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High price for low performance
Lancome Tonique Douceur
Member Name: Amyrose
Lancome Tonique Douceur
Advantages: smells pleasant, feels refreshing
Disadvantages: expensive, doesn't perform well in removing last traces of make up
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.
Summary: not worth the money in my opinion