I use cotton wool balls mainly for my facial toner, and currently I am using Boots Basics Cotton Wool Balls. I have no loyalty to cotton wool brands, and just buy them from whatever shop I’m in when I need some - recently I was in Boots and remembered I was running low, so Boots cotton wool it was!
The cotton wool balls come in bags of 100, the bag is mainly clear with a lilac strip across it with the product info on it (different to the older picture shown). The cotton wool balls are from the Essentials range, and are found in amongst the baby products - I find that “baby” cotton wool is usually cheaper than “make-up” cotton wool, and I don’t see what the difference is.
When taking the cotton wool balls out of the bag, they rarely stick together so I only get the one that I need out. The cotton wool is really soft and fluffy - Boots warn that you could find small pieces of cotton husk or seed in, but I never have.
Using this with my toner, I upend the bottle onto the cotton wool twice, and then smooth over my face and neck. The cotton wool feels soft and smooth on my face once it’s damp with the toner, and I find it a very effective way of toning my skin. It is very absorbent though, so I find that by the time I’m finishing off my face and giving my neck a quick sweep, it’s actually drying out a little bit. Not so much that I feel I need to use two balls with toner on though.
I have also used these cotton wool balls for removing nail polish, obviously by putting nail polish remover on them. This does work and it tends to be more effective and less messy than nail polish remover pads, but I do find that strands of cotton wool can separate as I wipe at my nails, and they get caught on the edges of my nails. Using make up cotton pads with nail polish remover is better than cotton cool balls, but I’m not going to bother buying them for occasional use.
I much prefer cotton wool balls to a cotton wool roll or pleat - I think those are more economical, but I find that when you’re pulling bits off, you end up with loads of strands and you can end up leaving bits stuck to your face.
I’ve got no complaints about these Boots Basics Cotton Wool Balls, but on the other hand I can’t really say anything makes them stand out from their competitors. This is a perfectly good product, but I’ll just as happily pick up my next bag from Tesco.
I use quite a lot of cotton wool and I have bought this cotton wool from Boots quite a few times and so I know it is a nice soft cotton. Is a product which is ideal for a new born baby because I used them when my grandchildren were born.
It comes in a transparent plastic bag which has the name very clearly on the bag so can be easily spotted on a shelf. The cotton wool is a soft texture and are balls of cotton wool. The balls are a little smaller than some other brands but I find they are still a good size and adequate enough size to use for cleansing etc.
The balls are 100% cotton and the fibres of the cotton are quite fluffy and the fluff remains on the balls and doesn't fall from the balls as I have found some other cheaper brands have tended to do while using them dry. I like to use these balls for removing my nail polish, they are comfortable to hold in my hands to sweep over my polish. They absorb really well when I pour my nail polish remover onto them to remove the polish. I only have to use a couple of balls at a time to remove the polish.
I use them for removing my facial cleansing lotion, they remove the lotion really well in no time at all and do feel nice and soft on my skin and don't feel rough because the wool is quite soft and so it doesn't scratch my skin or feel uncomfortable. They are ideal for removing eye shadow and I just pour a small amount of eye make up remover onto a ball and make sure it is wet enough and then very gently sweep it over my lid and the shadow is removed in no time at all. I always make sure the ball is wet to make sure than none of the fibres part from the ball.
These are ideal for cleaning a child's face and are soft enough to use on their more delicate skins. I have used them lots of times to clean around my little grandchildren's noses when they have chocolate or food stuck around the area. I just simple dampen a ball or 2 and gently wipe over the nostrils and the food attaches to the ball perfectly and soft enough not to make their skin sore etc.
I use them sometimes for cleansing my skin with natural ingredients such as lemon and sugar when I have a day when I want to use natural ingredients on my skin. I use the lemon juice and sugar for exfoliating my hands sometimes when they are quite dry and I want to remove the dead skin cells using natural ingredients and for my pamper days. The balls absorb the juice and sugar well and are gentle balls to rub very gently over the skin on my hands.
There are 100 balls in the bag and I think that is a huge amount of balls for just 95p. I think they are very good value for money for this price and well worth the money. The quality of the cotton is extremely good too. They are so affordable for any budget in my opinion.
The wool is manufactured using natural fibres but may contain small pieces of stalk, husk or cotton seed. I have never come across any stalks, husk or any seeds in any packs I have ever bought but this is worth bearing in mind when using them for a new born baby or young child. I just check the ball first before using them but this is just something to be aware of when using them and just a guideline.
I highly do recommend these cotton balls, they are affordable and worth a go if you are wanting to drop a brand and try a cheap one and one which the cotton is still has a soft texture. I don't think you would be disappointed in the quality of these balls. Simply cannot go wrong buying these cotton balls.
I will continue to buy these balls in the future because they work well for removing nail polish and cleansing the skin and cheap enough to buy.
I give these balls 5 stars.
Thank you for reading my review and I hope it has been of some help.
I use cotton wool and cotton wool balls for lots of different things in my house I have two large packs of unopened Boots cotton wool pleats in my bedroom 'store cupboard' and I am currently using Boots own brand Basics Cotton Wool Balls. I have to say, I am less impressed with the balls than I am with the pleats and I don't think I will be buying these particular ones again once this pack is used up.
I bought cotton wool balls because at the time Boots were out of stock of all of their packs of pleats. The cotton wool balls looked good enough to me in their transparent plain looking pack (which is now slightly different to the picture Dooyoo have up) and the pack contained a total of 100 little white balls for only 95p. Having used Boots cotton wool previously, I knew I'd be happy with the quality of the product but what lets these down is their tiny size.
The cotton wool balls are lovely and soft and quite dense. They would be perfect for so many other uses if they were not quite so tiny. They are in fact, so very tiny that I find them really difficult to use. I will often use two together as one is just no good at all. I prefer pleats as it means I can just pull off as much cotton wool as I need to use, but as these balls are the size of a quarter of a golf ball, they are pretty much useless if I am only using one at a time.
If I use them to remove nail varnish, for instance, instead of using my usual two balls, I end up using about five. One cotton ball removes hardly any polish (especially if it's dark polish) and I just have to keep on dipping back into the bag to get another one out. For this reason, they are really not at all costs effective, as I end up using far more than one due to their tiny size.
I cannot complain about the quality of the cotton wool. It is lovely and soft, very absorbent and nice and fluffy. Only the size lets these down and for that reason alone I am afraid I cannot recommend them.
Cotton wool is something I always make sure I have in the house. I mainly use it for removing nail varnish but on occasion it gets used for removing makeup when I run out of cotton pads. The cotton wool I'm using at the moment are these balls from Boots.
The Boots basic cotton wool balls are, obviously, only available to purchase from Boots, either in store or online and currently costs 95p for a pack of 100 balls.
I was a little disappointed at the size of the balls themselves when I first opened the packet, they do seem smaller than other stores own brand cotton wool balls I've used in the past. Although they are quite small, they are packed full of cotton wool fibres so there is quite a lot of substance to them instead of being hollow cotton wool balls and they are made from 100 percent cotton. I haven't counted the amount of balls in the packet to make sure there are 100 in there but it's packed full so I would imagine the 100 in the product name is accurate.
I use these primarily for removing nail varnish and do this by putting the cotton wool on the top of my nail varnish remover bottle and tipping it upside down so that the ball gets a good coating of remover. It handles the liquid well and doesn't break away from the slightest touch which is always a good thing, nothing worse than the ball ripping before you've even got it to your nail. Even when I'm rubbing the cotton wool balls along my finger nails none of the cotton wool flakes away and it doesn't get stuck on my nails so it really does perform this job with ease. The only problem, again, is the size of the balls, it does take me a handful of balls to fully remove both hands of nail varnish.
For under a quid for 100 cotton wool balls, I would recommend these Boots basic ones. Although they are quite small, they perform well for my needs. Using these to change a baby's bum could be quite challenging due to the size, but removing nail varnish is relatively easy with no fibres coming away from the balls themselves.
I actually bought this bag of cotton wool balls when my little boy was born, well in fact I bought several bags as I knew I would be changing a lot of nappies and in those early days its so much better for their sensitive skin to use cotton wool rather than wet wipes. After I stopped using them on my little boy I found a new use for them as they work really well on my face for either removing eye make up or applying toner to my face.
As I knew I would be using these in rather large volume I didn't want to spend too much money and so was pleased with the £0.95 price for 100 balls. The bag is part of their essentials range and it definitely is an essential product in my mind.
I like the fact that the balls come in ball form rather than just a big roll of cotton wool that you have to pull bits from which I have used before too. The balls are quite a good size and big enough for me to pinch on one side and hold on to. I would say I use two when I am either taking my eye make up off, one for each eye and two to apply my toner. I used quite a few more when I was doing nappies but that's because there was a lot of mess to clean up.
What I like about these balls is that not a lot of the fibre comes off when you use them. I have used other cotton wool balls that are not as compact and you end up with lots of stray bits of fluff on you but these seem to retain their fibres and are great when they are wet too.
All in all a cheap handy product to have around the house.
I bought these cotton wool balls from Boots for 95p and the packet has 100 cotton wool balls inside the see through bag, which you have to tear open to get at them.
I use these for removing make-up and they are made from 100% cotton so are soft on the skin.
They aren't a large as other cotton wool balls you can buy and for changing babies nappies they aren't really sufficient as you need more then a few of these to get the task done, so this turns out to be a false economy bag if your buying them for nappy changing. I use baby wipes on my grandson which I find are more convenient than these cotton wool balls.
For make up removal these are quite good, they absorb the liquid remover quickly without falling to pieces or going to strands like some other brands you can buy, they are gentle on the skin and you can use one or two each eye for taking off your eyeshadow.
I also use these for cleansing the skin when using a cleanser and moisuriser , the only thing I don't like about these is the fact that the packaging doesn't reseal or have a draw string like some other brands, as once the bag is torn open the cotton wool balls can spill out or gather dust if you don't use them too often and have to be stored in something other than the plastic bag, so they don't get dirty.
A packet that you could reseal would be better, but you get what you pay for.
These are a basic cotton wool ball at a reasonable price, if your removing make-up with them then I can recommend, for using on babies or small children for washing faces and bottoms then I'd buy somthing different.
Boots basic cotton wool
I have been a long time Boot's fan, I just love collecting and spending my points as well as using their own No. 7 beauty and skincare range! And usually if I'm in Boots I tend to stock up on the bathroom basics, including their own range cotton wool balls. It is one household item that I never think about or realise how often I use until I run out.
If I am completely honest I do prefer cotton wool pads, but I do often use these cotton wool balls for jobs such as removing nail polish, applying facial toner and they are nice and thick for most of those tasks. But I do mainly use my cotton wool balls for cleaning my dogs ears, not a favourite task of mine by any means but something that we do on a regular basis because he is prone to rather nasty ear infections. For this task it is essential that the cotton wool balls don't fall to pieces and are large enough that I don't have to use twice as many as necessary, which are all aspects that the Boots cotton balls deliver on.
I do intend to stock up on a few bags of these over the coming months to make sure I have a stock for when my baby arrives, because they are lovely and soft and rarely leave a streak of cotton behind on your skin or have any hidden surprises in the form of hard pieces of husk when you use them, which can't be said for all the cotton wool products that I have tried.
I'm a firm believer that with these sorts of items it's usually a kind of pay for what you get trade off and I would rather pay slightly more for something a bit better quality. I have found in the past that buying cheaper basic cotton wool products like these can be a bit of a false economy because where you might only need one or two of these cotton balls you can need much more if they are thinner or smaller in size, or if they are more prone to disintegrating on use.
These are not the most expensive cotton wool balls available but neither are they the cheapest by any means. With these cotton wool balls typically retailing at 95 pence for a bag of 100 I do think that they are ok value for money, as they do last quite a while and you get a product that does deliver quality.
I would have to say maybe, they are decent enough cotton wool balls but I do think that you can find a very similar product for a slightly reduced cost. However, I do love that buying from books always helps towards your points value total, just a small perk but one that keeps me shopping for a lot of my basics there.
From me these Basic cotton wool balls from Boots get a rather average three out of five stars.
The other day I was in Boots and remembered I needed some cotton wool balls. I hate the feeling of cotton wool however the main reason I needed some was for my kitten, Myrtle's ears as she suffers terribly from an over build up of wax to which I often use medicine for but do feel the need to wipe them from time to time as well as needing some to remove my nail polish and the likes oh and I give some to my lovely four hamsters for bedding so yes.....I get through alot of it I have to admit!
These are now called Boots Cosmetic Cotton Wool Balls x 100 and cost £1.55 a bag which I think is a very reasonable price for such a large bag of them. They come in very basic packaging and on the front of them we are clearly told what they are and that they are of course a Boots product and then on the back of them we are told what they are made out of and contact details for Boots are clearly stated.
White, soft and roundish in shape you can unravel them if you want to and they have the usual horrble feel (I think) of cotton wool! They are of a decent size and made of a 100% pure cotton. They are not rough in any way and like I have said already of good size each.
However I don't find these very absorbent at all and they are rather tricky to use. For bedding for the hammies these are perfect being soft and fluffy however for jobs I need to do that involve liquid like cleaning out poor Myrtle's ears they are quite simply a no go for as the fluff comes off and leaves itself behind in and on her ears which worries me! For using with say eye make up remover or nail varnish remover the balls gets saturated easily and the liquids go through them and drip and again leave bits of fluff behind, which is not a good look on nails. Another negative is how many balls you get through trying to do a job so economical they really are not.
I can't recommend these at all sadly and feel that there are much better buys than these about so they are a no go for me and I won't be buying them again!
Only available from Boots stores.
==Boots basics cotton wool balls==
As most mums and dads know, when your little bundle of joy arrives you are expected to clean their nappies with cotton balls and water as there are no chemicals, so in theory no nappy rash. This is meant to be done for the first 6 weeks of your baby's life. However, these cotton balls are more of a hindrance than a help. I switched to wipes at 3 weeks and have found that we are now on week four and my baby so far (touch wood) has not got nappy rash. Cotton wool balls are not as practical when out and about unless you improvise and pre wet them and store them in a Tupperware box. These cotton wool balls put me off to be honest. They come in bags of 100 and cost 95p from Boots online, as most of you know who read my reviews I am a bulk ordering barmpot. My house looks like I am preparing for a disaster and I need supplies for the next 6 months. In actual fact I bulk order from the UK as we are living in Cyprus and to be honest it is hard work getting to the local supermarkets without fearing for your life as people shun any sense of road and other driver awareness, plus the prices for the majority of things are ridiculous for a similar pack of these over here we would be took in the Euro4 mark for one packet and I have to bulk buy as delivery here is hit and miss and it takes between 6-8 weeks for large parcels from the UK (that's a lot of cotton wool needed for this time length).
I purchased a fair few bags of this cotton, to be disappointed from the start. The bag is re-sealable with a drawstring opening; this is helpful as you know the cotton wool will stay clean and dry. When I started to use these I found it much easier using them wet to clean up my baby, but when I tried to dry him down with them like the midwife suggests to prevent nappy rash, this is when my cotton wool hell began! I would be drying him off and the cotton wool would be sticking to him and then I would be spending the next 10 minutes trying to pick the little bits off, very frustrating when its 3am, you have had about 2 hours sleep and your little one is crying for a bottle! I then started using wipes on a night it was more practical as I didn't have to keep bringing him downstairs (where the changing table is) and then back upstairs as it was causing a lot of pain with the C-section. The wipes weren't causing a rash and my little boy was not bothered by them. The only major advantage of these cotton balls is that they are lovely and soft but that is about it I am afraid. If I could give new mums one bit of advice, go off your instinct and if your baby's skin is fine with sensitive wipes then don't waste your time with these!
Having tried baby wipes on my son, I find that continued use leads to redness & irritation, so I made the switch to using cotton wool & water for the purpose of cleaning his bottom (& face etc).
I seem to get through a fair amount of cotton wool balls, so whilst shopping in Boots one day, I decided to try the 'Basics' range. After all, cotton wool balls are cotton wool balls...right?
OK, so I wasn't expecting to find the biggest cotton balls in the world (& I have to say having used both large & regular cotton wool balls, I didn't really see the point of the larger ones - the regular size worked just fine). However, the balls turned out to be TINY. I can easily get through 8 or 10 of these cotton wool balls for one nappy change. They just don't cover enough surface area to get the job done with any less! Bit of a false economy, when I only need 2 or 3 of the larger sized balls.
On the plus side, the balls didn't unfurl themselves or disintegrate in water. And the softness seems as good as their more expensive counter-parts. I certainly haven't encountered any problems with irritation while using this product.
The packaging is (as you can imagine from the product title...!) basic. You'll need to tear into the bag to release the balls, & there is no provision for re-fastening the bag to prevent the little blighters escaping...!
Overall, a decent product if ball-size isn't an issue to you, but not in my opinion a good product for cleaning botties with....
Boots Basic Cotton Wool is just 48p so is a bargain price for an everyday use product.
The packaging is very basic and is a clear bag with the Boots logo & some information on the cotton wool (100% wool) and it tells you the contents of the bag (100 balls).
Once I had ripped a hole in the bag I pulled out a couple of bits of cotton wool and was a little disappointed to see that they were quite a bit smaller than other cheap cotton wool balls that I have brought in the past.
I use cotton wool for cleansing my face so I applied a little cleanser to a ball and begin wiping it around my face. I did find that because they were so small I had to use a couple pushed together just to get the job done. I did actually end up using more balls than I would with a different cheap brand and this was a disappointment to me as the price is not cheaper than other 'basic' varieties and therefore this is not the best value for money product that I have found.
These were fairly effective when used with cold water but I did find that after I had squeezed out the water that once again the cotton wool had shrunk so whatever I am using these for I always find that I end up using a small handful of balls (5 or 6) but they do get the job done, it's just a shame that I have to use so many.
One bag of these lasted me less than two weeks with everyday use and I have not purchased them since. I felt a bit let down by this product as although I'd purchased them for under 50p they were no cheaper than other similar brands yet I had to use more of the cotton wool.
I would only buy these again if I was in a hurry and Boots was the only store that I was visiting. I would not recommend them to friends and my sister has previously purchased them and had similar opinions on them.
I am rating the product 3/5, it is cheap, it does what it needs to do but the fact that I had to use so many was disappointing to me as I think it's somewhat of a false economy.
The product I am reviewing is Boots basics cotton wool balls. As you probably know cotton wool has many, many different uses, I personally bought this product to use with water to clean my sons face with. Therefore this use will be what my review is based on only.
I purchased this product in a pack of 100 for around 50p.
So how does this product measure up:
The packaging for this product is very basic, but there again the name being boots basics can probably tell you that anyway. The cotton wool balls come in a plastic bag which is see through, there is a white strip accross the front where some information is. The front tells you simply what the product is and the amount of cotton wool balls inside. The bag is not overly large, which is ideal for putting in a cupboard or drawer etc.
.....Do they do the job?.....
After opening the bag the first thing I noticed was how small the cotton wool balls actually were. In fact compared to other brands I have bought they were tiny. Neverless I thought I'd give them a chance and begin my sons routine face wash. I wet the cotton wool balls then squeezed the excess water out and to be honest this left me even more shocked. There was not much cotton wool left at all, it had shrunk that much I couldn't use. My only other option was to wet 3 cotton wool balls and hold them together, doing this just about made it to the size of one of most other brands. After doing this they did the job pretty well, they were nice and gentle on my sons skin and left no irratation.
This product is very cheap and in my opinion your getting exactly what you pay for. In my case if you work out the difference between using 3 at a time of these and one of a slightly more expensive packet, this option actually works out far more expensive. If however the size was suitable for your uses then this would work out a very cheap product.
I cannot recommend this product as I believe it is of poor quality. Yes it is cheap but I have used other Boots basics products and been very impressed, this just does not step upto the mark for me
One bonus of course is if you have a Boots advantage card you'll be gaining some points, sadly for me its not even worth that.
Ideal for skincare and beauty needs /