REN Rosa Centifolia 3-In-1 Cleansing Water is a rose hydrolate based cleansing toner, which will cleanse the skin of remains of makeup and refresh you skin.
As my dear readers know, a facial toner is unequivocally a staple in my beauty routine – morning and evening routine. While there are some facial toners, which more or less have a permanent spot on my cosmetic shelf, I am, at the same time, always trying new ones. As I’ve received quite a few emails asking me about this toner, I thought I’d finally get it and review it for you.
REN Rosa Centifolia 3-In-1 Cleansing Water comes in a generous 200ml clear bottle. Immediately, upon opening it, you can smell the rose hydrolate. I am vary of facial toners, which are water-based – not only are water-based toners a cheap way to sell facial toners, a hydrolate based facial toner will always bring more benefits to the skin, of course.
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I use REN Rosa Centifolia 3-In-1 Cleansing Water after a cleanser, when I’m wearing a foundation or tinted moisturizer, as it does not completely remove makeup on its own. As far as using it as an eye makeup remover, and even though I wear natural mascaras, which are easier to remove as opposed to conventional ones, I found the toner to remove mascara, just not the way an eye makeup remover would. The toner partially irritates my skin in a form of occasional itching, but even moreso, it’s quite irritating for the eyes, which is not surprising given a few ingredients, which should not have a place in a natural facial toner, but more on that later. Though the REN Rosa Centifolia 3-In-1 Cleansing Water performs nicely – it removes the final impurities, it leaves the skin soft and fresh, given certain ingredients, I don’t think I could recommend it for those who have, for example, sensitive skin.
I use the REN Rosa Centifolia 3-In-1 Cleansing Water also for days, when I do not wear makeup, but I still need to clean my face, just not with cleansers, as to give my skin a break from stripping it of its natural oils too much.
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The REN Rosa Centifolia 3-In-1 Cleansing Water does not contain many ingredients, but there are a few quite problematic ones.
So let’s take a closer look at the ingredients.
Ingredients: Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Glycerin, Polysorbate 20, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate, Lactic Acid, Citronellol, Geraniol, Rosa Centifolia Flower Extract
Lactic Acid is an alpha-hydroxy acid, used as an exfoliator in beauty products. While it has skin-beneficial properties, such as exfoliating and renewing the skin, as well as some anti-aging properties, any use of alpha, as well as beta hydroxy acids should be such of a caution. Expect an article on hydroxy acids in the future.
Rose hydrolate and the rose centifolia extract – here’s all the information on Rose oil.
Citronellol and Geraniol are compounds of essential oils.
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Potentially problematic ingredients? Even though this toner does not contain many ingredients, there are too many, which are quite problematic.
- Polysorbate 20, an emulsifier, used in this toner to mix glycerin and rose hydrolate. Polysorbate 20 can be treated with ethylene oxide, and as such can be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, a potential carcinogen. It easily penetrates the skin and can cause skin allergies.
- Phenoxyethanol, a preservative, a skin and eye irritant.
- Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate, a preservative, sold as natural alternative to parabens. There’s nothing natural about this preservative, as the process, used to create this preservative, is that of synthetic. While a rare occasion, it has to be pointed out that Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate can break down into formaldehyde and glycine. There’s a strong evidence it is a moderate to strong human toxin and allergen, and it has a very bad EWG score.
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My final word?
REN Rosa Centifolia 3-In-1 Cleansing Water can work adequately as a facial cleanser and toner, but given certain questionable and even toxic and irritating ingredients, I would not recommend this toner for those with sensitive skin. The toner comes in a generous 200ml bottle and costs around €15, but again, given it has only a handful ingredients, of which some, but especially one, have no place in facial products, much less “natural” ones, I cannot say I’d repurchase this toner. I’d strongly suggest REN re-formulates this toner, and drops the Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate from formulation.
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Have you tried REN Rosa Centifolia 3-In-1 Cleansing Water? How did you skin and eyes react to it? Would you buy a beauty product which contains Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate? Let me know!
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For more information on REN Skincare, please visit their dedicated brand page.
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REN Rosa Centifolia 3-In-1 Cleansing Water has been provided to Nature of Europe by Love Lula for the purpose of an honest review.
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