Drugstore Find: Swisspers Squares and Boots Botanics Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm

Taking the cues from our European relatives, August is when we, at the Land of Lorp, take the entire month of vacation and doing nothing. That explains the dearth of blog posts lately, our apologies.

I'm due for drugstore find post and these are I think some of the best find I found so far. 

Does Swisspers Premium Cotton Squares remind you of a certain napkins that a woman would use at that time of the month? Despite appearance, these cotton squares perform superbly for applying thin liquids. Each square is made out of strong tissue-like pouch filled with cotton fibers. The result: lint-free cotton squares that resist rubbing and tearing. I personally use this to apply Paula's Choice 2% BHA lotion or other thin lotion on the skin. It absorbs a lot, for sure, but it does not leave any lints and it spreads the product nicely and evenly. I've also used this with eye makeup remover. Again, it soaks up a lot, but you won't need a second pad for cleansing since all the products are still on the pad and no lints! It is a steal for under $5/100 squares at your local drug store. 

Boots Botanics Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm is one of those me-too products. Of course, me-too referring to the me-two cleansers that have reached cult-status: Eve Lom and Emma Hardie. None of them are readily accessible to me and I really don't want to spend big money for something I cannot get a sample of or try out in advance. This happy find sat on the newly revamp Boots No.7 shelves at your neighborhood Target (or online from us.boots.com here). At $8 and change, it is a fraction of the price of the original me-two.

We all know that pores don't open/close like doors, and I don't know how this compares to the cult-worshiped products mentioned above. For me, this balm works. The scent is fairly mild (slight citrusy floral that is pleasant). Thanks to the beeswax and shea butter, the texture is very waxy and thick, meaning it also dissolves and moves the most tenacious waterproof sunscreen. Once properly removed with the provided washcloth (soaked in hot water), it leaves my skin clean yet soft and moisturized. I did a Bioderma Sensibio swipe test after I cleansed once with this balm, everything was removed the first time around!

A note about the waxy texture: it's quite warm here during the summer in my bathroom, so I can scoop some product with my fingers, but during winter time, I'd imagine a little spatula is needed to scoop some product out. Once you rub the product between your palms, it melts right of into a balmy consistency that is spreadable. I use about a size of a walnut to clean my face and neck. Oh, did I mention that this one is also good for doing facial massage a la Suqqu? I'm liking this product so much in the summer, I can only imagine buying the second tub during fall/winter when my skin is really dry.

THM: for under $10 each, they can't be wrong!


  1. The boots cleansing balm ingredients look awesome. I recently started using Eve Lom and repurchased a really big tub. It's great and gets the all the makeup off. I see Boots is not mineral oil based. This looks like something I would like to try out.

    I printed out the Suqqu Gankin massage tutorial and I have such a bad sense of spatial relation (i.e., paper to face) that I kept getting myself confused. :( <---DOPE

    1. Yes, this Boots Cleansing Balm will appeal to those who like something with no-mineral oil -- not that I'm particularly a mineral oil hater/lover.

  2. LOL about the Swisspers, ahem, pads!!! They kind of remind me of the kleenex type cloths I've seen in some youtube videos of some of the European bloggers. It's nice that they are so big!

    1. LOL, I know, right?? Well, in reality, they really don't look like pads at all, it's just that when I took the pictures, somehow the zoom-in version ended up looking like it.