Wipes aren’t new. Women have been using them for make-up removal for years, but you’d think they are the “best new thing” for guys judging by how many brands have jumped on the band wagon. It makes sense — they’re quick, easy, and go anywhere (TSA-approved). While there is debate about their impact on the environment, if used as your alternative to a shower, and if they are disposed of properly (always check to see if they are flushable — a lot are not), then they can really be a game-changer.
That said, not all wipes are created equal. Some are made for make-up (in man language, that basically means they won’t irritate your eyes) and some have different ingredients to target specific issues, just like your favorite facial cleanser might. We find that these seven man wipes are some of the best out there, so we went ahead and did all the work and put them into categories for you. If you haven’t tried a wipe yet, now you know where to start.
To Skip the Shower: Goodwipes Body Wipes For Guys – $10
Maybe you’re one of the guys who works out over lunch, or you’re job has you running around all day, or maybe you’re just a heavy-sweater with important places to go. Whatever the case, these big body wipes from Goodwipes use tea tree oil, peppermint, and ginseng (but no alcohol) to hold you over until you can shower again. They are fully biodegradable, so feel good adding them to your gym bag, dopp kit, or briefcase. Just make sure you add them to the trashcan and not the toilet when you’re done.
To Put Your Best Face Forward: Ursa Major Essential Face Wipes – $24
If you love the brand’s 4-in-1 Essential Face Tonic (like most editors who have tried it do), then you’re in for a real treat with these Essential Face Wipes from Ursa Major. Ingredients like aloe hydrate and soothe, green tea fights pollution, and both willow bark and sugarcane exfoliate. If you’re the type of guy who finds himself in need of a midday face freshening, then add these to your bag as soon as you can. One use, and you’ll wonder how you got along without them before.
To Tackle Acne: YesTo Tomatoes Blemish Clearing Facial Wipes – $6
Sometimes you need a step-up from a simple solution for a sebum-saturated face. If you’re like a lot of guys, and find yourself both oily and breaking out, these blemish-clearing facial wipes from YesTo will do you right. Witch hazel, tomato, and a mild dose of salicylic acid help get deep into pimple-prone pores to keep skin clean and clear. Good old glycerin traps moisture it keep your face from feeling tight or dry.
To Clean Up A Mess Quickly: Dollar Shave Club One Wipe Charlies – $6
OK guys, listen up — all cards on the table here. Sometimes, you gotta go, and sometimes, your options of relief are less than desirable. This can leave you feeling less than fresh once done. Put a couple of these One Wipe Charlies in your bag and you you will be prepared should your coffee kick in sooner than you thought or that bean burrito hits you before you get home. They clean up with aloe and chamomile, and are flushable and biodegradable to boot, so you don’t have to worry about a thing.
To Freshen Up For a “Friend”: Scotch Porter Fresh Meat Masculine Wipes – $6
What makes these the perfect go-to for your no-no zone? First and foremost, they flush just fine, so no one needs to know anything about your business but you. Next, they’re full of aloe and vitamins B and E, and lack parabens, phthalates, chlorine, formaldehyde, and alcohol, which means that sensitive equipment you have down there will be better off than before. Last? They have a manly scent of leather, black peppercorn, patchouli, musk, citrus, and warm wood. This is basically the equivalent of that new car smell for your crotch.
To Calm Sensitive Skin: Every Man Jack Speed Shower Face & Body Wipes – $6
These vegan, cruelty-, and fragrance-ree wipes from Every Man Jack are made specifically for sensitive skin. Without sodium lauryl sulfate, parabens, phthalates, or dyes, these gentle wipes soothe and soften your spots with aloe, olive oil, and vitamin E. These guys pack as many naturally-derived ingredients into their wipes as they can to ensure you get the most bang for your buck, without causing irritating regrets. Bonus? Every Man Jack is made right here in the U.S.
To Use Instead of Hand Gel: EO Lavender Hand Sanitizer Wipes – $14
Hand sanitizers aren’t always all they’re cracked up to be — they almost all contain triclosan. This is a chemical that’s a known endocrine disruptor (it interferes with your hormone functions) and could likely be a main contributor to antibiotic-resisting bacteria. Some brands dropped it for another questionable option, benzalkonium chloride. These EO Wipes are free of both, and do a killer job against germs using sugar cane ethanol, a natural disinfectant that does no harm when absorbed into skin or our ecosystem.
Article originally published by Katie Dickens on July 4, 2016. Last updated by Barret Wertz on March 29, 2018.