Face wipes. A God send for those looking for a quick, no mess, no fuss make-up remover – am I right? What if I told you our holy grail makeup wipes can take up to 100 years to break down in landfill? Or that even those that are “bio-degradable” have carbon pollution embedded into their ongoing production and distribution? Scary stuff, I know. It is common knowledge that we as humans are rapidly destroying our home and it’s up to us to repair and undo the damage we’ve caused through pollution and waste over the years. Every little change we can make to improve our planet really does count, so adjusting your make-up removal routine is a really easy place to start. Imagine if we all took a stand and found a more ethical way of removing our make-up? Imagine if we all found a way to keep our skin and our planet happy? Well, imagine no further.
Introducing, Face Scrubbies; the environmentally friendly, cost effective and re-usable make-up removal tool. I discovered these little gems through the lovely Symone who runs Symone’s Treats on Facebook (find her here). Symone crochets these beautiful pads out of 100% pure cotton into a variety of patterns, textures and densities making them the perfect tool for wiping away make-up and applying skincare.
It was actually my mum (hi mum!) who jumped on the Face Scrubbies band wagon first, and it wasn’t long before myself and my sister followed. Now we can proudly say we are a household of woman who are choosing to look after our skin and the planet with these super Scrubbies.
Symone sells a set a set of 5 Face Scrubbies that come in a storage/wash bag – also crocheted – for just £5. The tight-knit scrubbies are brilliant for a deeper, more exfoliating cleanse and the chunkier knit ones are brilliant for a lathering face wash. However, there are no rules in how you decide to use your Scrubbies. I personally love to use the chunky Scrubbies with a face wash and water, followed by the tight-knit Scrubbie paired with micellar water to remove eye make up and anything else I missed with the face wash. Once I’m done with using my Face Scrubbies, I pop them back into their bag and throw them into the next wash load where they’re ready to be used again, good as new!
A pack of face wipes set us back on average between £1 – £3. It’s clear to see that switching to Face Scrubbies and paying a one-off fee of approx. £5 is much more cost effective. Society has money saving and planet saving at the top of their priority lists nowadays, and with this in mind, Face Scrubbies make more than just perfect sense -they’re a no brainer. Another added bonus of investing in a pouch of eco-friendly Face Scrubbies is that you’d be supporting a small business. In my humble opinion, it’s vital we support small businesses, like Symone’s Face Scrubbies, instead of continuously pumping money into corporate giants. It’s a really lovely feeling knowing that the money you spend is going into supporting someones passion, ethos and values. Handmade items always feel more special to me, too.
After reaching out to Symone to ask if she’d mind me doing this write up, she also very kindly sent me some other eco-friendly and reusable Face Scrubbies made from microfiber that her friend hand makes. If you want to know more about these you can ask Symone on her Facebook page, linked above. The microfiber ones are soft, yet exfoliating and feel really good when massaging product off of your skin. Again, these can be washed and re-used and come at a fraction of the cost of high-street make-up remover wipes.
So, if you were lost for ways of where to start on how you can look after our planet, whilst looking after yourself, I hope my mini review on Symone’s Face Scrubbies has given you some inspiration. Join the Scrubbie movement today! If you have any other eco-friendly and cost effective ways of removing make-up please share your tips in the comments as I’d love to find out what other ways there are to try. Thanks for reading – Paige x