Pros: functional, good price, available
Cons: scent is not my favorite
When shopping for toner, I dont have any product loyalty whatsoever; I like to try new products and the cosmetics industry obliges me by producing a seemingly endless stream of choices. Last time out I purchased Neutrogena Alcohol-Free Toner, a toner I found that I like.
This toner comes in a lightweight blue plastic bottle with white writing on it. Black is used as an accent color to highlight the brand name, Neutrogena. The cap is white and screws off easily. It features a flip top lid with a small opening at the top so you dont pour out too much toner. The front of the bottle has basic product information on it, including the brand name, product name, amount contained, and the claim, wont strip skins natural moisturizers. The back has a bit more detailed information, including a detailed product description, directions for use, an ingredients list, and the information for where to go with questions or comments. Each bottle contains 8.5 fluid ounces (250 mL) of toner.
The toner itself is a clear substance that foams a bit when shaken. If I didnt know that it was toner and it was just sitting in a glass, Id probably think it was soapy water. The scent is pleasant if not heavenly, it just smells clean and slightly pungent.
The directions on the bottle say to moisten cotton ball with Neutrogena Alcohol-Free Toner. Apply to face with gentle upward strokes. That is basically what I do. In the morning I do it after I shower and at night I do it after using cleanser on my face to remove the dirt, oil, and makeup from the day. I do follow up with a moisturizer as well.
Im happy with this toner because I can see on the cotton ball that it is removing the last traces of makeup and dirt from my face, along with whatever cleanser I havent managed to properly rinse off. As advertised, it does not strip my skin of all the oil in it, and Im not left with a face that feels dry, even before I apply moisturizer. When I apply it, there is only the barest of tingles; it feels pleasant and cool, not at all like the harsh astringents I used to use when I was a teenager (Sea Breeze or even worse, plain rubbing alcohol!). The scent dissipates with the toner, which is fine with me. I like it okay but if there was something I was going to change about this toner, Id probably make it smell more interesting.
You can buy Neutrogena products at drugstores like Walgreens and CVS as well as at big box stores like KMart and Target. This toner is also available online at www.drugstore.com. The current price at drugstore.com is $6.99. I think I paid about that at our local Target store. It is worth keeping an eye on the Sunday newspaper coupon supplement as Neutrogena frequently puts out coupons for $1.00 off.
Ingredients list: Purified Water, PEG-4, Butylene Glycol, Polysorbate 20, Ceteth-24, Choleth-24, Panthenol, Glycereth-26, Sodium PCA, Benzalkonium Chloride, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Chloride, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Fragrance.
I like Neutrogena Alcohol-Free Toner; it is easy to find, easy to use and it doesnt strip my skin. I dont think it is the most thrilling toner ever created, but it does the job just fine. 4 stars.