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Cotton buds are always useful to have around the house. I usually use them for tidying up my makeup, sorting out smudged nail varnish and the occasional ear cleaning. I picked up a pack of cotton buds from Boots, I can't remember how much I paid for them and I can't find them on the Boots website but it was under £2 for 200 buds, so they're a cheap household necessity. The actual buds themself are great. Bit of cotton wool on each end with a plastic stick in the middle. Simple, do the job with no fuss or frills. They're a good length with plenty of cotton wool at each end and enough space to hold them. My big issue with this product is the box. The buds come in a see-through box with a lid. The lid is held on my a sticker that goes across the top and onto the sides, which has the bar code and Boots logo etc. You have to run your nail across the sticker so that you can remove the lid from the box. The lid fits on top of the box, and then it has little plastic bits that are supposed to hold the lid in place. The only problem is, the plastic bits are really small and fiddly, so once the lid is off it's really hard to get it back on again. I left the sticker on one side to try and keep the box more secure, but it's just so hard to keep the lid on! If you're anything like me, you leave stuff about on the side and knock it off when you're in a rush to get ready. I have knocked this box off the side numerous times and the buds go everywhere, the lid doesn't stay secure and they end up all over the floor! The buds are really packed in, so if you drop them when you haven't used many it's really hard to get them back in again. Generally, these cotton wool buds are great as they do the job you need them to do, but Boots really need to come up with a better box! The lid is really hard to keep secure, so they lose a star for bad box design.
I bought a pack of these last weekend from Boots. I needed them for my baby. I chose these ones because they are 100% cotton tip so thought they would be good and natural for her. I know health visitors recommend using just cotton wool and water but I don't find that very effective at keeping my babies ears clean I find cotton buds work better as long as you are gentle. I have found these buds are great for cleaning my baby's ears as well as for the rest of the family too. They are also great if you put a bit of water on them they can be used to clear up any make up mistakes like eyeliner etc. I also used them when I painted my nails the other night they were good with nail varnish remover for cleaning up bits that I had gone wrong with. The cotton buds only cost me just over £1 and I got 200. I've put some of them in my make up bag and also a couple in my babies changing bag so that I always had them with me. The good thing about these is that they are double ended so you are getting twice as many buds for your money. I found the cotton tips very absorbant too so they make them easier to clean with. I would definitely recommend these for all the family, they will last a long time as you get so many in a tub and they are good for lots of different uses.
Ah, Boots cotton buds, simple, necessary, affordable. What are they for? It depends what you need to do, everything from cleaning your ears (you know not to jam it in there, right?), applying various forms of makeup, wiping off various forms of makeup, tiding up the messy bits of polish that get on the cuticles of your nails. You name your need and chances are that these little babies can do their thang. Personally I get the most use out of them in the mornings. I apply my lovely mascara to relatively puffy eyes, after a few minutes I have the inevitable little black dots which appear on the top of my poor puffy eye lids, one simply glide with my Boots Cotton Buds and the sear has gone, thus giving the illusion that I am actually awake! That and clearing up my nails. When I do a French Tip I tend to brush the white polish in a way that means I invariably get little bits on the tip of my fingers (one has to ensure full coverage on the tip of the nail!) so I dip the cotton bud in the polish remover and simple wipe around the edges, it works a treat and means you don't have to risk getting your perfectly painted nails in the way. The price: Always around the £1.50 mark. You can't really put a price on them as they work out so cheap per bud. I keep a few in my makeup bag and since they are double tipped you don't have to throw away once you have used one edge that may have a tiny bit of mascara on it, so you can get double your monies worth. Disadvantages: Really, there is not much I can think of, other than VERY occasionally you may get those hair-line fly away lines of cotton that are not properly bound, if you don't notice this before using near your eyes you run the risk of getting the barely perceptible hair in your eye that will drive you mad all day. Advantages: So cheap, so useful and I bet you'll find more used for them than you ever thought possible! Its an essential part of getting ready, not only can you use them on your eyes and nails but they are also great for applying glitter to your hair, tidying up the lip liner and an utter plethora of mini-jobs where a tissue just wont do!
I always like to have a box of cotton buds on my dressing table, as I find they come in handy at the best of times. When I went to Boots to buy some supplies, I picked up their own brand of cotton buds as I remembered I was running low on my usual ones. I can't say I'm particularly fussy when it comes to something as simple as cotton buds, so I am happy to buy own branded ones as I think they are just as effective. As these are Boots own, they are available in most of their stores. The price I paid for these was around £1.20 which I think is really reasonable considering how long a box of these seems to last me. You get 200 cotton buds within the little plastic case, so it is definitely worth the price paid. As it is own branded, the packaging is quite plain. Just a clear, small plastic case which opens up to reveal all the buds. One reason I like Johnson's cotton buds is that they come in a pot which stands up, making storage much more effective. A problem I have faced with these Boots ones is that the case just does not seem to close properly and securely. Because of this, I often knock these over resulting in the buds going everywhere! It is sturdy enough if your cotton buds have a place on a dresser or table, but I like to store mine away, and I often find it a problem. In fact, I would say this is the only negative I have faced with these, and it sounds silly but can drive me made when scurrying around hunting for cotton buds! The buds are of a standard size, and are white sticks with two little cotton buds on the end. The plastic long part which you hold on to is very sturdy, which helps when focusing on cleaning small areas. The cotton is also very soft and of good quality, and another thing which I like is that it does not seem to molt away like some cheap cotton tend to do. They seemed of good quality, so then I just had to put them to good use. I find three good uses for cotton buds, so I will list these and let you know how I got on. Firstly, one of the main reasons I use cotton buds is for my ears. Yes, I am very much aware of the consequences of poking too hard and I know it is not recommended. I have suffered with bad ears for the majority of my life, meaning they have to be syringed regularly. I have found these cotton buds to come in handy for clearing around the area as well as just inside of them (I am very gentle, don't worry)! Another effective use is for clearing out water after baths and showers, as I have to be very careful of this due to my bad ears. These cotton buds were very useful and cleaned my ears well which I was happy with. The second reason I use cotton buds is when it comes to eye make up. I love to wear lots of mascara and have lovely, long eyelashes. Because of the amount I wear, it does sometimes transfer on to the skin around the eye area. If I try to wipe away with my finger, it just smudges everywhere. Cotton buds are super effective for getting these little dots. I found these cotton buds worked well at removing even the darkest black make up so I was happy. Finally, the last reason I use cotton buds is when I am applying nail varnish. I have recently grown my nails, so I am enjoying painting them in various colours. As I am still perfecting my nail varnish technique, I find myself going outside of the lines quite a lot, and it leaves them looking messy. I simply dip the cotton bud into some nail varnish remover, and gently dab on to the skin around the nail to remove these unwanted extras. I have found these cotton buds especially effective at doing this. Overall, I am really impressed with these Boots own brand cotton buds. They are well priced, and good quality buds. The only thing I can fault with this product is that the box they are stored in is not very secure. However, I have now just transferred these into another pot to sort this problem. Thanks for reading. :-)
I like to keep a box of cotton buds in the house at all times but its one of those things I always forget to buy when I'm doing a big shop in Asda or Morrisons. I grabbed a box of these when I was in town from Boots for just £1 on offer. I think they're normally about £1.20. I can't moan, £1.00 for 200 cottonbuds plus your 4p in advantage card points is a great buy. When it comes to cotton buds, apart from the safety ones which are thicker, they're all pretty much the same thing and do the same job. The box that they come in is rectangular and clear plastic so you can see the cotton buds inside. It says that they are ideal for cosmetic use and baby skincare. They obviously haven't realised how many other things you can use them for! The cotton buds have a small white plastic stick in the middle with a bit of cotton wool wrapped tightly on each end, kind of like a minature gladiator stick. When I went to the doctors recently with an ear infection he told me that you should never put anything smaller than your elbow in your ear, i.e. you're not meant to clean your ears out with cotton buds as apparently in can cause pain and infection but I have always cleaned my ears and very rarely get ear infections. You can use cotton buds for all sorts of things, but here's what I use them for. . . 1) Cleaning my ears. Both inside and out, especially the ridges on the outside. I don't know how they end up getting so dirty! 2) Nails. When I paint my nails, I often get bits on the skin around my finger nail. I dip a cotton bud in the nail varnish remover and wipe around the edges of my nail. They're brilliant for this as you can control it a lot easier than a bit of toilet roll or cotton wool and it stops you smudging the nail varnish on the other hand too. 3) Make-up. I like to wear a bit of eyeliner and mascara but always manage to get it under my eyes on my skin. I either wet a cotton but or put make-up remover on it if I've got some and wipe the skin. It gets the make-up off without smudging the rest. They're really good for refreshing your make up too, when you've been wearing it for a while and it runs a little bit you can just wipe under your eyes without taking your mascara off too. I have sometimes used cotton buds to apply eyeshadow from time to time when I can't find my eyeshadow brush. They're pretty good to apply and smudge eyeshadow. 4) Cleaning. From time to time I have a big clean where I clean all the little ridges and hidden bits that I never normally bother to clean including ontop of door frames and behind water pipes. Cotton buds are good for cleaning the small ridges in some of my wooden furniture, the plug hole and corners like the top of the skirting board. I also use cotton buds to clean some of my jewellery. I have some rings that are too small to get your finger or a cloth in so I'll wet a cotton bud and clean it with one of those instead. My Granddaughter is big on her piercings at the minute and has a ridiculous number of holes in her ears, tongue and navel. She uses these to clean new piercings. She dips the end in boiling salt water and says its great to get around the bar and give it a thorough clean. Or you could just stop putting holes in your body! ;) I've never used cotton buds with the kids just incase it actually does affect your inner ears as I wouldn't want them suffering with an ear infection but I'm sure there are other things you can use them for. For such a cheap product, they certainly come in hands and they last quite a long time too as you get 200 in the box. I'd definitely recommend getting some of these in as you'll be suprised how useful they are and you can't moan at the price :-)
When it comes to Christmas our family have always bought one another lots of small presents so we have piles to unwrap on Christmas Day - we're just like a bunch of children really you know! The sort of things that we buy for one another are mainly toiletries to keep us going well into the New Year. It was as part of a Christmas Present that I got a box of 200 Boots Cotton Buds. I have just taken a look at the Boots website to find that these currently cost £1.05 so they're not too expensive then. The box is plain clear plastic and is oblong in shape with a lift off lid. The label on the front is plain with just the words 'Boots Cotton Buds 100% pure cotton tips - 200 approx. - Ideal for cosmetic use and baby skincare'. Each cotton bud is made up of a thin, white plastic shaft with a little wad of white cotton on each end. To be fair one cotton bud is pretty much the same as another so I don't think it really matters too much where you buy them from - apart from the price that is. So that's the explanation of Boots Cotton Buds for you - so what do I use them for then? Well I don't have any children so I don't use them on babies although I am told they are very effective if you're careful with them. I use mine to clean and dry my ears when I have washed my hair and my ears are full of water and probably shampoo too. I dry the outer ear with a tissue and then I gently wipe a cotton bud around the inner part of the ear and the ridge of the outer ear. I rarely wear make-up but, when I do, I find cotton buds are ideal for when I get mascara on my skin and need to remove it without messing up the rest of the make-up. I just wet the end of the cotton bud and carefully wipe it on the offending blot to remove it. When I have toothache - thankfully a rare occurrence - I use a cotton bud to dab the tooth with clove oil to get rid of the pain. In my previous fridge freezer the fridge part had an automatic defrost function which involved the use of a V shaped drain along the back of the inside of the fridge. This drained out through a tiny hole at the base of the V. This hole would often get blocked up and, if I didn't notice it, it would flood the fridge. The best way to clean this little hole was to use a cotton bud and it worked like a charm doing the job perfectly. My hair is growing fairly long at the moment - mainly because I can't afford to get it cut but that's another story - and it does tend to get stuck in the bath plug hole when I wash my hair in the shower. Step forward the humble cotton bud. I use one or two to clean out the plughole by inserting the cotton bud, catching the hair on the end and then pulling it out like some elongated spider! I am sure that you can all think of your own ways to use cotton buds to add to my list, but the tasks that I give them to perform are always done with the utmost success! As I said earlier one cotton bud is pretty much the same as another but I can't fault the Boots ones so I would have to recommend them.
I use these ear buds to clean inside my ears. I know that you shouldnt but I just cant resist cleaning inside my ear canal. I live in the city and so my ears are constantly dirty however much I clean them. I usually do this every 3 or 4 days including my outer ear. I find that once you have used one end of the stick you must not use it again or it isnt as sterile. These are a great way of cleaning off excess mascara or makeup from your eye area where you cannot get to. Just dip the ear bud in water or makeup remover and it will come straight off leaving you with a polished look. They come in a plastic case, which has to be opened carefully otherwise you end up playing pick up sticks. You get around 200 in one case and each one has two buds on the end so you can do each ear with one stick. You can use them to clean small cuts and grazes as they feel soft to the touch. The actual buds are 100% cotton and are very reasonably priced at £1.20 per box. If you buy the baby cotton bud version you can actually get them for 62p! They are very good quality but I find that with rigorous use the stick itself seems to buckle slightly so do be careful. I always keep a few in my makeup bag and the rest in the box to keep them as clean as possible.
I usually use Johnson's Cotton Buds - simply because they were the first cotton buds I ever tried and I was satisfied with them and so never branched out into another brand. However, I recently sent my partner shopping and on the list was cotton buds and they came back with another brand, namely Boots own brand Cotton Buds. They cost just £1.05 for 200 cotton buds - which obviously equates to around 0.5p per cotton bud which is a very good price and about 35p cheaper per packet than the Johnson's equivalent. I know that's not a huge saving, but as my grandmother always said, if you take care of the pennies then the pounds will take care of themselves! The cotton buds come in a hard case - which I like because I find it easier to store them in a hard case than in a plastic bad like some cotton buds come in. The container is see through plastic and has a lid that lifts off - and it's simple but it's functional. Each cotton bud is dual ended with the cotton tip at each end and so they are traditionally designed. The cotton tips are made out of 100% pure cotton and so they are really good quality and are very adequate for the types of jobs for which they are designed. They tips are soft and smooth and so they are delicate but so still clear well, particularly if they are wet first. The central bit that you hold on to when using them are made of cardboard instead of plastic, but the work equally well. I guess cardboard is probably more environmentally friendly than plastic as well. I have used these cotton buds over the past month and to be honest I think they match up to the Johnson's Cotton Buds in every way - and so I really can't see any reason to go back to the Johnsons ones that cost more. They are a good quality product.
If there is one item I usually cannot do without that has to be cotton buds. Usually when out shopping I tend to pick up the expensive brand names but recently been taking trips to Boots and found a 200 pack for £1.04 in my local store. They come in a round plastic container with a lid on top to keep them clean and they are very soft to the touch which is always handy. Some of the previous cotton buds which I have got cheap have been very rough and sometimes hard at the tips which cause some damage. When it comes to using cotton buds I tend to use them for so many different things some are very common and some are not. The most common way to use mine is sadly for when I am not well and I have an ear infection. I suffer from them a lot and more recently had a bad bout of problems so these although not recommended by some people I use all the time. If I get a cut on my hand which has come into contact with dirt rather than use cotton wool I get a cotton bud and dip it inside warm water and a cleaning solution and make sure I go around the cut to make sure no bacteria has entered to cause an infection later on. I have even used these when dressing up on Halloween I was very foolish and used nail varnish to dress up as a drag queen and I found the nail varnish remover worked well with these as well. Everyone has various usages for cotton buds and some are mad and some are very practical. I think the length is very good and because they are so soft your confident if you did have to use them for a cut or for the dreaded ear wax you are going to feel safe. In terms of value for money yes you can buy cotton buds relatively cheap from most supermarkets via their own brand but in my view they usually have cotton which comes off the end very easily and feel pretty rough to the touch as well. For £1.04 you get a good product and 200 is a good amount to keep you going. You can use these for just about anything and I know people who have used them for eyelashes and eyebrows when it comes to mascara; I know someone who once told me they then out of bandages for a cut and placed a cotton bud on the cut and then used cellotape to make sure it helped apply pressure. They are practical and definitely worth buying in my opinion.
As I wear make-up everyday it is only normal that I am going to get make up somewhere I don't want it or make little mistakes around the eyes when applying it. I would always attempt to wipe away the mistakes with eye make-up remover on a cotton wool ball, but would often wipe away more than needed because of the size of the cotton wool ball and then I would have to start that eye all over again! I never thought about using cotton buds for the job until I read it in a magazine in a handy tips section. This is my reason for going out and buying some cotton buds. I thought cotton buds would all be the same and so bought some for around 50p in Asda, their own branded ones, not Johnson's which were twice as much, as I thought what difference could there be? Since I ran out of them I went to Boots and bought some from there, simply because I was already in there when I remembered I needed more. I bought a tub of 200 buds for £1 but they were in a 3 for 2 promotion along with cotton wool balls etc, so after taking advantage of this promotion I would have got them a little cheaper. When I started using these I noticed straight away that they were much better than Asda's own branded cotton buds which I used previously. The cotton on them would not become fray and start to fall apart after eye make-up remover was placed on them and then ribbed onto my skin, as they would with the previous buds I used. I never thought anything of it at the time and thought all cotton buds would do this because of the lotion and how I am using them. However, these did not and made it much easier for me to remove any make-up mistakes around my eyes. Another thing I love about these is that one end of the bud is smaller than the other (as they are double-ended). Therefore if I have a lot of make up smudged under my eye that I want removed, I will use the thicker end, and for any tiny mistakes I want to remove, I will use the thinner end of the bud. After trying these, I will now avoid Asda's or any supermarkets' own branded cotton buds and stick to these, especially the ones with different thicknesses on each end as they come in very handy.
I always have cotton wool and buds handy as I use them for cleansing my face and now since I have a little grandson, I use them for him too as they are so versatile to have at home and have many uses and I buy these cotton buds now and have done for a while since my grandson was born and they are usually priced around £1 for approximately 200 buds, they are very good value for money. They come in a plastic carton and the buds are nice and soft and gentle in the areas used and I use them around my grandsons eyes and nose area, and I just dip the end of one into warm water and clean around his eyes and nose but not actually into the nose area, but I use them because he has a delicate skin and he cannot use any soap onto his face area as the soap does not agree with his skin and these buds clean those areas perfectly. The buds are 100% pure cotton tips and very soft indeed and they are very good for cleaning babies navels and outer ears and the outside of their noses, they are lovely and gentle to use for those areas and for a new born baby they are super soft for their delicate skin. I use them for cleaning some of my delicate ornaments as I have some that the dust tends to settle in between some areas on the ornament and so I just dampen these buds and use them to reach into the areas a duster or cloth cannot reach and they clean perfectly. I use Vaseline on my eyebrows sometimes to soften them and keep them in place, although it may seem silly but it works lol, and I am sure lots of people have tried this before and these buds with a little Vaseline on the tip is perfect for doing the job for my eyebrows and I use them for removing those little marks of mascara that tends to smear onto the face when you miss the eyes as I tend to do sometimes if in a rush lol I deaf in one ear but I still get wax in it sometimes and I when I am removing the wax with an ear candle ( one of older reviews ) I use regularly, the wax comes to the surface of my ear and I just use the tip of one of the buds to gently remove from the top of my ear, but never inside the ear. These buds are a nice thickness and they are nice to keep in the nursery or the baby box for when you need them and I keep mine in my bedroom, near my cleansing routine lotions and potions. I think the quality of these buds are very good and value for money and I recommend them to anyone to try for themselves or for a baby as I do not think you will be disappointed and I have tried lots of lower branded ones and these beat them in my opinion for their softness. These are extremely good quality for a cheaper own shops brand. I give them a 5 star. Thank you for reading my review.
Before I discovered my preferred brand of Johnsons cotton buds, I was a regular user of these Boots cotton buds. For reasons that I'll outline in this review, I prefer numerous other brands now and would be rather loathe to buy these again unless I couldn't find an alternative option. THE PACKAGING The main reason that I didn't like these cotton buds much was largely down to the packaging of the box. You may not be immediately able to see this in the above product image but the cotton buds come in a thin plastic box. Opening the box was not very easy and when I eventually did manage to wrestle my way in, it promptly split open and scattered numerous cotton buds all over the place. Needless to say, I wasn't impressed with this as it meant that more than a few of the cotton buds were wasted as I'm not keen on using stuff that's been on the floor and in goodness knows what! If the box was not so prone to this, I wouldn't be so hesitant to repurchase as the cotton buds themselves are fine but it's this that puts me off unfortunately. THE COTTON BUDS As you may just about be able to make out in the above product image, the cotton buds themselves are made from 100% pure cotton and for me, they do feel better quality than some of the cheaper brands that I've used. I must admit that I do prefer Johnsons as they feel that little bit more luxurious in terms of quality but there's certainly nothing wrong with these cotton buds. I won't bore with what I use them for but I do tend to run them under the tap for some tasks and they hold up well when wet and don't start to disintegrate. If I'm going to be really picky, I don't think that they are quite as soft and gentle as the Johnsons ones and they're also a little bit smaller. While this obviously makes them better for getting into corners and so on, I prefer the slightly more rounded tip of the Johnsons cotton buds and the fact that the latter has slightly longer cotton tips to the buds. This is probably largely down to personal taste but I just find these Boots cotton buds a little less easy to use. PRICE These cotton buds are really great value, especially at the moment. It's been a while since I last bought them as I've switched to other brands but a quick check on the Boots website tells me that a box of 200 costs just £1, and they're currently on a 3 for £3 offer so now is a good time to stock up if you like using them. FINAL THOUGHTS My review has come off rather negative but these cotton buds are by no means bad - they just don't always suit my needs particularly well. I'd say that a lot depends on what you're using them for as cotton buds with a relatively small and short cotton tip may be perfectly suited for some tasks but not others. They're absolutely fine for things like removing nail polish that's gone wrong at the sides or getting rid of stubborn eye make-up from underneath my lower lashes. My main gripe is the box that contains them as it's not a very adequate container once it's been opened and aside from being liable to spill cotton buds at this point, it tended to do the same at regular intervals and I eventually found alternative storage for them.
The thing with Cotton buds is that you take them for granted when you don't need them and when you do, you often end up searching through the house high and low to find them. Even when you do remember where you ever so safely stashed the blooming things, you more often than not find that some wicked, thoughtless git has found them before you and has an used the last one! So with that in mind I have decided to keep a spare pack tucked away so that they don't run out too often! After having bought some cheapo cotton buds a while back, which had very little cotton wool on the ends and were murder to use, I chose more wisely and picked out a Boots product instead as Boots products seem to be of a good quality and at 69p per pack they were very good value. ********************************************************* The Boots Cotton Buds come in a neat clear plastic container with a slim plastic lid. There are 200 of the cotton buds in each pack and each of them have 100% pure cotton tips, which are covered in a decent amount of cotton wool. This makes them much more comfortable to use when using them as ear cleaners, as there are no harsh pointy bits scratching the ears delicate skin. Boots Cotton Buds are also handy for cosmetic use as you can use them instead of a sponge eye shadow applicator. If like me you are always breaking the sponge tips off of your eye shadow applicators, these ears buds are a good temporary stand by till you get some replacement sponge tipped ones. If using the cotton buds this way, I would recommend that you dispose of them after each use though, as the cotton wool does tend to clog up with eye shadow after a short while. ********************************************************* Boots Baby Cotton Buds are safe to use for delicate skin areas and are very handy if you have recently had your ears pierced, as they can clean the fresh piercing area, in a hygienic way. They can be used in conjunction with what ever cleaning fluid you have been told to use. As the buds have been designed with plenty of cotton wool padding, for gentle use they can also be used to help with baby care needs. They are safe to use on your baby's skin around the eye area, nose and also to clean the outer ear or navel. They are also useful for the skin between your babies teeny tiny hands and tootsies. ********************************************************* Once you have used the cotton buds make sure you dispose of them safely, flushing them down the toilet as many naughty blokes seem to think they can do, is a 100% no no! Lads, make sure you put them in the bin instead and no matter how tempted you are never stick them up your nose...you have been warned!! One last thing that I use them for, is to clean off any jewellery items that have become dull or tainted. I use a small amount of toothpaste on a damp cotton bud, gently clean the item for a few seconds and then rinse in cold water. This really makes your jewellery sparkle like new. Handy to have for many uses, these Boots Cotton Buds are getting a 5 star rating!
Boots Cotton Buds - £1.08 for 200 Cotton Buds I recently tried Boots Cotton Buds as an alternative to my usual brand which is Johnsons Cotton Buds. I decided to try the Boots brand because the Johnsons Cotton Buds worked out to be exactly £1 more expensive for the same number of cotton buds. Firstly going by the packaging of the Boots Cotton Buds - it really was not up to scratch. I really liked the Johnsons packaging a lot better - the Johnsons tub that the buds come in really works well at storing the buds. The Boots packaging was awful - it split after opening and the buds went all over the bathroom floor - while picking them all up from the bathroom floor I had to remind myself that they were £1 cheaper!! I don't like the packaging at all - I think it could be a lot better but this is perhaps where Boots are saving money and hence they can sell the cotton buds a bit cheaper? The Cotton Buds do not look any different from my usual brand, the cotton at the ends was even slightly thicker than my usual brand. People use cotton buds for a variety of things - I basically use them for tidying up my make-up and cleaning my old cat's eyes! For my purposes they worked just fine and I will definately buy them again. Next time I buy them I am going to take them out the Boots packaging and put them in a Johnsons drum so that it is easier to store them. I really don't buy them that often as 200 cotton buds last a really long time but at the end of the day buying this cheeper Boots brand saves £1 per pack!
I don't think there is a house hold in the UK that doesn't have a tub of cotton buds, they are just one of the essential things of life these days. I used to use one of the leading brands cotton buds, but I one day tried Boots own brand, when I was trying to save some money on the things I had to buy. I have no problem with using own brand products, so I happily bought these for about 50p less than I would usually pay for the leading brand. I use cotton buds mainly for ear wax removal and make up tidying, especially eyeliner. I never noticed any difference between these cotton buds and the ones made by the leading brand. They removed make up from my face with no problems, and easily removed ear wax and they have never made my ears or skin sore when I have used them. The Boots own brand cotton buds are the same size and thickness as the leading brand, and they appear to have the same amount of cotton on each end, so personally I see no reason not to use them, as they do the exact same job and they cost less. You can buy these in all Boots stores for less than £2 a tub of 200, and they last for ages, so why not buy some? If you want to save some money on essential items, this is a great start to that.