I received some free samples of DONA from System Jo awhile back, and one of them was Dona Blue Lotus Bath Salts. The clear bath salts came in a plastic recyclable container with pretty packaging that features a fuchsia lace print label. The package describes the bath salts as “aphrodisiac infused, natural, paraben free, petro. derive. free, and cruelty free.”
Whenever I used the DONA Blue Lotus Bath Salts, the calming fragrance relaxed my body and left my skin soft and lightly scented. I liked that the aroma was light and not too strong or overpowering. I was somewhat disappointed though that the salts didn’t fizz or bubble like some others I’ve used.
Although I enjoyed the salts, I put off reviewing the DONA products because I knew I would have to research the various ingredients, which is much more time consuming than reviewing toys since I am familiar with toy materials and their various properties. I tried contacting System Jo to get an explanation of the various ingredients used in DONA to make it easier on myself, but they said they were too busy at the time to get a list from the lab. Today I finished off the container of bath salts and finally finished looking up the ingredients as well:
Sodium Chloride- Salt
Magnesium Sulfate (Epsom salt)-A bulking agent; Prevents temporary skin wrinkling & reduces inflammation; found in sea water and mineral deposits
Silica (Silicone Dioxide)- A bulking and anticaking agent; naturally occurs as sand or quartz
Maltodextrin- A bulking and carrying agent and skin conditioning agent; a polysaccharide produced from starch
Sodium Hyaluronate- A skin conditioning agent; The sodium salt of hyaluronic acid; It’s listed in the PETA’s Caring Consumer guide as derived from animal sources (unless it’s synthetic or from plant oils)
Beta Glucan- A bulking agent and skin conditioning agent; Beta glucans are sugars that are found in the cell walls of bacteria, fungi, yeasts, algae, lichens, and plants, such as oats and barley
Panthenol*- a form of vitamin B5, used as a moisturizer and lubricating compound
Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein- A skin conditioner; a hydrolysate of vegetable protein
Allantoin*- a skin conditioning agent; a naturally occurring nitrogenous compound
Aloe Barbadensis- Aloe vera (plant)
Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Oil
Laminaria Digitata (Algae) Extract
Nymphaea Caerulea (Blue Lotus) Flower
* This ingredient is listed in the PETA’s Caring Consumer guide as a substance that can be of either animal or plant origin.
Overall I have mixed feelings about this product. The salts smell great, and I enjoyed using them during baths because they conditioned and lightly scented my skin. The problem I have is with the ingredients list. With a product marketed as “natural,” I usually expect the ingredients list to be short and to have explanations of what the ingredients are and why they are included (for example, Sliquid Lubricants.) The DONA Blue Lotus bath salts have 12 ingredients, and most of them were not familiar to me, so I had to spend time looking them up. Also, while researching some of the ingredients, I found that 3 ingredients could be derived from animal sources. While I am not a vegetarian or vegan, if they are marketing the product as cruelty free, I think it’s important to know that none of the products were derived from animals.
If DONA wants consumers to feel comfortable that their products are truly natural and cruelty free, I think they should provide a more specific explanation of the ingredients. For example, is the Sodium Hyaluronate from animals, plant oils, or synthetic? This would make a difference as far as whether I would classify it as “cruelty free.” If you ask me, any product that is marketed as “natural” and “cruelty free” shouldn’t have an ingredients list that takes so long to research and dissect.
Cosmetics Info.org (www.cosmeticsinfo.org)
EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database (www.ewg.org/skindeep)
Web MD (www.webmd.com)