Happy Monday! To kick off the new work week, I want to talk about a skincare product I’ve been testing out for the last couple of weeks. This is the The Body Shop Vitamin E Hydrating Toner, which I picked up when redeeming an offer in an email to get this product and the Vitamin E Cream Cleanser.
This toner retails at £8.00 at full price, which is about the slightly above the average price I spend on skincare products at the moment. I’m still very budget-conscious when it comes to my spending on cosmetics, but there are some occasions where I’m prepared to spend a little bit more. Skincare as a whole is one of those occasions, but I take in to account a number of factors. As this was part of an offer and I was already buying products I needed, the price of this product wasn’t really on my mind at the time.
So you get 250ml of product, which I’m about halfway through the bottle of. I do use this twice a day, so that’s the biggest factor for why I’ve worked through half of the bottle so quickly. So I use this morning and night: in the morning to help clean away and freshen up my face from an excess oil from overnight. And at night, I use this cleanser to make sure any excess residue is gone and prepare my skin for my facial oil.
In terms of claims, the bottle itself is very limited, but the product’s page on The Body Shop’s website has the following:
“A refreshing, hydrating alcohol-free toner with protective vitamin E and moisturising wheatgerm oil, removes traces of make-up and remaining cleanser. Leaving skin feeling clean, supple and hydrated. Helps to maximise absorption of follow on products. Use as part of your personalised skincare programme.
Suitable for all skin types
With vitamin E
With Community Trade soya oil from Brazil
Hydrating, refreshing feel
So aside from cleaning away excess cleanser and makeup which I talked about using it for already, it also claims to leave skin feeling supple and hydrated.
When it comes to toners and claims about feeling hydrated, I tend to find that a bit confusing because it’s not what I really experience. So off the bat, this isn’t what I consider ‘hydrating’ but I don’t find it drying on my oily-sensitive skin. However, I’m not looking for my toners to be hydrating, just not drying. So while this might be nit-picky on my part, this is an important distinction for me. However, I don’t know if people with drier skin types do find it hydrating, so that’s something to bear in mind as well.
In terms of packaging, it’s a simple soft plastic bottle with a hard plastic cap. The cap is a push-open cap, with a hole inside to pour the product out from. The hole is large enough to pour enough out at a time to not need to shake the bottle excessively, but not so large that I feel like I don’t have control of how much I pour out.
The bottle itself contains 250ml of product as I mentioned already, and the bottle is a reasonable size. It sits nicely on my acrylic drawers with my other skincare, with enough space for everything to sit together.
I’m a bit frustrated that I’m working through the bottle so quickly within a span of about 3 weeks, but as I’m using it twice a day, it is understandable. If I had a second toner, this would definitely last a lot longer.
It’s also important to remember that you can take your emptied packaging from The Body Shop back to participating stores and they’ll recycle all of the packaging for you. There are a couple of exceptions. I’m not sure what all of those exceptions are, but I do remember an assistant telling me perfume bottles are one of them. So this toner is one I plan to take back to the store when I have 5 empties to return to them.
The formula of the toner itself was too tricky to swatch and photograph, but it’s a strange little combination of watery but has a very slight gel texture to it that makes it stand out from other toners I’ve tried. It’s predominantly water-based, but the tiny amount of gel-based texture really stands out when initially poured onto a cotton round: it’ll soak a cotton round but it takes a few seconds for all of it to sink in. If I were to rotate a cotton round to face vertically, the toner that hasn’t soaked in will drip off the cotton round. It was quite strange to get used to, but very refreshing on my skin.
As I said before, I don’t really consider this toner “hydrating”, but it is what I consider to be non-drying. If I were having a truly lazy night I could get away with not applying moisturising products, and my skin won’t feel parched, but my skin will always feel happier and more responsive when I don’t skip those steps. I try to avoid that temptation to be lazy, but sometimes I just have nights where the motivation escapes me.
It claims to be alcohol-free and that’s something my skin really responds to. While not all alcohols are harmful for the skin, the ones that are unfriendly to the skin can really irritate my skin if they’re in large enough quantities. So while I don’t look exclusively for alcohol-free toners, if you are nervous to use skincare with alcohol in it, this is one to look into.
Toners are one of those steps in my skincare routine that I don’t find have the most obvious positive implications for the skin, but it is very obvious when it’s bad for my skin. So overall, this this is a toner I would consider repurchasing in the future. £8.00 is on the slightly higher end of what I prefer to spend, but not outside of my budget. I do have other toners to try out in the meantime, so I won’t be rushing out as soon as I empty this bottle, but it’s one that I know I can pick up in a pinch. Which is extremely valuable information for me.
Thank you for taking the time to read my blog post, it means a lot to me to receive your support. I hope you are happy and healthy, and I’ll speak to you again soon.