After my last post I was fully intending to go away and try my cotton puffs for a few weeks and see if they went black and mouldy but I soon thought better of it because just because mine didn’t get mouldy (they had shown no sign of it so far) didn’t mean that someone else in a damper environment mightn’t have problems. And even more importantly I had to squeeze them so hard to get them to foam up a bit that it hurt my wrists. (I have arthritic wrists these days.)
However I did experiment with a few alternatives.
I made this Bobbles one side (for a massage effect if wanted) and plain the other as something that was cotton and actually foamed up as much as the cotton puffs but more easily
and dried in only a couple of days unlike the round puffs that took up to six days to dry fully so would be constantly wet in frequent use. (If I had decided to use such a thing permanently I would make it a bit longer so it covered down to the wrist instead of just over the fingers and palm, with a hole for the thumb of course.)
But then I remembered years ago, how I had been given a small piece of natural sponge as part of a gift set and how pleasant that had felt against my skin so I decided to treat myself. A natural sponge costs a lot more than a nylon puff but will last for much, much longer. It is also soft on the skin in use though it feels rough when dry. It doesn’t foam up as much as a nylon puff but more easily than I found the cotton ones.
However becoming content with a less bubbly wash and now having a shelf in my shower at shoulder height, I decided that a bar of soap does quite a good job as well.
However the cotton puffs are very pretty!but it is up to you which you prefer.