Botanics Organic Rosewater Toner used to come in a tall bottle with a screw top and a rather wide neck. Although it was a lovely, refreshing skin toner to use, you had to be really careful not to knock the bottle over while using it. The product has since been re-launched in a spritz bottle.
The Boots Botanics range always strikes me as a slightly odd range, because it's marketed on its natural plant extracts, and yet many of the products in the range have ingredients that I try to avoid. However, within the Botanics range, certain products are marked as organic, and these have much simpler ingredients and are of a generally higher quality, so I tend to look for the organic products. In its old format, Organic Rosewater Toner was really just rosewater from what I remember. The new version has a slightly longer ingredients list, but is still based on organic damask rose, and has a lovely, relaxing, natural scent.
I tend to use toner after cleansing my skin and before applying moisturiser, and I also occasionally use it to quickly refresh my skin. This one does the job of removing the last traces of makeup and tightening the pores slightly before moisturising. Of course, as with all toners, I suspect a splash of cold water would have much the same function, but this is a pleasant and indulgent toner to use and the scent is a definite selling point.
Now to that bottle re-design. The label says to avoid getting the toner in your eyes, and I can vouch for the fact that it's not something you want in your eyes or in your mouth - rosewater might smell delicious but it's not a pleasant taste. Even with my eyes closed, I find it impossible to aim a spray like this at my face and not end up with some in my eyes and mouth. I've taken to spraying the toner on to cotton wool pads and dabbing it on to my face that way, which means I'm not really using it as a spritz at all. The old bottle did need re-designed as there was just too great a chance of spilling half the toner, but for my money I'd rather they had gone for one of those bottles with a tiny opening so that you could control how much of the toner was dispensed.
Rosewater Toning Spritz costs 4.99GBP for a 150ml bottle. As with many ranges from Boots, it's worth looking out for offers as I have seen it with money off or in '3 for the price of 2' offers just recently. I'd buy this toner again despite reservations about the spritz design.
I purchased this a while ago when Boots Botanics facial skincare products were on offer. I must admit that I don't use toner all the time, but the bottle I had been using was about to run out and this one looked a bit different, so I decided to try it out.
A Boots exclusive
Botanics is a skincare brand exclusive to Boots, and the ingredients used are organic and natural. At full price this toner costs £4.99 but the range if often on offer and is currently part of a three for two deal across many Boots products. The toner contains rosewater, and is designed to tighten pores and remove last traces of makeup after cleansing.
Spray it on?
The toner comes comes in a very tall and thin white bottle, with fairly simple graphics, and at the top is a spray pump, which I think is very unusual for a toner! The idea is that you spray this directly onto your face and then wipe it off with cotton wool. The product definitely smells of rose, which I think is quite pleasant and I find to be quite a nice, relaxing smell for night time when I'm cleaning my face. This also removes traces of make-up that my usual wipes have left behind, which is an added bonus, and it does make my skin feel clean.
Cut it off!
However, I do find the spray element of this product a bit odd, and it doesn't really seem necessary to me. In fact, I ended up cutting off the small tube that runs through the bottle, and now I simply unscrew the top of the bottle and apply this directly onto cotton wool, which I find makes it much easier and more practical to use. My other complaint is that the toner I had been using previous to this was quite refreshing and cooling, but this one does not have this affect at all and for me is a bit less pleasant to use.
There is nothing particularly wrong with this product, but it probably isn't one I would buy again. It is nice enough to use - although I wasn't mad on the spray! - but I prefer something a bit more refreshing.
This Botanics Rosewater Toning Spritz is interesting; at a price of £4.99 (at the moment £3.49) from Boots, I'm sure you are interested in what you are getting in the 150ml spray bottle? You get water (it doesn't say where the water comes from), alcohol denat, glycerin, damask rose flower oil and citronellol. All of which (apart from the citronellol and water) are certified organic ingredients, however the bottle is lacking the Soil Association mark.
I've decided that its not worth buying organic food or products unless the ingredients are farmed in the UK or in Europe, otherwise the transportation defeats the point of it being organic for the sake of the environment. Apparently this product is produced in the UK, so in this case it fits my criteria.
In order to apply, you close your eyes and spray your face, and then wipe away with cotton wool; the spray produces a lovely fine mist, which I imagine would feel even more delightful in the summer, and the rose scent is also delightful although subtle. I also like the idea of using something so simple, with so few ingredients, which I could possibly make myself (removing the alcohol denat and citronellol, and which has been used since Moorish Spain, and most probably before that. The packaging claims to cleanse impurities and freshen your skin; it certainly did freshen up, and remove some dry skin, and over night it also reduced a couple of spots that I had -- perhaps because it slightly dried my skin a bit! I don't wear make-up so I can't comment on how well it removes the remainder of make-up.
All-in-all, it isn't a product which I could use every day because it slightly dries up my skin, and so I wonder if the alcohol denat and the citronellol is to blame for this. However, I love that this product has so few ingredients -- something which is not easy to find. This rosewater toner from the Botanics range is also currently available in a bottle without a sprayer for £2 (although I'm not sure whether the ingredients are exactly the same), and so I might buy a couple of bottles of that to pour into a spray bottle; otherwise I am tempted to make my own, since it is more or less expensive water.
I saw this on offer in Boots recently and fancied trying a facial spritz to help refresh my skin. This toner aims to cleanse, purifies and freshen the skin, tightening pores and removing the last trace of makeup. It Is 100% organic and contains Rosewater from the Denmark Rose. With an RRP of £4.99 for 150ml, it seemed a reasonable price for a product which boasts lovely ingredients.
The Botanic brand has recently had a revamp and the packaging looks sleek and simple - I am very happy to have this displayed on my dressing table. It comes in a tall bottle with a simple spray dispenser. Botanics provide directions to use the product which are; with eyes closed, spritz generously over the face and neck and then wipe with cotton wool. The product is easy to pump out, a generous spritz of toner is dispensed each time, and I find that 4 sprays are enough to wet my face. The toner has a subtle, rosewater fragrance which is refreshing and in no way synthetic.
The toner feels cool and refreshing on my face and helps remove the last traces of makeup when it is wiped off with cotton wool. I find that having toner in a spray form ensures that I don't over use it - if I used cotton wool I would have to saturate the pad before I wiped it over my face, thus using more product. So this toning spritz is more economical. My skin looks a little brighter when I have used this, I think because it is refreshed. Pore size hasn't dramatically changed, but they do look smaller on my nose after cleansing. I have oily skin and I find that this toner does help reduce the overall oiliness of my face, which is fab! It doesn't dry my face and make it feel tight like some toners, this is almost like using water - but with added benefits.
I haven't noticed a skin irritation from using this, no redness or itchiness. Although when I used this a couple of weeks ago I had the itchiness nose known to man directly afterwards! This hasn't happened since, so I'm not sure if it is related? It may have been due to me accidentally spraying it up my nose? But just to warm anyone with allergies, you could have a reaction.
Overall this is a lovely toner to use after cleansing to soothe and brighten the skin. The ingredients are organic and this is more economical compared to a non-spritzing toner. I award this 4 stars and I recommend this to all skin types.