March 16, 2011

Toners are usually a snooze but these ones from Kiss My Face, Yum Gourmet Skincare and Clinique aren't!

I  have never really talked about toners up to now for the simple reason that I find most of them pretty unexciting.  It's one of the few beauty products that I use up on a regular basis but don't stockpile - amazing no?!  Being a junkie of course I do try a new kind every time I use the old one up so I have found a few of note over the last year and here are my picks:

Kiss My Face Antioxidant Toner - 156ml - $14 - revitalizes tired skin with a blend of certified organic grapefruit, orange, ginger and lemon balm essential oils and extracts. Seaweed extract provides trace minerals while antioxidants Ester C and Vitamin E help fight the signs of aging. This is the most wonderfully citrusy toner that I have ever had the pleasure to use!  It cleans without drying, gets all of the leftover gunk off my face and just generally makes me happy.  I don't love the spray, so I have transferred it to a pump bottle which makes it perfect!  You can find Kiss My Face products at various retail stores or very easily online at the Kiss My Face webstore.
Yüm Gourmet Skincare Pomegranate Toner - 237ml - $33 - contains nourishing, organic Cranberry Juice and bio-complex Vitamin C to gently refine while enhancing texture and appearance, skin conditioning Organic Chamomile, Helichrysum, Plum and Sandalwood to leave skin feeling hydrated, clean and smooth. I like this toner a lot, it smells amazing but I probably wouldn't buy it again as most of the joy of using a toner for me is seeing the crap wiped off my skin and onto the cotton pad, but as  this toner already has a colour, I didn't get that satisfaction. If you want something great smelling that really does leave your skin feeling nice and you aren't as weird as me, I would recommend you give it a try!  You can purchase Yum Gourmet products at Organic Spa Solutions
Clinique Clarifying Lotion - 200ml - $24.50 - Available in Types: 1 - very dry to dry; 2 - dry combination; 3 - combination oily; and 4 - oily - with new formulas that have been updated with buffering agents incouding Hyaluronic Acid, Glycerin and Trehalose to make exfoliation more comfortable and help maintain skin's moisture equilibrium.  Graduated levels of Salicylic Acid, a longtime dermatologist staple, are also present to aid in exfoliation by removing dead skin cells, promoting optimal cell turnover - each level has been specially formulated with its own level to ensure optimal, custom-fit exfoliation for each skin type. After each use, pores seem smaller, fine lines less evident and skin tone more even and vibrant looking.  I must admit to having been forced to try this one by Christelle.  There was a time in my teenage years that I used a Clinique toner that was way too harsh for my skin and every since then, I have shied away from their toners.  It's Christelle's holy grail though and having heard that the toners had been reformulated, I thought it was a good time to try them again (and make Christelle shut up).  I went with Number 2 for dry/combination skin and had none of the over drying that I had experienced before. For the summer I might even be tempted to try the Number 3 for combination/oily once the weather gets hot and my skin becomes a lot more combo!

Not that I need anyone turning me into a toner junkie, but if anyone has any toner suggestions for ones I shouldn't miss out on - they will be gratefully received!

- Lisamarie -


  1. I love toners that come in a spray bottle, its just so much easier.

  2. oh... i want to try the kiss my face one~
    spray toners... interesting =]


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