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~ Why I Bought It ~
I've actually been using this toner for around a year now and it is definitely my favourite toner out of all of the other ones that I've used as it has a moisturising effect on my skin and it is lovely and gentle.
~ Price ~
A 200ml bottle costs £8 which may seem quite expensive but it actually works out to be quite good value and I find that a bottle will last me for at least three months with daily use and I use it twice a day.
~ Packaging ~
The toner comes in a pale pink bottle which is made from plastic. The bottle is quite basic looking and it just has the product name and ingredients etc written on it. It's nothing special but it doesn't look too boring or basic, either. The bottle has a flip lid which comes in handy and rather than being made from stiff plastic it is quite easy to squeeze which always comes in handy when I've nearly used it all up.
~ My Opinion ~
This is definitely my favourite toner and I have been using it alongside the vitamin e cleanser for about a year now. In that time I've noticed a huge improvement in my skin - it is clearer, softer and I hardly ever get spots. The toner is very easy to use and I just put some onto a cotton pad and wipe my face with it.
The toner is clear with quite a thick but fairly runny consistency and I find that I need to fold the cotton pad in half so that th cotton pad is completely covered as I find that if I don't do this the toner just stays in one place due to the consistency. I love that it has a little more thickness than most other toners though and it reminds me a little of an oil sort of consistency, though obviously it is not at all oily!
It does have a very subtle smell too which is pleasant. The smell is just a clean, fresh sort of smell which I find both refreshing (when I use it in the morning) and quite relaxing (when I use it at night) - its a very subtle and versatile smell which leaves me feeling like my skin is freshened up. When using the toner it makes my skin feel instantly clean and it gets rid of any dirt etc really well and it removes it in one swipe.
It is really effective at removing residue left behind from my foundation and cleanser, and it leaves my skin feeling fresh and squeaky clean which of course reduces the chance of getting spots as it removes even the tiniest bits of dirt and makeup. I find on average that I need to use two cotton pads soaked in the toner for my entire face which isn't too much and as I said a bottle lasts for months even with daily, regular use.
The toner doesn't leave any residue, however it does leave a slightly damp feeling but this soon goes away. My skin is left looking fresh and clean and it feels soft to the touch as well as really smooth. The toner helps lessen the appearance of any slight flakiness on my t zone too. The toner is very gentle and not at all harsh or irritating and it never leaves my skin red or anything.
~ All in All ~
This is a brilliant toner and I would highly recommend it.
I had asked for the Bodyshops vitamin E gift set for my birthday but since my Mam knows how much I like skincare items she decided to actually buy me the items in their full price sizes. There is a huge amount in the Vitamin E range and I have the cleanser, toner, moisturiser and night cream so have got the basics for a skincare regime.
The toner being from Bodyshop can only be bought from their stores, you can also buy the items online which I find better since once you have ordered from them once you get plenty of emails from them containing offers. A 200ml bottle of the toner costs £8 but it is well worth the price tag. It states on Bodyshops website "The toner removes traces of cleanser, dirt and make-up without drying the skin, leaving it feeling soft, supple and refreshed" so does it do the job?
The toner comes in a pretty tough pale pink plastic bottle, it has the logo and name of the company along with the name of the product on the front and then on the back you have a list of ingredients along with the directions for use. The lid has a white flip top lid on it with a decent sized hole hidden underneath to dispense the product.
To use the product you simply soak a cotton wool pad in it, it soaks into the pad pretty well so spreads over the pad so you don't use too much. Once the pad is soaked in product you simply swipe across your face, I was quite surprised to find this isn't like water which all other toners I have used have been.
The toner along with the rest of the range smells lovely, the scent is really light but it reminds me of baby products. I always cleanse, tone and moisturise and when doing so my skin feels gorgeous, it is smooth to the touch and it feels really refreshed, the smells lingers on the skin even though it is only a light smell which I was surprised to find.
I think this is a fantastic product and would rate the products I have used from the range as 5 stars, it is well worth the price for the way my skin feels with it and you don't use much anyway so it lasts for ages. Every so often I have to change my skincare for a week or so as my skin seems to get used to products but in general I have been using these for 4 months and have only just gone onto my second lot of products.
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The product I am reviewing is the Vitamin E hydrating toner from The Body Shop. The toner removes traces of cleanser, dirt and make-up without drying the skin, leaving it feeling soft, supple and refreshed. It leaves your skin with a lovely velvety feel. I actually purchase this product a few weeks ago along with some other products in this range as it does suggest using this product after the cleansing lotion which is what I also purchased. I became a huge fan of this range after trying some of their moisturisers in this range and was so impressed with the results that I thought I would give some of the other products in this range a go. The toner comes in a pale pink bottle which matches the other products in this range. On the front of the bottle it states what the product is and on the back it tells you a little bit about the product and how to use it. You can also find a list of ingredients as well. The label on the back of the bottle opens to reveal the ingredients in different languages. The lid to the bottle is white and has a flip top which reveals the small hole in which the products comes out of.
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I purchased this from The Body Shop website, where I there was a code to get 40% off all products purchased so I got this for a very reasonable price. The toner comes in one size which is a 200ml bottle and it costs £8.00 at full price. Please note, how-ever they often have discount codes on their website, so check this before popping to your local store to purchase it.
Using the Product
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It suggest to soak a cotton wool pad in the toner and then wipe over your face & neck after cleansing. This is probably how I would have used the product anyway. I use Boots cotton wool pads which are normally on offer and I find these more then suitable for using with the toner. Please note that I actually used the toner after the Vitamin E cleansing lotion for better results. I held a cotton wool pad in my left hand and flipped open the lid to the toner and tipped it upside down. I had to squeeze the bottle a little to ensure some of the product came out. I was a little surprised at the consistency of the product as my last toner product was very thin and like water. This was slightly thicker, and was like a thin gel. The toner soaked into the cotton wool pad well. I didn't want to dispense too much as I didn't want to waste any. Once the cotton wool pad was soaked I wiped it over my face and neck. As soon as the cotton wool pad touched my face it was immediately cool against my skin. As I wiped the cotton wool pad over my face it felt smooth and soft and my face felt really refreshed and clean. The smell of the product was very light but also very pleasant and reminded me a little of baby lotion. After wiping my face with the cotton wool pad I could see some of the dirt it had collected from my face. My face looked radiant and my skin felt so smooth and soft, I was really impressed. I threw the cotton wool pad into the bin and applied my moisturiser as normal. (I use the Vitamin E moisturiser).
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I love the feel of the toner against my skin and the results from using the toner are fantastic. I noticed instant results after using the product just once. I was amazed and impressed at how soft and smooth my skin felt after using the product. I suffer from sensitive and often dry skin and the product didn't cause any irritation or soreness to my skin which was good. In terms of value, although the product is a lot more expensive than my previous toner (at least 3 times more expensive), this one is much better and makes a huge different to my skin. I will be purchasing this again and other products in the Vitamin E range. I can't think of any bad points about this product. I would highly recommend this to others. Even if you have never used any of the products in the Vitamin E range before after using this you won't go back to your previous toner.
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I absolutely love The Body Shop and their vitamin E range of skincare products is currently my favourite thing ever!! I made a ginormous order a few weeks ago when there was a 50% sale and bought lots of goodies - most of which I'd never used before as I felt that the sale was the perfect time to buy some new products to try out. One of the products that I bought was this hydrating toner, which I decided to buy because I have such dry skin. I usually use blemish clearing toners, but this sounded great from The Body Shop's product description so I added two bottles to my basket.
The toner retails at £7.00 per 200ml bottle, which I think initially seems expensive but it is good value for money as a little goes a long way and the bottle is full to the brim with product. I managed to get my two bottles of this for £3.50 each which I am really pleased with and it is currently reduced to £4.90 on The Body Shop's website - bargain! It can be purchased instore or online from The Body Shop and I'm sure that it's probably available on eBay too although I'd recommend waiting until it's on offer (which is often) and stocking up. The toner comes in a cylindar shaped bottle which is made of sturdy plastic.
The bottle is solid but it is slightly squeezable, which is good for getting the last bit of product out when most has been used. The bottle is a very light pink and it has a subtle glossy finish. The front of the bottle has got The Body Shop logo, product name and a brief product description which says; alchohol free toning liquid with a shot of vitamin E protection. The back of the bottle has a lengthy list of ingredients as well as basic instructions on how to use the toner. The bottle has a plastic flip lid which can be unscrewed if you wish but I keep it on as I find the small dispenser hole handy as it ensures that the product doesn't come out too quickly which obviously prevents waste.
The toner itself is very luxurious; unlike a lot of other toners which usually have the consistency of water, this is quite thick and it has an oily kind of look and feel to it. The toner is clear and it has a lovely subtle scent - very gentle and quite feminine. The scent doesn't linger on my skin for long. I only need a very small amount of this to do the whole of my face and neck and a little really does go a very long way. The toner doesn't absorb into the cotton pad very quickly meaning it goes straight onto the skin and then I just move the cotton pad over my face. The toner spreads over my skin well and keeps the cotton pad moist meaning it doesn't drag on my skin.
My skin always feels amazing after using this - it feels instantly clean, fresh, smooth and soft and it is not at all drying. I've never had any nasty reactions to it (eg spots/redness) as it's nice and gentle. It is quite oily but it doesn't leave my skin greasy or shiny. I do have very dry skin though, and I imagine that someone who has oily skin wouldn't get on well with this. It does well at removing any last traces of make-up and my skin feels amazing after using this for a couple of weeks - it's definitely softer.
Overall, highly recommended.
Recently I've been trying out different skin care products morning and night to leave my face looking and feeling its best. For years I've been using the same Simple products because they were the only ones I could find which didn't irritate my sensitive skin. I recently switched to using The Body Shop's Aloe skin care range which I did like but didn't fall head over heels in love with it so when I'd finished off my tubs and bottles in that range I decided to give another The Body Shop skincare range a go as I had a discount code to use up.
I decided to try the Vitamin E range as vitamin E is known to have many benefits on the skin. I purchased a travel kit in this range which contained a 15ml pot of moisturiser, 15ml pot of night cream, 60ml bottle of cleanser and 60ml bottle of this toner all contained in a handy wash bag for £10 (I had a 40% off voucher at the time so I only paid £6 for it). As this range didn't specify it was suitable for sensitive skin I thought it best to purchase these smaller products just incase the products didn't agree with me. That way I haden't wasted as much money. The full sized 200ml bottle of this toner costs £7 and can be purchased from The Body Shop stores or ordered from their website.
My toner comes in a clear plastic bottle with semi-opaque plastic flip top lid. There's a pale pink sticker on the front which contains the green The Body Shop logo as well as product name and description. The bottle states this is alcohol free and suitable for all skin types so I was expecting this to be a 'safe' option for my sensitive skin. I did notice however that the ingredients list on the back of the bottle does state 'alcohol' so where this alcohol free claim comes from I do not know. There's perfume in this too which was slightly worrying for me.
Still, I decided to give this a go. I applied the Vitamin E cleanser and followed up with this toner. I was a little surpised by the consistency of this toner. Whilst it's still a liquid as you'd expect it is a little thicker than usual cleansers I've used which simply resemble water. Perhaps a little thinner than an oil and it just sort of sat on top of my face pad rather than sink in like toners normally do. The toner is clear and has a very slight scent to it which reminds me of baby lotion. This scent seems to be shared with all of the products in this range and it's actually quite nice.
It was immediately clear that the toner was a strong and effective one. After wiping this across my face there was absolutely nothing left that shouldn't have been there. No traces of cleanser, dirt or make-up whatsoever and it removed all of these things pretty quickly and effortlessly. Even my mascarra which is always a pain to completely remove came off quickly and easily when I used this toner. It also left my face feeling quite soft and appeared to have very slight but still noticeable skin brightening effects. So, in those respects, I was completely happy with this product.
The downside is it's just a little too harsh on my senstive skin. Eye make up does come extreamly easily with this but applying it near my eyes makes them sting and water for about five minutes after application. The rest of my face is left feeling hot, almost burning. The sensation brought on by this is nowhere near as bad as my experiences with some products and my face looked fine, it wasn't red and blotchy which can sometimes happen, but it still isn't a very pleasant feeling. Fortunately, applying moisturiser completely calms down this burning sensation in a matter of seconds. But if it's having that effect on my skin I can't see that it will do me much good to continue to use this regardless of how easy it is to calm my skin down afterwards. None of the other products in this range have any negative effects on me so I've found simply removing this toner and replacing it with my old Simple one has done the trick and left me to enjoy the benefits of the rest of this skin care range. I can't say I noticed any hydrating effects either but then, I don't really suffer with dry skin on my face in the first place so that could be why.
If you don't have sensitive skin then I'd throughly reccomend this toner. Despite my irritated skin it was still easy to see the benefits this toner had and I really wish I could regularly use it myself! Probably best to aviod otherwise though.
During one of The Body Shop's online offer periods last year, I purchased a set of skincare miniatures from the Vitamin E range. I hadn't had a lot of experience with this range, or Body Shop skincare, before so was pleased to try it.
The Vitamin E range is designed for dryer and more mature skin. I'm only in my mid 20s and have combination skin, but I hoped this set would provide effective protection during the winter when I get occasional dry patches of skin. The range is packaged in plain but smart and distinctive pink packaging.
The set contained a miniature cleanser, toner, moisture cream and night cream. I used the set together, though I only used the cleanser and toner at night preferring a face wash in the morning (Lush's Buche de Noel, in case anyone is interested). This review will discuss my experience with the hydrating toner.
***Price and Packaging***
A full-size 200ml bottle of this toner costs £7 at full price. As far as I know my miniature 60ml bottle is only available as part of a set. Both bottles are made of recycled, recyclable plastic and have a flip-top lid for ease of use. My little bottle is clear, which I like as it means I can see exactly how much product I have left. I understand however that the large bottle is opaque pink plastic.
***Product Ingredients and Claims***
The greatest ingredient in this toner is water - which makes sense given the product's purpose and texture. There is a long list of ingredients on The Body Shop website which I don't intend to copy, but some of the more recognisable ingredients are castor oil, xantham gum and wheatgerm oil, which contains Vitamin E. Vitamin E is an antioxidant and helps to prevent the development of free radicals on the skin.
The Body Shop describes the toner as a hydrating toner that removes traces of cleanser, dirt and make-up without drying the skin, leaving it feeling soft, supple and refreshed. It leaves a velvety feel on the skin.
***Use of the Product***
I know a lot of people see the use of toner as pointless and unnecessary. I always like to use a toner though - it helps to remove the last traces of make-up and cleanser from the skin, leaving it in optimum clean condition ready for moisturising.
The toner has the colour and consistency of water - and indeed contains mostly water. Some people would say, why not just use water? Well, the added ingredients in this product, including the oils, help to further moisturise and condition the skin.
I apply this toner to my skin after cleansing, using a cotton wool pad. It has a light, vaguely floral scent very similar to that of the cleanser. Unlike plain water, the toner feels conditioning on my skin, as well as refreshing. It does make my skin feel velvety-soft, and manages to remove the last traces of make-up, judging by the colour of the cotton wool pad!
As with the cleanser, I have been very impressed by this toner. It removes the last traces of make-up and cleanser effectively, while also moisturising and conditioning the skin.
Like the cleanser, the toner is quite pricey, however it does last ages and The Body Shop always have some sort of special offer on, so really you never need to pay full price.
I don't know if I would buy the toner again on a regular basis, simply because I don't normally need this level of moisturisation, particularly during the warmer months. However I would certainly consider repurchasing for use during the winter, and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to someone with dryer skin. I will be recommending the Vitamin E range to my mam, as she has dryer, more mature skin and I think it would suit her.
I am a fan of the Body Shop - both it's products and it's ethics. I also find the pricing of the products to be reasonable - always an added bonus. Granted, body Shop products aren't the cheapest, but they work, unlike some cheaper brands and, in my opinion, just as good as some as the higher end brands. There are also frequent offers on their products, and if you have one of their cards you can get 10% off both instore and online.
=== Using the Product ===
This particular toner has become part of my daily skin routine. I use it in the evenings after cleansing (I also use a Body Shop cleanser, review to come later). I tend to use two cotton wool balls each night. I apply some toner to the first, and gently wipe my face over. This removes any last traces of cleanser/make up that may be still on my face. I then repeat with the second cotton wool ball to ensure there are no traces left on my skin - the second cotton ball is nearly always clean once I'm done. You don't need too much of the product per cotton ball, which means that one bottle of this can last a very long time. The toner does have a nice soft fragrance to it, almost a little like a sweet baby fragrance. The fragrance is only subtle and is in no way overpowering.
=== Effects ===
I normally use the toner in combination with other products, but when I am done with my routine I am left with soft smooth skin. I especially notice the difference in the drier parts of my face. To test out the full effects of the toner I tried using just the toner for about a week. The toner alone removed make-up, including mascara (without irritating my eyes) - though granted I needed 3 or 4 cotton wool balls so more than the 2 I would normally use. It also still left my skin feeling soft and smooth in comparison to what it feels like without using the toner.
=== Pricing and Packaging ===
The Body Shop does this toner in a standard 200ml size, and is retailing at £8 (August 2013). A little more expensive than other brands, but a little goes a long way and the product works, so worth it in my opinion. It can also be found as part of gift box sets and on offer.
The bottle is pretty much as shown on the picture. A basic bottle (though wouldn't look out of place in any bathroom) in a pale pink colour with a flip lid. The lid is easy enough to flip open - isn't stiff - but also doesn't open if you accidentally drop the bottle - so no spillages!
=== My Recommendations ===
I would recommend this product, especially if you have parts of your skin that are a little drier than others. I have slightly dry patches on my cheeks, which get worse for example if the weather is windy. This toner has definitely helped. After my little 'tests' I have found that it does have a positive effect on my skin, and as a little goes a long way £8 isn't too much to pay for something that works.
This is part of the Body Shop's Vitamin E skin care range, which includes a cleanser, moisture cream, face mist, night cream and eye cream. A toner is used as part of your daily skin care routine, to remove any last traces of cleanser and make-up and to prepare the skin for a moisturiser.
This range comes in pretty pink bottles and has a lovely delicate rose scent, which is however least noticeable in the toner, but that is to be expected as toner doesn't usually smell of much. It is available in either small 60ml bottles or the regular 200ml size, which costs around £5-£6 depending on whether Body Shop are doing an offer on it. This is a lot of money for a toner, I think, but it does last ages if you use it right.
How to use
After cleansing your skin, apply a little toner to DAMP cotton wool pads. Using damp cotton pads makes the product go further as you need a lot less of it and it is more gentle on your skin as the pads will glide rather than drag.
With a pad in each hand wipe your face in upwards strokes, until your skin feels refreshed and almost tingly. Allow to dry slightly, then complete the routine with a nice moisturiser.
I defintiely feel that my skin needs a toner after using the cleanser and I really notice the difference in my skin, especially when applying moisturiser. I really love this toner as it's gentle and doesn't sting, it lasts for ages and it works well.
So as you may have noticed by now I am a big fan of The Body Shop and I have so far been highly complimentary about their products I have used, despite them being a bit more on the pricier side.
The toner is a part of the Vitamin E range and therefore matches all the other products in this range. The bottle itself is a pale pink colour, the top has screw top but also has a flip section as well. As with most of The Body Shop products the label itself is very simple, yet holding all the necessary information - including the name and main ingredients.
The packaging informs you that the products is alcohol free and suitable for all skin types.
It is clearly visible when you go in store to buy the product as it is situated with all the other Vitamin E range products - all with similar packaging.
As this product doesn't contain any alcohol unlike most toners you don't get the strong and nasty smell you would usually expect when opening the bottle. It has a slight floral smell to it, but nothing too strong or overpowering.
It is recommended you use the product after cleansing, which I did. The toner took away any remaining remnants of the cleanser I had previously used - leaving my face feel even cleaner (if that was possible?!), it also took away any dirt that was left on my face. It was quite amazing to see the cotton wool use after - I thought I already had a clean face until I used this! Say no more!
When I first put the toner on, my face felt lovely, refreshed and hydrated. However after a few minutes my skin started to feel a bit tight and dry, on top of this I put my usual day moisturiser on. However if I hadn't added this moisturiser I think my skin would have been left feeling dry and uncomfortable.
Despite all the natural ingredients this is one product from The Body Shop that had I used it alone without any extra moisturiser would have left my skin feeling dry, which I found highly surprising. With the added moisturiser my skin felt great, however it defeats the object of the natural ingredients. I have to say it's the one Body Shop product I have come across that I wont be using again - I have still yet to find a toner that agrees with my skin.
When I bought this item it cost around £6.50, however as mentioned in previous reviews The Body Shop do appear to have a sale on at the minute, and when I checked on their website it was priced at £5.08 for a 200ml bottle. Obviously any special offers and sales are regularly changing.
**** Introduction ****
I have been a massive fan of the body shop for as long as I can remember, so as soon as I got my first full time job I was visiting the body shop everytime I got paid.
I first started to use the body shops vitamin E range when I was fourteen, as I had extemely sesitive skin and the doctor had recommended to my mum that she try this vitamin E on my skin as the cheap stuff i was buying with my pocket money, just was not doing the trick.
The only product I have used religiously for the past twelve years is this body shop vitamin E toner.
***** The toner *****
This body shop toner is designed for all skin types but it is also highly recommended for sensitive skin type, not only by the body shop but also by consumers.
I have always used this toner as it removes make-up and un-clogs my pores perfectly, without causing my skin to have an adverse reaction.
This toner can be used on a daily basis and not only cleanses your skin of any impurities but it also hydrates my skin beautifully leaving it feeling nice and refreshed and smooth to touch.
The application of the toner is very easy apply a small amount of toner to a cotton wool bud and wipe it across your face, at first you face will feel very wet but once this has absored within a few seconds it feels a whole lot better.
as I have got older I also use the cleanser and moisure cream which also come highly recommended by me, but if money is tight you can get a way with using the toner alone.
This costs £8.50 for a 200ml bottle, which is expensive but it will last a long while so it is worth spending out on it.
**** My Views ****
For me the smell is very attractive as is is very light and reminds me of a new babys smell, similar to wet ones of talcum power. although the smell does not linger on your skin it is still very pleasent to use.
The packaging is very basic as the bottle is pale pink, but I do admit is is one of the best looking bottles within the toner range, and it looks great on any dressing table.
Ever since I started to use this my skin has never been better, and I purly put it down to this vitamin E so I will never switch back to cheaper brands as this works very well for me.
I highly recommend this for anyone with overly sensitive skin as is hydrates and improves is almost instantly.
For a while, I used the whole Vitamin E skincare range, but as I am a fickle creature and I don't believe in sticking to the same product for too long I now alternate the products with other ones depending on my mood when I run out of something.
Despite not using toner, after flirting with a 3 step Clinique range every now and again when I resolve to take more care of my skin, I decided I would give the Vitamin E Hydrating Toner a whirl. It costs £6.50 for a 200ml bottle which doesn't sound too bad but in all honesty it does nothing so it is still a totally unnecessary spend in my opinion.
It comes in a pale pink bottle with black and plum lettering on the front. I like The Body Shop products because they are known for not being tested on animals which is excellent, and this product is no exception to that.
It is an alcohol-free toning liquid with a shot of antioxidant protection and it claims to be suitable for all skin types. I do not have particularly sensitive skin so perhaps I am not best placed to comment, but it certainly caused me no irritation (other than because of its failure to actually make any difference to the condition of my skin of course!).
Vitamin E is used for its moisturising, protecting and skin-conditioning properties. The toner claims to remove all traces of make-up and cleaner and prepare the skin to better absorb other Vitamin E products. Perhaps that is why I can see no tangible improvement to my skin after using it - it does not really claim to do much by that description does it?
I can't really say that it effectively prepared my skin because how on earth would you realistically judge that? But it did remove traces of makeup that my baby wipes had obviously failed to budge, which is clearly a good thing.
You use it by flipping up the plastic top and tipping it upside down onto a piece of clean cotton wool, then wiping this across your face and neck. It is a clear liquid which is like a very very watery gel.
It feels cool when you use it, but not refreshing in the way that other toners I have tried do. However the positive aspect of this is that it does not leave skin feeling too dried out afterwards which is what the Clinique Clarifying Lotion does.
It did not make a noticeable difference to the softness or suppleness of my skin.
To summarise, I felt that this product was not worth buying as it made no difference (either positive or negative) to my skin. There is nothing particularly bad to say about it, but nor is there anything good, so why bother wasting your money on it - to me it is a total non-essential item.
Now that I've found a couple of face products I'm really happy with and wearing them almost daily, I tend to pay more attention on my skincare, if only for the fact that I need to remove my makeup at the end of the day. I do have phases of routinely using my cleanser, toner and moisturiser, but I admit I slip out of the habit after a week or so, my skin is so well-behaved besides being dry that I get by with minimal effort.
These days to remove my makeup I use Body Shop's Vitamin E Cream Cleaner, have always liked the moisturiser from that range, and have had this toner a while since getting it in a set. I use it daily (for) now after using cleanser to remove the last traces of my makeup and am really getting along with it.
Part of the extensive Vitamin E range, this toner is alcohol free and "moisturises, protects and conditions". It is suitable for all skin types but as someone with dry skin issues I can vouch for the fact that it doesn't tighten skin which I have had problems with in the past.
It comes in a 200ml bottle with a flip top, identical to the cream cleanser in the Vitamin E range. It has a mild scent the same as the rest of the range. To me to be perfectly honest it just smells like "face stuff" in that I can't identify any particular scent but it is light and fresh on my skin.
I apply this daily with cotton wool balls after cleansing my face to remove any dirt or makeup that I've missed. I don't exactly work down a coal mine, but walking around the city can make your face surprisingly dirty. Fortunately after using this I find the cotton wool pretty much comes away clean!
My skin is very dry and can get sore in places especially around my forehead/eyebrows and chin. Even if I scrub pretty hard I don't encounter any sensitivity, for me this feels just as mild as water. After use my face feels peachy and smooth and any stickiness or greasiness from my cleanser is long gone.
To testify for how mild it is, I even use it to get the last traces of my mascara off. I know this probably isn't the greatest idea, but I have sensitive eyes and haven't had any discomfort at all.
It is easy to get just the right amount out of the bottle without spilling too much everywhere, and I find I don't need too much to cover my whole face.
Even though my skin is usually clear, it is troublesome in terms of dryness, sometimes to the point of flakiness. While I'm not entirely sure this does anything to help hydrate like it claims, it definitely doesn't irritate whilst doing a good cleansing job. It makes my skin feel fresher and isn't too expensive.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
A 200ml bottle costs £6.50, which I think is great value as it lasts a seriously long time. I've been using mine on and off for about two years (not sure if it's past its use-by!) and it's still over half full. You can buy it at The Body Shop or online at thebodyshop.co.uk. You can even buy it on Amazon now!
I am a big fan of the Body Shop. When I brought this toner I brought the moisturiser as well. The toner lasted longer than the moisturiser! The product has a nice moisturising feeling to it and I put it on my skin neat rather than a cotton wool pad to make it last longer. My skin felt really soft but takes a wee while for it to sink in and helped the moisturiser to work.
It contains Vitamin E which is an antioxidant which helps to protect against free radicals ie pollution, smoking etc which spped up ageing so it helps protect your skin. It also has a lot of moisturising properties as well.
Most toners on my skin tend to feel quite drying but this one was quite soothing and it felt like I had already used moisturiser. I was very impressed with it. A little goes a long way.
I don't seem to be one for a generous face routine that involves toner as well as cleansing and moisturising, however since I bought my trio of vitamin e products from the Body Shop, the tone is the one product I have taken a liking to and continued to use despite discarding the other two in the range.
The toner comes in a standard pink bottle with an easy to use flip top lid. Being a toner, it is full of liquid; therefore you will have to be careful to avoid spillages as this product will disappear very quickly if you tip it over.
I have found after continuous use that you can actually squeeze the bottle slightly to encourage faster flow of the toner from the bottle; however you don't need to do this as the toner will come out very quickly.
Using a toner, it's recommended that you use after cleansing and before moisturising. A toner is used to remove any excess cleanser and traces of dirt from your skin. It is also designed not to dry out your skin as you do this process.
I had never seen the sense of using a toner as part of my routine before, but once I got into the habit of it, I like the way it makes my skin feel fresh after using it.
The one awkward moment I find when I am using the toner in a hurry, usually in the mornings, is that as my skin is often damper than usual after using the toner, I have to wait a couple of minutes before applying the moisturiser otherwise it doesn't feel as though it's going to sink in quite as well on damp skin than dry.
The toner is very easy to use, as are the majority of toners on the market. You just need a cotton wool pad and some toner squeezed onto it. As you wipe over all of your face, concentrating as I do on the nose area and jaw line, as these are the places I find the cleaners gets missed most, your skin should feel slightly tingly as the cotton wool slides over your skin.
I don't usually find the cotton wool is dirty after using the toner, even though it's supposed to remove any excess traces of dirt, but my skin is left feeling fresh and tingly as I mentioned above.
The vitamin e toner doesn't smell of anything distinctive, but you know you're not just putting water on your face as it feels different. The bottle I bought was 200ml and on twice daily use I am finding it's going to last a long time even though I think I use a lot for each application.
My 200ml cost me £6.50 when I bought it. This is slightly expensive for an added extra to your beauty routine and I probably won't buy it again purely for the price factor.
I am definitely a convert to toner in my routine after buying this to see what it is like, and will be investigating other toners when this one has run out.
Skin type: All
~ Why Vitamin E Toner ~
A friend of mine is a Body Shop fan and while browsing in the shop I saw their Vitamin E range. I haven't used any products of this range (in fact any of their skin care ranges till then). I ran out of my Simple Toner I thought was a bit on the poor side (it just felt like water) so I thought why not and bought it.
~ Packaging ~
As with most Body Shop products the toner comes in a simple but effective flip-top cylindrical bottle that has the dark green Body Shop logo on. What I really love about The Body Shop packaging is that most containers have screw on lids and are great for recycling. The Vitamin E range has its distinctive light pink colour too.
~ How it works ~
Using wheat germ oil extract rich in Vitamin E works through its double action. First, it removes dirt and excess oil trapped in pores, as well as moisturises and protects the skin to leave it refreshed and cleansed.
~ How to use ~
The toner isn't oil free, but it is very soft and light to the touch and only needs as much of oily residue that the skin needs. It smells delicately of roses and of something that is a faint alcohol smell to my nose. It certainly doesn't smell exotic but it perfectly does the job.
I use it as a twice a day toning routine after cleansing with Elemis Tri-Enzyme Facial Wash. I use a cotton pad and wipe my face, throat and back of neck. I recently started doing it as I know that we ought to treat our neck area as well because it's just as delicate as the skin on our face and is prone to dehydration.
~ Results ~
- Before moisturising
The result is great, moisturised skin that feels cleansed and refreshed. As I finish the facial wash by splashing some warm / cool water on then patting it dry with a towel, I'm sure it doesn't leave my skin completely clean. So it's necessary to tone before I put any day / night cream on, otherwise any remaining impurities would block the creams to fully work.
- Before applying eye cream
I now have normal skin most of the time after having been using hypo-allergenic products for the past 1.5 years, though I sometimes tend to become dehydrated around the eye contour area. This means that around the eyes, if I apply an eye cream immediately after cleansing, it will sting and irritate my skin a bit. So to prevent this, the Vitamin E Toner is a godsend as it replenishes the eye contour with the missing oils, and actually helps the cream to be absorbed more easily.
~ How long does it last? ~
Using it twice daily, in the past 2 months I only used up about ¾ of the 200ml bottle. I'm using it generously, having said that, depending on skin type or if only used on the face, you may need less to cover the areas. The oil content in the toner actually spreads very well and doesn't sink in and goes wasted in the cotton pad.
~ Conclusion ~
I absolutely recommend this product if you have fragile, delicate, sensitive skin. It is not an oil-free toner, but a highly moisturising one that will leave your skin soft, nourished and protected.
~ Price / Where to buy ~
The full size product costs £6 / 200ml at the Body Shop or you can snap it up form around £4 - £4.50 including postage on Ebay.
Thanks for reading.
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A hydrating toner that removes traces of cleanser, dirt and make-up without drying the skin, leaving it feeling soft, supple and refreshed / It leaves a velvety feel on the skin /