Burt's BeesFacial Cleansing Towelettes – Cucumber and Sage
30 cloths for $6
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First things first: There's nothing about these cleansing towelettes that's "specially crafted" for normal to dry skin. They do have some good ingredients that can soothe skin, such as aloe and cucumber extracts, but there are far better plant extracts than these for soothing skin. Aloe and cucumber just aren't the best in that regard.

These cleansing cloths contain only relatively mild cleansing agents, so the formula relies more on the emollients included in the solution, along with the friction from wiping them across your face, to remove excess oil, dirt, and makeup.

The main drawback of this cleanser is the overabundance of fragrance, and that's not good for anyone's skin. Plus, the namesake ingredient sage is decidedly not good for skin. In fact, one of the natural components responsible for sage's fragrance is camphor, a known skin irritant (Source: www.naturaldatabase.com). See More Info for why irritation is so damaging to skin.

When you consider that this product is intended to be left on skin - one of the advantages of wipes is supposed to be that you don't have to rinse - it's best that these be left on the store shelf. Instead, choose one of the options on our list of Best Cleansers.

  • Contains some soothing ingredients, such as cucumber and aloe.
  • Formula includes sage leaf extract, which has components that can irritate skin, as well as too many fragrance ingredients, which are a problem for all skin types.
Last Updated:05.21.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
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Specially crafted for normal to dry skin. Our soothing cucumber and Sage towelettes remove makeup, cleanse, and tone in one easy step, leaving skin naturally clean without the need for rinsing.


Aqua (Water, Eau), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Polyglyceryl-4 Caprate, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Tocopherol, Citric Acid, Xanthan Gum, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Benzyl Alcohol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Parfum (Fragrance), Phenoxyethanol, Hydroxycitronellal, Citronellol, Amyl Cinnamal

Brand Overview

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. It’s also important to consider the potential benefit (or potential harm) of the ingredients used.

There are some formulas to consider among the brand’s 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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