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Brand: Clarins / Type: Face Lotion / Contents: 200ml / What it does: Cleanses,

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      12.07.2013 23:58
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      good but not great (3 and 1/2 stars, if that is possible)

      I have been using Clarins skin care products for a little more than six months. I have heard of this brand and I have had friends recommend their products to me but the high prices of their products put a stop to me buying anything from Clarins. However, when I went to University after the holidays, I forgot to bring my cleanser. So, I popped into Debenhams since they tend to do a lot of promotions to try and find some good cleaner. Out of curiosity, I went over to the Clarins counter to ask about their skin care products (the beautician wasn't very enthusiastic in answering my questions but I put it down to her off-putting nature rather than the brand's fault). I finally found my cleanser from Clarins and then I realised that I might as well buy a toner since the one I have is running out. Clarins does this combo pack with both a cleansing milk and a toning lotion for almost the price of time. Since it is a bargain buy, I went for it.


      The combo pack I purchased was for normal or dry skin and the cleansing milk and the toning lotion comes in a white beauty bag. I paid about £20.00 for both of them, which is a bargain considering each one of the products sell for around £17. This review is for the Toning Lotion with Camomile for normal or dry skin. I have a normal skin with an oily T-zone, so I always choose the normal option over the oily option as the latter would make my skin very dry.


      The toning lotion comes in a cylindrical bottle that is lightly opaque, but you can still see into the bottle. The toning lotion itself is yellow in colour and has a soothing sense. The cap is a twisting one and the top of the bottle has a hole of 1 cm in diameter, which in my opinion is not very ideal for a toning product as it tends to dispense a lot of product. I always have to be careful when using it not to spill (although accidents happened a couple of times). The product is alcohol free, which is perfect for me because I don't like the tightening feel of alcohol-based products when I apply them to my face.


      So, what's the verdict? The purpose of a toning lotion is to soften and refresh the skin, making it ready for a moisturising lotion. I use this toning lotion after washing my face with a cleanser. I using a cotton pad, dab the lotion on the cotton pad by carefully tipping the bottle twice and then run it thoroughly on my face. The soothing and refreshing feeling is quite immediate, and after I've put the moisturising lotion on, my skin remains soft and moisturised for a long time.


      However, the downside of this product is that it has a very watery consistency and therefore, it means the product won't last for long. In a way, it is not a true lotion and the runny consistency can sometimes make me think 'is this product really useful or is the effectiveness of this just psychological?'. Nevertheless, I do like using toning lotions and the refreshing feel of the after-product effect. I might buy the combo pack again once this one runs out and I can't find any other toning lotions I would like to switch to.

      All in all, this is a good toning lotion but a little bit pricey (even for a combo pack) without the added effects to balance the bling price tag. Personally, I don't think this product is anything to sing praises about.


      Thank you for reading and reviewing. :) x

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        21.05.2013 09:47
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        Gentle toning lotion with camomile

        Taking care of your skin can be hard work and I find that to get the best results I have to vary my skincare routine. I always use a toner after cleansing and have tried various types to suit different requirements. I bought this Clarins Toning Lotion with Camomile for use over the winter months when my skin seems to be more sensitive due to the weather conditions. I actually managed to get it for free using my Debenhams beauty loyalty reward card points, but it costs RRP £18.00 for a 200ml bottle and is available from most department store beauty counters.

        Product description: "Alcohol-free toner--with gentle Camomile, Alpine Herbs, and Linden extracts--removes every last trace of cleanser, leaving dry or normal skin clean and perfectly radiant. Softens, soothes and smoothes irritations. Also, preps skin for the Clarins treatments that follows."

        Recommended directions for use: "Dampen two small cotton pads with Toning Lotion and lightly sweep over the face, around the eyes and over the neck. Blot dry with a tissue."
        The toner comes in a simple plastic bottle, and the liquid itself is a pale buttery yellow colour. There is a screw-top lid which reveals quire a large opening at the top of the bottle and you simply pour the toner out onto a cotton pad to use.

        Toning is a necessary step between cleansing and moisturising. This Toning Lotion with Camomile is recommended as being suitable for dry and normal skin types. I have an oily T-zone but normal skin elsewhere, and can be prone to small outbreaks of spots and sensitivity. I chose to use this toner throughout winter as my skin needs a slightly different treatment during this time to compensate for the effects of the cold, wet and windy weather conditions. This toner feels very gentle on the skin and is not at all drying unlike some harsher toners which can strip away natural oils from the surface layer. After use my skin feels fully cleansed and is prepared for me to apply my moisturiser or night cream. This toner has a very light scent to it which seems natural and has mostly floral tones. It contains several natural ingredients including alpine herbs, linden and camomile, along with Vitamins B and E which all help to care for your skin by softening, brightening and improving clarity. The only down side is that because it is so gentle it does not seem to close or minimise my naturally open pores, and I often experience a build-up of oiliness over my T-zone as the day wears on.

        Overall I was fairly happy with this Toning Lotion with Camomile, as it was gentle yet effective. The large 200ml bottle has lasted me for around 5 months of daily use which makes the initial purchase price seem a bit more justifiable, however I would be likely to opt for something a little cheaper next time as I have used products from places like The Body Shop which have similar results for a fraction of the price.

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        30.12.2012 17:03
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        A really lovely toner for dry/sensitive skin, it's a shame it costs so much!

        I adhere to my daily skin care routine twice daily and absolutely swear by a good cleanser and toner so, when I received a rather large gift set for Christmas filled with a number of different Clarins products I was particularly keen to try out their cleanser and toner which was included in the set. Clarins are a brand I am familiar with but, due to the price of their products, had no experience with prior to receiving this set. I do, however, know that these are pricey items thus was expecting rather a lot when I went to test out this toning lotion.

        The alcohol free toner comes in two varieties, one with iris for combination/oily skin and one with camomile for normal/dry skin. I do have somewhat dry and very sensitive skin so it was fortunate that my gift set included a bottle of the camomile toner, much better suited to my skin type and the focus of this review.
        A 200ml bottle of this toner costs £17.50 from the likes of Boots, House of Fraser and Debenhams and discounted websites like Cheap Smells sell a larger 400ml bottle for around £25 which is obviously a much better deal. None the less, I've been using the Simple toner with very few complaints for a good few years now and pay a mere £2 per 200ml bottle when I do so meaning, in my opinion at least, this toner is a very expensive one indeed!

        The toner comes in a wide oval shaped plastic clear bottle with white plastic screw on lid. The Clarins logo is displayed clearly on the front along with the relevant information printed in red font. The bottle is very basic looking but still screams expensive just by the word 'Clarins' being written on the front! The clear bottle allows you to easily the see the toner inside which has a yellow tinge to it in colour, rather strange looking and almost a little off putting really considering it slightly resembles a bottle of wee!

        Unscrewing the lid reveals a small circle hole in the top of the bottle about a millimetre wide which allows the toner to be released from the bottle easily without it all gushing out everywhere. The liquid has quite a zesty and refreshing scent to it and lemon can clearly be detected. The scent is not only really nice, but very strong too. It's immediately noticeable as soon as the lid is removed. I will admit this worried me somewhat, I do have very sensitive skin and the strong scent automatically make me assume this would be heavy in perfume hence give me a bad reaction. Luckily this is an alcohol free toner and no such thing has happened.

        The toner is easily transported from the bottle onto my cotton pad with no mess, as it's easy to control how much you let out of the bottle you don't end up wasting the product either. A small amount of the toning lotion is enough to do my entire face and neck and I'm sure this bottle will last me a couple of months even though I do use it twice daily.

        When I used the matching cleanser before this for the first time I was very impressed at how well it worked so I was keen to find out if this would live up to my expectations as much as that did. I'm pleased to report that it really does! The toning lotion really only needs to remove traces of cleanser as that gets rid of the vast majority of dirt and make-up by itself! This does just that but also gets any particularly stubborn bits of eye make-up off as well as missed spots of dirt from creases in my face. And it does this quickly, easily and efficiently. There's no need to keep scrubbing away using cotton pad after cotton pad with this. One quick wipe around the face and neck really is sufficient enough and I don't have to worry about a lengthy routine if I'm running late one morning or am very tired and just want to get in bed one night.

        The good news doesn't stop there, however. Having the toner remove all make-up, dirt and grime easily is one thing but for the price of this I want it do more. And it sure delivers more! My skin is left really soft and subtle after using this. In fact, after using the cleanser and this toner I really don't even feel the need to moisturise and tend to only do so at night just to give my dry skin a bit of a moisture boost whilst I sleep. I get wafts of that zesty scent every now and again for a good couple of hours after toning with this and I've already noticed a clear improvement in the condition of my skin since I started using this less than a week ago! My skin is clearing up very rapidly and blemishes are becoming less noticeable by the day. My skin tone is also now more even than it's ever been. I am prone to those horrid bright red cheeks and chin, now days however these areas of my face are the same tone as the rest of my face.

        I'm very pleased with the results of this toner. It does the expected job of a toner as well as lightly scenting the skin and improving the overall quality of it. It leaves my skin soft and smooth too! It's a lovely product with no negative effects whatsoever, even on my extremely sensitive skin. My only problem with this toning lotion is its price. As I've mentioned, I do use toner twice daily and so I am often replacing bottles. This is why I stick to my Simple toner, at only £2 a bottle and with positive results it means I get adequate results and can afford to keep replacing the product. I couldn't afford to pay £17.50 every time I needed a replacement though. That being said I don't view this as a rip off as such. I do think the results are worth the price and if I could afford to spend this amount when I needed a new bottle of toner then I would, it's just out of price range though. It's definitely one I'll be using to treat myself from time to time when money permits though and will certainly be making its way onto my wish lists for the future.

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          24.09.2011 22:07
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          A brilliant but expensive tonining lotion

          I like to cleanse tone and moisturise religiously to try and keep my skin in good condition. Although I have my favourites I am not particularly loyal to any one brand so I like to try out different ones. Calrins toning lotion is one that I tend to buy quite regularly and I like to change frequently between this and Cliniques clarifying lotion so that my skin doesn't get too used to any one kind.

          The Clarins toning lotion comes in a few different strengths but the one that I use is the one for oily and combination skin. Even though I have sensitive rosacea skin I find that it is gentle enough not to irritate my skin and leave it red and blotchy.

          The actual lotion is green in colour and has quite a grassy herbal smell to it which makes sense as the main ingredients are aloe vera, witch hazel and sage. To use the lotion you just need to pour some on some cotton wool and swipe it over the skin after cleansing. I find that it is quite good at removing any left over cleanser but it is also quite good at removing dirt and make-up in its own right and my cotton wool always comes away with extra dirt that my cleanser has missed.

          It leaves my skin feeling squeaky clean and really refreshed. It does leave my skin feeling a little dry afterwards but a little moisturiser soon sorts that out. The dryness may have something to do with the fact that it really does remove all grease from my skin. After using the toning lotion my skin is left grease free for the entire day and especially in summer I find this toner to be effective at helping to keep my skin matt.

          The toning lotion is on the expensive side and costs nearly £17 for a 200ml bottle but it lasts me for months at a time and because it is so good then I have to say that it is worth it.

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          23.09.2011 15:09
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          Spend on something else!

          Now I'm in my twenties and a mummy I try my hardest to look as good as I did when I was free and single but with the lack of time and money, it's often very difficult to still feel great about myself!

          I would say I have normal to dry skin on my face. I'm not classed as combination skin anymore as although when I was a teenager I did have a slightly greasy t-zone, I don't have that problem now and the only issues I don get are blemish outbreaks at certain times of the month. Slowly though as I'm getting older I am beginning to understand the value of looking after your skin.

          When I was first bought this Clarins Toner it was as a set with an accompanying cleanser (please see previous review). My mum has always had amazing skin and looks fantastic and she swears it's down to the numerous Clarin's potions and lotions she uses! Although I was a teenager at first my mum regulalrly buys me this at Christmas which I do now appreciate!

          I use the dry to normal skin variation which comes with camomile but you can also get one for combination/oily skin or dry/sensitive skin. So there should be one that works for you in there somewhere. The toner itself comes in a 200ml bottle and costs £17 which is horrifically priced in my opinion!

          To apply just dab on to clean and clear skin using cotton wool and wipe to remove dirt and signs of the day-pollution etc. The liquid is a yellow colour and the texture of water so you don't need a lot to be used on the cotton wool as too much will make your skin feel overly greasy.

          The idea is that it softens and soothes and also moisturises all at the same time. My opinion is a little different to this. It doesn't leave my skin feeling any softer than normal if I am honest and soothing? Well it's lovely and cool when applied but that lasts for about a nano-second so nope, thats a big fat red cross too. Moisturise? Well my skin feels hydrated after use yes, but it would feel hydrated after I wiped it with a baby wipe too so just for that £17 is way over the top!

          I wouldn't ever buy this myself but am always very greatful when my mum buys me the sets at Christmas because they do last for a long time as I will only use once a day. The only reason I continue to use this at all is for future prevention. I know I need to look after my skin now if I want to feel as proud of it in years to come as I do now and for that reason now I'm at this age I am prepared to begin the work now! If I can look like my mum does in 20 years then it will be worth it! As for buying it though and using consistantly? Absolutely not. Even for future prevention of aged skin, I can't bring myself to spend £17 on a product that gives me almost no feeling of benefit now. The only benefit I get is feeling 'posh' that I'm using Clarins and for £17 I can live without that!

          My advice-steer clear of this one!

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          01.08.2011 16:09
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          A morning and night essential for me.

          When I was younger I just didn't realise the importance of toning lotion. Now I use it twice a day and just wouldn't be without it.

          I started using this toning lotion when I was given some trial bits and bobs from a local beauty salon. It was a small 10ml tub, which looked absolutely tiny, but I still got about two weeks use out of it, enough to convince me to buy a full sized bottle. they normally retail at £17, but I am quite careful with my money and managed to pick up a brand new bottle on ebay for £10 including postage.

          The toner is a thin watery liquid. The best way to use it I have found is to wash my face with make up remover (when necessary), face wash or scrub and then apply some of this to a bud of cotton wool and wipe it all over the face, including the neck and the forehead. Even though you think you cleaned your face well you still get lots of extra dirt off. That is not the only point of toning, it is merely a bonus! You only need a tiny bit on a piece of cotton wool and it really goes a long way. Sometimes toner stings to the touch on the face but this is never too harsh and more of just a mild feeling. It normally feels very cool and refreshing.

          The idea of toner is, once the other products have cleared your pores, this seals them closed so minimal dirt gets in during the day and it makes you skin feel tighter too, so gives it a much better experience. I have to say this toner is really amazing. It does all of this as well as making my face feel clean, and fresh all day. It manages to give it a shiney glow, without making it shiney as in greasy. It makes my skin look so much healthier. This is a long term effect too, it does not wear off during the day.

          I could not possibly go without this toner now, it is well worth the higher price tag. I use it morning and night and have absolutely no complaints.

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          09.04.2011 08:46
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          lovely product but would have to be a present due to the price

          When my husband had a recent stay in hospital they were giving away free samples of clarins products so he brought me some home to try, one of these products was the clarins toner. You can purchase the clarins toner at Debenhams, Boots and a lot of online stores for about £17.00 for 200ml, there are two different toners one of which is green and is for combination or oily skin and the other is yellow and is for dry or normal skin. I personally have dry to normal skin and have been trying the yellow toner.

          The sample toner is a 10ml bottle and is simply a miniature version of the larger size, the bottle is made from plastic but it is not cheap and flimsy, like a lot of cosmetic bottles and actually feels like it has some strength to it. The bottle has an oval base and smooth sides which all contributes to the look of it, the bottle is transparent so that you can see the product inside and then there is a white top which you have to turn to get off but just clips back into place after use. On the front of the bottle is the clarins logo with French writing underneath and then the English further under that stating toning lotion alcohol free with chamomile, for anyone interested the other toner for combination or oily skin contains iris. On the back of the bottle there is a lot more writing all off which is in another language except for the wording "for normal or dry skin, use morning and evening.

          On opening the bottle there is nothing to dispense the product just quite a large opening at the top of the bottle so you do have to be careful not to pour out too much product, unfortunately I am not keen on the smell of this and to me it has a hint of zoflora the cleaning product, the green toner smells much nicer just not for my skin type. I have been using the toner with a cotton wool pad and it soaks into the pad nicely so you don't need a lot of the product at a time, smoothing this across my face it feels fresh and doesn't have any stickiness which I have found in previous products I have used. I really like this product, it leaves my face soft and feeling fresh and clean which obviously is what you want from your skincare regime, my only issue with the product is the price as I have found other products that do the job for much less so I think this range of products is going to be on the birthday list.

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            28.03.2011 23:30
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            Light and refreshing

            If you've read my previous review you'll know that on a recent visit to Debenhams on Oxford Street I received a free skin consultation at the Clarins counter. I was a little reluctant to buy the recommended products straightaway as they come with quite a hefty price tag and so I was delighted when I received a bag of "mini treats" containing samples of each of the products suggested. The final one of these was the "Toning lotion" which I shall now review.

            To be honest prior to writing this review I didn't really know what the role of a toner was. My skin care regime includes cleansing, exfoliating and moisturising; along with applying a face mask a couple of times a week. I thought that with my routine I'd covered all bases. A little research shed some light on this for me. A toner is designed to cleanse the skin (isn't this what a cleanser does?) and shrink the appearance of pores. It should be used after a cleanser but before moisturising.

            I have fairly normal skin - not too dry and not too oily and the toner recommended for me was the one for normal to dry skin, containing chamomile. They also do one for oily/combination skin. I was also pleased to note that the toner does not contain alcohol as this can be quite drying and the addition of chamomile makes it seem like it will be quite gentle on the skin.

            Looking for further information on the website I learnt that the toner also contains vitamins A, B and E which act to improve skin quality and the chamomile's role is to soften the skin. The toner itself comes in a transparent plastic bottle and the sample I received contained 10ml of product, which was enough to use morning and night for around two weeks. A full sized bottle contains 200ml and retails at around £16, which I consider quite expensive.

            The liquid inside the bottle is a pale yellow colour. One criticism of the packaging is that the text on the bottle is white and as the liquid inside the bottle is a fairly light colour this makes the text quite difficult to read, unless held up to the light or by placing something darker behind the bottle.

            The lid on the bottle is one that you twist to open. This reveals a fairly large hole through which to dispense the toner. I used this toner morning and night, as recommended on the bottle, after I had cleansed my skin (with the Clarins cleanser). To use, I placed a cotton pad over the hole and tipped the bottle upside down to place some toner on it. This brings me onto my second criticism. The liquid is very thin and runny and makes me question why it's called a lotion - lotions usually have a thicker and creamier consistency - this is more like water! The 'liquidness' means that it runs out of the bottle easily and the fairly large hole through which the toner is dispensed makes it difficult to control the flow, which inevitably means that I release more toner than intended. I thought perhaps that this was a feature of the mini trial sized version, but reading other reviews online indicates that the full-sized bottle also has a fairly large spout! It would be better in my opinion if there was a plastic covering over the spout which contained a smaller hole through which to pass the toner.

            Continuing on, I wiped the cotton pad over my face and neck. I was pleased to note that the toner was not at all greasy and that it also had a pleasant smell, which I can only describe as light and sweet. My skin immediately felt quite cool and refreshed, but I wouldn't say that this effect was particularly long lasting - 30 seconds at the most. I can see that using this product on a hot summers day would be quite pleasant and refreshing. Luckily, I don't have any noticeable pores on my face that need shrinking so I can't comment on how good the toner is in this respect.

            Overall I think this is a nice enough product. I think the packaging needs to improve somewhat to make it easier to read and also easier to control the flow of the product. I like the sensation it has on my skin and could definitely see myself investing in one for the summer, however given the price and niggles with the packaging, it is unlikely to be the Clarins one, unless someone very generously gives me one as a gift!

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              27.03.2011 12:52
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              Good, but nothing outstanding.

              Recently I wrote about my experience with Clarins Cleansing Milk and as I bought it alongside the toning lotion as part of a duo, I felt I should tell you about that too!

              Clarins make three different toning lotions - the one I have is the toning lotion for camomile which is for Normal or Dry skin. There is also a toning lotion with iris for combination/oily skin and finally the 'Extra-Comfort' toning lotion which is for dry or sensitive skin.

              The toning lotion does not contain alcohol which is a huge plus point for me, as having dry skin I find that alcohol based toners worsen the problem and leave my skin feeling tight. As well as containing camomile which is softening, this also contains alpine herbs, linden, bi-ecolia and vitamins A, B and E which help improve the quality of the skin.

              The toning lotion comes in a clear bottle through which you can see the yellow liquid, and has a white lid with a gold band and white writing adorning the front. It is the same, flat shaped bottle that the cleanser comes in and the two bottles do compliment each other when stood side by side. Like the cleanser, I feel that there is little other than the Clarins name and the flash of gold on the lid to make this stand out as a premium product.

              Another gripe I have with the bottle, is simply that it's not entirely practical. It has a twist off lid, which is removed to reveal a short neck with a rather too large hole through which the product is dispensed. Clarins may call this a lotion, but it is in fact nothing of the sort, it's a liquid and I find that frequently too much runs out of the bottle at once - not great considering this is quite a pricey product. I actually started using this around three-four weeks after the cleanser since I was still using up the remains of my last toner. Despite this, the cleanser and toner have equal amounts of product left in them - which indicates this toner is being used up more quickly than the cleanser is. I'm pretty sure that's down to the hole in the bottle being too wide.

              The leaflet that came with my duo did not give any instructions for use for the toner - only the cleanser. As the cleansing method had been slightly odd (in my opinion anyway), I consulted the internet and found that the Clarins website advises applying to two cotton wool pads, sweeping over the face and blotting with a tissue. I admit I only applied it that way the first few times, now I just rub over my skin using one cotton wool pad, as I feel two is a waste.

              As mentioned the product has a liquid consistency and it is yellow in colour. It has a very faint floral scent to it which is pleasant, but not really noticeable once the product is applied to the skin.

              I use this immediately after cleansing and the first thing I notice as it hits my skin is how cooling and soothing it feels. The fact that Clarins advise to blot the skin with a tissue after use may lead you to think that this will leave a sticky residue, but it doesn't so I normally miss out this step as I feel it unnecessary.

              I find that the toner leaves my skin comfortable and not at all tight, and leaves it feeling clean after the use of the creamy cleanser. Any traces of make-up or cleanser that have been left on my skin are wiped away by this toner and can be seen on the pad, which gives me satisfaction that my skin is as clean as it could be.

              I always find it quite difficult to say whether a toner is actually improving the tone of my skin, but with this one I do find that immediately after use, my skin does seem brighter and fresher looking, when used in conjunction with the matching cleanser. To be honest though the results do not stand out as being fantastic - and for the price of this stuff, fantastic is what I would expect. There is very little difference between this and the £3.99 toners I have used in the past, as far as I can tell.

              I bought this as part of a duo for £17.99 which I feel was a bargain as individually the cleanser and toner cost £17 each from Boots. The bottles are 200ml which is a fairly good size, although as noted earlier in the review, I feel the wide opening on the neck of the bottle means that the toner is used up quicker than the cleanser.

              Currently the Duo pack is available from www.cheapsmells.com for £19.99, which is still quite a saving on buying the products individually.

              Although this is a good product, I'm not sure I would buy it again at the £17 price as I feel it's too much for a toner, but should I find the duo set at a bargain price again, I would be happy to give it another try.

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              A great way to look after your skin

              I have recently reviewed the Clarins Cleansing Milk where I expressed my dissatisfaction with high street cleansing/toning/face mask products and even those that are meant to compliment each other - like a Clarins cleanser and tone for example, but a high street brand like Simple. Although they're considerably cheaper, they never left my skin feeling that great and I never found one so good that I would buy it twice which left me 'product hopping' for quite some time. Despite this, I found that the products never really lasted that long and you always had to apply a lot for it to take effect - thats if it has any effect at all, that is. But most of the time my face was left feeling and looking... Not that great. At around £15 some people may consider it a little pricey, as I did at first, but rest assured it is totally worth every penny!

              I came across Clarins by accident when my mother was purchasing some of their make up. I hadn't taken much notice before but I managed to get a cheeky sample of one of their products (it was a while ago now and can't remember the name!) and I really liked it which introduced me to their range. I was a little unsure at first though as the prices are a little higher than what I'm used to, but I've since found they are fully justified by the products themselves. The Clarins counters can be found in most Boots stores and department stores like John Lewis and Debenhams, as well as online. This product comes in a 250ml frosted bottle with the classic Clarins logo an product description that always looks classy. It has a very neutral smell which I like as some of these products can be overpowering. Being quite a large bottle, the product lasts a good 6 months before I need to buy a new one.

              I tend to use this product after firstly removing my make up with a water based face wipe, followed by Clarins cleansing milk which removes any excess make up that may be left on my skin. I then dab some product onto a cotton pad and apply to my whole face, excluding my eyes.

              I love how this product leaves my skin feeling. I always feel so refreshed and my face just has a clean feeling which I haven't found with any other toning product. It just feels great and almost like it is beaming. It leaves my skin looking glowing and healthy. I have found it stops breakouts of spots etc on my skin which I am prone to, but I don't use it everyday as I feel it may be too strong for daily use simply because it does such a good job I feel the contents of the product must be quite strong and I don't want to over do it. Finally, I use a Clarins Normal to Combination skin type moisturiser, which finishes off the job great and leaves me with smooth feeling, healthy looking skin. Perfect!

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              14.06.2009 16:28
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              Lovely toner for sensitive/combination skin.

              Clarins Toning Lotion for Combination / Oily Skins is a gem of a product. How can you be enthusiastic about a Toner?? Well, if you've tried some of those which dry your skin out horribly, you will love the gentle, tender touch of this toner. I use it in conjunction with the Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser (or occasionally the Melt Gel) and follow it up with the Multi Active Day or Night Cream. I have normal / comb / sensitive skin and this skin care regime keeps it under control. If I deviate away from any of these products, my skin protests.

              At around £14 per bottle, it may seem a little pricey, however, as with all the other Clarins products that I use, it does last a long time. I regularly go for Clarins facials too and a really nice touch is that they warm the toner by placing the bottle in a bowl of hot water so that when it is applied it smells divine and feels really comforting on your skin. A nice wee touch for doing an at-home facial.

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              22.05.2009 16:54

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              A great product but should be used in combination with the right cleanser and moisturiser

              I used Clarins Toner for combination or oily skin for many years in combination with the cleanser with gentain and Clarins SPF moinsturiser. I found this to be a perfect blend for my skin and this was the solution which finally got rid of my teenage acne after years of trying much harsher remedies.

              This is a refreshing, gentle and balancing toner with a nice smell. It is just astringent enough for oily skin without being irritating at all.

              Clarins products can seem relatively expensive to buy, however they do work and you need only use a very small amount of each product. I reccommed visiting a Clarins counter before you first try this product, as they can advise you on the best item for you and advise you on how to use it. I have found them to be genuinely knowledable and do not try to sell you anything you don't need.

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              27.02.2009 16:30
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              Best toner I've tried, bar none!

              I first tried Clarins Toning Lotion when I received it among a range of free Clarins samples after a facial. It is fairly reasonably priced in my opinion - when you consider that Clarins is one of the top skincare brands - as 200ml costs £14.19 and a bottle will last you for months.

              You can buy it from the Clarins website or from House of Fraser or Fenwick. I would advise you not to buy it online unless you have already tried it as it is better to discuss your skin type with an assistant to ensure you buy products that are right for you. Also, Clarins assistants are usually very good at giving you a free sample to take home and try before you purchase a full size bottle to make sure that you like the product which is another bonus.

              I use the Clarins products alongside regular Clarins facials and in my opinion they are the best skincare products around - and I have tried them all from Creme de la Mer downwards (I am not keen on Creme de la Mer actually, but that's another story!) and this is the range I would recommend the most highly to anyone.

              It comes in a frosted plastic bottle with a white screw off lid. As with all the Clarins products, the packaging is simple yet effective - classically understated I would say. You screw off the lid, plug the open bottle with a cotton wool pad or ball and tip it upside down to dampen the cotton wool with toner, then sweep the cotton wool across the face. You can blot with a tissue afterwards if you wish, but I have never found this to be necessary.

              This product is suitable for normal to dry skin.

              According to Clarins, it removes all traces of cleanser and stimulates and refreshes the skin while maintaining its natural pH and moisture level. It leaves skin perfectly clean and ready for the next skincare step. I would definitely agree that it does what it claims to so I am a very happy customer and think with this product my £14.19 is well spent!

              It contains lots of active ingredients: bio-ecolia (to preserve the skin's natural balance), alpine herbs (to soften), linden (to refresh and soothe, camomile (to soften) and vitamins A, B and E (to improve skin quality). Quite a cocktail - and a very effective one at that!

              In my experience this product is fantastic, and it does everything it claims to. It leaves my skin feeling refreshed and completely cleansed. No matter how thoroughly I cleanse it I always get grime or leftover makeup on the cotton wool I use for toning, which says it all. Because of this, I would never use cleanser without toner now, as I know it does not get all of the muck of my face so I would not feel properly clean without using it. It is much less harsh than the other toners I have tried and it does not sting at all. It has a very pleasant and refreshing fragrance that it both light and invigorating and it never leaves my skin feeling oily after application. My skin feels softer too which is brilliant. Before I tried this product I always thought toning was a pointless skincare step, but now I know it only felt like that because I had not found a toner that actually worked on my skin.

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              17.06.2002 03:55
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              I was first introduced to clarins products after being given a voucher for a facial by a friend. After leaving the salon looking and feeling like a million dollars I decided to be rash and head for the posh make-up counters and spend some dosh. I have to say that of all the Clarins products I now use the GENTIAN TONER for combination/oily skin is a winner. It smells georgeous, and makes your skin feel really clean. It is not at all harsh or drying, and after a couple of weeks people started commenting on how lovely my skin was and asking what I used. It might seem expensive but the bottle lasts a long time. My advice - Treat yourself, and see the difference.

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                01.10.2001 01:11
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                Plant extracts and natural ingredients make items that you are going to put on your face - or anywhere else on your body for that matter, both gentle and effective. Chemicals harm the skin generally - and most cleansers - and especially toners add alcohol in order to both dry, and fill the bottle up quite honestly. Clarins skin care range is designed to meet the general needs of your skin - whatever its type, and that is exactly what they do. The one that I use is for combination/dry skin, and I have tried them all, yet this is effective, and not too expensive for a brand name at about £14 per large 200ml bottle. Just give it a try - ask them for the best product for you and you will not be sorry, you will use it til its gone. And I don;t know about you but I think thats rare when it comes to facial products.

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                Clarins Toning Lotion With Iris / Alcohol-free toner with purifying Iris and Sage extracts removes every last trace of cleanser, leaving oily-prone skin clean and perfectly radiant / Tones and tightens pores while helping normalise surface oils / Preps skin for the Clarins treatments that follows / Skin Type: Oily, Combination.