The EcoTools Cleansing Sponge: A Poor Girl’s Clarisonic

Published in: Drugstore Beauty Finds

MBB guest post!We’ve been put on notice tonight — theNotice, that is. The delightful Rae of theNotice blog shares one of her favorite drugstore beauty products, the EcoTools Cleansing Sponge.

Ecotools cleansing pad A
 
When Karen asked if I would do a guest post for Makeup and Beauty Blog, I didn’t know where to start (I rarely do). I asked her for direction, and she suggested drugstore beauty.
 
“Hm!” I thought. “I’ll have so much to talk about!”
 
But I thought. And I thought. And I blew the house down.
 
Well, no, not really. But I did come to realize that less of my makeup stash comes from drugstores than I previously thought.
 
But this is actually great news for you (no, really, it is). It basically means that if I’ve kept a drugstore item, it’s a darned good one.

Take these EcoTools Cleansing Sponges ($9 for a pack of 12), for instance. They’re one of my drugstore holy grails.

These sponge exfoliators, made from soybean oil and 100% cotton (sustainable materials!), are designed to remove makeup and gently cleanse and exfoliate skin.

They take the place of a dedicated exfoliating product. With these, all I have to do when I exfoliate is apply some of my regular cleanser (bar soaps work best if you want a super-thick lather) and scrub away!

I’ve been exfoliating very gently three or four times a week since I picked these up, and I love the results.
 
I got them for travel, initially, to bring as a cleansing sponge in place of my regular exfoliator. The cotton side is great for the undereye area or for cleansing around the occasional breakout (it’s super-soft).

I find that after using these for about a week, the cotton edges wear down and the rough sponge edges peek out. To fix this, I fold them in half and then in half again, creating a soft little wedge that’s literally perfect for removing my concealer without cleansing my eyeball.
 
(Which would be gross.)

Ecotools cleansing pad B
The cottony side
 
As for the sponge side? The first two or three times I use a new sponge, it’s too harsh for me, but it feels perfect after that. I can do light little circles all over my whole face or harder scrubbing in areas that need it.

Ecotools cleansing pad C
The spongy side
 
Just take it into the shower with you, scrub-a-dub-dub your arms and/or legs, and it’ll soften up like a charm.
 
The verdict? I like to think of these as a poor girl’s Clarisonic. You have to do a bit more manual labour with these, but they’re a definite don’t-miss in my book.

And here’s a little trick: I also use the soft side to apply my toner, which keeps waste down to a minimum and feels oh so soft!

This post was written by Rae, the beautiful brains behind theNotice. Beauty blogger (with a wicked penchant for lip looks), student and makeup enthusiast, Rae can’t remember a time when she didn’t love makeup.

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  1. pinksoysauce says:

    Ooh thanks for the post! I will look for these – where did you get them?

    I’ve been using the Sephora Brand Complexion Brush for the past few weeks, and it’s a really nice Clarisonic-wannabe as well. :)

  2. Maggie says:

    Oooh, Rae–congrats on your guest post. So fun to read! :)
    .-= Maggie’s last blog post… The Polka-dotted Apple’s FIRST Giveaway! =-.

  3. amy says:

    I love sponge wipes/exfoliators, there is one I would like to try from Aveeno. I don’t have $$$ for a Clarisonic yet.
    .-= amy’s last blog post… NOTD (Nails of the Day) OPI Nail Lacquer Suede Suzi Skis in the Pyreness =-.

  4. Rae says:

    Hi pinksoysauce,

    No problem! I picked these up at London Drugs (I’m Canadian) but Ecotools is sold in a bunch of different places in the US: Ulta, Walgreens, Rite Aid, and Target, to name a few.
    .-= Rae’s last blog post… The five most expensive items on Sephora.com =-.

  5. Rae says:

    Maggie: Thanks hon! Y’know, you really didn’t need to comment on both blogs =P
    .-= Rae’s last blog post… The five most expensive items on Sephora.com =-.

  6. Rae says:

    Hi Amy,

    I know! Me neither — it’s a huge investment, and I’d really rather buy a camera :D By the way, your NOTD looks amazing! I’ve really wanted to check out the matte nail trend, but now I think I like the suede finish even more.
    .-= Rae’s last blog post… The five most expensive items on Sephora.com =-.

  7. hehehe tats so cute.. a poor girls clarisonic. i need to get my hands on this!
    .-= Blovet Beauty’s last blog post… The genius of You Tube =-.

  8. Catherine says:

    Oooh, how cool!! I am definitely going to pick up a few of these – they’re exactly what I’ve been looking for! :D
    .-= Catherine’s last blog post… A Few Fleur de Source FOTDs =-.

  9. Rae says:

    Hi Blovet Beauty,

    Haha, thanks :P And you really DO need to get your hands on these, they’re fab!
    .-= Rae’s last blog post… The five most expensive items on Sephora.com =-.

  10. Rae says:

    Hi Catherine,

    Awesome =D They blow expensive single-use cloths right outta the water!
    .-= Rae’s last blog post… The five most expensive items on Sephora.com =-.

  11. amy says:

    Thanks Rae, I didn’t know you can find Eco Tools at London Drugs, I have never seen it there before. I will check this out for sure.
    .-= amy’s last blog post… NOTD (Nails of the Day) OPI Nail Lacquer Suede Suzi Skis in the Pyreness =-.

  12. Rebecca says:

    Sounds pretty cool! I love drugstore makeup/beauty tools, mainly because I’m a cashier, and have the corresponding salary :D
    .-= Rebecca’s last blog post… October Lust List (and Happy Halloween!) =-.

  13. Rae says:

    Hi again Amy,

    Yep! I don’t know if all of them carry Ecotools, but mine definitely does — it’s in the aisle next to the Sally Hansen and Posh implements :)
    .-= Rae’s last blog post… The five most expensive items on Sephora.com =-.

  14. Rae says:

    Hi Rebecca,

    I know how you feel x.x Full-time student without a part-time job = no makeup budget! Steals like this mean that I can save my cash for something else… like that Guerlain quad you’re lemming, perhaps? :P
    .-= Rae’s last blog post… The five most expensive items on Sephora.com =-.

  15. Christy says:

    Oooh! I must go try this :)
    .-= Christy’s last blog post… More MAC Magic, Mirth, and Mischief! =-.

  16. Rae says:

    Hi Christy,

    Hope you like ‘em!
    .-= Rae’s last blog post… Monday morning and the coffee’s on the brill… =-.

  17. karen says:

    How much do they cost.?

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