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THE PRODUCT: This product is suitable for normal to dry skin and contains no parabens. This product is suitable for sensitive skin. I recently reviewed the Cleansing Lotion in this range so am now following it with the Toner. Just like the cleansing lotion this product is enriched with Cherry tree and Moringa extracts. Moringa is known for its anti-oxidant and purifying properties and Cherry Tree extract soothes normal to dry skin. This product helps to remove the last traces of make-up, impurities and pollution to leave you skin perfectly clean. I was using a cleanser and toner from The Body Shop but I thought I would try the toner by Garnier to see what it was like as it''s a lot cheaper and sounded just as good. The Toner comes in a wide but thin bottle and holds 200ml of the toner. The bottle which holds the toner is a clear pink colour so you can see the level of liquid in the bottle. The toner itself I believe is clear in colour. On the front of the bottle it tells you what the product is and on the back you can read information about the product and the list of ingredients in the toner. It also tells you how to use the product as well. The lid to the toner is white and this flips back to reveal a small hold in which the toner dispenses out of.
PRICE/AVAILABILITY: I purchased the Toner from my local Boots store for 2.10 which is a reduced price as the product is currently on offer. The full price of the toner is 3.15 which is for a 200ml bottle of the toner. You may also be able to purchase this from Superdrug as well.
USING THE PRODUCT: After removing make-up thoroughly, apply the toner all over your face use a cotton pad. I used a facial wipe first to remove my make-up then I used the Garnier Cleansing Lotion in the same range as this toner. I flipped the lid back to reveal the hole in which the toner dispenses out of. Tilting the bottle down at a slight angle I held the cotton wool pad so that some of the toner could soak into the pad. The toner is clear in colour and doesn''t really have any kind of scent to it unlike the Cleansing Lotion. I gently wiped the cotton pad over my face and eyes. As I did this the toner felt lovely and cooling on my skin. It made my skin feel very refreshed and clean. Despite using a facial wipe and cleansing lotion I could still see some dirt on the cotton pad from the cleanser which shows that it helps to remove the last traces of make-up. With the toner you don''t need to sue too much of the product despite it soaking into the cotton wool pad. I would definitely suggest using a pad when applying this product rather than a cotton ball. I wipe the cotton pad over my face once and then turned it over and wipe this side over my face as well. I loved the cooling feel of the toner and this would feel really refreshing in hotter weather.
RESULTS: After using the toner and looking in the mirror my face not only felt looked and refreshed but it looked it too. My skin looked healthy and moisturised and it had a nice healthy glow to it as well. Although I have slightly dry skin sometimes on my face the product didn''t irritate it or make it sting when using it. I have been using the toner following the cleanser every morning and evening for a few weeks now and the product hasn''t caused any problems with my skin or caused me to break out in any spots. Every time I use this product it leaves my skin feeling smooth, soft and clean. It also soothes the skin and leaves it feeling refreshed. The dry patches of skin on my face have become a little better and have improved with use of the product but it hasn''t eliminated the dry areas that I did have on my face. Although the toner leaves my skin feeling smooth and soft I still apply a moisturiser anyway to make my skin feel and look even softer.
I first began using this toner over a year ago now and initially I bought this because I was looking for some new skincare products and in Tesco the Garnier range was all half price which of course meant I was able to get both cleanser and toner for the same price as I would have usually paid for one. At the time I believe I paid around £2 for the toner and I have since purchased it from Superdrug for a similar price. Currently I cannot find this exact toner on the superdrug website but there are others in the range priced at £3.15 or two for £3.99.
Initially I had actually picked up another one in the range but then I spotted this one. I preferred the colour and it was actually more suited to my skin type so I opted for this one instead. This toner is suitable for more delicate and sensitive skin.
The toner comes in a clear plastic bottle. The bottle holds 200ml and has a flip cap which then reveals a small round hole to pour the toner out of.
To use the toner I always put a decent amount on a cotton wool pad and then wipe it over my skin. As with most toners it is very thin and almost water like in consistency. It does have a very slight pink tint to it has a very subtle floral aroma which comes from the rose water used in this.
When I wipe this over my face it leaves my skin feeling really refreshed and clean. I am always amazed at how much residue this gets off of my skin even after using the cleansing milk from the same range. I find this toner is great on greasy skin and it cleans the skin really well leaving it oil free and clean. I also find it works very well on blackheads and dries up each one very well.
I do suffer from blemishes and I find that this toner really helps in calming and soothing them and my skin always looks much more even when I use this regularly.
This toner really helps my skin and it helps clear up any outbreaks or tone down my blemishes. It leaves my skin feeling and looking clean, calm, soft and supple. For the price I am really happy with this toner. It does exactly what I'm looking for in a toner and the bottle provides a large number of applications. Recommended for anyone suffering from oily skin and blemishes.
I try to keep to a cleanse, tone, moisturise routine to keep my skin looking in nice condition. At the moment the toner I am using is the Garnier Soft Essentials toner, which I chose because it was one I found it at a reasonable price and I had used in the past, so I knew it would suit my skin.
The toner is part of the soft essentials range and a matching cleanser and moisturiser are available. I have used this product alongside the two matching ones, as well as with other brands as I am doing now and can't really say I have noticed any difference either way.
The toner is alcohol free and is vitamin enriched. It is especially for dry and sensitive skin of which I have both. The toner also contains rose water, which is a common ingredient in toners and is supposed to be soothing to the skin.
The bottle this comes in is pink and has a flip top lid. The packaging is quite basic, but I like the shape of the bottle and although it doesn't look like a premium product, it's not too bad. The hole through which you dispense the liquid is not too big either, which is a good thing in my opinion as it means less wastage.
To use, you simply pour some of this onto a cotton wool pad and wipe across your face after cleansing. The cleanser is liquid and is just like fragranced water really. It smells of rose, but the scent is quite faint - it's certainly not a strong fragrance, which is good for me as I don't like applying heavily scented products to my face. As soon as this touches my skin it feels very cooling. It gets rid of any stickiness or tackiness left behind by my cleanser and leaves my skin feeling fresh and clean. Looking at the cotton wool pad after use, I can also sometimes see traces of make-up left behind by my cleanser.
In terms of results, I'd say this cleanser is average. The biggest plus point for me, is that it is gentle on my sometimes sensitive skin and doesn't leave any tightness or dryness behind. In fact, after use, my skin feels calm and soothed; it's also really soft to the touch and looks better too, with a glow about it. The reason I say I think this is average, is that toners are of course supposed to help tone the skin and shrink pores and I don't think this does this. I personally don't mind this too much, as I only have a few open pores around my nose, so it's not a big problem for me, but it could be disappointing to others.
This toner costs £3.40 for a 200ml bottle from Tesco. I think that is a pretty good price, although I actually purchased my last bottle from a discount store (I think either Savers or Bodycare) for a few pence less than this.
Overall, I would recommend the Soft Essentials toner and in fact the Soft Essentials range as a whole - especially to those who have dry skin, but are on a budget. It might not tone or shrink pores effectively, but it gets rid of traces of excess cleanser and make up and leaves my skin feeling cooled, soothed and soft, so I still think it deserves a three star rating.