Holiday Inn Express Makeup Remover Towelette Recall

Complimentary make up remover towlettes provided by Holiday Inn Express have been recalled by Celeste Industries due to the possibility that they may be contaminated by Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteria. Use of the simplySmart “Remove” Make Up Remover could cause serious infections, particulary in the eye.

The makeup remover recall was announced on January 5, 2009 for all lots of the towelettes provided to guests who stayed at a Holiday Inn Express hotel in the United States or Canada.

Each package contains a single towelette with “” printed on the package.

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After a number of hotel guests complained about an odor coming from the towelette packet, testing was done which established that some of the Holiday Inn Express make up remover may be contaminated by Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteria.

Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteria may cause serious infections in the eyes, respiratory system and soft tissue. It also causes dermatitis, bacteremia, and several systemic infections, mainly in patients with weak immune systems.

The contaminated Holiday Inn Express makeup remover towelettes pose a particular risk for serious eye infections, as the product is designed to be used on the face and around the eye. However, Celeste Industries Corporation, the manufacturer of the simplySmart “Remove Make Up Remover, indicates that no illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the product.

Holiday Inn Express hotel guests who may have kept the complimentary make up remover are being urged not to use the product and to destroy any towelettes they may have.

Individuals who have experienced problems after using one of the make up remover towels should contact a healthcare provider immediately, and product liability lawyers suggest that the product be stored in a manner to prevent further use pending any investigation or review of a potential lawsuit.

Celeste Corp. indicates that they have identified the source of contamination and are taking necessary steps to resolve the issue before production of the towelettes resume.


  • ClaudiaMarch 13, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    Great! I just found one of these in my makeup drawer and used it to remove my makeup. It did such a good job, I searched this product on line to see where I could purchase more.....and found this!!!

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