“ Brand: ESPA / Type: Toner / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types / What it does: Hydrates, Refreshes, „
I'm not one for using toner on a regular basis, mainly because I tend to forget, but I made an effort to use it every day when I received a sample of ESPA Hydrating Floral Spafresh - which is a toner, although it has a fancy name.
I mentioned in my review of the ESPA 24 Hour Replenishing Moisturiser just how much I love the smell of spas. It's a slightly floral scent, but really I just think of it as the scent of spas - it smells of luxury products, beautiful skin, and relaxation. The ESPA moisturiser had delivered this scent to me at home, and I was keen to find out if the Hydrating Floral Spafresh would as well.
I wasn't disappointed. As soon I opened the lovely little glass bottle, of which I've had two now, a wonderful calming floral scent drifted out. I've used some nice toners in the past, but most of them have a bit of an edge to their fragrance, maybe something almost chemical. Not the ESPA Hydrating Floral Spafresh - it just smells great. It has a nice strong scent but is not overpowering. The fragrance remains on my skin for some time.
I use the Hydrating Floral Spafresh on a cotton wool ball, and gently sweep it across my skin. I find that 2-3 little drops are enough to do my whole face. When I use this, it feels cleansing at first, leaving my skin feeling refreshed and clear. As it dries, my skin feels hydrated, and unlike with most toners, I don't feel I have to rush to apply my moisturiser before my skin dries out. This combined with the ESPA 24 Hour Replenishing Moisturiser is brilliant - using one without the other gets great results, but together they leave my skin so soft and clear, and the effect is even better when I use the ESPA Refining Skin Polish (but that's a story for another day).
The name may be a bit over the top, but it does adequately describe how I feel after using this product - my skin is hydrated, it leaves a lovely floral scent, and I feel refreshed.
I love and hate getting these beautiful samples from hotels - I love getting to try these gorgeous products, but on the other hand I now want to make them part of my regular skincare routine, and at £22.50 for a 200ml bottle, buying this Hydrating Floral Spafresh would hurt my bank balance!