Many moons ago, when I was a touring musician, I would not have access to showers. This was frustrating because, one, ew, and two, I hated keeping balls of dried, dirty wipes around until I found a trash can along the highway (lol, as if). So, I decided to try biodegradable wipes instead.
It doesn’t sound ideal, and I’m not going to act like it was. But the freshness of a wipe and the knowledge that it was biodegradable was impossible to resist as an eco-friendly fiend on tour.
These 11 packs of wipes will all degrade, they’ll nourish your skin, and they’ll keep you smelling clean. Even if you’re not about to go rock out on stage, biodegradable wipes are useful – um, hello Coachella! – and will keep you smelling decent even when you haven’t met a bar of soap in… we won’t talk about it, don’t worry.
We’re huge fans of Public Goods for their gender-neutral packaging and formulas, and these biodegradable wipes, made from bamboo, are no different. Baby-safe and hypoallergenic, your skin will feel refreshed rather than irritated thanks to soothing aloe and marshmallow extract, moisturizing cucumber and oat extracts, anti-inflammatory chamomile extract, and protective vitamin E.
Yes, it’s possible to exfoliate, hydrate, and nourish at the same time – Ursa Major made sure of it. The AHA/BHA exfoliating complex helps slough away dead skin, but it’s the other ingredients that make this shine. To summarize: soothing aloe calms exfoliation irritation, while conditioning willow bark takes care of dryness post-acids. Birch sap tones, while sugarcane brightens. The result: a face wipe to give you the cleanse of your dreams on nights you can’t be bothered to do your skincare routine.
Made from 100% cotton, these biodegradable face wipes are natural, sustainable, and super effective. There are two main ingredients: aloe vera, and pomegranate. The first, we all know and love for its soothing properties; the second you’ll fall in love with as it hydrates your skin while fighting inflammation. The 25-count of this pack makes it perfect for bringing on-the-go, whether you’re packing for a trip or needing to throw a pack in your bag.
Made from 100% eco-friendly bamboo, never worry about a flimsy wipe-down again – these biodegradable wipes are soft and thick, giving you a comfy refresher mid-day. Meant for the whole body – like, whole body – of any body, babies included, these wipes are vegan, cruelty-free, and gluten-free. On top of that, their shipping methods are carbon neutral, so you’re really helping the environment out when ordering from Eco Pea Co. (it’s just so much fun to say).
We love CeraVe in this household! The iconic skincare giant comes through yet again with their compostable (and therefore biodegradable) face wipes, made from 100% plant-based cloth. The cloth is pH balanced, so your skin will feel nourished at the right acidity level – you can thank the ceramides and glycerin for that. Makeup remover is infused to help get rid of that stubborn mascara – even waterproof formulas!
If you’re camping, at a music festival (Coachella weekend two is coming up!), on a long road trip, etcetera etcetera, you need more than a small face wipe. Surviveware comes in clutch with their face and body wipes, which cover large surface areas with pH-balancing ingredients like soothing aloe (nope, 0 alcohol here; yep, you can use them on your lower regions). They begin to decompose after 28 days and degrade in six months – not bad for a wipe that covers so much.
Yuni describes their shower sheets as “oversized,” and at 12”x10”, we’d have to agree on this term. (For reference, most wipes are 7”x5”, sooo not quite as sheet-like as this.) Rose and cucumber come together to soothe the skin and provide calming scents, and the alcohol-less formula means there’s no drying out post-cleanse. Wipes are wrapped individually, which isn’t as eco-friendly as we like, but we can’t argue with the biodegradable aspect.
OGEE’s cloths are made from plant fibers, making these biodegradable wipes compostable, too – love that. They’re also certified organic, totally cruelty-free, vegan, gluten-free, and GMO-free. What DO they have? Well, they’re soaked in AHAs to help exfoliate dry, dead skin away and let your radiant skin shine through with help from soothing aloe vera juice and sebum-balancing jojoba oil.
“Pure” heaven, that’s what these are. The secret powerhouse in these biodegradable face wipes: goat milk. Yep, that good ol’ milk has SO many skin benefits – it repairs, evens out skin flora, and provides a healthy dose of exfoliating vitamin A. Working with soothing aloe and cucumber, you’ll also reap the benefits of CoQ10, a natural antioxidant that protects skin from environmental stressors.
We love Lume’s stick deodorant and their soap, but their deodorant wipes are also to be loved. Like their stick deodorant, the deodorant wipes are aluminum-free, baking-soda free, and paraben-free, as well as vegan and cruelty-free. The compostable, biodegradable wipes are packed with ingredients like coconut oil and aloe, as well as a gentle AHA for exfoliation: almond-derived mandelic acid.
If you want to support a good cause, try out Conscious Coconut’s organic, biodegradable wipes. The brand is philanthropically-focused, providing more than 500,000 meals to Feeding America in the past seven years, through purchases – including those of these bamboo viscose wipes. Organic, fair-trade certified, virgin, cold-pressed coconut oil nourishes skin to the nth degree with more than four times the average amount of antioxidants than your standard coconut oil.
When do you use your biodegradable wipes? Any brands we should know about? Tell us in the comments!