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Reusable Cotton Wool Pads Free Crochet Pattern

reusable cotton wool pads

cotton wool pads

I’m really excited to share with you a fantastic reusable cotton wool pads tutorial created for Moral Fibres readers by Lyndsey, curator of What You Sow.   Here Lyndsey shares how to green your daily beauty routine with these simple and eco-friendly washable cotton wool pads:

I’m constantly on the lookout for ways of reducing my carbon footprint, one of the main aims being to reduce the amount of things I buy and throw away.

One daily annoyance is throwing away the cotton pads that I use to remove my makeup. Not only do they come in a non-recyclable plastic packet but many have been factory made then air freighted half way around the world as well.

I decided to make some reusable cotton pads that I could just put in the wash when they’ve been used.  Read on to find out how I did it!

Reusable Cotton Wool Pads DIY

reusable cotton wool pad

To make your reusable cotton wool pads You will need a UK size 4 crochet hook (if you’re outside of the UK then please not UK crochet hook sizes are different to international sizes – UK size 4 corresponds with a 6.00mm hook or a 10/J hook) and some cotton yarn of your choice. My favourites are Sirdar Simply Recycled and Rowan Purelife which both come in some lovely colours. You need about 8m of yarn.

crochet cotton pad

Ch4, then join with a sl st to the first stitch.

Row 1: Ch 1, *puff st (yo, insert hook into stitch, pull strand through, do the same 4 more times then pull your yarn through all 11 loops on the hook, close the puff with a chain), ch 1*, repeat * 7 more times then join with a sl st to the top of the first puff stitch and move with a sl st into the gap between the first & second puff. 8 puff st.

reusable make up remover pad diy

Row 2: Ch 1, 2 puff st into first gap, then 2 puff st into each gap all the way round. Note that you don’t chain between the stitches like you did on the first row. Once you have 16 puff st, join with a sl st to the first puff stitch. 16 puff st.

eco friendly cotton wool pad

Sew in the ends and there you have your finished cotton pad. Make a bundle of them and store them in your bathroom ready to use at bed time!

Enjoy.

eco friendly makeup remover pad

Thanks so much Lynsey!  If you are looking for other ways to green your beauty routine do check out my health and beauty category for more inspiration!

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Weleda Skin Food Review

weleda skin food review

weleda skin food review

Need a Weleda Skin Food review?  Great, you’ve come to the right place!

In winter my poor skin takes a battering.  Between cold temperatures, strong winds and central heating, I quite often get wind burn on my face.  This winter was no exception, so I did some research on the internet for an effective natural moisturiser and came up with Weleda Skin Food.

Weleda Skin Food is a favourite of celebrities such as Helena Christensen, Adele, Julia Roberts and Victoria Beckham – but without the celebrity price tag.  It comes in at around budget friendly £10 for a large tube that keeps you going for months.

Weleda Skin Food Review

Weleda Skin Food is a very rich and heavy all-over body moisturiser, specially formulated for dry skin hot spots, such as hands, feet and elbows.  Containing all-natural ingredients, such as organic sunflower oil, calendula, chamomile, wild pansy and rosemary, there are no petro-chemicals in sight.

As well as being impressed by its provenance, I was also impressed at it’s quality – it’s a lovely thick consistency.

My dry skin is concentrated on my face so I didn’t try it anywhere else, but after only a few weeks I’m pleased to report that it has really sorted out my dry skin, leaving my face soft and supple and looking well moisturised.  It does leave my face looking quite shiny and oily after applying  it though, so I’d recommend using it very sparingly and only as a night cream.

This will definitely be my go-to product when my skin is looking red or rough, or looking a bit winter beaten.

A few words though – due to the oily nature of the cream I’d avoid it if you have oily skin.  Weleda Skin Food is also strongly scented – a heady herbal mix of orange/citrus and lavender – which really lingers.  I personally quite like the smell, it smells really fresh, but I know others might it a bit overpowering.  If you’re not using it on your face though it might be less pungent.

I purchased it from my local health-food store, but it’s widely available online*, and comes with the Moral Fibres seal of approval :)

2017 edit: I thought I would add that I have used Skin Food extensively since this initial review.  Dry hands?  check.  Dry elbows and knees?  Check.  Weather beaten kids cheeks?  Check.  To help heal minor skin irritations or injuries?  Check.  Heck, I haven’t found a situation Skin Food hasn’t been able to help.  And the best part – one tube lasts for months and months on end.

Enjoyed this?  Do check out my health and beauty category for more green beauty inspiration!