Amazon.sg:Customer reviews: The Humble Co. Natural Bamboo Cotton Swabs (600 count) - Biodegradable, Organic Cotton Swabs and Eco friendly and Sustainable Cotton Buds for Ears, Makeup, Pet Care and Cleaning (Purple)
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SO glad these exist! They check all my "must-haves" like organic, natural, and eco-friendly... except, my only annoyance is that I like to keep the tips as sterile as possible by not touching the tips when I take them out of the package... the way these are packaged makes it impossible. What I end up doing is carefully dumping them into ziplock bags (not very eco-friendly) so that I am able to grab the middle instead. Most q-tip packages are made so that it is easy to grab the middles and not contaminate the tips especially if you are allowing your whole family to use them and sticking their dirty hands all in them. Other than that they are great and I will keep on buying these unless another company checks ALL my "must haves".
I like the aesthetic of these, they’re cute. I also love that they’re environmentally friendly. However the bamboo stick is a little flimsy. It could be broken very easily. These will definitely work well for some purposes and maybe not so well for others. For ear cleaning, I think I prefer name brand cotton swabs, but these will do for many other purposes.
The price is what is getting me here. The marketing is good, but is it really worth three times the cost of the name brand? Q-Tip is 100% cotton and with paper (not plastic) sticks. They are also biodegradable.
These Humble Co. bamboo cotton swabs are also biodegradable, made with cotton applicators but with added natural dye, chlorine free and hypoallergenic. The sticks are made from sustainably grown bamboo. The box they come in is also fully biodegradable (unlike name brand packaging). These are indeed a good alternative to plastic-sticked swabs.
Performance wise, how do they compare? I personally find the Humble swabs a little stiff and uncomfortable. I like the flex in the name brand paper sticks. The Humble swabs are also a little bit shorter (see photo for comparison) so you have to hold it just slightly differently to what your muscle memory might lead you to do. They remind me a bit of toothpicks. There is about an equal amount of cotton on each brand but because of the stick, the Humble ones feel harder in the ear.
The small packs of 100 are handy for packing, or dividing between multiple bathrooms in you home. The colors are indeed pretty, but purple does look more like a soft pink. An undyed option or a neutral color like pastel green would be nice too. Undyed would have been more in line with the mission to reduce environmental strain by reducing the amount of power and resource for this extra step in manufacturing. But then I guess these wouldn't be as pretty.
I think these are giftable as the packaging and concept is distinctive, perhaps in a baby shower gift. Personally I probably wouldn't have used these on my kids when they were babies though due to how hard they feel.
Like them, don't love them, great marketing but a bit gimmicky and much too overpriced. I'm happy to use what I have but will not be reordering. But if you're after a boutique option with a good mission this may be just the swab for you.
OK, so I have this unusually strong desire to clean out my ears frequently. They say not to stick a swab into your ears. It probably says that on this product. Yet everyone does, right? I certainly do. Indeed, not only do I like clean ears, but between wearing earplugs at night and hearing aids during the day, my ear canals get itchy and it’s a real boon to give them a light scrubbing with alcohol once or twice a day.
Doing this requires a swab with enough rigidity not to break, a cotton tip which won’t detach and leave you thrusting near your eardrum with a wood splinter or piece of plastic, and enough length and carrying capacity to deliver a bit of alcohol.
I moved away from plastic shafts long ago… those things are dangerous. More recently I’ve found that the name-brand cardboard shafts have gotten wimpy, and go all noodly after a use with alcohol. Bamboo works well, and my favorite brand is one I get here on amazon… so I thought I’d try these too.
They aren’t bad, but they aren’t quite up to the standards of the others I get. These swabs are several mm shorter, the shafts are slightly thinner and less robust, and the cotton head seems a trace smaller. The cotton head on these is also blue, which is pretty but I don’t see the rationale otherwise. If something comes out of my ear, I want the cotton to show it in its true colors.
I think these are excellent swabs, but they aren’t as good as the competition in my opinion, so they rack up a respectable 4 stars.
These are good swabs. They are slightly shorter than the industry standard of Q-tips brand swabs and the cotton is dense and less fluffy. The ends of the bamboo sticks are sufficiently covered by the cotton for most all uses, but I do prefer a little more fluff because I primarily use them to dry my ears.
The boxes don't work well for dispensing, so the swabs need to be transferred into a different container.
The bamboo sticks are probably kinder to the environment than plastic sticks but probably less so than the sustainably-sourced paper and paperboard sticks used in Q-tips brand swabs as the paper biodegrades faster. It is also odd for the cotton to be dyed blue or pink regardless of the type of dye.
These swabs are so much more expensive than Q-tips that even if they were better for the environment, which I don't think they are, buying Q-tips and donating the difference to environmental causes would be a better choice for the planet.
I like the idea behind these The Humble Co. Natural Bamboo Cotton Swabs, as everything is biodegradable and better for the environment. While they work OK, they don't have as puffy of cotton tips as I would like, and the fact that they are colored actually end up being kind of a detriment to me, as I like seeing if I got any debris or wax or whatever out after cleaning my ears with them - the color makes it harder to see, as gross as that sounds.
The bamboo sticks used on these are super sturdy, however, and they do the job sufficiently - I just prefer a little more oomph on the tips to absorb more "stuff", but that's just me. They also make for great versatile swabs for crafts, makeup applications, and more - so if I don't end up using these for my ears, they WILL end up being used in some other way around my house. The quality seems good, so I think 4 stars is fair. YMMV, depending on your preferences and needs.
These cotton swabs are nice for those who are conscious about preserving Earth's resources. I love that they come packaged in boxes of 100, as it makes it so much easier to store or divvy out among family members. The purple tips are fun and make it feel a bit more luxurious.
They get the job done for me, but I do wish they had more cotton on the ends or that the cotton was wound a little looser. It's not as comfortable to put in my ear as others I have tried. They work fine for removing makeup and other tasks like that, though, where huge absorbency isn't as important.
The Humble Co. Natural Bamboo Cotton Swabs worked pretty much the same as traditional cotton swabs, though they are thinner because they have less cotton. The first thing I noticed is the cotton ends are blue. I was a little concerned about the stick being made of wood, but it is actually fairly strong. I broke one on purpose, and it took quite a bit of force. They should not break under normal use. These swabs are 100% biodegradable, as well as their packaging. I am not sure if I’m a convert yet, but I will continue using them.
Thank love that this is biodegradable. I love the fact that this is organic too. Wood material. Well made. It seems to clean my ears well and without hurting them. However, because the color is blue, I am not able to tell if I am taking anything out or how much wax I actually have. White color would have been more appropriate. Thank you.