I sent some Norwex products to a friend and she sent back her thoughts on one of her favorites:
When Suzanne sent me some Norwex samples to try, I was most excited to try the Makeup Removal cloths. She claimed that these cloths would remove makeup with just water, which might have been the most ridiculous thing I’d ever heard. As someone who has spent a small fortune trying to find a face wash that removes dirt and makeup without a bunch of harsh chemicals that dry out my skin or leave an oil slick, I couldn’t imagine a cloth actually doing the work itself.
Since my face has cleared up quite a bit and I no longer have to dedicate my skincare routine to fighting acne, my makeup removal routine pre-microfiber was Dr. Bronner’s castile soap. It’s vegetable-based and one of the purest soaps available with no chemicals, and can be used to do anything; body wash, shampoo, laundry, dishes, you name it. As a face wash, however, Dr. Bronner’s is a little harsh.
My eye makeup remover has always been grapeseed oil. If you wear waterproof mascara, you know it requires little short of chemical warfare to remove. The best thing you can use to remove eye makeup is grapeseed oil, or olive or coconut oil if you prefer. Store brand eye makeup remover is basically a glorified cooking oil with a few chemicals added in for color or scent, so it’s a total scam. Don’t waste your money. I say the same for wrinkle creams because grapeseed oil is such a great skin tightener, but I know everyone’s skin is different and you may prefer something else.
Anyway. When I finally gave the Norwex makeup removal cloth a try, I was skeptical. I knew they probably wouldn’t remove waterproof mascara – and they didn’t – but after wiping down my whole face with the cloth, I put some astringent on a cotton ball and swiped it over my face to see how much makeup and dirt was left. THERE WAS NOTHING LEFT. The cloth did the job and removed all the foundation, blush, and dirt. Amazing.
It’s been several months and I still use the Norwex makeup removal cloths every day, and have stopped using Dr. Bronner’s soap on my face. I still use grapeseed oil to moisturize and remove my eye makeup, but I do that after wiping my face with the cloth because I don’t want the fibers to get clogged with oil (use a cotton ball to remove it instead). My skin has never looked or felt better. It never gets too dry or too oily, and I am actually wearing a lot less foundation and concealer than before because my skin doesn’t even need it. And trust me, it’s been years since I’ve done that. I love makeup.
A few of my friends have noticed a change in my skin and have asked what I’ve been doing differently. I direct them right to the Norwex Makeup Removal cloths because in my opinion, there is nothing else you need. As someone who has tried every brand from Neutrogena to Clearasil to Proactiv, I’d say I know a thing or two about what works and what doesn’t. It’s microfiber all the way for me.