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      14.07.2012 10:58
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      Lovely toner from Lush

      I'm trying to sample several of Lush's skincare products and on a visit a couple of months ago purchased a 100g bottle of Breath of Fresh Air toner for £3.75 (a 250g bottle is also available at a cost of £7). Having already sampled the Tea Tree Water (for oily and problem skin) and Eau Roma (for dry and mature skin) toners, I was keen to try this one as I understand it to be the most popular.

      ***What is Lush?***

      Lush is a store that makes toiletries and cosmetics, using natural and organic ingredients where possible and minimising packaging where they can. It started out as a mail order company called Cosmetics to Go, but this failed and the new store, Lush, opened in Poole, Dorset. Later branches of the shop opened in London and beyond, and there are now Lush stores all over the world. As well as in store, you can also buy products from the website, www.lush.co.uk. There are similar websites for many different countries including the USA, Japan and Germany.

      Lush buy ingredients only from companies that do not test on animals. All of their products are suitable for vegetarians and many are suitable for vegans.

      Lush say: "We believe in happy people making happy soap, putting our faces on our products and making our mums proud.
      "We believe in long candlelit baths, sharing showers, massage, filling the world with perfume and in the right to make mistakes, lose everything and start again."

      ***Breath of Fresh Air***
      This toner comes in a smaller or larger spray bottle, which means you just need to spritz it on your face when you need to freshen up. The label states that this toner tones without tightness, softens your skin with aloe and feeds it with vitamins and minerals, as well as reducing dryness, soreness and redness. The toner is suitable for vegans and is made with spring water and fresh sea water, which is full of mineral salts to make your skin feel fresh and healthy and inject some moisture. Aloe vera gel is soothing, rosemary is rejuvenating and rose absolute calms. The product also contains patchouli oil and seaweed absolute. Breath of Fresh Air was inspired by the sea, in particular the Dorset coastline by which the first Lush store was opened.

      I normally use this toner both in the morning, when I spritz it on my face after getting out of the shower (having used a face wash while I was in there), and at night after cleansing my face, when I will use a cotton wool pad to wipe away remaining toner and makeup. I find it incredibly refreshing - it has a light fresh scent that reminds me of the sea. The toner doesn't irritate my skin at all and it doesn't dry it out, in fact it adds moisture and helps keep my skin hydrated. The spray can be quite powerful though so I'm careful to hold the bottle at a distance from my face!

      Though this toner is expensive compared to many others available, the spray bottle means that you use much less per application so it works out as quite good value for money. In addition, you can get away without using cotton wool to apply or remove the toner (unless you are trying to remove final traces of makeup). Also, you can keep a bottle in your bag or in your desk at work to spritz on your face whenever you feel your skin is in need of it. Apparently this is handy if you work in an air-conditioned office as this can dry out your skin. I'm planning on buying a bottle of this toner to use for this very purpose.

      Throughout the time I've been using this toner, it seems to have kept my face hydrated and refreshed without being oily. I haven't experienced any particular shine, and the toner hasn't dried out my skin (which the Tea Tree Water toner did, only slightly) - I had a problem earlier in the year with dry skin around my eyes but this toner seems to have assisted with clearing this up. I've been using the toner for a couple of months and still seem to have a good amount left in the bottle, so it does last well.

      I think this is my favourite of the Lush toners: effectively removing last traces of makeup and cleanser and refreshing and hydrating my skin while keeping both dryness and oiliness under control. The scent is lovely and the toner doesn't irritate my skin at all. In addition the spray bottle is handy for carrying around. There's nothing I dislike about the toner and it's certainly something I'd repurchase. It gets the full five stars from me.

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        17.05.2012 17:02
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        A lovely gentle refreshing toner

        Lush - Breath of Fresh Air Toner

        I was lucky enough to take part in a wonderful promotion that Lush did with Clipper tea and I made my own fresh face mask then had a luxurious facial using Lush products and finally came home with sampke pots of all the products they used on my during the facial.

        During the facial they used a toner. Lush make three toners, 'Eau Roma', 'Breathe of fresh Air' and' a third with tea tree that I can't remember the name of right now. I had previously had a sample of Eau Roma' and have since bought my own bottle so I fancied trying one of the other ones. They suggested that maybe I didn't need the tea tree one and that 'Breath of Fresh Air' would be suitable for my skin.

        'Breath of fresh Air' like Eau Roma is a gentle toner for dry to normal skin. The main beneficial ingredients are sea water and aloe vera gel as well as rose absolute and sea weed absolute all of which tone your skin gently. I was recommended this as I am of a certain mature age and this is particularly good on dry, older or sensitive skin. So I was advised to use 'full of grace serum block first then the face pack then rinse it off and wipe my face with this toner before applying whichever face cream I fancied. If I had makeup on I would have had to remove that prior to all the other things.

        I was advised to use their makeup remover and was given samples of ultra bland and 9 to 5 to try as well as this toner. I did very well on this visit as I bought one product 'Full of Grace ' serum and then had a facial and came out loaded with goodies!

        Back to the toner. I am used to toners that really feel like they are doing something fairly drastic to my skin. To quote another reviewer ( tallulahbang/joker) 'toner is hurty stuff that stings like hell' but Tallulah/joker you should try this as it really doesn't sting. Now, being of the generation that was brought up with 'If it hurts it's doing you good' maxim I wondered if this was actually toning my skin. Looking at the tissue/cotton wool after using it didn't seem to really show that the top layer of my skin had been stripped off but according to Lush it is good for removing impurities on the surface of your skin. Maybe the impurities are too small to see.

        I did find that it removed the make up remover nicely leaving my skin feeling smooth and non greasy . it also worked well at removing the last remnants of the facepack after I had washed off most of it with warm water. The toner does close your pores after using warm water too. I have also used it during the day at home if my skin is feeling a bit tired looking and it made me feel fresh and awakened which was just what I needed.

        This toner comes in a small black plastic bottle with a spray nozzle for easy application. On the front there is white writing explaining what the product is and there is a Lush logo at the top of the label. On the back there is the little sticky a label with a picture of the person who made it on a green background. It shows the date it was made and the use by date. There is also a use by date but I am afraid I am not hugely bothered by these as I am not eating the product but I do suspect that the freshness of the ingredients starts to wear off and the product probably becomes less efficient. The little pot is quite a sturdy one and provided the lid is kept over the pump then it will probably be okay for packing and using when travelling. I did find that the pressure in the plane made my foot cream pot leak over other things so be aware.

        The fact that it is plastic does mean that it will survive the odd dropping on the bathroom tiled floor without disastrous effects. The plastic keeps it fresh and the pump means that only what you need is dispensed and there is no wastage. I am not sure whether these little squirty pots are taken back for recycling like the bid pots and the stick perfume containers, I will have to ask next visit.

        Now to the ingredients:
        Spring water, fresh seawater, aloe vea gel, carrageen extract ( sea weed) rose absolute, patchouli oil, rosemary oil, seaweed absolute and the Perfume and Methylparaben.

        Now in my view the date is probably not so important as methylparaben is a preservative and anti fungal agent. There is apparently no evidence to say they are harmful to humans in beauty products. Apparently many fruits especially blueberries produce these naturally so it doesn't seem to be too offensive. Rose absoluter has been used by women for face treatments for over 2000 years because it's well known for softening and cooling the skin while the aloe vera gel is perfect for any soreness on your face. The ingredients are simple and the product works effectively in my humble opinion.

        Now this stuff looks clear like water and you spray it onto cotton wool to remove excess cleanser or to refresh skin. It smells very subtly and pleasantly of exactly what it is called 'Fresh Air'. I really can't believe how perfectly the name describes the smell. It also smells slightly of tea tree or something slightly medicinal like a new plaster sort of smell but only slightly. I can't smell patchouli or rose in it at all.. It is not a strong smell at all which I think is good as you don't really want it smelling strongly in a toner. I have only used this on cotton wool as I only have a sample in a small black pot but if I had the spray I would be very tempted to spray it straight onto my face (eyes and mouth firmly closed) . I do spray my Evian water onto my face when travelling and find it really gives me a lift and helps with dehydration on the plane. I think this would be excellent for this too.

        Eau Roma Water costs £6.75 pounds for 250g and £3.7 for 100g or £7.00 for 250g but I think when I buy it I will go for the small bottle as it fits nicely in my bag and is not too heavy.I have found that in my local Lush shop they have such helpful assistants who are great at helping me find the best product for my skin and have had a number of samples to take home to try, this being one and it is one I will be going back to buy as it works in a lovely gentle way.

        Because these are so gentle they are more than a toner. You can use them to spritz your face when feeling tired or hot. I took my 'Eau Roma' on the plane on my last trip and spritzed my face when I woke up after a few hours of travel and I did find it made my skin feel less drawn and dehydrated.

        With this toner the lovely blend of sea water does the job of softening and hydrating the skin and then the carrageen seaweed and aloe gel help to lock in this moisture so your skin is protected from dehydration. The lovely people at Lush also told me it is really good at taking the heat out of sunburned skin at the same time it puts back some moisture into your poor burned skin.

        Lush say this about their toners:
        "Our toner water range is an attempt to deliver good quality essential oils to your face in the correct concentration. They are not just toners, but are aromatherapy in dilution, ready to be used at a moment's notice."

        So thank you once again Lush for the sample and I will be coming back for this one. This is a lovely gentle product that works for me and my mature tired sensitive skin. I have been using my samples, I got two on different occasions, for about three weeks now and have had no unpleasant reaction and my face feels really awakened when I have used it.

        Thanks for reading. This review may be posted on other sites under my same username.

        ©Catsholiday

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          23.02.2012 22:22
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          Another great product from Lush

          This is a lovely toner from Lush. I paid around £3 for mine, that was for the 100ml bottle.

          The toner is made with natural ingredients and it is safe to use on sensitive skin. I have sensitive skin and this toner does NOT irritate my skin in ANY way,in fact it is perfect for my skin type. The toner comes in a black spray bottle that sprays easily, the nozzle has never failed to spray on mine. The toner is a lovely refreshing toner on it's own but I would suggest keeping it in the fridge for extra refreshment. Keeping it in the fridge cools down the toner and it's lovely to just spritz onto your face during hot summer days. The toner also feeds your skin with minerals so it doesn't only cool down your face but it works wonders to transform dull skin into radiant skin. It's made with natural sea water which contains sea salt. The pure salt has managed to cure my acne and reduce the amount of blemishes on my face. It also helps reduce redness and irritation. It's just a great toner all round and I would recommend it to people who suffer with bad skin.

          The toner lasts ages as you only need a couple of sprays to cover your whole face. It's also great at removing leftover traces of cleanser and the 100ml bottle is small enough to take out and about with you. I carry mine around in my handbag during the summer months so I can use it as needed.

          This is a great toner and it's great for ALL skin types, even mature skin.

          Try it!

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          27.01.2011 23:34
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          A fantastic natural tonic water that provides exactly what I need

          Being an absolute Lush maniac, toner Breath of Fresh Air is a part of my daily cleansing routine for quite long now. I would occasionally give other toners a go, but so far I always got back to my Lush favourite. So, here's why I love it:

          Packaging:
          Breath of Fresh Air comes in a black plastic spray bottle in two sizes - 100ml and 250ml. As my bathroom shelf is overflowing with bottles, tubs, etc. I prefer the smaller one, even it is probably more economical to buy a 250ml one. It should be used within 14 months from the day it was produced, so even 250ml can easily be used up without waste.
          The bottle is fairly durable, and has clear plastic cap (which I tend to lose or break). There is no box, but sticker on the bottle has all the info needed - green/yellow Lush logo, name of the product, what effect it's supposed to have, list of ingredients (listed below this review) and date of produce/use by date. Bottle can be recycled.

          Content:
          Although the bottle isn't clear so you cannot see the content, I was too curious and poured a bit to a clear glass to see how it looks like - it's clear watery liquid with quite strong rosemary scent with hint of roses. To me this is a very pleasant scent, but some may find it irritating. It's natural and suitable for vegans. It's supposed (according to info on the bottle) to tone without tightness, soften the skinwith aloe, feed it with vitamins and minerals, reduce dryness, soreness and redness. It is recommended to be used when stuck in air-contidioned spaces.

          Effect:
          For spraying it directly on your face (this is how I would understand recommendation "use when stuck in air-coned space) the spray releases too much product on very concentrated area, it's not so comfortable as usual mineral waters in spray. However, if used as usual skin toner - spray twice or three times on a cotton pad and clean your face after cleaning in the morning or/and evening, it gives a result exactly as described on the bottle.
          My skin is a bit dry and can be tight especially in winter months when switching from freezing weather outside to overheated office, and Breath of fresh air was recommended to me as good for dry skin. It is very moisturising and after use, I no longer have that tight feeling. It's also very calming and leaves the skin soft. On the other side, during warm summer months it's very refreshing. (Un)fortunately, I cannot review on its effect on redness or soreness as I don't usually experience any.

          Worth it?
          Absolutely! Using it once-twice a day, a 100ml bottle lasts for approx 4 months and it costs around £3.20. I believe 250ml bottle is around £6. It is a great skin toner and gives results exactly as promised. I will be buying another (and another, and another) bottle and I would recommend it to anyone with dry skin. I believe it would also be beneficial to people with normal/combination skin if they experience a bit of tightness in the winter.

          List of ingredients (for those interested):
          Spring water, fresh sea water, organic aloe vera gel (aloe barbadensis), perfume, carrageenan extract (Chondrus crispus), Rose Absolute (Rosa damascena), Patchouli oil (Pogostemon cablin), rosemary oil (rosmarinus officinalis), seaweed absolute (fucus vesiculosus), *limolene, *linalool, methylparaben.
          * occurs naturally in essential oils

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          03.06.2010 13:04
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          A good toner all-round, and I'd like to compare with the other ones by Lush

          I've tried Lush's toner tabs as an extra step when using a face mask, and recently bought one of their liquid toners to try out. They come in 2 sizes of spray bottles, and I chose the Breath of Fresh Air 100g at a cost of £3.25. The bigger 250g bottle is available for £6.35 so is worth buying if you want to save a few pennies and you know this works for you.

          Lush claim that this "tones without tightness. Softens your skin with aloe; feeds it with vitamins and minerals. Reduces dryness, soreness, and redness." I was keen to try it as although I have combination skin prone to spots and oily breakouts, my skin is still quite sensitive and I often suffer from red patches around my nose.

          The smell of this is very fresh and outdoorsy and reminds me of sitting out in the garden when scented flowers are in bloom. "Breath of Fresh Air" is a very appropriate name for this product, as the oils and sea water create a lovely refreshing scent, it's revitalising but still gentle.

          Toning is a necessary step between cleansing and moisturising and this toner did a good job of removing any last traces of make-up or cleansing products. It kept my skin oil-free although I didn't feel like it helped with reducing my pores which are naturally quite open. The liquid was calming and soothing on my skin and it did feel more balanced after using it.

          Spritzing this directly onto my face was a bit too shocking for part of my still-half-asleep-while-getting-ready morning routine, so I just remove the lid and pour a bit directly onto a cotton pad and use this to wipe over my skin. I think it would be nice and refreshing to use as a spray during hot summer days. I've been using this toner daily and the 100g bottle has lasted me around 4 months. I would use it again but I also want to try Lush's other liquid toners. I've recently started using the Tea Tree Water and it will be interesting to see how the two compare.

          Ingredients:
          Spring Water, Fresh Sea Water, Organic Aloe Vera Gel, Perfume, Carrageenan Extract, Rose Absolute, Patchouli Oil, Rosemary Oil, Seaweed Absolute , *Limonene, *Linalool, Methylparaben
          *Occurs naturally in essential oils

          This is a vegan product and Lush are against animal testing, please keep your beauty cruelty free!

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          12.09.2009 22:42
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          good for dry/ sensetive skin

          I've recently made this toner part of my daily skin routine and I absolutely love it. I use it to rinse off the cleanser called ultrebland and it does the job beautifully. I used to use quite harsh feeling toners like Clinique and I just wanted something softer as my skin is so dry and sensitive.

          The sales lady at Lush recommended that I try the different toners on my hands so I can feel which one might work best with my skin. I found that out of all the ones she demonstrated on me that this is the most gentle one. It doesn't tingle or give that tight and drying feeling to my skin but it does leave it feeling fresh and clean.

          I bought the smallest bottle as I wanted to see how my skin would react through using it a few weeks to give it time to show it's true results. I like to rub in the ultrabland cleanser first and once that's all massaged into my skin, I like to spray this cleanser on a cotton wool pad and rinse the cleanser off. I find spraying it on a cotton wool pad better than just spraying it all over my face as it tends to get into my eyes and drips everywhere. I like how gentle it feels and the scent of it is very fresh and green but very light so definitely not offending at all.

          So after using this for over a month I must say this has become my favourite toner; it's gentle yet effective and good value for money; definitely not too pricey at all! The small spray bottle is also handing to take travelling. I really love this and will definitely be buying more once I run out!

          The ingredients of this product according to the Lush website are: Spring Water, Fresh Sea Water, Organic Aloe Vera Gel (Aloe barbadensis), Perfume, Carrageenan Extract (Chondrus crispus), Rose Absolute (Rosa damascena), Patchouli Oil (Pogostemon cablin), Rosemary Oil (Rosmarinus officinalis), Seaweed Absolute (Fucus vesiculosus), *Limonene, *Linalool, Methylparaben
          * Occurs naturally in Essential Oils

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          20.07.2009 14:05
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          Beautiful, easy to use product

          Okay, as part of my new skincare regime, and after consultation in Lush, I purchased the large size 250g for £6.21. The smaller bottle was around £3.50 ish I think, but as I was going on holiday, I thought I would go for the large one, as I could use it as a facial spritz in the heat at anytime as well as a toner. For £6.21 for a big spray pump bottle, I felt this was excellent value for money.

          As with all Lush products, they are made fresh and have an expiry date on them, in this case use within 14 months.

          The toner claims to tone without tightness, soften and feed your skin, also with the added benefits of no alcohol to nip and dry my sensitive skin.

          After cleansing, I sprayed a couple of cotton wool pads 3 or 4 times and swept them over my face. The consistency is a very light water, and smell is totally gorgeous. A subtle, but beautiful smell of rose is the predominant scent, and it a joy to use. It left my skin felling touchably soft, and just really, really comfortable. Not at all tight or sore feeling as some toners as I have previously.

          I thought the spray bottle was a great idea, as I have lost count of the times I have spilt open bottles of toner, losing precious product! It is also easy to spray directly onto your cotton wool pad, as well as using the product directly from the spray on my face and neck as a refresher during the day

          All in all, a good value, easy to use, natural product, that does what it says - Thanks again Lush!

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          17.07.2009 22:27
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          No more bunging-up of your skin

          Lush have some dodgy moments, and they have some great moments - and this is one of their great ones. This is meant to be a toner, but really the title says it all: it is a soothing, cooling pick-me-up for irritated, dry or inflamed skin.

          Anyone like me who has combination skin that sometimes just refuses to cope with any lotion, yet still begs for something soothing and softening - then this is for you! In the height of summer when you really don't want to put anything heavy on your skin at night, this is all you need. Use it as an after-cleansing toner AND a moisturiser, and never look back.

          It's watery, so I recommend you spray it into your palm, rub your hands together and then gently pat it onto your face. It soaks in, feeling refreshing and just... lovely.

          Main ingredients: spring water, fresh sea water, aloe vera gel, perfume (Lush's code for "we're not telling you!"), carrageenan extract, rose absolute, patchouli oil, rosemary oil, seaweed absolute.

          Now, I've never heard of carrageenan extract before, but I do know the following:
          Patchouli is an anticeptic, astringent essential oil, that helps prevent spots
          Rose has been used for centuries to soften and refresh the skin
          Aloe vera is well-known to be anti-inflamatory
          Salt (ie the sea water) and seaweed are both detoxifying to the skin.

          Weirdly, I found myself spraying it onto my friend's 12 year old daughter's hair when she had a knot in it. She'd actually asked me to cut the knot out, it was that tangled up! I instinctively reached for Breath of Fresh Air, sprayed some in, and gently combed the knot out in seconds! Bargain!

          £6.21 for 250g; very respectable.

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          13.05.2009 17:28

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          a good purchase, worth teh money.

          I am a massive fan of Lush beauty products. I first tried a breath of fresh air a couple of years ago as my mum had bought it at a Lush beauty event. I secretly used to steal some to help remove make up.

          The spray itself works as a toner, helping you remove make up and cleanses pores. It does help remove eye make-up, which anyone else who has to wear mascara everyday can appreciate! However if your looking for a make-up remover, id recommend Ultra Bland from lush, as that stuff is amazing.

          The spray cost approx £6 for the larger bottle, and it last ages. I've had my bottle for three months noe. Two sprays a day and it'll last you ages, so good value for money.

          My recommendation would be, have a bath/shower, when you come out to spritz your afce with two sprays so all your afce is covered, then apply moisturiser. Your skin will be noticably softer. My boyfriend is always complimenting the softness of my skin. I havnt had spots in ages and i thank my breath of fresh air, its refreshing to use, smells nice, and its not too heavy.

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          01.04.2009 18:19
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          Test the squirter in the shop before buying.

          ''Breath of Fresh Air'' is a bottled toner from Lush which can be used on cotton wool as part of a cleansing and toning routine or at any time during the day on its own (it is recommended on the bottle for use when trapped in air conditioned places as A/C dries your skin out).

          I bought this toner together with the ''Eau Roma Water'' toner to try them both out as the ''small'' bottles were suprisingly cheap for Lush. But on getting them the bottles are huge compared to what I was expecting, needless to say they've definatly lasted a long time.

          Breath of Fresh Air is part of the ''inspired by the seaside'' range which I always rave on about. The two main ingredients are fresh spring water and fresh sea water; Spring water is more or less the base but water allows the skin to absorb other things more easily, the sea water is packed full of minerals which dry out spots but also draws chemical impurities to the surface of the skin so keeps spots at bay in the long term too.

          Other ingredients are organic aloe vera gel which soothes and heals skin, rose absolute which softens and moisturises skin, antimicrobial and antiseptic rosemary oil which keeps skin clear and seaweed absolute which is an anti inflammitory and rich in vitamins and minerals.

          Although it has to be said i do prefer the ''eau roma water'' to breath of fresh air but it is extremely refreshing with that sort of ''just been to the seaside'' feeling on your face. It helps me keep spots at bay and freshen up during the day I've definatly noticed my skin has less red dry patches aswell. I do recommend however that if you buy this product then test the nozzle in store first as i bought mine online and the pump doesn't work so i have to either use it fresh from the bottle with cotton wool or stick another nozzle in when i want to use it.

          Price:

          100ml : £2.89 (the one i bought)
          250ml : £6.12


          Suitable for both vegetarians and vegans.

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          05.12.2008 03:32
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          Breath of Fresh Air

          I had been using a toner by The Sanctuary which was fairly good, but I kept reading positive things about Lush's Breath of Fresh Air toner, and I couldn't resist ordering myself a bottle.

          For a long time I stopped using toner, as I didn't feel that it was doing anything for my skin, and that it was becoming a waste of money. I then started to get fairly enlarged pores around my nose, and read that the best thing to combat them would be a toner, so started using it again.

          This particular toner contains an impressive array of ingredients, which combined, supposedly should leave, you with refreshed, hydrated skin. Amongst the many things in this toner are spring water, fresh sea water, organic aloe vera gel, rose absolute, seaweed absolute and rosemary oil.

          I think, as you may have gathered, the idea is that your skin can benefit from the fresh sea air, without having to leave the comfort of your inner city dwelling!

          The toner comes in a black bottle - as many of the Lush products do - and, strangely for a toner, it has a pump spray dispenser. I think it may be better if it just had a screw top lid, but I don't suppose the spray is adequate and does the job. It's not the most attractive packaging, but you should never really expect that from a Lush product - even the more expensive ones- as Lush like to spend money on the ingredients of the product, rather than the packaging they come in, which I suppose makes good sense.

          To use this, you simply spray onto cotton wool and wipe over your face after cleansing or just when you feel your skin needs to be refreshed. It does actually say on the bottle that it's good for using when you're stuck in air conditioned spaces, and I keep meaning to get another bottle to take to work with me, as I do find my dry skin suffers when I'm stuck in the office for long periods of time.

          The toner doesn't have much of a smell - in fact you can hardly smell it at all unless you get really close, but the scent that is there reminds me of sherbet lemons. It's very fresh, light and sweet, and didn't at all have the 'ocean' type scent I had imagined it would.

          As soon as you apply this to your skin, you will notice that it's very cooling. My skin feels instantly soothed after I use this, and I imagine it would be great to refresh your skin on hot summer days (not that we get many of those).

          The toner gets rid of any dirt that my cleanser has not removed, and there is no stinging sensation as I have found with some cheaper toners - just an instant soothed feeling to my skin. The main benefit for me though, is that having been using it on a daily basis for around six weeks now, the open pores around my nose seem to have reduced in size quite a bit, and my skin does look noticeably more healthy and toned. It also never dried my skin out which is a great bonus for me.

          The Breath of Fresh Air toner comes in two sizes - 100g, which costs £2.89 or 250g which costs £6.12. You can buy it from Lush stores or online at www.lush.co.uk

          Overall, I am very pleased with the results that this toner has given. I have seen a good improvement in the appearance of enlarged pores around my nose, my skin looks better and this seems to work well at removing the last traces of make-up. There is no doubt that I would buy this again, and I would recommend it.

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            21.10.2008 18:31
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            Works, good value for money and is definitely better than nothing, but personally wouldn't buy again

            Lush Breath of Fresh Air Toner


            The Company

            Lush make fresh body and haircare products from natural ingredients. Their products are not tested on animals.

            You can buy in store, by mail order, internet at www.lush.com, telephone or fax.


            The Product

            Breath of Fresh Air Toner. Ingredients: Spring Water, Fresh Sea Water, Organic Aloe Vera Gel (Aloe barbadensis), Perfume+, Carrageenan Extract (Chondrus crispus), Rose Absolute (Rosa damascena), Patchouli Oil (Pogostemon cablin), Rosemary Oil (Rosmarinus officinalis), Seaweed Absolute (Fucus vesiculosus), *Limonene, *Linalool, Methylparaben
            * Occurs naturally in Essential Oils

            Available in a choice of two sizes 100g for £2.95 or 250g for £5.95

            What Lush say: Softening toner to soothe and revitalise the skin. Breath of Fresh Air is one of our seaside products inspired by the Dorset beach coastline. You don't have to live by the sea to appreciate it; all you have to do is get up in the morning! Sea Water is full of mineral salts. So are human beings. Perhaps this is why rehydrating and remineralising your skin with sea and spring water feels so refreshing. Breath of Fresh Air makes your skin feel extra fresh and healthy because we add soothing aloe vera gel, rejuvenating rosemary and calming rose absolute. Use it after cleansing or to refresh yourself at any time of day.


            The Packaging

            Breath of Fresh Air comes in a black spray pump bottle.

            There is a black label which has all the vital information shown above, company, ingredients etc, along with a little explaination of what the said product does "Tones without tightness. Softens your skin with aloe; feeds it with vitamins and minerals. Reduces dryness, soreness and redness. Use it when you're stuck in air conditioned spaces."

            As with most Lush products, there is also a small round sticker showing who made your particular product, the date it was made and the date in which it should be used by. Breath of Fresh Air has a 14 month shelf life.


            My Experience

            I purchased Breath of Fresh Air as I am a Lush addict and was in need of a good toner. The name was the main attraction for me to this particular toner. I mean, who wouldn't want a "Breath of Fresh Air" added to their daily skincare regime?

            Now it may just have been the fact that I was used to good old fashioned cotton wool as a toner applicator, but I found the whole idea of spraying the unknown directly into my own face a little scary and so I opted to spray onto cotton wool before applying. The product certainly lives up to its name. It's very refreshing and coupled with the Ocean Salt cleanser is the perfect wake up call (I am not a morning person). As promised on the bottle there was also not even a tingling of tightness so all good there. However, I didn't notice any improvement whatsoever to my dry skin or redness.

            The bottle lasts absolutely ages, so very good value for money. I bought mine at the start of this year, I use it at least once a day and there is still enough to last me until the end of the year, if not longer.

            Overall, I think this is a good toner and better than most of the leading brands of similar prices, however, I felt it was a bit of a let down for a Lush product. I've come to expect pretty high standards from Lush and Breath of Fresh Air just didn't cut it.


            This review can also be read at Ciao where I can be found under the same name.

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              20.05.2008 13:35
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              If you fancy something a little different then give it a try.

              After my Body Shop toner ran out I thought I would give Lush a try as I love (almost all of) their products. I was sceptical before (and still was) and that was why I went for a Body Shop toner last time round. I thought I would take a chance and find out this time. I just didn't see how some water and essential oils could tone my skin.

              Lush sell products with as few chemicals as they can manage, that aren't tested on animals and are as natural as Lush can get them to be. Great! They also do a lot of vegan products but everything is veggie. This particular product is completely vegan.

              I sent my poor other half off on a mission with the money and what I wanted written down on a scrap piece of paper (a bit of old envelope actually, recycling!), he works not far from our local Lush store so it makes sense for him to pop in for me rather than me go into town on a separate trip.

              He came back with a little Lush paper bag that evening (they are recyclable and actually rather nice to put Christmas and birthday prezzies in) containing my new Lush product to try out.

              Breath of Fresh air is a toner, I always cleanse tone and moisturise at night, in the morning I don't moisturise as I don't like the way my skin feels by mid-morning if I do and find that make up doesn't stay as well if I do, not that I wear it every day.

              A toner is to remove the traces of cleanser that get left behind to make sure your skin is clear. Some also moisturise, as this one claims to. A toner can be great if you are on a plane or stuck in an air-conditioned office to give it a spritz of life back.

              This particular toner has just one chemical in, the rest of the ingredients are completely natural.

              This toner combines seawater with Japanese seaweed gel as well as other essential oils and extracts to make your skin feel truly valued. There is even some Aloe Vera gel in it that will be great for any soreness and dry skin and is renowned as being helpful when it comes to healing but scientific tests have not proved or disproved this yet.

              This product comes in the usual black plastic that lush always use for liquid products (they make as many as possible solid to use less packaging) it is recyclable and looks rather modern as it is black and is rather identifiable as not many companies use black packaging.

              It comes in a bottle with a spray top. It costs £5.50 for 250g. Not too bad and it will last a while. It turns in to rather good value, so don't be put off by the price.

              The label says "Tones without tightness. Softens your skin with aloe; feeds it with vitamins and minerals. Reduces dryness, soreness and redness. Use it when you're stuck in air conditioned spaces."

              I squirt five or six sprays onto a cotton wool pad and wipe it over my skin making sure every part is wiped thoroughly.

              I find that if I squirt it directly onto my face it isn't that pleasant a sensation as the spray is rather strong. If I was on a plane or in an air-conditioned space and my skin felt awful I could certainly see myself spraying it onto my face though.

              It smells slightly masculine. It isn't the nicest smell but is only very slight, not an overpowering stench like that of the shops. It's more than bearable and doesn't put me off of using it at all. You would think it would smell of the sea but it doesn't at all, it smells clean but not in a cleaning products type of way, it is fresh and makes me think of the outdoors.

              The bottle is useless! You do your few sprays and the bottle is dented in where there is no air getting back in to plump it out again so you have to unscrew the cap and let air in then do it up again. This to me is annoying but not enough to drive me crazy.

              My skin is left feeling completely clean and peachy soft, very touchable indeed. In the morning when I don't use any moisturiser it feels fantastic for hours, if I put make up on it stays in place for slightly longer than before I started using this where my skin is so clean.

              I haven't had any kind of reaction to this toner and it doesn't irritate my eyes either even though I wipe right under them and over my eyelids. It really is very gentle.

              Do I have any less imperfections (what a polite way of putting it)? No not really but my spots are caused by hormones not by having dirty skin, no matter what products I use I will always get spots.

              I will be going back to Lush to buy toner again, I must confess I will probably try one of the other two toners Lush make but would happily buy this one again in future.

              It would even be suitable for any men that tone their skin, as it isn't all floral and girly.

              It is good value and works well so I recommend it to anyone. It is getting four stars because the packaging lets it down.

              If you buy anything from Lush smell it first!

              Lush have stores all over the place, to find yours, look at more products or shop online have a look at their website www.lush.co.uk

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                24.01.2008 19:58
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                The absolute best toner I've ever used or even known of!

                After Christmas I was running desperately low on anything even resembling skin care, due to funds having been particularly tight over the Christmas period. I promised myself, the minute I could save up after Christmas I was off to Lush to treat myself. I really wanted a Cleanser, Toner and Moisturiser but technically I still had half a bottle of moisturiser left, whereas I had no cleanser and toner so they were my priority. So off I headed, knowing full well which products I wanted. Luckily for me, they had the spend £15 get any product made before December free offer on (in fact it had been reduced to spend £10 by the time I went so that's even better!) and sure enough they had a bottle of this toner on the stand of things made before December, so back I put my 'newer' bottle, got myself some Big Shampoo and got this free. Bonus! Also, the use by date on it isn't till August, by which time I suspect it will be used up!

                After looking on the Lush website I was aware that they had a choice of three toners; Breath Of Fresh Air, Eau-Roma Water and Tea Tree Water. Tea Tree is typically for oily skins, and Eau-Roma is aimed at dry, older, sensitive skins. Breath Of Fresh Air lies somewhere in the middle which is perfect for me. It's softening, so keeps my skin free of dry patches, but also is great for combating the odd spot that I may get. It was pure coincidence that the one that best suited my skin was also the one I wanted to be the right one for me because well...I liked it's name! Silly maybe but things like that are important to me.

                Lush brand this as a "Softening toner to soothe and revitalise the skin". Not only can I whole heartedly agree with that from using this product but if you take a look at the effects the natural ingredient packed into this toner have, it is easy to see that this claim is true.

                They also say it makes skin feel healthy, which it really does. My skin has honestly never felt and looked so healthy before, that is probably largely because the ingredients in this are actually making my skin healthy, not just faking it.

                Whilst some people rave about Lush products being natural, simply because they don't like using chemicals on their skin, or even because, natural sounds better, what I love about it is the way Lush use natural products that have such amazing benefits to the skin. They are the sort of benefits that go back years and simply can't be replicated by chemicals. They create such a cocktail of natural ingredients in this product that the list of benefits to the skin is almost endless.

                Breath of fresh air includes an amazingly beneficial cocktail of seawater, spring water, aloe vera gel, rosemary, rose absolute, patchouli oil and seaweed absolute. Each of these products holds great properties to help out the skin.

                Seawater helps pull the toxins out of your skin, encourages cellular growth and increases circulation to the skin's surface, all of which I'm sure you'll agree are positive effects. Seawater can actually help chronic skin conditions such as eczema or acne seawater, it will balance your skin and return it to normal.

                Spring water gives instant refreshment, revitalization and is truly soothing, which for a spray like this is perfect. It is recognized by the Health Authorities for treating skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, rosacea and burns so it is not just for normal skin care but gives benefits above and beyond that. It also helps maintain the protective function the skin has, by restoring the missing minerals and the different elements in the skin, which help form a defensive barrier.

                Aloe vera gel contains most vitamins, minerals, enzymes, protein and amino acids amongst its 70 essential ingredients. It stimulates cell growth and inhibits scars. It can cure almost any skin ailment from burns (its great for putting on sunburn), rashes, wounds, acne, stings, cold sores and insect bites. Aloe vera can even be used as an anti ageing cream.

                Rosemary helps strengthen the capillaries and protect the individual components of skin cells. This may prevent wrinkles, and other effects of ageing skin. It safeguards a protective protein called HSP70 that reduces the damage in the skin caused by stress, free radicals and other toxins. It has a rejuvenating effect on the skin.

                Rose Absolute is especially good for dry, sensitive or ageing skins, although it is suitable for all skin types. It is also good for thread veined skin. It can reduce redness in the skin by having a tonic and astringent effect on the capillaries just below the skin surface, as redness can be caused by enlarged capillaries. It also tones and cleanses whilst uplifting the spirits and improving self confidence.

                Seaweed absolute cleanses tones, moisturises (the three biggies all in one!), revitalises, detoxifies and oxygenates the skin. It contains minerals the skin can absorb that are essential for restoring its tone and vitality. There are so many benefits it also is great for; re-balancing, nourishing, hydrating, cell and tissue regenerating, purifying and improves the skins texture and tone. These benefits are achieved as it has high concentration of mineral salts, amino acids and many vitamins.

                Patchouli oil regenerates skin cells and acts as an anti wrinkle agent. It also tightens and tones sagging skin so it would be of good help to older skins. It is also used to treat skin disorders like acne, cracked skin, some eczemas, fungal infections, sores, scars and dandruff. So as well as for ageing, it is good for spots and dry skin - it really is multipurpose.

                So as you can see, the combination of all these ingredients is the perfect cocktail for amazing, healthy looking and feeling skin. This should prevent any wrinkles, get rid of any spots, keep my skin soft and packed full of all sorts of good stuff (by that I mean vitamins and minerals)! Exactly what I would want from a toner and much, much more than I would ever expect from one single product.

                It doesn't strip the skin of its oils, which yes prevents dryness, but also prevents spots as if the skin is stripped of its oil, the oil glands go into panic mode, produce excess oil, and so the 'spotty skin' cycle continues. This however is the perfect balance.

                This comes in Lush's trademark black packaging, in a huge spray bottle with the product name and description on the front. The packaging is fine, I have no qualms with it whatsoever, it's quite plain and basic, not very exciting but not ugly either. It also makes it acceptable for either sex.

                Whilst I'm on the subject - ladies get your fellas to tone! We all know that we should ALL cleanse, tone and moisturise every day. I think men should do this even more so, as they can't even wear make up to cover up their flaws! We also know, that even with new products aimed at men, we are never going to get them to cleanse, tone and moisturise everyday. If you are only going to do one of the three then it shouldn't be cleanse, what you need is a good toner as it cleans the skin really deeply, without stripping it and mucking up it's balance like cleansers can do.

                I had read somewhere that someone had trouble with the spray on this bottle (it denting in every time they sprayed it and them having to take the top off to release the air lock), I'm happy to say mine does not have this problem so it may have just been a 'bad' bottle.

                I tend to spray the product onto tissue and wipe it over my face. I find I need about 6 sprays which sound a lot but isn't really and the bottle is so huge (250g!) this will last far longer than most toners. I think this product will last at least six months with using it daily, morning and night. At £5.95 for a bottle, it seems slightly more than your usual toners but in reality it's actually cheaper as its longer lasting. The quality of it is so much higher too.

                I find it particularly good for minimizing the pores on my nose and chin, although the product does not claim to do that and also for refreshing my eyes when they are tired and 'baggy' in the morning!

                The smell really does remind me of the seaside, it's not salty but it does remind me of that smell of the fresh air that you get in sea side towns. It also has the rose oil and patchouli oil which smell really nice and also the balance of the two make it suitable for either sex.

                After using this I do feel like I need a light moisturiser on but it doesn't give that really tight feeling that some harsh toners do.

                This can also be used as a refreshing spray in either hot places, or dry air conditioned place. I would love to use this on a long haul flight, although obviously with the restrictions that would require some decanting into smaller containers. I also think it would be great for holiday as it is so refreshing, and is also great for sunburn so would help tone down the red faces at the end of the day! I believe it's particularly great if you keep it in the fridge; I don't currently but will be making room for it in my mini bar on holiday! What I would say is it would be useful if Lush made a travel size of this for holidays as a full bottle of this is far to heavy and big to be taking away, luckily mine should be running out around holiday time so this shouldn't be too much of an issue for me, however if I require a new bottle just before then it would be a problem.

                All in all this is the most perfect toner I have ever used (what more could you want than all the things this does for your skin?) and I can't see me ever using anything other than this toner again.

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                  03.10.2007 17:01
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                  Breath Of Fresh Air

                  From: Lush Stores
                  Online: www.lush.co.uk
                  By Fax: 01202 493785
                  By Phone: 01202 668545
                  Post Orders: Lush Times
                  Unit 3, 19 Willis Way,
                  Fleets Industrial Estate,
                  Poole, Dorset, BH15 3SS
                  Post & Packaging: £3.95

                  Fresh Handmade Cosmetics - Tested On Human Volunteers - Not Animals

                  -Headlining- Breath Of Fresh Air Toner
                  250g £5.50 Spray Pump Bottle


                  I ordered my 250g black bottle of Breath Of Fresh Air over the phone with a large handful of other products. (No Lush Store in our town)
                  I plunged my paws in my box of goodies (which does seem to be a bottomless pit, but it will eventually come to an abrupt and sad end - sigh) and plucked out from the sea of popcorn, my bottle. (Products packed in popcorn, cool)
                  Breath Of Fresh Air as with many other products from Lush, has a label on the bottom of the pot, and this tells you who made it: Don, the date it was made and the expiry date.
                  Ok, time to go in yet again, fourth time – A nice sized black spray pump bottle containing a light watery liquid as expected. My twitchy little nose detected a slight sweet Rose scent. It contains Spring Water, Sea water, Seaweed Absolute and Patchouli amongst other ingredients found on their website.
                  Oh Patchouli, you either love it or hate it, in my Hippybunni days, just the hint of the stuff had me hopping a mile. No fear, here, my twitchy nose has not picked it up.

                  -How to Use-

                  Lush recommend that you either spray some on a cotton pad to remove the last bits of cleanser or just spritz onto your face.
                  This toner is part of my new Lush 1-2-3 regime: Ultrabland cleanser and Imperialis moisturiser and I am happy to use it twice a day and spritz whenever needed.
                  Aaargh, spritz – the art of pushing my paw on the pump and push to spray. Caution – you need to aim straight, the first couple of sprays went way off course, into my left ear! Not a pleasant feeling I must admit. But, something good has come of this faux pas, my dry ears can take on the resemblance of crazy-paving some days, (I have shoulder length hair that is worn in a pony tail or similar 99% of the time, so ears are always on show) now they are beginning to look like cute and more confident fluffybunni ears.

                  -Performance-

                  After cleansing my sensitive chops, it was quite a joy to spray (got the aim right this time, on a smaller target?) the toner on the cotton pad and swish it all over my face, it does remove all excess cleanser and really is extremely refreshing. My old bottle of diesel toner from the 1-2-3 range that I used for sensitive/dry skin, used to dry my skin and seemed to strip out moisture.

                  Because of the totally natural ingredients, flower essential oils, this toner does not dry skin, like many others that contain alcohol.

                  Breath Of Fresh Air is “exactly what it says on the tin” (bottle) it leaves my problem skin feeling healthy and fresh, luckily breakouts have never been a problem on my face, but eczema on the body has haunted me. My left elbow still has some red patches of what I call ex-eczema, the eczema has almost gone one day then rears it's ugly head the next. As with Lush Ocean Salt Facial Scrub, my experiment of spraying some of the toner on to the elbow, worked very (extremely) well, the redness has reduced, as has the itching.

                  Lush state on the bottle “Reduces dryness, soreness and redness” 10 out of 10 carrots, for this toner.


                  -Power to Produce?-

                  Yes, indeed the fourth one that delivers. They use Aloe Vera Gel to soothe skin, Rosemary oil to rejuvenate and Rose Absolute to to calm the skin. Central heating and Air Conditioning are the greatest bug bares to my dry skin, but if it starts to feel tight I just (take careful aim) spritz on Breath Of Fresh Air, over my make up.


                  -My View-

                  Would I recommend it?

                  Yes. 250g bottle for £5.50 I think this is good value for what it does. It really does soothe, hydrate and revitalise the skin and I can see this lasting for ages.
                  The Seawater used contains mineral salts - so go get re-mineralising.

                  Another big bottle of joy to join the others on my bathroom shelf, my red card bench is getting filled up, Clinique 1 and 3 were the first to go, Astral joined them and now Clinique 2 has made the hat – trick of the season.
                  Overall Breath Of Fresh Air does make me feel very happy fluffybunni.
                  I decided to try this Toner as I have very dry skin, and due to several eczema breakouts in the last couple of years, thought that a natural approach to all my skin/bath and body products without chemicals, would help.

                  The Fluffybunni

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                Skin revitaliser for anyone trapped inside an air conditioned environment /