I side-stepped that blessed second skincare step for a year. For the whole of 2014 for some reason I’d lost my love for toning in my skincare routine, I just went for the bare minimum at one point, cleansing and moisturizing and I think I had the odd very rare day of exfoliation. My skin was breaking out in the last quarter and was reeling from neglect especially from the months of September to November last year. I was loitering about Central Square mall the day before Valentine’s and I really didn’t believe I’d find anything I needed in L’Occitane. not meaning to snub them but I always saw it as the brand I’d give to other people but never really purchase for myself because nothing interested me other than their Almond Shower oil back then…until I sprayed this lovely liquid over the back of my hand which smelt tenderly of a romantic, sleepy summer. First word that came to mind when I smelt L’Occitane’s Fresh Gentle Toner was “beach”.
L’Occitane Fresh Gentle Toner, Php1050.00
“The two-in-one Shea Butter Gentle Toner removes make up as it tones and refreshes. The Gentle Toner is a gentle alcohol-free toner that respects all skin types. Enriched with shea extract and floral waters (orange blossom , cornflowers), it completes make-up removal and tones skin. Your skin will be soft and your complexion will feel fresh.”
I found that this for me is like a slightly more emollient, comforting version of Bioderma crealine. It hydrates with glycerin and floral extracts of orange blossom and cornflower. This toner-slash-makeup-remover-slash-moisture-kick is also supposed to be used as a refreshing mist to top up your skin (body can be, too) in the middle of the day, but unlike Caudalie’s best-selling face mist this at least won’t hurt the eyes. It can be confusing because they also have a L’Occitane “Fresh Face Water” in the US and this one I have is listed as the “Fresh Gentle Toner” on the L’Occitane Australia website. The key of mine is in the two French words following Tonique Douceur on the bottle I have, Nettoie & Demaquille “cleans and removes makeup”…so I guess that’s the difference of this from just the Gentle Toner Tonique Douceur without “Nettoie & Demaquille” on the bottle. Can one product really do this much? Cleanse, remove makeup, and tone? I was just so happy about how the back of my hand felt after spraying this from that tester of theirs, really hydrated and soft, and the dried foundation splotches on the back of my hand were gone. Click to read the full post, LOL yea I know what a brochure of an intro. I never cease to amaze.