Review: Younique’s Rose Water

We’ve all heard it; presenters making false claims about Younique Products.

If you have half a brain, you know that the following below is FALSE. I am sick, and fucking tired of hearing presenters spew out these BULLSHIT claims all over social media. The very worst part is that Younique doesn’t correct their presenters. In fact, they enable them!

Hate mail, huh? Yeah that must be it. You better make sure that you “read up”, because this presenter definitely did her reading. **Rolls Eyes**

Presenters Claim the following is true about Younique Products: Hypoallergenic, organic, natural, never tested on animals, cruelty free, vegan, gluten free, paraben free, sulfate free, formaldehyde free, made in the U.S.A.



Today I will be reviewing Younique’s Rose Water Toning Spritz.

When I think of Rose Water, I think of very minimal ingredients, and all natural. So I became curious about what ingredients Younique puts in their, “Rose Water Toning Spritz”. Initially I thought this would be a short, quick, blog post.

Ok so, Younique has a skin product called, “Royalty Rose Water Toning Spritz”.

The price of the rose water is $29.00.

Below is their description taken directly from the website:

“You’ll absolutely love the skin you’re in after just a spray or two of this floral, invigorating toner. Created with rose extract, vitamins, and antioxidants, Rose Water Toning Spritz will leave your skin feeling fresh, calmed, and soothed.”

Ooooooooooh, that sounds lovely. Its refreshing, natural, and really good for my skin.

I pulled the ingredients off of Youniques website and copied/pasted them here. At first glance, there seemed to be a lot of ingredients just for it being rose water.(But what do i know?) So i decided to take a detailed look into the ingredients.

Ingredients(according to the Younique website): Water/Aqua, Butylene Glycol, Polysorbate 20, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Phenoxyetanol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Betaine, Maltooligosyl Glucoside, Hydrongenated Starch Hydrolysate, Citrus Aurantium Amara Flower Distillate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Rose Extract, Glycerin, Beta-Glucan, Sodium Carboxymethyl Betaglucan, Sodium Hyaluronate, 1, 2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Benzoic Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Imidazolidinyl Urea

Water: Do we really need to go over this one?

Concerns: Is it Dasani water? Is it water with lead in it? Is it tap water? Is it filtered water? Ahhhhhhhhh we must know!

So far so good. Water is the first ingredient. WAY TO GO YOUNIQUE!!

Butylene Glycol: Organic alcohol used as a solvent and conditioning agent.

Concerns: It can cause skin irritation, other than that it’s pretty harmless.

Personally I find it concerning that this is the SECOND ingredient in ROSE WATER.

Polysorbate 20: According to the Truth In Aging website this ingredient is used in cosmetics and skin care products as a surfactant, emulsifier, and fragrance.

Concerns: Developmental, reproductive toxicity concerns in animals after high doses were administered. Lesser concerns regarding this ingredient are endocrine disruption, organ toxicity, irritation, and one or more animal studies show skin irritation at moderate doses.

WELL, Thank God!!!! It only applies to animals. Fucking animals, who likes having their dog around anyway?

PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil: Emulsifier, surfactant, and fragrance ingredient

Concerns: Known to increase the incidences of uterine and breast cancers and of leukemia and brain cancer, according to experimental results reported by the National Toxicology Program; 1,4-dioxane, a known carcinogen; PAHs, known to increase the risk of breast cancer; lead; iron; and arsenic.

Phenoxyetanol: Used as a preservative in cosmetic products and also as a stabilizer in perfumes and soaps.

Concerns: Exposure to phenoxyethanol has been linked to reactions ranging from eczema to severe, life-threatening allergic reactions.[3] Infant oral exposure to phenoxyethanol can acutely affect nervous system function.[4]

Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride: Mainly works as an emollient, dispersing agent and solvent.

Concern: Suspected to be an environmental toxin.

Betaine: Found in sugar beets and other plants.

Concerns: It’s mainly used as a supplement for a genetic disease. I’m not sure why its in rose water?

Maltooligosyl Glucoside: Binding agent, emulsifier, hydrator, texture enhancer, and film-forming agent.

Concern: No concerns.

Hydrongenated Starch Hydrolysate: Mixture of sugar alcohols, used for rehydration.

Concerns: None that I could find.

Citrus Aurantium Amara Flower Distillate: Bitter orange flower water, used for skin conditioning, masking, fragrance, and toner.

Concerns: None

Ethylhexylglycerin: Serves as a surfactant and preservant enhancer and acts as a safe preservative in minute amounts.

Concerns: EWG listed this ingredient as a HIGH concern as an irritant. The website also listed it as a moderate concern for organ system toxicity!

Rose Extract: This one is pretty obvious.

Well, well, well, it took long enough for the rose extract to appear. 

Glycerin: A lipid, typically taken from animals, but can be taken from vegetables.

Concerns: Use is restricted in Canada.

Beta-Glucan: Excellent ingredient for improving the look of redness and other signs of sensitive skin.

Concerns: None

Sodium Carboxymethyl Beta Glucan: Soothes irritated skin, and helps the skin to retain moisture.

Concerns: None

Sodium Hyaluronate: Helps your skin absorb water.

Concerns: None

1, 2-Hexanediol: Is a highly effective and mild coupling agent and humectant. It is especially useful when bonding silicone products.

Concerns: Skin irritant, especially to the eyes. It can also cause dermatitis.

Caprylyl Glycol: Moisturizer & Anti-Microbial

Concerns: Anti-Microbial

Benzoic Acid: Preservative, may be derived from animals. Used as a fragrance.

Concerns: Restricted in cosmetics in Japan. May cause allergic skin reactions.

Sodium Benzoate: Preservative, also used as a fragrance.

Concerns: The Cosmetics Database found concerns regarding cancer, developmental and reproductive toxicity, organ system toxicity, irritation and biochemical cellular changes with Sodium Benzoate as an ingredient in cosmetics and personal care products. One or more animal studies showed brain and nervous system effects at moderate doses, broad systemic effects at low doses, and in vitro tests on mammalian cells showed positive mutation results.

Do you ever get the feeling that Younique doesn’t give a shit about animals? No? Me neither…


Imidazolidinyl Urea: Preservative, it is a formaldehyde releaser. Used to protect products from spoilage.

Concerns: There’s a lot of controversy surrounding this ingredient. Many believe it to be both toxic and carcinogenic, mainly due to the fact that it’s a proven formaldehyde releaser. However it’s been marked “safe” to use in cosmetics.

PHEW! That was a lot of fucking ingredients to go over/research.

1.) If you own Youniques rose water-throw it away IMMEDIATELY! Unless you enjoy watching your dog, guinea pig, or cat die from rose water.

2.) Go to Amazon and buy some natural rose water for 1/3 the price compared to Younique’s.

3.) Next time a presenter tries telling you that they are cruelty free, etc shove this blog post in their face 🙂

If you want to read a similar post, check out Elle Beaus blog post comparing Younique’s rose water to Lush Cosmetics.


3 thoughts on “Review: Younique’s Rose Water

  1. I really hope that somebody has printed the ingredients list off & shoved it in the face of Miss ‘hate mail’ preferably while it’s tied to a brick. I’m honestly not a violent person by nature but animal cruelty & people who are either too stupid or lazy to get their facts straight on the subject seriously p*ss me off. Also, I love the blog! 🙂

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  2. ater:
    I’m hugely anti MLM (and find Unique hilarious/terrifying) but I think there’s some misunderstanding and confusing of two different issues here.
    Those animal studies are conducted to test the effects of the products/ingredients and their safety for humans. They’re not saying they’re dangerous to animals, as most animals won’t be applying cosmetics with these ingredients in. They’re saying that studies have shown they’re dangerous to the end user. I.e., humans.

    Unique presumably didn’t conduct these tests themselves, as these are all commonly used compounds.
    A cruelty free brand is just one that doesn’t test on animals or use animal parts in their products. Using ingredients that are harmful to animals, the environment or even humans is not covered by this – at least, not from what I understand.

    So the real question is, do Unique test their products (or any of the components of their products) in animals? It’s super shady that when asked on twitter they wanted to explain via DM!

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