Making the switch to reusable cotton pads

Hey guys! Today I will be discussing reusable cotton pads or rounds (whatever you like you call them). I am trying to be more mindful of the waste I am creating because climate change is real and alive everyone. While I am by no means perfect, I am trying. One product that I noticed I used a lot was cotton pads. I use them to remove my makeup, tone my face and remove nail polish. I have a massive stockpile, and once I was on my last package I decided to buy some reusable cotton pads.

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I know there are many options on Amazon, but it felt counterproductive to buy a sustainable product and have it shipped in plastic to my house. So when my friend told me about OKO Creations, I decided to check them out. They are a Canadian company and are in 200 stores across the country. I was able to buy them at my local Organic Garage.

I purchased the OKO Creations Makeup up removal pads. They come with eight pads. On the package, it says that the pack replaces up to 750 disposable pads per year. Not sure how they got that metric but either way switching to reusable pads does save on disposable ones.

I have decided to use these pads for makeup removal and for toning my face. I don’t feel comfortable using these pads for removing nail polish, so I will still use disposable pads for that purpose. But since I don’t remove my nail polish very often and only use one pad I felt like that was okay.

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Washed (left) vs. brand new (right)

These pads before quite well. I find that they work better once they have been washed once, so it might be good to wash them when you first get them. They are larger than normal pads, so I can remove a full face of makeup with one pad. I will say that they do absorb more product than a normal disposable pad, especially toner.

The pads clean fairly easily. The instructions were to rinse and soap after using to reduce stains, and then to put in wash and dryer like normal clothes. I put them in a small garment bag. I haven’t had any issues washing and found the staining to be minimum to none.

I have only been using the reusable pads for a couple of weeks so I can’t attest how long they will last. But I think even if they only last half a year that’s still better than using disposable pads every day.

I like these pads and will continue to use them! I would highly recommend them to anyone looking to switch over to reusable cotton pads. Let me know if you have any questions in the comments below!



2 thoughts on “Making the switch to reusable cotton pads

  1. I’m thinking of making the switch to reuseable cotton pads too. I feel so guilty throwing away cotton balls everyday. I don’t think I’d use them for nail polish either, but yes to everything else!


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