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Friday, June 20, 2014

The Body Shop Seaweed Clarifying Toner - Review


 I have a love and hate relationship with this one.

The Body Shop Seaweed Clarifying Toner
An alcohol-free, refreshing and purifying toner. Instantly and effectively conditions, purifies and refreshes the skin, removing traces of makeup and cleanser. Leaves skin feeling fresh, purified, and looking shine-free.

How to use?
Saturate a cotton wool pad and sweep across a cleansed face and neck.

Ingredients:
Water (Solvent/Diluent), PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil (Emulsifier), Trideceth-9 (Emulsifier), Phenoxyethanol (Preservative), Algae Extract (Natural Additive), Glycerin (Humectant), Methylparaben (Preservative), Fragrance (Fragrance), Propylene Glycol (Humectant), Disodium EDTA (Chelating Agent), Fucus Vesiculosus (Bladderwrack) Extract (Skin Conditioning Agent), Butylparaben (Preservative), Ethylparaben (Preservative), Menthol (Fragrance/Cooling Agent), Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Extract (Natural Additive), Isobutylparaben (Preservative), Propylparaben (Preservative), Benzyl Alcohol (Preservative), Linalool (Fragrance Ingredient), Butylphenyl Methylpropional (Fragrance Ingredient), Benzyl Salicylate (Fragrance Ingredient), Potassium Sorbate (Preservative), Citronellol (Fragrance Ingredient), Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone (Fragrance Ingredient), Tocopherol (Antioxidant).




My Experience
I had got this one last year I think, and since then I am loving and hating it at the same time. I was previously using the Vitamin E Hydrating Toner miniature (60 ml) which worked great on me during winters.

 I take a little bit of this Toner in a cotton pad and swipe it lightly all over my face, neck, nape and ears (yes all of it) in an outward direction after cleansing my face with a mild cleanser. Trust me you do not want to see the cotton pad after I am done. It removes all the remaining dirt, makeup and/or tiny towel fibres that sticks to your face while wiping it. My face feels really refreshed after using it and it does not dry out my face either ( I have a dry-combination skin).

The product comes in a clear plastic bottle with a flip open cap. You can see how much product is left in it and mine is almost over now. The toner smells really refreshing. I would recommend to use a little bit of the product or it may dry out your skin or give you redness, with time, near your nose if you have sensitive skin.

It contains Bladderwrack Seaweed which, when I researched, has amino acids, and vitamins that nourish your skin. Seaweed's amino acids can help to hydrate dry skin and alleviate inflammation and irritation. Bladderwrack seaweed also contains fucoidan, a potent natural anti-inflammatory, which also helps reduce redness on the skin's surface. Fucoidan fights aging by helping to maintain collagen levels and promote elasticity in the skin. It also contains Menthol which has a cool soothing effect on the skin. Also, if used in the right amount, it can tighten pores for a smoother look.

Overall, I quite like this toner and it does its job really well but the only thing I dislike is, it makes my skin bumpy, you know those tiny colorless bumps, on both sides, near the nose area and I really hate it. Maybe I am using more of the product. Not sure, but will surely let you all know.

Likes
~ It does what it claims.
~ Removes all the remaining dirt, makeup and/or the towel fibres.
~ Face feels refreshed and really clean.
~ Does not dry out my skin.
~ Travel friendly.
~ You need a very little of the product and lasts you really long.

Dislikes
~ Contains Paraben.
~ Gives me tiny bumps near the nose area.
~ Does nothing for blackheads.

My Rating ♥♥♥♥
4.5/5

The Body Shop Seaweed Clarifying Toner is meant for Combination/Oily Skin. It costs ₹795 for 200ml and has a shelf life of 3 years. I purchased mine from The Body Shop counter. It can also be purchased online from thebodyshop.in which has an offer going on 20% off on any 3 sitewide.

What's your favorite toner? Have you tried this out?
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