Thursday, April 19th, 2012

The Hit List

What’s the Best Toner…?

What brand/products win this category? What makes it so great?

Thanks to Cynthia for today’s topic!

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53 thoughts on “Hit List: Best Toner

  1. Flavia

    Oil-free Witch Hazel! Get past the scent and its worth it!! Only $5 for a bottle compared to $14 for Clinique…

    • Avatar of Amy amy

      I also have to go with good, old-fashioned Witch Hazel. I’ve tried more expensive products in the past, but I never noticed much of a difference. In fact,Witch Hazel is a primary ingredient in many high priced toners

    • Yes! I’m also going with Witch Hazel. I started using it at the end of last year and I’ve noticed that my skin has considerable calm down since using it and it still keeps my skin calm!

      • i just can’t go past the smell :( smells like rotten bananas.

        • forgot to mention …I am trying this new brand. Simple Skincare soothing facial toner. The 3rd ingredient is witch hazel and its fragrance free and alcohol free!

          • Avatar of Sarah Sarah

            I’m English so simple isn’t new to me. I’ve loved almost everything I’ve tried except this. Here it doesn’t have witch hazel in it though :s?

    • Rengirl

      Put me down for witch hazel too! I mostly use it plain but I have a second bottle with WH mixed with crushed aspirin for times when my skin is acting up (aka, TOTM).

  2. Chloe

    SK-II Facial Treatment Essence

    • wendy h

      Something wrong with my skin…
      Many of my friends love this product but I can’t use it..
      I tried for 2 weeks and started to grow white spots everywhere on lower part of my face especially my chin
      And had to stop after that..
      I tried one more time few months later after my skin goty better as it s v expensive and I might have eaten something cause the spots at that time
      But same problem again
      At the end I just gave it to my friend who loves it. :(

  3. Jamie Rebecca

    mario badescu glycolic toner

  4. Stephanie C.

    My favorite is the Hada Lobo Hyaluronic Acid toner :) It’s seriously the BEST at getting rid of dead skin when used with a cotton pad (even after having washed my face etc) and my skin feels so soft/smooth after using it :)

    http://www.makeupalley.com/product/showreview.asp/ItemId=131318/Hada_Labo_Super_Hyaluronic_Acid/0/Toners

    I use the blue bottle version though, which also includes Arbutin for whitening.

  5. Olay Refreshing Toner. <3

  6. Santa Maria Novella Rose Water or Mario Badescu aloe vera toner. Both toner without any alcohol content…..Alcohol strips away the natural oil and I am referring to Clinique’s toners. Also, Clarins toner are great. So is Kiehls Calendula Herbal Extract Toner….pricey.

  7. isana

    i use thayer’s alcohol-free rose petal witch hazel. my skin is dry, sensitive, and prone to breakouts (welcome to adult acne, folks). this is refreshing, gentle, smells great, and lasts because the bottle’s pretty big. $8 for a lot of product, and it has vitamin e and aloe vera to soothe your skin. i used proactiv’s before, but that just tightened my skin and made it shiny. this rose one is great product that really balances and rejuvenates the skin.

    • Avatar of Maggie Maggie

      agreed with using thayers! Your skin sounds like mine, except it’s combination oily with dry flakes (even flakey ON the oily areas!) Ugh…it’s a nightmare. I’d love to know what sort of foundation you use if you like yours…

  8. Avatar of Elise Elise

    My skin loves Nars Hydrating Freshening Lotion. My wallet, less so… but it keeps the flakies away when nothing else will.

  9. Avatar of Marti Marti

    IMO Lancome Tonique Confort is the best. I use toner almost every day and I can see a noticeable difference when I don’t. This toner is slightly moisturizing so it makes itchy sensitive skin feel so much better and accept other skin treatments better as well. Love it!

  10. Avatar of Ally Ally

    Thayers Alcohol-Free Rose Petal Witch Hazel Toner. My skin texture has improved since using it & it is very reasonably priced! It also lasts awhile which is a great plus. My skin always feels resreshed after use & literally leaves me smelling like roses! Love it.

  11. Avatar of Rachel Rachel

    Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic, best I’ve ever tried. And I’ve tried a lot for my oily skin.

  12. Stephanie t-p

    Biotherm biosource. It doesn’t burn my skin! But a lot of the other ones do! ( like Clinique)

  13. Avatar of Cat Cat

    I use Jason’s Organics C-Effects Super-C Toner, Avalon Organics CoQ10 Repair Perfecting Facial Toner and Clinique Clarifying Lotion, they’re my favorites.

  14. Courtney

    I never liked toner until an esthetician recommended Murad’s Vitamin C toner. Now I LOVE it!

    • wendy h

      I tried the other day during my facial section and it seems really nice.:)
      I think I might go back to buy it.

  15. Avatar of celeste Celeste Cirinna

    Paula’s Choice Resist Advanced Replinishing Toner. My skin has gotten drier over the years and this helps moisturize plus remove the last traces of makeup. In summer I only need to use this for my moisturizer.

  16. MAC Lightful COllection Skin Softening Lotion Toner $30
    Smells absolutely wonderful and leaves my skin so soft before applying my moisturizer.

  17. Jennifer Corbel

    Proactiv, by far:)

  18. Avatar of Joanna Joanna

    I liked the Revitalizing Ginseng Toner by Renée Rouleau. It doesn’t contain alcohol and it doesn’t dry my skin.

  19. Avatar of Stacy Stacy

    DDF 10% Glycolic Toner

  20. Avatar of Johanna BeautyDiva

    Mario Badescu Glycolic Acid Toner

  21. Andrea

    DDF Glycolic 10% Toning Complex. This stuff is a godsend!! A bit on the pricey side ($40 for 8 oz) but a bottle lasts me months. I noticed a huge improvement within a few weeks of every day use, my skin is normally on the dry and congested side but this stuff makes it look healthy and radiant.

  22. Allison

    I love the clinique clarifying lotion. I use #4 in the summer when my skin tends to be more oily and #3 in winter. It’s fantastic!

  23. Laura

    For my everyday toner I like Caudalie Beauty Elixir and Pai Rice Plant & Rosemary BioAffinity Toner. For my “serious business” nighttime toner I like Alpha H Liquid Gold Glycolic Toner

  24. yara

    Neutrogena ALCOHOL FREE
    Or Elizabeth Arden ALCOHOL FREE

  25. NeenaJ

    My skin has been loving Shiseido’s Balancing Softener.

  26. Anna Hinojosa

    Clinique Clarifying lotion! I’ve been using it for a while, and it has helped me with my acne so far! I got the number 4, it could be a little bit drying at first, but if you moisturize well, you won’t have any problem.

  27. Avatar of Tensy Tensy

    Kiehls – Photo-Age Activated Toner

  28. Melissa

    Skinfood’s Peach Sake Toner <3

  29. Katrina

    I love it too and doesn’t burn at all. Smells soooo good!

  30. Heidi

    I really like Amore Pacific’s Alcohol-Free Treatment Toner and Kahina’s Toner Mist

  31. Avatar of Kay Kiran

    Clinique’s Clarifying lotion 1 and Paula’s choice Resist Toner

  32. Rhonda Allison Raspberry Lotion. By far the best toner for my sensitive, acne prone, combination skin. Pretty much anything by RA is fabulous. The Eye Lift cream is equally amazing.

  33. Avatar of Rebecca Rebecca

    LUSH’s Breath of Fresh Air!

  34. Avatar of traci Traci

    any of Renee Rouleau’s…I’ve tried quite a few and love ‘em!

  35. Kiehl’s Calendula Toner is not only my favorite toner, but my HG skincare product! This calms my skin on contact, no matter the culprit. Plus, it’s a must have for oily or blemish prone skin.

  36. Avatar of LU LU

    I’ve been using neutrogena alcohol free for years. I tried switching to Mario badescu seaweed toner but it broke me out. I also tried the toner from simple with which hazel but it was too light.

  37. M

    Erno Laszlo Light Controlling Lotion. I’m on my 3rd bottle!

  38. Clarins Toning Lotion with Camomile

  39. Avatar of aykhan ayla

    Paula’s Choice Hydralight Healthy Skin Refreshing Toner, which works well on my combination skin, especially in the morning.

  40. Megan

    The iLike Blackthorn toner is the best

  41. ElleLalalove

    For me the best toner would be from the brand eskinol. The best part of the product you can still see the dirt that is left on your face even you already washed it twice. Even the other version works a lot especially if you have pimples.
    This toner helped my skin so much =)  

  42. diamond_8806

    I like Sea Breeze Astringent.