All of the toners and/or astringents that I have tried in the past have had a drying effect on my skin, mostly likely because a great deal of them had alcohol or some such ingredient within it – even Witch Hazel can have added alcohol to it. Because of that, I generally tend to leave this out of my beauty regimen and just use serums and oils between cleansing and moisturizing. Every now and I again, I make another attempt at finding “the one”.
In this latest attempt, I tried one made by Retseliney Luxury Skin Care, their Fruit Cocktail Antioxidant Face Toner. Doesn’t that just sound lovely?
It doesn’t have any alcohol within it, at least not that I’m aware of. On the bottle it says: “98% Naturally Derived -74% Organic – For all skin types – Paraben free.” Some of the ingredients (there’s a long list of ingredients on the back, but these they list on front): Vitamin E, Witch Hazel, Green Tea, Seabuckthorn Oil, Cranberry, Blueberry.
The bottle is plastic with a serum-type pump top. The toner comes out like a serum, rather than the liquidy texture you would normally associate with a toner or astringent.
Product description per the bottle:
“This toner is packed with antioxidants to fight free radicals to promote beautiful, healthy, supple and glowing skin. This is not your ordinary toner. This thicker, almost gel like formulation, glides on easily and leaves skin soft and hydrated. Created to be used daily for optimal results.”
The fragrance is a little strong when it first comes out, kind of a combination of a coconutty (fragrance, not the real deal coconut scent) fruity floral-ish scent. It lingers on the skin subtly, but because it is on the face, if you are sensitive to scents, this one might get cloying – especially if your skin heats and that heat allows more of the fragrance to permeate the air around your nose (if that makes sense).
I applied it like I would a serum, since it had the body of one, and it did go on easily. It left a smooth cool texture on the skin, and felt kind of a like a thin second skin. As it dried I could feel the tightening, though my skin felt soft to the touch. There was some pinpoint redness along my upper cheeks and in the middle of my forehead, but I didn’t physically feel any discomfort or irritation. This one doesn’t claim to even skin tone, which is okay, I guess because it didn’t.
Being mostly organic and naturally derived, with no alcohol, plus only slight reddening (that fades by the time I apply my makeup), this was a pretty good toner. The only issue I think I have with this is the scent, though it’s tolerable on days when I don’t have a headache and it doesn’t seem to trigger one.
Do you have a favorite non-drying facial toner?
*Disclaimer: This product was given to me at a discount in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. This evaluation and review is an accounting of my true opinions and experiences, and is written in the same manner as if I had bought it at full-price, been given as a gift, or received as a sample.
You can purchase this on Amazon:
- Retseliney Antioxidant Witch Hazel Alcohol-free Facial Toner with Green Tea, 4 fl oz for $19.99 + free Prime shipping.
Price and availability current as of the time of writing this post.