During my last visit to Duane Reade, I saw that Boots (a large British drug store chain) has branched out to the US and started selling their brand products to American customers! I haven't been really exposed to the brand since I lived in London at the start of my career, so it really felt like I went back in time. On June 19th, 2012 Walgreens (America's largest drug store) purchased a 45% stake in Alliance Boots (UK's largest drug store chain) for $6.7bn. The intent of the deal was to maximize international exposure for both brands, for Boots in America and Walgreens in the UK and China.
I expected the Boots in-house brand wouldn't have anything awesome for your skin (I'm a little bit snobbish when it comes to beauty products). However, after looking closely for a simple eye make up remover, I made this wonderful discovery: [easyazon_link asin="B002E36618" locale="US" new_window="default" nofollow="default" tag="polyglamorous-20" add_to_cart="default" cloaking="default" localization="default" popups="default"]Expert Sensitive Gentle Eye Make-Up Removal Lotion[/easyazon_link]. I turned the product around and looked at the ingredient list. Surprisingly, there were only four:
- Paraffinum liquidum (Mineral oil)
- Isopropyl palmitate - a palm oil based emollient, moisturizer, thickening agent, and anti-static agent.
- Cocos nucifera (Coconut) oil
- Aloe barbadensis leaf
[easyazon_image add_to_cart="default" align="left" asin="B002E36618" cloaking="default" height="250" localization="default" locale="US" nofollow="default" new_window="default" src="http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/419OJxwoUCL.jpg" tag="polyglamorous-20" width="250"]Expert Sensitive Gentle Eye Make-Up Removal Lotion[/easyazon_image]Out of these ingredients, none are controversial or harmful. The remover itself works well, and it proves that sometimes you don't need 20+ ingredients to create a product that does its job.
This make up remover is super affordable. The 6.7 fl. oz. bottle is just under six dollars.
I might want to try their other products. Have you used any? What are your drug-store favorites?