Review: Garnier Skin Active Soothing Botanical Toner with Rose Water

Garnier Skin Active Soothing Botanical Toner with Rose Water

Happy Wednesday, today I want to talk about the toner that’s been in my day time skincare routine. This is the Garnier Skin Active Soothing Botanical Toner with Rose Water, which you can find in Boots and Superdrug which retails at £3.49 at full price, however look out for deals and offers, since this often fits in these stores’ offers.

I bought this bottle from Superdrug, as the Boots store near me is more like a stop-in pharmacy with very limited amounts of makeup and skincare, so I do most of my skincare and makeup shopping from my local Superdrug which is much larger and offers more choice.

So as the name suggests, this product is aimed at dry and sensitive skin types, with a focus on being gentle and soothing for skin that is prone to irritation or dryness. The front of the bottle also claims it contains “96% natural origin ingredients” and along the the bottom boasts “no parabans, no silicones, no artificial colourants”. So we’re looking at a product that claims to be very natural, and lacking a lot of the common buzz word ingredients we used to put up with being in skincare products back in the day.

Garnier Skin Active Soothing Botanical Toner with Rose Water

This may come across as a tad passive aggressive in tone, but the one ingredient I find myself having a gripe with from this ingredient list, is the presence “alcohol denat.” While alcohol can be safe or okay to use on skin, denatured alcohol is a skincare ingredient I find can be really hit or miss on whether my skin can tolerate it – depending on how much there is. While I don’t get very explicit irritation from this product, I do feel the alcohol in the product when using it as it makes my skin feel a bit tighter. I wouldn’t write this product off just because of the presence of alcohol, but I don’t plan to repurchase this product because I know better toners are out there that don’t have this ingredient.

As for the rest of the ingredients, towards the very bottom of the list, you can see “parfum/fragrance”. I don’t really smell anything, but if I try very hard I can somewhat pick up the rose scent, but it takes effort. If you are sensitive to fragrance and the less than 4% of the fragrance leaves you concerned it might aggravate your skin, then it’s a matter of using your personal judgment.

As for my personal use of the product, this was initially my post-shower toner back when I still had my bottle of the Superdrug Naturally Radiant Glycolic Toner in my routine, but now I use this as my dedicated day time toner. It works fine as a day to day toner, as it doesn’t irritate my skin.

The packaging is a simple cap you pop open, and I pour this onto a cotton round from the hole. The hole isn’t super large, but it can be a bit tricky to control how much I pour out – often pouring a lot of product with each use compared to how much I really need. Considering I’m not 100% happy with this product, I don’t consider this a particularly bad thing, but if you want more control or a better dispenser, transferring product into a travel bottle you know you like is a great tip that I find works great for me.

Overall this is an ‘okay’ product. While my gripe with the alcohol in this product makes it something I personally won’t repurchase, I think it would be a wonderful toner if this was an ingredient they took out or replaced with something a bit more skin-friendly. If you’re not sensitive to alcohol, then my gripe can be overlooked and it would work fine, but I want to be explicit about it because it’s not an uncommon ingredient to be sensitive to, as far as I know.

Thank you for taking the time to read my post, it means a lot to me to receive your support. I will speak to you again soon in my next post, which I hope you’ll read as well. Until then, I hope you are happy and healthy.

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