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I picked up a pack of these Body Shop Muslin Face Cloths after needing to spend a certain amount to take advantage of some offer or other - I can't remember now which one! The muslin cloths come wrapped in plastic inside an attractive white cloth case with the Body Shop embroidered logo. At the time of purchase they cost around £5. I normally use cotton wool for removing my cleanser, but I was concerned about the effect on the environment, and I have sensitive skin so hoped that these cloths would be useful.
Each cloth is easy to use. It folds out into a square and is the shape and size of a flannel. You can use it like a flannel or like a cotton wool pad, or something in between.
I've used these cloths with a range of cleansers, including Simple's cleansing lotion and fresh cleansers from Lush, as well as face masks. The cloths are very gentle on my skin and are just as effective as cotton wool for removing cleanser and most makeup. They serve the same purpose as cotton wool and are much better for the environment as you're not throwing away loads of cotton wool pads.
Unfortunately, I find it quite tricky using them to remove eye makeup remover as they are too thin to hold enough remover on them. I end up using cotton wool for this purpose which rather defeats the point of the cloths.
In addition, after use the cloths get covered in makeup and I get worried about the possibility of transferring bacteria and other nasties back onto my face. This isn't a problem with disposable cotton wool pads. I couldn't put the cloths in the wash after each use, as they would get ruined very quickly (they are quite delicate), but I'm not sure if rinsing them thoroughly by hand is sufficient.
Altogether, these muslin cloths are a great idea and I try to use them when I can, but I don't want to do away with cotton wool pads completely, as they seem more hygienic and certainly do a better job of removing eye makeup.
Body shop sell these Muslin facial clothes in packs of three for six pounds, either in store or on their website, www.thebodyshop.co.uk. Occasionally they are on special offer, for example in a 3 for 2 on face care, but rarely do you get them cheaper than six pounds.
I use the clothes in place of flannels and when you think like that and buy them you feel like you get so much less for your money just because they are so much thinner and lighter. You get three of them in a tiny package. It does mean you waste less packaging and it's much better for the environment, but psychologically you feel like you get less for your money.
Muslin clothes are easy to get thoroughly wet and squeeze out to hold just enough water to wash your face and body well. To be honest these are more designed for the face than the body. They are a gentler version of the flannel and are less rough so the idea is that they are softer on your face and a gentler way of washing without removing to much of that top layer of skin. Muslin clothes are definitely designed for sensitive skin and a soft wash rather than a deep clean, to remove oil and blackheads.
When you use muslin clothes it takes a few rinses to get any cleansing product off your skin, as they do not have as much surface area as a traditional flannel it takes a few more rinses to get your face clean. As Muslin clothes are less substantial it is a little harder to get a grip on them and use them until you get used to it.
In summary, when I use muslin clothes my skin is left very soft, and undamaged, but after a few days it starts to show that I haven't had a deep grease free clean. So you have to know what skin type you are and what you need from your cleansing routine to know if these are a good idea for you. They are great for holidays as they tale up less room than a normal flannel, and dry quicker! I also think these are over priced. I have tried cheaper versions since (such as no7, from Boots) and you wouldn't be able to tell the difference for the price.