Review: The Body Shop Aloe Calming Toner


When we think of calming sensitive skin, a lot of us immediately think of aloe vera. Apparently The Body Shop also thinks along the same lines, as today I want to review their Aloe Calming Toner from their sensitive skin range. I’ve been using this as part of my day time skin care routine for a while now, and have been waiting to talk about it for some time, but wanted to see how it worked with my skin long-term.

As many of you may already know, I have oily-sensitive skin, and as you can probably guess, this toner is targeted for managing the sensitive aspect of my personal skin type. I use this toner directly after cleansing, and acts a calming toner and a second step cleanser for cleaning away any excess cleanser I didn’t wash off my skin.

As for what this product claims to do, on the back of the bottle it says:

Aloe Calming Toner. Instantly soothes and calms skin, while removing impurities excess traces of cleanser. SENSITIVE SKIN.

Okay, so it claims to do things that I’ve already mentioned I want it to do. Which is fantastic. As for whether they do them, I will get into now. I definitely find this toner has a soothing effect on the skin: it feels slightly cooling when I swipe it over the skin with a cotton pad. This has been wonderful lately, since we’ve had quite a hot and humid summer for the UK’s standards, sothis has been extremely pleasant for me to temporarily cool my face down.

As for removing “excess traces of cleanser”, I think this does a reasonably good job of doing this too. Although I will be honest and say that the only cleansers I use are gel based, so they’re either washed off in the shower or I use minimal amounts of cleanser at a time. I haven’t measured its efficiency with cream, water or other formulas of cleansers because I generally use gel-based cleansers.

One thing I have to say is that I don’t particularly care for the scent of this product. I’m not sure if it smells of genuine or artificial aloe, but something about the scent doesn’t quite sit with my nose nicely. The scent itself isn’t bad, per se, just not quite right to me. The scent doesn’t last though, so this also something to consider. I’m just speaking from personal preference on that point.

This is a product that you can stretch to last as long as possible, although I will admit that I am very liberal with how much I pour onto a cotton pad at one time. I try to control this, but honestly, I’m just reckless with liquid products like that. In terms of shelf life, it claims to last up to six months from opening, so this is something to consider as well.

Over all, this is a really nice product. I like that The Body Shop has a variety of skin care lines to customise your skin care from. Their aloe line is definitely one I want to delve further into in the future, so I hope you’ll keep checking up on my blog section to see as and when I write about them.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read my blog post. It truly means the world to me. I hope you are having a wonderful day and wish you good health and happiness. I will have a new blog post up on Friday and to make up for a lack of a post on Monday, another one will be up on Sunday too.

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