Intral Toner
6.7 fl. oz. for $42
Last Updated:05.14.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Intral Toner from Darphin is sold as being "particularly appropriate for sensitive skin" due to its allegedly soothing formula. However, our analysis of the ingredient list reveals that this water-based toner is a no-go for truly sensitive skin, primarily due to the fragrance ingredients it contains. See More Info to learn why daily use of highly fragrant products is a problem for all skin types, especially sensitive skin.

The ideal soothing toner for sensitive skin would be loaded with barrier-repair ingredients like glycerin, fatty acids, ceramides, and sodium hyaluronate as well as a mix of soothing ingredients like allantoin and willow herb—ingredients proven to reduce the inflammation that can fuel sensitivity. Although this toner contains a couple of soothing plants, there are no repairing ingredients to speak of, and the fragrance mix gets in the way of the soothing plant's ability to markedly improve sensitive skin.

In the end, this is an OK toner for normal to slightly dry skin, but you will find numerous better options on our list of Best Toners.

  • Alcohol-free formula contains a couple of soothing plant extracts.
  • Like most toners, this can help remove last traces of makeup.
  • Not suitable for sensitive skin due to the fragrance ingredients present.
  • Lacks a comprehensive blend of soothing and repairing ingredients to truly help sensitive skin.
More Info:

Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes chronic irritation that can damage healthy collagen production, lead to or worsen dryness, and impair your skin's ability to heal. Fragrance-free is the best way for all skin types to go for all skin types (Food and Chemical Toxicology, 2008 & American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003).

The sneaky part about irritation is that research has demonstrated that you don't always need to see it or feel it for your skin to suffer damage, and that damage may remain hidden for a long time (Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 2008).

In fact, the effect of inflammation in the skin is cumulative, and repeated exposure to irritants contributes to a weakened skin barrier, slower healing (including of red marks from breakouts), and a dull, uneven complexion (Aging, 2012 & Chemical Immunology and Allergy, 2012).


Particularly appropriate for sensitive skin, this soothing toner with Polysaccharide, Chamomile and Hawthorn extracts, tones and refreshes skin as it completes the cleansing process.


Water\Aqua\Eau, Pentylene Glycol, Crataegus Monogina Flower Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Alteromonas Ferment Extract, PPG-26-Buteth-26, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Benzophenone-4, Fragrance (Parfum), Butylene Glycol, Citric Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Citrate, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Benzoate, Red 4 (CI 14700), Ext. Violet 2 (CI 60730)

Brand Overview

Darphin Paris At-A-Glance

Strengths: Lauder's influence on this line has resulted in only a few improved products; there are some good cleansers; some worthwhile serums and moisturizers; a couple worthwhile masks and a good skin-lightening product that's remarkably similar to a less expensive option from Clinique (another Lauder-owned brand).

Weaknesses: Very expensive; no effective products to address acne or other types of breakouts; pervasive use of skin-irritating fragrant oils; only one sunscreen and it has problems; jar packaging for products that contain air- and light-sensitive ingredients.

From its beginnings as a spa line developed for French aestheticians in the late 1950s, Darphin's core belief is that beauty comes from inner balance and harmony of the body, mind, and soul. This vision was truly new decades ago, and while it sounds great as an image-enhancing philosophy, it never translated, either back then or now, into progressive products that will make a significant difference in the appearance of your skin. In fact, among all of the skin-care lines espousing natural ingredients and botanical extracts, Darphin is the least impressive, with inadequate, dated formulations. Close competitor (and forerunner) Clarins at least includes several daytime moisturizers with sunscreen and also offers a complete collection of sunscreens for the body. Not so with Darphin, whose sunscreen selection is limited at best. Apparently, inner balance involves putting your skin at risk for wrinkles, discolorations, sagging, and, potentially, cancer.

Estee Lauder acquired Darphin in 2003, but that investment has resulted in little improvement or change to this line, options that are desperately needed. Almost without exception, Darphin products are vastly overpriced for what you get. Many of them contain problematic ingredients or plants whose benefit for skin is unknown or merely anecdotal.

As you might expect, most of the anti-aging claims Darphin makes for its products stem from the exotic to commonplace plants and plant extracts they contain. Although it's appealing to think that familiar substances such as ginseng, sandalwood, and corn can firm skin and improve the signs of aging, they do no such thing. Adhering to Darphin's skin-care routines (all of which involve multiple products, most with redundant formulas) would leave skin vulnerable to sun damage, and the many fragrance components found in products throughout the line increase the chance that skin will suffer a phototoxic reaction when exposed to sunlight. Considering the premium prices of these products, that's a lot of potential for a literal and figurative burn!

For more information about Darphin Paris, owned by Estee Lauder, call (866) 880-4559 or visit www.darphhin.com.

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The review states that this product is fragrance-free, but fragrance is listed in the ingredients.

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