10/7/20 Update: After trying YET more options, I have some updates to this post!
Over the last 6 months, I have collected a cornucopia of face masks. I made a few, I bought a few. I have some for me, some for Travis, some for Jack. Honestly, it’s almost surprising that I don’t have any for Ollie yet…
I thought I’d give you my feedback on the various face masks we are using and I’d LOVE to hear which face masks are your current favorites!
Face masks for me: Athleta and Etsy
Athleta Made to Move, 3 for $25
The Athleta Made to Move masks were on backorder for a while, but they finally were shipped to me in early August. I like that they are lightweight with an adjustable head strap/ear strap. They also poke out from your mouth, so they don’t get sucked in when you are breathing. These aren’t fully perfect for me though, because I have found that they tend to catch on your chin when you are talking and move around. I’ve found that these are best when I am running errands and not really talking to people much.
InsideOutEveryDay on Etsy, 4 pack cotton face masks, 4 for $20
These are my favorite face masks and I have been wearing them most often. They are a nice, soft cotton and the size and ear loops fit my face very well. I can talk in them without having them move around a bunch. I can also throw them in the washer and let them dry flat and they are holding up very well. The only drawback for me is after wearing them for awhile, they get kind of damp from spit. Which is gross.
Redpajamas on Etsy, 1 for $10
These have the longer ties, so that you can tie them around your head. However, I find that unless I’m wearing a ponytail they just slip down my head. Instead, I tie them so that I can loop them over my ears. I like this design and they are pretty comfortable and the design is super cool too. I can talk in them and they wash up really well. They are a little thick though, so I don’t like wearing them from a long period of time.
CovRDFaceCoverings on Etsy, $13.99 – $15.99 per mask
I love the Rifle Wonderland prints, so I found this fun shop that sells a variety of options. I actually ended up buying THREE different masks and I’m so glad I did because they are the perfect weight of cotton (two layers with a pocket for an optional filter) and they have adjustable ear loops. I did make a little improvement though by adding a metal nose bridge to the inside of the mask (more info below).
What doesn’t work for me: The Target face masks are huge on my face and I can’t wear them at all.
Facemasks for Travis: Target and disposable
Target Universal Thread masks, 2 for $5.00
I didn’t include a link to these, because I don’t see the exact kind we bought on the Target website. There was a big display of adult and kid’s masks and I grabbed a couple packs of the ‘adult’ size. The Universal Thread version fits Travis well and they are his preferred mask.
Disposable Face Masks from Amazon, 10 for $4.50
I have purchased this pack from Amazon, as well as a pack of 50 from Home Depot (which are identical). The disposable face masks are great to have on hand, because they can fit everyone in the family if needed. I typically keep a few of these in a plastic baggie in my purse, just in case.
Facemasks for Jack: Target kids and disposable
Target Cat & Jack masks, 2 for $4.00
I bought this exact pack in the green and camouflage option for Jack at Target and they fit his face really well. They also wash up well with throwing them in the washer and letting they lay flat to dry. The camo one is Jack’s absolute favorite – he says he looks like a ninja.
Disposable Face Masks from Amazon, 10 for $4.50
We also use the disposable masks for Jack and he wore one each day when he went to summer camp (so I didn’t have to worry about him losing a fabric mask). Since they are adult sized, I just make a little knot on each ear loop and that allows them to fit to his face perfectly!
What doesn’t work for Jack: The Old Navy kid’s face masks are a bit too small and also very thick and heavy. Jack hated them and said he can’t breathe while wearing them.
The BEST addition to ANY MASK: Metal Nose Bridge, 100 for $6.99
If there is one thing that has been my absolute BEST face mask buy, it is these little metal nose bridge stickers. I bought a pack of 100 for $6.99 and they are well worth the cost. Basically any mask that isn’t fitting perfectly can be improved — you just take one of these metal pieces, unstick it from the backing and stick it on the inside of your mask where your nose goes. It sticks on the outside of the fabric, so just rip it off before throwing your masks in the washer. THESE ARE MAGICAL. They have helped those baggy Target masks fit so much better and they make my Alice Wonderland fabric masks fit absolutely perfectly to my face. I cut a few off the roll and stuck them in my purse so I can give them out to my friends. BUY THESE, they’re AWESOME!
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