Review: Silcot Cotton Pads (Uru Uru, Hukitori, Uru Uru Organic Cotton) 💮

When I first started getting into skincare following the onset of moderate to severe adult acne in my early 20s, I heard some people talk about the importance of cotton pads in your routine. I scoffed at the absurdity of elevating cotton pads, of all things, as something to Actually Give Serious Thought to. How boring could you get? Psssshh.

A few years following that, I watched Renee (YouTube handle: Gothamista) rave about dear, Klairs 2-in-1 Cotton Pads [video here] and it still did not quite click, though my interest was somewhat piqued. But, come on. How much difference could some silly cotton pads actually make? Surely this was another fad, bound to pass.

Apparently, repeated exposure does the trick, because when Saima of Simply Saima recommended Silcot cotton pads, which are available in Korea. I decided to see what all the fuss was about and I’m so glad I did!

・What they are: ・

Silcot cotton pads are, as the name implies, cotton pads, which you can use to remove makeup, apply toners or watery Asian style lotions or essences, or remove nail varnish. Personally, since these are a little pricy, I use them for my face only and go for cheaper, regular cotton rounds for wiping off my manicures.

・TL;DR:・ 

These are amazing, I repurchase every time I run out and have not been able to use other cotton rounds on my mug since.

・Price & Availability: ・

I have seen these available at Lalavla and Olive Young, where they retail for between ₩2,700 and ₩5,000 depending on whether they are on sale or not and whether you get the organic cotton version or not. Spoiler alert: Unless you have ethics and values that require you to go organic, I think you can go for the regular versions. The quality is the same.

・Size/Quantity: ・

The Uru Uru ones (thin pads) come with 40 units, which you can (should, in fact) tear in two using the perforated line in the middle, which effectively gives you 80 pads. The Organic Uru Uru contains 36 pads and Hukitori contains 32.

・Packaging:・ 

No-nonsense, cardboard packaging that can be easily recycled. Sometimes, they are encased in shrink wrap, which I think the boxes could do without.

・What the company says:・ 

I am unable to find official info on the Silcot pads in particular. While there is a lot of information about Sofy/Unicharm branded period products and adult diapers by their parent company, there does not seem to be any official brand website dedicated to their cotton pads. If you have one, do share in the comments.

All I can think of is, this company specialises in absorbent textures close to skin, so it makes perfect sense for them to manufacture cotton rounds for the face. I would be curious to know whether they are really made of just cotton, as their textures are so elegant and intriguing. Also, I’d love to know if these are recyclable. I have been throwing them into 일반 쓰레기 but cannot be sure whether that’s the right choice.

・Consistency/Texture:・ 

Uru Uru and Uru Uru Organic are perfectly identical in their texture in that they are little fluffy mini sponges. My skin is very finicky and sensitive, and turns red when pressed, pinched or scratched immediately. When these are wiped on top of my skin to apply toner, all I feel is bliss. I use only halfsies, and they are wispery thin, the size of a langue de chat biscuit or After Eight dinner chocolate.

Hukitori are rather thick little pillows of goodness of the same size. They are less spongy, more pillowy and about as thick as a regular pad, if I remember regular pads correctly. I stopped using pads shortly after starting my periods as I hated the diaper-y feels, so my memory may not be spot on – refer to the above photos for accuracy.

・Scent:・ 

Thank goodness, no scent. Some cotton pads I have used in the past have smelt a bit bleachy, ozon-y, but not these. Hooray!

・Application:・ 

To recap, I use Uru Uru to apply acid and watery toners, and Hukitori soaked in eye makeup remover to… remove eye makeup.

Uru Uru need but the tiniest amount of product, which I believe saves product in the long run, especially if you like using expensive skincare.

Hukitori on the other hand soaks up liquids like nobody’s business, so do be mindful of that when getting ready to remove makeup.

・Efficacy:・

Uru Uru

You could argue that you could simply use your fingers to apply toner, and you would probably be right. It is probably a psychological thing more than anything else in my case. Here’s how I rationalise the experience.

For me personally, following cleansing, I like to go in with Uru Uru on an acid toner (Some by Mi’s miracle toner, for quite a while now) as it gives me the feeling of a deep clean and extra cleansing step, to really prep skin for the steps ahead. I do need to apply this with a pad in order for me to feel clean.

Another aspect to consider is that when using watery toners, unless you have lightning fast reflexes, there’s always the risk of spilling product as it slips through your fingers. For this reason, a cotton pad can actively help prevent wastage.

Hukitori

Now, I don’t mind aging – I have lived a full life and am very grateful for the experiences I have been privy to, the good as well as the bad. At the same time, being Caucasian, we all know that white skin ages fastest, especially when it is dehydrated like mine is. I have been lucky so far in the fine lines department but I don’t want to look older than I really am, and am very weary of tugging at the skin around my eyes. Then again, I love waterproof mascara and eyeliner, which are notoriously hard to remove. This is where Hukitori comes in.

You soak those bad boys, leave them on your lids for a few seconds, turn over to soak over as well as under eyelashes. Your makeup will come right off by wiping gently – no rubbing, no tugging, no ripping out lashes – so long as you use enough makeup remover and so long as you wait for thirty seconds to soak that makeup first.

・Final Thoughts:・  

So to recap, Uru Uru provides a gentle toning and cleansing step by distributing watery toners evenly and preventing wastage, while Hukitori saves me from fine lines caused by rubbing and saves my lashes. As you can tell, these are an absolute must for me and I love them.

Sometimes, how we use products makes more of a difference than what products we use, is what I believe, and these are great to have in your arsenal if they are available where you live.

Bit random but… What cotton pads, or perhaps other tools, do you use? I have been loving jade rollers and gua shas as of late – for an excellent post on how to use rollers, see Blanca’s thoughts here. Let’s talk in the comments!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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3 thoughts on “Review: Silcot Cotton Pads (Uru Uru, Hukitori, Uru Uru Organic Cotton) 💮

  1. Ooh I miss the uru uru ones so much! Thank you for the mention 😀 I haven’t tried the other hakitori or organic ones though. My husband actually recommended the uru uru to me because it was very popular in the Japanese drugstore he used to work for.

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