Beauty: Facial Cleansing Products


Sometimes I clean my face. The recent changes I’ve been making in my life have included taking better care of myself, so sleeping in my makeup is off the menu (for the first time in… ever). As I mentioned a few posts back, I’ve also been changing my consumer habits to curb my spending and the first thing I did was stop impulse purchases (mostly) and started to only buy quality products from brands I like. No more cheap drugstore crap!

1. Burt’s Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes with Cotton Extract – 99.1% Natural

I’ve loved Burt’s Bees for a long time, despite the brand being acquired by Clorox in 2007. Burt’s and I hit a bit of a rough patch after they “sold out”, but I’ve done some research and it appears it may not be all bad. According to this article from The Guardian, Burt’s Bees may have even pushed Clorox into being more sustainable. But what it all boils down to for me is animal testing. I love the animals. All of them. And while Burt’s Bees is strongly against using animals to test their products, Clorox, which is now their parent company, still does test on animals (though apparently they are trying to stop). Take a look at this Cruelty Free Information blog, where Rebekah has contacted Burt’s Bees and posted about their testing policies.

“Burt’s Bees has never and will never test on animals. We respect animals and don’t believe they should be used in this way. It isn’t necessary for the development of our products, and it isn’t in harmony with our commitment to The Greater Good. We also ask all of our suppliers to uphold our core beliefs, which include no animal cruelty and no animal testing. Additionally, we are certified under the Consumer Information on Cosmetics’ (CCIC) Leaping Bunny program. One of the core requirements of the Leaping Bunny program is that the company and vendors are both investigated to achieve certification.”

Essentially, it’s up to the consumer to decide whether or not they wish to continue purchasing Burt’s Bees products, knowing that the profits ultimately end up in the pocket of the Clorox corporation. I’m ok with it at this particular moment because Burt’s Bees is listed on the Leaping Bunny website as a cruelty free brand (though denoted by the purple square that indicates a parent company that does not comply with the Leaping Bunny guidelines), and apparently operate as a semi-autonomous business unit of the Clorox company. As consumers, we can choose to boycott Burt’s Bees to send a message to Clorox that we will not allow funds to go to a parent company that tests on animals. But I think as consumers we can also choose to purchase Burt’s Bees products to send the message to Clorox that products that are cruelty free are important in today’s market. That being said, I have a feeling that my boycotting BB’s won’t cause the Clorox company to go into bankruptcy. Bottom line; I like the products and I like the company’s stance on producing products that do not test on animals.

That was a pretty long-winded way to approach reviewing these facial cleansing towelettes, but necessary. So on to the actual product! I really like it. They are easy on my skin (which is super sensitive) and smell amazing. They are fragrance free, hypoallergenic, allergy-tested, dermatologist tested, ophthalmologist test and made with FSC certified natural cloth. The thin plastic packaging doesn’t appear to be recyclable, which is a drawback, but the thicker plastic that makes up the little door on the front is a #5 – Polypropylene (PP) which is a thermoplastic polymer that can be recycled and is considered one of the safer plastics. I haven’t tried composting the actual towelettes, but it might be worth a try to avoid having to toss the out.

2. Lush 9-5 Cleansing Lotion

LUSH is a brand that requires no thought. They are actively against animal testing and this particular product is totally vegan and hand made locally. It is also a dream to use! It smells great and is really soothing on the skin. I spread it on my skin then wipe it off with a cotton cleansing pad then follow it with products 4 and 5. The bottle is made from 100% recycled #1 plastic (Polyethylene Terephthalate), and the cap is plastic #5.

3. Cotton Cleansing Pad

This is an area that can be improved on. I have just worked my way to the bottom of a package of cotton cleansing pads, but I won’t be buying them again. Instead I will get back into the habit of crocheting 100% cotton cleanings cloths that can be washed and reused rather than thrown away. I’ll get on this ASAP!

4. Eau Roma Water – Toner Water

More LUSH! This product is a lightly scented spray that I mist onto my face following the cleaner to help stretch the moisturizer a little bit further. It’s super refreshing and smells lovely.

5. Cosmetic Lad Facial Moisturizer

This is the best moisturizer I have used in a long time. I think is it targeted at men who need a post-shave moisturizer – the container describes it as a “multi-purpose lavender, wheat grass and marigold cream for moisturizing post-shave” – but hey it’s good for the ladies too. Like everything else, it smells SO GOOD and a little bit goes a really long way. I just dab a tiny bit on the tip of my finger and spread it around my face. The container is a #5 plastic which is recyclable, but LUSH also encourages users to bring in 5 clean LUSH pots and get a fresh mask for free. I can’t say enough about this awesome company. I buy 90% of my self-care products from them.


  1. I just started trying to take better care of myself including my face also! Go team!! I’m a bad picker and have never washed my face before bed or had any regular routine. I just bought the Vivo Per Lei dead sea minerals line and started using it today… and it’s also not tested on animals!! Hoping I’ll seem some changes! Good luck to you too!

  2. Go team indeed!! I’ve never washed my face either. I’ve been gifted a few spa packages that included facials (I hate getting facials. Really.) and when they ask what my skin routine is and I say “Nothing” they look at me like I just went Ozzy and bit the head off a bat.

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