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I was lucky enough to be given a range of Liz Earle skincare products many years ago and would probably only use them if money were no object. This toner has a light floral scent that really does sooth and brighten my skin up and it seems to close some of my open pores. I will say that I have very sensitive skin and can't use this on a daily basis - it comes out a couple of times a week when I've had a bath - otherwise my skin dries up and reacts badly.
Many of the ingredients are very natural and several essential oils are used, so I'm not entirely sure why fragrance is also added - and this may be what I am sensitive to, as my skin isn't a fan of artificial scents.
You can be sure that there are no animal products used in the making of these cosmetics and it is not tested on animals. The range has a very good reputation and is of a very high quality. I would like to see more organic products being used- but that would add to the price of course.
With an eye to being natural and also not affecting the environment too much, I do have to mention the excess packaging when I received postal goods - all wrapped in very unecessary Liz Earle paper that just gets ripped off and thrown away.
All in all a pretty good product from a range of fabulous products.
I first bought this toner over a year ago along with the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish and I think it's well worth the money. I didn't repurchase the face wash (because I found a cheaper one from Lush I like better called Ultrabland) but I found that as soon as I stopped using the toner when it ran out, I instantly missed it.
Firstly, it smells lovely. It has the most refreshing scent to it and seems to instantly cool down my skin on contact. I recently took this on holiday with me to Spain and after washing my face I would spray it straight onto my skin and then wipe off with a cotton pad. It really helps to get rid of any last traces of face wash, exfoliate away any dead skin and just seems to leave my face feeling balanced, smooth and clean, with no unpleasant tight feeling that you get with some harsher toners.
For me, the 200ml bottle lasts reasonably well (I get the spray version which is 50 pence more but I reckon leads to less wastage) and I notice a difference with my skin when I use it. Even though it's not cheap, I think it's well worth the money as it does everything I want from a toner.
I am a massive fan of Liz Earle's products after being introduced to them in my darkest of skin days - my teens. I still to this day have trouble with my skin but it was worse when I first started using this product. My skin was very prone to breakouts and it was a nightmare to try and control. I would give anything a go and this was in my bathroom at home because my mum uses it religiously, so i decided to nab a bit.
Liz Earle's products are famous for being high quality, nourishing and gentle on the skin and for not containing all the nasty chemicals you often find in these types of products. The naturally active ingredients include aloe vera to revitalize and soften and calendula, chamomile, cucumber and natural source vitamin E to soothe and refresh the skin.
To use simply dab onto a piece of cotton wool or pad, then sweep all over your face and neck. Ideally you would use the Hot Cloth Cleanser before using this to give your skin the ultimate pamper treatment.
Whenever I use Liz Earle I feel like I am having a spa treatment. The products are so soothing and gentle on the skin they will not irritate even the most sensitive of skin. The smell is very floral which again adds to the luxurious feel to the product. I can use this all over my eyes, nostrils, all the most delicate of areas and I do not get the slighted bit of irritation. Instead I feel that if I use this first thing in the morning it actually 'wakes up' my skin and I am left feeling clean, fresh and ready to face the day. By the amount of dirt present on the cotton pad it is evident that it is doing its job.
I also use it again at night to remove my makeup sometimes and it is very good at doing so, even waterproof makeup. It often takes 3 or so cotton pads if I don't use the hot cloth cleanser beforehand if I'm feeling lazy. However with very little effort and force it picks up the makeup. I work it slightly around the eyes especially if I have had a lot of eye makeup on that day but it gets rid of it no problem. It does what I need it to do!
I can say my skin has improved for using this product combined with the hot cloth cleanser. I notice that my skin is a lot brighter and it feels a lot cleaner and healthier when I use these products on a regular basis. Due to its gentle, soft nature it does feel more nourishing than the harsh cheaper products I tend to put on my face nowadays because as a student I can't afford the upkeep.
The retail price for this is £13.25 so this is high end product but it definitely shows. I go back to this again and again because I absolutely love the way it makes my skin feel and for me, it is absolutely flawless. Don't even think about it this is so worth the investment. Fantastic product. A very easy 5 stars.
When it comes to the idea of toners, I will be honest, they are not my favourite product.The motto is' Cleanse, Tone and Moisturise '. The First and last I do without question. The tone....not so much. Why? Personally I can see the benefits of cleanse and moisturise immediately, whether they are doing something good or bad to the skin. But toning? And to be fair, with all the different stages of ' cleaning your face ' you can go through with so many lotions and potions, this is the least exciting and underwhelms me. But because this product was in a kit I purchased, I thought what the hell-lets give it a go?
Liz Earle is a British company who specialise in botanical based skincare, bodycare, haircare and now cosmetics. They were founded in 1995 by Liz Earle and Kim Buckland.
They arent in your usual high street stores, or at least they werent but can be found in some John Lewis, Boots and Fenwick stores. I suspect this may be more in regards to their cosmetic range rather than skincare.But since 1996 they have been selling their products on QVC, have their own shops in Leeds, London, Guildford and the Isle of WightThey also have their own website that you can purchase products directly from. So if you want Liz Earle products, you can get them.
What is this product?
Its an alcohol free, very gentle product that helps to hydrate, refresh, soothe and brighten the skin. It contains natural ingredients such as aloe vera, cucumber, vitamin e, which prepares the skin to accept with pleasure your mosituriser of choice.
Aqua (water), Aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice, Glycerin, PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil, Tocopherol (vitamin E), Cucumis sativus (cucumber) fruit extract, Anthemis nobilis (chamomile) flower extract, Calendula officinalis (calendula) flower extract, Humulus lupulus (hops) extract, Panthenol, Phenoxyethanol, Allantoin, Parfum (fragrance), Tocopheryl acetate, Benzoic acid, Dehydroacetic acid, Linalool, Limonene, Ethylhexylglycerin, Citronellol, Sodium hydroxide, Polyaminopropyl biguanide, Geraniol, Coumarin, Potassium sorbate, Citric acid.
How is it packaged?
The one I currently use is the travel size version which is 30ml in size and has a spritz top which I find the easiest to use. The packaging is some form of plastic, quite robust and in a very pale green colour. Its simple in look, no fuss in regards to presentation. It has a small symbol in the middle in silver, which is the Liz Earle brand logo, the name of the product close to the top and directly underneath a list of some of the ingredients.
On the back it tells you what the product is supposed to do, the fact you have a 12 month shelf life when opened. I assume the normal full size version will have more details on it such as how to use, but not on my travel size. The full size version if I remember correctly the product would come out of a small hole at the top, if the bottle was squeezed or you could pour out the product directly onto cotton wool.
How do you use?
Depending on the packaging, you can pour the toner onto cotton wool and wipe over the face morning and night after cleansing but before you pop on moisturiser. Or with the spritz bottle, you can spray directly onto face ( eyes closed with alittle distance between you and the product ). A tip I would use if you have the spritz spray, is spray over your face when feeling alittle hot and you need refreshing at anytime. Also put it in the fridge if you need more of a cooling action, possibly when the weather is very warm and humid.Great light relief.
So what do I think?
The product itself is easy and pleasant to use.Having it in the little spritz version means I dont have to really think about putting it on as its just a few quick sprays and done. It does leave a light layer of moisture on the skin, which its supposed to do.Doesnt dry the skin and the smell is refreshing, uplifting and and not feminine.
Would I buy again?
As much as I like the product, toning isnt my thing to be honest so probably wouldnt go out of my way to buy.If it was in a kit then I would use it. The cost of this product is as follows ( it comes in different sizes ):
200ml bottle £13.25
200ml spritz bottle £13.25
50ml bottle £5.50
30ml spritz £5.50
Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic is a toner which accompanies the famous Cleanse and Polish cleanser. The tonic contains naturally active ingredients; organic aloe vera, calendula, rose scented geranium, cucumber, Vitamin E. These ingredients are designed to revitalise, soothe and tone, and to promote radiance. It is alcohol free, non- drying and designed for all skin types.
The product is available direct from Liz Earle or QVC. It retails at £12.50 for 200ml of product which is contained within a bottle with a screw cap or spritzer dispenser. The packaging is similar to that of other Liz Earle products; simple and understated, which reinforces their use of natural ingredients.
Skin Tonic is designed to be used after cleansing, morning and evening. The toner is colourless and has a light, fresh, floral scent. A soaked cotton pad is simply swept over the face to restore skins' moisture levels and radiance. The tonic can also be spritzed over makeup as a pick-me-up.
The tonic is wonderfully refreshing and soothing on my skin. It removes any last traces of makeup and oils without stripping the skin or making it feel tight. It calms any redness or irritation I may have and my skin looks brighter after using this. The fragrance also helps me relax and unwind after a busy day. I use this around the eye area if I am in a rush; it removes waterproof mascara without irritating my eyes.
I love this product. It is much more than just a toner which takes away makeup, which is why it is called Instant Boost Skin Tonic. I have tried other products in the chemist, but nothing compares to this. It is a little more expensive, but Liz Earle and QVC regularly have offers which bring the price down.
I first came across Liz Earle when I was given a set for my birthday. My mother is a bit of a QVC addict so needless to say it was one of the offers of the day. Not that I am complaining.
For those that don't know who Liz Earle is she was a presenter many moons ago on the GMTV. She covered most of the health and beauty sections. With her best friend kim who she had known from since the 1980's she founded the company in 1995. The beauty with all her products is that they are all natural ingredients and don't cost the earth. All ages can use these products my boys when younger had teenage spots etc and this tonic really helped.
Right the product
Most of the Liz Earle range is a peppermint green colour, although the men's range is brown. The bottle is 200ml. The top is one of those twist tops with a small hole at the top for use. The front has a brief description and the Liz Earle logo on.
When to use.
Well this item is supposed to be used if you are doing the 3 step programme after using your cleanse and polish. To be honest any time i need a quick freshen up I have a quick cleanse with this item and instantly my skin feels revitalised. I put a couple of drops on a cotton ball and gently wipe in a circular movement around my face. As soon as you open the top you can smell the cucumber and aloe vera which definatley has an effect straight away on your skin. This toner brightens and smooths your skin as well as providing a fine layer of moisture.
Now I am hooked and yes I buy when on offer on QVC, you can buy online or some large department stores do still them ie John Lewis.
The price for the 200ml is approx £16 although this will last you a while.
I have always heard good things about the Liz Earle range of cosmetics and I was fortunate enough to be given her Superskin Concentrate last year, which I really liked. Liz Earle's ethos is to use plant based ingredients, avoiding animal ingredients, (but some 'animal-friendly ones such as beeswax and honey are used in certain products) and they don't test on animals. They try and source ingredients sustainably and ethically, and don't use excess packaging. This is an ethos I subscribe to and it is always nice to come across a company so transparent about their policies. There is a lot more information on their website for those who are interested.
Through a promotion online I decided to order their 'skincare essentials range' for £41 which is a saving on buying the cleanser, skin tonic and moisturiser separately and it included a superskin concentrate travel bottle, as well as a free gift (another bottle of cleanser). The offer changes monthly but the price seems to be about the same. The tonic was wrapped in branded tissue paper in the box, and all ingredients and instructions for use were on the bottle. To buy on its own the tonic is £12.50 for a 200ml bottle.
The Instant Boost Skin Tonic is in Liz Earle's signature pale blue plastic bottle. The lid doesn't screw off but pops up for ease of access, giving you a small hole to pour your tonic onto a cotton wool pad. I think this is a great idea, as it minimises wastage and potential spillages. I cannot be alone in having accidentally sloshed expensive liquids all over the bathroom floor. The product is designed to be used after the hot cloth cleanser (which I also use - see separate review for more information) and followed by a moisturiser.
If I am honest I am always a bit blasé about toners and what they do but I am not getting any younger, and whilst this product doesn't claim any anti-ageing properties, if it makes my skin look good then I am happy. It is easy to use with the help of the thoughtful cap - just a half twist and the little spout is revealed and I tip it onto my cotton pad. If you are really clumsy you can still spill some (I have done this) but the wastage is minimised. I then sweep the damp pad across my face which feels cool and soothing. The tonic is colourless but has a subtle scent of aloe vera. The pad usually comes away fairly clean on my face as the cleanser has removed any make up, but as I have long hair, I sometimes find it discolours around my neck. The tonic claims to give instant radiance, and I am not sure it actually achieves this: If I used it on one side of my face and not the other, I don't think you would notice the difference straight away. However I think using the product regularly has helped.
I find the tonic really gentle and not as astringent as some products I have used, and it feels very refreshing and soothing on my skin. I am fortunate that I don't suffer from many skin ailments, but I could imagine this would feel great on dry or inflamed skin caused by allergies or other problems as it is also mildly moisturising. Key ingredients include cucumber extract (I get a bit of this in the scent, I am not usually a fan, but it certainly lives up to its calming and soothing promise), geranium oil, aloe vera, glycerine (vegetable derived), hops, Vitamin B5 & E, calendula extract and chamomile oil. A full list is on the Liz Earle website: http://uk.lizearle.com/
Liz Earle also produces a spritzer bottle of this, which would probably be equally easy to use. They also suggest spritzing over make up before a night out. I can imagine as it is slightly moisturising that it would help refresh and brighten your skin without affecting your make up and intend to keep an eye out for this version when I am ready to replace the bottle I am currently using. I don't expect that to be for a while as my 200ml bottle still has a lot of use and I expect it to last for months yet (I have been using it for a couple of mionths already).
Liz Earle products can be bought online on their website (above), at John Lewis or QVC. They also have a few of their on stores now in London, Guildford, Isle of Wight or Leeds and a few (very few) branches of Boots and Fenwicks. I would recommend checking out their website for any promotion and offers though.
As you may have read on some of my other reviews, I have become a bit of a fan of the Liz Earle range of products (pricey as they are) and as I am currently using their cleanse, tone and polish regime, I felt it was only right that I complete the set of reviews on each individual item.
~~~ The purchase and product~~~
I have given both the Hot Cleanser and the moisturiser 5 stars and can now reveal that the Instant Skin Boost Tonic also receives a 5 star recommendation from me. The reasons for this are the gentleness and natural ingredients that this refreshing toner brings to your skin and the resultant factor therein. The skin feels totally refreshed and toned, and unlike most toners; my experience has of them has left my skin feel dry and wanting, parched and lacking in any kind of protection on my skin. However this is how this toner differs from others I have tried. As soon as you pour out the toner and apply it to your skin the comforting, clean smell feels gentle (the smell of it to me is reminiscent of baby power; although officially they classify the smell as 'heavenly floral!'). It glides on your skin and your skin feels bright and truly cleansed but the bonus is it feels moisturised as well if that is possible in a skin tonic.
~~~ Using it ~~~
The ingredients of this wonderfully aroma item are cucumber (lush!), chamomile (sweet!), calendula, vitamin E and organic aloe Vera. Even the list of ingredients looks yummy. So to me it is little wonder that this item is so refreshing and nourishing to my skin.
You will note that it has no alcohol like most toning products which is probably why there is no astringent drying effect to my skin.
The qualities of this boost tonic is also best noted in that you can also use it as a spritzer during the say to just refresh your skin and moisturiser it which I thought would be particularly handy if you go on holiday somewhere or even on a plane where the air con is so drying to your skin. One wipe over of this lovely liquid and your skin feels cleansed and refreshed and brightened.
A truly lovely product to use alone or part of the skin care regime that Liz Earle advocates i.e use with the hot polish cleanser prior to using the skin tonic and followed up by the Liz Earle moisturiser.
The other bonus is it is suitable for all skin types.
~~ Stockists and more information ~~~~~
You can purchase it directly from the Liz Earle website at http://uk.lizearle.com. You can also purchase it in John Lewis.
Cost for this varies from a 30 ml spritzer bottle of £5 ( useful if you want to try it before proceeding on to the bigger bottles).
The full sized bottles are 200 ml bottle = £12.25.
Overall I give this 5 *****
Thanks for reading.
I'm not particularly close to my mother in law as we rarely see her and when we do her visits are fleeting, but on her last visit a few months ago we were discussing skin care products and she told me she was a fan of Liz Earle.
I have heard of Liz Earle products and to be honest have heard nothing but praise for just about everything I've ever read about, but up until recently I haven't tried anything from this range for myself.
Imagine my surprise when in late November I was given a mini sized 'Essentials Try Me Kit' from her which features 4 reasonable sized products, the first of which I will now review - Instant Boost Skin Tonic..
*~*Price, packaging & availability*~*
As this was a gift I have no idea how much this cost my mother in law nor where she purchased it from. Having searched around online though I see that the Essentials kit to buy ranges from £15 - £22 whilst the Skin Tonic bought separately is anything from £12 upwards for the full sized 200 ml bottle, so depends really where you choose to shop from. If wanting to try this, I have seen the sample size (50ml) on Ebay for under £4 so it's really worth looking around for though if in doubt all items can be ordered from the official website @ www.lizearle.com
Though my bottle is a 'sample size' I am impressed that it contains 50 ml of tonic which is a reasonable size in my opinion as it gives me plenty of uses to make my mind up about the product.
The colouring of the packaging (as with most Liz Earle products) is a calming sage green and has the logo and subsequent lettering and information in a bold but not too prominent black colour. There is a small silver embossed logo of a flower in a circle on the front but apart from this there is no other decoration and the design is quite simplistic and 'natural' in appearance.
*~*What is it then?*~*
This is a floral scented toner which promises to be none drying whilst adding a fine layer of moisture at the same time. It soothes, refreshes and brightens the skin according to the blurb and is suitable for all skin types not to mention is also alcohol free - sounds good so far.
Instant Boost Skin Tonic is made up using Calendula, Chamomile, Aloe Vera, Vitamin E and Cucumber so is a very natural product to use on the skin not to mention how beautiful it smells as well.
*~*My experience of using this*~*
Though this can be used in conjunction with the Hot Polish Cleanser that also comes as part of the Essentials kit, I have used this both after the Hot Polish and on it's own and have had the same fantastic results each time.
To use is simple enough - pour a reasonable amount on to a cotton wool pad and sweep over the face and neck - just like a regular toner in fact.
The toner has a beautiful floral aroma and though it is quite strong it's not overpoweringly so, but is certainly noticeable, especially when you remove the lid from the bottle at first it comes across as *very* floral. Once it has soaked into the cotton wool pad it seems to diminish in strength so isn't too strong once applied to my face, just a light and delicate floral aroma which is very pleasant indeed as some toners are just plain boring or remind me of nail polish remover!
The consistency of this toner is very watery as expected as most toners in general are water based so be careful not to spill the product when tipping the bottle to apply to the cotton wool as it does come out at a very rapid pace (as I discovered when I managed to spill it on my first try).
I like the way this toner feels against my skin as it instantly cools and soothes and feels incredibly refreshing whilst obviously cleaning my pores.
*~*Results and Recommended?*~*
I have recently just finished a bottle of floral based toner by my favourite french beauty company Yves Rocher (see separate review) so I didn't know how this would compare as I used it almost immediately afterwards. The product is fantastic in every way there is no denying that, and my skin feels incredibly revived and refreshed each time I have used it so it certainly scores points there.
I have quite sensitive and dry skin at times (though not always) so I have to be careful which products I use, especially on my face, which is why I normally opt for Yves Rocher. I did like the sound of this Liz Earle tonic though as it is all natural and as I expected it didn't cause any soreness or rashes. My skin always feels soothed and even hydrated after using this product and I certainly would be tempted to use it again if I could buy it cheaper as it is a fantastic product but I can't justify the amount it costs on just one item.
This doesn't leave my skin feeling tight or taut like some toners have in the past so if I can buy this cheaper then it could become a firm favourite with me.
I have used skin tonic for just over a year now - twice daily. It is a nice way to finish after using cleanse and polish - it refreshes the face and smells devine. It is so easy to use and very quick and easy. I have used it both in the twist both bottle version and the spritzer version - which I find the twist bottle version much better and the spritzer emitted far too much for my liking. I have just ordered a pack of 3 for Christmas as I never want to be without it. Have ordered the skincare trio of which this is part of the pack for Christmas as a pressie to me. One advantage of the spritzer quite useful over the summer as it cooled down my face. After dithering with other tonics it is nice to have found one that is right for me.
I am and have been an avid fan of Liz Earle's Cleanse and Polish for many years and have used it religiously. However my overall favourite product in this range is definitely the Liz Earle Skin Tonic.
Once you have cleansed your face, the skin tonic is so kind, gentle and cooling that you feel so alive in the mornings and so pampered and relaxed at night. It has a very pleasant aroma as it is enriched with ingredients such as aloe vera, calendula, chamomile, cucumber and vitamin E.
The skin tonic comes in two forms, the 200ml bottle and 30 to 200ml spritzer bottles which is absolutely fabulous. You can spritz all over your face and body to awake and revitalise yourself at any time. I find that the small spritzer bottle (30ml or 50ml) is an excellent product to have in your handbag especially for half way through the busy working day, a quick spray and your totally refreshed again to carry on.
In my opinion, this is possibly the best skin tonic EVER! I just love this product!'
WHY I PURCHASED THIS
I've been using many of the Liz Earle products for as long as ten years now. I was first introduced to the Cleanse, Tone & Moisturise range as a young teenager and haven't looked back since. The funniest thing is that these Liz Earle products got rid of my teenage spots forever, within a space of a few weeks. For me, they were so much more effective than any of the products geared towards bannishing spots available on the market!
I always thought toners were a bit of a gimmick / waste of time, but when purchasing from Liz Earle, it's difficult to avoid any product all together. They're so generous with their freebies!
WHAT LIZ EARLE SAYS
"This heavenly floral-scented, non-drying toner refreshes, soothes and brightens your skin. Gentle and alcohol-free, it also adds a fine layer of moisture.
Pour onto a cotton wool pad and sweep over face and neck after using Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser. Alternatively spritz over face and body to revitalise at any time.
Naturally active ingredients include organic aloe vera to revitalise and soften and calendula, chamomile, cucumber and natural source vitamin E to soothe and refresh the skin."
A standard 200ml bottle is £11.75. It is worth baring in mind that 200ml is very big! So while I agree that this is indeed quite costly, it is worth noting that this bottle will last you a good few months. (I find mine lasts around a year, but I'm not consistent with using it twice a day as instructed!)
You can buy a smaller sized bottle of 50ml for £4.85. This won't last so long but is a great way to try the product before committing to the full size.
There are always offers available when buying from Liz Earle (either the shop or website) and they're very generous with freebies too!
You can buy from John Lewis department stores and website too, and also from QVC where you'll find various offers now and again (the website and from buying through their hotline on the TV Channel).
The toner has recently become available in a spritzer / spray bottle. The price of this varies between sizes too, and roughly matches the price of the same sized regular toner bottles.
When buying from a Liz Earle store, or the website, everything is wrapped beautifully in Liz Earle tissue paper, and sealed with Liz Earle stickers (in a light, mint green to match the products themselves).
This toner, like the rest of the Cleanse, Tone & Moisturise range, comes in a matte, light, mint green bottle. All the product details you need to know are displayed on the front and back.
The lid has a screw type opening, but doesn't actually come off as you may expect. Instead, there is a small hole in the middle of the lid so you can pour a small amount of toner out without spilling / getting too much in one go.
This toner smells wonderful! Fresh, floral and very natural! Liz Earle products contain lots of natural ingredients such as essential oils which smell amazing in the bottle and on your skin!
I mostly use this toner after cleansing. A small amount of the liquid (it's clear with a water like consistency) on a cotton wool ball or pad, wiped over face and neck, will remove any dirt, grime and makeup left behind after cleansing. You'd be surprised how much is left behind, but this toner will whisk it away!
I also use the toner on my chest, shoulders and upper back. I suffer from blemishes in this area and find the toner helps.
If I'm feeling lazy, I'll use the toner as an eye makeup remover. Not strictly what it's for, but it does the job and my toner is always close to hand!
Finally, I have a small and large sized bottle of the Spritzer Toner. I carry the small one in my bag with me and spray over makeup any time in the day. It leaves my skin feeling refreshed and gives a healthy, dewy, fresh look! Doesn't spoil my makeup at all!
I use the large sized Spritzer toner after my moisturiser in the mornings, before applying makeup. This makes my foundation glide on really well, and the moisture on my eyebrows helps my eyebrow filler glide on more smoothly too.
OVER ALL THOUGHTS
This toner doesn't cater for a specific skin type which could initally put off a buyer. It is worth noting that the toner is gentle enough for ANY skin type, but effective enough to do the job too. I know a lot of people that use this toner and no one I'm aware of has any complaints! :)
This is the one toner I'll always come back to. I try a new product now and again, but it's Liz Earle that has the perfect formula. Everything I need from a toner!
Liz Earle has an amazing range of skincare products, the Instant Boost Skin Tonic is one of my favourites. The ingrediants used include 'Organic aloe vera, calendula, rose-scented geranium, cucumber and natural vitamin E'. This is a facial toner which claims to revitalise, sooth and tone, I can agree with all of this and this is the best toner I have ever used.
The bottle is tall and pale green, this colour is used many times throughout the Liz Earle range. The bottle has a twist cap which allows you to control the amount of product you want. You can purchase this in a bottle or spritzer and either in 50ml or 200ml.
The Smell is the first thing you will notice when opening this product, the smell is very floral and can be recognised as Liz Earle as soon as you open it. I personally love the smell and it makes this product a pleasure to use for me.
Where to Buy
This can be purchased from a number of places, including
- John Lewis
- QVC - 2 x 200ml costs £23.50
- Liz Earle Factory Seconds which is a shop on ebay, the products on here have a problem with the packaging therefore they could not be sold in somewhere such as John Lewis but there is no problem with the actual product. If I was buying as a gift I would probably not shop here but for myself it is fine and saves money! The products on here regularly change so it is something you would have to keep checking
- Direct from Liz Earle - 200ml bottle costs £11.75 and 200ml spritzer costs £12.00
I use this product every morning and night after i have cleansed my face, I apply a small amount on to a cotton pad and stroke it across my face. I do not need a large amount yet it leaves my face feeling fresh and clean. This product is lovely when kept in the fridge as it is even more cooling and refreshing, particularly in the summer months.
I have always used a cheaper toner which i was completely happy with and enjoyed using. I then received a Liz Earle collection and the skin tonic was included within this. At first I just thought this would be an ordinary toner like the rest i have ever used but i was so wrong. This toner has made such as different to my skin and is such a pleasure to use, there are no drying effects which i know some toners can cause. After I finished my first bottle I went back to using another toner but after a few days I had ordered another bottle of this. At first the price did put me off but it is definitely worth it.
I will never be without this product and would strongly recommend
I originally bought this as part of the starter pack that Liz Earle make, thinking it would be 'just another toner' and convinced that it wouldn't be anything different to products I had tried before. Wrong. So so wrong. This toner is a complete delight to use. It smells fabulous (something floral and very pleasant, but I can't put my finger on what it is) and leaves your skin feeling fresh and light. None of the skin tightness or dryness I have experienced with toners in the past.
The suggested way of using this product is to apply some to a cotton wool pad and then sweep it across your face, but I find that pouring a small amount into your hand and using it that way means you don't waste any of the product by letting it soak into cotton wool. I tend to use it as a general refresher for my face, as well as after cleansing. If you spend a lot of time stuck at a desk every day like I do, then it makes a lovely little treat to put some of this across your face to refresh the skin and wake you up a little.
This is a pricey product if you are working to a budget, but I'm of the opinion that it is well worth the money you spend on it.
Liz Earle frequently do special offers if you buy the hot cloth cleanser, toner and moisturiser together, so it's worth keeping an eye on their website. Also if you order online or by post then they sometimes send you free samples of their products, or free little bonus items with your order.
Product: Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic
Price: £11.50, 200ml
I've been using the Liz Earle Skin Tonic for a few months now, as i've been using it consistently ever since I feel now is the time I can do a accurate and honest review.
I purchased the Tonic from Liz Earle's official online website which i've noted above. I paid £11.50 for the 200ml, bottled tonic, you can also purchase it in a spritzer bottle. Prices vary depending on the size of the tonic so if you're unsure you can always test by buying a smaller bottle first:
200ml bottle: £11.50
200ml spritzer: £11.75
50ml bottle: £4.75
30ml spritzer: £4.75
I have combination skin but the Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic is suitable for all skin types.
What Liz Earle says:
Whether your skin is dehydrated, oily, dull or congested, the nourishing and brightening botanicals will help to leave your skin feeling soft and looking fresh for longer. It also primes your skin perfectly for your choice of Liz Earle Moisturiser.
The tonic comes in a square shaped bottle, light green featuring the Liz Earle logo. The bottle as a twist cap which also as a small hole in the top to prevent any overflowing/spillages. The packaging is simple yet looks effective and quite expensive looking.
The first thing I notice when opening the cap on the Skin Tonic is the floral scented smell. The smell is quite strong but is a really pleasant smell, I instantly identify the Aloe Vera smell which is one of the ingredients the product contains.
How to use:
I use the tonic after i've used Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish. I moisten a cotton wool pad with the tonic then sweep the product over my face and neck in gentle circular movements.
Since using the tonic I can definitely notice a difference to the appearance and feel of my skin. My skin now looks brighter and more glowy/healthier looking and also instantly feels more clean and refreshed.
For best results it's best to use the 3 step system which I also use mainly every evening but you can use morning and night:
1) Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish
2) Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic
3) Liz Earle Skin Repair Moisturiser
The difference I can see within my skin is amazing and I will definitely continue to use the products in future, fingers crossed i've now finally found my holy grail daily skincare routine products.
Liz Earle Instant Skin Tonic Naturally Active Ingredients:
Aloe Vera (Aloe barbadensis)
The gel found in this cactus-like plant's fat juicy fronds contain active ingredients to help cool, soothe and soften the skin. Aloe vera has been used for more than 6000 years to treat a variety of skin ailments, including sunburn, blisters and burns.
Vitamin E (Tocopherol)
This antioxidant helps protect skin against free radical damage caused by pollution and the sun's radiation. We only use premium natural-source vitamin E which is up to three times more potent than the synthetic variety.
Calendula Extract (Calendula officinalis)
This cheerful plant more commonly known as marigold has a long history of use in traditional medicine. An extract produced from the plant has a calming, soothing effect on the skin.
Chamomile Essential Oil/Extract (Anthemis nobilis)
This herb takes its name from the Greek kamai (ground) and melon (apple) because of the sweet apple-like fragrance it releases when trodden on. The essential oil is considered a gentle oil by aromatherapists and medical herbalists have used chamomile for soothing the skin for centuries.
Hops Extract (Humulus lupulus)
This herbal extract comes from the pinecone-like fruit of the hop plant and has astringent and toning properties.
Cucumber Extract (Cucumis sativus)
Cucumber contains traces of useful nutrients, including potassium, silicon and sulphur. Traditionally used as a compress this refreshing ingredient is calming and soothing.
Geranium Essential Oil (Pelargonium graveolens)
These essential oils provide wonderfully uplifting fragrances. Pelargonium odoratissimum has a delicate apple aroma whilst P. graveolens, known as rose-scented geranium has a more powerful rose-like odour. This luxurious oil is most commonly used in aromatherapy for its toning and balancing properties.
The glycerin we use is always vegetable derived. It is a humectant (attracts water), drawing atmospheric water onto the skin to aid hydration.
Otherwise known as pro-vitamin B5, this B vitamin is necessary for the normal functioning of the skin and has a moisturising effect. It also helps stimulate cellular renewal.
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Refreshing, soothing and comforting, this heavenly-scented, gentle alcohol-free toner contains aloe vera and vitamin E to condition skin, leaving it velvety soft and radiant /