In my slow process to switch to organic bath and beauty products, I’ve become increasingly interested in the number of ingredients that are used to make all these creams and tinctures. I don’t know that more ingredients = bad, but something instinctive tells me that fewer ingredients are better. So I’m paying attention to that.
One other thing I’m noticing is the waste I create when I use different products. For a couple of years I’ve been using an eye makeup remover and a cotton round as an applicator. Recently I realized that I was tossing 30 of those little things into the trash can every month. Even if my makeup remover is organic, surely that trash cancels out any goodness – right? With all of that in mind, let’s have a look at our current match:
Everyday Elements Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover
Jane Iredale Magic Mitt
The old: Everyday Elements Eye Makeup Remover ($3.50 at Bartells drugstore)
Ingredients (15): Water, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Decyl Glucoside, Glycerin, Organic Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Organic Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Euphrasia Officinalis (Eyebright) Extract, Vaccinium Myrtillus (Bilberry) Extract, Allantoin, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Panthenol, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Potassium Sorbate.
What I like about it: Just a little dab on a cotton round takes off waterproof eye makeup with ease. Doesn’t feel drying, though I do have to wash my face afterward. No harsh ingredients (aside from the phenoxylethanol).
What I don’t like about it: This isn’t a dis on the product itself, but using it requires cotton pads or tissues, which generates non-recyclable waste.
The new: Jane Iredale’s Magic Mitt ($15 at Pharmaca and Nordstrom)
Ingredients (1): Cotton fiber
What I like about it: It takes off all makeup, there is no waste, it can be re-used eleventy billion times, and my skin feels great after using it. No need for further cleansing or scrubbing.
What I don’t like about it: truly nothing.
I was overjoyed to discover this product at my natural pharmacy. You put your hand in the mitt, wet it with warm water, and gently rub off the makeup. Even waterproof and stubborn makeup comes off easily. I just splash my face with water when I’m done, and pat dry. My skin has felt noticeably less dry, especially around the eye area. I am sold. Jane Iredale Magic Mitt is our winner!