Cotton wool, in its various guises is something I always chuck in the trolley when doing a supermarket shop. It really doesn't matter how many packs I have in at home, I know I will use it all and an intensive nail art session can easily use up a half pack if I make a lot of mistakes (reference to water marbling in particular here!).
I like shopping in Sainsburys, although I vary my trips around different supermarkets to aid choice. The basic range in Sainsburys holds no shameful association to being cheap really although these cotton wool pads really are at 60p.
These are small and round, to be expected for the price. You get an impressive 80 in a pack which is a decent amount although I will talk you through my routine and you'll see why I get through so many!
I start with a water based micellar cleanser (one for the full face), then an oily eye make up remover (one per eye), a cream based cleanser (two pads) then back to the micellar water (one pad). This routine is morning and night. I also do other foaming and oil based cleansing in the bath as well as other face masks.
... and then there is the removal of manicures! (generally one per nail when dark colours are used).
These are cheap and cheerful and will certainly result in many more purchases in the future. A repurchase is on the cards.
With three females in the house, the monthly bill for toiletries and makeup can make me cringe if I decide to stop and tot it all up. Some expenses are unavoidable - but there are one or two ways in which I can trim it down a bit. Buying Sainsburys Basics Cotton Wool Pads rather than a branded item is one of them.
There are 80 pads in a pack which cost just 49p. (Sainsburys Fairtrade cotton wool pads are £1.91 for a pack of 100.) They are advertised as being 'soft & gentle, just a little bit smaller.' The pads are 100% pure cotton wool. They come in a long plastic bag with a drawstring top so they keep clean, ready for re-use.
Experience of the product:
They are used in our home chiefly for removing makeup and nail varnish; occasionally to apply moisturisers and smooth over foundation. Whilst a larger pad might feel more luxurious to use and these circular pads are only approx. 6cm across - they still do the job of a larger pad. When I buff over my foundation with these pads they feel soft and gentle on my skin. When I dab a little nail varnish remover on them they gently clean up my nails. Basically, they help to remove or apply whatever product you are using without getting it on your fingers. Then you dispose of the pad in the usual way.
They are soft, thick and absorbent enough to be an asset to the dressing table - and I consider them good value for money for the price. Would recommend.
As some of you may know I have a little poodle called Daisy. You maybe wondering why I am mentioning her on this review?! Well Daisy was rushed to the vets this afternoon very poorly indeed. She has a very nasty infection in her bottom that if not careful can lead to incontinence. I bought these pads to use with some special liquid you mix with water to clean the area along with other medication she was given. I am so worried about her she is the world to me.
Comes in a plastic cylinder shape bag. These are the Sainsbury's basic range cotton wool pads. He packet contains pads. They are a little smaller than than the leading brands however they still do the job in my opinion. These pads are made from 100% cotton and are suitable to e used by al the family even your pets! Dispose of these in your house hold waste what ever you do don't flush them down the toilet.
I bought these to use on my dogs bottom, however I use them to remove make up and for first aid use. Simply tear open the bag at the top and remove the pad. It has a string to open and close the bag to keep them clean and germ free. These pads are the same thickness however are smaller than the leading brands in my opinion.
They hold the liquid well and do the job as they should.
Available from Sainsbury's stores for 55p.
Daisy gives them a 3 out of 5.
I have used cotton wool pads for years and have tried many brands during this time. My main uses for these are to apply cleanser and toner to my face and to remove my make up at the end of the day. Earlier in the year I read a positive review of these cotton wool pads and as I have been trying more basic products in an effort to cut my outgoings I thought I would give these a try.
These cotton wool pads are part of Sainsbury's basics range and so have the familiar orange and white packaging of all the products in this range. As with most cotton wool pads the plastic packaging gives you the option of opening it at either end. The bottom of the pack has a circle perforated that you can tear away to access the pads, on the couple of packs I've had the plastic has ripped rather than following the perforations but I am easily able to access the pads. The top opening is similar but has 2 strings that you can pull allowing you to hang these pads up in your bathroom if you wish. I have never done this and just keep them in the bathroom cupboard.
The cotton wool pads
The pads are made of 100% pure cotton and as such are softer than I was expecting them to be. Where they are lacking is in the size, they are noticeably smaller than other pads I've used and also thinner. In a pack you get approximately 80 pads, I am used to getting 100 pads in a pack so these don't last as long.
Price and availability
These cotton wool pads are available from Sainsbury's stores and Sainsbury's online, costing only 49p they are great value for money. I was worried that I would end up needing to use more of these pads to compensate for the poorer quality therefore making them less cost effective, this has not been the case I'm pleased to say.
Would I recommend?
Yes these are great for everyday use but if you want to remove heavy make up then you are probably better off spending a bit more.
When it comes to cotton pads I am not particularly fussy about which brand that I use as long as they are decent quality and a reasonable price.
Saying that though I do tend to stay away from worryingly cheap cotton pads because in my experience they are rubbish quality to the point of being unuseable. This is a review of the Sainsbury's basics cotton wool pads which retail at 49 pence per pack of eighty. My boyfriend picked 2 packs of these up for me when he did the grocery shopping and I couldn't believe the price!
The cotton pads come stacked on top of each other in a thin, transparent plastic packet. The branding as you'd expect for such a cheap product is very minimal - it simply has the brand and product name written in orange writing. It is not very attractive or eye catching, which doesn't bother me at all because it's the product inside that counts. The packet has a very thin drawstring on either side of the opening so it can easily be opened and closed.
The cotton pads themselves are identical to a majority of other cotton pads; white and round and average in size. The texture on both sides is completely smooth but the texture isn't very nice, it is quite soft but when it's dry it can feel a bit harsh/a little scratchy on my skin. When used with cleanser and toner though it isn't as noticeable and it doesn't hurt or irritate my skin. The pads are very thin - almost like toilet tissue and toner/make-up remover soaks right through them so I find it necessary to use 3-4 pads each time I use them so that the liquid isn't dripping out.
With cleanser the cotton pads can go really bitty and leave fibres stuck to my skin and break up unless I use several at a time so they are not actually great value for money considering I've used over half a pack in under a week!
Overall, I don't recommend these and I'd rather pay a pound or so extra for more durable cotton pads. Two out of five stars.
I used to just buy cotton wool pads wherever I happened to be shopping at the time whenever I'd ran out of them, so it ranged from Boots and Superdrug, to Sainsburys and Tesco etc. I normally just bought whichever cotton pads looked like the best value, I never bought the cheapest, thinnest ones though I'm not that much of a skinflint. That was until I discovered the organic cotton rounds from The Body Shop, and I've been using these religiously ever since. So why I am now reviewing Sainsburys Basics cotton wool pads then? Well I'd ran out of my Body Shop cotton rounds, and my husband was calling into Sainsburys on the way home from work, I asked him to pick me up a packet of cotton wool pads and these were the ones that he came home with.
These were 49 pence for a packet of 80 cotton wool pads, and they come packaged like cotton wool 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 cotton wool pads clean and dust free. They obviously also have the 'very classy' orange Sainsburys Basics packaging.
The cotton wool pads are the small round circular shape, and I have to say that they are certainly very small and thin and flat compared to my Body Shop ones. They also seem to feel quite rough and harsh and that's just rubbing them between my fingers never mind across my face or my eyes. So I've been using these cotton wool pads for about a week now and I can honestly say that I think they are rubbish!
I've used them with nail varnish remover to take off nail polish, and they are rubbish. They soak up all the nail varnish remover and they basically just seem to fall apart when I've tried to scrub off a dark nail polish. They also seem to shred and leave bits of the cotton pad behind on my nails.
I've used them with make up remover to take off my eye make up, and again they are rubbish. Again they soak up all the make up remover and don't hold their shape very well. The worst thing about them though is that they are rough and so they seem to irritate and scratch the delicate skin around my eyes. My eyes have been red and sore after using these cotton pads. And once again they seem to shred and leave bits of the cotton pad behind around my eyes and caught in my lashes, this along with the harshness of the pads themselves really seems to irritate my eyes.
These must be the roughest, harshest cotton wool pads that I've ever used. Also because they are so thin they just seem to soak up all of the product that I put on them, they then fall apart very easily and just don't hold their shape very well at all. I also find that I use a lot more product with these as most of it just soaks into the cotton wool pad, this then really makes the cotton wool pads false economy for someone on a budget as, yes, they are very cheap but you will end up using a lot more of your products than you need to with these and so you will end up replacing your products sooner than necessary.
I can honestly say that I won't be buying these again, and I certainly wouldn't recommend them.
I of course like to buy some things on the cheap where possible, so when I saw these cotton wool pads on Sainsburys for 49p for a pack of 80 surely enough they knew they were going to be bought. I initially bought them with the intention of using them for removing nail polish but since they have proved to be much more useful in other ways!
They come in super basic packaging of a thin plastic casing in the shape of a cylinder. At the top the can be torn open along a perforation but has drawstrings at either side to pull it closed so all the wool pads don't fall out. Being of the basics brand they have the minimalist white label with an orange border but seeing as these live in the back of my bathroom cupboard I am not too fussed about the look of the pack really!
The wool pads themselves are circular and quite thin. Pulling them out the bag I often take out one or 2 as I can never quite judge where one pad ends and the new one begins! The quality of them of course represents the cheapness, they are really thin and fall apart quite easily - showing the pads have been poorly formed out of a big wad of cotton wool.
However, saying all that these are really practical and I have had no problems using them! They are easy to dab on some nail polish remover and work away at my nails without the pad becoming a big fluff ball or sticking to my nails altogether. I also tend to use these when I apply toner to my face after I wash my face. I dab the toner on the pad and give it a good quick sweep around my face and these pads are really soft and do a great job. Being that they are smaller I do use 2 just so as to make sure I get an even amount of toner on my face but that is not problematic. Recently my daughter has (what I suspect to be anyway, we don't have a drs appointment until tomorrow) chickenpox and so today I got some Calamine lotion from Boots and have been dabbing this on her few spots using these cotton wool pads. These have been handy as they allow me to gently apply the lotion to small areas of her body and these are easy to use and I can throw them away afterwards!
Overall 49p for 80 pads = 0.6p per pad! This is fab value in my book and the fact that the packaging is cheap quality and the pads are bit thinner are of no problem to me. I bought this pack a good month or so ago now and I really haven't needed to use that many so these will last me ages. I totally recommend them!
Recently I was in need of some more cotton wool. I usually opt for the pads instead of the cotton wool balls as I find they don't come apart as easily and so I don't end up with bits of cotton wool stuck to me! I usually just purchase a shops own brand of cotton wool such as Boots or Asda and so it wasn't any different when I spotted these cotton wool pads in the Sainsbury's basics range. I rarely shop in Sainsbury's and so haven't really tried anything from their basics range before, but as these cotton wool pads cost only 49p for 80, I thought there was no harm in trying them.
The pads themselves are a reasonable thickness, just the usual size that I am used to. I only use these for when I cleanse and tone my face when I am not in a rush, otherwise I opt to use a facial wipe instead. They are also quite soft and so gentle on my face.
I also use these to remove nail varnish. For both of these jobs the cotton wool pads do a great job and don't 'tear' apart whilst using them. I often need to use more than one when removing nail varnish from all of my nails but this has always been the case and so isn't because they aren't as good a quality as cotton wool pads I have used in the past.
I am not sure how these cotton wool pads would be for any other uses as I don't use them for any other reasons. I don't think they are as thick as other cotton wool pads I have seen my friends use, but if like me and you only use them to remove nail polish or for applying lotion on your face, they do an excellent job at this and I cannot fault them.
The cotton wool pads come in a thin plastic sleeve which has a drawstring at the top so the packet can be pulled shut, preventing any from falling out.
They are available from Sainsbury's as well as online if you like to do your grocery shopping online. These are priced at 49p for 80 which is the cheapest I have found cotton wool pads. I will certainly be purchasing these again!
When I buy cotton pads or wool I just usually buy the ones that catch my eye at the time and do not have a favourite brand and I often like to buy a shops own brand as they are affordable and good value for money. Recently I bought these pads from Sainsbury's and they are the basics range of their own brands and are a little cheaper in price and very affordable.
They come in a transparent plastic wrapper, it is kind of like a tube and the pads are stacked inside, at the top of the pack there are 2 sets of strings, one the pads have been opened these 2 strings close the top of the packet to keep the pads inside the packet to keep them nice and clean and ready to use.
Each pad measures approximately 2 inches diameter, they are white and the texture of each one is very soft and smooth. They are 100% cotton and they feel very soft and gentle on the skin. I like to use them to remove my make up sometimes, they are easy enough to hold and the size is just right to glide across my face, they are very absorbent and a very good quality for the cheap price. When I am removing a cleanser I use these pads and they remove the liquid perfectly with no problems at all.
These are usually priced at around 45p and I think they are good value for money, in the pack there are 80 pads, I think this amount is amazingly good. I usually only have to use up to 2 of these pads to cleanse my face because they are quite thick and I find the cotton wool does stay on the pad as I have often found with some other brands that the fibres come off the pad when they are dry before using them but with these that is not the case, the fibres lay flat onto the pads.
These are a little smaller than some of the branded ones but I really like the size of them and I just think they are adequate enough to be used for the purpose they are used for and I have had no problems with them being just that little bit smaller.
I have used these pads in the past for cleaning believe it or not, I have soaked some of them in a little bleach and folded them around the cord that is attached to my light cord in my bathroom and the cords on my blinds to clean them. I have left them soaking for up to around 20 minutes and the bleach soaked onto the pad has whitened the cord to make it clean and then I have just then wiped the cord with hot soapy water. I first saw this tip on a programme called How Clean Is You House, and I tried the tip they gave on the programme to clean with cotton wool pads and used these pads because they were so cheap and so I was not wasting money using them for cleaning and they worked very well.
They are easy to store because of the packet is slim and I have often taken these on holiday or overnight stay in my bag and they take very little room and I have not always taken a full packet and the draw string is very useful to keep the pads in place while travelling too.
I find them very gentle on my face and they do not scratch my skin and give me the results that I expect from a cotton wool pad.
I much prefer a pad than a cotton wool ball as I find them easier to glide across the skin and I do not drop them when using them as I often do with the balls and these are a good thickness to get a good grip and are very comfortable to use in my opinion.
I do highly recommend these for anyone to try as I think they are very affordable and very good quality pads and worth the price and I will continue to buy them as I think they are amazingly fabulous little pads.
I give them 5 stars.
Thank you for reading my review.
Yet again I am writing another Sainsbury's review about their basic's range of products. I've tried food and drinks and now I'm starting to switch and save money on my household, cleaning and beauty products.
I'm going to start with Sainsbury's basic's cotton wool pads. Priced at only 54pence for a pack of 100 i thought this was a bargain. And to be honest i wasn't expecting them to be very good at all.
The cotton wool buds come in a tube shaped plastic bag which have string ties at the top, so once you have opened the packet you can easily pull the strings away from each other to close the pack. This stops any fluids, dust or dirt getting into the packet and damaging the contents inside.
The cotton wool pads them self are soft to the touch and aren't bitty. I use mine to remove my make -up at the end of every day. I use a very small amount of my make-up remover on the pad and it gently and smoothly gilds across my skin and doesn't leave any pieces of the cotton wool pad attached to my skin.
On a few occasions the pads have stuck together and have split a few in half but this has only happened once or twice. In my eyes this doesn't really matter as the product was so cheap to start with, it's not like I'm throwing my money away.
Overall this is a great start to my switching and saving with Sainsbury's in the health and beauty department.
Yet again another success for the Sainsbury's basic's range. I would recommend changing to this cheaper version and pocketing the extra pennies you save.
Cotton wool and cotton wool pads is something I really do get through in one way or another, whether it be that I'm using them for the removal of my make-up or simply for the removal of nail polish which is why when I saw this cotton wool stack of 100 pads priced at 54p I decided to give them a go!
Long see-through and white plastic tube effect packaging with the pads lined up inside it in single file. On the front in orange writing I'm told they are Sainsbury's 'Basics'100 Cotton Wool Pads 'Padded nothing added' and then there are some circles scribbled on there for decoration. Other information on the back of the packet includes being told a bit about the product, safety advice is listed and contact details for Sainsbury's are given.
A Bit About The Product According To The Packaging:
Sainsbury's basics 100% pure cotton wool pads are soft, gentle and absorbent.
These pads are low fleecing and are idea for contact lense wearers.
Ideal for all your beauty and family needs.
Round and white, the pads possess a smooth and tough outer layer and you can see the cotton wool fleecing to the middle of them as it isn't a sealed pad like many more expensive brands are.
They are not very thick and certainly not very robust and will if you make them too wet/moist or rub them over your skin too hard scrunch up and the middle section will comes out of the pad if your not really careful.
However for small jobs these are perfectly fine. Very smooth in texture so they don't hurt your skin as you use them and they are not bad at all but certainly not the best quality of this type of product I have ever used to be honest with you and the price reflects that with these.
Economical? Not really cos say I'm using them remove toe nail polish as an example. I probably use more pads than that of higher priced pads. They are not mega absorbant and like I said earlier on in this review are quick to fall apart on you if your not rather careful with them.
Not the most awful cotton wool pads I've ever used and these show you get what you pay for in life most of the time! I wouldn't avoid using these again in the future but if I have a few more pennies on me when I'm about to buy this type of product I shall certainly be happy to pay more than these cost for a better cotton wool pad!
Only available in Sainsbury's stores.
I know you've all been waiting with bated breath for the follow up review to my Asda cotton wool pads article. I promised you an equally thrilling look at the Sainsbury's version, and here it is!
Sainsbury's Basics Cotton Wool Pads are available from Sainsbury's and cost 54 pence. This is the same price as the Asda version. For your money you get approximately 100 cotton wool circles which can be used for any purpose, including removing make-up, applying face cream, or even cleaning spectacles!
The pads come in a clear plastic bag with a drawstring at the top. The bag has the familiar 'Basics' colours of white and orange on it, but it doesn't look too cheap or tacky.
The pads themselves are white and do not have a pattern on. They are totally flat without any embossed flowers etc that you tend to get with pricier brands, but I am personally not too bothered about the appearance of cotton wool pads!
The pads are quite soft and I have never had a problem with them irritating me. They work fine for all purposes and are pretty similar to the Asda pads, so much so that I would have trouble telling the difference. Like the Asda pads, they are also not great at remaining moist for long periods of time and tend to go dry after a while. This will only be a problem for you if you use them to store sore eye relievers like Optrex for hours like I do.
To conclude, these pads are fit for their intended purpose and there is nothing to complain about. Packaging is simple but functional and the contents are soft, simple to use and do their job.
On last thing: I got a comment on my last cotton wool pad review asking if they were any good for making children's pictures with! I would say no, you would be better off with cotton wool balls, as those are much easier to break apart or mould into shapes!