“ Brand: Sainsbury's „
Cotton wool used to be a luxury that you could do without but nowadays it can be bought quite cheaply and it has so many different uses that we are never without it.
I always keep a pack of pleated cotton wool which incidentally came in very handy recently when I looked after a friends hamster, the hamster apparently loves a few pieces of the soft cotton wool in his cage to use as bedding.
Then I buy a packet of Sainsbury's cotton wool balls to put in my make-up draw.
I have rather taken to the Sainsbury's cotton wool balls because they are good sized balls and they are super soft.
The pack of fifty Sainsbury's cotton wool balls come in a drawstring bag and they cost 87p for the pack. As long as you remember to re-draw the string at the top of the bag each time that you open it then the cotton wool remains clean, fresh and uncontaminated.
The Sainsbury's cotton wool balls may seem slightly more expensive than some brands but I have to say that some cotton wool balls can be too small, making them harder to handle and less able to absorb.
The Sainsbury's cotton wool balls are soft as down, as white as snow and they are very absorbent. If I am using them to remove my eye make up then one ball will absorb enough make up remover to ensure that I can do the job properly.
The fibres are soft and there are no hard gritty particles, some of the cheap and cheerful brands can be full of tough fibres which can feel scratchy on the skin.
But cotton wool is very versatile, not only do we use it for removing make up.
Cotton wool is an essential part of any nursery equipment, used for top and tailing, cleaning those newborns bottoms and wiping sleep away from tiny eyes.
I have often used cotton wool to stuff home-made pin cushions which have been given as gifts. It makes a superb stuffing and it is far softer than Kapok.
It is also ideal for stuffing those tiny knitted toys that feature in Jean Greenhowes knitting patterns, I have knitted quite a few mini teddy bears that have all been stuffed with the soft cotton wool. But these knitted toys are really for decorative purposes only, I would never be tempted to give them to a child to play with, if the cotton wool stuffing leaked out then it be dangerous if it was swallowed.
If you take a cotton wool ball and soak it in perfume ( maybe some that you have been given as a present and are not too keen on!) then put it into your vacuum cleaner bag, it is brilliant for keeping the vacuum cleaner smelling sweet.
Of course we must never forget that cotton wool is an essential part of any First Aid box. If we need to bathe any body part then a cotton wool ball is the ideal solution.
One great aspect of the Sainsbury's cotton wool balls is that you are able to hygienically remove a single ball without touching the remainder, this helps to keep the cleansing process as germ free as is possible.
In the handy tips and hints section of a woman's magazine I read that a cotton wool ball soaked in vanilla essence can be put on a shelf in the middle of the fridge and it will act as an odour eliminator. I have yet to try this out, I am not convinced that the vanilla essence itself would taint the fridge.
But all in all these are superior cotton wool balls at a marginally superior price.
Cotton wools balls are and have been an everyday item in our household for the past 18 months. As with most new mums we were advised to use cotton wool balls for topping and tailing our beautiful baby boy rather than wipes as this would be better for his skin. I only half believed this as thought it probably was health visitors and midwifes being over cautious. But when we brought our son home from hospital when he was a week old and switched from cotton wool to wipes his bottom started to get red so it was back to the cotton wool for us and wipes for just out and about.
As we often shop in Sainsbury's this is one of our more frequent purchases and I have to say I buy either these or the baby cotton wool balls depending on the offers on.
These cotton wool balls come in a drawstring plastic bag with 50 large cotton wool balls. I can't really comment on how well the drawstring holds up because we always decant them into a box. The plastic is a non recyclable bag too.
The shape and texture of these balls is first-rate. They are a nice large ball and feel pleasant and soft to the touch and not scratchy as some of the cheaper balls can. This means it is nice and gentle for my son's bottom. The balls are very absorbent in my opinion. We dunk these in warm water to clean away the area and they always seem to hold a respectable amount to enable us to clean away any mess. Depending on the nappy we can use between 1-3 balls per nappy change to wash and 1-2 to dry away the area. When he was little and going through lots of nappies a day (at least 10-12) you can imagine the cotton wool balls that we got through. I have found that when buying value, smart price or basics cotton wool because they are smaller in size we ended up needing to use more cotton wool so it didn't really work out any cheaper for our usage.
When we washed his eyes in the cotton wool balls they again performed well and enabled us to clear away stickiness in his eye in one wipe rather than several as some of the smaller balls needed.
I have also used these on occasions for taking my make up off and found that even with my sensitive eyes and contact lens they haven't left any hints of wool in my eyes.
On occasions when I have needed help to sleep I have also put a few drops of lavender oil on to a cotton wool ball and put this into my pillowcase and have found the cotton wool ball has held the oil perfectly and transferred no oil onto the pillow case.
These are currently available at Sainsbury's for 85 pence a bag. In my humble opinion they are one of the better cotton wool balls on the market.
Seeing as I'm on an economy drive at the moment, this found its way into my shopping trolley a couple of weeks ago. When it comes to cotton wool, I will always opt for cotton wool balls rather than a pleat or pads, as there is no need to tear bits of cotton wool off.
How I use them
Most of the time, I use these cotton wool balls to cleanse and tone my face and remove nail polish.
Texture and consistency
As you might expect from cotton wool, these balls are very soft. Given their relatively cheap price (more on that later), I was a bit worried that they might prove unable to hold liquids, but this was not the case. I regularly use them to soak up enough toner or nail polish remover to do the job, and have never had a problem with any of the liquid dripping through the cotton wool balls. If you were to pour a particularly large amount of liquid onto one of the balls (for example, if too much liquid came out in one go), I doubt that they would be able to soak enough up to prevent dripping, but you can probably say that about most cotton wool.
The current price is 87p for a large bag of 50 cotton wool balls. Alternatively, you can buy a bag of 100 regular white cotton wool balls for £1.16. I chose the latter option and this is probably the better value.
In case you haven't already guessed from the review so far, I was pleasantly surprised by these cotton wool balls. I wasn't expecting a huge deal from them as they are an own brand buy but I will definitely be buying these again once the current bag runs out.
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