Having sensitive skin can make your selection of ALL household products a nightmare.
While some have an extremely obvious interaction with your skin i.e. washing powder others are easier to miss i.e. bathroom cleaners. Fact is if you have an allergy or hypersensitivity, the simple act of cleaning your bathroom could wreak havoc on your skin.
Because cleaning products contain volatile ingredients that can become airborne – they can even remain in the air after cleaning has ended – therefore causing potential exposure to anyone entering your bathroom shortly after. These airborne ingredients can cause asthma type symptoms, trigger an asthma attack and studies have shown that they can long-term damage.
But not if you choose the right products.
Biopuro bathroom cleaner market themselves as organic, vegan, nickel tested, synthetic fragrance-free and dermatologically tested
But is their formula a safe bet for your sensitive skin?
Let’s find out…
First stop. Who makes Biopuro Bathroom Cleaner and can they be trusted?
Biopuro call themselves “The Sure Clean Brand”, making laundry detergents, dishwashing liquids, wood polish and even rinse aid.
Every product Biopuro create has on-trend, eco-conscious, sensitive skin friendly credentials. We’re talking vegan, tested for nickel/chrome/cobalt, organic and eco-friendly. They are a company who understand the issues we’re seeing with today’s cleaning product industry and are offering an alternative.
Biopuro is owned by a company called Nivel SRL – a company who want to make it easy to be green. With 30 years of experience, Nivel SRL is committed to making innovative and environmentally friendly detergents and cosmetics. Their goal – to help you create a healthy and sustainable lifestyle.
While Nivel SRL checkout, their credentials are strongly founded in being eco-friendly. A-lot-of-the time this can also mean kind to skin – however as any scientist will tell you this isn’t always the case.
A reveal of the Biopuro Bathroom Cleanser formulation will tell all.
Before we get there – let’s start at the beginning – how will your bottle of Biopuro Bathroom Cleaner arrive?
Biopuro Bathroom Cleaner comes neatly packaged in a 500ml/17 fl oz sugarcane bottle. While there are still issues with sugarcane-derived plastics, ie they are still not biodegradable, they are sustainable by removing our dependence on fossil fuels, they are recyclable and they reduce CO2 emissions.
It’s definitely a step in the right direction.
The on/off spray nozzle is easy to hold and easy to press – everything you’d expect from a middle of the line bathroom cleaner.
In fact, you could even go so far to say Biopuro Bathroom Cleaner looks stylish. No garish colors in sight. Just clean, simple blue and green branding.
Turn to the back label and you’ll find a helpful usage chart.
For cleaning bathroom fixtures i.e. taps, tiles, glass doors and more – spray, leave for 5 minutes then wipe with a microfiber towel or damp cloth. For use in the toilet bowl – spray, leave for 10 minutes, scrub then flush. For encrusted stains – leave overnight.
When using it as directed, what should you expect?
Compared to mainstream bathroom cleansers, there’s much less foam. Foam does not equal cleansing power – so this observation is more aesthetic than anything else. It also indicates Biopuro Bathroom Cleaner uses different surfactant mixtures i.e. types of cleaning ingredients as its often these ingredients that boost the foam in a cleaning product.
The scent of Biopuro Bathroom Cleaner is delicate and floral with no bleach scent in sight.
Overall, the performance of Biopuro Bathroom Cleaner is parity to mainstream bathroom cleaners. If not a little bit easier to use as there’s almost zero excess foam to wipe away equalling less wiping/buffing.
A huge benefit!
Now, what about the ingredients in Biopuro Bathroom Cleaner? How do they work? Are they effective? Are there any ingredients which could through accidental contact/residue/airborne contact cause sensitive skin allergy or irritation?
Unlike most other bathroom cleaners Biopuro Bathroom Cleaner is 100% transparent about the ingredients they use. Instead of seeing a phrase like <5% anionic surfactants on the ingredients list, you’ll see a full and complete ingredients list.
Excluding water Biopuro Bathroom Cleaner uses 7 ingredients:
- Citric Acid – neutralizes alkaline stains allowing them to be removed
- Lactic Acid – as above
- Decyl Glucoside – surfactant/cleanser/de-greaser – considered mild to skin
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate – surfactant/cleanser/de-greaser – can cause contact dermatitis
- Xanthan gum – thickener
- Lavandula Hybrida Oil – lavender oil – for scent
- Parfum – a mixture of ingredients. Biopuro declare they only use natural fragrances
Biopuro Bathroom Cleaner is a classic acid cleanser. Acid cleaners are fantastic for removing alkaline stains (and alkaline cleaners are fantastic for removing acid stains). Biopuro Bathroom Cleaner is therefore perfect for brightening metals and removing mineral deposits aka calcium build-up aka limescale. Acidic cleansers are also great for cleaning away any corrosive deposits i.e. tap rust.
Exactly what you’d want from a bathroom cleaner.
The 2 acids Biopuro Bathroom Cleaner uses are also extremely unlikely to cause any real issues – whether that’s through accidental contact which is quickly washed away, from potential cleaner residue or from airborne contact.
Citric acid is commonly used in cosmetics to balance their pH.
Lactic acid is, in fact, a needed component of the skin’s natural moisturizing factor.
Next Biopuro Bathroom Cleaner uses 2 surfactants to help de-grease away any oily based bathroom stains. Both are commonly used in shower gels.
The first – Decyl Glucoside is a mild, non-ionic environmentally friendly surfactant.
The second – Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) is an anionic surfactant with high foam capabilities.
The back label of Biopuro Bathroom Cleaner states – there are less than 5% total surfactants in this cleaner.
While SLS can be irritating to skin, the minimal amount of residue left over is unlikely to cause any issues. I would personally wear gloves when using this product.
This is a nicely streamlined formula.
However I do have one word of note – Biopuro Bathroom Cleaner contains fragrance and natural lavender oil – both are likely a source of allergens. For example, lavender essential oil is made up from around 50% allergens (linalool being the major component).
Dermatitis and eczema can be triggered by allergens. Therefore, if you have allergy prone skin or a known allergy to linalool, Biopuro Bathroom Cleaner is not for you.
That aside, you’ll be happy to know Biopuro Bathroom Cleaner is:
- Dermatologically tested
- Nickel tested
- Chrome tested
- Cobalt tested
- Preservative-free (because the formula will be self-preserving due to low pH)
Overall Biopuro Bathroom Cleaner is indeed highly friendly to the environment and easy to use with minimal likelihood to cause airborne or accidental contact sensitivity.
Combined with it’s excellent cleaning power, this is a superb choice if you’re not fragrance/linalool sensitive.
Having sensitive allergy prone skin or dermatitis can make cleaning the bathroom a minefield. Environmentally friendly Biopuro Bathroom Cleaner aims to help make life with sensitive skin simpler. Dermatologically tested, its 7 ingredient formula works well for your bathroom while also aiming to cause zero issue for the skin.
If however, you have known allergy or sensitization to fragrance (in particular linalool) then this is not the bathroom cleaner for you.