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Johnson's are a company that have been around for a very long time and I use a lot of their products. To quote their website, "with 100 years of expertise in caring for beautifully soft skin, Johnson's range of beauty productsis perfect for all skin types. From facial cleansing and moisturisers to shower gels and body care, we help you invest in beautiful skin.
One of their great products I use all the time is their cotton buds, such a versitile product that I have lots of uses for in my house. You will always find a tub of these in my bathroom and its nice that they come in a handy round tub, great for storage.
I have a tub of 200 at the moment and this will generally last me a couple of months which, at priced between £2-£3 is great value in my opinion.
The buds are made of 100% pure cotton and there are two buds, one on each end of a little plastic stick. The buds of cotton are quite tight on each end of the stick and they do not come off or leave little bits of cotton on your face which is nice. For just a small bit of cotton too they are extremely absorbant which is great when I need them to soak up liquids.
I mainly use thes buds for putting on make up. They are great for putting on a straight line of eyeshadow underneath my eye or tidying up any mascara that has smudged on my eyes. They are also great for covrring little blemishes on my face.
Theses buds are great to have around when you have kids too. I would never recommend putting these into an ear as we know now that this is quite dangerous but when my little boy has quite a bit of earwax at the front of his ear I can easily scoop it out with one of these buds.
All inall, a great product to have in your cupboard.
When I wake up in the morning or after my shower on the night I like to clean my ears with a cotton bud. I know many will complain about this, but majority of us still do it none the less. It's an excellent way of cleaning our ears out without having to go spend money on expensive products to clear the wax out.
I hate hard cotton buds, which is what I usually find in cheap branded one's. However, these cotton buds are friendly. They're soft and you get quite a nice amount of wool on the end. The stick the wool is attached to is blue and made of plastic. They're easy to use and obviously you don't put a lot of it into your ear. I only put the bud part in and never the blue stick.
In a large box of Johnson's cotton buds, you get 200 buds. Where I live they don't sell smaller tubs. This 200 buds usually last me a couple of weeks because I also use them for other things, not just my ears. I also like to use them for make up. If I'm going to a party and I wear liquid eyeliner I like to use these cotton buds to tidy up my mistakes. They're very soft on the facial skin. I also use them for cleaning out instruments. Such as nozzle's on the end of my cream tubes etc. They're pretty much handy for anything small.
I get mine from Pound Land, obviously fora pound, but sometimes Body Care sells them for 99p. It's never a hit and miss because I haven't spotted them anywhere else. I would highly recommend this product to all ages, because they're really suitable.
I use cotton buds for a number of reasons, to clean my ears, to remove nail varnish from the edges of my nails if it gets messy and also to apply eye makeup if I haven't got my brush set with me. Usually I just go for the cheaper brand but on this occasion these ones were purchased for the household.
You can buy Johnson's cotton wool buds in packets of 100 or 200. The pack of 100 can be found for between the 90p and £1 marks where the 200 can be found around the £1.25 upwards mark. This makes the 200 pack much better value for money.
The cotton buds are the same design as any other cotton buds on the market with 2 pieces of cotton held on the end of a stick.
The stick in these is made of a firm blue plastic. I like the fact that it is sturdy as it prevents slipping when you are cleaning your ears, I cannot stand the pain of jabbing yourself in the ear with a cotton bud! I have found this to be an issue in the past when I have used cheaper cotton buds. The stick is also of a good length so that it can be held easily.
The cotton is nice and soft so feels gentle on your ear. Despite being soft it holds product well whether that be extracting from your ear or using for other purposes. The cotton absorbs nail polish well and holds eye shadows well without dropping any excess.
In all I really like this product. In future I think I will pay the small extra amount of money and buy these over shop own brands.
We tend to get through cotton buds in our house like they're going out of fashion, if they're not being used to clean out our ears, then they're being used to remove nail varnish, apply cream to wounds, remove make up, the list is endless. I've even used them to clear out a blocked ink cartridge. I've always tended to shy away from buying Johnson's cotton buds as they always seem that bit more expensive than other brands but when I saw that Poundland had a tub of 200 in I thought I'd give them a go.
The packaging is basic but practical, a white circular cardboard tub with a clear plastic top with blue writing on it. The buds themselves are 3 inches long and are made of blue plastic which has a generous amount of cotton wool on each end. The cotton wool is very well secured, believe me I've tried to pull it off and it takes some doing, but then maybe I'm just too weak to pull it off, who knows.
Overall I was very impressed with the buds, they stood up to whatever test I put them through, they are soft and gentle on skin, unlike some where once they are wet the stick comes through the cotton wool and can sratch your skin, and have a multitide of uses that aren't even mentioned on the packaging.
If Poundland has them in again I'll definitely be buying more.
Cotton wool in varying forms are always in my house, mainly in my room to be honest no one seems to use it anywhere near as much as I do. If it's not cotton wool balls to cleanse and tone my face, I use them to get rid of nail varnish - it's one of those items that for girls tends to be a bit of an essential. I'm no different, and for a while I never really understood the use of cotton wool buds and thought they were a bit of a waste of time, space and money - until one day I started using them and I haven't looked back since.
~*~ Johnson's ~*~
Are a company that have been making beauty products, baby products and varying items in the skincare section for a good number of years. Most of us have used a Johnson's product at some point in our lives I bet, even if it is that hit and miss self-tanner that seemed so popular one summer. Johnson's are one of the most popular and expert skin care brands out there, and why so many Mum's especially use it on their precious new babies - they must be doing something right to still be filling our bathroom cupboards and shelves 100 years later. They aren't the cheapest brand out there, but they're not the most expensive either and when you think about the quality you're getting they're more than worth the money. A brand that's going to be around, for a good 100 years or more I think!
~*~ Cotton Wool Buds ~*~
Best for your baby and best for you!
~*~ What is cotton bud? ~*~
A cotton bud to me as a child always looked like a miniature one of those batons that they used in Gladiators on TV, and when I picked one up thought it was fun to battle my younger brother with one - not that at the time he really knew what I was playing at. They are essentially a piece of thin plastic, which at the end has two buds of cotton wool attached; I'd like to know actually how the cotton wool is attached to the plastic because I've never found the end to fall off, it's either some cracking glue or the cotton wool really is in love with the plastic. Either way, I like cotton buds they're a useful bit of kit to have in your home.
~*~ Cotton bud uses ~*~
I have so many uses for my cotton buds and even in the last 24 hours I've added to those uses. Most people think that cotton buds should be a nice way to clean out extra ear wax, there is a massive sign on the side of this tub that says to never stick them in your ears or nose - to be honest who actually pays attention to that? I'll hold my hands up and say that I've done it, and I've done it recently. The first thing my boyfriend does when he sees a tub of these is pick a couple of them out and twizzle his ears, no matter how much you know it's potentially bad for your health it's hard not to do it. I'm hoping that all of you know the dangers of poking these cotton bud (well any cotton bud) in your ear - and the damage it can cause to your ear drums. So if you're going to do it, please be gentle because your ears are really sensitive, although just in fairness I have used these in my ears, and they do work well - but I'm not advising you use them to do it because if you lose a bit of cotton in your ear you could well wind up in a&e trying to get it out!
One of the other places you're not meant to stick these cotton buds is up your nose, I can't see a reason for doing so - but the advisory notice is there so please don't do it, just in case you do end up doing yourself some unnecessary damage to your body. However the places I mainly use these, normally cosmetic reasons, to get rid of nail varnish up the sides of my fingers when I've managed to mess it up. All it takes is a quick dip in the nail varnish remover and one bud should do both hands really, unless you've painted your entire finger as a mistake - but I can make sure one end of a cotton bud does one hand. They're fairly absorbent without being drippy and falling off the end so they get rid of my nail varnish happily, and to be honest makes life a bit cheaper than buying one of the nail varnish remover pens because they are expensive and don't really work so well once you've used them a couple of times.
Recently I've discovered a spray that helps to ease blemishes, but it requires quite specific application to the area you're affected by the acne - and to start with I just used normal cotton wool balls but given that they're so big I was just losing the spray into a cotton wool ball and it wasn't getting transferred onto my skin, so I decided to change tactics. Now I spray my blemish removing spray onto one of these buds and rub it onto the area - because the cotton isn't overly thick on the bud it means I keep as much of the spray as close to my skin as possible and it has made a big difference. These cotton wool buds are a cosmetic helper massively, however I've also used them after piercings as a way to keep the area clean because they can get into the small places behind the bar, or earring they can get into places a normal cotton wool ball can't manage - I used balls on my ear piercing when I was 16, and it took a while to heal. Used buds on my top ear piercing and my belly button and they healed within half the time - I'm a big fan of cotton buds.
Now for the baby part, now I don't often use them on babies as in work we aren't budgeted to use them. However last night I washed my godson before I put him to bed and as he's a little wriggler, and well he's a boy and anyone that's had a naked baby boy in their arms knows what they're like - so you need to get them dry as quickly as possible and into a nappy. So I got the body of the little man dry before I grabbed my friends pot of these, to get some little areas nice and dry, mainly between his fingers because I know how fond he is of getting them in his mouth - I just quickly popped them between his digits on fingers and toes, one per hand or foot, and managed quite quickly to get him dry and comfortable without too much stress or annoyance actually which really impressed me. The cotton buds are soft enough to rub without any kind of irritation or pulling on a delicate babies skin, and they absorb well enough that you don't have to use loads of them to be able to get the little hard to reach areas dry. Thankfully the little man doesn't have dry skin; else I'd have been using them again to get some moisturiser in the little hard to reach areas as well. Not once in the entire time I've been using cotton buds have I lost the end of them through being overly filled even when they've been subjected to a lot of water and moisture.
~*~ Packaging and Longevity ~*~
If you're using them for a baby, you might find you get through a few more than I do - as I can make a pack of 200 last me a couple of months because on average I use one or two a day and given that there is 200 I'm not going to run out very fast. If you're using them on a daily basis with a baby, or using them a lot to clean a piercing or blemish area you might find you use them a little bit faster - even so at the price you can pick them up at they're more than worth couple of boxes at a time. I'm a massive fan, even the packaging looks worth the money a sweet little white pit, with an easily removable clear lid - which if you've got a baby and only one hand being able to get the lid off easily is a blessing, but it's tight enough that you'll not get any germs on your buds.
~*~ Price and Availability ~*~
I bought mine today in Tesco for £1, in their mini baby event - which is cheaper currently than Tesco's own brand of cotton buds, so if you like them grab a couple of packets while they're on offer.
Johnson's are my favourite brand of cotton buds, they are a little bit more expensive than the supermarket own brands, but they are of a much higher quality. You can normally find a 200 pack in Tesco for about £1.20. This is close on double what you would pay for a similar quantity of Tesco own brand.
As I have said the quality is much better and have found other cotton buds to be a false economy at times. You get a nice firm bit of of cotton wool on either end of a firm, stiff of what I can only describe as a little blue stick. Unlike some other brands the cotton wool doesn't break up when you are using it to clean your ears and the the stick doesn't bend or break leaving you with half a cotton bud hanging out of your ear.
I would imagine that most people use these to clean their ears but I have found some other uses for cotton buds in the past too. I find that if you have taken a shelf down in your house and need to fill smallish screw holes that have been left behind the cotton bud can be very useful. Take a bud and put some polyfiller on the end of it to fill deep inside the hole. If you pack the hole out fully you should avoid shrinking and cracking.
I have also used cotton buds to apply cream or to wash out small deep cuts in the past too. All in all these are more versatile than you might think and as I have come to expect from Johnson's, a very high quality product.
Cotton buds are something that I actually get through quite a lot of. I use them for various needs including cleaning around my ears but I also use them for tidying up my nails after painting. I would say I probably use around 20 cotton buds a week just for myself. I usually buy the own brand cotton buds such as Tesco or Asda but when I saw a 200 pack of these retailing for just 89p in B and M I snapped a pot up. I've no idea if this was their RRP or a special deal but it seemed like a very good price to be for the leading brand.
I like the design of the pot and it is easy to get into simply twisting off the plastic lid. It is easy to pick up the buds and they are all positioned nicely within the container it is pretty much impossible for them to go everywhere when you open the lid.
Each bud is around 3 inches long. Each end of the bud is covered in 100% pure cotton. This is shaped like a bud and goes around a centimetre up each end. The cotton is wrapped tightly around the plastic 'handle' and there is no chance it could come off. The plastic on these is actually blue which is different to most brands which tend to stick with white.
The cotton buds are easy to use. You simply hold the blue bit of the bud and then use the ends to clean or tidy whatever you need the bud for. I do use these around my ears. I suffer with my ears and have both very waxy ears and eczma inside my ears. Therefore I find myself using these buds every few days. The cotton is soft on my delicate skin and I feel it cleans well. It doesn't irritate my skin and if anything it actually leaves it feeling a bit soothed afterwards.
I also use these for cleaning around my nails. If I have got nail varnish on my skin I dunk on of these buds into nail varnish remover and then wipe round the nail. This works quickly and easily and the bud doesn't pull on my skin or make it sore.
These can also be used for babys and also cosmetic uses such as applying eyeshadow.
I like these buds. I think they are the best on the market and at less than half of a pence each you really cant go wrong for a product that gets used so regularly. They are made to a very high standard and I will definitely be buying them again.
I like Johnson's brand and love the products. I trust this brand and always know that I am buying quality. I use cotton buds quite a lot and have bought this one many times. This one is cheap enough to buy too. Buds are a must have in my home and I couldn't live without them.
The cotton buds come inside a transparent container which has the name clearly on the front and can easily be spotted on shelves. Also a removable lid. Inside there are 200 cotton buds. Quite a lot of buds and a huge amount in the container and will last for a very long time. The container fits nicely inside a drawer if you prefer to store them away. I keep mine inside a basket inside my drawer.
The cotton wool is 100% pure cotton and it is a really soft cotton and a lovely soft texture. The buds are white in colour like any other cotton wool. The stems are a good length and quite strong and quite thin but very easy to hold comfortably in the hands. They don't break or snap and are quite sturdy. They are really absorbent buds and hold any moisture that is thrown at them. I use them for cleaning around the inside of my ears when I have used ear drops and want to soak up the excess oil. A cotton bud must never be placed inside the hole part of the ear like some people may think, this is the advice my practice nurse told me many years ago. I am not a professional but this is what I was told.
When I use them to remove the oil from my ears, they work really well and I just use the tip gently around my ear and it is removed nicely. I also use these for cleaning my computer keyboard when I have those bits that attach to the keyboard if I have been eating while using my computer lol. I just dip a bud into warm water and then squeeze the excess water from the bud and gently just manoeuvre it around the keyboard and the dirt attaches to the cotton really well, I do have to use a couple at a time when I do this job. I obviously turn my computer completely off from the mains too so I am safe cleaning it this way.
These buds I also use to remove any eye shadow, face powder or any make up that has fallen onto my face or near my eyes when I am applying my make up. It removes it perfectly without me having to use my fingers. The cotton feels really soft against my skin too. They are handy for when I have smudged my nail varnish while applying it to my nails, these buds used dry just remove the varnish which has fallen onto my skin around my nails just perfectly. The cotton is soft enough not to smudge the varnish around the nail and the wet varnish sticks to the cotton very well because of the quality of the cotton and the cotton not pulling away from the stem.
I use them to dry between my little granddaughter's toes and fingers when she has had a shower at my home. She is only almost 14 months old and so her fingers are still quite tiny and using a towel to dry between these areas isn't necessary and buds are much more gentle to dry her skin. Also they are designed for babies and are very gentle buds for their more delicate, sensitive skins. Because they are so soft, my granddaughter always giggles when I am drying in between her toes and fingers lol. She has never experienced any irritations using these buds.
I love these buds and for the pack of 200, they only cost £1.20 and can be bought cheaper in some shops, so best to shop around for these to find a cheaper price. For this amount in the container you just cannot go wrong with the price in my opinion and they are worth every penny spent of my money.
They are extremely good quality buds and fabulous value for the money and so affordable for any budget. I will keep on buying these buds in the future because they absorb really well and are extremely soft cotton and super soft for using on my grandchildren's skin and for my own personal use.
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I give these buds 5 stars.
Thank you for reading my review and I hope it has been of some help.
Cotton buds are one of those items I never really have in the house, but when I do I always find a lot of numerous uses for them which make them a very handy product. Having just had a new baby, cotton buds are a handy cleansing item to have in, as they have many different and handy uses.
Johnson's is a very popular make of baby toiletries and is a consumer brand of Johnson and Johnson, a popular pharmaceutical company. Johnson's are most well known for their baby wipes, baby oil and especially their baby shampoo!
The cotton buds come in a thick circular cardboard tub with a thin clear plastic lid. I find the cardboard to be fine and sturdy, but the lid isn't very secure and I have often knocked them off the side by accident and had 100 cotton buds to pick up due to the lid coming off all too easily.
The buds are made from 100% pure cotton which is said to be naturally absorbent and gentle. The buds sticks are made of a blue plastic which is quite bendy yet sturdy and each bud is approximately 7cm long, with a 1cm bud of cotton on either side. The cotton is tightly fixed onto the stick and even pulling on the cotton it is very hard to remove from the stick, so by this I know they are safe when using on a baby as the cotton isn't just a bud stuck on the end which easily drops off.
There are many uses for cotton buds and here are some things I find them very useful for, obviously, other people and yourself will have the same and many different uses for them also.
For Baby, I find the cotton buds very handy for cleaning I between toes. I mean sticking an adult finger, even the little one, I between baby's toes to try nd clean them is tricky as toes don't separate that far and therefore is uncomfortable for baby if you sart pulling their toes apart to clean them. Cotton buds are the perfect size to just wipe in between toes.
They are also very handy to clean baby's fingers, although I think it's easier to do that with a wipe, and also to clean baby's outer ear. I never feel comfortable, even wiping outer ear with these as I always imagine baby turning their head suddenly and you poking them right inside the ear with it. This comes from an accident with my sister who is now deaf in one ear due to earbuds, so I always stay clear of ears with these, but obviously other people find them very handy for this.
You can also use them to wipe gently around baby's eyes and just inside their nose. All these places are hard to reach and again, not comfortable for baby if you try prodding them with an adult finger, which is a lot thicker than an earbud! You can also use them to apply creams to baby as using a cotton bud means you not 'contaminating' the cream with your finger germs!
You as an adult can use the cotton buds for all the above things, but another handy thing for adults is to apply and remove eye makeup. You can also use them to clean with, as they are quite handy in places such as arouNd taps and plug holes, general places where your finger is too fat to fit in!
So, having so many handy uses and also being very affordable, around 50p to £1.50 depending upon gee you buy them from, then you really cannot complain. A very handy item to have for baby, you and your home.
They are also nhygienic as they are disposable, so after use you can bin them unlike a cotton cloth.
The only warning is to never insert cotton buds into inner ear or nose as this can cause injury! So long as you don't go prodding yourself with them, then I'd definitely recommend them!
I normally stick to the cheaper supermarket own brands of cotton buds, however in Asda recently with my friend and our kids we saw they had the Johnson's pack of cotton buds selling for £1 and as she picked up 2, I thought it must be some kind of bargain so I eagerly grabbed a pot too!
Johnson Cotton Buds come in a round cardboard pot with a transparent lid. Inside the pot, the buds are stored vertically in a sort of swirl spiral kind of shape, and it is easy to pop the pot open, pick one out and close it again. The buds themselves are a blue stick, with cotton wool on either end for cleaning. I find that compared to other cheaper brands there is far more cotton which is thicker and softer on these buds which makes for an easy cushion and effective swabbing when inserted in the ears!
I tend to predominantly use cotton buds on a daily basis for cleaning ears. These buds fit comfortably and easily in my ears for a good deep cleanse to rid of any wax and also they are suitable for inserting in my 3 year olds ears. A quick swab around and she is happy to let me clean her ears and these buds are effective for gettin in all the creases her ears has and leaves both of us pristine and wax free! These are more than suitable for guys too as my partner and brother all use them so they really are good for all the family!
I also use these cotton buds for neatening up my nails when I have polished them myself. I simply dab one end of the cotton bud in some nail polish remover and as it has a fine tip it is great for going around the edge of my nails and removing little flecks of polish that have ended up where they shouldn't without removing huge chunks of nail polish in one go! This helps leave my nails with a "salon" look at a lot lower cost!
Another thing I like to use these cotton buds for is to correct my eyeliner. I don't have the steadiest of hands, so often my eyes don't match but by dabbing these Johnson cotton buds in my eye makeup remover, the cotton on the stick absorbs the fluid and as it has a fine tip I can apply it accurately to neaten up my eyes and voila! A look achieved with such a small and handy invention!
Overall I do really like the cotton buds, but have to say I would probably only consider buying them when on offer as there isn't an extremely huge difference between them and cheaper brands. I appreciate that there is a lot more actual cotton wool on these buds, and so I find I need to use less of them to do the work I would probably do with 3 cotton buds of cheaper quality, but other than that there isn't much to go on! I will stick with this pot until it runs out, which shan't be for now but may wait and only buy these the next time they are on offer!
I have tried numerous brands of cotton buds and I always come back to Johnsons I find that they are so much stronger and easier to use than others and so I've stopped trying anymore I just keep buying these ones now.
I tend to buy the larger tub of 200 cotton buds for £1 although you can get a smaller tub that's a bit cheaper but I tend to just go for the largest tub as then I don't have to think about purchasing for a while. These are available from Pound shops, Savers, discount drug stores, superdrug, boots, supermarkets etc so they are very widely available and I haven't found too much difference price wise.
The tub is very simple, it's made of thick cardboard and is white with coloured writing. The top of the tub has a transparent lid that fits down over the cardboard rather well. Through the lid you can see the many buds cased inside. The packaging is simple but effective but honestly I don't really care how they look as long as they do the job.
The buds themselves are made from thick blue plastic with white cotton wool wrapped around the ends. The plastic is very strong and doesn't bend or snap unless you're being extremely harsh with them which for the use intended wouldn't happen. The cotton buds at either end are wound tightly and unlike some cheaper brands I find they retain their shape whilst cleaning my ears, some of the cheaper brands I found the cotton end almost coming entirely off which is no good really. I find that they are nice and thick and the perfect size for reaching either side of my ear. Once used I simply pop these in the bin.
I don't only use these cotton buds for ear cleaning purposes but for a variety of issues, I find my taps can get very grimy around the base and the cloth is not small enough to reach and I don't want to keep a toothbrush lying around in case my 3 year old gets a hold of it and puts it in his mouth. I also use these for getting into the corners of my nails to remove polish, they're also the perfect size for wiping underneath my eyes to get rid of mascara smudges or eyeliner fatalities. For any small spaces that needed cleaned these are perfect, I have also found myself dipping an end in water and getting into the corner of my skirting boards as the cloths just can't manage to effectively clean the dust.
Overall these are really good, they work well, have many purposes and retain their shape. Of course there are the odd buds where the cotton isn't tightly wound on and they aren't very useful but it's rare for it to happen so I would definitely recommend these buds over other brands.
I bought Johnson cotton buds as I found them in poundland for guess what, £1! It was a bargain and couldn't be missed as I usually by Tesco's own.
They come in a cardboard circular box and have a clear plastic lid so you can see the cotton buds inside arranged in a nice pattern! Also helps as you can see how many you have left.
The cotton buds them selves are a small blue plastic tube with cotton wool on either end. Now I know you shouldn't be I do use them to clean my ears I just don't push in too far! I have found them really soft and gentle and I know its disgusting but good at picking up the wax!
I also use them to clean eye liner and mascara from around my eyes when applying make up. I just dip it into a bit of water and clean away any mistakes. Again its very soft around my eyes and I find that there is quite a decent amount of cotton wool on there to absorb the water and help clean.
The cotton wool also stays attached to the plastic tube really well which is great as I have found tesco's ones can sometimes come loose.
Overall I would definitely recommend these as they are just such a good bargain and buying from poundland you get the Johnson's quality at a bargain price!
I use cotton buds for a variety of uses, but mainly to apply (and remove as necessary) my make up. I find them just the right size to remove blobs of unwanted mascara or errors in my eyeliner application. They are also great for blending eyeshadow and concealer. They were also useful when my baby was very small to apply lotion or ensure that the skin between his toes was completely dry after his bath. As with all cotton buds, these should not be inserted into the ear canal.
For me, I usually buy Tesco's own cotton buds, but, as I was using them on my baby too, I decided to opt for Johnson's variety as I trusted them to be soft and gentle on his skin. I purchased a tub of 200 cotton buds for £1.34 from Boots (they are also available for £1 in Poundland).
The buds come in a round white cardboard container with a clear plastic lid. They are stacked neatly and arranged in almost a fan pattern inside. The buds themselves are made with a thin hollow blue plastic tube, with white cotton wool rounded ends. These feel soft to the touch.
I find these to be particularly well made - especially when in comparison to supermarket own brands, which usually price a little cheaper. The cotton bud ends hold their shape very well even under pressure or when wet. They are also a nice rounded shape, which I found easy to use when applying lotion to my son's skin. The ends also have sufficient amount of cotton wool on them for me to feel confident in using these to dry around my baby's eyes.
With regards to my own use, they were very effective at blending make up as they stood up well to a lot of blending strokes, holding together well. They also proved very absorbent so removed mascara/eyeliner well.
Overall, a fantastic cotton bud and worth spending the extra pennies on.
I find cotton buds an extremely useful product to have around the house, they have a variety of uses whether it is for use personally or for cleaning in small hard to reach places. We always have at least one tub of cotton buds in the house, most of the time I go for a cheap version, like a shops own brand as I have found them to be just as good as the more expensive ones, and after all they just get used and thrown away so I see no point in spending a lot of money on them. Recently I noticed we were getting low on cotton buds so when I did my weekly shop I had a quick look to see what was available, I was a bit disappointed to see that the normal Tesco own brand that I buy was out of stock and they only ones they had were Johnson's Cotton Buds, luckily they were on offer so I picked a pot up, I had used this brand in the past, but do begrudge paying out so much for a pot of cotton buds, but on this particular day I didn't really have a lot of choice.
The Johnson Cotton Buds come in a round pot which is made from a thick white cardboard, the top of the pot is covered with a large oversized clear plastic lid which accommodates the tops of the cotton buds and keeps them clean at the same time, this lid simply pulls on and off of the top of the pot. On the front of the pot are the words "Johnson Cotton Buds" in blue writing with the name of the manufacturer right at the bottom, this happens to be "Johnson & Johnson" again written in the same blue writing . There is also a pale pink rectangle shape in the middle of the pot with "Pure Cotton Buds" written in side it, the front of the pot also states that the cotton buds are made from 100% cotton. The back of the pot is covered in blue writing, this suggests how the cotton buds can be used to benefit you and also a baby, it also suggests some safety tips and how the cotton buds should not be used. The Johnson & Johnson logo also features on the back of the pot as well. The information on the back of the pot is easy to read and clearly set out.
The Cotton Buds
Johnson Cotton Buds are basically made up of an almost transparent blue thin stem with tightly woven cotton wool on each end. Although these cotton buds look just like any other cotton buds one thing I did notice was that the plastic stem is quite sturdy, some of the cheaper brands you buy if you apply too much pressure when using the cotton bud the plastic stem will bend, however with the Johnson cotton Buds this stem is much stronger and does not bend at all when slight pressure is applied. The cotton wool on the ends is very tightly woven meaning that it does not shed when used, this is very handy I find when I am using them to touch up my make up around my eyes or to remove a slightly smudge of make up, again some cheaper cotton buds do tend to shed fibres when used and if you are using them for make up these can get into your eyes. The cotton wool on the ends of the Johnson Cotton Buds isn't what I would describe as soft purely because it is tightly woven, however this does not really matter, the main thing is that there is minimal shedding of fibres and that there are no sharp bits of cotton within the them which so far I have found is the case and have had not problems with sharp bits in the cotton buds.
I find cotton buds can be used for a variety of things, the back of the pot make s few suggestions including
*For You - Ideal for applying and removing make up from around the eyes, also ideal for cleaning around the eyes and outer ears. Personally I have used my Johnson Cotton Buds for both of these suggestions, I do however use them mainly for make up purposes whether it is to apply make up or remove it, they are also useful to remove any slight make up mistakes around your eyes, the ends are small enough to get into the corners without removing too much make up or smudging the rest of it.
*For Baby - The pot suggest that they are used to dry between the babies fingers and toes as well as the eyes, nose and outer ear. They can also be used to apply cream. Personally I have not used them for any of these purposes so far, however I can see how they would be handy to use on babies as they are small and the cotton wool on the ends contains no sharp pieces of cotton which could scratch a babies skin.
Personally find that cotton buds are also handy for cleaning around the home, they are ideal for getting into those small hard to reach places that you just cannot get into with a regular cloth or sponge, obviously they are only small so no good for cleaning large areas but very useful for smaller corners, and the sturdy plastic stem means they do not bend as soon as a small amount of pressure is applied. The pot suggest that they are useful for applying cream to babies skin, however I personally find this is the case with adults as well. I have my belly button pierced and recently it became very sore around one of the holes for no reason, applying antiseptic cream to the correct area was quite hard with my fingers, but I found that if I applied the cream to the end of one of the Cotton Bud I could apply the cream in just the right place helping it to heal quicker, the cotton buds are clean and sterile and small enough to get right up close to the bar in my belly button where the skin had become sore.
The main warning given for Johnson Cotton Buds is that you should not insert them into your inner ear or nose, this is pretty standard for this type of product and often appears on the back of cotton bud packets. It also states that these should be kept out of reach of children and suggests that improper use can cause injury. Again this is a standard warning for this type of product, so although the cotton buds do have a variety of uses you do need to be a little bit careful when using them so as not to hurt yourself.
Price & Availability
As I have mentioned I purchased my pot of Johnson Cotton Buds from my local Tesco, although I have seen this product available in a variety of other shops such as supermarkets and shops such as Boots and Superdrug, I paid £1.15 for a pot of 200 cotton buds, this is more than double what I would normally pay for a pot of own brand cotton buds from a shop. Personally I do feel that these cotton buds are a little over priced. Admittedly they are of an excellent quality in that they are much stronger than the cheaper ones, however when all I use them for is make up and cleaning I do not really feel the need to spend a lot of money on them.
Overall I was pleased with my Johnson Cotton Buds, they worked just as well as the cheaper ones I normally buy and were of a better quality and much stronger and sturdier. However I do think they are over priced and that you are just paying for the name. I would expect branded cotton buds to be a bit more expensive than the cheaper ones, however this pot of 200 cotton buds is more than double the price. The cotton buds are good as they have a variety of uses, but then these are the same uses as the cheaper cotton buds, they do not have any additional benefits. I think the only difference with these is the plastic stem is stronger than the cheaper versions, however this is something I can live with if it means I do not have to pay out so much money for them. I would consider buying these again and would recommend them, but only if I couldn't buy anything cheaper, in my opinion they are an excellent quality cotton bud, but well over priced for what they are.
@ About, Value for money @
These cotton buds are usually between £1 and £1.50. i paid £1.45 for 200 buds from Tesco. the buds have quite a large amount of cotton on them, and they are not too thick or thin. You wont be feeling the point from the plastic edge in your ear because it is cushioned. They have compacted the cotton down so when you rub it against your skin bits wont break off, but it wont feel soft either. It will feel like a smooth but firm object. Imagine drawing with a crayon inside your ear. Its a weird way to describe it but its like that, firm but smooth and it wont hurt.
These buds are designed for removing makeup or cleaning in between toes, or what i use them for, cleaning the outer ear. Now it does say on the back of the tub not to use them to clean the inner ear or nose. But i can tell you now it is very easy to slip or accidentally end up in your ear or nose because the tip is quite thin and easily fits into the inner ear or nose. When cleaning my outer ear it is too easy to accidentally push too far in and have the bud end up right inside my ear.
@ Cotton quality, cleaning ability @
The plastic on the buds is easily bendable and is flexible when you apply pressure but they wont snap easily. You have to put some effort in to break the plastic away - or you can twist it constantly. It will take a fair amount of time to break them by doing this because they are tough little things.
The cotton is very smooth but compacted so it wont break away easily. When you pull the cotton out you can get a decent sized ball in your hands.the glue they use to stick them on is very sturdy and in my experience, has never disappointed when it comes to durability, all the buds have stayed on no matter how tough you get with the buds.
The buds have an excellent ability to pick up dirt. The tiny cotton fibres will trap dirt in them so when you rub the cotton bud against a clean surface it wont dispel the dirt back. They also have a very good ability to clean other things not just your body. I use these for cleaning inside small crevasses of dust and dirt and they work fine with these too - they will still collect a good amount of dirt, and wont dispel it elsewhere.
@ Overall @
These buds are a bargain and have a great ability to clean. Not to mention value for money at £1.50 or less per tub, and the many number of uses these things have- I'm sure there are plenty of uses yet unfound for them. I would recommend these, they are an excellent product.