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Happy Wednesday everyone, I hope the middle of the week is treating you well. Today, I want to talk about The Body Shop Aloe Calming Toner, which has been a part of my day time skincare routine for a little while now. As you can see from my photo, I have the 60ml travel size version, which I had initially intended to keep aside for traveling, but I ran out of full size toners, so this little bottle was added to my routine unexpectedly.
You may notice that I have my bottle in the older packaging, so if you’re curious what the product looks like now, the link to The Body Shop’s product on their site here. I think the new packaging looks fantastic, but I bought mine back when they were clearing out their old packaging, so please bear this in mind. The full size product is £7.50, but their travel size bottles tend to be cheaper, so it’s worth looking for those if you’re unsure of a product, which is what I tend to do.
As for the packaging, my outdated packaging consists of a bottle with a cap you pop open, but I haven’t found the lid to be loose or unreliable. It takes a little bit of effort, which I consider a positive. I’ve knocked this off my bathroom shelf a few times and it hasn’t burst apart, so it’s quite sturdy. I can’t speak for the new packaging however, so for this, it’s worth reading reviews from bloggers who have the newer packaging.
The product itself claims to be a “comforting, conditioning liquid proven to purify without irritating” (from the front of the bottle). For my oily-sensitive skin, I would say these claims ring true. I use this as a cleansing-toning step in my day time routine, and from my experience it washes away any overnight oil build ups, leaves my skin softer ready for my essences, serums and moisturisers that I follow up with. It does leave my skin in need of hydrating, but that’s not to be mistaken with it actually drying my skin – this is something I experience with any cleanser or toner as my skin simply needs those later steps. I also don’t find it irritating on my skin, so if you also have mildly sensitive skin you can take comfort in knowing this toner is an option for you.
It probably goes without saying, but the toner is entirely water-based. The formula also has no scent, which is hopefully reassuring if you’re sensitive to fragrance. A part of my wishes it did smell of aloe, as I find aloe to be such a refreshing scent, however I do think it’s ultimately for the best as my skin can be sensitive to some fragrances, and I can be made nauseated by certain scents as well.
Throughout my long-term use of this toner, I haven’t found it to have any negative effects on my skin. My acne issues haven’t really changed while using this toner, but it has made my skin feel soothed and calmer ready for later steps in my routine. As a cleanser-toner step, I find it to be capable of cleansing mild oil build ups, but not over-drying so that my skin feels tight, irritated, and doesn’t produce more oil to compensate.
For me, judging the effectiveness of a toner can be a bit tricky, but as I haven’t noticed any negative effects on my skin I would otherwise say this product is reliable in a way from that. I like that it’s non-irritating, and has a cooling feel on the skin.
I think it’s worth buying anyway, which is why I’m going to leave an affiliate link *here*, for if you want to support me but also buy the product for yourself. By no means are you obligated to, but it’s an option if you found my review helpful.
This ends my review of The Body Shop Aloe Calming Toner, thank you for taking the time to read my blog post. I really enjoy using this product, and plan to use it all up as I still have half of the bottle left. I hope you are happy and healthy, and I will have another post up on Friday, so I hope you will check it out.