Great hydrating toner. It contains Apricot Kernel oil, Avocado oil and Vitamin E, and it's non-alcoholic. Great for dehydrated, dry or sensitive skin. The product gently removes surface debris and remaining residue while hydrating and comforting. Very nice product, however - way too pricy.
* THIS IS A REVIEW FOR THE OIL-FREE FORMULA *
So first off a little background of my skin:
Really sensitive (especially to products and certain ingredients), combinated-dehydrated (normal-oily t-zone, and really dry cheeks), prone to breakouts especially on the forhead.
A few years ago I ALWAYS used a toner, but then I stopped because I though it was unnecasary, or something like that. Now, lately I've been hearing about how important it really is, so I though I would give this one a go. I mean, it looked pretty nice and the claims as well.
It just haven't done ANYTHING for my skin. I still belive in using a toner, but maybe I'll find another one that's more clarifying. I hoped this would be great for my breakouts, or at least hydrate my skin, but as I said, I haven't noticed anything.
Also, this is pretty expensive, so maybe I'll try one from the drugstore next time.
I don't think "toner" is a meaningful product in skin care. "Toning" is just not needed. What IS needed (at least for me) is an effective, non-irritating way of wiping off excess eye makeup that winds up under my eyes after removing/cleansing, and a way of just getting my face ready for makeup in the morning without having to go through a whole cleanse again, which I don't need unless I've done an early workout. I have very allergy sensitive eyes, and there are few products that fill the bill. This is one of them. I can swipe a soaked pad over my entire face, including eyes, with no allergy problem, and it removes all stray eye makeup and overnight moisturizer. I get the same result as with Caudalie, but Kiehls is less expensive. My only issue is with the packaging--it would be nice if the bottle was squeezable.
I have been using this product in conjunction with their Ultra Facial Cleanser and absolutely love it. It leaves my skin looking fresh, clean and dewy, plus I used to always get dry flakes around my nose and this took care of that. Sure It's a bit pricey, but I've been using it for well over a month now and barely made a dent. The cleanser and this toner are very concetrated so you don't have to use much at all.
On a personal note. In a city (Manhattan) that more and more is being Big-Boxed, Chained and Generic, lacking in real personalty, Kiehls is one of a dying breed. It is one of the very few
places in NY that actually gives a neighborhood some individualty and I think it's important to keep these places alive.
so this definitely made my face softer. got rid off my dry patch. it is more moiturizing than the calendula. but im too in love with the calendula to switch :P
but i think FOR ME, it does almost the same thing as the calendula, with the moisturizing part, although it doesnt stop the oilyness like calendula does.
i think this is THE BEST toner for dry skin ppl, it hydrates greatly.
i took 1 lippy off bcoz for a basic hydrating toner, this is expensive. but just that.
What does toner do? Do we really need this stuff? I asked the SA at Kiehls what toner was used for and why everyone likes it and all he and the other SA could tell me was that it "tones" the face and deep cleans it.
Um. Well I wash my face and if I need it extra super duper washed I used my Clarisonic. Why do I need toner? They couldn't tell me. It came with a sample pack and I used up all of it. It didn't do anything for my skin - good or bad. It didn't really clean or refine my pores, it didn't make my face feel good or bad, it didn't make my moisturizer work any better and it didn't make my makeup look any better. I'm sure it works for some people out there but for me....I still don't understand what a toner is for.
Supremely gentle, this milky toner is great for extra cleansing with zero irritation. Definitely suited for dry or sensitive skins. If you have strong, oily skin or need deeper cleansing, then a different toner would probably be better for you. I like to use this when my skin is feeling a little sensitive from some of my more hardcore facial products, because I don't like to skip using toner and sometimes I need to use something super-gentle. Well this fits the bill. It actually has a soothing effect on my skin, which is great when I need it. But it doesn't leave my skin refreshed and cleansed the way my other toners do, so it's not my favorite but I'd buy it again.
i received kiehl's ultra facial toner as part of a gift set last christmas and i am really enjoying it. it's the best toner i have ever used. i love its light pleasant scent, it's milky consistency and effects on my skin. my skin type is normal, combination/oily and i use this once a week before i go to bed after i wash my face or take a shower. what i love most about this toner is that is does not smell like alcohol at all since i've just read it has no alcohol in its formula and i've noticed my skin look more vibrant and healthy since i've added this to my routine. i wish i wasn't so close to running out. a great toner!
I use it...but really, I don't think it does anything.
i have a dry skin. and for me this is the best toner because it wont make ur skin stings. i like how milky it is! a def must try!1 wont regret