Each week I give posting space to a variety of products and talk about their benefits and uses, but I don’t often talk about the tools I use with them. I am trying to correct that with these tool talk posts. Some weeks it will be makeup brushes and other weeks flat irons. This week I decided to go with the reusable cotton rounds from Afterspa.
The Afterspa reusable rounds came in my January Glossy Box and I for one was very happy to see them. It was actually a really good box this month. You can check out my unboxing here if you’d like to see the whole thing.
A while back I took a look at the waste in my house and I have been trying to reduce the amount of it. In the back yard, we purchased a composter and a lot of our kitchen waste makes it back there, from coffee grounds to egg shells. It keeps it out of our trash bin and gives us some really good compost each year. Actually many of the subscription boxes that I get make their way there, the shipping boxes getting torn up and used as dry material in the composter. I just have to peel off any tape. The ones with the wax coating take a little longer to deteriorate so often times I’ll use them to line the bottom of a raised flower bed to keep the weeds down. It smothers the weeds and eventually disintegrates into the dirt.
In the bathroom I use a Makeup Eraser and some kind of makeup removing produce (balm, oil, micellar water) to remove my makeup instead of the makeup wipes. Occasionally, I will use a makeup wipe, but I don’t buy them regularly any more. It took a while to break the habit, but I did.
At the moment I have a sample pack that I received in a subscription box that I have been slowly working through. I also signed up for a trial Refreshments box from IPSY and will be getting a pack in that. I wanted to try the subscription and if I like the scents I will trade out the wipes for another product if possible as I suspect a full sized pack of wipes will either be something I use up right away simply because they are there and I go makeup wipe crazy while I have them or I will parcel them out miserly for an extended period. I don’t know which it will be as I haven’t used them routinely in a while.
But I no longer use them routinely so it won’t be a reorder for the subscription if i end up keeping it. (My first shipment is in February so I’ll keep you posted on that.
Empty containers usually make their way into my greenhouse where they are repurposed. Moisturizer jars are used to hold sprouting seeds, serum droppers are used to dose out liquid fertilizer mostly to orchids, spray bottles are turned into misters for plants that like water through their leaves instead of at their roots.
This means that at the moment cotton rounds are my biggest waste product in my bathroom. The two things I use them for the most are toner and eye makeup remover. I know, I can use the Makeup Eraser for eye makeup removal, however at the moment I have a single Makeup Eraser that I use all week and then throw into the wash at the end of the week. (I used different spots and rotate around so I’m always using a clean section of cloth.)
I really need to look into getting a pack of smaller Makeup Erasers. They now have small square ones that let you use a different Makeup Eraser each day so that you can put them in the wash after one use. I had planned to get a pack of the Sponge Bob Square pants ones, but they sold out and then I got distracted. I know they have a Goodnight Moon Set that I really like the look of, but it is one of the full sized ones instead of the smaller cloths so I need to talk myself out of it. Or find out if they have it in smaller sizes.
I don’t mind using the one Makeup Eraser all week, I just shift to different spots on the cloth to take down my face makeup each day of use. I am just a little more hesitant to do so around my eyes. Not only is there more product around my eyes, some of which is harder to remove – like mascara-, but I just don’t like the thought of potentially putting germs near my eyes. So I tend to remove my eye makeup with disposable cotton rounds so that I know they are fresh each day.
In theory, the reusable rounds from Afterspa are the perfect solution.
The pack sent to me in Glossy Box contained two rounds, which is quite perfect as far as testing goes. I can use them and see how I feel about them before committing to a box of them, because realistically I would need a minimum of three per day: two for my daily toner and one for eye makeup removal. Or so I thought.
I took out the After Spa reusable rounds to try and my first recommendation is to wash them before you use them. While I am certain they are hygienic right out of the pack, if you use them without washing you will end up with a lot of white fuzz on your face.
The reusable rounds are soft and floppy. The feel good against the skin. However with toner, they felt a little too big. I generally hold my cotton round against my face with the use of two fingers and occasional assistance by my thumb. This required the whole hand. There were maneuverability issues and the reusable round kept rolling up on me so that one application accidentally used both sides of the round. I wasn’t certain if I could use one side and then have the other side available of a second use, but it was something I planned to test. However even if the toner hadn’t leaked through and the side away from my face remained sanitary under traditional use circumstances, the round kept rolling up so there was no way that the other side could be used as it was already partially used during the first pass.
The rolling was a bit annoying actually and that was only partially due to size. The round is really too big to be used for a product like a toner. The other issue was the material. It is very soft and almost too soft for use in applying toner. If the material was a little thicker or the edge was a little stiffer, this would be an entirely different review. I did not care for them when using it to apply products like toner.
But there is also eye makeup removal.
To remove my eye makeup: mascara, liner and shadow, I had to use both cotton rounds, both sides. The problem is, again, that the thin cloth is too soft. It feels good against the skin, but it doesn’t have the thickness that is needed for makeup removal. The Makeup eraser is still soft material but it is sturdier as well and does a much better job. It also has a stiffer edging which really helps it. I don’t think these rounds need a large border, but because of the super soft material it really needs a stiffer edging to help it lay flat.
I will say that when I tossed them in the wash after use, they came out spotlessly clean. They were white and even the eyeliner and mascara washed out. I am not certain how long they will last under weekly use and washing conditions. I will continue using them to see if I might find some tricks to getting them to perform the way I want them to as well as seeing how long they hold up, but I don’t think these particular reusable rounds are for me.
I still have high hopes that I will find some reusable rounds that are. Because I would love to continue to eliminate as much waste as possible, but for now, I will use my makeup eraser and in the near future order a set of smaller makeup erasers for eye makeup removal if nothing else. I will still use the cotton rounds for applications of things like toners though and I will keep searching for reusable rounds to eventually take their place.
I know this was a post about the Afterspa Reusable rounds, and you got to hear a lot more about the Makeup eraser, but to be honest, using the After Spa Rounds made me appreciate the Makeup Eraser more. And when introducing a new tool to your repertoire it is good to fit it into the context of already used products and to see how it stacks up. At least that is my thought.