I really love that the whole green-living thing is a trend. I'm by no means a beacon of eco-friendly aspiration, but I find myself seeking out products or employing habits that are better for the Earth simply because I like what they stand for. I also like the warm, biodegradable fuzzies I get from doing so.
It's no secret that green living has permeated almost every facet of the retail world, beauty included. And while I certainly don't use organic or eco-friendly beauty products exclusively, I feel like I'm doing some small part to reduce my carbon footprint by incorporating a few of them into my routine.
A few months ago I happened upon some "reusable makeup remover pads," and was intrigued. Every night from then on--as I completed my whole evening skincare routine--I felt a pang of guilt when I pulled out the ol' bag of cotton balls, applied my makeup remover and chucked it into the trash can after using it.
With guilt as my motivator, and the promise of saving money by switching to a reusable product pulling on my wallet strings, I decided it was time to get myself some reusable makeup pads.
These are from Etsy store The Green Haven, which the owner sells at $4 for a set of 6.
Using them is really no different than using a cotton pad, tissue or cotton ball. Apply your choice cosmetic remover and then gently wipe across your skin.
You can also use them to gently exfoliate your skin a little bit while washing with a cleanser. Small, gently circles is ideal.
I prefer using the pad once, and then after I've used them all over the course of the week, I'll wash them with some gentle soap and lay them out to dry. I've actually been using a touch of the Beauty Blender Solid Sponge Cleanser since I know it's face-approved and sulfate/paraben free.
The owner says you can toss them in your washing machine, as well. Just don't put them in the dryer or use any fabric softener on them or they'll dry out and won't last as long (that applies to any sort of terry cloth).
As for how long they last, I asked Megan at The Green Haven that very question. She says they can last for over a year pretty easily. They are cloth, after all. That'll definitely save you money--and imagine how many cotton balls or tissues you could have used in that time period! Cool, huh?