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Last year, boots decided to bring out a vintage styl skincare line, part of which is the Damask Rose skin tonic. The main appeal of the product is it's packaging, it looks lovely on your dressing table. It is also quite good for dry skin, as it does not irritate any dry patches you may already have, and cleanses your face without drying it at all.
The skin tonic comes in a solid glass bottle, with the words engraved in the glass just above the label. This makes it feel very good quality, as the glass feels very substantial. The label is cream, with black old fashioned lettering telling you it is Boots' 'orginial beauty formula'. It's a very nice bottle, and has a genuinely vintage feel to it.
The product is a clear liquid that smells to me of rose and parma violets! It smells very nice, although there is a hint of glycerine about the smell. The rose smell goes with the packaging, there's something about that lovely rose smell that reminds me of the elegant old lady!
I apply the tonic with a cotton ball after cleansing, and sweep over my face for about 30 seconds, repeating if there is a lot of visible dirt on the cotton ball. It leaves my skin feeling refreshed, but without the horrible tingling feeling you get with so many toners.
I haven't really noticed any difference with my skin after using this product, except if I use it too often (more than twice a week) it gives me breakouts, but that's the same with everything for me!
This toner would not be at all good for people with oily skin, as it contains glycerine, but if you have normal/dry skin, it's great!
Boots original skin tonic - Damask Rose
After reviewing the cleansing milk that I purchased last week this is part 2 - my review of the Boots Original Skin Tonic....
~ The Packaging ~
As mentioned in my Cleansing Milk review, I purchased this product as part of a set but looking at the Boots website I see that the box is also wonderfully vintage just like the bottle. The packing is a lovely muted blue with a plain white label with black writing. The packaging is inspired by the Original Boots packaging that was launched in the 1880s.
The skin tonic comes in a glass bottle which could be re-used once empty with other products such as more toner, hand cream or body lotion. The bottle has the Boots logo embossed into the back and front of the bottle and the labels are in black and white again. It has an aluminum screw top that is very easy to open even when your hands are wet and this also features the Boots logo.
~ Sight and smell ~
The tonic looks just like water, it is completely clear and very thin in consistency. The smell is absolutely gorgeous. It is quite strong if you take a big whiff the alcohol really hits you but once it is on a cotton pad it reminds me of turkish delight - almost good enough to eat (or drink!) The smell is very old fashioned and very delicate which I love.
~ Instructions on How to Use ~
Tone both morning and evening after cleansing and before using moisturiser. Apply to a soft muslin cloth or cotton wool pad and lightly sweep across the face and neck.
The skin tonic works very well in removing the final traces of oil and remaining cleanser from your face and the final results of this can be seen on the cotton pad. It left my skin feeling cool, clean, refreshed and very soft. Most toners leave my skin quite tight and dry but this was the complete opposite.
~ Ingredients ~
The two main ingredients are damask rose essential oil and glycerin. The rose oil is soothing to the skin and the glycerin helps to soften. Both of these ingredients are some of the oldest combination in skin care.
This skin tonic is great on all skin types and helps to revitalise and clean away excess cleaners and your natural skin oils and helps to leave your skin clean and clear and ready for the next step.
~ The Results ~
This is truly an amazing product. Before this range my skin was really dry one minute, oily the next and spots would be popping up on a regular basis. Now, my skin is so clear. There is no sign of dry patches or oily flair-ups and my spots have almost all gone just after 5 days. In fact, my skin is so clear that I have stopped wearing foundation.
I have had so many comments of how lovely my skin looks. It is a little on the expensive side with the whole set retailing at nearly £16 but in my opinion it is really worth it. It also looks lovely sitting on your dressing table or bathroom shelf thanks to the classic packaging.
~ Price and Availability ~
Obviously being a Boots own product, this is exclusively available at Boots branches and online. It costs £3.89 for a 150ml bottle which will last roughly 2-3 months. You will also receive 12 points for this purchase with your Boots reward card. At the moment you also receive a free Skin Balm worth £3.89 (that you apply to really dry skin such as your knees and elbows) with any Boots Original purchase. This range would make a lovely gift for all ages.
5 out of 5 well earned dooyoo stars to Boots for bringing back this gorgeous Victorian vintage product to our homes.
This is a refreshing and gentle toner that feels and smells great.
Rosewater and glycerin is a combination I've used before but this is the nicest product of this type I have tried. Not just the lovely packaging but the product itself works wonders.
I find most toners are quite vicious and leave you feeling like your skin has been stripped. This one is lovely and gentle and leaves skin feeling clean but soft.
Use after cleansing to rid your skin of any residue or grime that might be left before applying moisturiser. After using my skin feels wonderfully soft and only a little bit sticky - the stickiness soon goes and just leaves you feeling nicely refreshed. The cotton wool goes a slightly yucky colour so you can tell it removes the dirt that washing your face somehow fails to get!
My favourite thing about this stuff is the smell - it's damask rose and it's quite sweet without being sickly and it's so good I find myself opening the bottle just for a sniff! Delicious but not overpowering so you don't end up smelling like turkish delight.
The bottle was the thing that attracted me to it in the first place - it's a really pretty glass bottle with a retro looking label reminding you that the recipe is based on products used in the olden days but without looking like something your granny should be buying. The whole range is beautifully packaged and I think they get the balance just right between vintage and modern and I really love the glass bottles. I'm building up quite a collection of empty containers from this range with the intention of trying some homemade skincare products......!
At £3.89 for 150ml I have no complaints about the price for something that works so well and looks and smells so good! I actually got this in one of their gift sets half price in the sale but I would buy it again full price although it looks like it will last quite a long time so hopefully I won't have to buy any more very soon.
It's probably not a product I would use twice a day as recommended as I don't think my oily skin would appreciate I am using it regularly and I feel like my skin is much improved for it.
I have to say, Boots are very wise in the current climate to base a new range on "Traditional skincare." The plain, old fashioned packaging is retro enough to look cute on your bathroom shelf, and with the credit crunch looming, somehow it feels very prudent to be stocking up with no-frills products your grandmother would have used. Speaking of which - aren't we all a little bit attracted to these old fashioned products BECAUSE they are something our grandmothers would have used? There is a kind of glamour in using cold cream, skin tonic and all the other little bottles and jars that you might have found on the dressing tables of Hollywood starlets. Even the name "original formula" implies that, having tried all the new fangled ingredients and fancy technology, a cosmetics giant like Boots has found them wanting and is going back to products that worked perfectly well in the first place.
I'm a fan of simple (eg one or two ingredients) skin products, as I think my skin is at its best when I'm not bombarding it with lots of different things. I had been using witch hazel as a toner, which was fine, but I had heard rose water was great, so when this new range was produced I decided to try it.
As I mentioned, the label is old fashioned, but in a very deliberate way. The description claims that it "lightly refreshes weary skin leaving it ready for moisturiser." It smells delicious - very sweet, and rosey (of course) - in fact, it reminds me very much of Turkish delight! I poured some onto a cotton wool ball and dabbed it over my face - and it was indeed very refreshing and felt lovely.
I am most impressed by the results! I don't really expect too much from a toner - I think if you use a decent cleanser, you probably won't be picking up any dirt. To me, it's more just the step between cleansing and moisturising. But this is truly fantastic - my skin feels so soft! Glycerine and roses both have skin softening properties but for some reason I wasn't expecting such a drastic difference - my skin feels like a child's! I can't say it's had any effect on the size of my pores (which is what some people look for in a toner) but with baby soft skin, I don't have any complaints!
Base on a truly traditional tonic, this rosewater and glycerin formulation lightly refreshes weary skin leaving it ready for moisturiser /