This material is definitely not flannel. Imagine if you will, those latex makeup wedges, the same material, but in a thin flat sheet, the size of a washcloth.
Initially, I bought 2, and was not impressed by it, it is definitely feels smooth, it even feels more smooth than running a cotton ball over the face. But after one washing cycle in the washing machine, I just love the texture of it. You can just wet it and wipe off most of the face make up (fdn & blush & powder) without any cleansing product and it does not drag, tug nor pull the skin.
TBS had a sale around Christmas, I bought 4 & got 4 for free.
Not to be confused with the Aveda cloth, that one was the pits. continued >>
I purchase this product because I was using a small facial towel which I thought was too harsh for my skin, however, my skin was getting a somewhat daily exfoliation with the old towel. this luxury towel is nice because I feel like no matter how hard I rub my face to remove my makeup the towel prevents me from damaging my skin because it's very smooth. sometimes makeup will remain on the towel even when you try rinsing it after use, so today I'd try washing it with a little bit of gentle bleach from Clorox with my other whites and all the makeup came off and nothing happened to the towel. I even accidentally threw it in the dryer and when it came out I got it wet and waited til it air dried and nothing happened to it, it's back to its original shape.
One of the best beauty purchases I have EVER made.
This flannel feels silky soft and luxurious, has made the makeup removing process so delightful!
I massage my face with the lotion and take it of with this wet flannel. It is smooth beyond words, no more cotton pads all over and so quick!
It also perfect for removing face masks, makes the process a breeze and it's very durable. Oh, and the price was only 4 euros.
The only negative is the fact that, as others mentioned, it stains but it's truly a minor flaw in this case.
Time to get buckups for a lifetime!
* Product – The Body Shop Luxury Facial Flannel (Washcloth)
* Review – I like The Body Shop for their nice selection of quality, affordable beauty tools. When I first saw this Luxury Facial Flannel, I was intrigued. In British English, a “flannel” is another name for “towel” or “washcloth”. But this is not made of soft cotton or fabric; it’s made of this unusual lightweight neoprene-like material. The tag on the packaging says, “A softer way to cleanse. Super soft when wet, for super cleansing.” When I saw this in the store, it reminded me of a more expensive, high end facial washcloth that I had read raves about in beauty magazines but at a fraction of the price! So, going on that hunch, I took a chance and guess what? This is it, a magic little washcloth! At first glance, it’s not something I would have ever guessed would work well on the skin. Because when it’s dry, it’s totally hard and stiff. Crisp like papier-mâché (paper mâché)! But that's the beauty of this gem because it's antibacterial. Unlike regular cotton washcloths, there’s no risk of bacteria or germs since it dries quickly and completely. But as soon the washcloth is placed under warm water, it immediately becomes super soft and sponge-y. In fact, it feels silky and stretchy - like a chamois cloth. This washcloth has totally made me reevaluate how I remove my makeup. Before, I would go through loads and loads of those cotton disks soaked with makeup remover. So much waste! Not anymore. Now, all I have to do is moisten this washcloth under warm water for a few seconds, pour a little bit of baby oil in the palm of my hands, massage the oil all over my face and then take this washcloth and gently wipe off the makeup. Or if I'm lazy and I don't want to remove makeup beforehand, I just use this with my favorite facial cleanser. That’s it. No more dirty cotton disks. As for tenacious facial yogurt masks or clay masks, this also works like a charm. Before, I used to have to rub the skin to get masks off. Not anymore. This washcloth removes the masks instantly. No more rubbing or tugging of the skin. What I like about this is that it also gently exfoliates without irritating like regular washcloths. And since it acts like a sponge, it swipes off makeup and mask residue right off the skin without any fuss whatsoever.
* Cons – It does get a little stained from the makeup over time, even though I’m careful to wash and rinse it out well with warm water each and every time I use it. But it's for my own personal use and not for a house guest so the fact that it’s not “pearly white” anymore doesn’t bother me. I just wash it once a week either by hand with gentle baby shampoo or throw it in the washing machine with the delicate fabrics in the gentle cycle.
* Price – Very affordable at only 5 €!
* Attention High-End Luxury Beauty Brand Addicts – This is a dupe to the famous Kanebo Sensai Sponge Chief that’s coveted by beauty editors and makeup artists worldwide. The Kanebo Sensai Sponge Chief retails here in France and Benelux for around 12 €. In London, the Kanebo brand is exclusive to Harrods and it retails for £10. At luxury department store Neiman Marcus in the US, this sells for $15. For those who are curious, Kanebo is a high-end Japanese luxury beauty brand; their Sensai Sponge Chief is something of a “must-have” for high-end skin care beauty fashionistas ;)
* Verdict – I’m very pleased by this affordable and surprising discovery. I think the last time I was this happy about a beauty tool was when I discovered the wonderful Salux towel. Needless to say, I’ll definitely be picking up a back-up (or two) of this magic washcloth. Recommended!
I had to write a review for this product because I'm in LOVE with it! Every night and morning I wash my face with a wash cloth. It never dries and sits by the sink wet. Even though I wring it out and wash it, it just feels like it's growing bacteria or something. I found this cloth at The Body Shop and had to try it. I'm glad I did because I could not be more pleased! It's very soft and takes off all your makeup without a lot of scrubbing and then it dries within a few hours completely. I did not find it overly exfoliating as some have. It dries stiff as a board and then when you re-wet it gets soft again. As others have said it does stain, but if you put some hand soap on it and swish it around most of the stains will come out. I highly recommend this and plan on using them as long as The Body Shop makes them. I paid $6 I believe and it's worth every penny to get rid of those wet washcloths.
I personally don't really find this at all exfoliating but everybody is different! My favourite use for this is to remove eye makeup. I use it in conjunction with my 9-5 makeup remover from LUSH and it takes everything off. Everything. It's almost like a magnet, it just sucks it right off your face. It even gets mascara and eyeliner from in between my lower lashes where other methods (sponges, makeup removing cloths, etc.) leave it behind. It does stain but that doesn't particularly bother me, makeup has a nasty habit of staining most anything as it is. I usually use my facial sponge from The Body Shop for my face to wash off my cleanser and all of the products that come with it but nothing is more effective or gentler for my eyes.
I have acne prone skin and I thought I'd let go of all the medical hoo-ha and "potions" to clear my skin and go the old school and natural route- hence buying this washcloth. And it's working.
I don't owe clearer skin solely to this washcloth but my face definitely feels cleaner using this and it takes all the makeup off that I usually would miss.
Be sure not to be too rough with this, as it could get too "exfoliating".
It's $7 at the body shop, which is an "eh" price. It's a washcloth, it's shouldn't be more than a dollar, but I suppose the drying to prevent bacterial growth works.
Try it out.
Well, this is just okay for me. Some days I like it and some days I don't depending on how sensitive my skin is at the time. If my skin is at all dry or a little flakey it's like rubbing sandpaper on my face. But, besides that it does work well for removing makeup and that is the only time I use it.
I won't be buying this again because it's just too irritating for me. Regular old face cloths are much better and I don't have to worry about staining them.
Edit: I have changed my mind about this. I guess my skin has become less sensitive now that winter is over because it seems to be softer. I use it all the time with my oil cleanser and it works great at getting everything off!
Perfect for removing all types of face masks. The trick with removing dried and hard ones it to run the flannel under hot water, squeeze it out and let it sit on your face for 7 seconds - it will soften the mask and slide off when u wipe it away. I tend to need to do this 2-3 times before it slides off easily..it's better than rubbing it aggressively off your face. Love the texture of the flannel but not so fond of how it dries - it literally hardens...and takes a while to soften under water (hot water is faster).
Everything that the reviewers before me said are true: this cloth is a little wonder. It's more like a very thin sponge, similar in texture to a high quality make up sponge except thinner and more flexible. When wet it looks like a cloth. It doesn't really lather so it's not really that fantastic for the washing stage, but I love using it to rinse. I took off a lippie because of the texture it's not actually that great for removing exfoliants (I use Lush's Angels on Bare Skin) and it takes some effort to get rid of the scrubby bits. A regular terrycloth washcloth does better. Also this things stains like a mother. I used a mask that has tumeric in it (Brazened Honey by Lush) and it stained it yellow. I removed it but the detergent I used left faint purple stains on it. Oxyclean removed the turmeric but not the Spray n Wash. purple is better than yellow I guess. It does make my face feel fantastic and remove icky flakes and stuff. I would buy again and probably will give them out as Christmas stocking stuffers. They're cheap enough!