- Packaging can be recycled
- All ingredients should be readily biodegradable
- Main ingredients have low aquatic toxicity
- Main ingredient is water
- No information on palm oil sources
ArtNaturals is a US-based beauty company which aims to provide inexpensive natural beauty products.
Their Rose Water Toner is a very simple formulation. The ingredients are water, aloe vera juice, glycerin and some plant extracts. In many ways, a simple formulation can be a good thing. However, it is not very efficient to package and ship a product that is mostly water. Making this product more concentrated, to be diluted at home before use, could reduce the packaging requirements and transport emissions.
One of the ingredients – glycerin – can be derived from palm oil. ArtNaturals has not published any information on the source of their glycerin, or how sustainable it is.
All the ingredients in this product should be readily biodegradable. Because of this, a large amount should be removed during waste water treatment. The portion of the chemicals that do make it through the treatment process should degrade quickly in the environment.
Most ingredients also have low toxicity to aquatic life. The most toxic ingredients appear to be the rose extract, which is harmful to aquatic life, and the grapefruit extract, which is toxic to aquatic life.
The bottle that the toner comes in should be recyclable in most kerbside schemes. Unfortunately, the spray pump can be more difficult to recycle and will most likely be disposed to landfill.
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.
There are not too many reviews for this product online. Most of the reviews I could find were on Amazon, and they’re largely positive. Some comment that the fragrance is a bit strong, but others note that it is pleasant.