I have been seeing huge billboards of these for quite some time now. Curiosity got the better of me, & I tried out the refreshing wipes by Kara. Here is how they fared:
Company Literature: The Kara skin wipes range includes refreshing, sunscreen(spf 20), deep pore cleansing, toning and moisturizing wipes for a complete skincare regime.
They are alcohol free and dermatologically safe. Kara is made from Birla Cellulose, a fibre that is 100 percent natural and biodegradable.
Kara in Greek means pure, pristine, innocent and unblemished beauty and is an outcome of the in-house research and development at the Aditya Birla Centre for Science and Technology, Taloja, Maharashtra near Mumbai.
I tried the refreshing facial wipes that have Aloe Vera & mint oil
1. Very, very cool. I used this after spending a hot afternoon shopping (what else :P). It felt really cool & refreshing.
2. Easy to carry in bag
3. The wipe is made of cloth & not tissue/paper. It feels good on the skin and does not abrade/irritate
4. Alcohol free.
1. The price. At 27 Rs for 10 tissues of refreshing wipe it is a little expensive, when you could very well get the same benefit by carrying a spritz bottle of rose water & a towel.
2. The sunscreen wipes are very expensive at Rs. 70/- for 10 tissues. Haven't used these so can't say nothing about effectiveness.
3. The key ingredient list went something like this: Aqua, Silicone Emulsion, Menthyl Lactate (this is what produces the cooling effect), Mint oil, Aloe Vera Gel, Chelating Agent, Preservative & Fragrance. So as you can see, even with just the key ingreidents listed, mint oil & aloe vera were listed 4th & 5th. Imagine where they must figure in the *complete* list. I am not sure if this product really has enough mint oil & aloe vera to make a difference to your skin.
4. The re-sealing mechanism does not seem very sturdy to me, I don't think the wipes will last very long once opened. The pack does not give a best used within _______ days of opening information.
Will I buy again: Hmm.. Really unsure. Which probably means no. While it is always great to carry tissues with you for emergencies, I am not sure I would want to pick these up. Nothing against Kara per se, but I really don't get the entire concept of wet wipes too much. Their utility may be better felt by a person who travels a lot or has a field job and needs to interact with clients & look presentable at all times.
I wish they had introduced these as a single pack. Not only would that promote trial, but also make sense, to a person like me, who just wants one or two tissues on her for emergencies and not everyday use.