I use cotton wool on a daily basis and as I shop at my beloved Tesco Extra so much, this tends to be the place where I stock up on their Baby Cotton Wool Pleats. I tend to buy these mainly when they are on offer on a buy one get the other one half price kind of offer. These cotton wool pleats come in a transparent plastic bag with a handy drawstring corded piece of white string at the top - this is really handy for when you have finished with the pack and you don't want the contents to spill out. I mainly use this cotton wool at night for removing make up. The reason I like this particular cotton wool is that it never shreds as much as some of the cheaper kinds can do - Wilkos' cotton wool is a prime example of cheap cotton wool that shreds all over the place. This pleat is nice and white in colour and pleated in a concertina type fashion, inside the plastic bag. The cotton wool itself is soft and yet remarkably strong and can withstand a lot of tugging and rubbing, even when wet and it is manufactured from one hundred percent cotton. Tesco sell it for just under ninety pence for a substantial sized bag and it lasts me about six weeks. I also use this cotton wool for removing old nail varnish and I can vouch for the fact that it never shreds on my nails, leaving tiny flecks of cotton behind. I hate it when that happens. Overall, I have to admit this is a good quality product from Tesco' It is soft and strong and nice to use - not just for babies. and I firmly recommend it.
When I first had my children I was told by lots of people that I needed lots of cotton wool so I listened to their advice and really stocked up and as such I had balls, I had pads, I had rolls and I had packs of this very handy cotton wool pleat.
A cotton wool pleat is basically one long piece of material/cotton wool, folded up in the bag like an accordion so when you open it up it unfolds into one long length. the nice thing is though that you can pull it off in strips as they are separated with perforated strips which you just pull apart to get the individual bits off. the individual sections are about 5cm in width, so fairly large and I have to admit that I probably found cotton wool in a pleat a bit more useful than the cotton wool balls but I think that's because I used them for different things.
The cotton wool pleat is made from 100% cotton and what I found really interesting is that this cotton wool pleat is extremely soft, way softer than cotton wool in balls and this was really a nice benefit when it came to rubbing my little boys bottom with it. As anyone who has changed a nappy before can tell you the mess is not just concentrated in one spot, no way, that little bottom can be covered from head to toe in mess and that's where these pleats in the early days were invaluable. You can use one to basically wipe the area in one to and you do not get nappy mess all over yourself like you are prone to with small little cotton wool balls. It's a much nicer and more hygienic way of doing things.
The pleat is so soft and hardly let's any of the fibres off too. The pleat is great for slightly wetting too and placing on the forehead of a baby if they have a bit of a temperature. This really soothes my little boy and girl if they are not feeling well and is nicer than a washcloth in my opinion as it tends to stick to the forehead better.
A nice way to product cotton wool.
I use lots of cotton wool in my house - for applying and removing makeup, general skin cleansing, and occasionally for crafts when my daughter ropes me into it. I've generally found that when it comes to cotton wool, products are much of a muchness, and just lately I've been using the Tesco Loves Baby (formerly Tesco my baby) ranges cotton wool pleat .
Essentially it's a clear rectangular plastic packet containing cotton wool that has sort of been squished into a long thin flat sheet, and then folded back and forth on itself prior to packing. This is ideal for when you might need a long thin piece of cotton wool as opposed to a small pre-formed pad or ball. I actually find this particularly useful when I need to apply products to my whole face, particularly recently when I've been needing to apply calamine lotions for hives, triggered by an unfortunate reaction to penicillin.
I actually found myself stapling together a sort of cotton wool hockey mask, which I then pasted with the lotion and slapped on my face, and left on when I want to sleep. Despite being easy to tear off the pleat, it didn't accidentally tear while I was sleeping, and the cotton wool is able to be properly saturated with lotion on one side whilst still remaining intact and completely dry on the other side.
It does unfortunately shed a little, but no more than any other brand. I found that making a mask out of this really did me the world of good, and is probably the only thing that stopped my shredding my face apart in the last week or so. I had also previously used it for applying and removing makeup, and it performs well, being gentle on the skin yet able to get a good scrub going.
Cotton wool is cotton wool, at the end of the day, but in the last week or so, it's helped save my sanity. If only I could have mummified myself entirely, I would have been even more happy! This costs just 87p a pack, so it's nice and cheap. Being a Tesco product, it is naturally not available anywhere else, and whilst it's good as cotton wool goes, I wouldn't recommend going out of your way to buy it. 4 stars.
I regularly use cotton wool to remove my eye make up, nail polish and to apply my toner. Whilst years ago I would choose cotton wool balls, I found that I was going through far too many, which were costing me an absolute fortune. Consequently, I looked for an alternative product and for the past five years or so I have been using Tesco Baby Cotton Wool Pleat.
The pleat is 200g in weight and is presented in a fairly strong transparent plastic bag with a draw string tie, which ensures that the remaining cotton wool is kept clean and dry at all times. The packaging is considerably appealing with its colourful images of two cute looking sheep and the claim is that the cotton wool is soft, absorbent and made from 100% pure cotton. I find it easy to tear off the size that I require although I cannot admit to the cotton wool being as soft as I would have expected, particularly as it is marketed as a baby product.
I sometimes suffer with sensitive skin around the delicate eye area and whilst the texture of the cotton wool is generally acceptable, there have been several occasions where I have felt a fairly sharp scratch from small pieces of cotton seed, husk or stalk. Whilst Tesco clearly provide a warning on the reverse of the packaging where they state that the product is produced using natural fibres, I have only experienced this issue a few times with my last couple of purchases despite buying the cotton wool for years. On those occasions, I inspected the cotton wool where I noticed fairly long stalks, which I had to carefully pull out. Whilst I have not injured the surface of my skin I would be very reluctant to use this product on a baby's soft and delicate skin.
The cotton wool is strong and serves its purpose well with removing my eye make up and applying cleansers and toners and I find that one pleat lasts me around 4 months. I would previously pay 74p for this product, but it has shot up in price in recent months and currently costs 88p. In terms of using as a make up remover and for applying toners and cleansers I am able to give a high recommendation, particularly as one pack lasts me for a good few months. However, I cannot recommend for use on babies. Consequently, I feel a four star rating is appropriate, particularly as it serves my needs with the exception of the odd husk or stalk.
I hope you found my review useful and thanks for reading.
For as long as I can remember both mornings and nights I have had more or less the same routine when it comes to removing my make up and cleansing. One thing which is a must have when it comes to my cleansing routine is cotton wool, I use this mainly with my facial cleanser, although I do sometimes use it to remove my make up at nights. Cotton wool is something I do go through quite a lot of as I use it at least twice a day so I do not really want to be spending a fortune on it, a few years ago I spotted Tesco Baby cotton Wool Pleats Cotton Wool which was very reasonably priced so I decided to give it ago, I have been very impressed with this and have used it ever since.
Tesco Baby Cotton Wool Pleat is as the name suggests cotton wool which is aimed at being used for babies, it comes in a clear plastic bag which has a draw string at one end. The front of the bag is taken up with a large picture which mainly consists of pale blue sky and a pale green hill with two rather cute looking sheep sitting on it. Written within this picture is the name of the cotton wool ("Tesco Baby cotton Wool Pleat, 100% Pure Cotton") This is written in a dark blue and stands out against the pastel coloured picture, there is also a small pastel colour butterfly above the writing and a tortoise hanging from it. On the back of the packet is a small white square, this contains all of the product information, again written in a dark blue so that it stands out. This information consists of a statement about the product, warnings and additional information. This is clearly set out and easy to read and follow. The packaging of Tesco Baby Cotton Wool Pleat is quite basic, however it does contain all of the information you need to know and also with the cute picture on the front it does fit in nicely within the baby section, although I think plenty of adults use it as well.
The cotton wool inside the bag looks just like any other cotton wool basically white and fluffy. This particular cotton wool is folded into pleats within the bag, personally I prefer the pleats as I find that they hold their shape and do not fall apart when you are using them. All of the pleats inside the bag are joined together so if you were to remove the cotton wool from the bag you would have a long strip of cotton wool, each pleat is perforated so you can simply tear one rectangle or pleat off of the rest without having to take the whole lot out of the bag. The pleats are folded in a way so that you can simply tear off the top pleat to use, leaving the rest of the pleats inside the bag where they can be kept clean, if you had to remove the whole lot from the bag every time you wanted to use it it would get rather dirty and a lot would be wasted, this way none is wasted at all.
What I particularly like about Tesco Baby Cotton Wool Pleat is that it is extremely soft, you do not find any small pieces of cotton seed or husk within it, although the packet does warn that this may happen, however in the time I have been using the product I have not found anything like this in it at all, for me this is ideal, because I use it on my face and eyes I do not want to be find sharp bits of cotton within the cotton wool as these could scratch, also if you are using this on a baby you do not want to be rubbing sharp cotton wool over their delicate skin, I assume the warning is there just in case this happens, however I have not known it to so I guess it is rare to find sharp bits within the cotton wool.
Tesco Baby Cotton Wool pleats is described as being soft strong and absorbent for the whole family, as I have mentioned I use mine mainly to cleanse my face with so I need something that is not going to fall apart when I apply cleanser to it, this is definitely the case with this particular product, I can apply my cleanser to one of the pleats and rub it over my face and I know that the cotton wool will not fall apart of disintegrate as I am using it, I would certainly agree with the fact that it is strong. As for being absorbent I would say that this is also correct, when I paint my nails I always use cotton wool with my nail varnish remover, I simply pour some of the remover onto the cotton wool ready to rub over my nails, the liquid remover soak straight into the cotton wool without dripping and I can also apply quite a lot of the liquid to it before it soaks through so again I have to agree it is both strong and absorbent as stated on the back of the packaging.
There are a couple of warnings on the back of the packet these consist of
*The risk of cotton seed, stalk or husk (natural fibres) being found within the cotton wool, as previously mentioned.
*Plastic bags are dangerous - this refers to the wrapper and advises that it is kept away from babies and children to avoid suffocation.
Obviously this product can only be purchased in Tesco, the 200g bag of cotton wool costs just 99p, this is an excellent price in my opinion. One bag usually lasts me a couple of weeks, however that's because I split each pleat in 2 so I get double the amount of pleats, just a bit smaller, I find one whole pleat a bit too big to use at a time, also splitting them means it lasts a bit longer. I definitely do not mind spending 99p on my cotton wool especially when it is of a decent quality and also quite long lasting, this is well worth the money in my opinion.
I would definitely recommend Tesco Baby Cotton Wool Pleat, the cotton wool is very soft on your skin and so far I have not had any problems with finding hard pieces of cotton within it, the product is as stated strong and absorbent and is excellent for removing your make up and cleansing, however it is also suitable for the whole family so it really can be used for pretty much anything. It is of an excellent price and is also long lasting. I will definitely continue to use Tesco Baby Cotton Wool Pleat in my daily cleansing routine and would recommend it to anyone whether it is to use personally or for other members of the family, this is definitely a good quality product for a very ,low price.