Tested on animals:Yes
Simple's Soothing Facial Toner does not contain the alcohol seen in a lot of its competitors' toners, which is good, but it doesn't bring a lot to the table otherwise, certainly not when compared with today's best toners.
This fragrance-free liquid toner contains a few skin-replenishing ingredients, which is especially good because this is a leave-on product, but again, it falls short in some key areas.
The first problem is that it contains witch hazel water. While that doesn't have quite the potential to aggravate skin as the more potent witch hazel extract or distillate, the potential is still there, particularly if you have temperamental skin.
The other issue is that this is a relatively non-descript formula that doesn't offer much in the way of skin-beneficial ingredients. The very best toners include a mix of skin-restoring and skin-replenishing ingredients as well as antioxidants to help boost skin after cleansing, and those are lacking here. The vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is nice, but skin needs a mix of antioxidants, not just one.
Despite the budget-friendly price, this is a pass. For far superior options (including drugstore choices), see our list of Best Toners & Face Mists.
- Fragrance- and alcohol-free formula.
- Contains some good soothing agents.
- Contains antioxidant vitamin C.
- Contains witch hazel water, which has the potential to aggravate skin.
- Formula lacks an array of skin-beneficial ingredients.
Our Soothing Facial Toner leaves your skin feeling clean and refreshed, plus it’s a perfect blend of our purest possible skin loving ingredients with an added vitamin.
Water, Sorbitol, Ascorbic Acid, Panthenol, Decyl Glucoside, Sodium PCA, DMDM Hydantoin, Allantoin, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Glycerin, Pantolactone, Chamamila Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract.
Spring 2016: Reviews for this brand are currently being revamped. All products reviewed prior to 2015 have been reformulated. We appreciate your patience while we repurchase them and update the reviews accordingly. Check back later this summer for full updates!