Where to purchase: Available on Yesstyle.com (LINK)
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Made in: South Korea
What is it?: An unscented/ unfragranced version of the Centella Green Level Calming Toner. This is the version that contains Witch Hazel, as there is another, newer version that does not have this (the two options are available on Yesstyle HERE)
Brand Description: ”With a low pH of 5.5 and alcohol-free properties, this toner can be used on sensitive skin in the first step of your skincare regimen. It will be perfect for the 7 skin method.” (I agree with this statement that the product can be used for multiple layering).
Supposedly Good for: It’s not specifically stated, so that probably means that this is aimed at all skin types.
What I think: I would say more oily/oily-combo judging by the ingredients and the texture (not too thick, i.e. thinner than the Hada Labo Premium Lotion AND the Isntree Hyaluronic Toner (please see the Youtube video linked below where I also swatch the Isntree Hyaluronic Acid toner along with the Purito Toner).
Cruelty Free?: Yes
Packaging: Plastic bottle with a screw top lid (and a small hole so you can drip the product onto one’s palm).
Directions: ”Apply after cleanser. Follow up with remaining skincare steps.”
How I use it: I apply this straight after cleansing – soak a cotton pad and swipe the face. sometimes I will apply two layers because it is layerable. I do have to be careful when using this in the AM to not use it with an SPF that does not contain alcohol, like the Isntree Hyaluronic Watery Gel (alcohol-free) as somehow the combination causes the SPF to ball up, which is not ideal. absolutely fine if I use the Missha Aqua Sun Gel however.
Key Ingredients: 10% Centella Asiatica Extract and Panthenol to soothe and relieve the skin. Cica is aimed at skin irritation/inflammation. Sodium Hyaluyronate – Humectant, enhances the skin’s moisture content.
Full Ingredients: Water, Centella Asiatica Extract (strengthens skin barrier), Butylene Glycol (humectants), Pentylene Glycol (skin-conditioning agents), Dipropylene Glycol (humectants), 1,2-Hexanediol (stabilizers), Trehalose (humectants), Sodium Hyaluronate (natural moisturizing factor/ humectants), Hamemelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Madecassoside (strengthens skin barrier), Asiaticoside (strengthens skin barrier), Asiatic Acid (strengthens skin barrier), Madecassic Acid (strengthens skin barrier), Panthenol (strengthens skin barrier), Carbomer (viscosity increasing agents), Allantoin (skin protectants), Arginine (skin-conditioning agents), Portulaca Oleracea Extract (skin-conditioning agents), Ethylhexylglycerin (skin-conditioning agents), Disodium EDTA (stabilizers)
I like Arginine and it’s cool to see more than one Cica component here like Madecassoside and Madecassic acid as well as Asiaticoside and Asiatic acid.
NOTE: The Incidecoder have a full ingredient breakdown HERE
Texture: Definitely lightweight + watery, runs down the hand. This is fast-absorbing so it’s very layerable and also works as a toner if you’re in a rush! It spreads far and is easy to pat in as it starts to absorb almost immediately. Do keep that in mind as those with dry or severely dehydrated skins may find that this sinks in too quick/doesn’t provide enough of that thick hydration one may crave.
I think this is an ideal texture for oily / combination skins UNLESS you have dryer skin and like to layer up a toner. I would say this has Witch Hazel in it, so perhaps go for the version, available on Yesstyle, that does not have the Witch Hazel if you have dry skin.
I would also say that in terms of AM use and SPF – this is fine for SPFs that contain alcohol but for some reason, when I use this with SPFs that do not contain alcohol (like the Isntree Watery Sun Gel) – this toner seems to ball up the SPF? So just take that into consideration when using. This seems to be fine in the PM!
Do you see, it’s a watery-type texture that doesn’t sit on top of the skin, it will eventually sink in.
It’s already started absorbing. It is a lightweight texture – don’t expect masses of hydration.
If you’d like to see the product on the skin – this is what it looks like.
Youtube Video – Live Swatching and discussing the ingredients of the Unscented Toner – As well as other K-Beauty Toners!
Isntree Green Tea Fresh Toner Review: HERE
Fragrance?: No added fragrance / essential oils! I like that this doesn’t have any strong scents either when using.
Good Under Makeup?: Seemed to be fine for me!
How long have I been using this?: 3-4 weeks (I did spill half while filming so it didn’t take me long to reach close to the end of this.
The Effect?: This subtly hydrates the skin, and it definitely didn’t aggravate or irritate my skin. I think the skin feels more hydrated if you add more layers (of course).
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What I like:
- Relatively Hydrating
- Did not irritate the skin
- Big bottle
- Fragrance Free
- Essential Oil Free
What I don’t like:
- Can cause specific SPF to pill/ball up (i.e. the one’s that don’t contain Alcohol like the Isntree Hyaluronic Watery Gel, Review HERE. It’s fine for SPFs with Alcohol in my experience!
- I think the Witch Hazel prevents this from being as hydrating as it could be, in terms of long-term use. I think dry skiins wouldn’t appreciate the feel of this compared to oily/combo skins or those in hot/humid weather.
Overall Rating and Conclusion: 4/5 – Not a bad toner! I like the soothing, hydrating and calming ingredients added. I myself am still unsure about Witch Hazel as I know it tends to dry the skin a bit – and the fact that Purito have introduced a Witch Hazel-free version makes me think that they know it wasn’t an ideal ingredient to put in and/or people have complained that this toner has a tendency to dry one’s skin if over used.
I stated that I didn’t find this toner insanely hydrating, but it at least fulfilled my needs i.e. provide my skin with some centella, help wipe away dirt and debris while keeping my skin in an adequate pH, so that I can move onto the next step of my routine. I think the Witch Hazel version is more suitable for oily skins and the Witch Hazel-free version is more suited towards dry skins. I would say that this seems to be more concerned with calming the skin rather than providing a really good/adequate amount of hydration to the skin, so I think irritated/sensitised skin could enjoy this (or the Witch Hazel-Free version) and then follow up with a hydrating serum OR even the Purito, Unscented Centella serum which could really pack punch! (Video-HERE) I would say constantly layering this doesn’t make the skin feel more hydrated which isn’t ideal, but at least this toner is unscented and didn’t seem to irritate my skin!
Would I repurchase?: I would! But I would like to try the Witch Hazel-free version just to see if the hydration effect is different?
Centella Unscented Serum – VIDEO!
My Skin Type: I am acne prone and have slightly dehydrated combo skin. My skin is usually tight where the cheeks and eye area is and the outer parts of my face. My T zone is oily. My skin isn’t a fan of thick/heavy formulas so I opt for lightweight formulas to prevent it from clogging up. My skin doesn’t like essential oils either and I try to avoid fragrance when I can.
Disclaimer: I am a skincare enthusiast and not a skin expert. I am not qualified to give out dermatological advice. This type of advice should only be given by a medical practitioner. Upon trying / using any of the reviewed products on the blog, please follow the manufacturer’s instructions and warnings and please seek medical advice if needed.