As I’ve become more disciplined (har de har, har) with my skin care I’ve found I go through cotton wool pads or balls like something chronic. I use cotton wool to apply tea tree to spots, to apply toner and to get embedded eye make up off my damn lashes because even normally pretty hardcore hot cloth cleansers don’t seem to strip waterproof mascara from my lashes. I probably use around 6-8 pads or balls per day (not including when I remove nail polish). Yep you can pick up cotton wool on the cheap but what bugs me most is they are chucked in the bin and not recycled. We’re pretty hardcore when it comes to recycling here at Thrifty Towers. Mr Thrifty studied Environmental Science at university and I think he’d recycle me if I stood still long enough. We just don’t like to create unnecessary waste if we can help it. At one point I did start using flannels for everything and they felt great on my skin but I found they absorbed so much product it was becoming just as wasteful as cotton wool. I do still use them for rich cleansing balms though as they’re perfect for that particular purpose, however I’m not using balms at the moment.
The inventor of Love the Planet Washable Cleansing Pads* contacted me to tell me all about the product and to use a blogger cliche – I lept at the chance to give them a whirl! I really did actually, these are right up my street and are something I declared a genius idea as soon as I heard about them.The washable pads are designed to be used for cleanser and toner and then chucked in the wash. Each pack comes with 5 pads and a mini wash bag making the whole ‘chuck them in the wash’ side of it a bit easier. The pads themselves are huge! They’re about double the size of an average cotton pad and are really, really thick and dense. They’re made with terry cotton on the outside and a polyester filling meaning they dry in no time at all and you’re not left with a sodden lump of bacteria dripping all over your sink. The cotton is really gentle, it doesn’t drag my skin or feel harsh which I sometimes find cotton wool can. I’ve taken to using one of these pads in place of a muslin cloth with my cleanser because they feel so gentle, especially around my eyes. I find I’m able to use each pad twice. I use one side for cleanser or eye make up remover and flip it over to use for toner. When I flip over the pad there is not one sign of use, none of the cleanser whatsoever has soaked through. I do find because the pad doesn’t absorb all of the product I find I have to use a little less which is a real bonus.
Robert Gordon University confirmed with Love The Planet, when washed at 40 degrees the cleansing pads are completely free of bacteria. I tend to rinse my cleansing pads in cold water after use (I find rinsing with cold water stops stains setting in as compared to hot water which seems to set stains) and leave in a small dish on the side of my sink to collect any drips then once dry I sling them into the wash bag. Once I have two or three used pads in the bag I sling them in the machine with my usual wash. They come out clean and bounce back into shape pretty quickly. I’ve been using these for over a month now and they’re showing no signs of wear and look as good as new. I did expect them to turn a little grey or curl at the edges but I’m pleasantly surprised to find they haven’t yet. I did however note they sell a coloured version of the pads if you’re worried about greying or stains. You can buy a pack of 5 from Love The Planet for £6.20.