So have a think about it, how many cotton balls/pads do you go through in a week? Since becoming more disciplined with my skincare routine I've been going through a lot more than I was in the past. I prefer to use cotton balls and I use one to take off my eye make up (maybe two if I have a lot on) and another one for my toner. If I'm cleansing the 'lazy way' with my No7 Cleansing Lotion I will use two cotton pads to remove that. Then I also use them to take off nail varnish which will be another 2, once or twice a week. So for me this adds up to roughly 20 balls/pads per week, over 80 per month. Although you can usually get 100 for £1 it's not exactly breaking the bank but if you think of it in terms of waste instead. Cotton wool isn't recycled, it just goes straight in the bin and gets dumped somewhere.
It might be just be because I'm a massive loser but I love recycling, it's so satisfying when you see how empty your green bin (normal household waste) is, and knowing you're helping the environment. So the fact I can help cut this down even more by using a lot less cotton balls/pads is great!
I bought mine from Lucy Rose for £5.49 (normally £6.49 but currently on sale!) with £1.95 delivery. They arrived quite quickly and I was excited to start using them.
As I mentioned above, you get 5 in the pack and they are quite big, bigger than necessary perhaps. I use one side to remove eye make up, then once I've cleansed my skin, I turn it over and use the other side for toner. I think that they work brilliantly and I've found that I don't need to use as much product because it doesn't absorb the same way that cotton balls do.
I wanted to wash them first before doing a review to see how they turned out. I put them in with a colour wash (it says wash with similar colours, oops!) yesterday on a 40ºC synthetics wash and they came out good as new! They have a wee wash bag to put them in then I took them out and put them on the radiator, a few minutes each side and they dried nicely.
I am so pleased with these and wish I'd bought them sooner! Obviously I'm not completely cutting out actual cotton balls from my life I still need them for taking nail varnish off - not sure these would cope well with that haha - and other little odds and ends, but it's certainly cut it down a great deal.