MUJI light toning water review

Hey guys, 

I bought this MUJI toner a while ago under the recommendation of my friend and hadn’t gotten around to trying it out till now. Until now I’ve been using the COSRX AHA/BHA clarifying treatment toner but mine is currently running out and delivery takes about 3 weeks/nowhere in Sydney I know sells the toner so online it is. Meanwhile, during the wait I’ll be trying out other toners.

MUJI is a Japanese homewares, stationery, lifestyle brand priced at a standard pricepoint – some things are comparatively cheap and some things are comparably expensive especially for a university student such as quality wooden beds, we don’t normally buy wooden beds on a daily basis so they seem expensive to us but pens and notebooks which are also a short term use item, they’re more cheap to us and thus seem affordable for us.

RRP: $3.95 or $4.95AUD/50ml

I bought the travel bottle size because if it wasn’t good then it’d be a waste – since it’s travel bottle sized with a screw flip cap that’s screwed onto the body of the bottle, this means this can be reused as a travel bottle for skincare and whatnot! For more info on their range of skincare items, check out

http://www.muji.com/au/skincare/product001.html

 

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Ingredients (click on the links below to learn more)

Water, Dipropylene glycol, Glycerin, PEG-32, Glycosyl trehalose, Phenoxyethanol, Hydrogenated starch, Hydrolysate, Sodium citrate, Sodium pca, Allantoin, Citric acid, butylene Glycol, Polyquaternium-51, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) seed extract, Portulaca Oleracea extract

Some ingredients which may have seemingly confusing and intriguing names above are explained below

  • Hydrolysate (unspecified origins) can be derived from animal and plant sources
  • Portulaca Oleracea extract: “Extract of a weed-like succulent plant that may have skin-soothing properties and serve as an antioxidant” [Source]
  • Dipropylene glycol  “Dipropylene glycol is most often used as a solvent in a wide variety of industries and products, but in cosmetics it has also found use as a fragrance, masking agent and in controlling the viscosity of a formulation.” Though this ingredient is one of low toxicity, it has shown to be an irritant of the skin and eye area – however, since it is normally used in such low concentrations/amounts, there is a low chance of this occurring – excluding its use in deoderants which can go up to 50% but even still there will be a slight effect (once again depends on the sensitivity of each individual’s skin)   [Source]

On the website page, it’s stated that there are no artificial/added fragrances and dyes, and parabens, sulfates and mineral oils.

*As with all my makeup and skincare reviews, they’re merely my own experience with these products and will not guarantee your experience. If you’re in doubt, please do a test patch or see a skincare professional beforehand. 

Overall comments

My normal skincleanse routine comprises of wiping off makeup with an organic baby wipe, using cleansing oil then followed by a face wash before using toner to remove any traces of remaining makeup on the face especially in the areas near the hairline as I normally remove makeup, cleanse and treat my skin within 5-7 minutes which is a really rushed timeframe to remove every single trace of makeup – I know it’s really bad to leave traces of makeup on but will try and spend more time to thoroughly remove my makeup at the end of the day.

This product did not break me out nor did I feel like it really did anything. I’m not too definite as to whether I’ll be repurchasing because I don’t really need this toner or toners really. Also, I don’t know whether this is a cruelty free brand/product as some of the ingredients aren’t specific such as hydrolysate, explained above how it can be derived from plant or animal origins.

Thanks for reading – any advice/feedback is greatly appreciated!

Emily 

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