Rose Water Facial Toner
If perfumed water was great skin care, then Trader Joe’s Rose Water Facial Toner would win the prize for most fragrant. But in reality, fragrance isn’t skin care and although the smell of roses is exquisite to many, it’s not doing your skin any favors.
This spray-on toner is packaged in a clear bottle and its sprayer produces a fine, refreshing mist. We’d rate this better If it were just water (even though water doesn’t hydrate skin on its own) but, as we explain in More Info, using highly fragrant products stirs up irritation.
Rose oil is in this product, and in fairness, this oil does contain some beneficial components for skin, including anti-inflammatory compounds. But you also get the volatile fragrance ingredients that give rose its unique scent, and those are what’s not great for skin. Well, those and the witch hazel and even more fragrance ingredients beyond what rose delivers.
We understand the appeal of natural ingredients but given there are hundreds of those that don’t present a risk of irritation, there’s no reason to settle for mixed results. You’ll find options with those ingredients on our list of best toners and face mists.
- Highly fragrant formula likely to irritate skin.
- Comes closer to perfume than skin care.
Why Fragrance Is a Problem for Skin: Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes a chronic sensitizing reaction on skin.
This reaction in turn leads to all kinds of problems, including disrupting skin’s barrier, worsening dryness, increasing or triggering redness, depleting vital substances in skin’s surface, and generally preventing skin from looking healthy, smooth, and hydrated. Fragrance free is always the best way to go for all skin types.
A surprising fact: Even though you can’t always see or feel the negative effects of fragrant ingredients on skin, the damage will still be taking place, even if it’s not evident on the surface. Research has demonstrated that you don’t need to see or feel the effects of irritation for your skin to be suffering. Much like the effects from cumulative sun damage, the negative impact and the visible damage from fragrance may not become apparent for a long time.
References for this information:
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Chemical Immunology and Allergy, March 2012, pages 77–80
Experimental Dermatology, October 2009, pages 821–832
Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 2008, pages 191–202
International Journal of Toxicology, Volume 27, 2008, Supplement, pages 1–43
Food and Chemical Toxicology, February 2008, pages 446–475
American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003, pages 789–798
Equal parts hydrating and refreshing, Trader Joe’s Rose Water Facial Toner is formulated with real Damask rose water and Damask rose oil (to bedew and moisturize), witch hazel (to balance and tone), and a bit of Quillaja saponaria (soapbark) extract (to soften and condition). Best of all, it smells exactly like a fresh, blooming rose—so you’ll actually smell the roses while you’re taking a moment to stop, relax, and… smell the roses.
Trader Joe’s is a California-based grocery chain best known for its eclectic mix of gourmet, organic, vegetarian, and staple food products, most sold under the Trader Joe’s name. Its stores are generally no-frills and utilitarian, with a focus on lower-priced products that are still of high quality.
That same low price, high quality philosophy informs the store’s house brand of personal hygiene products, including its skin care line. There isn’t a lot that’s flashy or innovative; rather the focus is on staples, with some skin-boosting products in the mix as well.
For the most part, Trader Joe’s gets it right, with basic but reliable ingredients. There are a few items that include fragrance ingredients (including a face wash and rose face mist that absolutely should be avoided), but overall, if you’re looking to pick up a does-what-it-says, stripped-down moisturizer while you’re out shopping for groceries, the options here are better than you might expect given their prices.
You can find out more about Trader Joe’s as a store at https://www.traderjoes.com/. Its skin care products are sold in-store only.
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