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I love to experiment with eye make up but hate the arduous task of removing carefully applied colour at the end of the day. I often find that make up removers and cleanser will dry out the skin, sting the eyes or simply not do the job properly so that you wake the next morning with dried streaks of mascara around the eyes. This Lancôme cleanser is absolutely the best I have tried. The price tag is (like all Lancôme products) higher than most cleansing products (but on a par with other premium brands). However it is possible to get a little sample of this cleanser as a freebie with other Lancôme purchases. I have to say that if like me you really want perfectly cleansed skin at the end of the day, this is completely worth every penny.
A small amount of the blue liquid on a cotton wool pad will gently remove stubborn make up without the need to rub skin. The cotton wool pad glides across skin leaving it thoroughly cleansed and feeling soft and moisturised. The liquid has a slight oily consistency to it which makes it a very good cleanser and doesn't dry out or irritate skin, plus leaves a little layer of moisture. The scent of this cleanser is lovely too - a slight hint of a sweet smell without being overpowering. I love this product - a hard worker with a gentle touch.
I am a bit of a skincare and makeup enthusiast and I often tend to try loads of new products, however toners are usually not something I am that bothered about experimenting with as I have a firm favourite product that I usually stick with, which is Clinique clarifying lotion (strictly not exactly a toner as it is actually a liquid exfoliator, but it basically takes the role of a toner in my usual routine). Anyway, I ended up with a few bottles of the Lancôme tonique douceur as I bought a big Lancôme kit at Christmas time and I have also received a couple of travel sized bottles as gifts with purchase. I am a big fan of getting good gifts with purchase and its worth mentioning that Lancôme are fairly generous with this and often do have freebie deals available at their counters.
The toner comes in a clear bottle containing a blue liquid and as with many Lancôme products it has a rose design sort of etched on. It looks simple but attractive. It comes in 200 ml size which costs £22 or 400 ml size for £35 which gives you a bit of a saving per ml if you know you like it and are going to get through it, though I do consider if fairly pricey. They also have the 50 ml travel size which you can sometimes get in sets or free gifts.
This toner is applied like most toners in that you dispense a few drops out onto a cotton pad and smooth it over your face. However, I find that this one feels different to any other toner that I have ever tried! This toner is advertised as softening, hydrating and alcohol free. Most toners I have ever used have been more alcohol based, quite astringent and sometimes a bit harsh. They often leave my face with that slightly taut feel which can be nice and refreshing in a way, but this one is different. It feels much gentler, it really does feel extremely hydrating rather than making my skin feel it has been stripped it feels like it has put something in. As well as hydrating it is supposed to perform the normal toner function of refining skin and removing impurities, which I feel it does do effectively. As with a lot of Lancôme products, this tonique douceur has a light rose scent to it so that coupled with the gentle and kind sensation and moisturisation actually reminds me of just using natural rosewater on my skin. It feels lovely to use.
For me with a tendency to oily skin at times, I think this is perfect for using in the evening but I have not been using it in the mornings. In the morning I don't want to put too much moisture into my skin and would prefer something more oil balancing and mattifying to prevent any shininess on my face, especially as summer is finally arriving, so I stick to my usual Cinique in the morning. For anyone who does not need to worry about a shiny face this would probably be fine to use in the morning as well.
Over all this was a totally different toner experience for me and one which was a pleasant surprise.
Lancôme Tonique Douceur - softening, hydrating toner
I received this 50ml toner as a gift with purchase (I think the offer was at Debenhams and you had to buy two products from Lancôme to get a quite large bag of 'free' goodies). I have been using this as the Biotherm one I was using irritated my skin and I had finished my bottle of the Lush Eau Roma water which I adore.
- About the product
This product is a travel size which is 50ml or 1.69 fl oz. the actual liquid in the bottle is blue, like the Lancôme bi-facial make up remover. I thought the bottle would be blue and the liquid clear but the liquid is actually blue. The description/full name of this product is the 'softening hydrating toner' and it is alcohol free which is great for me as alcohol in skincare product dries out the skin and I have dry skin anyway.
- Using the product and results
Firstly, a toner is a liquid skincare product that is applied to the face after a cleanser has been used, it is then followed by a moisturiser. A toner is supposed to remove the bits of cleanser that may not have washed away and it cleans the skin ready for the moisturiser. As well as this product intended use, I also use this product as alternative to a cleanser if I am feeling lazy and I have also used this product as a makeup remover. To use this product I dispense some onto a cotton pad and run along the surface of my skin (face and neck, avoiding lips and eyes). The liquid is blue in colour and it looks the same as the Lancôme bi-facial on a cotton pad as they are both blue liquids but thankfully this product doesn't really irritate my skin and it is not greasy like the bi-facial remover. The first thing I noticed about this while using it, is that it does have a scent but makes me cautious to continue using it as in my experience the majority of skincare product that are highly scented end up irritating my skin - this does not irritate my skin very much though. I experienced very slight irritation the first few times I used this product but it was not enough to make me stop using it and now I don't experience any irritation when using this toner.
As a toner this product is really nice, it feels gentle, smooth and refreshing on the skin and it cleans my skin well. This toner does not leave any residue, greasiness or oil after using which is great. I have also used this product as a makeup remover when my face has foundation, concealer, Eyeshadow etc on and surprisingly this toner is rather fantastic at removing makeup - especially considering that it is not designed as a makeup remover. I find that this product removes about 80/90% of my makeup which is great - a very effective, cleansing toner.
Overall, this is a great toner as it leaves my skin feeling clean and makeup free without stripping the skin or leaving it greasy/oily. This product did irritate my skin very slightly initially but not anymore, although if you have sensitive skin I would exercise caution when it comes to Lancôme skincare, based on my experiences. I would recommend this product but at the high price I think other products such as Lush Eau Roma water are just as good and they are considerably cheaper.
- Price and availability
I received this product as a free gift with purchase but it can be bought inidividually for £21 for 200ml from feelunique, £34 for 400ml also from feelunique, £21 for 200ml from boots.
*Easy to use and dispense
*Works really well as a toner - smoothes, cleans and refreshes
*Removes makeup surprisingly well
*Does not leave my skin dry, greasy or oily
*Very slight irritation initially
*Full price is far too expensive in my opinion, especially as there are toners available that are just as good but don't come with the crazy price tag
Thank you for reading my review
WHAT IT IS?
A toner from Lancôme that is alcohol free and designed to be moisturising.
HOW DO YOU USE IT?
The bottle has got a hole in the top for dispensing the toner. I pour a small amount on a cotton wool ball and wipe it over my freshly cleansed face and neck. It is like water so you don't need to use very much and it spreads smoothly.
WHAT I THINK
This is a good toner but I don't think it is worth the money for me. One of my regular ladies will only use Lancôme skin products and she often gives me the gift sets she receives free when purchasing her products, my Tonique Douceur bottle is a generous 50ml size and I have been using it for one month. The bottle lasts for a long time because even if you use it twice a day you don't use very much each time.
It smells a bit flowery but reminds me of Johnsons Baby Lotion too, the smell lingers on my skin for quite a long time and I can even smell it after applying my moisturiser. It feels soothing on my skin and quite refreshing as well. My skin doesn't feel moisturised after I have used this toner but it doesn't feel dry like when I use a lot of other toners, there is no tightening of my skin and that's good but it also makes the toner feel like its not toning my skin very well.
I have never had any irritation when I have used this toner from Lancôme and after I apply it my skin looks fresh and bright. It doesn't make my skin feel as good as when I use other toners that I have discovered over the years but it is kind when my skin is suffering with stress or is looking dull.
4 Dooyoo Stars.
I have never really been one for using toners and instead prefer to use the Clinique clarifying lotion (which contrary to popular belief is not a toner, but is actually an exfoliator). I would not go out of my way to buy a toner however I received a trial size of this lancome tonique douceur when I purchased 2 products some time ago within a gift with purchase, and considering it was free it would be rude to not use it!
===Price and Availability===
This toner does not come cheap in my opinion at £21 for 200ml or £34 for 400ml. I do however think it is fab that it is available in more than just one size as seems to common among many other brands. This is available from usual lancome stockists - Debenhams, house of fraser and larger boots stores. It is also easily available on the internet, often at lower prices than in high street stores. After a quick search I have found it for as little as £12 for 200ml on ebay so if this is a product that you do like, there is no need to pay the huge RRP. They also seem to have a much more varied range of sizes on ebay although this is probably due to gift with purchase etc.
My mini looks very similar to the full size but not exactly the same so I won't focus on this too much. It basically comes in an attractive blue bottle with the usual lancome rose on the front so that it is not easily confused with another brand. I have minimal info on my bottle - basically just instructions for use and that this product needs to be used up within 12 months of opening.
===The product and the claims===
This is an alcohol free softening and hydrating toner. The official lancome website suggests that this toner is suitable for those with normal to dry skin so for those of you with oily skin - this is probably one to give a miss. Lancome claims (according to its website) that 'this alcohol-free lotion enriched with soothing plant extracts is the perfect finishing touch to makeup removal for dehydrated skin. It gently tones and refines the skin, removing any remaining impurities, without depleting its natural oils. Leaves skin feeling clean, soft and refreshed and ready for your daily treatments.
To use this toner is incredibly simple - just moisten some cotton wool and sweep across face after you have removed make up. After having used this a few times I realised that there was something very familiar about the fragrance of this toner - it smells just like parma violets. I have to say that I never liked the taste of those horrible little sweets but the smell is far from offensive. I use this after cleansing my skin and find it handy that the liquid itself is a pale blue as I feel it allows me to see how much is on my cotton wool that little bit better. As I sweep this over my face it does feel incredibly refreshing and hydrating so I can't deny it has met its claims on that point. However, where I feel this product lets itself down is removing those last traces. Even though I do thoroughly cleanse there are usually some traces of make-up left that need removing which has always been done very well with my usual clarifying lotion. Even after using this toner, I still found the the clarifying lotion would remove some afterwards proving it to not be as effective as I would like. On the plus side I did only have to use a very small amount of this toner, although as I believe it to be relatively ineffective for its purpose I guess this is kind of irrelevant.
Overall while not particularly impressed with this product I cannot complain too much as it cost me nothing. I think it is very expensive for what I would consider to basically be refreshing fragranced water although it does make my skin feel nice after use. For such a price and from such a well known premium brand I had expected more.
Personally I will not be purchasing this product any time soon and will instead continue using my lovely clarifying lotion which makes me feel squeaky clean. I would recommend this toner if you can get it much cheaper than the RRP and are quite happy to use a toner purely for the purpose that it makes your skin feel nicer, rather than it being entirely clean.
Thanks for reading.
As part of a Lancome gift set, I received a trial version of the Tonique Douceur, as it was 50ml it was quite a generous trial size and I've been able to use it many times to see if I like it enough to buy the full version (which retails around £20). The Tonique Douceur is one of the skin toners in the Lancome range; I have previously reviewed Tonique Confort (for dry skin) and really love that so this had a lot to live up to. .
This toner comes in a clear blue bottle and has a lid on the top whereby you can shake the toner out onto cotton wool. There is also another Lancome toner which is blue and also a makeup remover (Bi-Facial) which is blue. This has led to some confusion amongst the easily confused and I have found myself trying to take off my eyemakeup with my toner by accident (can confirm it doesn't work and stings a bit!). The toner is less creamy than the Tonique Confort that I previously reviewed, in fact one could argue it looks like expensive blueish water. My face feels clean when I use the toner but I do feel that my cheeks in particular feel a bit tight after using it (minus one star from the rating(. The toner is suitable for all skin types, but for someone with dry skin I'd say the Tonique Confort was better. This toner doesn't sting my skin or make it seriously dry out like other toners in other ranges have done and my skin feels nice and soft and smooth after using the toner. Overall though, for me and my skin type, I'd have to go back to Tonique Confort.
==Value for money==
If you can get a trial size (50ml) as part of a free gift set (which Lancome do regularly), I happen to think you get a pretty good deal, that is worth around £5. In terms of buying the full item at £20, it would last a long time (although I don't use it every day) but for the price I think you could find something cheaper which was just as good (yet to find it though!). As stated in my last review "Debenhams have offers on Lancome stuff sometimes so I try would try to pick it up during these or 'bonus' times" (when you get free gifts too). Due to the price, I'd have to drop another star from the rating. I don't think I would buy this for myself as it doesn't suit my skin type as well as the Tonique Confort but in terms of being gentle and a good quality product, I would recommend it.
I bought the Tonique Doucer as part of a set on offer at boots, But the full size 200ml Bottle costs around £19.50 dependent upon the place it is purchased from.
I have been using it in conjunction with the Galateis Doucer cleansing milk and I think it is one of the most fabulous plant based toners I have ever used!
The bottle itself is fantastic. Clear so you can see how much product you have left, the top is a screw top and the bottle has a small hole so you can control how much product comes out of the bottle.
This toner is Alcohol Free and suitable for ALL skin types, even sensitive.I have combination skin with dry cheeks and an oilier t zone and this does not strip my skin or leave it oily.It feels perfectly balanced.
It has a clean and delicate floral smell to it, like all lancome products and is very pleasant to use. I feel it definately hydrates and softens my skin and it is refreshing to use.
Definately comes recommended!
My name is Julie, and I'm a make-up addict. At last, I've stood up and said it! My true confession to you though is through my many years of experimenting with foundations, powders, iridescent shadows, illuminating liners and glosses I have neglected one of the most important things - my skin.
I have a classic case of combination skin with greasy spots, dry spots and particularly flaky eyebrows (aren't I attractive?!) joined together by relatively balanced skin. I've half heartedly tried cleansers, toners and moisturisers over the years but have always been left with my skin feeling too greasy, too dry or quite rashy and sore. A few months ago my mum bought me the Lancóme Tonique Douceur along with the Aqua Fusion moisturiser, informing me of its greatness. I geared myself up for another unsuccessful bout of uncomfortable skin reactions but was very pleasantly surprised by the results - so i thought i'd share it all with you, seeing as this item has no reviews on it yet!
::Price and Stockists::
On the Lancóme Paris website, this product is available to buy and listed as £18.45 for 200ml or £30.00 for 400ml. I am also aware that some of the larger department stores such as Debenhams stock the Lancóme range and might be worth checking out as you will probably be able to pick them up cheaper, due to no postage fees and discounts for multiple product range purchases.
I don't know if this comes with an outer box as my mum bought it for me, so I will just look at the bottle for this review. My bottle contains 50ml of toner and is a medium blue colour. There is a pretty flower design in a white outline design on the front along with the usual blurb which tells us the product is alcohol free, softening and hydrating. The back of the pack states that this toner is for all skin types, but the official Lancóme website suggests normal-dry skin will get the most benefit from it. Having combination skin as mentioned above, I found it excellent so I would recommend to all skin types as the original package states. It also tells us to apply with a cotton pad for best results. The bottle is slightly bullet shaped, fits in the hand nicely and has a neat little flip top which is successful in stopping unwanted leaks.
Upon opening the bottle, I'm immediately met with a subtle smell which isn't overbearing at all. It reminds me somewhat of a mix between blue Jellybeans and Parma Violets. I find this scent particularly delicious as I'm a fan of both, but if you're not, it may be a bit too sickly sweet for you.
I find the best way to apply this toner is the same as the suggested way, on to clean skin with a cotton pad or ball as it is not as porous as tissue. You can apply this product once or twice a day - I choose to apply mine in the evening. The liquid doesn't pour right out of the hole in the top, more needing a little shake to get the right amount out, which helps eliminate loads coming out at once I should imagine. Three or four shakes on to the pad usually gets enough out for me to start applying to my skin.
I start by applying to my forehead in gentle strokes outwards, then over my eyebrows and eyes again out to the side of my face, pushing down slightly across the more greasy spots of my skin. I then use two more cotton pads, one each for the left and right sides of my neck and cheeks.
Even on my previously cleaned skin, the toner has removed dirt and grime that wasn't visible before which is impressing. It feels cool and fresh when applying, dries well and leaves my skin feeling more balanced, rejuvenated and soft all over. The only downside of this product is that the smell of the toner does tend to linger on your fingers and skin where applied. If you aren't a fan of the more sweet smelling beauty products then it could be a little overpowering for you. However this product is meant to be used with a moisturiser being applied after it and as soon as I apply my own moisturiser, the smell of the toner dissipates.
I would heartily recommend Lancóme Tonique Douceur. It may seem a bit pricey for a Toner but it has converted me, one of the laziest and most troublesome of skincare users! My daily facial treatment now involves this product and I wouldn't have it any other way. I use it in conjunction with my own cleanser and Lancóme's Aqua Fusion moisturiser which I plan to review very soon. Even if used with entirely different products, I could see the Tonique Douceur making a difference, so go ahead and treat yourself now or stick in on your wish list for your next birthday!
Alcohol free hydrating toner with plant extracts for clean, soft, supple skin / Also designed to prepare the skin so that it gains maximum benefit from other treatments /