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Cotton Pads for use with the Hitachi HadaCRiE Cool

Alas not all cotton pads were created equal.

For the past weeks I’ve been using Watsons facial cotton pads but I noticed they didn’t work very well on my Hitachi HadaCRiE Cool as they tore easily and lint tends to come off.

It has been on my mind to find a brand of cotton pad that was sealed at the sides or woven at least to prevent that.
But luck was on my side and my aunt popped by on the weekend with a small traveler sized box of cotton pads from The Face Shop for me. These worked perfect!

The cotton pads were fully in fact after gliding them all over my face. It seems because of their knitted texture too that more dirt was being absorbed / collected onto it.

Since cotton pads are a product that we use nearly every day, consumers should buy them at affordable prices.

Yet we should be mindful because of these factors:

Cotton is considered the world’s ‘dirtiest’ crop due to its heavy use of insecticides, the most hazardous pesticide to human and animal health. Cotton covers 2.5% of the world’s cultivated land yet uses 16% of the world’s insecticides, more than any other single major crop (1). (from OTA.com) Organic Trade Association

Some inexpensive cotton pads can fall apart, or leave trails of little fibers on your face and nails. When shopping for cotton pads, you want to look at their texture, absorbency level and whether or not they’re made of organic cotton that’s unbleached. (The Body Shop and Muji offers some of these unbleached type of cotton pads). When the cotton pad is too thin, it soaks up more liquid, which can lead to product waste.

If possible, try to choose organic or unbleached products—you don’t want any traces of nasty chemicals like chlorine or pesticides touching your delicate skin. While I am unsure if the in the process of cotton wool production if these chemicals are eliminated. It also makes sense to choose organic because the reason to buy organic cotton is that conventionally-grown cotton uses a huge amount of the most toxic chemicals, which get into our air and water and soil, and indirectly into our bodies. However be prepared to pay a premium to the added labor and farming since organic farming is more labor intensive.

Read more on cotton farming practises in India here. as featured on The Guardian, UK.

Read more on the types of cotton pads and how to select them on the Vivawoman blog.

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