Saturday, 29 September 2012

Nelsons Pure & Clear Purifying Daily Facial Wipes (review)

Nelsons is Europe's oldest natural healthcare company and is the U.K.'s largest manufacturer of homepathic remedies, and can trace its roots back to 1860. So it's fair to say they've got quite a bit of experience to fall back on when creating products. Their Pure & Clear range – designed for oily, blemished skin – is made up of five products, divided into three 'steps': cleansing (1), moisturising (2) and targeting (3). I'm going to focus on the facial wipes which, naturally, fall into step one.

Nelsons Pure & Clear Purifying Daily Facial Wipes

Nelsons claim these wipes are 'organically inspired'. They are not, however, certified organic. A quick read of the ingredients listings reveals that when all is said and done, very few wipes will be closer to nature than these, such is the purity with which they have been made. Active plant extracts of arnica, hypericum and calendula are all part of the 'natural care' that Nelsons promise and they are reassuringly free from artificial colours, fragrances and preservatives, as well as formulated without parabens, SLS/SLES, PEGs, lanolin, silicones or mineral oils. They are dermatologically tested, and no animal testing has occurred with either the basic ingredients or testing of the finished product. And there's more... no endangered plant species are used, making these some of the most eco-friendly wipes on the market!

With a RRP of £5.75 they're quite expensive, but they are genuinely natural and you do get 32 wipes in a pack, whereas the norm is 25 – 30. Ultimately, how effective they are will decide whether they're worth the money, and I'm pleased to say I found them to be very good. The tea tree and witch hazel infused formula cleanses brilliantly, removing all traces of oil and dirt and even light make-up. They didn't irritate my eyes at all and left my skin feeling fresh and looking bright and clear. Surprisingly, considering the purifying ingredients, I didn't find them drying either, and could skip moisturising when I was particularly tired at night without worrying that my skin would feel taut. The coconut, sweet almond and avocado oils included help the wipes avoid drying the skin out, but they might not be enough if you have particularly dry skin.

The wipes themselves are an off-white colour, suggesting they aren't bleached quite as vigorously as rival's wipes. This isn't a problem. However, the size of them is – they are really small! I like to fold my wipes and tackle each area of my face with a different side, however, these are too small to do that, and really let the side down for me. The formula the wipes are impregnated with is so good, they need to be bigger to make the most of it, in my opinion. The packaging is quite good – there's a handy plastic lid to keep the wipes damp, but I left the sticky label on inside to safeguard the wipe's moistness even more.

The small size aside, I highly recommend the wipes for combination to oily skins. The gentle yet effective high quality wipes are ideal for day to day cleansing and with their superior eco-credentials, it won't just be your face that'll be be clear!

Very effective cleansing
Smallest wipes I've ever used
As pure as can be
A bit pricey
Smell lovely and fresh


Brand: Nelsons


Size: 32 wipes
Price: £5.75 (£0.18/wipe)

Manufactured: United Kingdom

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Glycerine (Palm Source), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Prunus Amygdalus (Sweet Almond) Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Cetearyl Wheat Straw Glycosides, Cetearyl Alcohol (Palm Source), Phenoxyethoanol, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Oil, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid, Tocopherol (Vitamin E Source), Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Alcohol, Arnica Montana (Arnica) Extract, Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) Extract, Hypericum Perforatum (Hypericum) Extract, Benzoic Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, Limonene (Tea Tree Oil Source), Linalool (Tea Tree Oil Source)

Alternative: Nivea Visage Pure & Natural Facial Cleansing Wipes

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