8 Apr 2018

Review: Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Facial Toner


Rose toner is not new for me. I have tried some out from brands like Melvita, Mamonde and Naruko. And to be honest… I didn’t find them impressive or useful. In fact, except for Melvita, the rest can be quite drying too. So I never thought one day I would lay on my hand on this Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Facial Toner. I picked it up at Sephora Sales a few months ago. The packaging, texture and scent just felt nice, plus I always wanted to try out something from the brand.

Fresh just reformulated the toner to make it “rosier”. Now you can see actual rose petals floating around the container, giving you stronger visual appeal. Fresh claims that the toner can help to soften your skin, clear out surface impurities, and refine the appearance of your pores (not making it smaller, but making it appears smaller). The ultimate goal, is to achieve a “healthy-looking” complexion.

It retails for RM 205 / 250ml, which could be a bit pricey if compared to the rest, so it is really up to your own budget and skincare needs.



The toner comes in a opaque plastic container and a twist-open cap. It is aesthetically pleasing to use and keep too. The toner has a dried rose scent that smells quite “natural” instead of artificial, unlike the Mamonde one. Overall, I will call it beautiful.


I normally apply it on a cotton pad right after cleansing, before serum and moisturizer, both day and night. I find it works best on cotton pad as doing so helps to lift debris and dead skin cells. This is a hydrating toner with astringent properties so I wouldn’t use a cleansing toner before it. I also won’t use it with Pixi Glow Tonic, SK-II or any other chemical peels.

INGREDIENTS


Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Rosa Centifolia Flower, Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Rosa Multiflora Fruit Extract, Angelica Keiskei Extract, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, PEG-150, PPG-26-Buteth-26, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Sodium Citrate, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid, BHT, Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol, Citronellol, Geraniol

INGREDIENTS ANALYSIS


This toner is made of mainly water, glycerin, butylene glycol and so on – the kind of ingredients you see in most toners. The focus here is rose flower (the petals), rose water, rose fruit extract, rose oil, angelica leaf extract, and hyaluronic acid. The remaining are either fillers or fragrances. BHA and phenoxyethanol are both used as preservatives here.

So rose is the king maker here. We have many rose extracts, from its fruit, water to oil. Rose is commonly used as a moisturizing ingredient as it can nourish, prep and hydrate the skin. The most common form of rose extract is rose water, a byproduct of the manufacturing of rose oil. It is rich in vitamin C and E as well as the astringent component tannins. It helps to tone your skin by tightening the capillaries below the skin while at the same time calming and soothing it. In this toner, we have the fruit extract to take care of the toning job, rose water to soothe and rose flower oil to nourish. Angelica leaf extract and hyaluronic acid are also added to offer greater moisture protection here.

My concerns are the relatively “alarming” CosDNA analysis which shows a lot of oranges and some reds. Those means this toner might be potentially irritating for your skin, and even unsafe for topical application. Belif has many of these lemonic scented fragrance but often counter that with a lot of herbal ingredients with soothing properties, but not in this toner. Plus, the astringent properties of this toner might be irritating for certain skin types so do remember to patch test if you have sensitive skin.

PERFORMANCE



I have been using this toner for several months now. I think it will serve as a great astringent for oily and acne-prone skin but not dry or dehydrated skin. It leaves a tingling effect every time after applying. Although it doesn't contain alcohol, this toner actually feels stripping due to its astringent properties. My skin feels stripped and dry every time after using it. It will take off all oil and dirt, includes your skin's natural oil. The hydration kicks in when the product is fully absorbed, leaving a silky finish. For these reasons, I think it will work much better for oily skin than my normal-to-dry skin.

CONCLUSION


In short, it is hard for me to say if I like this toner or not. It is an astringent, and I don't like astringent in general. However, this astringent does provide aftermath hydration after its stripping kiss with the skin. It is surely not enough for drier skin, but will do well for oily skin. It will take away oil, dirt and anything you don't want on your skin after your normal cleanser. Its beautiful packaging and luxurious rose scent also make it hard for you to dislike or abandon it. So, although I don't like it as much, I don't regret buying it. I will use it on my bf with oily, acne-prone and dehydrated skin.

Pros:
- beautiful packaging
- gorgeous and enticing rose scent
- astringent without alcohol that can effectively reduce oiliness and surface impurities

Cons:
- drying and stripping
- not hydrating enough despite the claim
- expensive

Overall impression: ★★☆
Repurchasing: ★
You can get this from: Sephora Malaysia
[Disclaimer] Product is purchased with my own money. All copyright of contents and images in this article is strictly mine.
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