Rating: Very good

Highlights

  • Common chemical ingredients
  • Recyclable packaging
  • Fragrance sources listed

Lowlights

  • Aerosol
  • Exact fragrance chemicals unclear
  • May contain dissolvable aluminium

A’kin is an Australian natural skincare company. They prioritise recyclable packaging and using botanical extracts. The aerosol can of their Dry Shampoo can be put in kerbside recycling in Australia. This would probably be the same in other countries where recycling is available, because aluminium and steel are relatively easy to recycle.

The ingredients in this product are chemically simple and common. This is positive because it means that the chemicals in this product are more likely to be similar to those that are naturally present in the receiving environment, minimising ecosystem disruption. They should have minimal aquatic toxicity concerns and the chemicals that can be degraded should be readily biodegradable.

One of the ingredients is an aluminium compound. Although aluminium is naturally present in water ways, adding extra aluminium can overwhelm the mechanisms that normally keep levels in balance. Too much aluminium can be very toxic to aquatic life. From the available information it looks like this compound will not readily dissolve to release aluminium, but some is a possibility.

The fragrance in this dry shampoo is made from essential oils. Many products do not list what is in their fragrance, so this demonstrates great transparency from the company. However, because essential oils are a mix of chemicals, and there are nine different essential oils listed, it is difficult to know exactly which chemicals are in the product.

That said, finding out exactly what chemicals are in the fragrance would probably be costly for the brand. This is not something that happens in the industry, so it would be a bit unrealistic to expect it here. Knowing that the fragrance is essential oil based does provide some reassurance, as natural fragrances are less likely to be chemicals of highest concern.

One downside to this product is that it is an aerosol. The propellants themselves are not a concern – these will rapidly degrade in the atmosphere – but packaging and transporting gas has a greater environmental impact than a more concentrated, powder based dry shampoo. It is likely that this is done to improve make the product work better.

But does it work?

Considering how well a product works is a big factor in determining whether a product is a good one or not. A product that does not work is a waste.

Luckily, most users seem to like this product. For more reviews, check out BeautyHeaven.

Image credit: Grayson Coutts Make Up Artistry

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