Saturday, 16 November 2013

Dr. Organic Aloe Vera 2 In 1 Wet Wipes (review)

I hadn't realised that Dr. Organics sold facial cleansing wipes. I mistakenly assumed their 'Wet Wipes' were like hand wipes, for picnics and so on, for times when water is not available. Oops! Now I've been educated by a kindly Holland & Barrett assistant, here's the review for the Aloe Vera version of these multi-purpose wipes, which are designed to “quickly soothe, cleanse and refresh the face and hands”. There's also an anti-bacterial version with Tea Tree oil if that takes your fancy.
 
Dr. Organic Aloe Vera 2 In 1 Wet Wipes

My first thought after purchasing them was: “only twenty?”. You don't get a lot for your money, but admittedly they're only £2.75 each which makes them better value than you might expect. What is disappointing, though, is their rather small size. They're a similar size to the Avon Solutions Refreshing Cleansing Wipes I tested last month, but Dr. Organic's take are slightly thicker so the dimensions aren't as much of an issue. They also don't break apart as you swipe them across your face, meaning they're obviously stronger and won't leave fluffy bits everywhere.

I wish they were wetter, however, as the cleansing lotion is good, but to really clean deeply I felt I needed more of it. The “soothing” and “refreshing” claims ring true, but the “cell regenerating polysaccharides” content of the aloe vera in these wipes seems like a stretch. I haven't notcied – and didn't expect to notice – any regeneration properties whatsoever. These wipes also struggled to remove make-up, and not just waterproof make-up. To take off a layer of tinted primer and foundation powder I gave up on a wipe and resorted to face wash instead. To be fair to Dr. Organic, though, they don't say they will remove make-up, so I'm not marking them down on that front.

They're not exactly desirable, though, and I'm not just referring to the fact they're easily mistaken for travel hand wipes, either. The small size of the plastic pouch they're stored in – which is itself a rather bland white/green design – means they get lost on the shelves, and look insignificant next to the big-value bottles and tubs that make up the vast majority of the Dr. Organic range. They're easy to miss and even easier to dismiss. The blurb on the back is clear and simply laid out, though, which makes it easier for those who are hard of seeing.

Like all Dr. Organic products, some of the ingredients will be organic although no certifier is mentioned on the packet. The good ingredients include aloe vera and vitamin e, while it's reassuringly free from parabens and other harsh preservatives, SLS/SLES, petrochemicals and artificial colours and fragrances. They don't sting at all, even when you accidentally get them in your eyes or use them on just waxed eyebrows. All their products are also suitable for vegetarians and neither the finished products or the ingredients used to make them are ever tested on animals. The usual good show.

The Dr. Organic range is very highly regarded by both Richard and myself but for the first time I'm really not that fussed by one of their cosmetic items. While the wipes do everything expected of a most basic cleansing cloth, natural rivals are speeding ahead with far more effective products that are a pleasure to use. Dr. Organic 2 In 1 Wet Wipes might suit someone who demands only the most simplistic of products, but I know Dr. Organic can be class leading so these wipes are a disappointment.

YES!
NO!
About average cleansing ability
Not wet enough for my tastes
Vegetarian friendly and no animal testing
Too small, and only just thick enough
A very natural choice and very gentle, too
Bland smell, plain packaging – not desirable

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Brand: Dr. Organic



Size: 20 wipes
Price: £2.75 (£0.14/wipe)

Manufactured: Europe

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Olus Oil, Glycerin, Lauryl Glucoside, Polyglyceryl-2-Dipolyhydroxystearate, Glyceryl Oleate, Disodium Cocopolyglucose Citrate, Aloe Barbadensis, Citric Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Potassium Sorbate, Tocopherol, C18-22 Hydroxyl Alkyl hydroxypropyl Guar

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