It’s been a solid six weeks since I took the plunge and ditched body soap, face soap, makeup remover, and shaving cream in favor of the Norwex body cloth. Am I still using the cloth? Do I still love it as much as I did when I wrote my original post? Keep on reading to find out!
The simple answer to whether or not I’m still using the body cloth is yes…and no. I am still using it for one function, but not for the others. I’ll break down how the body cloth ended up working out long-term for each of its proposed uses:
I was in complete awe of how well the body cloth worked in place of body soap until I hit week three. My skin started drying out in places I’ve never had an issue with before, like my arms. I figured that maybe I was just scrubbing too hard with the cloth, and I was willing to continue giving it a chance. Then, a large pimple popped up on my chest. Then a few more on my arm. That was a hard pass for me. I have never struggled with pimples on my chest, back, or arms, and I don’t want to start now. I’m not sure what went wrong, but I’m not sticking around to find out! Body soap is back in action in my shower.
My face had a similar reaction to the skin on the rest of my body after I hit week three. I broke out along my jaw line and cheek, and the skin in that area was pretty dry. I stopped using the body cloth and started using an oil cleanser/beauty bar combo on my face, and the dry, broken out patches totally cleared up within three days. I consulted with Tracy over at Trellis Beauty, and she theorized that the cloth was somehow messing with my skin’s pH balance or microbiome. She suggested that it would probably be fine for me to use the cloth periodically for a good exfoliation or if I was traveling and didn’t want to pack soap, but it is obviously out for daily use.
I am still loving my body cloth for makeup removal! I’m no longer using it to wash makeup off my entire face since it was causing me to break out, but I am still using it to remove the makeup around my eyes. It does a much better job than the eye makeup remover and cotton balls/q-tips I used previously, and I love that it is zero waste compared to my previous option. The cloth is very gentle around my eyes and hasn’t caused any irritation. Hooray! I am super pleased with this function still.
I never experienced any issues with using the cloth in place of shaving cream. However, prior to using the cloth, I would just shave with my body soap after I lathered up. So, since I’m using body soap again, I’ve just gone back to shaving with my body soap. But I wouldn’t hesitate to use the cloth in place of shaving cream if I needed to!
So, there you have it: The skinny on the long-term effectiveness of my body cloth. I highly recommend it for makeup removal, and I wouldn’t necessarily discourage anyone from trying out its other functions. It may not react with your body the same way it did with mine!
If you’ve tried the body cloth, please share your experience in the comments. I’d love to hear the positives and the negatives!