You Haven’t Made the Switch to Eco-Friendly Makeup Wipes? Here Are 10 of Our Favorites

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Makeup wipes are a beauty lover’s best friend. They’re convenient and can efficiently remove every last trace of makeup. Not to mention, they offer the satisfying result of letting you see all the makeup, dirt and buildup you just swiped off. But we have some bad news: Makeup wipes are bad for the environment. Like, really bad.

Similar to plastic straws, shopping bags and coffee cups, makeup wipes are single-use, meaning they’re used just once and then thrown away. Constructed from plastic and other non-natural materials, they’re destined to sit in a landfill for up to 100 years, at which point they’ll finally start to break down. And if you flush them, it’s even worse, as they’re known to cause sewer blockages and can even end up among the fish in our waterways. That means every makeup wipe you’ve ever used is probably sitting in a landfill or floating in our oceans, fully intact.

Luckily, skin-care brands are catching on that this isn’t such a beautiful practice. Many popular brands have developed biodegradable wipes that will break down quickly and naturally, without leaving behind any plastic microparticles. With that in mind, here are ten of our favorite eco-friendly makeup wipes that get the job done, all without harming the environment.

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Kopari Coconut Melt Wipes (20 Count)

These 100 percent organic wipes from Kopari deliver the hydrating benefits of coconut oil in a convenient single-use pouch. One PureWow editor raves, “They remove every last bit of mascara while leaving my eye area feeling soothed and moisturized. I’ll never go back to my other makeup remover.”


Klorane Make-up Remover Biodegradable Wipes With Soothing Cornflower (25 Count)

Designed with a pH close to that of tears, these wipes are perfect for sweeping away even the most stubborn eyeliner without a hint of irritation. Cornflower water soothes and softens the skin, while gentle cleaning agents pull out makeup, dirt and impurities.


Bioderma Sensibio H2o Wipes (25 Count)

If your delicate face reacts to just about everything, these wipes are for you, simply because they were created with hypersensitive skin in mind. They contain vitamin E and an active micellar solution that work to remove oil, makeup and dirt, sans redness or irritation.


Yes To Cucumbers Facial Wipes (30 Count)

This drugstore find proves you don’t have to splurge to be environmentally conscious. Each towelette multitasks to exfoliate, detoxify and rejuvenate as it removes your makeup.

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Rms Beauty Ultimate Makeup Remover Wipes (20 Count)

Each compostable wipe in this pack comes individually sealed in 100 percent recyclable packaging. Rub the pouch between your palms for 10 to 20 seconds to warm up the coconut oil formula that the wipe is soaked in, then glide the soft fabric over your face and watch your makeup melt away.


Paula’s Choice Gentle Cleansing Cloths (30 Count)

Tired of harsh, strong-smelling makeup removers? These cloths from Paula’s Choice are fragrance-free and non-abrasive. You’re welcome.


Ursa Major Essential Face Wipes (20 Count)

These towelettes are infused with Ursa Major’s popular four-in-one Essential Face Tonic, which means they cleanse, exfoliate, soothe and hydrate—in one fell swoop. Plus, each bamboo wipe is individually wrapped, making them perfect to throw in your bag and take on the go.


Skyn Iceland Glacial Cleansing Cloths (30 Count)

Formulated with Icelandic glacial waters and botanical ingredients, these will soothe your skin as they cleanse. Even better? They’re residue-free and non-drying so you don’t have to worry about your skin feeling tight or sticky post-wipe.


Almay Longwear Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes (25 Count)

Swipe one of these bad boys over even your toughest longwear makeup and it’ll leave your skin looking (and feeling) clean. They were specifically created to make makeup removal a breeze, regardless of skin type.


Josie Maran Bear Naked Wipes (30 Count)

Infused with conditioning argan oil, vitamin E and aloe vera, these makeup removers will leave you with healthier skin each time you cleanse. Pro tip: store the package upside down. This will allow the natural cleansing solution to trickle down and absorb into the top wipe for optimal performance.

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From 2019 to 2021 Kara Cuzzone held the role of Assistant Commerce Editor covering sales and deals across beauty, fashion, home and wellness.