What Elemis say: “This calming treatment toner effectively tones the skin and helps maintain the pH level, without the use of alcohol or other harsh detergents. Reveal a fresh and radiant complexion.”
Elemis have this toner down as being for sensitive skin but a quick look at the amount of fragrance in this product should be enough to warn off anyone who really does suffer with sensitivity.
If that’s not a problem for you however then this is a great toner with a gentle apricot scent. It gently hydrates and cools any areas of redness or irritation yet doesn’t leave any feeling of residue on the skin. It leaves my skin feeling really hydrated and supple.
It comes with a spray top so you can choose to use it on cotton pads or just spritz it directly onto the skin – whichever suits you best. Spritzing will waste less of the product and means you can double it up for other uses such as moistening beauty blenders or using on top of your make-up in the same way as MAC Fix Plus to settle your powder make-up and look more natural which is something I have been using it for to great effect. Spray nozzles are also a great way of making products like toners accessible to men – beards and cotton wool pads don’t mix unless you like the Father Christmas look!
Elemis are in the process of changing the packaging on all of their products so if you buy the product now it will look a little different to the one I have (pictured above), they’re going for a more modern sleek look now which I think I quite like – I’ve seen it on their website. One of these lasts me quite a while though so I will still be on this one for a bit yet!
When I pH tested this with universal indicator paper I got a pH of about 5 which is not too bad at all considering many I have tested have been completely neutral. Two of the ingredients on the list are pH buffers so it’s obviously something they have thought a little more about than most brands.
I usually buy Elemis products from QVC as they are much cheaper from them and you can get some real bargains skin care wise. If you’re interested in trying anything from Elemis I would recommend having a look on their website as you can often get bundles of several products for less than the price of one of the products somewhere else.
Ingredients, explanation brackets my own:
Aqua/Water/Eau, Glycerin (Humectant), Polysorbate 20 (sugar alcohol; emulsifier), Methyl Gluceth-20 (emollient & humectant), Phenoxyethanol (sugar alcohol; slip agent & preservative), Disodium EDTA (preservative), Chlorphenesin (preservative, pH buffer), Saponins (plant extract), Fragrance/Parfum, Sodium Dehydroacetate (preservative, anti-microbial), Tromethamine (buffering agent), Benzyl Benzoate (anti-microbial), Linalool (fragrance*), Hexyl Cinnamal (fragrance*), Hydroxycitronellal (fragrance*), Butylphenyl Methylpropional (fragrance*), Saponaria Officinalis/Sweet Betty Leaf/Root Extract (plant extract), Prunus Armeniaca/Apricot Fruit Extract (plant extract)
*All of these fragrances occur naturally in plants or can be synthesised