Hey everyone, and welcome back to another Greenish post! As always, remember to keep an eye out for the video on my YouTube Channel, which will be released on Friday. I’ll be showing you the visual comparisons that I’m discussing below. If you’ve ever thought about buying a reusable and natural face rounds, this should help you a bit. Especially if you’re not sure which one would work the best!
I decided to look at all the different face rounds on the market and do a couple of experiments. We’re going to see which one comes out on top with the best results. I was lucky enough to get my hands on three different natural face rounds, and I tested them to find out a bit more about their characteristics. Hopefully that should help you decide about what would work the best for you.
For the comparison, I decided to use a cotton face round, a bamboo face round, and a hemp face round. Confession… I made the cotton face round myself, but you can easily find some online if you’d rather buy a face round than make your own.
Experimenting and Comparing the Natural Face Rounds
I decided to do two different type of experiments. The first looked at how much water the face rounds will retain. That should give you an idea about how much product they’ll retain when you use them.
The second test I did was a little more unorthodox, but I hope you’ll find it insightful. I’ve decided to use peaches as my ‘human skin’. They’re similar in enough ways that it should provide a good comparison to determine how harsh the face rounds are. The skin of the peach is very delicate, and the little hairs are very similar to the little hairs on our faces.
I put a little coconut oil on the face rounds, and then I rubbed it on the peaches to see if it caused any damage to skin or removes the hairs. Some natural face rounds might be harder than others, so we’ll see which one does the best.
Experiment 1: Water Retention with Reusable Natural Face Rounds
Just to repeat, my first test was for water retention. I used normal tap water for this test. I dunked each of the natural face rounds in the water, and then squeezed them to see how much water they absorbed. Remember, this isn’t solid science! It was just to give us an idea of how much product the face round could absorb.
The cotton round was first. I made sure it was thoroughly wet through, and then I let the excess drop off. After that, I squeezed the remaining absorbed water into a glass so that I could measure it. I repeated the process with both the bamboo and the hemp natural face rounds. The reason I made sure to let the excess water drop off first was because I wanted to make sure it was the retained water I measured.
Both the cotton round and the bamboo face round came in at around half a teaspoon of water. It might not sound like a lot, but put it on a normal face round, and you’ll quickly see how much it is. The hemp face round, on the other hand, retained only about half as much as the others.
An interesting thing that I found is that, when the face rounds are dry, the bamboo is by far the softest natural face round. It’s closely followed by the cotton, and then the hemp. But when they’re wet, the cotton is the softest, followed by the bamboo and then the hemp again.
Experiment 2: Sensitivity and Harshness
I got my peaches together, and I didn’t wash them because I wanted them dirty and showing the hairs to clearly see the results. As I mentioned, I decided to use coconut oil. The main reason I used coconut oil to do the tests on the natural face rounds was because coconut oil is edible, and I wanted the peaches to remain edible. Nothing goes to waste! You can also use coconut oil as a natural makeup remover, so it’s practical as well.
I tested the cotton round first and added a little but of coconut oil to it. I used it to gently rub on the peach to see if it would clean the peach, and how much damage it would do. Naturally, I made sure to use the same kind of pressure I would use when cleaning my own face.
The bamboo face round was next and, finally, the hemp face round. Interestingly, all the natural face rounds had unique results. There was a bit of a mess, but you can’t always avoid that!
The hemp did a little damage to the skin of the peach. The cotton was the smoothest, and I could still feel some of the fine hairs on the skin. On the bamboo’s face round, there was still hair, but much less. The skin still wasn’t damaged though. But the hemp did show some damage and wrinkles. I’m not sure if it was because I used too much force, but it definitely wasn’t as soft as the others.
To sum up, I did basic experiments on three natural face rounds, just to give you an idea of how they felt and work.
I would say that the bamboo face round was, by far, the softest of the rounds. The cotton scored average on all the tests, but the hemp face round was definitely the hardest, but the most durable. It might be best to use the hemp round for cleaning in the kitchen although, that being said, hemp does get softer with use similar to linen. Maybe you’d prefer something like that and use it until it’s get softer, but that’s up to you.
My personal favourite is the cotton face round, since it scored well on all the tests. That’s just my preference. It functions just the way I want. But now, having that information, you can make an informed decision when you go out to buy your own natural face rounds.
Remember to check out the video on Friday if you want to see the visual results.
Until next time, happy Greenish living!