Saturday, 22 June 2013

Soap & Glory Clear Here Cleansing Cloths (review)

Soap & Glory Clear Here Cleansing Cloths
There's no mistaking these facial wipes as anything but a Soap & Glory product as the bright pink colour scheme, humorous product names and distinctive design do all the identifying. No other cosmetics company has such a unique look to their products and you can spot them on crowded high street shelves a mile off. These are the oily/combination skin wipes, but S&G also offer a version called Off Your Face for normal skin types.

These face cleansing wipes contain lemongrass, mandarin and orange essential oils as well as something called Poreshrink-4TM Complex 'for a smoother, clearer, fresher face'. This acid-free exfoliator is designed to help reduce the appearance of pores and leave your face brighter – S&G warn it may cause a slight tingling sensation. (I'm sure most of you are already aware that you can't actually shrink the size of your pores permanently, you can only temporarily shrink them or disguise them.)

I find they don't deliver on the pore promise, my face generally looks and feels the same after use with the exception that it's quite a bit cleaner and fresher feeling. Because these are very good wipes for giving your face a proper clean, a result not just of the good quality cleansing formula, but also the design of the strong wipes with their soft, patterned surface which sweeps away debris, oil and light make-up effortlessly.

Soap & Glory suggest you wipe a cloth 'across your forehead, then down the centre of your face, around your chin, around the sides of your nose, and repeat' taking care to avoid the eye zone. I used the wipes beyond the t-zone they describe and used them down the sides of my face and neck, too, as otherwise I'd have to use a separate cleansing product! I didn't 'tingle' from the cleansing lotion like they warned me I might; good news is I didn't react at all. I can't say the same for dry or sensitive-skinned people who will be better off with S&G's other wipes.

So, generally speaking these facial wipes are good, but with a couple of small issues. Facial wipes should be a time-saving cleansing option, but when they can't be used for every area of the face and neck – so you need separate cleansing products – you're not actually saving any time. (Or money!) Combined with the somewhat unusual disinfectant-like fragrance and I'm left with mixed feelings. Ultimately price seals these wipes fate. If they were cheaper I could recommend them more willingly for oily-faced people only, but they're more expensive than some of their rivals and for that reason I'd leave them on the shelf in future.

Good deep-cleansing ability
Don't affect the size of my pores at all
Lovely bright packaging stands out
Smell a bit like disinfectant!
Good, strong wipes don't shred and can be easily gripped
Struggles with heavier and waterproof make-up


Brand: Soap & Glory

Size: 25 wipes
Price: £4.50 (£0.18/wipe)

Manufactured: United Kingdom

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Phenoxyethanol, Polysorbate 20, Potassium Sorbate, Parfum (Fragrance), Babassuamidopropyl Betaine, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Leaf Extract, Benzoic Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Cocamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Glyceryl Stearate, Chlorhexidine Digluconate, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch,Hydrolysed Corn Starch, Alcohol, Dipropylene Glycol, Polysorbate 80, Sodium Chloride, Hydrolysed Starch Octenylsuccinate, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin) Oil, Amyl Cinnamal, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Limonene, Citral, Linalool, Cymbopogon Flexuosus (Lemongrass) Oil, Citrus Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid, Sodium Hydroxide

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