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Reducing individual waste is a goal for many of us. Through innovations such as reusable food storage bags, metal straws, and toothpaste and cleaning tablets in tablet form, we are rethinking the ways we can live more sustainable lives without having to compromise on l ‘efficiency. But while many of us diligently carry around a reusable water bottle and shop for new and improved green cleaning products, there is one area that can always be improved when it comes to sustainability: our beauty routines.
The beauty industry unfortunately creates an extraordinary amount of waste. Unfortunately, this is not an easy solution either. Right now, there is no such thing as 100% perfectly sustainable packaging or formula, even the seemingly most environmentally friendly product can have some kind of negative impact on the environment. However, some brands are pushing the boundaries of innovation in an attempt to create more environmentally friendly products. One brand that does exactly that is Mono.
Mono works using the same system as tablet-based cleaning products by reducing plastic with solid tablets combined with potable water. The brand currently offers seven staples – facial moisturizer, nighttime serum, cleanser, tonic, body deodorant, and yoga mat cleanser – that work by adding a single solid tablet to cleanse the water in the bottle. Once the product is finished, you just need to repurchase a single tablet and keep the bottle so you can use it again and again.
The packaging is chic and minimalist. All products come in shaded glass vials with a pump (which isn’t perfect, but since the product is refillable, it reduces the need to throw away excess pumps) and a white wood stopper. The concept of Mono is based on being refillable, so once you’re done with your product all you need to do is reorder your replacement tablet and refill your glass bottle.
I tried the facial moisturizer (£ 51) in the range. Using the product was really as easy as three steps. Unscrew the cap, fill with clean water to the mark on the side of the bottle, drop the tablet into the bottle, shake it well, and then wait for it to dissolve completely.
The hydrating formula is based on one of the hottest skincare trends around today: probiotic-based products that aim to maintain your skin’s microbiome (the invisible layer of good and bad bacteria in the skin). surface of your skin). A healthy microbiome equals a healthy skin barrier, which in turn leads to less redness and rashes. Mono Facial Moisturizer contains Biolin P, a prebiotic that is said to help soothe and reduce redness, which is very appealing to me as someone with rosacea who regularly struggles with irritation.
I will say the consistency of the moisturizer put me off. It is not what I would call a cream or a lotion, but rather an essence or toner of completely liquid consistency. For my skin type, which is drier, this wouldn’t be moisturizing enough for me and instead it’s something I would use as a serum under a traditional moisturizer. Having said that, I really liked the product as a moisturizer and it made my skin incredibly soft without irritation – a win in my books.
Like many eco-responsible products that are new to the market (especially if they use new innovations), Mono products don’t come cheap. With prices ranging from £ 8 to £ 23, this is definitely an investment and something you need to be able to commit to if you are looking to make changes to your routine.
Overall, the idea of tablet-based skin care products is great. It solves a very real problem that exists in the industry and the innovation is inspiring. I am delighted to see this category in the industry grow and improve.
Image source: MONO