Toners/Facials Mists are beauty products that I find myself purchasing quite regularly, I go through it quickly and use it for just about everything. Setting my makeup, refreshing skin, a quick mist to help facial oils absorb better, soothing, exfoliating or even using as the liquid part when I'm mixing up powder masks. I used to think facial mists were an unnecessary step in my skincare routine but over the past couple of years they’ve become more of a necessary indulgence. I realized this shift probably occurred around the time that I started switching to more natural beauty products – which makes complete sense, because these natural face mists are on a whole other level of awesome as compared to their chemical filled competitors. Here are mini-reviews of some of the toners/mists I’m currently using:
Josh Rosebrook Hydrating Accelerator, $48 — Ever since I got my hands on this it was love at first spritz. I knew I was going to like it just from the ingredients list but after using it for a few months, it is now one of my top toners/mists. The first thing to note is the smell—it’s divine. It smells like sweet marshmallows and vanilla. I may be guilty of spraying this a little more than I should-can you blame me? All of the brand’s high quality and pure ingredients are chosen to soothe and heal the skin. It also has a moisturizing effect that I have never found in a toner before this! It combats that tight, dry feeling you can experience after cleansing and adds back some serious moisture, especially if the skin feels squeaky clean or stripped. You can use this spray as a simple refresher or as a makeup setting spray. I also use it before my serum to help it seep in, and really any time during the day that I happen to walk by it. I’m hooked! Organic aloe water, sunflower, coconut, grape-seed and almond oils, herbal infusions of bilberry, skullcap, green tea and st. john’s wort, this is incredibly nourishing, potent and lovely.
May Lindstrom Jasmine Garden Botanical Mist, $74 — This indulgent botanical mist has been a longtime go-to of mine for prepping my skin for a serum, helping to not only create a foundation of moisture and anti-bacterial properties, but also creating a relaxing aromatic experience. Jasmine, cocoa and vanilla are the main notes behind the scent of this beauty, but the power of the formula really comes from the witch hazel and silver, both known for their anti-inflammatory and skin-healing effects. While I don't find the formula overly hydrating, I have noticed that a few spritzes of this on cleansed skin has infinitely helped to calm my irritated skin. The solid glass bottle adds that extra special feeling of decadence to my skincare regime whilst still being completely practical – as well as the darkness of the glass providing protection for the fresh ingredients inside, the size of the bottle itself holds a generous amount of product, so I won’t be running out any time soon despite my zealous misting habits. My only gripe is that it is ridiculously expensive and the first ingredient is water? Like, why? Other than that, I love this one.
Kari Gran Hydrating Tonic, $45 — Wonderfully simple in its formulation, lavender oil, glycerin and aloe work well to hydrate and soothe skin in preparation for moisture. I like this product a lot, though it is nothing special. It doesn’t have any special features like the witch hazel and colloidal silver in May’s or the herbal infusions of bilberry, skullcap, and st. john’s wort in Josh Rosebrook's. However, Kari Gran’s skincare philosophy centres on simplicity in favour of the addition of, perhaps unnecessary, bells and whistles. What I really love about this toner is that it has simple but skin loving ingredients and comes without some really important ones like alcohol, propylene glycol and synthetic fragrances. I spritz three to five pumps of the elixir onto my freshly cleansed faced, and my skin quite literally drinks it in. It makes the application of serum even more effective, allowing it to smooth on easily and penetrate in an instant. The smell is intoxicating (in a good way) the perfect nighttime mini aromatherapy session -the hints of lavender are just so relaxing. If you are not a fan of lavender scented products, I believe you would still love it. If not, they have another toner with rose oil, which sounds equally beautiful.
Have you tried any of these? What are you favourite natural facial toners/mists?
Prices in CDN dollars.