“ Brand: Boots / Type: Toner / Product line: Boots Botanics „
** Please note that Boots have rebranded this product as "All Bright Cleansing Toner" and the packaging is now different (as with most of the Botanics range) **
I was always taught to 'cleanse, tone and moisturise.' The toning part is my favourite as I love the feeling of freshness after a creamy cleanser and the knowledge that everything is well and truly lifted away so my pores don't get gunked up before bed!
The product in contained within an attractive slim white bottle holding 250ml. The design (as with the rest of the brand) is a pink / green floral design. There is reference made to the development of the product in conjunction with Kew Royal Botanic Gardens. The lid is a screw top (thankfully!) with a reasonable size hole of around 5mm for dispensing the liquid.
Natural hibiscus flower AHA's act as a skin brightener, whilst impurities are cleansed and skin is freshened.
*Appearance and Fragrance*
The bottle is opaque so the colour can't be seen but upon dispensing to cotton wool the liquid is clear. The smell so difficult to describe but isn't unpleasant. Just a mild, slightly herby, clean smell.
*What's it like to use?*
The product dispenses well from the container. After a run of badly designed toners which seems to leak everywhere, I had consigned myself to using spray toners only! But the bottle is quite firm (making it unlikely you'll squeeze it hard by accident) plus the lid being a screw on means it isn't breakable. It's been brilliant packaging for travelling.
I love the astringent feeling this toner has. As I've already mentioned, I'm a big toner fan and I love that tingly 'closing pore' feeling it gives. And, call me weird, but I also like the tightening sensation. The tightening sensation reminds me of the clean and clear products I used in my teens (but without the burns and irritation!)
Most importantly for me, it clears out the dreaded blackheads in my t-zone without over drying my cheeks.
This product is currently half price at Boots for £2.69 which is amazingly good value for money. I've used this daily since January and have only gone through half the bottle. I'm really happy to have been given this to try. Although I generally try to tend to stick to the same brand of cleaner, toner and moisturiser.... I think I might buck the trend with this and keep buying it.
I've been using this along side the toner from the same range and am really chuffed with the results. I definitely have noticed a reduction in dry skin from my cheeks and oil and blackheads from my nose. Quite often when I come home from work I wipe this over my face (especially in this recent hot weather) as it is incredibly refreshing whilst also removing some grime from the day.
I have been using this toner for a little while now and I have to say I am very impressed with everything about it. I do not usually buy the Boots own brands but after reading a review about it I thought I would give it a go.
The toner comes in a long sleek bottle which is see through and has a screw top silver lid.
The main selling point of the botanics range is that it is natural and uses "the power of plants". This aspect is seen on the labelling of the bottle which uses shades of green and a design of a plant. The toner itself looks green in the bottle as well.
When you open the bottle and smell inside you will be pleasantly surprised. The aroma that arises is very fresh and natural. Some toners that I have used in the passed have smelt quite strong and acidic but this toner has a very subtle, floral scent.
USING THE TONER
I have been using this toner twice every day after I have cleansed my face. I use a cotton wool pad and wipe across my face as you would with any other toner.
The toner works picks up any traces of makeup and dirt, I have found it even works on waterproof mascara which is always a plus.
As the toner works its magic you will notice that it doesn't leave your skin feeling oily or greasy just incredibly clean.
This toner is suitable for all skin types and I have quite sensitive skin but have not had any irritation from this product.
The toner aims to brighten your skin and I have to say that you can see that it is doing its job from the first use. My skin looked brighter instantly.
My skin felt clean and revived!
I do like this toner a lot and really like the brightening qualities. It also works to refine pores and minimise excess oil. I still have some blemishes but these are hardly noticeable. I think next time I will try the pore perfecting toner but if you are just looking for some extra oomph give this a go.
A great product from the botanics range. 8 out of 10.
-also on ciao-
As you can see from my recent reviews, I have been trying out the Botanics skincare range as it is much more affordable then my usual skin care items! I have to say, I am absolutely loving some of the products from this line and this is one of them!
Priced at £3.99 for 250mls I think this is a very affordable product. I have been using it since July and am now down to 1/3 of a bottle, so I think it is safe to say that this product lasts! To use this product I simply pour a small amount onto a cotton pad and sweep over my entire face, like you would with most other toners.
The aim of this toner is to remove any last traces of makeup and cleanser, whilst refreshing and brightening your skin, removing any oils and minimising pores. The Botanics range bases itself of the ability to utilise plant extracts and the main one mentioned on the bottle is Equisetum, which has purifying properties and is mildly astringent, therefore minimising pores.
In terms of performance, I do find that this toner removes any oil left on my t-zone, as well as minimising pores and it does feel really refreshing. I love that it doesn't make my skin feel tight and as it doesn't dry my skin out I sometimes forget to apply moisturiser! The toner doesn't have any strange or offensive smells, unlike some other plant extract based products I have used in the past.
One thing to bear in mind with this product is that it does have a sun alert warning. The bottle states that it contains an alpha hydroxy acid which can make your skin more sensitive to burning. It is recommended to use a sunscreen and to limit exposure to the sun for a week after use of this product has ceased. I will say that I used this product throughout the summer and also used an spf 20 tinted moisturiser on my face and I had no issues, but just be aware before you buy in case it does effect you.
Overall I give this product a 5/5 as I can find no real faults with it, I will be repurchasing for sure!
As per my review of the Boots Botanics Skin Brightening cleanser, I was struggling with my skin when I decided to try the Boots Botanics range as I have been pleased with the other products in the range.
I got the matching cleaner and toner and a foaming facial wash as it was three for two offer on at Boots.
I use the cleanser and toner at night, and the foaming wash in the morning.
I love the smell of this product, and I do like the packaging for the whole range.
The screw top looks nice but I would prefer a flip up lid for ease of use.
I believe that this product does brighten my skin as it doesn't look half as dull as it used to before I used this. It also leaves my skin perfectly balanced, as with some items that are said to refine pores and minimise oil, they actually dry the skin and cause more all.
This is absolutely perfect for my combination skin, and keeps it balanced.
I used to be a Clarins girl but after becoming a mum and not having so many pennies to spend I went on the lookout for something just as good but a lot cheaper and Botanics is where I found it!
I have got very dry sensitive skin so most products just don't agree with me at all. I need to use the mildest of everything so when I saw the Botanics range in Boots, containing plant extracts it seemed worth a go!
The toner costs £3.91 for a 250ml bottle and it works best if used with the skin brightening cleanser as well which also costs £3.91. More often than not though you will find that the Botanics range is on some sort of 3 for 2 offer or buy 1 get 1 half price so you always manage to make a good saving, plus it all helps your Boots points add up!
It has a pleasant smell, and you simply tip some onto a cotton pad to use after cleansing skin. I was amazed at how much extra make up it seemed to remove even after the cleansing, it really got off all last traces of mascara. It left my skin feeling fresh and clean and not even a little bit tight and dry which is what most toners tend to do to me.
I regularly use this toner now and wouldn't go back to my old Clarins one even if I did have the extra money. This is just as good, if not better and at a fraction of the cost.
£3.91 for 100ml.
Comes in a long tall plastic see through bottle with metal silver lid.
Label on the front shows all of the details. Its great for storing and light to take on holiday also.
What does the product claim to do:
(Taken from the Boots website)
Botanics Skin Brightening Toner is a gentle toner that sweeps away every last trace of cleanser and brightens your complexion while also working to refine pores and minimise excess oil.
How to use:
Apply after cleansing using cotton wool. Sweep over the face avoiding contact with eyes.
About 2 years ago i asked my mum for some new skin care products for Christmas and she gave me this along with some other items.
I suffer with oily skin and even a 26 i still get spots. After a few weeks of using this toner along with the other Botanics products, my skin felt and looked fantastic. I was suffering with less spots and my skin was less oily.
The price for the toner is reasonable compared to some other leading brands, but expensive compared to some of the other supermarket brands on offer. But it is completely worth it.
The toner smells lovely and leaves your skin feeling fresh. Use it with the complementing cleanser and moisturiser for the full results.
An essential item for my beauty kit! I have been using this toner for about 12 months now and it does have a lovely brightening effect on my skin. I recently bought another brand of cleanser and tried it for a few days and noticed my skin had become duller and as soon as I switched back to my new favourite, my skin looked perkier.
The product comes in a 250ml bottle and typical of Botanics products, contains natural, plant extracts including Equisetum ('an ancient plant that was used for its purifying properties') which helps to refine pores and tone skin.
It has a light, fresh fragrance and I slightly green colour in the bottle. Applied with cotton wool it brightens the complexion and minimises excess oil.
It only costs around £3.50 at Boots and often features as part of their buy 2, get a 3rd free offers.
This product does contain AHA (or alpha hydroxy acid) which may result in an increased sensitivity to the sun and especially the risk of sunburn. It is advisable to use a sunscreen in conjunction with the toner and sun exposure should be limited for at least a week after use of the product is stopped.
It has quite a nice, light fragrance too.
When it comes to toner it's the single product I get through the most when it comes to my beauty routine. I love the stuff and I guess because it's like water and I use it really regularly that's the whole reason I'm constantly re-buying it!
For me toner is an incredibly important part of cleansing my skin and keeping it clean and bright. I don't just use it after cleansing products to remove any of that residue. I'll use some on a cotton wool pad straight after having a bath or shower as my skin is prone to feeling very tight after being in contact with water. I'll use it for a quick freshen up when I haven't been wearing make up and I'll even use it on a couple of cotton wool pads to rest on my eyes the morning after the night before. I find the stuff so useful that I have bottles everywhere and in the summer I even store some in the fridge to cool my face down and/or wake me up in the morning. I couldn't live with out it and the thought of cleansing and not using this afterwards to make sure all the crap is off my face makes me start to shake! I guess I've had the same routine for years now eh and no going back after-all I'm a creature of habit lol!
So Botanics. What can I say! Not my favourite Boots range to be honest but in my view certainly not the worse product ranges they sell. No. In my opinion that award goes to the Boots Expert range (not including the hair products though to be fair) which is anything but expert and has been a total waste of my money to keep buying this year. I kept buying the stuff in the vain hope something would be good and it was me getting the products all wrong lol I'm a huge fan of Time Delay goods which again are a Boots own brand and I find they do an fabulous range of face products.
Botanics however I'm not so keen on and to be perfectly honest I do purchase the range from time to time either when I'm being tight and trying to save a few pennies or the range is on offer (more often than not). I've found Botanics to be very hit and miss. It's fair to say I don't mind the facial stuff but the bathing and body care products I have really appreciated as treatments but the smell has really put me off the majority of the things I've tried and when I'm having a bath in this cold weather I want something that doesn't smell bad and the fragrance that is possessed in most of the Botanics things don't do it for me I'm afraid. I'm not into smelling all natural like I have been rolling around in a grassy field! So this was on offer at my point of purchase and after really liking a another facial toner I tried from within the range I decided to give it a go.
250ml, tall, clear plastic recyclable bottle with a silver twist on/off cap. On the front sticky label which is light green and white in colour I'm told Active Plant Extracts, Face All Skin Types Skin Brightening Toner which 'Refreshes and tones for radiant skin (equisetum refines and tones)'. Length-ways down the bottle I'm told it is Boots The Power Of Plants, Botanics and there there is a scribble of some leaves on there. On the back sticky label I'm told a bit about the product, directions for use, size is stated (as listed already), ingredients are given as are some warnings, contact details for Boots are given, and the recycle symbol is shown. All in all it's nice enough packaging and looks functional rather than exciting but as I say it's nice enough!
About The Product....
Plant extracts at levels that really work. combined and formulated for unbeatable product performance. Naturally. Extracts authenticated by Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
Directions For Use....
Dampen cotton wool pad and sweep over cleansed face and neck. Dermatologically tested.
So it really is up to you have to use it of course. The recommended way is to use it after you've cleansed using a cream or lotion though as I stated earlier but I use it in other ways as well.
So using it the recommended way simply cleanse and then dampen cotton wool with this product. It is a clear liquid with a slight green tinge to it (if you look hard at it) and a very delicate smell of flowers which is very unobtrusive but is fresh and clean and smell wise if a guy wanted to use this to freshen up (for any reason) he could as it may have that smell when in use but it soon wears off the skin.
So it may look like water but it doesn't feel that way on application with the skin. Although when you dampen the cotton wool it looks like water in every way it really doesn't feel that way. A small amount goes a long way and it goes on cool and fresh as you would expect it to. It has a very slightly greasy consistency to it and therefore it doesn't drag the skin but glides over it really easily.
It removes any grease and grime, lotions and potions on the skin incredibly easily. Although you can think you've really cleansed your skin (if that's what your doing) this really does clean further and is so gentle all at the same time. I can think my skin is clean till using this product and be shocked at what a greasy monkey I still am! It just lifts off everything on the face with ease and is fuss free and does it without stinging or giving a tingling feeling to the skin in any way, shape or form and doesn't one bit agitate eyes at all.
Basically if the face feels greasy and/or grimy or you want to remove any type of cleanser this really is brilliant and simple. It does remove rubbish from skin and because it deep down cleans it does seem to perk up and brighten the skin tone a bit. Although slightly greasy on application it loses that feeling almost immediately and gives way to soft skin that isn't at the same time a fake feeling soft.
It's very simply... nice. Doesn't upset my skins natural balance and it doesn't make my skin feel greasy, too dry or spotty. It's simply a nice product to use as and when you choose to use it! Lovely to use on a couple of cotton wool pads to refresh tired eyes and great when you think you have clean skin and just feel like a bit of a freshen up. Brilliant and multi-functioning and cheap too! Normally £3.91 per bottle but at time of writing this review it's on offer for £2.91, so ladies grab a bargain!
Only available at Boots.
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
Refines pores and minimises oil /