We'll just come out and say it: We're not the biggest fans of makeup wipes. There are much gentler methods for taking off your makeup everyday, like cleansing oils and micellar waters, that'll do the job more efficiently with less waste and with less rubbing. But by far our biggest gripe with makeup wipes is this: Most of them are made of synthetic material, or in other words, they're not biodegradable. Meaning, all the wet tissues you've used in your lifetime is probably still in a landfill somewhere, fully intact.
It's a spine-chilling thought, so if you're willing to reconsider for the environment's sake, you have two options: Switch to another kind of makeup remover entirely, or use eco-friendly wipes you can chuck right into your compost bin. In case you're gearing towards the second option, we have you covered! Ahead, we list six brands that carry biodegradable makeup wipes for when you just can't do an over-the-sink cleanse:
1. Burt's Bees Sensitive Facial Towelettes
Made of repurposed cotton, these cleansing tissues are both eco-friendly and sensitive skin-approved. Aside from being fragrance-free, it's loaded with soothing ingredients like cotton extract, rice extract, and aloe so your face won't feel raw after removing your makeup.
BURT'S BEES Sensitive Facial Towelettes, price unavailable, Beauty Bar
2. RMS Beauty The Ultimate Makeup Remover Wipe
RMS Beauty's makeup wipes is the coconut oil-lover's best bet for a quick and clean sweep. These are packaged individually, so you can just chuck one ply in your makeup bag in case of emergencies.
RMS BEAUTY The Ultimate Makeup Remover Wipe, P950 for a box of 20, Rustan's Makati
3. The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wipes
If you're acne-prone, having wipes as your only cleanse automatically puts you at higher risk for breakouts. To give you a little more protection, opt for these wipes formulated with The Body Shop's cult-favorite tea tree oil, which has natural antibacterial properties.
THE BODY SHOP Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wipes, P495, Lazada
4. Derma E Hydrating Micellar Wipes
These cleansing tissues from Derma E contain hyaluronic acid and fruit-derived extracts that'll leave your skin feeling hydrated and fresh. It mimics that satisfying feeling of taking off your makeup with micellar water, sans the cotton pads.
DERMA E Hydrating Micellar Wipes, price unavailable, Healthy Options
5. Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution Make-Up Removing Wipes
The brand that makes the world's favorite micellar water makes makeup removing wipes, too, and they're just as gentle and effective. Formulated without parabens, alcohol, and fragrance, it's perfect for just about anyone who needs to cleanse on the go.
BIODERMA Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution Make-Up Removing Wipes, P602, Care to Beauty