Toners: Review and Comparison

I was mostly using my Renee Rouleau toners, until a few months ago. I have reviewed the Renee toners previously. This review is for all natural toners without the nasty stuff such as alcohol. I ended up trying the Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Mist for whatever reason I can’t remember, I think it was to get the Bergdorf Goodman goodie bag this last spring. That was when my love affair started with Omorovicza. I will discuss this later. It is by far the most used toner of the ones I have, as you can see it’s almost empty. The story behind this mist is: purifying and hydrating, this toner was inspired by the Queen of Hungary Water, the world’s first recorded perfume, formulated for Queen Elisabeth of Hungary in the 14th century. It has mostly the Hungarian natural thermal pool water and ferment extracts from the pool, the mist has the most concentrated minerals from this natural healing pool of all their products. It also has stuff like rose and sage water. But the main attraction is the thermal water ingredients. It’s a spray, is as hydrating as any general toner spray as there’s no alcohol in it. Again, my favorite right now. This is a spray glass bottle.

Su-Man skincare is a British skincare brand I found off of Cultbeauty. Their Rehydrating Toning Essence is a more gel like toner you squirt in your palms and the heat of your hands makes it a liquid, then you rub it on your face. It has rose water, hyaluronic acid, honey and green tea extract and witch hazel as the main active ingredients. I have placed this as my main witch hazel toner which will replace my Renee Rouleau toner once it’s gone. I have tried it several times, it’s moisturizing and doesn’t break me out. This brand, like other British brands, are actually cheaper to get from these UK retailers than the random US websites that carry it. Cultbeauty is the cheapest I have found for Su-Man to the US. I LOVE Su-Man which I will discuss soon in a post. They have great ingredients and products.This is a pump glass bottle.

OSEA Malibu is a US California brand based on sea ingredients. I have both the Sea Minerals and Sea Vitamin Boost toners. These are sprays with glass bottles. Sea Minerals is supposed to be a hydrating and refreshing mist for normal, combo and sun damaged skin. It’s the green one. It has dead sea salt, red and brown algae extract, North West Pacific kelp extract, saccharomyces/copper, zinc & manganese ferment, aloe and honeysuckle extract. The Sea Vitamin Boost is a nourishing and hydrating spray, the red one, for all skin types. It has pomegranate, red algae and wine extract, madder root extract, trace minerals, vitamin C and honeysuckle extract. Honestly, I notice no difference between the two so far. But they don’t irritate, dry or break out my skin and are alcohol free. I like the concept and natural ingredients in OSEA products. I will have more I talk about in the future. I do have one small peeve, the spray top gets slightly sticky with the first spray and takes a few seconds to pop back up. After that it’s fine it doesn’t stick anymore.

Tata Harper Hydrating Floral Essence I have used a few small bottles and just got this new big one. It’s a glass bottle spray. This has rose water, aloe, lavender flower water, radish root extract, witch hazel, sodium hyaluronate, beet root, gotu kola, willow bark and rice extract as well as superoxide dismutase. It’s hydrating and doesn’t have a real strong scent like a lot of her stuff does.

The mini in the photo is the In Fiore Vitale Toning Floral Essence. I’ve seen this brand forever in the Beautyhabit catalogs and decided to try a mini when they had a 20% off code. I was going to try a cleanser, but I have so many and decided to go against it. Their stuff all has an odd scent I figure it’s from the apple cider vinegar. It has aloe, apple cider vinegar, lavender water, witch hazel, Irish moss, papaya extract, ginko biloba and many other ingredients I won’t list. I’ve only tried it a few times, same as the other basics besides the smell.

I like all of them, they are great natural choices. They all feel about the same on, so pick one based on the ingredients you like. I do love the Omorovicza minerals the most, and maybe the Su-Man as it’s more hydrating and different plus it has my witch hazel for night use. Also try this tip, when your face is dry and needs a boost, spray a toner on then seal it in with a drop of face oil pressed on right after, but before the toner evaporates completely.

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