Our renewing natural facial toners are made from organic hydrosols and natural extracts. From our supplier: "Typically distillates are the bi-product of the essential oil business. They are often produced overseas and shipped to the U.S. in drums by cargo boat, then stored until ordered. We, however, steam our hydrosols in-house on our custom-built equipment. Because we are the direct manufacture, we have a unique production system that allows us to produce hydrosol waters daily."
From another producer of hydrosols: "A hydrosol is the aromatic water remaining after producing an essential oil via steam distillation. Steam distillation results in two complementary products - the essential oil and the hydrosol. When the plant material is brewed with water in the cooker, steam fills the pot, and as it rises, causing the plant's glands to release its oils and essence into the steam. The aromatic water that was steamed with the original plant material is referred to as a "hydrosol", which is like a much less concentrated essential oil. During this distillation process, the plant matter actually imparts the hydrosol with the water-soluble aromatic and therapeutic properties of the plant. They contain the essence of the plant in every drop, just like essential oils, but in a milder form."
Hydrosols make fabulous ingredients for facial toners. Why? When you wash your face with cold process soap (which is slightly alkaline) and following up with a hydrosol toner (which is slightly acidic) it gently helps rebalance the pH of the skin. Your skin's acid mantle is what keeps in moisture and blocks out toxins from the environment, so this is an important step in your skin care regimen. To these hydrosols we've added some amazing natural extracts which boost the skins ability to regenerate through enzyme and antioxidant activity.
Calming Toner - Organic Neroli (orange blossom) hydrosol, Papaya (Carica papaya) fruit extract, Mango (Manifera indica) fruit extract, Radish root (Leuconostoc) ferment.
This faintly sweet, floral, and citrusy toner is great if you have oily/combination skin. Neroli hydrosol contains alpha hydroxy acids which help exfoliate the skin, and is anti-inflammatory so helps soothe and calm skin inflammation like acne, eczema etc. It is also antibacterial, which is another reason it's great for treating acne, plus is highly astringent, as well as rich in vitamin C. The combination of the Papaya and Mango extracts increase enzyme activity and are attributed with soothing skin irritations and exfoliating dead cells. Papaya contains arginine, which is an amino acid that smoothes skin and aids in cell regeneration and Papain possesses anti-inflammatory properties.
Restorative Toner - Organic Rose Otto (Rosa damascena) hydrosol, Glycerin, Rose Otto (Rosa damascene) petal cell extract, Radish root (Leuconostoc) ferment.
This very hydrating toner nourishes skin health and helps restore skin's radiance, beauty and youthfulness. Rose hydrosol* helps to balance the skin as it regulates sebum production, has antibacterial properties, helps heal sunburn and improves circulation. It is also a mild astringent, and attracts moisture making it very helpful for all skin types. With it's light floral scent and vast number of therapeutic applications, this hydrosol from organic roses rejuvenates, hydrates, softens, and if used over time, can help reduce facial lines and wrinkles. Suzanne Catty, author of Hydrosols: The Next Aromatherapy, states that rose has an affinity with the heart and the emotional spheres of the mind, body, and spirit. It is known to promote emotional balance and a sense of well-being.
Rose extract also comes from the Rose Otto (Rosa damascene). It is extracted from the petals of rose flowers and contains over three hundred different compounds which not only help with premature aging, but also benefit skin in many other ways; anti-inflammatory, great for sensitive skin, treats redness and irritation, contains high amounts of Vitamin C, known to aid skins natural sun protection, promotion of good skin tone as well as improvement of skins elasticity. Plus let's not forget about the wonderful aroma which is a known as a mood enhancer.
*Rose Hydrosol is often referred to as Rosewater or Rose Floral Water but is actually a different product. Where Rose Hydrosol is the distillation of rose essential oil made with fresh-picked fresh rose petals and contains the essence of the plant in every drop. A flower water or rosewater, by contrast, is water that has been scented using essential oils. In addition, rose water will typically have additives that rose hydrosol will not.
To use - After gently cleansing skin morning and evening, mist evenly onto the face, neck and décolletage and allow to dry. For mature or dry skin use the Restorative Toner and follow with our Moisture Rich Face Cream or Intensive Renewal Night Cream or facial oil like our Organic Moroccan Argan Oil. For combination or oily skin, use the Calming Toner and follow with our Naturally Clear Face Lotion. The moisturizer/oil will lock in the toner, leaving your skin soft and glowing.
Our toners now come in Eco-friendly glass bottles and are Net Wt. 4 fl oz (114 ml)
We also have sample sizes of our natural toners, so give one a try HERE and see why we love them!
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Love this toner! It is moisturizing and soothing. I did have an issue with the sprayer not working. They sent me another and it too was defective. Must be a bad batch. I poured into another spray bottle I had emptied.
Bottle: The glass bottle with its pretty label is fancy looking and would make a very nice gift. I realize the intention was to be more eco friendly, but the glass also looks elegant. I thought it had a wider, lighter, and more even mist when sprayed compared to the last plastic bottle. I like that. Toner: It still has a lovely light floral scent. I really like how delicate it smells rather than a strong scent like perfume. I thought it sat on my face longer (than the older version) instead of soaking in right away. That gave me a little more time to put my lotion on while it still felt hydrated. It’s hard to explain exactly how it feels, but my sensitive skin has really liked it! You also might not know how much you love this stuff until you run out!!!
Love this. Feels great and makes the jojoba oil I use for moisture go on so nicely. I also use on sunburn as it is so cooling. I've used the neroli in the past and love that earthly citrus scent as well.
I can't decide what I think about this product. I don't detect much, if any, rose scent which is quite disappointing. I had been using a Bulgarian rose toner from another natural face care company prior to this, and it had a wonderfully strong scent with no acidic smell at all. But I'm interested in Natalie's claim that these hydrosols are supposed to smell acidic...so, I guess I just need to do a little more research!
I love spraying these on right after I get out of the shower, (after using my antioxidant beauty bar, of course!) and then following up with jojoba oil at night and argan oil in the morning! A must have in your daily beauty regimen!
I love this little spritz after washing my face with the antioxidant face bar. It's refreshing and it helps the argan oil go on my face without any drag.
My face always thanks me for remembering a couple spritzes of my AVNS rose toner!
I tried the rose and the neroli and I like them both. They are refreshing but I couldn't detect much scent. It was very cold when I received them so maybe they froze somewhere along the way.
I'm glad I read all of the product description before buying the Neroli toner. Being new to the natural hydrosols I was prepared for a "somewhat odd" after-scent. Ha Ha. I wouldn't say the smell is pleasant for me. It's a strong floral scent which makes me hold my breathe for just a second after a spritz. That being said it's still a 5 star product! I use it just before the argan oil and it does help the oil sink into your skin faster. I love it (smell and all). :)