Last year I was Christmas shopping for the boy at Bed Bath and Beyond and came across this washcloth, called the Wonder Cloth. After reading the claims on the box, and doing a quick search for reviews online on my phone, curiosity got the better of me and I shelled out $14 for it.
According to the Wonder Cloth official website, here are the claims:
• All Natural Make Up Remover Cloth
• Hypo-Allergenic & Dermatologist Tested
• Helps to exfoliate skin
• Removes all make up quickly and easily with just water.
• Rinses clean with water, no stains remain on the cloth!
• Machine washable
• Re-usable – economical – Use Wonder Cloth over and over
• Bleach-safe cloth lasts twice as long as a standard washcloth
The idea is that you can use just this cloth and no cleansers to remove all traces of makeup. I was excited by the prospect of this! So many possibilities: travel without having to pack little mini bottles of cleansers, going camping and just washing my face by a babbling brook (not that I’ve been camping in years), and no more shelling out money for cleansers ever again!
Feeling super excited, I used this for a week straight, and my enthusiasm waned as the days (actually evenings – I used this solely at night to remove my makeup) went on. I did not enjoy using the Wonder Cloth at all – it was NOT cleaning my face thoroughly as claimed. After my initial washing with the Wonder Cloth (just the cloth plus H2O, as instructed), my eye makeup and my foundation were not completely removed – I would say the cloth maybe removed about 50% of the face makeup. This was apparent when I used my normal second step cleansing with micellar water. I had to use two and sometimes THREE cotton pads to fully cleanse my face, instead of the typical one.
In addition, the Wonder Cloth itself got progressively dingier looking by the day, and the silky soft quality diminished after every wash / air dry cycle. If you’ve ever owned rayon clothing, you will know what I mean – when rayon gets wet, it takes on a completely different hand-feel than its regular state – almost a dry crunchy feel. The packaging claims that the fibres are supposed to rinse clean with water – liar! I rinsed as thoroughly as possible and it did not get clean looking. They also didn’t account for the edges of the cloth where the overlock thread was used – that part of the cloth retained a lot of stains as I used the cloth.
After the week was over, I threw the cloth into the wash inside a laundry mesh bag and it did wash up cleanly, and the softness of the unused cloth did return, but it wasn’t as silky. However, it’s not practical to wash the Wonder Cloth nightly after each use.
• soft, non-abrasive texture
• easy to launder
• does not live up the its many claims
Stash worthiness: 2/10
Bottom line: Wonder Cloth is not so wonderful. Save your money and just use a regular wash cloth or a Konjac sponge with a proper facial cleanser instead. Has anyone else tried this? Now I’m not sure what to use my Wonder Cloth for instead now – thoughts?