- All packaging is kerbside recyclable
- Most ingredients are readily biodegradable
- Most ingredients have low aquatic toxicity
- Contains EDTA
- Contains cetrimonium bromide
- Limited information on some ingredients
Bioderma is a French skincare company. The company focuses heavily on making product that are safe for the skin by mimicking natural processes.
Micellar water is essentially water and a type of soap packaged in a bottle. If you are wanting to reduce the environmental impact of your personal care products, this could be a product category to avoid altogether. You could reduce transport emissions and packaging by using tap water and a good soap or cleanser instead. The rating for this product is for its environmental impact compared to other micellar water products – find out more here.
Sensibio H2O comes in a simple plastic bottle that can be easily recycled in kerbside recycling. There are no unnecessary plastic films, seals or boxes.
Most of the ingredients in this product are water, natural extracts, and simple sugars and alcohols. It can be difficult to tell exactly what chemicals are in natural extracts, but they are less likely to be chemicals of high concern. The sugars and alcohols are very similar to chemicals that naturally occur in the environment, so they will not disrupt the ecosystem much. It is very unlikely that these chemicals will have any toxic effects.
However, there are a few ingredients that could have a bigger environmental impact. Cetrimonium bromide is very toxic to aquatic life. It is also readily biodegradable and likely to get bound up with bits of dirt. Both of these characteristics mean that aquatic organisms are less likely to be exposed to it, but a small amount of the chemical could still get into waterways and cause toxic effects.
Another ingredient is a PEG ester. Less information is available for this one, but it looks like a similar story to cetrimonium bromide. Some other PEG esters are toxic to aquatic invertebrates, but this chemical should be readily biodegradable. This means that most of it should break down before it is released to the environment, which will reduce the potential to see toxic effects – but some will still be released.
This product also contains EDTA in the form of disodium EDTA. This chemical is a common pollutant in waterways, where it can increase exposure to heavy metals and interfere with normal nutrient cycles.
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.
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