“ Brand: Love The Planet / Pads / Type: Cleansing Pads / Subcategory: Pads / Wash / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types / What it does: Cleanses, „
Whilst I'm a long way from being an environmentalist, I do like to make small efforts not to produce too much waste myself - I recycle, I do my shopping with a wheeled trolley rather than using plastic bags, and I try to turn appliances off when not in use. So when I was given a set of these as a little gift from a friend, I was delighted. I was always using cotton wool and wipes to remove makeup, or to apply moisturisers and cleansers, and perhaps these could help prevent some of them going in the bin.
This is a set of five stuffed flannel cleansing pads in a mesh net washing bag. Unlike the image above, mine were all white, but other than that they are the same - cushioned circles. Eash pad is about 10cm across, which is a lovely generous size. The stitches around the edges are nice and secure, and these seem very well made. The bag also seems well made - a nice strong material that can easily withstand a washing, and with a nice drawstring toggle to keep is secure.
These are lovely to use- easy to grip, and although the flannel material is nice and soft and doesn't scratch the skin, there is still enough texture there to get a really nice scrub going and to feel properly clean when removing make-up. Though they are quite large, they can be folded over in the hand to give a smaller surface to work with. After use, you can simply give them a run under the tap and a good squeeze to get the worst of the dirt out, or if it needs a wash, pop it into the handy storage bag until all 5 are dirty and need washing. I really think these feel very high quality and almost luxurious against the skin - much nicer than wipes.
Although these can be machine washed (in the bag at a low heat) they can't be tumble dried. In summer this isn't an issue as I can hang them out on the line in the sunshine, but in winter they can occasionally take a long time to dry - to avoid them staying damp and starting to stay musty, I hang the bag off the end of the radiator, which seems to help.
I tend to have three pads on the go at once - one for removing makeup, one for cleansing, and one for applying toner. It's when trying to remember which pad is which that I sort of wish my friend had gotten me the coloured set! It also means that when three are drying, I only have two dry ones left, but to be honest I have no problem with using a not quite dry one.
The only issue I have with these is that I don't want to wash these in the machine after each individual use - my household doesn't generate that much washing, and to stick the machine on more often just for these would make a mockery of the whole environmentally friendly premise. So I do find myself using the same pad for a few days before I can wash it, and I do occasionally worry about what germs and bacteria the pads may be harbouring, especially as I can be prone to eye infections. For this reason, I do tend not to use these if I have any spots, cuts, or eye irritations just to reassure myself on the hygiene front.
These haven't completely eliminated cotton ball and wipe usage in my house. I do still use those products if I have spots or have any current irritations, and I also continue to use wipes and balls when I travel. But I would say these have probably reduced my usage of both balls and wipes by around 70%, which is a good start, and I'll keep on using these until they fall apart, which I don't envision being anytime soon.
I'm not too sure how much my friend paid for these, but they are available direct from the manufacturer at £6.20 for 5, which I think is reasonable when you offset that against the saved money not spent on wipes. The manufacturers website is www.lovetheplanet.co.uk.
I think these pads are great. Apart from the very tiny hygiene niggle (and the fact that my cat seems to think they are toys) they're wonderful, so a fab four stars from me.
I have to be honest and say I'd never heard about Love The Planet before reading Machair1's excellent review. As I am quite hippyish in that I'm forever looking for greener, more natural alternatives to products, I just had to try these out.
I believe my boyfriend may have bought these from Amazon, but they are also available at lovetheplanet.co.uk. So far I have to say I have very mixed feelings about Love The Planet, as whilst the concept is great, their products can be a bit hit and miss.
Anyway, these cleansing pads come in a set of five in assorted colours, and you get a little net bag to put them in. They cost around £6, and are designed to replace your traditional cleansing pads, e.g. cotton, or wipes.
The set arrived promptly, but I felt slightly disappointed the second I opened it. The contents of the package smelt like they'd been buried for about a year, and I put them straight in the washing machine without attempting to use them (handily, they can be washed in the bag). Once they were out of the machine they smelt fresh and clean, so I was happy to use them.
The pads are big and thick, and very squishy. They have an absorbent soft-towel type of finish. The colours are a lot duller than they appear in the picture above, and I had a few nice colours but an ugly brown as well. The bag comfortably holds them all, has a nice small fabric 'Love The Planet' tag, but does look and feel a lot cheaper than I'd expect for £6.
Using the cleansing pads is easy - you just dip into whatever liquid and smooth across your face like cotton pads. I did find that these were about double the size I expected though - they are massive! I'd prefer 10 at half the size to be honest, as one this size will cover too large a portion of my face. This is an advantage time-wise, but also means you end up doing more washing. As they are so thick and absorbent, I have taken to using one side one night and the other side the next night. However, if you don't want to do this and you're applying cleanser morning and evening, or worse, applying cleanser in the morning, removing makeup, and then cleansing at night, you'll end up washing these every other day. Which isn't exactly environmentally friendly, particularly if like me you just wash for yourself and normally have 1 load a week! This also means that these pads are hanging around for a while, which can't be too hygienic and isn't ideal for the poor people I share a bathroom with!
If I had two or three sets of these I think it would be better, but at £6 it's not something I really want to consider. If they made them much smaller it would be better too. The final issue I have is storing them, because I keep dirty ones in the bag but need somewhere else to store the others. I have a glass jar which I use, but they do get squished because they are so big, and I don't think practical use/storage of them was thought about.
If you have your own bathroom, a big face, and lots of money to spend on sets to last you more than a week, then get these. If not, I'm not sure I'd bother, sadly. The only real advantages for me are that they don't add to landfill and will probably last a long time.
Taking make-up off used to be a good flannel and plenty of soap and water, and possibly for our grandmothers- Pond's Cold Cream and cotton wool or lint, but today there are so many wipes you can purchase which do a fantastic job in moments, removing even stubborn waterproof mascara with ease.
Lately though I have discovered an alternative which, certainly for days at home, I love, and I'll tell you why.
Love the Planet is a company that started life in a home kitchen, when founder, Laura McComiskie, reached the final of British Inventor of the Year, with her idea to market "Washable Cleaning Cloths". This was the first product she produced, and was followed by the setting up and marketing of a range of natural toiletries to supplement her initial invention.
She realized that natural Paraben free toiletries, at the time, were only in the reach of the rich and famous, and through training and research, she became skilled in the field of making these at affordable prices, and now markets her own products, which are all available at www.lovetheplanet.co.uk. These products are organic and not tested on animals.
The washable cleansing pads are absolutely fantastic, and they cost £ 6.20 for 5. In beautiful shades of pastel colours these round podgy discs are the perfect tool with which to remove make up. They also come with a very well made bag, which you then use to store them in as they become soiled, and then, when full, the bag can be machine washed and hung out to dry to create five as new toweling pads.
They are sturdy well made pads and I use a natural cleaning product with them. I alternate between Burt's Bees Orange Essence, and a lovely coconut cleanser which I discovered from a company called Essential Care. The cloths are easy to grip; the toweling is soft, but has a definite texture to it, so that you can really remove all traces of make -up. In many ways these remind me of the washable breast pads I had for each of my pregnancies, which were perfect for the leaks you often get during the early months of breast feeding. These are more substantial than those were though, and have a more chunky design than the flat pads designed for wearing discreetly during breast feeding, but the general appearance is the same. These provide an absorbent medium for applying and removing face cleansing creams.
The pads themselves measure 3.5inches or 9cms across and mine are lilac, pink, pale green, lemon and pale blue, and they look very pretty indeed when they arrive. I am buying some of these for my daughter for her birthday, as she is into saving the planet, and I know will find these very useful.
I simply wash mine in their bag at 40 degrees and then I leave them outside to air for a while on the line. I find when I bring them in, at this time of the year, they can be slightly damp, but they soon dry in my bedroom. It does say not to tumble them, so I have never tried this, but to be honest they don't need washing too often as I rinse them under hot water from the tap after use, which often removes most of the residue of make-up products and cleaner.
I have several sets of these which I use for a very important purpose, which if you are an animal lover you may want to try yourself. I keep Persian cats and they have a problem with their eyes in that they weep and crust in the corners. This isn't an infection, it is the way their tear ducts are due to their flat faces and large eyes, and so removing this liquid on a daily basis is the kindest thing you can do for them. I have a set of these which I use for this purpose, and they work amazingly well. The combination of the toweling outer layer, and the polyester inner layer, make these podgy and soft, yet easily able to wipe away the discharge with ease. I used to use face flannels, but these are much more convenient, and they don't appear to mind them at all!
These washable cleansing pads save disposable ones going into landfill, and hopefully will help to conserve our environment for longer. I am not against wipes for holidays and for travelling, as I wouldn't take these if I was going on a long trip as they wouldn't be practical, but for everyday use at home they are brilliant. For travelling I use "Faith in Nature" wipes as these are biodegradable. I also use some other more conventional wipes at times, but certainly do feel that these are not good for the environment, and try to limit their use when I can.
These washable wipes have had much publicity in womens' magazines over the years, and several well known stars, including Kimberly from the Pussycat Dolls, uses them!
They are also sold by my online favourite retailer Ethical Superstore at www.ethicalsuperstore.com. This store offers 10% cash-back through various sites including www.topcashback.co.uk. The ones they are currently selling are pure white, if you prefer a more simple version. Personally I like the sunny bright pastel shades, but the white ones are equally good.
Purchasing these from Love the Planet you will have to pay postage of £2.50, but if you spend over £15 it is free, so it is well worth looking on the website to make the order up to this. In my experience these arrive very quickly, usually within a couple of days from ordering. International shipping is also available at very reasonable rates.
The brilliant thing about the website is that all the products are vegan, so if you are looking for something for a friend who follows that way of life this website may have something to offer.
These washable cleansing pads are brilliant. Yes maybe they are a flash-back to the old days, when soap and water and a flannel were the order of the day for most cleansing routines, but they are effective, long lasting and a pleasure to use, and they make no rubbish. I can highly recommend these if you are ethically minded with an eye on reducing your household waste. They also save a lot of money too compared to buying wipes.
Love the Planet
14 Hillview Road
Tel: +44 (0)1224 733 955
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