If you're looking for an all in one product to cleanse, tone, and hydrate, especially if you're always in the go, these pads might be for you. There are some pros and cons so to learn more, read the review below.
Price: $10.00; $35.00
Size: 10 pads; 45 pads
Ingredients: Agua (Distilled Water), Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Rice Milk, Sodium Lactate, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, D-alphatocopherol (Vitamin E), Citric Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, Essential Oils
Nordstrom recently expanded their Natural Beauty section, and although it could be argued that the majority of products offered aren't exactly natural (#greenwashing) there are still quite a few green beauty classics.
Although I had never heard of them, I picked up the Arcona Triad Pads a few weeks ago when I saw they had overwhelming positive reviews on Nordstrom's website. I mean, 118 glowing reviews couldn't possibly lead me astray, right? The triad pads claim to cleanse, tone, and hydrate, "infusing skin with protective antioxidants to leave it glowing and refreshed". It's got fancy things like phytonutrients, vitamin E, and omega acids. There are a lot of things to like about the product. For one, it has a clean ingredient deck with a ton of active ingredients. But it's also fabulously convenient and multi-use. As someone who travels frequently, it's nice to have products that won't be confiscated by airport security or even worse, leak all over my shit. Another nice thing is that the pads are very, very moist, so you can get a lot more bang for your buck by cutting them it two.
But there are also some cons. I purchased this item to use as a toner. I use toners to balance my skin and also to remove any last traces of dirt and makeup. I'm looking for that nice squeaky clean feeling before I rehydrate and protect with creams and oils. Now this product does remove makeup gloriously, but it just doesn't give me what I want from a toner. My face is left wet and slightly sudsy, and I just don't feel comfortable leaving the residue on my skin. Sure, I could use a cotton pad to wipe off the excess, but wouldn't that be defeating the point of the product being delivered in the form of pads? Then there's also the smell. I personally love the sweet fruity fragrance, but it's strong AF and did read quite a few complaints about it in the reviews. And of course, the price... at nearly $1 per pad, it can be prohibitive for some.
Ultimately, if you're looking for a convenient product for lazy nights, the gym, or travel this would be a great choice. But if you're looking for a traditional toner , I would recommend the Herbivore Rose Hibiscus Face Mist which I reviewed here.