Alchemy Facial Tonique Antioxidant Refining Toner
4.4 fl. oz. for $42
Category:Skin Care > Toners
Last Updated:01.04.2010
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

Aside from a small amount of alcohol and an exorbitant price, this is a very good antioxidant-rich toner for normal to dry skin not prone to blemishes. It doesn’t remove toxins from skin or balance its pH (if you’re using a good water-soluble cleanser your skin shouldn’t need to be pH balanced with another product), but it supplies skin with some helpful ingredients while helping to remove the last traces of makeup. This does contain fragrance and a coloring agent.


This refining toner removes remaining toxins and helps to balance skin’s pH level, while stimulating cellular turnover and calming inflammation. Featuring the free radical fighting Alchemy antioxidant complex, with Green Tea and Grapeseed extracts to neutralize free radicals and protect against DNA damage from UV rays, and other environmental stresses. Vitamins A, C & E work to restore collagen networks, and prevent DNA mutation and cell breakdown. Immediately skin is refreshed and softened with Roselle Flower and Aloe Leaf extracts, while Mulberry Root extract works to even skin tone and lighten dark spots.


Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Morus Bombycis Root Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Flower Extract, Saxifraga Sarmentosa Extract, Yeast Extract (Faex), Sodium Hyaluronate, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, PPG-2-Buteth-2, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Alcohol Denat., Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Citrate, Propylene Glycol, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Fragrance, Disodium EDTA, Diethyl Phthalate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Butylparaben, Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Sodium Bisulfite, Limonene, Red 4

Brand Overview

Laboratoire Remède At-A-Glance

Strengths: One good tinted moisturizer with SPF 30.

Weaknesses: Expensive; no products to treat acne or skin discolorations; jar packaging.

This expensive, French-themed skin-care line is owned by Bliss, a New York–based spa that is in turn owned by Starwood Hotels and Resorts. It has been around since 1997, when a group of "overachieving French scientists" decided to create products that repair and protect skin from further damage. Based on the product selection and their ingredients, it seems that these French chemists were more aligned with mad scientists than with what it takes to create a truly beneficial range of skin-care products. If the goal was to provide products that help repair damage, why do so many Remède items contain ingredients that generate free-radical damage and cause cell death, such as hydrogen peroxide? And why does keeping skin in top shape have to be so expensive? It doesn't, but the marketing direction and the rather shockingly high prices have a lot more to do with this line's pretense than with skin care.

According to information on www.blissworld.com, each Remède product "contains a 'formula core' of advanced ingredients, plus permeation technology to get the dew down deep." The reality is that many of these products are some of the most troublesome around, and sunscreens are in very short supply. Then again, marketing sunscreens isn't fun or sexy, so it's easy to see why Remède chose to downplay this essential and instead focused on their fantasyland of claims promising to tackle every concern someone with aging skin may have. Never mind that the ingredients are mostly ordinary and incapable of coming anywhere close to being an all-in-one solution. Remède may brag about the ability of their products to penetrate and deliver ingredients deep into your skin. But for many Remède products that would be a major problem, because it means your skin would be penetrated by skin-damaging ingredients such as hydrogen peroxide, peppermint oil, and lemon oil. As expected, there are a handful of remarkable choices, but they're not remarkable because they do what Remède claims; rather, they are praiseworthy because they contain blends of ingredients that are legitimately capable of improving the healthy functioning and appearance of skin.

For more information about Laboratoire Remède, call (888) 243-8825 or visit www.remede.com.

Note: This brand will soon be updated with its newest products!

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