Making the Switch: Facial Toners.

Making the switch to green beauty: facial toners.

Making the switch to green beauty isn’t something that happens overnight. I have spent the last 5 months making the switch to all-natural skincare and I’m still slowly converting my makeup collection. As I’ve been using products up, I’ve been replacing them with natural alternatives. I thought it might be helpful to document parts of my journey for those who are looking to make the switch but don’t know where to begin. Today’s product focus: facial toners.

As Caroline Hirons says, “Toners are the Marmite of the skincare world.” They are typically used after cleansing to balance the skin and help with the absorption of any serums/oils/creams that you will most likely use after them. I love toners, I use a few different types depending on what my skin needs that day. I also use them all throughout the day. At the computer, on my lunch break, in the line up at Starbucks (for real). There are three basic functions that come with toners: exfoliating, hydrating, and balancing. Here are a few natural alternatives for each category:

Making the switch to green beauty: facial toners.

Exfoliating Toners. I used the First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads for quite some time. They are easy to use, very gentle (good for sensitive skin), and made with both lactic acid and glycolic acid. A great way to chemically exfoliate daily. They are actually free of parabens and harsh chemicals, so not the worst option out there. But I’m striving for 100% natural so I looked for a good alternative to this and was pleasantly surprised with the Éminence Organics Sweet Red Rose Tonique. Oh, yes! This toner is made with rose petals and lemon to soothe and refresh the skin. It’s also made with salicylic acid to chemically exfoliate. Great for gentle daily exfoliation and easily a new favourite in my collection.

Making the switch to green beauty: facial toners.

Hydrating Toners. I used the brand Biotherm longer than any other brand out there. My skin really loved how hydrating it was (especially their face cream). So when the time came to move on I had to find something to replace my Biotherm Instant Hydration Toning Lotion. Since I have a large toner collection, I wanted to find something extremely hydrating. A formula that specialized in plumping and treating the skin naturally. Insert Tata Harper Hydrating Floral Essence. An absolute dream! Have you tried this? It’s a little pricey, but worth every penny. Made with hyaluronic acid and natural humectants to literally draw moisture into your skin and lock it there. The organic flower water makes it smell so good that I have to limit myself to how much I use it. I noticed a difference in my skin after only a few uses.

Making the switch to green beauty: facial toners.

Balancing Toners. These are toners that are good for most skin types and work well all throughout the day. Great options for someone new to the game or someone who wants just one toner instead of seven. Nude Skincare Purify Toning Water was one I picked up a while back and didn’t end up loving. The packaging is lovely, but the product didn’t do much for my skin. Then I discovered Leahlani Skincare Vitamin C Toner + Spritzer. This one, along with her Lavender Spritzer are ones I will repurchase again and again. I actually have bottles of these stashed everywhere and use them over top of makeup, at the beach, at work, on my friends! A great natural toner to start with. Another great one to have around is the Nezza Naturals Rose Water. Simple, pure, good for all skin types. I use this to set my makeup at the start of the day and as the last thing before I fall asleep at night.

Have you tried any of these? What are you favourite natural facial toners?
Happy Tuesday!

  • I really want to give the First Aid Radiance Pads a try but I just can’t stray away from the Pixi Glow Tonic x

  • I’ve been obsessed with the r.l linden Thousand Petal Toner ever since I got it in my Petit Vour Christmas box. It smells like jasmine and makes me feel like I’m in Hawaii haha

    • Oh my goodness! Sounds amazing, I will need to try this. Thanks Catherine :)

  • Bookmarked :) Very helpful. I was instantly hooked on the sound of the Tata Harper one, my skin could use every drop of hydration (staring down the juicy price tag…) However, the Éminence one sounds interesting as well!

    • If your skin needs the hydration, the Tata Harper Essence will blow you away! There’s just nothing like it. Thanks so much for the comment, glad you enjoyed the post! xoxo

  • Lovely selection. I really want to buy a full-size something from Tata Harper and I think this might be it!

    • That’s awesome! Haha yes, I wish I could buy so many full size things from her!

  • The Tata Harper Floral Essence is one of my first loves and definitely on my fave toners list! For epic moisture, you must also try Josh Rosebrook Hydrating Accelerator. I keep this stocked (seriously, I have one in my bathroom, one on my desk at work, one in reserve and one travel size ready for TSA checks). It is fantastic and has the perfect mist! And it won’t break the bank. Fun to see your switch to green beauty!

    • Ohhhh nice! The Hydrating Accelerator looks awesome. I will definitely give that a try, thanks for the tip! Have a great week, xo.

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  • How quickly have you used up the Tata Harper? I’m contemplating it but with its price tag want to make sure it lasts me a while!! xx

    • Is there a place in town that you can buy Tata Harper? With the CAD$ right now and the shipping/border costs, buying it online is going to cost a fortune. I actually won the Floral Essence during an Instagram contest a while back. It’s not something I use everyday, mostly because I don’t want to ever run out of it. It’s so expensive to replace and I know I’ll want it again when it runs out. I use it before applying face masks, on mornings when my skin needs some extra love, or before bed. It’s treated as more of a special occasion mist (not my everyday toner that I burn through in 2 weeks) which has made the bottle last a really long time. Hope that helps…have a great weekend!