[REVIEW] BIOTHERM BIOSOURCE Hydra-Mineral Lotion Toning Water

With final exams out of the way, hopefully I can catch up to writing reviews for the list of things that I have been testing out over the past few months (eep). Ever since my Etude House Wonder Pore Toner is practically on the verge of being emptied out, I set my eyes on some old skincare products that I might have possibly lying around – and I found this – BIOTHERM’s Hydra-Minerla Lotion Toning Water. Who knows how long this has been laying around, and I probably shouldn’t be using it? But it’s barely used.. so I figured out I might as well try it because.. who knows?? Sorry to those who stick to expiration dates and are super strict with those :s (I have committed a skin crime! D: – but its only this one time I promise! )

Disclaimer: I do not consider myself as a beauty guru/expert, and all sorts that fall under that category. This product was purchased with my own money and I am not being paid to write this. My review, photos, impressions and thoughts are all my own, unless stated otherwise. While this product may or may not have worked for my skin, it may or may not work for yours – remember, your mileage may vary (YMMV)! 
Links: Affiliate links will be marked with an **. But to save y’all some time – I currently do not have any affiliate accounts anywhere yet. 

I got this as a part of a packaged kind of deal, where it came with a cleanser, toner and moisturiser (what I really wanted was the moisturiser, but for some reason it was cheaper to buy the set instead of getting the moisturiser by itself. weird). I do not remember how much it cost, but I was a huge fan of BIOTHERM in high school for some reason. I think they no longer sell this in the packaging that I have.. so it may look quite different? They might have also changed the formula and re-branded the whole thing (I’ll leave some links in the price section in case you want to check it out).

specs

Evaluation
PACKAGING 7.0
INGREDIENTS 2.0
APPLICATION 9.0
TEXTURE 7.0
EFFECTIVENESS 8.0
PRICE 7.0
Total rating out of 5: 3.3
Price

$23CAD – which can be purchased at Hudson’s Bay, Sephora, Amazon, Shoppers Drug Mart etc. A little pricey for a toner – but comparable as a mid-end brand.

Quickie
The Good
  • Not too expensive, but still a little pricey
  • Leaves skin moisturised and prepped for the next skincare steps
The Bad
  • Alcohol-based toner, which doesn’t work for friends with sensitive skin :(
  • Mild scent
  • The dispenser I have is not super convenient, sometimes I pour out more than I intended to
Will I buy this again

Definitely not! Now that I have discovered the world of KBeauty and all these other beauty products out there – I feel like there is a toner somewhere out there that is made just for me ;)

Packaging

The packaging is the same as what it looked like back when I used to use it, except it was much bigger compared to the version I have. I’m not a huge fan of this packaging because there’s a nob that makes it difficult to get out/ control the amount that I want (I’m just being picky or maybe I got used to the Etude House pump).front

back

This kind of pump also makes it hard to get out all of the product when the bottle is almost empty.. which bothers me because I like to use every last drop! Though because this is probably expired, using it to the last drop is probably not a good idea.

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Ingredients

Aqua, Alcohol Denat., Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, PPG-10 Methyl Glucose Ether, Sodium Citrate, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Caster Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Benzoic Acid, Chlorphenesin, Marisal, Citric Acid, Tetrasodium EDTA, Zinc GLuconate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Linalool, Benzyl Salicylate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Citronellol, Geraniol, Hydroxycitronellal, Vitreoscilla Ferment Extract, Parfum, (F.I.L. B34147/2)

ingredients

I ran this through CosDNA, to quickly see if there were any good/bad ingredients. The first two ingredients are Water and Alcohol which gives it away that it is definitely an alcohol-based toner. The scary thing about this product is that more than 50% of the ingredients are 3+ on CosDNA which is (I marked them in red) !!! O_O Maybe I should stop using this.. There’s a lot of ingredients that are normally used for fragrance purposes but are around a 7 in safety.

Application

Apply to the face using a cotton pad

The instructions are simple, and it should be! Since it is just a simple toner – it’s not too difficult to find ways to apply it! I applied using a swiping motion, I tried patting it, but it wasn’t as effective as wiping.

I usually apply toners as the second step of my skincare routine!

Oh! and I use Daiso Cotton Pads to apply my toners :) The ones where you can get 90 cotton pads x 2 boxes for $2.

Finish

There isn’t any difference besides my skin feeling less dry. No glow, no nothing. I can’t really complain since it’s been sitting there for so long that I have no idea if anything has happened to it or not. It probably affected how it worked.

Fragrance

I can smell the alcohol in this toner, mixed with a bunch of other things to hide the alcohol smell.

Results

The results are.. quite disappointing. As a toner, it didn’t help much with balance the oils/water in my skin and prepping it for the next steps.

One thing I did find interesting is that even though it’s so old, it does a good job at picking up the sebum and dirt from my face! It’s a bit gross but here’s some proof!

before-and-after

Gross isn’t it? I didn’t think my face would pick up that much dirt. I applied this toner after using the Shu Uemura Oil Cleanser.

I wish I had more to say about this product but I really don’t. It was definitely a resounding big NO for me :'(..I do think having it on my shelf for such a long time has something to do with it though..definitely..But the ingredients list really does scare me – since I’m no chemist, CosDNA is pretty helpful! I might go check out their new product that’s supposed to be an updated version of the one I have though – don’t think I should be using this one anymore O_O||

Thanks for reading!
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