2 February 2019

7 To 3 Naked Cleansing Wipe

If you're not already aware, face wipes in all of their many formats are one of the biggest polluters of our beaches, with scientists concerned that they may also be contaminating our waters and the environment with their synthetic and very harmful ingredients. 

Due to their plastic-based composition they can’t be recycled or flushed away. They won’t rot or break down. Instead they’ll continue to clog water systems, with facial wipes making up 93% of the material found in sewer blockages, according to Water UK. 

As environmentally conscious as they are, product inventor Helen Ambrosen and product inventor Gary Shears set about creating a Lush product that would eradicate the need for these wipes altogether: creating something so pioneering that it will only be a matter of time before other companies follow suit. Unfortunately, this product seems to have been pushed aside because of the sheer volume of other items being released at the same time, which is a shame because my experience using 7 to 3 Naked Cleansing Wipes has been nothing but incredible.

Frsitly, what is great about this brand new invention is that it shares its scent, and its benefits with one of my all time favourite Lush creations: 9 to 5 Facial Cleaner. Featuring a fresh dove infusion as the key ingredient, these little circular pads offer a delicate but rather pretty floral aroma: a spot on replica of the original bottled version. And much like the aforementioned classic, these little wipes are equally as versatile.

Firstly, they can be used to remove make up, and they work exceptionally well at doing this without the need to scrub your face red-raw in the process. As they feature a cannellini bean base, there is also a gentle exfoliation when you massage 7 To 3 across your face - which removes excess dirt and grease. Clarifying fresh dove orchid infusion works at calming the skins and reducing any redness present, while the carrageenan nourishes the skin and leaves it feeling super smooth and soft.

To use, you need to dampen your face with a little warm water and then run the pad across your skin until you have the desired amount of product. Then simply rinse your face with water and pat it down to finish the process. What you find is that your skin feels instantly plumper, more radiant, and definitely far smoother than it was a few minutes before. 

You will notice that there is a smoother side to the pad and a coarser side, due to the cannellini beans being present. This gives you the freedom to choose which side you use at any given time, which is an added bonus for a product so very small to begin with.  

The only downside to these wipes is that they hold a short shelf life, and Lush recommend that after a handful of uses the pads will disintegrate and will need to be replaced. While only £2 each, this still appears rather expensive when compared to how many months it can take me to get through a regular-sized bottle of 9 to 5. However, it is really easy to get around this short shelf life.

After experimenting over the space of a month, I found that the pad can easily last a good six to eight weeks, with daily use, and here's how I did it. I would suggest that you cut your pad into eight smaller pieces and store the remaining pieces until you need to replace the one you have. Then simply use one of the pieces across the space of a week (or two) and then replace it when you feel you need to. Using it this way made 7 To 3 Naked Cleansing Wipes an absolute steal of a price, and perhaps the best value for money product that Lush have ever created.

Aside from the price, these cleansing wipes work wonders at instantly rejuvenating your skin; removing make up with very little fuss; and leaving your complexion feeling and looking far more radiant in the space of a few seconds. Given the nature of their design, they are also super easy to transport around when you are travelling, and they're not a problem to store in between uses, so you don't have to worry about any sticky mess being created at the side of your sink.

After using this across the last month, it has become a staple in my household, and myself and my partner use it almost every day. For the price of half a coffee, you can enjoy wonderfully smooth and radiant skin, without the worry that your actions are causing any environmental damage.  

Quantitative Ingredients: Fresh Dove Orchid Infusion, Talc, Glycerine, Sodium, Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Propylene Glycol, Ground Cannellini Beans, Carrageenan Extract, Everlasting Flower Absolute, Ylang Ylang Oil, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Amyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Alcohol, *Benzyl Benzoate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional Cinnamyl, Alcohol, Citronellol, Geraniol, Hydroxycitronellal, *Linalool, Perfume.

Vegan?: Yes.

2019 Price: £2 each.

Year Of Original Release: 2019.

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