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Despite being childless, there is usually a packet of baby wipes in my shopping trolley every couple of weeks. Why? For my face of course! I use baby wipes to take off make up, or just to clean my face at the end of the day. I have been known to use them to give myself a quick freshen up if I am just nipping out early, to save time by skipping a shower until I get home again. I generally buy own brands, and decided to give these a go when I saw they were only 18p.
They come in a rather sunny and cheerful bright yellow packet, with the usual small opening and resealable sticky tab (which is pretty good at re-sticking so long as the pack is smoothed completely flat). The pack has "Morrisons Value 72 baby wipes fragrance free" emblazoned across the front. That's right. 72 baby wipes for 18p. How could I pass this by?
Well, unfortunately I probably will pass them by in the future. On opening the pack, I could smell a nice clean fresh smell which was very agreeable, but when I pulled out a wipe I was a little disappointed to find them quite dry. I like a nice moist wipe, it feels much more like it's doing something against your skin! These wipes are also not particularly easy to get out, and often more than one comes out at once. If you use your other hand to hold the rest of the wipes to ensure only one is removed (not easy for a mum with her hands full I can imagine) it comes out really stretched, which I guess would be irritating if you wanted to wipe a bum with it. This isn't an issue for me using it on my face as both my hands are free but if I had a pair of baby ankles in one hand I would not be smiling.
Using them on my face does not irritate my skin, but they do leave it feeling a bit tight. They are not overly harsh or rough though, and even going over my eye area (I know, not recommended!) doesn't cause any stinging. I have found though that they are not quite up to removing a couple of coats of mascara, they're just not wet enough. They do remove all traces of my face powder though (I don't wear foundation) and leave my skin looking clean; the main difference is, where I would usually only need a single wipe to clean my face (apart from when removing eye makeup), I need two of these.
They're not that thick, though I wouldn't expect them to be for 18p. But when you hold one up, you can clearly see through it and they look sort of holey. This is probably why they're not very moist, there's not enough material to hold sufficient moisture. This also makes me wonder about their absorbency in terms of baby waste! Even us childless folks know what that can be like.
I like to balance everything out though, to work out what truly is the best value in terms of price. So if 72 of these wipes (36 face-cleans) were better value than 36 of a thicker, wetter wipe, then I may stick with the cheaper ones. But in this instance I would rather pay a little more for a better, softer and more moist wipe as I feel that they do the job better. I want to stress though that this is partly a personal feeling, as like I said earlier I like to feel the wetness on my skin before it evaporates, as I feel cleaner. I don't get that so much with these. They do remove dirt though.
I will happily use the rest of the pack, but when I next need to stock up I will look for a special offer or will just buy the non-budget own brand.