specialty wipes

There are more varieties than you think!

Moist towelettes, or ‘wipes’ as they are often called, have more uses than I was aware of until I took a survey in the drug store recently. I keep a package of cleaning wipes in my car for messes and spills, I keep several packs on hand at picnics for dirty hands, and I have some in my medicine cabinet to remove make up. It turns out that there are useful specialty wipes beyond the familiar baby wipes, facial wipes and hand & body wipes.


Wipes for the face, body, nails and hair:

Nail polish remover wipes are efficient and replace cotton balls and nail polish remover. They are much easier to travel with than toting around a bottle of nail polish remover. Butter London Glitter Scrubbers are textured to remove glitter polish and prep your nails for your next manicure. 10 individually wrapped towelettes for $10.00.


Cutex Swipe & Go Remover Pads are $8.99 for a package of 10. There are also non-acetone remover pads for the same price.

Facial cleansing wipes not only remove make up, but they clean away any dirt, oil and grime from your skin.

Garneir SkinActive Clean & Soothing Makeup Removing Cleansing Towelettes are highly rated. They easily remove waterproof makeup, contain plant extract and have no fragrance, alcohol or dyes. A package of 25 towelettes is $4.96.


Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes are my favorite makeup remover wipes. The cloths are gentle and soft and can remove even waterproof eye makeup. A 2-pack of 25 moist towelettes each for $10.30.  There are also medicated facial wipes to treat acne called Dr. Lin Acne Cleansing Wipes for $7.49.

Eye Make-Up remover wipes are easy to use. I use these Almay Eye Makeup Remover Pads and they are soothing and effective. They are gentle and in a pinch they also remove facial makeup in addition to eye makeup. There are 160 pads in this container. $8.99 for a 2-pack.


Wipes for your lips remove color from your lips if you want to change up your lipsticks as well as refresh and rehydrate your lips. These are plush wipes that remove the color on your lips and prep them for the next lipstick application. They provide a minty refresh. Each box has 10 individually wrapped wipes for $7.00.

Purse Perfect Hair Towelettes are wipes for your hair. These wipes tame flyaways and frizz and make your hair shinier. Smooth the wipe over dry hair from mid-shaft to the ends. 10 individually wrapped wipes are $11.99.

There are deodorant wipes:

These are great to tuck in your gym bag and to travel with. Whish Deodorant Swipes have an all natural formula. They reduce odor with witch hazel and claim to inhibit hair growth. They contain organic licorice, calendula and chamomile to soothe the skin. $20.90 for 30 swipes.


Pacifica Underarm Deodorant Wipes are aluminum-free and contain witch hazel . They control odor for hours. The wipes are biodegradable and are subtly scented. This one has coconut milk and essential oils. There are four other versions. $9.00.

Lotion wipes are a fast way to moisturize your skin. They are easy to travel with and relieve dryness.

These lotion cloths are biodegradable and scented with jasmine and lime. They have coconut milk and other natural ingredients to rehydrate your skin. $9.95 for 30 wipes.

These Body Cloths are refreshing and cooling:

Ban Total Refresh Cooling Body Cloths come in three types – Restore, Invigorate and Energize. They are a convenient way to cool down and freshen up anywhere and anytime. They leave your skin feeling soft and silky. A package of 20 is $8.99.


Goodwipes Body Wipes for Everyone are large (9.5” x 11.5”) biodegradable sheets with tea-tree oil and peppermint. $9.99 for 10 individually wrapped wipes.

Self Tanning wipes are easier than tanning mousse with the mitt. You can make sure you are applying evenly with these wipes and avoid streaks. Hint: A friend of ours uses these wipes to cover her ‘golfer’s tan’ when she steps out of her golf shoes and puts on revealing sandals.

Each L’Oréal towelette has enough self-tanner for one application. It is natural looking and they promise it will be streak-free. The tanner contain vitamin E.  $8.90 for a package of six individually wrapped towelettes.


Tan Towels have a clear self-tanning formula that works with the proteins and amino acids in your skin to create a healthy and natural looking sunless tan in a few hours. Each Tan Towel is a half-body application for face and body. Tan Towel also has a towel for only the face. These are $24.00 for ten towels.

Fragrance wipes are much easier to travel with than bottles of perfume and can be tucked into your purse.

This Nomaterra Getaway On-The-Go Eau Fraiche Fragrance Wipes Variety Pack has three different scents – Miami Orange Blossom, Malibu Honeysuckle, and Oahu Gardenia. I confess to never having smelled any of them, but I think it’s worth a try for the convenience! Each box has 12 wipes, 4 of each scent. They are on sale at Sephora for $10.00

Sally Hansen makes Ouch Relief Numbing Wipes for body and face that contain benzocaine. They can be used to numb an area before a procedure that might hurt like waxing or a shot. A package of 9 is $4.99.

Wipes for protection outdoors:

For those times when you take an unplanned walk, go for a picnic or are surprised when the sun comes out – here are insect repellent wipes and sunscreen which are easy to keep in your bag or car.

Insect repellant wipes are handy to carry with you if you are going to be outside. These wipes repel mosquitoes, ticks, chiggers, biting flies, no-see-ums, gnats and fleas. They contain 30% DEET which is the ONLY proven effective insect repellent. One package has 15 wipes for $6.30.

Sunscreen Towelette by SunX give SPF 30+ protection. Twenty-five towelettes for $18.49.

These after sun sheets contain pure aloe vera. They soothe, cool and refresh skin that has been exposed to sun. $3.98 for 25 sheets.

Wipes for the Home and Pets:

Makeup brush wipes clean your makeup brushes when you are traveling or simply on-the-go. They remove dirt and residue from makeup brushes. These are travel-size individually wrapped packets. The formula is alcohol-free. 6 Wipes are $8.00.

Disinfecting wet wipes are great for surfaces that might carry germs. I use these Lysol wipes which claim to disinfect and kill 99.9% of viruses and bacteria. One container has 240 wipes for $8.97.

These Pet Wipes, SofiesSecret Pet Wipes, are for both dogs and cats. They are 100% natural and organic. They are extra thick, soft and extra large. They are hypoallergenic, unscented and vegan. They are safe to use on your pets’ paws, coat, face, ears, skin and teeth. A box of 100 is $14.99.


Note: Even if the package says the wipes may be flushed down the toilet, do not!  They are often the cause of blockages and back-ups!

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