Is linen best for face cleaning?                         18 September 2020

We wrote in our newsletters on Monday and Wednesday (16th September 2020) that customers can no longer justify the negative impact that the textile industries have on our planet, and where cotton and bamboo are serious culprits and where animals, people and our environment are attacked.

So, having discussed the plusses and minuses of cotton and bamboo, we now turn our attention to linen and how good or otherwise this fabric might be when used for cleaning makeup from the face. This is what we found:

  • Made from flax plant fibres it is sustainable and fully biodegradable.
  • It is stronger when wet than dry.
  • It becomes softer and more pliable the more times that it is washed.
  • It requires far less water to grow than cotton and very little if any fertiliser.
  • There is very little waste in the plant that produces in addition to fibre, nutritious flax seeds and linseed oil.
  • Durability means that it lasts far longer than other fabrics.
  • It has been grown, cultivated and found as long ago as in ancient Egyptian tombs 3000 years ago.
  • Fine grades are woven into fabrics, while lower grades are used for products requiring strength such as canvas, twine and fishnet.
  • It is 30% stronger and thicker than cotton.
  • It is antiallergenic and antibacterial.
  • France is the world’s largest producer of flax followed by Belgium.
  • Between them, they produce about 80% of the world’s flax production.

Linens’ advantages when in contact with face are that:

  • It has very good absorption properties and does so without holding bacteria.
  • It is from what we can see, non-allergic and it holds antimycotic (anti-fungal) properties.
  • Its vegan and its antistatic (how many of us get mini shocks from the build-up of static electricity in some fabrics?)
  • The cotton plant requires huge acreage in which to grow, whereas flax will happily grow on poor soil.
  • Once it has finished its useful life, the fabric will simply biodegrade with no harmful waste or by-products.

So, what is our plan?

The linen that we are testing is manufactured in Northern Ireland (using the crop from Belgium and France). As Irish Linen, it is famous around the world, where it has been sold for several hundred years. The company that we plan to use first started producing in 1854.

These then are the reasons why we would prefer to use linen instead of cotton or bamboo as our first choice for a facecloth. In the next weeks we will test the samples that have been sent to us and complete our analysis and stability testing of our Sweet Orange Fascial Cleanser – and then we can tell you all that we have found.

Kind regards and best for now from Jim & Sheila and the team at SkinLikes.