Bette Green Cleansing Stick
Your big kid will actually use this mom-approved face wash
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My kids are at the age now where they’re hovering somewhere between being a big kid and turning into a tween. I like to call this the “parenting sweet spot” because you’re past the point of having to help them wipe, but you haven’t yet entered the phase where their main interactions with you involve slamming a door in your face.
The one problem with this (mostly great) stage of parenting is that there aren’t many products designed for kids who aren’t babies or toddlers, but who aren’t tweens or teens, either. This is especially true when it comes to bath products: They don’t want to use baby soap because “they aren’t babies," but traditional bar soap is too drying on their still sensitive skin.
Enter Bette Green, the kids’ face wash that’s designed just for children in this in-between stage.
About Bette Green
Technically a cleansing balm, Bette Green is crafted from all natural ingredients and gently cleanses kids’ faces of all the dirt, sunscreen, food, and other gunk that they inevitably get covered in—without drying their skin. There are no synthetic scents here, either, just a mild rose and citrus fragrance that’s derived from essential oils.
Packaged in a cute plastic tube with a twist-up base, Bette Green simplifies the whole face washing process by enabling kids to apply it directly to their dry face. They don’t have to hassle with a slippery bar of soap or cotton rounds that end up in landfills—simply apply, rinse, dry, and go. While the instructions say to use a washcloth to remove the soap, my kids are low maintenance (AKA lazy), and they just take their Bette Green sticks in the shower and use the water spray to rinse.
Each cleansing stick costs $20, plus tax (if applicable) and shipping. Orders over $40 ship for free.
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What we like about Bette Green
Even if they aren’t quite old enough to go through puberty, children’s skin is still changing, and, for my kids, it meant they were getting small pimples from time to time. I bought Bette Green sticks for both of them because I wanted to find a facial cleanser that could (hopefully) banish their blemishes without the strong ingredients found in face washes for teens. Ever since they made Bette Green a part of their daily routines, we’ve had far fewer issues with their skin.
It’s easy for kids to use
If there’s one thing that I’ve learned over the last nine years of parenting, it’s that making things easy for kids is the key to getting them to do what you want. It can be tempting to think that your child is going to follow a three-step skin care regimen, but that’s simply not realistic. With just two steps—apply and rinse—Bette Green is quick, easy, and great for kids who don’t have the patience for something more complicated.
It helps establish a skin care routine
While I certainly don’t expect my 8-year-old daughter to take up my daily seven-step skin care regimen, I still want her to learn the importance of taking care of herself. Thanks to its ease of use—and how much they like it—Bette Green has become a daily routine for both of my kids.
The packaging is great
I really love Bette Green’s packaging. In addition to the easy-to-use design, each stick of Bette Green face balm comes packaged in a branded linen bag with a complimentary elastic hair band tucked inside. It’s a thoughtful—and useful—touch that’s wholly unexpected.
What we don’t like about Bette Green
It’s geared to girls
This is truly a nitpicky complaint, but the only thing I didn’t love about Bette Green is that it’s aimed primarily at girls rather than being gender neutral. It didn’t matter to my son that it came with a headband—he just gave it to his sister—but I can see how it could dissuade other boys from wanting to try it. Since it’s a product that works for everyone, regardless of gender, I’d love to see that reflected in how it’s marketed.
Should you get Bette Green?
Bette Green is a fantastic product that truly manages to fulfill the skin care needs for kids who fall in between the baby and the teen years. If you’ve been looking for a facial cleanser that checks all the boxes for parents—all natural, easy to use, and effective—while also being appealing to kids, you'll love Bette Green.
Prices were accurate at the time this article was published but may change over time.