Sep 302015

Thayers Rose Petal facial toner is quite popular and to some extent – arguably affordable.

Thayers Rose Petal Toner Review

Since I’ve received quite a lot of emails asking me about Thayers Rose Petal facial toner, I thought I’d get one for myself and review it.

My readers know that facial toners are a must in my cosmetic regimen. And that I demand quality when it comes to toners, too – and that means, first and foremost – quality ingredients.

Thayers Rose Petal facial toner comes in a clear plastic bottle; the amount of the toner is, I guess, generous – 355ml.

Immediately, upon opening the bottle, you notice the scent. Yes, it’s that of roses, and yes – it is a synthetic scent. If you were to smell natural rose oil and compare it with the smell of Thayers Rose Petal toner, you would recognize the difference immediately.

Thayers Rose Petal facial toner, while leaving a bit of a sticky feeling on the skin, it is refreshing and does leave the skin a bit soft. It also made my skin tingle basically every time I applied it and in my opinion, the synthetic fragrance is the cause of that.

But there’s one big problem I had with this facial toner – it made me develop a few painful cystic acne. What’s the source of this? Grapefruit seed extract.

So – what is the deal with the ingredients in this facial toner? Well…

Purified water, aloe barbadensis leaf juice (certified organic fillet of aloe vera), glycerin (vegetable), fragrance (natural rose), hamamelis virginiana extract (made from certified organic witch hazel), rosa centifolia (rose) flower water, citric acid, citrus grandis (grapefruit) seed extract.

Aloe vera hydrates and has anti-aging properties. It tightens skin and rejuvenates skin. Witch hazel has antibacterial, astringent and anti-inflammatory properties. It tightens the pores. It’s great for oily and acne prone skin. Rosa centifolia has antioxidant and astringent. Citric acid  is a pH adjuster, buffering and masking agent.

Potentially problematic ingredients?

  • Fragrance. On the ingredients list, fragrance is listed as being obtained from a natural rose, but the scent does not support this. Read more information on why synthetic fragrance is toxic.
  • Grapefruit seed extract (citrus grandis) : a preservative. Just as with Honeysuckle flower extract, there’s more or less nothing natural about this very natural sounding extract. Its trade name is Citricidal (but you won’t find it listed as such on ingredients lists) – a natural extract can not be patented and sold under a trade name. An actual grapefruit seed extract goes through a synthetic process, and the biggest concern with this preservative is the possible contamination with benzethonium chloride, methylparaben and triclosan. Grapefruit seed extract could be just that, obtained from grapefruit seeds and would not be contaminated. But – grapefruit seed extract is used as a “natural” preservative and in order for the extract to have the properties of a preservative, the compounds, with which the extract is contaminated, are the source of antimicrobial and antibacterial properties.

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My final word?

Sure, Thayers Rose Petal facial toner is affordable – it’s only $8,60 for a generous 355ml. But then again – the first ingredient on the list is water, which means this toner contains a good amount of it, followed by two hydrolates and aloe vera juice.

Yes, it can be refreshing, but my skin did not react pleasantly to it; from tingling to, as mentioned above, few painful cystic acne. As you know I am not fond of preservatives, but I’d rather this facial toner be preserved with, say, Potassium Sorbate as opposed to grapefruit seed extract.

Would I buy it again? Unlikely; I’m used to using facial toners of a much higher quality.

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Thayers Rose Petal facial is very popular – do you think its popularity is justifiable? Have you tried it? What’s your take on it?

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  1. Wow- this is an amazing review & it’s nice to know i’m not the only person alive who obsesses over ingredients :) i emailed Thayers to ask what exactly natural rose fragrance is- apparently it involves ethanol, so not so natural afterall.
    ‘Bout to stalk your blog for a recommended toner.

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