Makeup remover wipes have simultaneously been the best thing and the worst thing to have happened to me. I’m probably exaggerating a little bit, but I have found them to be, although an entirely ingenious invention, bitter-sweet. The obvious advantage is that they are the definition of convenient. I’ve actually tried an astonishingly small number of cruelty-free makeup wipes, one of them being from African Extracts (read my review here), but they all did the same thing: burned my skin, especially my eyes. Determined to find cruelty-free makeup remover wipes that didn’t burn my skin, I decided to try WBeauty’s (Woolworths’ own beauty brand, approved by Beauty Without Cruelty of course). There are two different types, Vitamin E and Oil-Free, and they’re a whole R45 for 25 wipes. The front of the packaging clearly states that the Oil-Free version is for oily and problem skins, reduces spot-causing bacteria and is 100% natural bamboo. WBeauy online states:
A handy, no fuss, easy-to-use skincare wipes that cleanses, tones and moisturises quickly and effective. Thick and luxurious, these bamboo fabric wipes contain active ingredients with antibacterial properties plus alpha hydroxy acids to help stimulate microcirculation and lift away dead and dull skin cells.
WBeauty was very minimalistic with the packaging of their makeup remover wipes. Unfortunately, there is no plastic lid. This means that, after a few days/weeks, the sticky piece of plastic that is used to close the packaging loses its stickiness and you’re left with a half-open package of dried out wipes. When this happens, I store it upside down to avoid them drying out. The type of plastic used is also not able to be recycled here at the moment.
Here are the ingredients present in WBeauty’s Oil-Free Makeup Remover Wipes: Aqua (water), Alcohol Denat, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita Extract, Glycerine, Allantoin, Ananas Sativus (pineapple) Fruit Extract, Benzalkonium Chloride, Passiflora Quadrangularis, Vitis Vinifera (grape) Fruit Extract, DMDM Hydantoin, Lauryl Glucoside, Panthenol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Dimethicone, Disodium Edta, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate.
The wipes are made primarily of water, followed by Alcohol Denat. Alcohol Denat is often used in products targeted towards oily skin-types as this ingredient tends to dry out the skin, although it can strip the skin of its healthy natural oils and possibly irritate it too. There is a fair amount of extracts, such as aloe leaf and pineapple. Allantoin is a very…. interesting ingredient. It is most often found in the urine of mammals, but it is also found in some plants and is used to soften the skin. These wipes are packed with ingredients that aim to soften and protect the skin, as well as preservatives, and ingredients that could irritate the skin alongside ingredients that prevent irritation. I’m not an expert though, so I can’t tell you how these ingredients react together and how they can affect one’s skin when present in small or large quantities.
The wipes are not too wet and not too dry. They’re somewhere in the middle, which is great (in my opinion). I use them to take off all of my makeup, including mascara. I never go all out with my makeup, so I usually only need to use one wipe. Just swiping the wipe over your face won’t quite work, they’re not that effective. With these, you need to scrub a little. This product isn’t the greatest at removing mascara at all. It sort of spreads the mascara around my eyes and, again, you have to scrub, which is not something I like to do in my eye area. I always wash my face using a cleanser after using the wipes. I don’t consider them to be refreshing or moisturising. However, my skin doesn’t feel oily nor does it feel dry after use.
I’m sure you’ve been wondering about whether or not these have burned my skin? Well, they didn’t, which is an actual miracle. Hallelujah.
I’ve been repurchasing these wipes for probably almost a year now. They’re currently the only cruelty-free wipes that don’t burn my skin at the moment, and I do like to use them to remove my makeup before cleansing my face. I always have a pack on hand because they are quick to use and convenient. WBeauty wipes aren’t the greatest at removing mascara, so I have to use a different product for that area. I don’t know if the perfect makeup remover wipes exist, but these aren’t too different to the others that I have used (with the added benefit of them not burning my skin), so I do recommend this product if you’re looking for something cruelty-free. I say grab a pack on your next trip to Woolworths.