One of my favorite beauty writers is the beauty director over at Lucky Magazine, Jean Godfrey-June. Her book, Free Gift With Purchase, is one of my favorite reads (eventually I'll get around to reviewing it here) and she writes a monthly column in the magazine that I always savor last. Reading her book confirmed what I always suspected -- I am totally jealous of her life.
But, since I can't have her life, I will just live vicariously through her product recommendations. That brings me to today's review: Physicians Formula Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin Eye Makeup Remover Pads ($10). Jean Godfrey-June recommended it in Lucky a few months ago and I knew that I would have to try it out for myself.
The packaging of this stuff is all "100% of this and 0% of that" sort of language common to natural/organic products. I've ranted about my annoyance with this general custom previously so I'll skip repeating myself. But, just so you know what I'm talking about, here is some copy from their website:
Hypoallergenic. 100% Free of Harsh Chemicals. 100% Free of Synthetic Preservatives. 100% Free of Parabens. 100% Free of GMO's. 100% Free of Synthetic Colors. 100% Free of Synthetic Fragrances. 100% Cruelty Free."Moving past my eye-roll response to most of that, I do really like this product. The pre-moistened pads are ready to use and eliminate the hassle of finding a semi-clean cotton ball to squirt with eye makeup remover (which gives you a small window into the state of my bathroom on any given day). One pad is enough to clean both eyes and I am fully impressed with how effectively the eye makeup is swept away. Even sticky stuff like liquid liner or waterproof mascara is easily lifted. It is gentle, doesn't irritate my eyes, and doesn't leave a film. The clear, liquid soaked pad has the consistency of toner. In fact, it kind of reminds me of toner except that it removes eye makeup. Thankfully, there is no "organic" scent. It does have some cucumber extract and lavender essential oil in the mix, but the end product is essentially scent-free as far as I can tell. One thing that I think is really cool is that the pads themselves are compostable.
There are plenty of eye makeup removers in the world, but this one is unique because it is both gentle and extremely effective. And, if you care about that sort of thing, they are natural/organic to boot. Once again, Jean Godfrey-June hasn't let me down by recommending an excellent product with a budget-friendly price. I may not have her life, but darn if it isn't cool that we both use the same eye makeup remover.