Although I don't use a toner every day I always have toner in my beauty cupboard as I do think it is an important part of looking after your skin. I have not used many Champneys products previously and think this is probably due to the fact that they are not as widely available as some others. I had this as a gift from a friend who had been to one of the Champneys health spa's where she had bought quite a few items and said she had them for a good price. I have since looked this up and you can get it online from Champneys and also Boots now for around £7.50 although you can get it cheaper from Ebay.
I would say that I have always looked after my skin and do use cleanser, toner and moisturiser although the toner not as much so 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.
This 200ml toner is hypo-allergenic and it contains fragrant rose water, cucumber extract, aloe vera, glycerine and Vitamin E. It says on the bottle that it is gentle conditioning toner for normal to dry skin.
To use this toner I pump it once or twice onto a cotton wool pad after cleansing and then gently wipe it over my face and neck. You do need to make sure that the cotton wool is in place before you pump the bottle to catch the toner as it is liquid. As I use cleanser first 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 has a fresh and slightly floral smell which is light and refreshing.
Its 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 five minutes or so before applying moisturiser or night cream as if I do it too quickly I feel that it doesn't absorb so well.
I think this is a lovely gentle toner that I will continue to use to complete my skin care and I would buy it again as long as I could get it at a good price, although I would say that a 200ml size would probably last me for around four to six months so even at full price it still works out at good value.
I recently spent a lovely weekend at the Champneys Spa and they have a little shop there where you can purchase lots of Champneys goodies. Unfortunately they are not at discounted prices but I needed a new toner and after having a lovely facial there the day before I decided to try one of their toners as I liked the way my face felt after the facial.
The facial toner they had on sale was this Spa Skin gentle conditioning toner for normal to dry skin. I purchased a 200ml bottle for £7.50 which I thought was a good price but then I was a bit disappointed to find it on sale in Boots for £5 but oh well, I like the toner so I'm still glad I bought it.
On the back of the bottle it says, "Our therapists always say that establishing a good cleansing routine is the very best basis for healthy, radiant skin. Toner just doesn't refresh your skin, it hydrates and helps to reduce the size of your pores. Our soothing formula blends fragrant rose water, cucumber extract, aloe vera, glycerine and vitamin E, so it gently conditions, refines and moisturises, leaving your skin soft and supple."
The toner comes in a really nice looking, good quality bottle, like all Champneys products do although I find the top dispenser a bit unusual for a toner. Most toners I have used before just have a screw top lid that allows you to put the cotton wool pad over the top to soak up the liquid but this bottle has a pump action so you literally squirt the liquid out onto the cotton pad. I found it a bit tricky to begin with as I would squirt the liquid too far and miss the cotton wool pad but now I have gotten used to it and know where to place the pad and it soaks up the liquid well with just a couple of squirts.
The toner is then really easy to sue because all you do is sweep it all over your face avoiding the eye area. When I rub the pad over my skin I get a really nice instant cooling sensation and my skin feels nice and clean and tight but does not sting in any way like you get with some toners. You can really smell the rose water in this toner, it's quite a strong fragrance but in a nice way, the rose is really nice and fragrant and it feels like I am really cleaning my skin with it. Afterwards I have a really nice fresh face and then can put some moisturiser on before I go to bed, feeling like I have really prepared my skin for nighttime.
I think my skin looks lighter and cleaner and a bit more brighter after using this toner so I will definitely continue to use it and I'm happy to recommend it.
Champneys Spa offer a range of beauty essentials including bath products, skin care and electrical beauty.
~Gentle Conditioning Toner~
Skin type - normal to dry skin.
Toning is the second step of any good skincare routine after cleansing and before moisturising. Champneys Toner is formulated with cucumber extract, rose water, Vitamin E, glycerine and aloe vera. It should be applied using a cotton pad. Champneys promise refreshed and soft skin which is also hydrated and supple.
This toner is presented in a tall, lilac coloured plastic bottle. The bottle has all the relevant product information printed on it. The toner is dispensed through a pump applicator which is located under the secure lid. The bottle can be recycled and this product has a 24 month shelf life.
~Price and Availability~
Your local Boots is likely to stock this alongside their website www.boots.com. The Champneys website www.champneys.com also offer this tone. Expect to pay around £7.00 for a 200ml sized bottle.
When I changed my skin care regime a few months ago, I stopped using my usual products and moved on to a No7 cleansing balm and moisturiser. Whilst my skin was great for a while, I noticed it didn't seem as bright as it did when I used to use a toner as well. I still had an open bottle of Champneys toner which I had bought at the start of the year so re-introduced this back into my daily routine.
I was actually introduced to Champneys by my Mum and whilst I am not crazy on the bath and body products that they offer, I do like this toner. I have sensitive and dry skin so I have to be careful what I am using to avoid reactions. I feel £7.00 is a fair price to pay for this product as it does last incredibly well. Dispensing the toner can be a little fiddly so I would recommend placing a cotton pad at the dispensing hole and pressing down once or twice to soak it - this avoids leakages! The toner is of course liquid based and the main ingredient is water. It is a little oily hence why it is suitable for those who have normal/dry skin.
The scent of this toner is pleasant and not too strong. It doesn't smell chemical laden or like alcohol. It is a simple, fresh floral scent which is nice enough. I use Asda cotton pads to apply my toner and these work well though a regular cotton ball would suffice. I cleanse my skin either with a face wash or cleansing milk or on lazy days, a cleansing wipe. I apply this toner directly afterwards.
I often associate toners with leaving my skin feeling tight but this toner is very gentle on the skin. Two pumps of liquid is sufficient to coat my skin and leave it looking 'damp'. The toner sweeps across the skin effortlessly and is instantly refreshing. It does tingle a little but it is more of a fresh tingle than a reaction tingle if that makes sense. Applying this in the morning, my skin is refreshed for the day ahead. It feels soft and smooth and looks healthy without being shiny. It is definitely more hydrating than other toners I have used. I do not need to slather on day cream - only a slick is needed and that is mainly to keep my dry skin under control.
In the evening, this toner is excellent to use. Whilst my cleanser removes the majority of make up/daily dirt, I do find it beneficial to use this toner to wipe away the remains. The soothing scent is great for evening use in my opinion as it doesn't linger on my skin. Whilst the Champneys website do not claim that this toner removes make up traces, it does actually do this and clears my pores. My skin feels clean, refreshed and soothed before bedtime and the evidence of pore 'cleaning' is clear to see on my cotton pad!
This Champneys toner is great. It is very gentle and perks up my skin leaving it healthy and bright. It can be accommodated into any skin care routine and is definitely worth a try. I love the way it leaves my skin feeling. I use it around my eye area but not across my eyes. I have witnessed no irritation from this product and it is definitely one of the most gentle toners I have ever used. It is worth the money and I can recommend it.
Thanks for reading x
=== The product ===
This is a conditioning toner from Champneys. Champneys is a company selling luxury spa products and offering spa stays in their resorts. They offer numerous products with everything from skincare products to bath products available.
=== The packaging ===
This toner comes provided in a plastic bottle which has a press down pump dispenser and there is a thick plastic lid that protects the toner from being released when not needed. The lid comes off simply, whether I have wet hands or not, and the pump releases quite a lot of toner when pressed just once. The packaging is strong enough not to become damaged when bashed around in my cleansing products box which is always a plus point for me.
=== How to use ===
I squirt one or two pumps on to a cotton wool pad and then rub across my face in a circular upwards motion. I use this on my face and neck and despite the bottle stating to avoid the delicate eye area I usually just use this on my whole face and keep my eyes closed when I rub the cotton wool pad over them. I haven't suffered any adverse effects doing this and my eyes have not become sore or anything like that.
=== The price ===
This can be purchased, in a 200ml bottle, for £7.50 from Boots stores and the Boots website. There are frequent special offers and you can also purchase this from the Champneys website, with free delivery available subject to a minimum spend.
=== Overall opinion ===
I am a huge fan of Champneys, my home is full of almost every Champneys product you can buy, and when my husband bought me a Champneys skincare set earlier this year I was suddenly converted to using their products on my face too! I have been using the cleansing milk, this toner and a moisturiser twice a day now for several weeks and my face and skin looks so much better because of it. I have been receiving lots of compliments for a while about how I 'look well' and hadn't really thought much of it until recently when it dawned on me that maybe it was my face that was looking more 'well' than before as my skin was less dry and patchy looking and generally just smoother and more fresh!
This toner is absolutely brilliant. I pump some on to the cotton wool and brush it across my face and almost instantly I just feel cleaner, fresher and nicer overall. This toner is made using a variety of different ingredients including cucumber extract (which I am not a fan of), however, I could not actually detect this at all in the ingredients and only knew about it when ordering another bottle from the Boots website recently.
I have been very pleased with the results from using this toner. As I am using a combination of Champneys products I have noticed a huge chance in the quality of my skin. I am no longer suffering from combination dry and oily skin and instead people are constantly telling me how good my skin looks so the difference must be noticeable to others as well.
The toner works well after I have used the cleansing milk and helps to leave my skin feeling soft, smooth, cleansed and refreshed. I do not find that this toner has a strong smell instead it just makes me feel like I'm cleaner and my husband is always commenting on how lovely my face smells now.
Bargain! Half price Champneys products in Sainsbury's, so I stocked up on all my facial toner / cleansers etc.. Then what happens they stop selling Champneys! I had no idea they were on special because they were discontinuing them, I was miffed as I had only discovered these products a year ago. After tightening our belts out went my favourites of Origins, Burt's Bees and Clarins in came Champneys as I felt they were still a luxury brand but at half the price (when full price even cheaper when they were on offer). I loved most of the products I tried from the range so I am gutted.
I think I only paid about £3 for a bottle containing 200ml which will last me approximately 6 months. The bottle dispenses the toner by pump. I can't stand pump containers as I feel you can not have full control over how much of the product you want at a time. Also when you get near the end it's frustrating getting every last drop out as you can not leave upside down to get the last drops out. The only plus points is that this pump bottle actually lets you unscrew the pump to the container and it's a clear bottle so you can see exactly how much toner you have left.
Once dispensed quite easily on to a piece of cotton wool I can really smell an orange fragrance which is a little annoying as no where on the front of the bottle does it say anything about it being fragranced and orange isn't my favourite smell so I recommend you avoid if you hate this scent. It also has a slight mineral smell about it and feel on my skin. At this point I thought I should read the blurb on the back of the bottle which I didn't do in the shop and yes it does indeed state about invigorating orange flower water and mineral rich natural spring water.
So once on the cotton wool I then wipe over my freshly cleansed face (Champneys cleansing milk). It feels like water and to be honest I don't see a lot of dirt once I've finished on the cotton wool that I get with other brands, whether this is because the cleanser has done such a good job I'm not sure but unfortunately combined with the scent of this toner I wouldn't buy again. It did leave my skin feeling clean, fresh and a little soft ready for me to apply moisturiser.
So where can I get hold of replacements (for my cleanser at least) once I've run out? Well I have only just recently spotted them in Boots, obviously they wanted to sell through them there rather than Sainsbury's. They have been revamped in different packaging. So although I can get hold of them my little Boots store is yet to stock the full facial range but have seen them online at £7.50 way more than the couple of pounds I paid but at least I can collect Boots advantage card points or buy them using my points.
Overall disappointing but value for money at the price I paid.
Champneys Skin Conditioning Gentle Toner:
I wrote this a while ago to go with the cleanser and moisturiser review but it would appear that I didn't post it before I deleted it! So I writing it again, hehe.
As regular readers of my reviews will know, I am a huge fan of Champneys products and this fabulous toner is no exception.
Like all the Champneys products I have tried, the packaging on this Toner is very simple but I think it looks stylish and attractive. The bottle is clear allowing you to see the amount of product that is left which is really handy. The rest of the design of the bottle is in pink and gold. I think this would look great in any bathroom or on any dressing table. I know the packaging shouldn't be important but I do like things to look nice as well as being practical.
The 200ml plastic bottle has a pump at the top to make dispensing the product easy and to reduce waste. I find these pumps are really good and although a little stiff at first they are easy to control and the lock on them works well meaning the bottles travel well.
To use the toner you dispense a generous amount of the toner onto cotton wool and wipe over your face and neck in upwards motions. Toners are supposed to condition the skin after cleansing and prepare it for moisturising. I find this toner really does a good job of removing any trace of make-up that may be left after cleansing and leaves my skin feeling soft and refreshed and my complexion much more even.
I seriously love the smell of this toner; it has orange blossom water, glycerine and sea-spring water in it and the scent is so delicate and fresh. I don't normally like citrus fragrances but this has that white flower edge to it which I really love.
Reading the ingredients on the back this does have some of those pesky chemically sounding ingredients in including parabens which I know some people like to avoid. I am willing to forgive them because of how well this product works.
I would recommend this to anyone as it works so well and at £7.50 it isn't expensive and is fantastic value for money in my opinion. This is available from champneys.com or from Boots.