Friday, 22 March 2013

Kleenex Extra Gentle Facial Cleansing Wipes (review)

Here at Beauty Insignia, our aim has always been to not just filter through the minefield of beauty products and tell you what works and what doesn't, but to also cover ecological issues: natural ingredients, animal testing and recyclable materials. When Kleenex introduced their new cleansing range, they proudly advertised their Facial Cleansing Wipes as kinder to the environment than rival's wipes, being made from natural fibres called ecoform, which are 65% cellulose. They're also reassuringly free from the main suspicious ingredients. Unfortunately, Kleenex's parent company Kimberly-Clark Corporation do test on animals.
Kleenex Extra Gentle Facial Cleansing Wipes

The first time I tried these I was quite shocked, they really do feel completely different to any other face cleansing wipe! They're thick, solid-feeling, smooth and very wet. I was unsure at first, they didn't seem like they'd glide easily over my face and I was worried the lotion would be too harsh. They are designed for sensitive skin and promise to be 'extra gentle'; in practice the cucumber and witch hazel cleansing lotion is actually kinder than I expected, despite lacking the soft feel of, say, Korres' Milk Proteins Cleansing & Make Up Removing Wipes.

Each Kleenex wipe is quilted, although I didn't feel this added anything to their dirt and oil removing abilities. If anything, the quilt effect helped me grip them. They still clean well, though, and a lot of this must be to do with how wet they are – without doubt the wettest wipes I've ever used! They don't drip, but you can accidentally squeeze the lotion from the wipes, and I pressed a bit too hard while swiping them over my eyes, causing lotion to leak into them. Impressively, this didn't cause any irritation whatsoever!

Can they de drying? A bit. I could still go to bed without moisturising afterwards, but other wipes feel more nourishing, so I wouldn't recommend these for dry skin types. They are perfect, however, for normal/combination and oily skin types and are especially good for make-up removal where the wipe's wetness pays dividends. You'll only need one Kleenex wipe for taking off your make-up and cleansing in one step, whereas with most other wipes you'll probably need two. They do start falling a part if you don't fold them, because despite their thickness they're not actually very strong. It's not a major issue, though.

The packaging is poor, however. You might have noticed from the picture that the outer packaging is wrinkled and distorted; I must have sifted through over ten and they were all like that. The adhesive label is also not very sticky, and needed to be held down with sticky tape after two weeks. (Not that I think these wipes would dry out quickly, they're too wet for that, but that's beside the point, not everyone gets through them as quickly as I do!)

I would recommend you give them a try, nevertheless. I think they'll be divisive, some people will like them more than others, but I personally don't mind the foibles as the cleansing aspect impressed me so much. The fact they're also great value for money is a bonus despite there only being 24 wipes in a pack!

Thick, easy to hold and a good size
Parent company Kimberly-Clark test on animals
Very moist; don't dry out easily
Can shred or break if used too vigorously
Great for oil and make-up removal
Adhesive label is poor and needs changing


Brand: Kleenex

Size: 24 wipes
Price: £2.99 (£0.13/wipe)

Manufactured: United Kingdom

Ingredients: Aqua, Cetearryl, Isononanoate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Phenoxyethanol, Carbomer, Babassu Oil, Glycereth-8 Esters, Benzoic Acid, Aloe Barbadensis Extract, Glycerin, Sodium Hydroxide, Dehydroacetic Acid, Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside, Parfum, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Cucumis Sativus Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana Extract

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