Sep 262018

Joik Refreshing Toner, with skin-beneficial vitamins and antioxidants, uplifts, cleanses and regenerates the skin.

Joik Refreshing Toner Review


Experience with Joik Refreshing Toner falls somewhere between your skin having a refreshing glass of juice squeezed from real oranges and a skin fruit smoothie (back in June, when I posted my first impressions, I described it as some type of refreshing fruity Summer beverage: from the scent to the appearance). The toner has a rich orange color of ripe oranges and grapefruit, including its consistency appearance due to pulp-like parts; these might prove a bit unhandy when trying to squeeze the toner out of the bottle (a bit of a shaking the bottle is necessary), but once applied on the skin, feel soothing.

The scent of Joik Refreshing Toner follows its appearance: a fruity, citrusy, refreshing and uplifting. Having the toner in a fridge makes this toner also cooling. The formulation is more on the simple side (important note: it does not contain alcohol), and while it is a water-based toner, it doesn’t appear not feel on the skin that there’s mostly just water with a few other ingredients sprinkled in; in fact, the toner is quite oily and the residue of oils and aloe vera are not only visible on the skin, but their effects are as well – the skin is nourished and uplifted if you use the toner in the morning, and in the evening, it works nicely as a final step in skincare routine as cleansing toner.

Joik Refreshing Toner Review

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So how about the ingredients?

Ingredients: aqua, helianthus annuus seed oil, hippophae rhamnoides, aloe barbadensis juice, sodium levulinate, sodium benzoate, citrus paradisi peel oil, mentha piperita leaf oil, juniperus communis fruit oil, linalool*, citral*, limonene* * components of natural essential oils

Sunflower seed oil has a high content of unsaturated fatty acids. It is rich with Vitamin A, D and E. It spreads easily and isΒ  quickly absorbed. It is an antioxidant and a moisturizer and it promotes skin regeneration.
Sea buckthorn oil is a potent antioxidant, rich in essential fatty acids. It rejuvenates and hydrates the skin. It has anti-inflammatory properties and is great for acne-prone skin.
Aloe vera has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties; it is soothing, moisturizing and promotes wound-healing.
Grapefruit peel oil is rich with antioxidants and vitamins, especially Vitamin C. It has toning, refreshing, purifying and detoxifying properties. Not to be mistaken for non-natural toxic preservative called Citrus grandis seed extract.
Peppermint oil essential oil is cooling and refreshing, with antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory properties.
Junipper berry essential oil has antiseptic and astringent properties which makes it great for those who have oily skin.

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Potentially problematic ingredients?

Sodium benzoate is a preservative (one of few preservatives, which are the least toxic and most acceptable). Can be skin irritant. Given this toner contains water, such a preservative is, unfortunately, a must.
Sodium levulinate, derived from levulinic acid, is an antimicrobial is important to note that the Cosmetics Database does find this ingredient to be an irritant, even at low doses. There’s not enough data regarding potential effects it has on the skin as of yet.

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My final word?

Joik Refreshing Toner Review

Joik Refreshing Toner is a very decent facial toner; even though it is water based, it does not feel cheap. The toner contains a good mixture of skin-beneficial ingredients, containing vitamins, antioxidants and antibacterial properties, making it suitable for all skin types. It’s refreshing, uplifting and works nicely as a final cleansing touch; the skin won’t be stripped, but soft. Some may find it a tad bit annoying that some parts of the toner may not be thoroughly mixed together and may not come out easily out of the bottle, but I didn’t mind it; in fact, those parts feel especially nice and soft on the skin.

Price? Β£10 for 100ml, which I think is reasonably priced, though with a regular use (morning and evening) you will run out of the bottle fairly soon; I’ve got the Joik Refreshing Toner in my June Love Lula Box, and by July, it was gone. But you should keep in mind I am an avid and anything but modest facial toner user.

All in all, the Joik Refreshing Toner is a good facial toner – for refreshing, especially when kept in the fridge, cleansing, uplifting and providing the skin with antioxidants and vitamins.

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Have you tried Joik Refreshing Toner? How did you like it? Let me know!

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Joik Refreshing Toner has been provided to Nature of Europe by Love Lula for the purpose of an honest review.

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  1. Firstly, thank you so much for your wonderful blog. I use you as a point of reference for any organic beauty products I am interested in.

    I loved this toner which surprised me and I am now tempted to try more products from Joik. In an ideal world I would not want any nasties at all and I am unsure as to which preservatives equate to a lesser evil, so your blog is invaluable.

    I did find that the bright orange colour from the sea buckthorn very faintly coloured my skin but it disappeared over time and I loved the way my skin felt. Very clean, refreshed yet moisturised. I think the price point is very fair compared to other brands and would be interested to know your holy grail products….

    Thank you again for your blogs x

    • Dear Claire,
      thank you so much for such a lovely comment (and my apologies for a bit of a delay in replying)! It does feel good to read such encouraging words! Also, I draw inspiration from my readers – questions, requests… all valuable for my future posts :)

      I completely agree with you – it would be the most ideal if there were no nasties in any of the beauty products, especially preservatives. I’m always saying: if preservatives can and do kill bacteria, fungus, mold etc. what do they then do to our skin as well, right? But – especially when it comes to products, which are water based, the preservatives are a must, as the alternative, which is bacteria, mold etc is far far worse. And when it comes to preservatives, parabens are not the only toxic ingredients; there are other preservatives, which are also toxic. The most irksome are preservatives, hiding behind natural sounding names and yes, they really make me furious, just as they do my skin. I know I need to write a thorough guide to preservatives, especially naturally-sounding ones; I’ve been getting way too many requests for such a post and I know how important it is. But there are other preservatives, which are – as you’ve pointed out – lesser evils and I try my best to point them out in my detailed reviews.

      Oh, my holy grail products… Every time I think of writing such a post, I get my hands on some new products, which I really like thus such a post gets pushed further and further down the road. However, I’m thankful you’re interested in me writing such a post – one day, I’ll just get to writing it. But if I were to name a few ingredients/products, which have a permanent place in my beauty routine, it would be a rose hydrolate (and a few other hydrolates, such a tea tree), tea tree essential oil, which is an all around medicine, jojoba and rosehip oil for an instant pick me up – great for any type of skin, avocado oil for removing eye makeup (it does not irritate the eyes), La Mav BB cream, Lavera rose lip balm (I’ll review it soon), Schmidt’s deodorant (I’ll review it soon), Andalou Naturals peeling (yep, review coming soon, hehe), magnesium oil, Pacifica solid perfume in rose, Inika mineral loose powder, geranium essential oil for its scent,… that’s just from the top of my head.

      Thank you, Claire, for reading my blog and finding it useful – and especially – for such kind comment. I look forward to hearing from you soon! xoxo

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