e.l.f. CosmeticsHydrating Cleansing Cloths
20 cloths for $4
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Hydrating Cleansing Cloths contains a very good mix of hydrating and gentle cleansing ingredients in a fragrance-free formula. The only reason these are not rated higher is because unless you rinse thoroughly after each use (which pretty much defeats the purpose and convenience of cleansing cloths), it’s probable that the preservative mix this contains will cause skin irritation.

The two preservatives in question are methylchloroisothiazolinone and methylisothiazolinone. Although they’re very good preservatives, they’re typically not advised for use in leave-on products due to their sensitizing potential (Source: Dermatitis, January 2015, pages 49–59). What a shame, as these cloths work well to remove all types of makeup and have a more interesting formula for dry skin than most cleansing cloths.

If you decide to try these, be sure to rinse with water after use or follow with a toner to remove any traces of the cleansing solution.


  • Good mix of hydrating and gentle cleansing agents.
  • Fragrance-free.
  • Removes all types of makeup with minimal effort.


  • Contains two sensitizing preservatives, so must be rinsed after use.
  • The rinsing makes these less convenient than most cleansing cloths.
Last Updated:01.28.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
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Gently remove all traces of dirt and makeup, even stubborn waterproof mascara, with one quick swipe. Perfect for travel, these cloths are also infused with nutrients for clean, healthy skin.


Water, Dimethicone, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Propylene Glycol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Disodium EDTA, Tocopherol, Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis Leaf) Extract, Benzyl Alcohol, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone.

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e.l.f. At-A-Glance

e.l.f. (it stands for which stands for Eyes, Lips, Face) was founded by Scott Vincent Borba and Joseph Shamah. The story goes that one day Borba was shopping in a dollar store and noticed women dressed in designer clothing and sporting designer handbags loading up their baskets with inexpensive nail polish, eye pencils, and lip balm. He took note of the products being sold in such stores and quickly decided he could offer products of even higher quality at the same competitive price. His idea paid off, as e.l.f. has enjoyed continued success and increased distribution online and in retail stores.

For a line offering many products for just a dollar (OK, there are plenty that cost $3 and $5, too), there are a surprising number of hits in the mix (especially the makeup brushes). True, not everything is going to be as luxurious or innovative as some higher-end brands, but overall you're likely to be impressed with what they developed for so little money, and you may just find some beauty bargains!

For more information about e.l.f., call (800) 231-4732 or visit www.eyeslipsface.com.

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