Back in May, Sunil wrote a rather skeptical article about Infotone Face Mist. After it was posted, an AquaLiv representative sent us a sample of the product, urging us to test Infotone before passing judgment.

To recap part of Sunil’s article, Infotone Face Mist ($35) is exactly what it sounds like: a face spray. But it’s not just any spray; it’s “the first cosmetic to utilize BioT™ Bioinformation Technology.” What is bioinformation, you ask? It is the information signature of a substance. Apparently, analogous to the way that music can be recorded onto a cassette tape, information can be recorded into the little ceramic ball that you’ll find in every bottle of Infotone face Mist. Thanks to “harmonic resonance,” the little ceramic ball transfers its bioinformation to the water it is immersed in, without adding any physical ingredients to the water itself. Basically, AquaLiv claims that the clay ball turns regular water into a “powerful tonic” that can improve skin hydration, firmness, and texture, while reducing wrinkles, skin pigmentation and blemishes.

At this point, you can probably see why Sunil was skeptical of the product before testing it.

But, hey, stranger things than a magic ceramic ball have been proven true and effective (um, I think?), so when Marta asked me to test Infotone, I was all for it.

I used Infotone as directed, at least once each day for about 3 weeks. But usually I would use it even more often – though not for any reason other than it feeling refreshing on my face. It was nice being able to enjoy a moist mist on hot September days.

But that brings me to the thought I just couldn’t get out of my mind while testing Infotone; what exactly is the point of a face mist? Other than using it to feel refreshed, what’s the point of buying pricey water in a spray bottle? I guess I personally wouldn’t buy popular water sprays like Avene Thermal Spring Water and Evian Mineral Water Spray, simply because I’d feel a little silly paying any amount of money to spray water on my face. Last I heard, water isn’t an active ingredient. People pay top dollar for products that list water at the bottom of their ingredient lists. Yes, I know that Avene is special European water and Evian is special mineral water, but I just can’t get past the water part.

Anyway, I will say that Avene and Evian don’t promise miracles, which I appreciate; supposedly, they soothe, calm, and refresh – all things that I think are absolutely possible. Infotone, on the other hand, promises sensations that plastic surgery can’t even achieve.

If AquaLiv made the same claims that Avene and Evian do, I would take no issue with its product. I don’t care how much it costs, or who gets duped into buying it – as long as the claims are reasonable. But I’m ticked off that AquaLiv’s “powerful tonic” has proven itself to be nothing more than a gimmick, at least according to my experience with the product. I suppose I can’t prove that it hasn’t “increased my skin health from the inside out,” but I can certainly say that the outside isn’t showing any of the internal benefits, if there are any.

Infotone has received some positive press on a few blogs, and on its Testimonials page, people claim that Infotone is so effective in its moisturizing capabilities that they have dropped moisturizing from their routines completely.

I beg to differ.

While Infotone didn’t dry out my skin, if I didn’t put a moisturizer on right after spraying, my skin would tighten up a bit, the same way it does if I forget to moisturize after washing my face with regular water.

After using up Infotone, it is possible to actually refill the bottle with water and keep using it as one did before. As I said earlier, it’s all about the magic clay ball, apparently.  But the catch is, only certain types of water can be used to refill the bottle. For example, Fiji is okay, but Dasani just won’t cut it. There is no explanation as to why this is, at least on the AquaLiv website.

And there are more unexplained questions. How exactly is Infotone dousing my skin with “Vitamin C and squalene,” despite the fact that “the mister contains no ingredients that must be harvested or extracted from nature”? I must be completely out of touch with AquaLiv’s bioinformation technology – which, apparently, can help in the fight against AIDS. Yes, you read that correctly. AIDS.

"Earlier this year, Mr. Mutisya supplied 10 Kenyans with our NatuRx™ HIV/AIDS treatment. Since then, they stopped taking their costly antiretroviral drugs and their condition has improved. Mr. Mutisya is now a believer in AquaLiv technology," added Mr. Hoffman [AquaLiv CEO].

This is terribly frightening to me. I can’t find any verifiable, scientific information about AquaLiv’s Bio T-based NatuRx. I truly hope that people did not forgo life saving, antiretroviral drugs in favor of whatever Aqua Liv is peddling. And it looks like I’m not the only one who is deeply bothered by AquaLiv’s actions. If AquaLiv turns out to be a huge game changer in the fight against AIDS, then I’ll be thrilled. But there’s something very disconcerting about the fact that I can’t trust AquaLiv’s beauty product; why should I trust their purported life-saving medication?

AquaLiv crosses the line for me. I suppose it’s possible that the company’s technology has shown success in a variety of fields, including human health (Parkinson’s, depression, malaria, arthritis, cancer among others), skin care, food production (increasing crop yield), food processing, and environmental health (ecosystem renewal) – but I doubt it. Maybe I’m just a cold, hard skeptic.