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Some months ago I felt like a change in my night-time cleansing and toning routine. Let's call it boredom. So, on a shopping trip to replenish my bathroom cabinet stocks I found myself examining the wares on the Decleor counter in a local department store. I had noticed previously that this counter always had an impressive look about it - clinical looking and orderly. The published policy of this company includes a statement that it "combines the purest, most potent and natural ingredients". This seemed a reasonable place to seek out something new. The "Lait Démaquillant" and the "Lotion Tonifiante" were recommended for my skin type and so I left the store clutching a bottle of each.
The idea of a toning lotion which contained lavender, kiwi, petitgrain, orange, lime-tree and mallow extracts sounded very appealing. I adore any cosmetic or toiletry product which contains lavender - not only for that distinctive, restful fragrance but for the impressive range of benefits this plant provides. It has anti-septic, anti-inflammatory properties and helps to soothe and heal skin. Mallow too, is a favourite ingredient of mine. This plant also has healing and soothing properties. Orange oil has been described as nourishing and hydrating by some skin-care companies. Petitgrain essential oil is extracted from the leaves of the bitter orange plant and this is said to be useful in treating greasy skin. Lime tree essential waters will soothe the skin. Kiwi fruit contains a high level of vitamins C and E and so can contribute to skin moisture and also has antioxidant properties. This content list seemed very promising.
The bottle (250ml) is a simple and attractive tear-drop shape and is easy to hold. The small dispenser insert in the bottle top allows you to squeeze or shake a very small amount at a time onto a cotton pad. The transparent bottle is a pretty pale shade of pink but the liquid is so pale as to appear almost colourless. The smell surprised me. I had expected lavender to be the dominant scent and at first I found it difficult to identify the fairly strong, herbal smells from the bottle. Then I remembered that distinctive aroma - it reminded me of orange flower water. Not sweet, not floral but fresh.
One of the claims made by the manufacturer is that this toning lotion will "complete the effective removal of make-up and impurities from the skin". I have no way of measuring the removal of impurities but it certainly does remove last traces of make-up. After using the cleansing lotion thoroughly - or so I had thought - I was amazed at the colour of the cotton pad after using this toning lotion. Very make-up coloured! It was extremely effective in getting the last remains of make-up removed. There is a lovely cool, clean feeling when you are actually using the lotion and then, for me at least, a very slightly tingly sensation as the lotion is evaporating. I was a little less enthusiastic about the way my skin felt after the lotion had dried. I thought there was a feeling of tightness in my skin. This product does not contain alcohol so you might expect it to be quite gentle - in fact it is recommended by Decleor as being suitable for all skin types. I wondered if it was just not gentle enough for my needs. I persevered with it and now after a few months of use I can give a more rounded opinion. My skin has remained clear, blemish-free and appears very fresh and healthy looking. The promise of a refreshed complexion is delivered without a doubt, and of course very clean skin is the best foundation (if you'll pardon the pun) for any skin-care routine. I noticed as the year progressed that I felt differently about the lotion in different seasons. In hot, sticky weather - either in England or while abroad in warmer climes - the feeling of freshness was lovely. In winter I liked the feeling rather less. I felt that the toner was just a little too ....how can I describe it....robust when my skin was in need of a gentler approach.
I have friends who are keen to know about the presence of parabens in cosmetics and they may be pleased to learn that Decleor promise "Minimal use of Parabens" in their products. However, I must concede that this does not help anyone with an allergy to these components as they are present in this lotion.
A list of ingredients can be found on the rear of the bottle but the print is extremely small. The bottle is clear and coloured and the content is also clear and this combination forms the background which makes it really difficult to read the information. Decleor's website has an information page which lists the active botanical ingredients of this product but this is by no means a complete list of ingredients. So if the ingredients are important to you, you will have to get out your magnifying glass!
So will Decleor's Tonifying Lotion take over as a permanent resident in my bathroom cabinet? Maybe not. I have used other products which have suited my skin better. I would recommend anyone with normal to oily skin to at least give this product a try. For anyone with a more sensitive or dry skin I would suggest asking for a sample before purchase or maybe trying another product from the range designed for sensitive skin.
The recommended price for a 250ml bottle of the Tonifying Lotion is £19.00. I wouldn't call this cheap but it is a quality product. You may be able to get the product for less from some outlets but please be aware of a warning currently being issued by Decleor on their UK website - that counterfeit goods with the 'Decleor' label are currently being offered for sale in the UK.
(NB: this review has appeared previously on other sites under the same username.)
I only stumbled upon Decleor products very recently when I colleague at work recommended their products to me. I treated myself to the Neroli oil in the first instance which is lovely and then went on to try the cleanser and the toner.
I bought the toner online. I did a search for the cheapest prices and found an online company called Cheapsmells.com. The price for the Tonifying Lotion 250ml was priced at £12.95 from them which is by far the cheapest I have found it. If you are a fan of Decleor products, please check out this company as they sell all Decleor products at a much cheaper price than anywhere else. They are based in Guernsey and I have purchased quite a few products from them and have found their service to be excellent.
Anyway, on to the product. The toner is a pretty pink colour in an attractively shaped bottle with a flip top. The smell is very pleasant and fresh and feels nice on your skin. I have always thought toners aren't really necessary as I tend to use a cleanser and then moisturiser. However, experts seem to recommend that you should use a toner as well, so I thought I would give this one a try.
All in all I would say this is a nice product with a nice smell (some Decleor products such as the Nutriboost Divine Moisturiser and the Decleor hand cream both smell unpleasant to me but my friend loves the smell so I suppose it depends on the individual.)
I have been using Decleor products for a few years since being introduced to them at my beauticians. They are fairly pricey by my standards but a little goes a long way so I feel that I get my money's worth.
This toner comes in a large bottle with a flip top lid so there is no danger of it getting lost when you open the bottle. I use a very small amount on my face and neck after using Decleor cleansing milk as recommended on the product. The product is a nice pink colour, it smells lovely and natural due to its essential oils, and it soaks into my skin easily leaving it feeling soft and fresh and clean, with none of the tight feeling that some more astringent toners have. I have quite sensitive skin and have never had an adverse reaction to a Decleor product and there is a definite improvement in the appearance of my skin when using them.
I have been using Decleor products for around 5 years after being introduced to them during a facial treatment while I was pregnant with my first child.
They are natural products that use essential oils as the base of all their treatments.
Decleor specialises in facial treatments but also they do a range of tanning products, self-tanning products, body treatments, hand and nails treatments as well as shower and bath gels.
They are what could be described as a mid-range product in price and performance.
Comes in a 250ml plastic bottle and is a light pink liquid. It is made from essential oils and essential waters including mallow, kiwi and orange.
This is available to buy from around £15.00 and should last you around 6 months using it twice a day as recommended.
****How to use it****
After thoroughly cleansing the skin it should be placed on a cotton pad and wiped gently over the face and neck, be careful of the eye area. After the toner has dried moisturiser should be applied.
A VERY light fresh and pleasant smell.
Does a very good job of removing any last traces of impurities on the skin such as oil or make up leaving it feeling clean and fresh. Makes the skin very slightly tingle with cleanliness and is gentle enough to use on delicate or sensitive skin. My skin is oily in places and it seems to remove the grease and oil particularly well also.