no knobbly bits or rough textures. It's worth noting that the wipes are biodegradable, whee!
I've had the Purify Coconut Water Cleansing Wipes for a couple of weeks now and have tested them under a variety of circumstances: As a body skin refresher, to remove arm swatches, to get sweat and sunscreen off my face, and yes, I even tried to get off waterproof makeup with them. Let's talk about the pros first:
- These wipes smell AMAZING. Like coconut ice cream. I want to eat my skin after I use them.
- They are adequately moist, and the closure is very secure, so they don't dry out as quickly as sadsauce wipes that just have a sticker over the opening.
- They are competitively priced—$6.00 for 30 wipes is as cheap (if not a bit cheaper) than other drugstore brands.
- They are 100% vegan-friendly and gluten-free, which is sort of a rarity in the drugstore beauty world. They're also free of phthalates, parabens and mineral oil, if you look out for those things.
Now let's talk about the cons:
- They are very strongly fragranced. I appreciate that the fragrance in Pacifica products is naturally derived, but it still could cause irritation if you have sensitive skin (or heck, just a sensitive nose).
- Pacifica wasn't kidding when they said the Purify wipes might not be able to remove some waterproof makeup. I did a removal test on my arm—counting the number of swipes until the swatches were completely removed.
FYI, the four swatches on the top are of makeup that supposedly is waterproof/long-lasting, and the bottom four are non-waterproof. Here are the results:
After seven swipes I went nuts and just started rubbing vigorously, because the waterproof swatches obviously weren't going to come off without a bit of scrubbing. I was disappointed to see that obvious remnants of the non-waterproof makeup lingered.... I guess a separate eye makeup remover is necessary even if you aren't using cosmetics that are totally weatherproof.
I will say this: I thought the Purity wipes worked well to remove sunscreen and small amounts of face grime. Not as well as a proper liquid or bar cleanser, but better than water alone.
My conclusion is that the Purify Coconut Water Cleansing Wipes are best suited to skin refreshing, not serious cleansing. Like I could imagine throwing a pack of them in my purse for freshening up on the go during a hot day—they smell so darn good! But if you're in need of serious cleansing power, look elsewhere.
What do you think of Pacifica's Purify Coconut Water Cleansing Wipes? Do you use wipes in your beauty routine?
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