When it comes to cotton wool and cotton wool like products they are something that I buy very often whether it be to remove my nail polish or make up or clean my lovely Myrtle Rose's (cats ears) as she over produces ear wax, I really do buy and use alot of them. I usually buy whatever in my weekly shop however when I was in The Body Shop recently I remembered that I was close to running out and I bought a pack containing 100 of the cotton wool wool rounds at £2.30, admittedly more than is usual from me and I pay bit usually a bit less! These come stored in a see through plastic bag that once opened has a white drawstring to the top of them and then on the front of that bag which ends up a tube with the pads stored inside of it we are told what they are and who they are by on then and then on the back the amount given is stated along with contact details for the manufacturer (The Body Shop Of course!). The Pads: Well they are a pure white in colour and cotton in appearance and feel. They are quite thin though but feel nice and to one side of them they are very smooth and flat like and to the other more textured with raised bumps and grooves. They look nice and they do feel it though and they feel nice quality too. I use these to remove my make up and nail polish/varnish and I use the flat side to clean my lovely Myrtles ears out. They feel great on the skin, easily hold cleansers and toners though I do use one for each of the job using the more textured side with my cleaner and then another pad and the smoother side with the toner and then with removing my polish/varnish just the flat, smooth side. I really do like these pads and find them a good size to use however I have to admit to spending alot less on this type of product in supermarkets and opting for supermarket own brands usually has produced the same results and cost far less and the only thing I know for sure is that these are cruelty free as which many own supermarket own brands claim to be these days according to their packaging. These are great but considering the price of them I won't be buying them again! Only available from The Body Shop. This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
I know they seem expensive for cotton pads, why pay £2.50 when you could pay £1.00 at boots, superdrug or pretty much anywhere else? Quite simply because you will never know this luxury unless you do. They are double sided, one side is for light facial exfoliation and other is more suited to eye area. They are soft and gentle which is essential for people who take their make up off with cotton pads daily, other brands are often scratchy which leaves my eye area feeling irritated. Also with other brands i often have to use 4 or 5 pads to remove my make up fully as they start to come apart and leave bits of fluff on my face, these body shop rounds have never done that, i only have to use one. (This means they work out cheaper in the long run.) The packaging has a handy drawstring top to seal them back up with, this is both more hygenic and also stops the texture of them from changing due to moisture. They are also great for removing nail varnish, as they don't fall apart you can remove both hands of even the stubbornest nail varnish with just one pad. On top of all this The Body Shops products are all fair trade and with eco-friendly packaging everyones getting a good deal!
I love the Body Shop and I always try to pick up some cotton wool when I am in there as although it is a little bit more expensive than the cotton wool in Superdrug or Boots the quality is so much better especially if you are using them to remove make-up. The organic cotton rounds cost £2.50 for 100 of them. They come packaged in a re-sealable bag so you can keep them all together and to stop moisture from getting in and ruining them. The rounds are absolutely lovely and you can feel the quality from just one touch compared to so many cheaper cotton wool pads. They rounds are double sided depending on what you are going to be using with them. They are so soft and smooth on my face and don't scratch my skin or leave it irritated. The best thing about the rounds is that they are also really strong even though they aren't very thick. With some other cheaper cotton wool pads I can be removing make-up and I end up having to use loads of pads as they break apart and bits of cotton wool stick to my skin. With these rounds they manage to hold their shape no matter how much I saturate them with liquid and they don't tear with the slightest of pressure on them. They just feel lovely on your skin and I can most definitely notice the difference in quality between these and cheaper ones. I also like the fact that they are organic which I suppose contributes to the fact that they are more expensive than normal. Although they are expensive I would still highly recommend them and although they are £2.50 the Body Shop often have these on special offer which is when I try to stock up on a few packets at a time which does make them more affordable.
Cotton pads are something I use everyday in my make up routine and these ones from The Body Shop are some of the best I have used and I don't mind paying a little bit more for them. I use cotton pads for a variety of different things. In the evenings I take my eye make up off with some eye make up remover cream on one of these pads. I then also use the pads to apply toner after I have washed my face. Periodically I will use these pads to remove my nail varnish on both my hands and feet and they are also great for touching up make up when you have smudged it a little bit. If you fold one of these pads in half it gives you quite a nice clean straight edge to use underneath your eyes or in the corner of your eyes to remove any make up smudges that may occur. The pads are round and come in a pack of 100. I think they are packaged quite cleverly as they are all stacked on top of each other in a plastic sheath so it allows you to just take one from the top of the sheath and then the rest are still protected and ready to use when you need them. I think in this way it keeps them clean and fresh still and they do not pick up any dust or anything like that if they were just in an open bag and you want this when you are using them on your delicate eye area or on your face. The pads have two different sides to them which I like also. Once side is quite smooth while the other is a bit texture with a woven type surface. I use the woven surface when I am toning as I like to this this surface will also pick up a bit of dead skin on my face and really smooth it out. When it comes to using these pads on my eyes I like to use the smooth side so my eyes get a delicate cotton surface and are protected. The pads are really quite absorbent and I only need to use a bit of toner on a pad at it will last the whole time whilst I am doing my face. When it comes to removing nail varnish remover one pad will do one hand or foot so I need another to do the other foot or hand but I think this is fairly good as by that time the excess nail varnish has discoloured the pad anyway. A pack of 100 cost £2.50. This is a bit more expensive than the cheaper ones you can get in Boots but I like the ways these pads work and feel and anyway, a pack of 100 will last at least two months so it is quite good value per pad per usage anyway.
I normally use cotton wool for make up and nail varnish remover etc simply because it usually works out cheaper than cotton pads but on my birthday back in May my friend gave me a Body Shop voucher so I decided to use it on some products I hadn't tried before including their Organic Cotton Rounds, at £2.50 for a pack of 100 they are more expensive than cotton wool and even other cotton pads but as I had the voucher I gave them a try. The Organic Cotton Rounds are sold in a clear plastic bag with just The Body Shop logo and the name of the product on it, this is done in green writing. The bag has a draw string top which I really like as it keeps the pads all together and more importantly clean. The cotton pads are as the name suggests round in shape and have one side that is smooth and the other side is slightly textured with cross over lines. The Body Shop states the sides are for using different products, lotions or liquids, personally I don't look at what side I'm using and don't really see that it makes any difference at all whichever side is used. When I opened the pack and felt the quality of these I could well understand why they are more expensive, they feel absolutely gorgeous, really soft, I was impressed. I use the cotton rounds every day and have been really pleased with them, I use them for removing my make up and cleansing, I also used them to remove nail varnish. The pads are absorbent and more importantly they don't break up whilst using them. Some cheap cotton pads I've tried in the past seem to disintegrate after just one wipe around my face, this is certainly not the case with these. They stay whole and don't leave any little cotton fibres behind, another problem I have found with cheaper alternatives and cotton wool, is when I have removed my eye make up I have been left with little cotton fibres stuck in my lashes. The organic cotton rounds are equally as good for removing nail varnish, they absorb a good amount of nail varnish remover and once again they don't break up when using them. They are particularly good if I've been wearing a dark colour on my toes for a couple of weeks and the varnish takes good bit of rubbing to remove, a pad that stays whole without rolling or breaking up makes the job easier, quicker and cleaner. The organic cotton rounds are so soft they are suitable for babies too however I haven't personally tried them on Jayden I tend to stick to baby wipes. I would certainly recommend these cotton rounds, the quality is excellent, they are very tough yet very soft, the only down side is the price but The Body Shop do tend to have frequent sales online so that's when I'm planning to stock up.
I do normally just buy cotton pads wherever I happen to be shopping at the time whenever I've ran out of them, so it ranges from Boots and Superdrug, to Sainsburys and Tesco etc. I normally just buy whichever cotton pads look like the best value, I don't buy the cheapest, thinnest ones though I'm not that much of a skinflint. A few weeks ago I went away for the weekend with my sister, and I'd forgotten to pack any cotton pads. I was just going to pick some up in Boots in the airport, but my sister said that she had a brand new pack in her case and so we should just share those. She had these organic cotton rounds from The Body Shop. I hadn't used these before, as to be honest cotton pads aren't something that I'd think to buy from The Body Shop, primarily because I'd say that they're too expensive. I am actually right about the cost as I've since found out that these are expensive - £2.50 for a pack of 100. However I was so impressed with the ones that my sister gave me that I've continued to buy them for myself. My sister swears by these and she says that these are the only cotton pads that she will buy now, and to be honest I think that she has probably converted me as well as these are definitely now my favourite, I can definitely tell the difference between these ones and the cheaper ones. These come packaged like cotton pads you'd buy anywhere, all stacked on top of one another in a clear bag with the drawstring top so that you can close the packet to keep your remaining pads clean and dust free. You can buy packs of 100 small round cotton pads, or packs of 50 larger square cotton pads, both costing £2.50. I buy the rounds as I think that £2.50 is expensive for 100, let alone for only 50! The cotton pads have a different texture on each side, one side is plain and smooth, and the other side has a kind of a cross hatch pattern on it. I normally use the plain side for my face, and the patterned side for nail polish remover. These are so super soft, I think that I can safely say that they are definitely the softest cotton pads that I've used. They feel really soft on my skin and don't irritate my skin at all. They are also really quite thick compared to most of the cotton pads that I normally buy, I find that I actually use less of the product that I'm putting onto the cotton pad with these as I find that the cotton pad doesn't soak it all up, I find that the product 'sits' on the cotton pad to a certain extent so that it goes all onto your skin rather than just being absorbed by the pad. They are really strong and durable and don't fall apart when loaded up with make up remover or nail polish remover etc. They also don't shred and leave annoying bits of fluff on your face or your nails. Overall yes these are very expensive for cotton pads, but I think that you definitely get what you pay for with these, the quality is superb, far better than the cheaper cotton pads. I will definitely be buying these rather than any others in the future.
I love Body Shop products. You can usually find me in there, just browsing round the aisles most days during my lunch break from work. Whilst I do buy a lot of their creams, body lotions and bath products, I also buy more 'standard' stuff, such as bath sponges, make up brushes, candles, flannels, and their gorgeous cotton wool. The reason I say 'gorgeous' is because this is tip top quality cotton wool and so so much better than the cotton wool pleats or tiny little balls you can buy in most major supermarkets. It's more expensive from the Body Shop, at £2.50 for a pack of 100, but honestly, once you've used these you won't be going back to your usual supermarket pack, I assure you. These great little rounds (or squares, take your pick) come in a clear transparent bag with a great little drawstring top. This is a good idea for keeping them all together and making sure they don't fall out in my make up drawer. With the cotton wool pleats I used to buy (and the balls) I used to find that they would spill out over the top of the plastic bags and consequently I was always finding my top drawer full of lost little blobs of cotton wool. Not the most hygienic way of storing your cosmetic tools. I have used the 'square' variety of this cotton wool but I tend to prefer the rounded shape better, though they seem to sell out the fastest in my local shop. I love this cotton wool because it is so obvious that it is superior in quality to the supermarket brand. Whilst it is strong and durable, it is also incredibly soft and luxurious and so versatile and handy for a huge variety of purposes. I also love the fact that the Body Shop have made these rounds into two different sides. On one side is smooth and has no pattern and the other side is patterned with a cross design. The pack states that one side can be used for the application or removal of lotions such as face creams etc., and the other is a more suitable texture for liquid, such as facial toners. I tried to use them as the pack stated but to be honest I keep on forgetting and I just use them now without considering whether I am using a lotion or a cream. It really doesn't make any difference at all. As well as using them for removing make up from my face, I also find them incredibly good for removing nail polish - from my toe and fingernails. I love the fact that they are so absorbent and even if I get a bit heavy handed with the old nail varnish remover and tip too much onto a pad, it will be all absorbed and won't leak through onto the floor. I usually find it impossible to use cotton wool pleats or balls on or around the eye area to remove make up. These fantastic little cotton rounds never ever tear off or come apart, which makes removing mascara, eye shadow etc a doddle - it also means that afterwards I am not having to pick off minute bits of cotton wool from my eyelashes. I really cannot fault these cotton rounds at all. They are so useful for a variety of purposes. They are strong and yet soft and gentle, absorbent excellent quality.
I've been using these cotton rounds for a good few months now and I really reccommend them! At £2.50 per pack of 100, they're not the cheapest brand of cotton wool available, but I can really tell the difference between this brand and the brand that I used previously - the quality shines through and they're amazingly durable and soft. Even though they're more expensive than a majority of drugstore/supermarket own brands, I actually feel that they're better value for money as they're stronger. I used to buy Superdrug's own brand before I discovered these, and the difference between the two is very noticeable. These cotton pads are much softer and gentle on the skin and they don't break up even when drenched in makeup remover. With the Superdrug cotton wool it would often break up and bits of cotton would stick to my face (not good at all!) and it would take at least 5 rounds of it to completely cleanse and tone, whereas The Body Shop's cotton rounds are much more durable and resistent. These pads come in a good quality plastic packet which is transparent. The packet has a drawstring on the top which I really like as it keeps the pads clean and I can just put the pack in my dressing table draw without worrying that they'll spill out. The branding on the packaging is very minimal and there's simply The Body Shop's logo and the product name. These pads are available in rounds or squares, and I opted for the rounds. These are obviously circular and they're white. The pads have two differently textured surfaces - one side is quite plain and one has a kind of criss cross pattern. The Body shop state that one side is for lotions while the other is for liquids. I don't usually take much notice of which side that I am using though as the more textured surface isn't at all exfoliating like I was expecting and to be honest I can't really see the point, although I do usually use the plain side when removing eye makeup as it's a little smoother. Both sides are very soft and gentle on the skin and the pads are really handy. I use these for a range of things, mainly beauty related, although they're soft enough to be used to clean my baby's face in the mornings/after feeds and they're nice and gentle. They're ideal for applying bio oil to my face as well as cleansing and toning and they're durable enough to remove nail varnish without breaking up and leaving bits of fluff behind. The pads don't absorb all of the moisture from my toner, cleanser etc like the pads that I used previously did, which means that none of the product goes to waste, and it also goes onto my skin much more smoothly as the pad glides along my skin. When I'm rubbing a pad on my skin to remove heavy eye makeup etc it doesn't tear or fluff up at all and I am really impressed with how good quality these pads are. Overall, these are brilliant! They are a little pricey but well worth it. 5/5.
I recently got hold of a discount code which allowed me to get 40% off purchases from The Body Shop and subsequently I decided to treat myself to a new skincare range. To go with these new skincare products I decided I would purchase The Body Shop organic cotton face rounds as well. I find the cheap supermarket branded cotton rounds I've been using for a long time to be increasingly frustrating making my daily skincare routine more of an annoyance than anything else. They fall apart and curl themselves up into shapes which I cannot work with when faced with the simple task of performing a circular motion. They absorb too much of my cleanser and moisturiser meaning I have to apply extra in order to give my face and neck the coverage it needs and they don't absorb enough toner leaving most of it to be wasted dripping down my hand and onto the floor. I have to double them up and replace them every five seconds and they just make the whole process longer, more wasteful and more annoying than it should be. It was because of this I decided to try better quality cotton rounds and these certainly are just that! The better quality, however, does come at a price. These face rounds cost £2.50 for a pack of 100 which, compared to my usual £1 for a pack of 200 is quite an extortionate price. Fortunately The Body Shop website constantly have promotions on enabling discounts or free products and these are certainly something I will be stocking up on in future during these times. As I will explain later in this review, I do believe these are saving me money in the long run anyway so the price doesn't really seem all that unreasonable. These cotton face rounds are available both online and instore and they come stacked up on top of each other creating a tower of cotton rounds in a sturdy, relatively thick plastic covering. Even the packaging seems to be of better quality than supermarket own brands. They come sealed at the top with a drawstring closing so you can continue to close up the bag after the initial seal has been broken so they don't fall out and get lost when you're not using them. The closing is very sturdy as well, the top of the packaging has never come undone and the string has never snapped or worn down. The packaging contains the usual green The Body Shop logo with the product name written at the bottom. Underneath this it is stated that these are made from 100% organic cotton and that they're soft and gentle on the skin. The back of the packet tells us why these pads are made from organic cotton. Apparently cotton is one of the most chemical-intensive crops which releases 16% of the words insecticides. Farming for cotton organically uses more natural and traditional methods thus it's better for communities and the soil. It's nice to use products which are friendly to the planet. The Body Shop are against animal testing so these are also friendly to the animals we share this planet with. These are all round do gooders really! And it gets better! These cotton rounds are perfect in every way. They're white in colour and, as the name suggests, round. They're beautifully soft and actually a fair bit thinner than I was expecting. These pads are double sided, a smooth side which I use to cleanse and moisturise and a textured side, a sort of criss cross type pattern, which I use to tone. There appears to be stitching around the edges of these cotton rounds and, if you pull these two sides apart, you discover rather a lot of compressed cotton wool. There is a fair bit of cotton in just one of these little rounds and once you've pulled it all away it's hard to see how they managed to get these so thin in the first place. You're definitely getting your money's worth here and you only have to touch the pads to see that these really are 100% cotton - there's no hidden extras here. They feel completely different (in a very good way) to cheap supermarket versions and the softness of these makes it almost a pleasure to run these across your skin. When using cheap alternatives I got through countless amounts of these every time I cleansed, toned and moisturised. Cheap as they are, I was still replacing them on a fortnightly basis which, when there's 200 in a pack, is far too often in my opinion and all adds up! With The Body Shop's version, I use two during my skincare routine. I manage to cleanse and tone using the same pad, I just flip it over and use the other side. I use considerably less product too. Cleanser and moisturiser is transferred onto my face easily and quickly without the pads soaking up way too much. Even with the smooth side a little damp from the cleanser, my toner still doesn't drip through the textured side of these pads and what I put on the pad, goes on my face. It's great! Using less product means I'm saving myself some money. The skincare products I use are a lot more expensive to replace than these pads and so I'd rather be saving money in that department. I am of course, replacing these a lot less then I replaced the cheaper versions too. The softness of these pads means they're gentle on my skin and cause no irritation whatsoever. Quite the opposite is true really, rubbing these on my face feels extremely nice and pleasant. In short, these are perfect and I really don't know why I didn't switch to them sooner. They may cost extra but they do allow money to be saved. They're environmentally friendly, support people in developing countries and do the job they're supposed to do a million times better than other cotton rounds I have tried. If you're a person who uses face rounds a lot then I'd definitely recommend switching to these, it's completely worth it.