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This is the toner along with the cleanser from the same range I use on the days I don’t use the tea tree one (aslo reviewed on here). It is designed for combination to oily skin which due to my oily T-zone is ideal for me. Toners are designed to remove any residue from your skin and this includes traces of cleanser etc which may be left behind and prepare you skin for a moisturiser.
This toner cost me £8.50 for a 200ml bottle from my local body shop. Whilst that may sound expensive you don’t need much of the product so it will last a long time.
As with all body shop products it is not tested on animals but I cannot see on the bottle if it is suitable for vegetarians. It contains no parabens which I know is a benefit to many. The product is also alcohol free and as such is less drying for your skin.
The writing on the back of the bottle is not the easiest to read as it is in very small type and also the colours used dark turquoise on light turquoise is not the easiest.
The flip top cap is not the easiest thing to open but at least it shuts tightly enough so that it is unlikely to pop open if you are traveling anywhere and have this in your bag.
The toner its self is colourless and like most toners it has the consistency of water and contains extract of bladderwrack seaweed. The scent is reminiscent of the seaside with a bit of wind and salt spray in the air but also perhaps slightly soapy as well it is more of a fresh smell rather than an artificial skin care type smell. The scent isn’t too strong and does not linger on the skin which is a bonus for me.
Applying a small amount to a cotton wool ball then wiping it over my face there is no tingling sensation which I get from harsher toners but a look at the cotton wool ball after use does show how much it has removed. After use there is no noticeable tightening of my skin but is has been left feeling fresh and clean. More importantly, despite being a fairly mild cleanser, it does help to control my oily T zone.
My skin is not dried out by this product due to the lack of alcohol but those with sensitive skin may need something milder than this.
In my body shop binge this January I thought Id get a few facial items, having used the seaweed moisturiser before I knew that it makes my skin feel silky soft. The seaweed is recommended to reduce redness and blotches on the skin and also skin condition that is oily or combination skin. I purchased this mainly to make the most of the offer the website have on at the moment which is spend £50 get £25 off. This originally costs £7.50.
This toner is supposed to be used before using face wash and then moisturiser, I usually try and thoroughly wipe all my make up off before washing my face but sometimes some bits do get left behind. putting a few drops of this on a cotton pad. Wiping this around it does show you how much make up gets left on your skin but this bought it all off and left my skin really clean.
This made my skin feel really soft and dried really quickly, but because only a few drops of this are needed this is really long lasting as well so the price for this is really justified. As far as reducing redness this hasn't done this so far so I'm not convinced.
Around Christmas time I bought a gift set of assorted products in the Seaweed range from the Bodyshop. This pack included this Seaweed Clarifying Toner. When I purchased the set online I didn't read the product information and when I received the items was a bit worried that they were marked as suitable for oily or combination skin. I definitely don't have oily skin but sometimes my T-zone (forehead, nose and chin areas) becomes a bit greasy. I think this constitutes 'combination' skin! Anyway, I have basically been using this toner most often on my T-zone and occasionally all over my face and neck.
Until recently I never valued toners as a product that could actually effect any benefit. I thought they were pointless. It wasn't until I started to notice the skin on my face ageing that I stepped up my skincare routine. As a female who reads glossy magazines I am familiar with the dictum "cleanse, tone and moisturise". After swapping hard soap for face wash and investing in night creams getting used to using a toner was the final step. I knew that toners are meant to remove any leftover residue and also reduce pore size, fine tune the skin and prepare the skin to be moisturised. As a regular shopper at The Bodyshop I had seen the Seaweed range many times and often thought it sounded interesting and unique so I bought the set of four items which included a night treatment which I've also been using in tandem with this toner.
I have a 60ml sized bottle of toner. It's a small bottle and you might think it wouldn't last long but I've found I don't need to use a lot of liquid and it's still quite full. The bottle is transparent and recyclable with a top that can unscrewed after use. There is a flip lid on top which snaps down and remains secure. A label on the bottle provides essential product information. As well as full ingredients there is some further information about the product. The brand state that this liquid toner is oil free and that it uses Community Fair Trade Seaweed in the ingredients. They state it will leave skin "shine free".
The toner has a pleasant smell which is partially salty and partially sweet. When one thinks of seaweed images of piles of putrid gunk on sweltering days come to mind. I've never really loved the smell of the ocean so I'm glad this product doesn't smell too authentic!
I use the toner by applying it onto a cotton wool ball. I made the mistake of saturating the ball at first and then realised that the consistency of the liquid meant I didn't need to use as much. The liquid, despite being oil-free, does seem to have a slightly oily base. It is watery with a slightly slimy feel once you start to rub the cotton ball over your skin.
I have been surprised at just how much dirt is left on my skin even after washing well with a face wash. Make-up dregs along with dust and dirt come away onto the cotton ball. The toner feels cool and moisturising on the skin. I wouldn't say the toner cleans my pores but it makes my skin around pores look cleaner and brighter without making it shine. It has the most dramatic appearance changing effect on my chin. As I mentioned I most often use this only on my T-zone but I sometimes use it all over and it doesn't dry the skin out despite it being aimed at oily skins.
Overall I like this product very much and find that it's effective in cleaning skin, minimising oil in my T-zone and improving the appearance of pores. I would buy this again. It is available in store or online and is priced at £3 for 30mls or £8 for 200ml. I think either size would be a good buy.
I'm a huge fan of The Body Shop's range of skincare products and I'm always trying out new things. Up until recently I'd been using the vitamin E toner but decided to stock up on some of the others when there was a 50% sale on.
One of the toners that I decided to buy to try was the seaweed clarifying toner which The Body Shop describe as being refreshing and purifying. They also say that it helps to rebalance combination skin. I have quite dry skin and have found the vitamin E toner to be the most moisturising, but I definitely wouldn't say that this is drying or anything and my skin is never left feeling or looking dried out after using it.
The toner is available in two different sizes - 30ml and 200ml. Had there not been a sale on I'd of bought the smaller version to see if it was any good before buying the larger version but as it was half price I decided to buy the 200ml version which has a retail price of £8.00 while the smaller version is £3.00. I don't think that I'd pay the full price for this as I prefer the vitamin E toner, but I do think that it's good quality and if it was a little more moisturising I'd be happy to way the full price.
The toner comes in a cylinder shaped plastic bottle which is transparent. There's a blue label wrapped around the middle which simply has the brand and product name written on the front of it and it has a flip top lid which has a dispenser hole which I find handy as it stops too much of the liquid from coming out at once. The liquid itself looks pretty much just like water, it's not tinted or anything and the consistency is very runny and watery.
I only need a few drops of this to completely soak one side of a cotton pad so a little does go a long way, making it pretty good value. The toner is slightly scented, but I can't quite put my finger on what it smells like. It doesn't smell like seaweed (luckily!) but it has a very subtle edge to it which is quite a clean sort of smell. I think this smells quite nice and I find the smell really refreshing. It isn't an overpowering or chemical smell and the scent doesn't linger for very long at all and it is completely undetectable after a few minutes of using the toner.
The toner removes any traces of makeup really quickly and easily and it leaves my skin feeling & looking clean and fresh. I have got very sensitive skin and always worry that new products might irritate my skin but I've had no nasty reactions or any redness at all in the few weeks that I've been using it. It is alcohol free which is an advantage as I've heard that alcohol in skincare products isn't great for the skin. It does contain castor oil though which may be a disadvatange for people with oily skin.
Overall this is a good toner, but I prefer the vitamin E one because it leaves my skin feeling really soft and hydrated whereas this simply leaves my face feeling clean which I know is the whole purpose of a toner but it just doesn't feel particularly luxurious or much different from a cheaper toner, so I wouldn't pay £8.00 for it.
Having been converted to the Body Shop's seaweed face wash and moisturiser, I decided to follow all that old-school beauty advice and introduce the toner into the equation. The seaweed products are perfect for my fussy (but not sensitive) combination skin - I am prone to oiliness and a few spots, but also get dry flaky patches, particularly if I use harsh cleansing products. This toner is certainly no exception - it is fab!
I wear a full "face" of makeup every day, and the toner helps to remove any traces that the face wash / cleanser misses. Despite me thinking my face is clean, I always find traces of makeup or debris. It feels lovely and fresh on the skin (and despite the seaweed name, it does not smell at all of algae!) It makes the pores feel tighter, and my face feels squeaky clean and fresh without being over-processed. I use cotton wool pads for this toner, which work great (tissue not so good, I found!)
Over the long-term, this toner has definitely improved the condition of my skin. The main impact has been that I have had fewer blemishes, and also less dry skin or flakiness (it seems to gently condition / remove these). I fond it works great as part of a regime with the other seaweed products, although it would probably be fine mixed and matched with other ranges too. It is definitely less harsh and a more "clever" formula that other toners I have tried - including designer ones which I found sometimes strip the skin and sting. This one doesn't sting at all - it does not feel astringent on my skin.
If yo are looking to try this along with other seaweed products, it is worth looking at the bag you can buy that contains travel-size versions of this along with the face wash, day cream and night cream. I tend to buy this bag every time, as I like the smaller bottles and the fact that it is better for my cash flow than buying four full-size products at once. In fact, I am buying at least one of these bags as a christmas pressie too.
My complexion seems to be going through a transitional phase as I am finally growing out of my spotty teenager skin now I've reached my mid-20's. I'm still trying to figure out what products work best for my skin, and I'm experimenting my way through various facial skin care ranges to try and see what works for my fussy skin. I vary from combination to oily/combination and occasionally sensitive, so it's hard work finding a cleansing routine that fits my needs, especially when taking seasonal factors into account.
I was recommended this toning liquid by a member of The Body Shop staff who was trying to help me choose something suitable. I'd previously tried their Tea Tree Oil Toner but it wasn't right for me, and they suggested that this Seaweed Clarifying Toner might be more appropriate. It is available from The Body Shop high street stores and online at www.thebodyshop.co.uk, and costs £7.00 for a 200ml bottle.
Product description: "For combination / oily skin. Pore-minimising toning liquid to remove impurities and reduce excess oil. Removes excess traces of cleanser, make-up and grimes, and refines the appearance of pores. With Community Trade seaweed. Oil free. Leaves skin purified and shine free."
The toner comes in a clear plastic bottle, and the liquid itself is colourless. The lid flips open and the top of the bottle is covered over apart from a small hole with raised edges at one edge. This allows you to get a good control when pouring the toner out to use, and avoids any accidental spillage. To use, I then simply pour some onto a cotton wool pad and then wipe over my skin. The 200ml bottle has lasted me for 3 and a half months with daily usage, which I feel is reasonable. This works out to costing around £2/month based on the original RRP of £7.00.
Toning is a necessary step between cleansing and moisturising. I find that this Seaweed Clarifying Toner is actually quite gentle on my skin, and is not as harsh as some of the products designed to target combination and oily skin. It leaves my skin feeling clean and refreshed with no trace of residue left behind afterwards. My pores are naturally quite open on some areas of my face and this toner seems to help keep my skin in balance and improves the appearance of my pores. It is not quite as strong as some other toners that I've used, and although it feels nice and gentle leaving me with soft skin, I would prefer if it had just a bit more strength behind it to really tone my skin and give a deeper clean. The toner includes Community Trade seaweed that is sourced in the UK, so it's good to know that The Body Shop apply their high standards to this product and include natural ingredients. The scent of the toner is lovely and fresh and helps add to the refreshing, clean feeling when I have used the toner on my face.
Overall I think this is a good toner that performs well, and is great for when my skin is on the more sensitive side as it is gentle as well as effective. I would prefer if it were a touch stronger to give a really deep clean look and feel, but I like that it is made with natural ingredients and think that it is one of the better Body Shop skin care products that I've tried so far. I would happily recommend this to anyone with combination type skin who is looking for a toner that won't leave skin feeling stripped.
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It seems to me that not very many people use toners however I follow the three-step skin care rule (cleanse, tone, moisturise) and there always need to be one on my bathroom shelf. When I was completing the Seaweed skin care, I obviously bought the Seaweed Clarifying Toner.
This toner was created for combination or oily skin. It comes in a clear plastic bottle which is fairly robust and has a white lid at the top. It also has a turquoise sticker with all the necessary information both in English and in French.
The toner itself is see-through (looks like water), has a lovely, mild scent (nothing could be further from seaweed!) - just like the rest of the range and has a very runny texture (just like water). To be honest, I didn't expect anything different than that.
It is very easy to use: having cleansed my skin, I spill a little bit of the toner on a cotton pad and press against my skin. It immediately feels fresh without the annoying feeling of dryness (as it did with the cleanser).
The producer promises that it minimises pores, removes impurities and reduces excess oil. I didn't really see any minimised pores (but thankfully my pores aren't very big any way), the impurities have definitely been removed (I once even tried using it as a make-up remover however it didn't work so well - it still removed it but it seemed so much more difficult than with a normal make-up remover) and the oil has been reduced even though my T-zone (especially nose) was still shiny. I am aware that a toner is also meant to prepare the skin for the moisturiser - indeed, I felt that the skin absorbed the moisturiser better (and didn't feel as dry) if I had applied the toner earlier.
It contains Community Trade seaweed and is oil-free. Unfortunately I feel it didn't work that well for me and I will not be buying it again. One bottle is 200ml, costs £7 and goes quite a long way (I just finished one and have been using it for the past three-four months twice a day).
Thank you for reading my review.
I got a 60ml travel sized bottle of this toner when I purchased the complete minis set from The Body Shop. Priced at £25, I got it for a bargain £10! I also got a voucher for £10 off a £25 spend, to be used the following month. I have not seen these receipt vouchers for a few months now though. They do save you a fortune if you're a regular Body Shopper. As an oily/combination skin type, I am constantly on the lookout for products specifically targeted at my skin type and having never tried out any of The Body Shops skin care systems, I figured their 'Seaweed' selection sounded like a good place to start as it boasts being created for my specific skin type.
Here's what I love about walking around The Body Shop; everything is so organised. It is so easy to walk in and walk straight to your specific products without wasting time aimlessly wandering about, reading bottle to bottle. If you know the system you're looking for, you can pop in and out really fast! The Seaweed collection is marked with a blue/green label, and the containers are generally clear and/or white plastic packaging. The mini collection comes in a blue/green mesh zip back, a great travel toiletry case, it's also doubled up as the perfect storage for my perfume samples! The toner comes in a small clear plastic bottle with a flip top...and the bottles are great for being reused, something that I especially like! I wonder if this was what The Body Shop had in mind? It would be great if they offered a recycling scheme similar to the Lush pot recycle scheme!
The toner has a green tinge to it that makes it somewhat uninviting to look at; it's quite unique in its colouring. As it's 'seaweed' then the tinge is cliché but expected. Most toners have the same water-like consistency and this is no exception. The only thing I have found is that when applying, it does dry with a somewhat tacky residue that takes a few minutes to mattify. Most of the products in this range have the same sea like fragrance but I find it stronger in the toner. It really seems to linger on the skin for sometime too. I'm not convinced this is a wholly natural smell as the toner does list 'parfum' in the ingredients. It also lists 'menthol' in the ingredients and I do find this to be quite a prominent 'eye stinging' scent. As I have somewhat sensitive skin, I try to avoid toners with an alcohol base as they can be quite harsh; unfortunately, I forgot to check the label on this one until after a few uses. You can definatly tell the difference between an alcohol based and an alcohol free toner...alcohol based gives you that 'stinging' sensation that alcohol free lacks. Alcohol toners tend to be more drying, so avoid these if you have dry skin!
After washing with the Seaweed Deep Cleansing Facial Wash, I pat the skin dry and then apply a good few drops of the toner to a cotton pad. With the skin still slightly damp, I sweep the toner across my face, starting at the chin, working upwards and outwards in circular motions. I also do my ears, behind my ears and my neck. I find I need to get the cotton pad quite drenched in order to really get anywhere with this toner. Too little on the pad and it dries out and feels very uncomfortable on the skin. As it's alcohol based, using on and around the eye area is a big no no. It really dried out the outer corners of my eyes and though it isn't too bad and removing waterproof mascara residue, the pain it leaves behind is not worth it! It actually took the skin around my eyes a few weeks to recover from this!
When looking at the cotton pad, it does appear to have removed an awful lot of dirt and oil. My skin feels zingy (and stingy) after use, and very open and fresh. The toner boasts to, 'minimise pores, remove impurities and reduce excess oil'. Well, I will agree with the last two statements, it does remove the excess oil on the skin at the time, but it does little to prevent the oil building up after use. As for minimising pores, I have very large pores on my nose and chin and it has done nothing at all to their appearance or clearing them out. It feels more like a surface cleaner than anything penetrating. Possible using after a facial steam would remove more of the dirt, but I find this stings my skin more.
Out of all the products in the mini Seaweed set, the toner has to be the least impressive and it really lets the entire system down. The 60ml sample lasted me around 4 weeks, and when almost all the others are still going strong 6 weeks on, it comes in last place. I strongly dislike the smell which seems to linger for a long time too. It's too 'menthol' and I feel at times, as though I have Vicks on my face! It says it will leave my skin shine free...which is true for a few minutes, but once the moisturiser goes on or a few hours pass, you can say hello to shine once again.
I gave it a go, but I doubt I would ever repurchase this toner. My skin really dislikes alcohol based toners and I don't want to aggravate it any more than I have to! I wouldn't recommend it to dry skin types as it does really dry out the skin, but even then, it doesn't dry it out enough to combat the excess sebum oil. It's a no win toner for me. For the past 3 months or so I have given up on toner all together and have noticed a dramatic difference in my skin, especially around the t-zone. My skin isn't totally oil-free but it has reduced noticeably!
I love trying and testing new products, particularly toiletries and whilst I found my perfect cleanser many months ago, I was delighted to receive The Body Shop's Seaweed Skincare Kit as a gift a couple of months ago. The gorgeous sea blue coloured net gift bag contained four items from the range and to achieve the best results my normal cleansing and moisturising products were pushed to the side whilst I tried and tested the four items; all of which were used on a daily basis. I have now had considerable experience with using all of the products and this review will discuss the Clarifying Toner, which is suitable for those who suffer with combination or oily skin.
WHAT EFFECT DOES SEAWEED HAVE ON THE SKIN?
I was extremely interested in learning the answer to this question, particularly as there seem to be more and more beauty products containing seaweed appearing in the shops, so I carried out a little research. There is a wealth of knowledge online and I was amazed to discover that seaweed has so many benefits and whilst I do not intend discussing all of them I learned that the plant is rich in minerals, vitamins and amino acids. Consequently, seaweed benefits the skin by purifying and toning, delivering anti-aging effects as well as hydrating and nourishing. I also discovered that seaweed can be used to give shine to the hair and be used to treat ailments, such as poor digestion.
APPEARANCE OF THE PRODUCT
As my toner was contained within a kit I received a 60 ml transparent plastic bottle as opposed to the full sized version containing 200 ml. The sea blue and white coloured striped label creates a tranquil and relaxing appearance and I couldn't wait to try it out for the first time. For those readers who are unaware of the purpose of a toner I would advise that it should be used after a cleansing product to minimise enlarged pores, remove any dirt and impurities as well as removing any excess oils.
MY EXPERIENCE WITH USING THE TONER
The bottle easily flip open to reveal a tiny opening to enable the clear alcohol free liquid to be dispensed onto a small piece of cotton wool. After fully cleansing my skin I sweep the dampened cotton wool pad onto my T-zone skin and the first thing evident to me is the absolutely stunning and very refreshing fragrance. Whilst I am normally able to identify a specific aroma, I struggled with this, so a quick look at the ingredients informed me that the toner contains the extracts of seaweed, algae and cucumber together with menthol. However, although the fragrance of both menthol and cucumber are generally easy to detect, particularly the strong aroma of menthol, I could not recognise either and the only way I can describe the fragrance is clean and fresh and suitable for both men and women.
The toner is wonderfully cooling when it makes contact with my skin and absorbs almost immediately and I have to say that after my initial use I was a little shocked at the appearance of the cotton wool pads after I had gently swept them over my entire face including my neck. Whilst I had used the matching wash prior to applying the toner the white cotton wool pad showed signs of a small amount of dirt, so it is clearly a highly effective product. In addition to refining the pores, removing impurities and excess oils, toners are intended to remove any traces of cleanser or make up. I experience a slight warming sensation for around 30 seconds after application, which can only be described as comforting. I am fairly lucky with my skin, as whilst it can be described as T-zone I rarely suffer with spots or blemishes and I put this down to the fact that I take good care of my skin.
I have tried many different brands of toning products over the years and this by far, has to be the best that I have ever used as there is no sticky residue following application and my skin feels so beautifully clean and soft. Whether it is my imagination, I really don't know, but one enlarged pore situated directly below my nose seems to have minimised. In addition to the way the toner makes my skin feel I adore the fact that my T-zone skin remains shine free for several hours following use. I suffer no dryness or tightness after using, but would advise that I always moisturise after cleansing and toning and this practise has been part of my beauty regime ever since my early teens. I purchased a second skincare kit as a present, but have decided to keep it as once I have finished using both 60 ml bottles I will definitely be purchasing the full sized version, as this product is now a permanent addition to assist me in caring for my skin.
INGREDIENTS AND OTHER INFORMATION
There is a considerable lengthy list of ingredients contained on the reverse of the bottle and whilst I do not wear corrective lenses I struggled to read them. However, due to the long list I do not intend copying them into this review, but as previously stated, I would advise that the toner does not contain alcohol. The toner should be used within 12 months of opening and the bottle can be recycled once empty.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
You can either choose to buy the 200 ml bottle for £7.00 or obtain the Seaweed Skincare Kit for £12 where you will receive a 60 ml bottle of facial wash, a 60 ml bottle of the Seaweed Clarifying Toner, a 15 ml Mattifying Day Cream and a 15 ml Clarifying Night Treatment. I personally would choose the kit as a first time purchase, as you're receiving small bottles of the entire range and should you decide to purchase online you can take advantage of when The Body Shop have offers, such as £10 off when you spend more than £20.
I cannot recommend this toner highly enough and as a result, it receives 5 stars.
I hope you found my review useful and would thank you for reading.
The main problem I have with my skin is that my pores are very blocked. The beautician that used to do my facials (before I was a student) always emphasised the importance of using a toner. She said that this closed the pores and prevented them from getting blocked. Ever since she told me this I've made sure that I use a toner as part of my beauty routine. My pores are still blocked. I don't doubt that a toner is necessary so I'm searching for the right toner for me.
==BodyShop Seaweed Toner==
The bodyshop seaweed toner combines seaweed, vitamins, algae and cucumber extracts and menthol claiming to balance skin tone, hydrate the skin, purify and clarify the complexion, reduce oiliness, refine pores and cool and refresh the skin. When I read this I thought that it was offering a lot in one product but generally I find that Bodyshop products do what they claim to do.
I've spent a lot of money in the Bodyshop during the past year trying to find the right combination of skin care products so I decided to buy a small 60ml bottle of this toner for £3. This is quite expensive compared to other brands but it does last for a long time. It lasted me for over two months and I was using it twice a day.
The Bodyshop do try to be ethical, particularly through their community trade scheme. The seaweed used in this product comes from The Roaring Water Bay co-operative in the Republic of Ireland. According to the Bodyshop website they protect the local environment and the profits from the co-operative are invested in the local community. The bodyshop website has more information about the Community Trade Scheme and the Roaring Water Bay co-operative if you're interested. I like knowing that by buying this product the money I pay is going into a community where many of the young people have emigrated to find work. Bodyshop products do tend to be a bit more expensive but when you consider that they actually put money into communities I think it's worth paying the extra.
I used this toner for over two months and found that it didn't have a positive impact on my skin. I was quite surprised because this product is for my skin type, it's specifically for combination/oily skin and my skin is combination skin bordering on oily. I expected (based on what the bodyshop claim) that my skin would be less oily while the dry parts of my skin would be hydrated and that it would leave my skin feeling refreshed. It did help with hydrating the dry parts of my skin but left the oily parts very oily. In the time that I was using this toner I seemed to have a permanent oily forehead (I was also using the face wash that goes with it).
This product didn't have any impact on my pores. It didn't leave them looking any worse than they did before but equally it didn't make them look any better. The one thing that this toner does do out of the many things that it claims to do is leave my skin feeling refreshed. Using this product was a pleasant experience at the time of use. I find the scent of the seaweed products quite pleasant so I enjoyed that sensory aspect of the product. It did feel nice on my skin, with it's consistently (like many but not all toners) being like water. It left my skin feeling fresh and healthy. Unfortunately it didn't make it look fresh and healthy.
I can't recommend this product because it claims to do too many things that it doesn't.
I have been using Simple toner for a while (also reviewed) but felt like I needed a change. Having done some research, mainly on Dooyoo, I found that the Seaweed range from The Body Shop has been much recommended for my slightly oily combination skin so thought I would give it a go.
I paid £7 for a 200ml bottle of Seaweed Clarifying Toner from my local Body Shop store. I usually make Body Shop orders online as there is so often a good offer or discount code available that you almost never pay full price when ordering online but due to this being my first time with Body Shop skincare products I wanted to go in store and speak to an advisor to make sure it would suit my skin. I have to say that the people who work in the Body Shop are so helpful. Not only was I given good advice but also a sample of the matching face wash, a body butter sample and a money off coupon for my next visit. If possible when considering skincare I would pop into a store. I think £7 is a little more than I would like to spend when I know I could have gotten it cheaper online but now I know about the range I will make future purchases online.
The product comes in a clear plastic bottle with a flip top. It's nice that you can see how much of the product you have left but also the crystal clarity of the product is attractive and certainly makes you believe in the 'clarifying' claim. The product has a sea green/blue label that contains the title of the product and all the necessary information such as directions for use, safety information etc. along with The Body Shop logo and some information regarding their famous ethical stance. Overall the product looks very clean, clear and refreshing, exactly what I would want a toner to look like. The bottle allows for easy dispensing of the product. In my previous experience I have found that due to the consistency of toners you can easily use to much but I find the packaging of The Body Shop Seaweed Toner to be very effective in preventing this.
The first thing I have to say about this product is that it does not smell like Seaweed! I was a little concerned it might but it hardly has a fragrance. It has really light fresh scent that isn't noticeable on your skin. The product has a water like consistency, as do most toners. To use, I dispense the product onto cotton wool and wipe over a freshly cleansed face. I was a little surprised the first time I used this product as it gave a slight tingle, nothing too harsh but it surprised me as I expected it to be very gentle. This slight tingle gave way to a very refreshed, clean feeling which I really liked. For me the best thing about using a toner is the really clean feeling you get and this product really does leave skin feeling very clean. I have been using this toner twice daily for a month now and the bottle is over 75% full, for me that represents very good value. The product is designed to 'clarify' skin and I can confirm that since using the product my skin has improved. It is much clearer and more even toned. I used to have to use at least tinted moisturiser to get an even skin tone but I have found since using this toner that I can get away with just a light dusting of powder. Overall my skin has benefited from using The Body Shop Seaweed Clarifying Toner and based on this I am going to try out the rest of the Seaweed range.
When it comes to using toner I usually stick with what I know and use my No7 Toner along with the other products from that range. However my mom always gets bought loads of Bodyshop products for birthdays, christmases and for the most recent occasion, having a baby. For some reason over the last few days loads of people have been coming round and giving her presents to use for herself rather than baby stuff and while I think shes really grateful she doesnt really have time to use these new products so I end up with them. Lucky me! Lol. Anyway this seaweed toner was one of the products Ive been given to try out and because Im always on the lookout for new products I tried it out for the first time last night.
Im always really wary about trying out new products on my face just in case they dont work well and leave me with a rash or something (which believe me has happened a lot in the past) but Ive dont think Ive ever had a bad reaction from a Bodyshop product before so I pushed those concerns aside and carried on applying it.
You simply squeeze a bit of this liquid onto a cotton wool pad and begin to sweep accross your face when it comes to applying so nothing out of the ordinary there. This toner has the same consitency as water so obviously dont squeeze to much out because it will end up going everywhere. And Im talking from experience here! Now Im not going to pretend I have the faintest clue what seaweed actually smells like but this doesnt really have any strong scent to it. The only way I can describe the smell is that it smells fresh but no proper scents jumped out at me.
Right now with the results Im sort of 50/50 with my opinion. I have mentioned in loads of reviews how much eye make-up I wear and I do wear powder, concealer & foundation on a daily basis so any make-up remover or toner that I use has to be pretty strong and to a certain extent this one was. I found that when I swept the cotton pad across my skin it took off my foundation and other face make-up really well without me having to scrub away at my face and I was left with a really clean, fresh face.
Now I tried to remove my eye make-up with this and it didnt budge it at all. No matter how much I scrubbed at the eyeliner and mascara it just wasnt going away and I then had to get out my usual make-up remover to do the job properly. So it half worked and half didnt.
My afce did feel really clean and fresh after I had used this and it didnt give me an bad reaction or rashes which is always a good thing I reckon but it simply was not strong enough to budge any eye make-up at all so that let it down a lot for me.
I recommend this to women who wear only foundation/powder because it does do wonders for cleaning that off your face but for people like me who wear eye make-up heavy or not I dont think this will be strong enough for you. Also this leaves your face a little bit wet and watery after application that I didnt like very much so I really do have mixed opinions on this product. If you dont wear much make-up then I strongly suggest you try this product out but for most people it wont work as good as other toners.
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Price: £3 for 60ml
£6.35 for 200ml
From: The Body Shop
For: Refreshing and purifying combination skins
The packaging is a nice clean looking bottle which is clear so you can see at a glance how much you have left. It has the usual high quality feel that most Body Shop products have. It has a flip lid which snaps shut easily and tightly, making it much more convenient than a screw top.
It's a watery liquid as you would expect from a toner, and to me it doesn't feel any thicker or denser than water. It has a slight subtle scent to it which is quite nondescript really and doesn't really smell of anything in particular.
Applying a bit of this to a cotton pad and sweeping it across my face it feels cooling and soothing instantly. As the consistency is just like water it does feel very wet on your face for the first few seconds after applying, but it soon sinks in and disappears to nothing.
It does a really good job of removing dirt and grime as well as the last traces of makeup after cleansing, as the colour of the cotton pad will testify to! The most important thing for me though is that it doesn't strip my skin and leave it feeling dry or tight, which so many other toners do.
My skin is left feeling fresh, soft, and healthy, and ready for my moisturiser or night treatments, which go on really smoothly and sink in quickly after using this. I don't find I need to use a great deal at once either so the bottle lasts well.
All in all I think this is a very good toner for combination skins.
Thumbs up from me.
Whilst at a Body Shop party I was shown the seaweed range of the Body Shop's skin care section. I tried out this toner on my hand and noticed the lovely smell.. so I bought it. I was also interested in the seaweed range because it's designed for combination skin. Even though my skin is more oily, sometimes I do get dry flaky patches around my nose, so I thought products for combination skin would cure this.
The Body Shop's Seaweed Clarifying Toner comes in a see-through 200ml bottle with a flip-top lid. The bottle is partly covered with a blue sticker with all the info we need to know such as what the product does, who it's suitable for, ingredients etc. The packaging seems pretty plain, but I really like it. It looks quite posh sitting on the shelf with my other seaweed facial products. =P
*Using The Product*
You just use this like you'd use any other toner- after cleansing, before moisturising, apply a small amount onto a cotton pad. The lady at the Body Shop party recommended that you should apply it to a damp cotton pad so that the toner isn't totally absorbed into the pad, and just stays on the top, because if the cotton pad soaks most of it up, you'll use you're bottle up quicker. It's a good tip, but I don't bother with it because sometimes I'm just too lazy to walk from my bedroom to the bathroom to wet the cotton pad. Anyway, I really like using this toner because when you use it you get that gorgeous seaweed smell. You also get a slight tingling sensation when using this, and I love it when facial products do that because it feels like it's doing something good to your skin. I like the fact that you don't need much toner to cover you're face. I only needed about 3 small droplets on my cotton pad and it covered everywhere including my forehead.
After using this my skin felt lovely and fresh and very, very clean. The appearance of my pores were smaller and my face looked matte, but not too dry. My skin was lovely and soft and smelt nice.
I would definitely recommend this toner to anyone with combination skin and even people with oily skin like me. It's the best toner I have ever used, although it's quite pricey at £6.35 because I have used 200ml toners before for less than half the price. However, little really does go a long way. If you are not sure if you want to buy it (because it's awful when you buy an expensive product and you don't like it), I would recommend you buy the minature version (60ml for £3.00). These are designed for travel but they are great for testing out the product. After trying a 60ml bottle I can assure that you'll be straight back for a 200ml version.
I am 52 and just approaching the end of the menopause ~ hopefully!! Whilst my hormones have been raging my skin has suffered and has not been helped by a change of daily beauty routine. I used to use Superdrug vitamin E range until they introduced a cocunut smell ~ which I personnally can't stomach in beauty products. I have a combination sensitive skin so opted for Simple cleanser and toner believing them to be the best, from the point of view of not irritating. My skin seemed to be getting worse ~ open pores, lots of blackheads, very dry and tight in places and more spots than I had as a teenager. I though it was all part of the raging hormones and overlooked the fact that Simple may not suit my skin. I looked on this site at reviews for toner and decided to give the Body Shop a whirl. I used to think that people only shopped at the Body Shop to impress others and that their products were no better but more expensive. The weekend I went to buy my skin was at it's grottiest so it took a bit of courage to walk into the Body Shop and mingle with all the beautiful people. The assistant didn't look at me like I had three heads or show me any pity ~ she was extremely helpful but did try to point me in the direction of tea tree instead of seaweed. Tea tree smell to me is worse than coconut so I stuck to my guns and went for the seaweed cleanser and toner. The assistant also gave me a sample of the pore protector and seaweed moisturiser. I was amazed when she said that if the products irritated my skin I could exchange them for something else. There has been no need for that, as from the first time of using the products I felt an instant benefit. I really enjoy the cooling, tingly sensation and love the smell after years of choosing product with hardly any perfume. I have been using the toner twice a day for a month and there is about 1 1/2" left in the bottle, which I think is pretty good value. I still have an area on my chin that hasn't cleared completely but the rest of my skin feels great and my pores are much reduced. My skin feels clean but not tight or dry. I am a Body Shop convert now and have since bought other products in the range.
An alcohol-free, refreshing and purifying toner that conditions the skin removing excess traces of make-up and cleanser /