Occasionally someone contacts me as they are having trouble with stubborn stains on the makeup remover pads. Soda crystals are my go to, although if anything does stain mine (usually nail polish 😉 ) I just leave it as I know they are clean…they just have a rainbow on them.
I just add a teaspoon of soda crystals to a bowl, then add hot water and the pads. I leave for a few hours (or until I remember that I’ve been soaking something), then tip the whole thing in the washer. Add the rest of the load and do your normal wash.
Soda crystals are great for numerous household cleaning including:-
unblocking your sink (pop into plug hole then pour on a kettle full of hot water);
softens water (add to normal wash powder);
prevents limescale (add to normal wash powder);
natural deodorizer (you can add to normal wash powder or run the machine on empty with some soda crystals);
natural degreaser (pre-soak).
They do all this good stuff, plus they are biodegradable! How amazing is that?! You can pick them up in any supermarket or hardware store.
I’d love to know if you have any other cleaning tips using soda crystals.
Well that never went to plan! This post should have been out at the end of November but the Etsy shop went crazy so I had to concentrate on getting orders out and maybe seeing my family a little bit 😉. Everything’s back to normal now so let’s talk makeup removers.
The sweet almond oil worked just like the sunflower oil, as it’s quite a thin oil. It would definitely work better with muslin or flannel, and I had intended to actually make myself some (I use hemp or the flannel/towel mix at the minute) but orders came first. I’ll treat myself this month 😂😂. Anyway, I used more oil than I’d have liked because of its consistency, but it removed the makeup, and the pads washed well afterwards.
Price per bottle £7.96 for 1 litre from Mystic Moments.
Price comparison (Boots No 7 as the ‘norm’ – £7.50/100ml – 75p/10ml 😳)
Organic Coconut oil – £2.29/300ml – 8p/10ml
Sunflower oil – £1.10/1000ml – 1p/10ml
Olive oil – £2.35/500ml – 5p/10ml
Sweet almond oil – £7.96/1000ml – 8p/10ml
You’d definitely use more of the sunflower oil and sweet almond oil each time, making those more expensive. You’d use less of the coconut oil making it last longer, plus there’d be less waste.
I don’t think you’re surprised really 😉 I love that it is solid so I barely use any. I love the smell. I love that it is organic. I love that there are NO nasties, and it comes in a glass jar. I love that I don’t drip it anyway while trying to get it on the pad. I love that Aldi have it at £1.99 at the minute making it even cheaper!
Have you tried any? What did you think? I’d love to know ☺️
Well here we are at week 4 – olive oil week. I kept pouring into a bowl as my olive oil comes in a 5 litre tin but that worked well. The oil is quite dense so it sat on top of the pads, long enough that it worked just as well as the coconut oil. I wonder whether using thinner pads (flannel or muslin) for the sunflower oil would help. My eyes felt fine, no excessive rubbing.
The pads washed perfectly fine…as did the sunflower oil ones from last week.
Price per bottle of 500 ml, £2.35 from Tesco. Again, I would normally shop in Aldi so this would be cheaper. (My 5 litre came from Suma – £32 per 5 litre – was actually out of date so I’ll be getting more from Aldi 😉 )
Next up is the only cosmetic oil – sweet almond. This is a light oil so I’ll definitely be grabbing some thinner, flannel pads.
Well, this week has been the sunflower oil week. After using the coconut oil last week I must admit to being a little apprehensive about this as the coconut oil was so fab.
I’ve just being using the bottle straight out of my oils rack, rather than decanting as it was quite low. The first thing I noticed was how it soaked straight through the pad, just like a conventional makeup remover, meaning I would be using more over the week. It felt messy. On first look it seemed to work as well as the coconut oil, but when I checked there were still tiny bits of mascara round the eye. I think, because it soaks straight into the pad, rather than sitting on the top like the coconut oil, then more of the oil is needed. The extra rubbing made my eye tender at the time, but OK later on. The skin was not as ‘baby soft’ as the previous week.
I haven’t washed the pads yet, as I stupidly put the whites in without the pads, so I’m not sure how it will clean. I shall keep you posted though.
This bottle was £1.10 for 1 litre from Tesco, although I would usually shop in Aldi so it would be cheaper still.
So it’s the end of week 1 – organic coconut oil week. I’ve not had makeup on everyday, and the above picture was taken on the day where I had the most makeup on, so still not a lot, but plenty for me 😉. I reckon I used less than a third of a teaspoon’s worth of the coconut oil on my pad to remove that days makeup. Not much at all!
My eyes haven’t felt dry, but I’ve not used it everyday so that’s helped. The skin underneath them actually feels quite soft. I love the fact that the oil is solid, then there’s no excessive soaking of the oil into the pad first. I’d always seem to use too much of the Boots one as it soaks through so much. The pads washed perfectly fine, although I do wash as 60 degrees when I do all my whites. I don’t mind the smell either…not sure I’ll be saying that every week 😉
The jar, from Aldi, was £2.29 for 300 ml.
In short, I’ve loved using the coconut oil. Not sure I want to switch 😉 but next up is the sunflower oil.