Aug 262015

Laurel Whole Plant Organics Facial Elixir is a refreshing and balancing facial toner, consisting of 22 active ingredients in a form of hydrolates and extracts, working in harmony to soothe and hydrate oily and acne prone skin.


Laurel Whole Plant Organics Facial Elixir Review

As you know, I can’t do without hydrolates and facial toners; and I use a lot of them. I use various hydrolates, alone or mixing them together, as well as toners: after using cleansers to remove the final traces of makeup, before applying facial creams and serums in the evening and before applying makeup. I also use them generously just for the sake of refreshing and hydrating the skin. I doubt anything in the beauty industry causes me giving a side-eye to a beauty product as much as when I see a product which consists of 8o% of water, 10% of alcohol, 9% of hydrolate, if any at all,  and a few drops of a few essential oils, plus a few preservatives, and being marketed as a toner –  an all natural toner at that –  for 40€. Here’s what I think a facial toner is: various hydrolates and essential oils and/extracts and that’s it! When a toner consists of only hydrolates, it’s a great facial product for cleansing and/or refreshing, and when it consists also of essential oils and/or extracts, it also serves as hydrating, balancing, calming and anti-aging facial product.

Laurel Whole Plant Organics Facial Elixir ReviewLaurel Whole Plant Organics Facial Elixir is just that: a facial toner, consisting of of hydrolates and extracts great for oily, combination and acne prone skin.

The elixir, like their serum, comes in a miron glass bottle with a spray pump for precise application. The scent is quite a strong herbal scent, with chamomile and frankincense being the strongest; it’s a mix of an earthly scent and a scent of a freshly made herbal infusion. Its texture is watery, as you’d expect from a facial mist consisting of hydrolates, but it’s also slightly oily due to essential oils. This texture serves two purposes: it refreshes and hydrates the skin, while at the same time leaving your skin with a bit of an oily feeling – like you’ve applied a very thin layer of a smooth, matte and easily absorbed moisturizer. The ingredients in this elixir are calming, balancing and anti-bacterial – great for oily and acne prone skin, which is also a sensitive one.

I use Laurel Whole Plant Organics Facial Elixir in the evening, after I’ve cleansed my face, as preparation before applying a serum or moisturizer. It works great before applying makeup as well: before serum and mineral foundation. It not only prepares the skin to absorb a serum or moisturizer, but it also balances oily skin, as well as proving calming effect. The elixir can be also used alone, when you feel like leaving your skin breathe; just spray the elixir all over your face, and it will be refreshed and the ingredients will still provide hydration and balance.

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How about the ingredients? Laurel was not modest when formulating this facial mist; there are 22 ingredients of a mixture of extracts, essential oils and their hydrolates. And no water or alcohol.

Chamomile Hydrosol˚, Orange Blossom Hydrosol˚, Calendula Hydrosol˚, Rose Geranium Hydrosol˚, Lemon Balm Hydrosol˚, Lavender Hydrosol˚, Helichrysum Hydrosol˚, Frankincense Hydrosol˚; extracts of Calendula˚, Self Heal˚, Echinacea˚, Licorice˚, Meadowsweet˚, Cleaver˚, Chickweed˚; Microorganism Ferment, Proprietary Flower Essence˚; essential oil blend of Lavender˚, Roman Chamomile˚, Neroli˚, Lemon Balm˚, Helichrysum˚, Blue Chamomile˚ ˚signified certified organic ingredient

Chamomile a potent antioxidant, has anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and astringent properties. Suitable for dry, sensitive skin and acne-prone skin. Calendula with its soothing effect, is an antioxidant with antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, suitable for sensitive and acne-prone skin. Rose Geranium has anti-inflammatory, astringent and antiseptic properties. It balances and regulates oil and sebum, thus great for oily and acne prone skin, as well as dry and mature skin. It promotes skin circulation and is a good lymphatic cleanser. Lemon Balm also known as Melissa, is an astringent,  anti-irritant, anti-bacterial and anti-toxin. It promotes cell regeneration. Lavender is antiseptic and antibacterial.

Helichrysum, also known as Immortelle oil, is one of the most expensive oils. It has anti-inflammatory and anti-aging and restorative properties, so does its hydrolate. Frankincense has astringent and anti-inflammatory properties. It’s an anti-aging and anti-wrinkle agents, which softens and smooths, renews and rejuvenates the skin. Echinacea is moisturizer, while Licorice has anti-inflammatory properties. Self Heal or Prunella, has astringent properties. Meadowsweet has astringent and anti-inflammatory properties; it is soothing, and helps calm rashes and irritation. Cleaver has anti-inflammation, astringent and detoxifying properties. Chickweed is soothing and calming, and helps with itching skin. Neroli is p recious, delicate and expensive essential oil. It’s an astringent and moisturizer, great for mature skin and sensitive skin. It balances sebum production, thus great for oils skin as well. Reduces wrinkles. Calming and soothing properties. It normalizes the skin and promotes skin cell regeneration.

Potentially problematic ingredients? There’s one.

  • Microorganism Ferment. I suspected which ingredient could be behind this, but not being completely sure, I contacted Laurel for further explanation. The ingredient, used as preservative, is Leuconostoc/Radish root ferment filtrate. I’ve mentioned this preservative in my Nourish serum review. Laurel and I had a conversation about this ingredient (and a few other topics, which I will cover in the up coming Laurel reviews). She said it’s a mild preservative which it still allows for hydrosols beneficial bacteria to exist, and more or less the only one she felt comfortable enough to use it; I thank Laurel for her detailed explanation. As I’ve mentioned earlier, the ferment preservatives may not be as widely used as of yet, and there aren’t that many studies of these ingredients available, so I am skeptical about this preservative (as well). It may sound natural – but how natural is it really? Lactobacillus/Dipteryx odorata seed ferment filtrate, another ferment preservative, for example, is also marketed as natural preservative, but it contains a synthetic anti-fungal preservative called undecylenic acid (mostly found in products targeting fungal infections).

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My final word?

Laurel Whole Plant Organics Facial Elixir ReviewLaurel Whole Plant Organics Facial Elixir consists of extracts, essential oils and their hydrolates perfect for oily and acne prone skin. It’s hydrating and balancing. Great when used alone or before applying skin care products and makeup since does not contain only hydrolates, but essential oils as well: it leaves the skin smooth and makes for a great and smooth application of either a serum or foundation, all the while these active ingredients work on the skin.

Price? $44 (approximately €40) for 100ml, which may seem a bit much, especially if you were to use it as a toner for cleansing. If used to prepare the skin for further care, a few sprays cover the face – even though you’d be tempted to spray it all day long. Given the ingredients, the price, in my opinion, is reasonable, and this elixir is one of those products which will stay on my re-purchase list. No, I am not fond of the ferment preservative, and as much as I understand the need for some type of preservative, I am equally apprehensive when it comes to preservatives in beauty products. All in all, this elixir is a great product, and all the other Laurel elixirs are firmly on my wish list. So I really recommend this elixir for all those with combination, oily and skin prone to acne.

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What do you expect and demand from a facial toner/mist? Do you prefer facial toners based on hydrolates, or are you OK with toners containing water? Have you tried Laurel Whole Plant Organics Elixir – did you like it?

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You can also get Laurel Whole Plant Organics Balance Facial Elixir and other Laurel Whole Plant Organics products at The Detox Market.

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Laurel Whole Plant Organics Balance Facial Elixir has been provided to Nature of Europe by Laurel Whole Plant Organics for the purpose of an honest review.

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