“ Brand: Boots / Type: Toner / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types / What it does: Soothes / Product line: Boots No7 „
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I bought this recently after running out of my previous toner, the Garnier Fresh Essentials one in the green bottle. Although I love that toner, mainly for the cucumber scent, the fragrance in it was beginning to irritate my skin. I was going to buy a toner from the Simple range as its known to be fragrance free but I remember trying it a few years ago and not liking it. However, I happened to find a No 7 voucher in my purse and thought I would try their toner. Well I must say I am very impressed. The packaging is lovely and very high end looking. It looks like something from a department store, not from Boots. I was interested by this toner because it is alcohol free. Many toners contain alcohol in the ingredients and this is known to dry out your skin. As my skin is dry / combination, this is something I like to avoid. It is also fragrance free, which is important to me as my skin seems to be getting more sensitive as I get older. This toner is aimed at normal to dry skin and claims to refresh, comfort and hydrate. Well it definitely does the first two, but I can't say it hydrates my skin any more than it already is but it doesn't dry it out any further. My skin feels squeaky clean after using this and I can be confident that I have removed every last scrap of makeup at the end of the day. The packaging is really beautiful. It stands out from all my other products in the bathroom and looks quite expensive, which is good because most of my other skincare products are quite cheap and cheerful looking. As for the price, I am in two minds as to whether it is worth the £8 price tag. On one hand, this is a good product that looks much more expensive than its current retail price but at the same time, it's only a basic toner and I think £8 is quite expensive for a toner. I think an appropriate price would be about £5 but then I doubt the packaging would look as nice. However, I bought mine with a No 7 voucher for £5 off skincare, which meant I picked up this bad boy for only £3, which I consider to be a bargain. All in all, this is a great basic toner. I don't think it particularly hydrates the skin but it doesn't dry it out anymore and removes all your makeup at the end of the day. A winner for me!
I'm a big fan of No 7 products and I recently bought cleanser, toner and moisturiser from the range. They're all pink and so I have a lovely collection of pink bottles lined up in my bathroom! I'm only 27 so my skin is quite young, but I like to buy nice products to try and keep my skin in good condition in the long run. No 7 is a Boots own brand and can only be bought from their stores or website, but as I work in a city centre this isn't an issue for me. As everybody probably knows there are regularly offers on No 7 products - sometimes you can get a £5 off voucher in store when you spend a certain amount, and the products are often on 3 for 2. I got my three products on a 3 for 2 so it's worth waiting for the offers! This toner costs £8 for a 200ml bottle. ~Packaging~ They have recently changed the packaging of this product, so it looks different to the dooyoo picture and currently the picture on the Boots website. The bottle is see through and you can see the pink product, which is quite a light bright pink. The bottle looks really sophisticated and nice, I quite like having it out in my bathroom! The writing on the bottle can be difficult to read due to the bottle being see through, it's also quite small but you can make it out. The lid twists off and there is just the bottle opening underneath. I was surprised at this, most toners I've used before have had a cap on so that the product comes out slowly. In fact I think the No 7 toner used to have this. Personally, I'd prefer it to have a cap so that you don't overuse product and make the bottle last longer. Plus I'm a clumsy oaf so I worry about knocking the bottle over when the lid is off and spilling it everywhere! ~Usage~ I pour the toner onto a cotton wool pad and sweep over my face and neck after cleansing. I find you can tell the difference with more expensive toners like this, as my skin feels tingly and refreshed. I tone everyday and yet everyday the cotton wool comes away with dirt from my pores. I can feel the toner tighten my pores and my face feels cleansed and fresh after using the toner. My skin does feel soft and smooth recently, however I think this is due to a mixture of the cleanser, toner and moisturiser from No 7 as I use them all together. The bottle tells me that the toner is fragrance free, non-drying and pH balanced, and therefore is suitable for sensitive skin. Personally my skin is normal and I never really have problems so I can't vouch for this. I would consider my skin to be normal, so I can't comment on how it works on dry or oily skin. ~Overall~ At £8 this isn't the cheapest toner you can buy, but if you can get it on a 3 for 2 or with £5 off it becomes much more affordable. I like to treat myself with beauty products and I want to invest in looking after my skin long term, so this toner ticks all my boxes. I feel cleansed after usage, and my only complaint is the bottle not having a cap to reduce how much product comes out, so I am going to take off a star for this.
I have used No 7 skin care for many years and have found it to be very kind to my skin. I would say that I have always looked after my skin and use cleanser, toner and moisturiser regularly, however I find that the toner lasts me longer than the others as I don't use it every day. I probably use it two or three times a week as I am concerned that I may be drying my skin out if I use it every day even though it is gentle. This toner is hypo-allergenic and is a 200ml bottle. It says on the bottle that it gently hydrates your skin and is fragrance free and non drying and has a PH balance so is good for sensitive skin. It is also dermatologically tested and alcohol fragrance free. I would describe my skin as normal to dry and buy my skin care to match this. The bottle has a large white screw top which is easy to open and a large opening for you to tip the toner out. To use this toner I pour it onto a cotton wool pad following cleansing and gently wipe it over my face and neck. As I use No 7 cleanser there is not usually any dirt left on my face but I do occasionally see a little bit on the cotton wool that I have missed. The toner itself is a pretty pale pink colour and has a very mild smell which is difficult to describe but just smells fresh and clean. It makes my skin feel a bit tingly but doesn't sting. I can feel the toner on my skin for a few minutes after use but my skin doesn't feel tight and it just feels as though it is soaking into my skin. I will leave it for about ten minutes before applying moisturiser or night cream as if I do it too quickly I feel that it doesn't absorb so well. This is currently £8 but is on the 3 for 2 offer so if you need to stock up with No 7 products this is a good time to get them. Also of course if you use one of the frequent offers of the £5 voucher this is even better value. I think this is a lovely gentle toner that I will continue to use to complete my skin care. I would recommend this for people with normal to dry and also sensitive skin as a good value quality toner.
My skin has changed dramatically over the last 6 years, being rather oily and spot prone as a teenager, converting to dry and uncomfortable during my pregnancy 5 years ago. It still remains dry, bar certain times of the month where i can be prone to an oily chin and nose for a few days. For this reason I have found that using water on my skin is not great as it causes real tightness and I have to overload the serum and moisturiser. I can't use wipes as they sting and I only scrub once a week to minimize water to the face. After trying all sorts of face washes and milk cleansers, I wasn't happy and always on the lookout for the next one. I was recommended this product to work along side the soft and soothed cleanser by a consultant. Expecting very little (again) I tried it. The bottle sells as a 200ml and you administer it via a pump, this minimizes waste. I will note here I am a heavy makeup wearer more often than not wearing a full face. I use premium makeup in the way of; foundation, bronzer, highlighter, undereye highlighter and blusher. Add to that my eye make up too and I need lots of heavy duty makeup remover that is going to work effectively. A toner is a really important aspect of an average cleansing routine as it aids in removing the last traces of makeup and cleanser that may be left on the skin. It closes pores which minimizes oil production and neutralises the ph balance of the skin which enables your skincare to penetrate to its highest potential and gets to work straight away. As I spend £60 on my serum and the same again on my moisturisers I feel that this is a really important benefit of a toner. I would usually cleanse my face in the evening to clear my face and then pump some if this onto a pad and sweet across the face to finish off. And in the morning I just tend to tone to remove the oils and refresh my complexion ready for makeup application. In the past I have often found toners to be too drying, causing stinging to my face. This has never given me this problem, instead hydrating it and calming it. I even find the pad has makeup traces on it which confirms the fact that the last traces of makeup are cleared. It is hypo allergic so good for sensitive ladies with problem skin which is a bonus. I always grab my no 7 products when they are on offer as you can save quite a bit of money if you use the no7 vouchers or 3 for 2 is good too. A lovely toner that works really well for my skin. I just really hope they don't reformulate or discontinue this as they have with the rest of the brand!! I will cry as i have been so happy with this for a good few years now!
No 7 Soft & Soothed Toner for Normal/Dry Skin appealed to me when I last visited Boots. I have converted to Lush's Angels on Bare Skin Cleanser but couldn't quite take to their toners so thought I would try a No 7 one. My skin is normally a combination of Oily and Dry and is very sensitive, so the Soft and Soothed sounded suitable. I have found with a lot of toners they seem to drag along my dry skin and leave my face feeling dry and tight. The Soft & Soothed seemed to offer a solution to this problem! In my local Boots it was on offer - 3 for 2 so I decided to stock up on my usual Protect and Perfect range at the same time. The Soft & Soothed Toner was priced at £8.00 per bottle and for this you get 200 ml. The Toner comes in a clear plastic bottle with a pump action applicator under the white lid. On the bottle No.7 is in bold gold, and soft and Soothed in black lettering. The bottle looks stylish and sleek in my cabinet and very classy. I also like the pump applicator as I feel it stops germs transferring from the bottle to my skin. It also means the toner is not messy or wastful. 2-3 pumps is normally enough on a cottom pad for my whole face. As you do only need a few pumps to do your whole face the bottle will last months, so for £8 this is a very reasonable price. The Soft & Soothed Toner is hypo-allergenic, dermatologicaly tested, alcohol and fragrance free. It claims to be non-drying and pH balanced. The toner itself is a water toner and pink in colour which is unusual. Although it is fragrance free there is a slight fragrance to it - similar to Johnson's Baby Lotion! Directions of use are simple - apply to a cotton wool ball or pad and sweep over you face. It sweeps over the face well and does seem to pick up those last traces of dirt and cleanser, it doesn't seem to pull on the skin or feel too harsh. It does work well as a toner but I haven't found it has had much of an effect. My skin is pretty clean from the Angel on Bare Skin Cleanser so I didn't expect the toner to do a fat lot. But it hasn't seemed to have toned the enlarged pores I have on my nose which is disappointing. However, it is very gentle and my skin feels refreshed and dewy after use despite it not having a lasting effect on the quality of my skin. I don't get that tight feeling you sometimes have from a toner which is nice. Overall I do like this toner as it is very gentle on my sensitive skin and does remove any traces of dirt etc after cleansing, however, I will remain on the look out for a toner that will help my enlarged pores, but in the mean time this is OK.
I find Boots No7 Products really touch and go. Some are great, but I seem to find others to be swful. Therefore I never buy anything without testing them first. I don't want to spend what I consider a lot of money on something which just doesn't do the job for me. I got a trial pot of this in a NO7 goodie bag which I got when I spent over £22 on other No7 products. The bags are always great, you get some kind of make up bag, and lots of little trial products. Really good value when you buy in this deal. So I got a 100ml bottle of toner. They do come in many shapes and sizes, but a 250ml bottle will normally set you back around £10, but less if you buy in a combi offer or have a Boots £5 voucher. The toner comes in a tall thin bottle. It has a pop on and off lid, which is nice and secure, and if you were to take it on holiday, has a low chance of popping off in your bag and causing leakage! Under the lid is a press down dispensing system which I give a couple of presses to, to dispense some product onto a cotton wool bud. I need two squirts roughly for my whole face. The liquid itself is a very pale orange colour. It has no real scent, and just seems very watery. When you rub it onto your face it doesn't feel strong, or have a tiny bit of a sting to it like some other toners I have tried. In fact, it doesn't really feel like it is doing anything at all to my face. This could be accurate or not, but I haven't seen anything to disprove this. Sometimes when I use other toners, they take a tiny bit of extra dirt off my face that my cleanser must have missed, but this toner doesn't seem to do this. Nor does it leave my skin feeling and tighter, more refreshed or looking in better condition. Unless there are any long term effects which I just haven't used this for long enough to work out, I really can't see the use in this product at all. It may as well be coloured water for all I know!
I seem to receive a Boots No 7 voucher every time I visit the store nowadays and because my Clinique toner was running out and because I'm on a budget these days I decided to buy a bottle of Boots No.7 Soft & Soothed Gentle Toner for Normal/Dry skin. I say I bought it because I am on a budget as a 20ml bottle of this toner costs just £7.75 as opposed to somewhere in the £20 mark for a Clinique toner. No. 7 is part of the Boots own range so I think even before you use it you know it is going to be good as they have a reputation of good quality. A toner is a product that is used to take off make up and sweep away dead surface skin cells on your face. This toner also claims that it refreshes, comforts and hydrates as well. According to the information from No.7 their toners are non-drying and pH balanced to work in harmony with your skin to leave your face clean, toned and supple. In order to apply this product I firstly put a bit of it onto a cotton wool pad and then swept the pad over my face. THe first time I used this toner it actually felt really nice and refreshing on my face. It didn't tingle as much as I find the Clinique toner does but I still really liked the way it made my skin feel straight away. It didn't dry my skin or leave it feeling tight like some toners have that I've used before. I hate that feeling later in the day when your skin feels all tight and dry so I was pleased that this didn't happen. The fresh feeling definitely made me feel like I was taking off all the dirt, make up and gunk from my face that had built up throughout the day and leaving it nice and clean. Afterwards my skin does feel really nice and smooth. I have to say that I perhaps don't have such an amazing glow as I do when I use the Clinique toner but I think for the price you pay this is a good toner and one I would use again. No7 Soft & Soothed Gentle Toner is also hypo-allergenic, dermatologically tested, alcohol free and fragrance free!
I am a firm believer in cleansing and toning after using a facial wipe as I just feel this gives a much deeper clean and often most of your make up is left on, even after using a face wipe. I don't stick to one brand, so when I had an offer put through the door for No7 I decided to buy both the cleanser and the toner. There are different ones for different skin types, however I picked the soft & soothed for normal / dry skin. I purchased from Boots as the No7 range is exclusive to them and I think it originally cost around £8/£10 when not on an offer. It is in a largish bottle that contain 200ml and has a push top to disperse the toner. The toner itself is a pink liquid, which does remind me of nail varnish remover. Due to it being soft and gentle, therefore it is probable that this was devised for more sensitive skin it doesn't really have a scent to it. To use on the face it is very soothing and is also hyrdrating due to it being a liquid. It is silky to use which makes it easy to remove any make up still left on after cleansing or any excess cleanser. It works well at removing any excess make up and you can see this if you use a cotton pad with it as there is lots of make up on it. It also leaves your skin feeling more refreshed due to it being a liquid. With a cotton pad it still smelt silky across the skin which meant that it was soft and soothing just as it should be. It is not as moisturising as the cleanser and I think that this is mainly due to the fact that it isn't cream based like the cleanser is. After using both the cleanser and the toner my skin feels it has the perfect balance of being moisturised with the oils, yet still being soothed and not heavy due to the liquid toner. Overall I would really reccomend this toner and it works even better once acommpanied by the cleanser!
As ive stated in previous reveiws i became a no7 convert a few years ago after revieving a gift set for a christmas present and ive got to say of all the products this soft & soothed gentle toner is my favourite! ~Price/ Where To Buy No7 is exclusive to Boots and can be purchased online or instore for £7.75 for a 200ml bottle (plus ypu can earn 28 points on your boots card with this purchase!) *MONEY SAVING TIP* Keep your eyes open for money off No7 vouchers and 3 for 2 offer both online and instore. Or just do what i do and purchase the No7 gift sets in the 3 for 2 deal at christmas then put them away for use during the year :D ~Apearance/Packaging~ The toner comes in the same see through bottle as the cleanser which means they look great on the shelf next to each other. The cleanser itself is a pale pink liquid and the pump on the top of the bottle prevents spillages and helps you control how much comes out in each use. ~The Toner~ No7 soft and soothed gentle toner for normal/dry skin does what it says on the bottle and gently hyrdrates and tones skin. It is hypo-allergenic, dermatologically tested and alcohol/fragrance free meaning its good to skin and doesn't have an overpowering smell. Simply pump a small amount onto a cotton wool pad and sweep over face after cleansing, there is no need to wash off and always follow with a moisturiser. I find the toner works best when used after the no7 cleanser and should always be followed with a moisturiser, using all three of these products together really leaves you with baby soft skin. I also use the toner on its own to remove make up, or even if im not wearing make up yopu can really see the dirt from my pores on the cotton wool afterwards. I would recommend this to everyone as my face always feels clean and fresh after use even if used on its own
I first bought this with a coupon quite a while ago. I had no idea what toner was or what it did, but I had a coupon for No7 products, so I wanted to buy something I'd never tried before. As a person with sensitive skin, an eczema sufferer, I'd watched my friends use 'grown up' products, make-up and the like, which I'd never been able to use before. So naturally once my eczema was mostly cured, I'd been trying all this different stuff, now I was going to add toner to my collection. So, what enticed me to buy this particular product? Well, firstly the packaging and the look. It looks very professional, very 'grown up' and womanly! It is a tall sort of cylindrical see through plastic bottle, with a lid, which you pull off and beneath it lies a small pump - mechanism. The liquid inside is pink. The inscription at the back reads 'gently hydrate your skin...etc etc'. Now the liquid is runny like water, it says it's fragrance free, but if you've tried any of the No7 creams, it smells like that. Not sure how to describe that smell, but it's nice, very subtle, perhaps a bit like baby moisturisers. They say you should use a cotton wool to put it on, but I find it feels a lot better and more soothing if you just pump four or five drops in the middle of your palm and then sweep it across your cheeks, forehead, and down your nose. It is very refreshing and cooling when you do it this way. It is good for sensitive skin, and does not sting at all. After a few seconds of applying this, I put on a moisturiser, 'Simple Derma'. I find it easier to spread the moisturiser across my face after I've used the toner, and it also makes my skin feel a lot softer when there is toner underneath the moisturiser. It makes your skin glow, and also makes your face look a bit plumper, like suddenly there's life in your cheeks!...in a good way! This is definitely a product that I would recommend for anyone, including those with sensitive skin, though not for those who still have eczema on their face, because I've found if I have the odd rough patch on my face, particularly my upper lip and put toner on it it does sting mildly and it turns red. So it should not be used on damaged skin. Price: it is expensive like all No 7 products, on the Boots website it is advertised at £7.75. I only use it when I'm about to go out or something, so my bottle has lasted me over a year, and I still have half the bottle left. For the reason that it works well on my skin and it lasts long, I would say it has been worth the money for me. It comes in 200 ml.
==Boots No.7 Soft and Soothed Toner - Normal/Dry Skin== Out comes the £5 No.7 money off voucher once again and this time it goes towards buying this toner from the Soft and Soothed range from Boot's No.7. There is a matching cleanser from the range that I had purchased with another voucher at the same time so I was using the products together ever day. ==The Product== The Soft and Soothed toner is for normal or dry skin which pretty much means that everyone can use it as combination skin is surely in the middle of that range. For the price of around £7.50 pence when not on offer this is still not an overly bad price as you do get a rather large bottle of the product at 200 ml. Once open the toner can last 24 months before needed to be disposed of. The design of the bottle is a good one and identical to the cleanser in the Soft and Soothed range with a white cloudy plastic bottle and inside liquid which is tinged with a pink colouring. There is a pull off lid which is easily removed to reveal a pump action nozzle which needs to be turned on first use in order to activate the pump. The bottles states that it "Refreshes, comforts and gently hydrates your skin as you sweep away every last trace of make up and cleanser with this soothing alcohol free toner. Fragrance free, non-drying and pH balanced. It works in harmony with your skin to leave your face clean, toned and supple." ==General Use== The toner is simple to use and just as with the facial cleanser from this No.7 range, I use a clean cotton wool pad to pump some of the toner on to it and then begin to gently sweep around my face. You really only need 3 or 4 pumps of the toner to allow a good damp pad and easy cleaning of the face. After I had cleansed my face I used this toner which seemed to work well combining the two. The toner has no real smell which is a good thing and on applying to the skin it feels very cooling and, as the name would suggest, soothing. As it is alcohol free it feels very gentle on the skin and I can see that it would be suitable for anyone's skin. It didn't dry my skin out in the least which a lot of toners tend to do but it still removed any last traces of make up that were not removed by using the cleanser. It also did a good job at at getting all the cleanser from my face which did have a slight oily feel to it but with using this all of that feeling was gone and it left my skin feeling clean and silky. The look of my skin was again very fresh and clean and it did have a nice colour, plumpness and tone to it although I don't think there was a drastic change in the overall appearance of my face. ==Overall Opinion== This product does indeed work well at giving the skin a final clean and leaves the skin looking and feeling good. On the whole I would say that it is a good product for the price that I paid but it is nothing really special. I would probably buy the toner again if indeed I had the £5 money off voucher but I do not think that I would buy it at the full retail price. The toner would be good for anyone to use as it is gentle and fragrance free. The price is affordable for everyone too so as you can see the product is a good one. It is however nothing really special so because of that I think I can give the soft and Soothing Toner from Boots No.7 range a 4 out of 5 stars. I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you. Many thanks for taking the time to read.
Take note all you young people out there (yes, men as well) & listen to one who knows ... take take of your skin otherwise you'll end up like me!! OK as a teenager or young person the last thing on our minds is probably looking after the skin on your face but believe me those wrinkles WILL appear before you know it I'm afraid. My eldest daughter bought me quite a few products from this range & I must say I'm really pleased with the serum & night cream so I decided to buy the toner (using 1 of those lovely £5 off vouchers) I'm quite good at cleansing & moisturising but often neglect the toning part & this does the job well. It's a 200ml pump-action bottle & the usual price is around £7.50. Why bother you may ask? - well after careful cleansing it's surprising how much make-up is left on my face - the evidence being on the cotton wool balls. It also means the pores are open so the toner gets them closed straightaway & removes anything that hasn't been removed by the cleanser. All I have to do now is moisturise... All this may seem a lot of palaver, but believe me, I wish I'd used this regime years ago as my skin is much improved, softer & I'm sure (lol!) that some of my deeper wrinkles have become more like fine lines. It only takes 3 - 4 minutes to do the whole thing so I think it's the most positive activity I probably do as far as beauty treatment is concerned. I like this toner as it doesn't contain alcohol so isn't as harsh as some toners on the market. It's described as fragrance-free but I'm sure I can smell a light scent of freshness? It's also hypoallergenic & PH balanced. I like the pump action packaging as you don't waste any of the product & I like the way it seems to gently firm up the skin on the face without it going too tight. Afterwards I notice my face feels cleaner, looks brighter & is certainly refreshed which is why I'm awarding it 5 stars & would recommend to bothe sexes & all ages.
Last Christmas I got lots of Boots No7 goodies and one of these was the No.7 Soft and Soothed Gentle Toner which is designed for dry skin and which Boots say will refresh, comfort and hydrate skin. The toner comes in a 200ml bottle with a lift off cap and a pump dispenser. It has a pinkish shimmery colour to it. The pump dispenser allows you to dispense the right amount you need so its quite good that you don't waste as much as you might with a normal bottle. The toner has a pinkish tinge to it and is of watery consistency. It is fragrance free, alcohol free, hypo allergenic and pH balanced. It is designed to refresh your skin, remove traces of make-up and cleanser and leave your skin looking healthy, beautiful and clean. Directions are simply to apply some to cotton wool after cleansing and then sweep it over your skin then finally moisturise. A couple of years ago I didn't really bother with toning my skin, I just cleansed and moisturised however in recent years I have tried to be much better with my skin care regime and have been using toner more regularly. I like this toner as it is gentle to my skin and doesn't dry it out. I tend to use a cream cleanser and this toner is great at removing any greasiness left over from the cleanser. Its also good at removing any last bits of makeup that the cleanser might have missed. It leaves my skin feeling really clean and refreshed and as it is alcohol free it doesn't dry my skin out at all. This is a great toner which costs £7.50 and is good value for money and feels great on my skin. You only need a couple of squirts of toner to do your whole face and neck so it lasts for ages. I think this is a great product and I will be buying this one again.
I was bought up on the skin care routine - cleanse, tone, moisturise- and I followed that mantra, morning and night for more years than I presently care to admit to. Then I read a skin care article informing me that the middleman could be cut out - that toning was a waste of time and money and that cleanse and moisturise was the way forward. I was convinced and for years, and until just recently toning became a regime constituent of the past. I am now back to my old ways and happy to be doing the old routine- CTM........... I had a number of £5 discount vouchers for Boots No.7 and not being exactly flush at the moment and wanting to limit the "extra" spend, one of the choices I made was for Soft & Soothed Gentle Toner. This only meant paying an additional £2.50 for 200ml- now that is a good deal. I cleanse my face and then by just putting sufficient enough toner, from the bottle using the press release top, on a cotton wool ball, I wipe over my face. The toner is said to remove all the last traces of dirt and cleanser. Now I do not have a microscope in my bathroom cabinet- so I cannot confirm that the product works that well- I can only say the cotton wool seems to show that is has been effective and my skin feels far cleaner and fresher than when I don't use it. The toner is alcohol free and ph balanced so that it works in harmony with your skin. I personally think it is odourless, which is a good thing as Boots advise it is fragrance free. I find it refreshing, hydrating and it does make my skin feel better. The packaging declares that it is a little facial everyday. I think that is either an exaggeration or we are talking very very little - but as the 200ml is going to last me ages- I think that this toner is a welcome addition to my daily routine. The best recommendation I can give it- is that I will be buying it again- and when you are watching your pennies- that is a recommendation you can trust.
This is essentially a toner. It is named "soft and soothed" as its aim is to soften and smooth your skin, and is part of the Boots No.7 skincare collection. It retails at £7.30 in all good Boots stores right now (March 2009). I was given this, as part of the Boots skincare gift set. I also used with it, the cleanser and essential daycare /night care moisturiser so I am just for the sake of following the "rules" not reviewing this as a result of any mixing and matching, I have followed the instructions to the T. Boots state on their website, that this product is PH balanced, and it aims to 'refresh, comfort and hydrate' and is both alcohol and fragrance free. I have dry skin. My skin is dry because it just is, I have no idea why exactly but food and drinking more have no real effect. I think I just have dry skin and that's that, I have the worst of it on my forehead and T-zone. I have in the past been able to get rid of this, but this was at the expense of the Clinique 3 step (I only used steps 1 and 2 and did my own choice of moisturiser by Nuxe) so I know that my dry skin can be worked around with the correct products. I am not however, willing to shell out £20 plus on a toner (Clinique price) as it doesn't go beyond a month.) So I really wanted the Boots No.7 to work- if it did, it was going to not only deal with my dry skin and stop the weird effect I get when applying any foundation, but it was also going to be something I could afford. Now I just needed to try OK, I should explain what the point of a Toner is. So many people see it as a milder eye-make-up remover, but that is not what its for! Its also one of the things people often miss out from their facial care, it takes up too much time and effort and people just cannot see the point in spending any extra on their face when they cannot see the point of the additional skincare step. A toners job is to 1 remove traces of your cleanser (use it after cleansing) and 2 to exfoliate and in doing so, remove the dry skin build up by removing the dead skin cells. Alcohol is often used in a toner to do both these jobs which is why a moisturiser afterwards is essential. In this case, Boots have decided against any alcohol, so I was curious at this working- I know alcohol is not good for dry skin, and wouldn't have minded a toner which exfoliated, hydrated and stopped my dry skin rather then just getting rid of it. The bottle, a pretty decent sized, 200mls. It is also very easy to use, its a squirt top so there is minimal risk -if any, of cross contamination. I normally use about two to three cotton wool pads per application to my face, squirting each one about 4 or 5 times seems enough and I seem to be only very slowly getting through the bottle, I would imagine this would last me about 4 months using once per day. (I know I am supposed to use it twice a day and sometimes I do about 3 days a week, but I really don't have the time, nor energy to do this twice a day every single day!). But does it work?.... Sorry, short answer to that is no. I would imagine it has done good things in terms of getting off any cleanser residue, but it has not done anything for my dry skin. Personally, I think this is because its just not enough (not enough alcohol? Not enough whatever is doing the exfoliating basicly) - its a very mild formula and I would add "sensitive" to the recommendation to Normal/Dry skin on the bottle, but for me, my dry and flakey skin remains and my face doesn't seem to have any real difference to if I just rinsed it more thoroughly at the sink. I need something a little stronger...