Sea Breeze Original Formula Astringent
10 fl. oz. for $5.29
Last Updated:04.29.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

The original formula of Sea Breeze remains one of the most irritating skin-care products ever created. It’s right up there with the original formula for Noxzema Cleansing Cream in terms of the number of skin-assaulting ingredient it contains. Some may find this product nostalgic (especially its familiar medicinal odor) but choosing skin-care products based on nostalgia isn’t any wiser than shopping for a computer based on the same principle.

A good toner should be loaded with beneficial ingredients that soothe and calm skin, never cause irritation. Learn everything you need to know about using a toner, or browse our Best Toners list on Beautypedia.


Sea Breeze Original Formula Astringent is made to remove trapped oil, dirt and makeup before they become problems. The tingle tells you Sea Breeze is working as it penetrates deep down to the pores to deep clean your skin. Your skin will look clean, fresh and healthy.


Water, Alcohol Denat., Camphor (0.68%), Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove), Eucalyptus Globulus Oil, Eugenol, Sodium Benzoate, Yellow 5.

Brand Overview

Sea Breeze At-A-Glance

Strengths: Inexpensive; available in most major drugstores.

Weaknesses: Irritation is the rule rather than the exception; average cleansers; terrible toners/astringents; boring moisturizers; no sunscreens.

There is very little positive news about this longstanding line that began with a single astringent. The original Sea Breeze product is still being sold, and still laden with a cadre of ingredients that only harm skin. In terms of any of these ingredients being disinfectants, some of them are. However, there are considerably better, gentler disinfectants available that don't deluge skin with needless irritants.

The expanded Sea Breeze lineup is nothing special, consisting of a couple of mediocre cleansers and a bland moisturizer. It is clear that their niche market is primarily those looking for astringents under the mistaken notion that alcohol, peppermint oil, camphor, and other irritants are needed to reduce acne and oily skin. Alcohol is a great de-greasing agent for skin, but the free radical damage and irritation it causes lead to oilier skin in the long run, possibly with superficial dryness. None of the Sea Breeze products are worth serious consideration, even though it is one of the more affordable (yet woefully incomplete) skin-care lines on the market.

For more information about Sea Breeze, call (800) 487-7273 or visit www.seabreezeclean.com.

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Don't fool yourselves

I have spent thousands of dollars on cleaners, moisturizers, toners, etc. I finally decided to go back to my roots...my grandfather had flawless skin as did my mother...their two secrets were Noxema and Sea Breeze. At 52, my skin has been acting like I'm 16 again. These two products cleared up everything within weeks and I have the healthiest glow I've had in years. So, don't fool yourselves, or anyone else for that matter...these products DO work...and I don't need a second job to buy them.

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Susan B
best product ever for after shave

The original formula is fantastic.

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phillip l.
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