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Sainsbury's Basics Cotton Wool Balls

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Brand: Sainsbury's / Type: Make-Up Remover

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      22.05.2013 13:25
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      Cheap to buy, soft cotton.

      I have a lot of grandchildren and a couple of babies under a year old, I buy cotton wool to clean they bottoms and for wiping their skin. I don't mind which brand I buy but I bought these balls to save some money.
      They are housed in a clear plastic bag. The balls are a white colour like any other brand of balls. They are soft balls and a good enough quality wool. Soft and a smooth enough texture and they don't scratch the skin because they are quite fluffy for being a cheaper cotton wool. Maybe not quite as fluffy as some others priced at a higher price but good enough for the price from the Basics range.

      They are a little smaller in size compared to some other brands you can buy but I expected the size to be reduced a little because of the cost but the size of them is big enough to do the job in hand.

      I like to use one or 2 to wipe my grandchildren's eyes, one of my grandson's eyes sometimes appear to have that crusty look to them when he wakes when he has slept at my home and been in a very deep sleep. He tends to sleep a lot during the daytime at the moment and sometimes when he wakes from a nap his eyes are crusty. These wipes are ideal for just cleaning them so he can open his eyes better and so that he can see more clearly. I just dampen 2 and gently wipe each one across his eyes and they remove the crust to leave his eyes nice and clean.

      They are also nice to use to clean my younger grandchildren's bottoms when they have messed their nappies. Sometimes their bottoms are more dirty if they have had a messy poo and the baby wipes haven't removed all of the mess. I just wet a couple of the balls and then wipe their bottoms. The cotton wool absorbs the water well and doesn't make them soggy wet. But they are very durable when wet.

      They haven't irritated my grandchildren's skin at all and I wouldn't carry on using them if they did irritate their softer skin, but they are good enough on their skin and so good enough quality.

      My wife uses them too for removing her make up etc and she finds they do a good job of removing it, she likes the softness of them and she finds they work well indeed for this job.

      There are 300 balls in the bag, a huge amount of balls and they do last quite some time used regularly or on a daily basis. They cost just £1.20 and are a good buy and worth the price for the amount of balls in the pack.
      If you are wanting a nice small cotton wool ball to use for children and for adults etc, these cotton balls are good ones to buy, they are so cheap and do the job very well indeed. I have no complaints of the softness of them or the price. I will buy them again sometime in the future.

      Good balls from the Sainsbury's Basics range.

      I rate them 5 stars.

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        09.05.2013 23:50
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        Reasonable cotton balls but there are better

        I don't have a Sainsbury's in my town, but every so often I visit Sainsbury's in the next largest town as I like to pick up some different things for my cupboards. Recently, I made a visit to Sainsbury's and noticed that they were selling pack of 300 cotton wool balls from their Basics range for a tiny £1.20, which I thought was great value. I have previously used the Tesco value cotton wool balls and been happy with them, but my local Tesco seemed to have stopped stocking these.

        On the front of this bag of Sainsbury's cotton wool balls it states that these balls are soft and gentle, but 'just a little bit smaller'. Now, my main purpose of buying these cotton wool balls is for my little toddler. I have, since she was a baby, used cotton wool to clean her eyes and her face every morning. So, I am not overly worried about the size of the balls. I have previously bought the better sized cotton walls in the Tesco range, and I have very often split a ball in two making them a better size for what I need them for.

        When I first starting using these cotton balls, as I mentioned I had been using a pack of the better, bigger cotton wool balls, so I immediately noticed quite a difference in the softness, as well as the obvious size. These Sainsbury's cotton wool balls felt much stiffer and harder. If I had wanted to, I would have struggled to have pulled them apart due to the stiffness of them. That said, I damp each of the cotton balls to use them on my daughter;s eyes and face so the stiffness isn't really such a problem, as someone using these dryly.

        Until you can compare good quality cotton balls with the basic cotton balls, the difference may not be initially obvious but I can see a real difference in softness which would matter to a lot of people who are using this to remove make up etc but for what I use it for, it isn't such a big deal, as the cotton wool ball is literally swept across each eye in a flash.

        All in all, these cotton wool balls are reasonable - you get what you pay for. If you are looking for super soft cotton balls then look beyond this product and be prepared to pay more. If you are looking for a basic cotton wool ball, and not overly worried if it is supersoft, them this basics packs is ideal.

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        14.03.2010 12:04
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        good value at good price

        I could not live without cotton wool balls or pads, they are handy for lots of things in my opinion, I use mine to remove makeup and I now use them for my grandson.

        They cost around 45p from the basics lower brand from Sainsburys and the come in a transparent plastic bag, there are 100 balls inside and the cotton wool is very good quality, they are a medium round sized ball and they are very soft for the skin, they do not scratch the surface of the skin and can be used on even delicate skin types like mine.

        I take mine out of the bag when home and I put them in various places around the home, I have a nice little fancy dish in the bathroom and put a few in there and I have another one in the bedroom for makeup removing and I also have a drawer especially for my grandsons items and I have them in there for him too. So for 100 balls they do go along way for the price.

        They last a very long time even though you used more than 1 a day they are so cheap and if you buy 2 bags for under £1 they are very good excellent value.

        They can easily be put into a mothers baby bag for her baby to use while outdoors if out for the day and they can be nicely put into a nursery room at home and used from a dish in the same way I use them for myself.

        I put some also in my medical cupboard for anytime I need them for emergencies with cuts and scrapes and they are there handy for when I need them instead of chasing around the home in different rooms. I have some in my car in a little medical container for if I need them outdoors and I have been surprised how handy they have been for me there in the past.

        I sometimes use them for my cats eyes, I soak them in warm water as a mother would for her childs eyes and wipe anything that is on the eye away easily.

        They are perfect for removing nail varnish and can easily be thrown away in a bin.

        I give this product a 5 star rating.

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        29.06.2009 21:38
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        Ok for some uses!

        One thing I really do get through a lot of in my life is cotton wool! I remove my make up with conventional cleansers and toners, use it for removing nail varnish and a whole host of other things and day to day uses. Cos I use so much I tend to spend a fortune but with this purchase I don't mind paying a little more because I know the need for quality in this area!

        However I saw this in my local Sainsbury's and for the price it costs simply thought if for other use it'd probably be ok for nail varnish removal so grabbed a bag to try!

        The Packaging....

        Large clear plastic bag with a section of white and orange colour on the front and on that in white and orange writing I'm told it is Sainsbury's Basics 100 Cotton Wool Balls, Cotton balls, Soft All Round Usage and there are 3 drawn on circles representing the cotton wool drawn on there. On the back of the bag (this time in all small black writing) I'm told a bit about the product and given safety instructions, contact details for Sainsbury's are given, I'm told to bin the product rather than flushing it after use and finally there is a bar-code on there. Simple bag, looks economy but does the job.

        A Bit About The Product According To The Back Of The Bag....

        Sainsbury's 'Basics' 100% pure cotton wool balls are soft, gentle and absorbent. Ideal for all your beauty and family needs.

        The Balls....

        Small, white and fluffy cotton wool! Quite bouncy, these are actually rather good. Ok you do have to be careful when using liquid on or with them because they're not mega absorbent or anything but they work well enough for an economy product.

        I find them particularly good at nail varnish removal as I anticipated, make up removal just takes rather alot of balls but again they're suitable for most things as they are not awful quality.

        Verdict....

        Not alot I can really say about these! They are robust enough, economy but value for money. They are not cheap in the way they rip or fall apart of leave a nasty trail of fluff anywhere and me, well I'd buy them again for sure. If you pacifically want cotton wool for removing heaps of make up though I'd give these a miss!

        Not bad, not great but work well enough and are fine on delicate skin (in my opinion!).

        Only available in Sainsbury's stores priced at 48p a bag usually but at the time of writing this review they are on offer for 31p.

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