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Earth Sourced Purely Natural Refreshing Toner
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5 fl. oz. for $21
Category:Skin Care > Toners > Toners
Last Updated:01.05.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

This mild, alcohol-free toner hydrates with plant-based ingredients as it fortifies all skin types with antioxidants.

Completely free of the irritating natural ingredients (and fragrance) so prevalent in many natural skincare products, this toner contains only those natural ingredients that are proven to benefit skin. It's an excellent option for those with sensitive, reddened skin, as this ultra-soothing toner contains numerous ingredients designed to reduce inflammation while promoting healthy collagen production.

This toner works to remove the last traces of makeup and has a unique, silky, fluid, gel-like texture that deposits hydrating ingredients for smoother, healthier looking skin. If natural is your thing, this toner's 98% naturally derived formula won't disappoint.

Pros:
  • Loaded with natural antioxidants beneficial for all skin types.
  • Soothing agents calm reddened skin and reduce inflammation.
  • Silky, fluid, gel-like texture adds lightweight hydration.
  • 98% naturally derived ingredients for those who prefer natural skincare.
Cons:
  • Those loyal to liquid toners may not love this one's texture.
Claims

Hydrates and restores with plant-based ingredients. Potent antioxidants build collagen and reduce signs of aging. Soothes sensitive, reddened skin.

Ingredients

Water, Glycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate (natural skin-repairing ingredients), Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract (natural soothing agent), Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract (natural antioxidants), Avena Sativa (Oat Bran) Extract (natural soothing agent), Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract, Sambucus Nigra (Black Elderberry) Fruit Extract, Peucedanum Graveolens (Dill) Extract, Lycium Barbarum Fruit Extract (natural antioxidants), Hydrogenated Lecithin (natural cell-communicating ingredient), Tocopherol (pure vitamin E/antioxidant), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil (plant-based emollients), Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Vaccinium Myrtillus (Bilberry) Seed Oil (natural antioxidants), Arginine, Glycine, Alanine, Serine, Valine, Proline, Threonine, Isoleucine, Histidine, Phenylalanine, Aspartic Acid (natural amino acids/water-binding agents), Sodium PCA (natural skin-repairing ingredient), Sodium Lactate (natural skin-conditioning agent), PCA (natural skin-repairing ingredient), Xanthan Gum (natural thickener), Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate (natural preservative), Benzyl Alcohol (solvent), Phenoxyethanol (synthetic preservative)

Brand Overview

Paula's Choice Skincare At-A-Glance

Strengths: Fragrance-free products; all products formulated based on extensive published research on how ingredients can benefit skin; uniquely formulated AHA and BHA products; effective skin-lightening options; gentle cleansers; toners that go beyond the norm; all sunscreens provide broad spectrum protection (including UVA-screening ingredients); proven anti-acne products; antioxidant-rich serums and moisturizers; anti-aging products that work as claimed; gentle yet effective natural products; most foundations provides sun protection and come in a range of neutral colors; unique brow products; on-the-go teeth whitener; lipstick with sunscreen; impressive, reasonably priced makeup brushes; samples are available for most products.

Weaknesses: Does not offer a complete collection of makeup; makeup shade range isn’t as extensive for darker skin tones; limited concealer options.

Disclosure: Paula Begoun is creator of Beautypedia and founder of Paula's Choice Skincare products. Reviewing thousands of skincare and makeup products over the past 30 years, both on this site and in her best-selling books, Paula's mission has always been to help consumers find the best products possible for their skin. The Beautypedia Team proudly and unequivocally maintains this commitment. In addition, The Beautypedia Team reviews all products using the same rating standards and criteria, whether it is a Paula's Choice product or another brand.

Paula's Choice Skincare was established in 1995 when best-selling beauty author and consumer advocate Paula Begoun (known as The Cosmetics Cop) decided to develop her own products. Like most of us, she was fed up with products that overpromised results, cost a lot of money, and failed to deliver—or made matters worse!

As a natural evolution of Paula's personal mission to help consumers find the best products for their skin, the line has grown into an extensive range of skincare and makeup products that are formulated to meet the needs of almost every skin type and skin concern imaginable. From acne to wrinkles, oily skin, rosacea, large pores, eczema, redness, sagging, dry skin, and on and on, Paula's Choice offers a solution.

Paula's Choice Skincare stands apart from other cosmetics brands. The formulas contain only ingredients that have substantiated, published research showing they are beneficial and effective—so you get visible results. Stable packaging is another feature of the brand, using innovative, opaque, and air-tight or air-restrictive components that keep antioxidants and other light- and air-sensitive ingredients from breaking down (unlike jar packaging, which compromises what might otherwise be an effective formula). The line is also 100% fragrance-free, which is best for all skin types, especially for those with sensitive skin or rosacea.

From cleansers to broad-spectrum sunscreens to anti-aging serums to specialized treatments, Paula's Choice Skincare has you covered from head to toe with innovative, state-of-the-art products. The brand also offers professional-quality makeup products including concealer, foundation, eyeshadow, lipstick, and more. (Paula started out as a makeup artist so she definitely knows her way around a face!)

Paula's Choice Skincare does not test on animals and also takes an environmentally friendly approach by featuring minimalist, recyclable packaging. Another plus—the Customer Service team is among the best in the industry, offering a "100% satisfaction or your money back" guarantee.

For more information about Paula's Choice, call (800) 831-4088 or visit www.paulaschoice.com.

Why are all Paula's Choice Skincare products rated highly? The Paula's Choice Skincare Team would not launch a product unless it was worthy of a high rating from The Beautypedia Team. Paula and The Beautypedia Team were researching and reviewing products long before Paula's Choice Skincare ever existed and consumers were constantly requesting a skincare brand that met all of Beautypedia's criteria. As a result, The Paula's Choice Skincare Team was created and uses the same research and criteria to formulate Paula's Choice products as The Beautypedia Team uses to review products.

About the Experts

The Beautypedia Research Team is dedicated to helping you find the absolute best products for your skin, using research-based criteria to review beauty products from an honest, balanced perspective. Each member of the team was personally trained by Paula Begoun herself.

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12.30.2014
Not for my sensitive skin

This has a nice silky texture and a pleasant clean unscented type scent, but 1 minute after I applied my face burned, reddened, and irritation bumps developed on my cheeks. Fortunately, my face was back to normal in about an hour and no actual breakouts have developed (it's been 12 hours). Looking over the ingredients now (stupidly I didn't do this before) and I think the grape seed extract is the culprit since I've reacted badly to it in the past. Luckily, I only purchased the sample size.

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Crystal E.
08.26.2014
Nice cool and soothing

I liked how this felt on my skin but I didn't see any results to keep using it. It does lightly moisturize if that is what you are looking for. I do like how it felt but see no need to continue to buy based on that.

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ABQ505
05.23.2014
A winner!

I like to use this toner in place of my usual one, when my skin is red or a bit irritated or dry. It's really soothing and ULTRA gentle. We have very "hard" water in my city, so I use toner on a cotton pad after cleansing, to wipe away any dulling mineral deposits from the sink water. PC packaging is not nearly as attractive as it could be, but I can overlook that. I love that it's a plant based product... so nice that Paula is now offering some natural options! Will be repurchasing!

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Maya
05.11.2014
The Best Toner Ever!

This is, by far, the best toner I have ever used. I have combination, sensitive skin and am allergic to many fragrances in skin care. This product is so pure and soothing I can't wait to use it! I use it in the morning after cleansing with the matching cleanser; I mix just 3 drops with 3 drops of the PC vitamin C serum and pat it all over my face and neck with my hands. My skin feels so soft and looks luminous. I love this product and hope Paula never stops making it!

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Victoria P
03.07.2014
Very good

This is a nice soothing toner. I use my fingers to put it on instead of a cotton pad because you waste so much if you do it that way. It's thick enough that it's not going to run down your wrist either. Works well on its own or under lotion. It dries quickly so you don't have to wait for that tacky feeling to go away before you put on your serum and moisturizer. I bought it on sale so I can't say I'd buy it at its full price.

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