Burt's Bees

Micellar Cleansing Towelettes with White Cypress Oil 3-in-1

30.00 towlettes for $ 6.00
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Burt’s Bees’ Micellar Cleansing Towelettes with White Cypress Oil 3-in-1 use micelle technology, which is one method of cleansing in which a cluster of cleansing agent (surfactant) molecules are suspended in a solution. These clusters are naturally attracted to dirt, oil, and surface debris on skin, allowing for easy removal. And easy removal of makeup is what you get with these cloths, but they’re far from trouble-free!

Packaged in a soft plastic pouch with a resealable tab, you’ll notice problem one from the first use: these cloths aren’t as soft or pleasant to use as many others at the drugstore. So, while they’re inexpensive, for slightly more money you can get a higher quality of cloth that glides smoothly over skin.

The white cypress oil in the name is listed as Callitris columellaris, a plant native to Australia and one that seems to be similar to tea tree oil. Although there isn’t research proving this fragrant oil is a skin irritant, there also isn’t research showing it has any benefit for skin.

White cypress oil produces a transient cooling, tingling sensation on skin, which likely indicates irritation is taking place. This is especially worrisome if you plan to use these towelettes around the eyes (something we wouldn’t recommend doing).

These towelettes also contain limonene, a known fragrance irritant, although the cloths themselves aren’t strongly fragranced. Still, it doesn’t take much limonene to provoke an irritant response.

See our list of best face wipes for superior alternatives in cloths and the makeup-removing formula they’re steeped in.

  • Removes makeup without a lot of effort.
  • Inexpensive.
  • Not as soft or pleasant-feeling to use as competing cloths.
  • White cypress oil leaves a lasting tingling sensation that can irritate.
  • Contains fragrant ingredient limonene, a known skin irritant.
  • Should not be used around the eyes.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No

Make your skincare regimen a breeze with 3 in 1 Burt's Bees® Micellar Cleansing Towelettes. Burt's Bees® Micellar Cleansing Towelettes are formulated with Australian White Cypress oil and honey extract to gently remove lingering makeup, gently cleanse away pore-clogging dirt and oil while nourishing your skin.

Water, Pentylene Glycol, Honey Extract, Callitris Columellaris Leaf/Twig Oil (White Cypress Oil), Lactic Acid, Sorbitan Oleate Decylglucoside Crosspolymer, Glycerin, Alcohol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Limonene.

Strengths: Inexpensive.

Weaknesses: Many products have potent fragranced formulas; several formulas packaged in jars, which compromises their ingredients.

With humble beginnings in the town of Bangor, Maine, Burt's Bees is a brand focused on natural-themed, earth-friendly skincare. Unfortunately, in many cases, this also translates to less than beneficial formulas as not all of the natural ingredients used are helpful for skin.

Many of the plant extracts and oils used in these products, including orange oil, cinnamon oil, clove oil, lemon oil, eucalyptus oil, pine tar, alcohol, lime oil, and balsam peru, are problematic for skin and present a significant risk of irritation or a sensitizing reaction. Both the intriguing philosophy and inexpensive products are attractive, but it takes more than that to establish reliable products that are good for skin. Its also important to consider the potential benefit (or potential harm) of the ingredients used.

There are some formulas to consider among the brands offerings, but some to be wary of, see our individual reviews on Burt's Bees products for more details.

For more information about Burt's Bees, call 1-800-849-7112 or visit www.burtsbees.com.

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