Review: Muji unbleached facial cotton pads

Muji unbleached facial cotton pads

I have to rave about these unbleached facial cotton pads from Muji. I bought them because I remember a reader, fwy, had left a comment about them in my entry Are organic facial cotton better for our skin?

Super soft and absorbent
They have a fabulously soft texture and are very absorbent but don’t dry up so quickly on me. Definitely way better than my Suzuran Attirer Facial Puffs and even The Body Shop Organically Grown Facial Cotton Rounds because my toner dries up far quicker on these two, leaving me with no choice but to pour out more toner.

Natural and hygenic
The big pack containing 140 pads only cost S$2.90 and the best part is that these are unbleached so definitely no traces of bleach residues on my skin when I use them! It comes in a zipper bag so it’s hygenic too. The only problem is the sides of these pads are not stitched together and I saw a lot of tiny fibres in the bag and on my hands when I held up the cotton pads. However, when drenched in water or toner, I don’t see any lint left on my skin. Neither do they shred easily just from wiping.

Muji unbleached facial cottons

Very affordable
These facial cotton pads are non-organic but they certainly feel very gentle on my skin and they are not chlorine bleached. Plus they’re really affordable and you can even get the 3-1 bag which cost S$5.90 or so. I’m definitely going back for more the next time!

Anyway, Muji is quite a cool store with a lot of cute stuff. I really like their PET bottles and jars. I was also checking out their cleansing oil for sensitive skin which comes without parabens and alcohol. Anyone tried it before?


  1. pf1123 says:

    Seems like something I can use.

    I’ve been using the watsons one forever. But recently I change my toner and the fibers of the cotton pad keeps going all over my face. So, when I put on serums, there would be little cotton balls on my face.

    pf1123: I used the Watsons one for many years and only switch when I received a free pack from Sasa. Then I realized that not all facial cottons are created equal. I still use the Watsons one for removing my nail polish though.

  2. Nikki says:

    I want to make sure to check out organic facial cotton when I go out, I don’t see a lot of them down here, but if I find them, I’ll definitely purchase!

    Nikki: The only one I know that is readily available is from The Body Shop. But I find them expensive!

  3. Dee says:

    Yes! Finally… good and affordable cotton pads! Agree with pf1123 of the watson’s brand. It shreds and stick on my face especially near my nosetrils.

    Sesame, can stated the Muji outlets? ?

    Dee: It’s quite good. I got mine from Muji at Paragon located on level 4. Raelynn indicated that there is another one at Bugis.

  4. raelynn says:

    i’ve been wanting to try them since forever when i was still using cleansing milks to remove my makeup. my boyfriend frowned upon the body shop organic ones because although they are organically grown they are still bleached (or they appear to be. they are still much whiter than the muji ones). he was telling me that he rather that i buy the muji unbleached ones because no bleach is more important that organic to him.

    Raelynn: Your boyfriend is so sweet! I’ve not come across guys who know stuff like this…he’s a keeper! ? According to the information I picked up about TBS cotton rounds, they’re supposed to be pure but I agree, they’re too white to look like they’re unbleached. Plus they’re so ex! Between theirs and Muji, I’ll go for Muji!

  5. raelynn says:

    dear dee, muji to my knowledge has 2 outlets, one at paragon (newer annex where you can find the la senza and banana republic) and another one at bugis junction, within BHG.

  6. Pink Ink says:

    Hi Sesame,

    there’s another Muji at Marina Square across from Levi’s and near Coffee Club, near the link to Suntec City Convention Centre. I think this is the biggest Muji outlet in Singapore.

    Pink Ink: I didn’t know about Muji at Marina…I don’t visit that part often. Hmm…should go and check it out since it’s the biggest. Thanks for letting me know! ?

  7. Cacaopack says:

    Sesame, thank you for doing this post! I have been meaning to grab a pack everytime I am in Muji yet always walk out without it, plainly because it is not side-sealed. I can’t stand those cotton pads breaking up and leaving fibres on my face.

    I have been using the side-sealed type from watsons, not the cheapest ones in plastic pack, it is in a pink carton box and they are lint-free too, those do well for me.

    Your post motivated me to give this Muji ones a try, I will get a pack when I next go Muji ?

    Cacaopack: I wouldn’t have tried if not for the comment from fwy. Yes, there are little fibres but with water or toner, none were left on my skin so they’re okay to use.

  8. Blair says:

    I loved Muji when I was in the UK! I wonder if Malaysia has them?

    Blair: I have no idea…

  9. Dee II says:

    Hmmm… I never knew even cotton pads were bleached.

    About plastic bottles, it seems even PET is capable of leeching antimony.

    Dee II: Thanks for highlighting the info on PET. I’m thinking the harm is more damaging if the containers are used for hot food. Not so sure about skin care stuff.

  10. Dee says:

    Thank you Sesame and Raelynn! ?

    Dee: You’re welcome! ?

  11. fwy says:

    Thanks for remembering my comment. I trust Japan made ones (facial cotton) more & tend to purchase from Muji or Japanese pharmacy like Nishino at Isetan basement or Meidi-ya at Liang Court.

    fwy: Muji’s is way better than the current Japanese brand I use…thanks for highlighting to me in the first place! ?

  12. Tine says:

    ‘Tis a pity there isn’t a Muji here, which sucks, ‘cos I really like Muji in Japan. I think I’ve tried this before back then and I really liked it ?

    Tine: Muji was in then out for a while but I’m glad they’re here to stay for now.

  13. pf1123 says:

    I tried this! Bought it last Sat.

    It still has a little bit of lint on my face using this. But its way better than watsons one.

    I think the little bit of lint is no fault of this cotton. My toner has a rather soapy sticky texture. I think it has quite a lot of glycerin in it. Previously I used the normal watery kind of toner and Watsons one was ok.

    I think I shall use the watsons one for makeup removing and this muji one for toner application.

    pf: It’s definitely better than the Watsons’ one. Much softer and don’t absorb so much! But the sides should be sewn together!

  14. pf1123 says:

    I think it should be filtered as well! There are so many spots on them! Makes them look dusty.

    pf: I know what you mean. I think it’s to add on to the unbleached look…haha…

  15. GreenMeadows says:

    I’ve tried the Muji Cleansing Oil for sensitive skin. It’s good! For the price, it performs way above my expectations. I’ve tried Shu Uemura and Fancl MCO but this wins hands down. It feels thick and heavy upon application but it takes everything off easily and best of all, rinses off completely without leaving behind any trace of oily residue.

    GreenMeadows: Oh great! Thanks for telling me cos I’m really interested to try it. I was at Muji just last week but hesitated again.

  16. Shanelle Ng says:

    Just want to check if it is still on sale around Singapore Muji’s outlet. Have been asking around and they always seems to be out of stocks.

  17. Sesame says:

    I recently saw it at their Tampines outlet.

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