What is there not to love about a product that promises to save you money while being kind to the planet? That is what I was telling myself as I parted with a little over £6 for a pack of 16 premium Saroi reusable make-up remover pads. I figured I was joining the crowd and making a sensible choice for both myself and the world.
After all, there are drawbacks to using cotton wool – and they are not all environmental. This staple of the dressing table drawer and bathroom cabinet has a habit of running out at the most inconvenient moment. Or shrinking when wet, not to mention disintegrating. I have lost count of the times I’ve given up hunting for the last ball and gone to bed without properly removing caked-on make-up.
A former occasional user of a flannel, I wouldn’t touch one with a bargepole these days. Not now that I know they can be breeding grounds for bacteria and spread germs, especially if shared. In a busy household, there is no telling who has used one that has been causally left draped on a sink – or where they have used it. What’s more, when was the last time it went through a really hot wash? I view this humble bathroom accessory as a danger to my health, and have pigeon-holed it in the same category as shared towels and stinking dishcloths.
Reusable make-up remover pads would, I concluded, keep my face away from potential danger zones.
What I Received For My Money
I ordered a pack of 16 pads, sold with a string laundry bag. They arrived the following day.
Inside a slim box, I found four two-ply pads in each of the following colours: white, pink, blue and black. They were accompanied by the string bag. My immediate first impression was that the make-up remover pads looked well-made, and the bag appeared strong enough to withstand a washing machine cycle.
On closer inspection, I found one side of a pad is velvety-smooth with the other textured. This impressed me, because I realised the pads had exfoliating as well as gentle cleansing properties. I could not wait to put them to the test.
I figured, I would use the white ones to apply clear cleansers and runny serums; the pink and blue ones to remove foundation and lipstick; and the black ones to remove eye make-up and nail varnish.
Using Saroi Reusable Make-Up Remover Pads
Made from bamboo cotton, these non-disposable make-up remover pads are versatile. I have used them for everything I had in mind as well as other things I didn’t even think of before. Palm-sized, they are great alternatives to hot cloths when removing cleansing balms. I have even used them to wash my face with a gentle No7 scrub.
Taking two at a time – one in each hand – I’ve even been able to synchronise sweeps on both sides of the face! Great for a good facial massage.
I normally start by using them to remove make-up. Then, I use a clean pad to apply vitamin C serum. Once I’ve finished, I pop the used pads into the laundry bag. I put the bag in the wash every two to three days, so I never run out of fresh supplies.
Before using the pads, I worried they would stain and not come out of the wash clean. However, I didn’t have to wait for the first wash to realise I had nothing to worry about – make-up disappeared just holding a pad under a running tap. (Don’t let that be an excuse not to properly wash them.)
Saroi reusable make-up remover pads get a big thumbs up from me. They are versatile, can reach some areas of the face much better than cotton wool and wash up well even on low temperatures. For just over £6, I think they deliver excellent value for money. They also look good, lined up in blocks of colour in my dressing table drawer!
If you are looking to save money – let alone the planet – they are a good bet. This brand also sells the pads in smaller and larger packs, starting from under a fiver. Visit the Saroi store here.
Today’s note to readers: I am currently testing Phoera’s pore minimising primer and Prai’s 24K Gold Wrinkle Repair Night Cream. As we edge closer to Valentine’s Day, be aware that prices will fluctuate and some products may temporarily go out of stock. Deliveries may also be impacted by the current poor weather. Clinique products are seriously trending at the moment with many of the cheaper starter kits currently unavailable. I will let you know as soon as I see them in stock again.
Be aware that I actually buy all the items I review, so you can be assured of an unbiased opinion. Honesty is everything.