Joik Refreshing Toner, with skin-beneficial vitamins and antioxidants, uplifts, cleanses and regenerates the skin.
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.
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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 is 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 preservative.it 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 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? £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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