24.5.12

Solace Aromatherapy Botanical Face Water

You all know that I have recently taken an interest in using toners.  I have already reviewed a couple for you (link & link).  I do like what I have tried but was ultimately trying to find a toner with a particular ingredient (I also need to avoid certain allergens).  I am a massive fan of manuka and searched the web for hours to find a natural toner containing it.  By pure luck I came across Solace Aromatherapy on Ebay.


Solace Aromatherapy Botanical Face Water

Solace Aromatherapy offer a wide variety of toners which are categorised by skin type - sensitive, acne/oily prone, dry/damaged, ageing and normal/combination.  It is worth spending the time reading about each toner and it's ingredients to learn about the benefits.  

In the end I chose to purchase Lavender & Manuka which is described as "A very gentle facial tonic, soothing for sensitive skin, prone to irritations. Laced with Sea Silk, Aloe Vera Juice, Manuka Honey, Oats Extract CO2 and Green Tea Extracts."

I am going to refrain from a detailed review about this product because let's face it we all know what a toner looks like and how to use it.  What I will say is this toner does not feel stripping or drying and I have not suffered any irritation.

Solace Aromatherapy products are cruelty free and do not contain mineral oils, parabens, SLS or artificial fragrance.  The toner does contain alcohol and preservatives and here is what the company says about that -

"Some of our formulations are preservative-free including our Facial Oils, Natural Cleansing Oils etc. We do use preservatives when absolutely essential for product safety. Where natural preservatives are not available, we use relatively low concentrations 0.5% of the highest grade, broad-spectrum preservatives, Phenoxyethanol as advised by our Cosmetic Chemist. It is particularly effective at protecting water-based products, such as moisturisers, from bacterial contamination. It is mild enough to be used safely on the skin."

It is worth checking out the website or ebay store as toners are not the only skincare products available from Solace. Some of you may not wish to use products with preservatives but do not dismiss the Company altogether since it is not in every product. My one criticism is full ingredient listings is not available next to items, so you may need to contact the Company if you have any concerns. I paid £5.99 (plus P&P) for this 100ml bottle of facial toner.

If anyone out there has a Lavender & Manuka toner without preservatives, please let me know.





Ingredients (copied from my bottle) - aqua, aloe barbadensis leaf, mel, avena sativa meal extract, vegetable glycerin, PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil camelli sinensis, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, lavendula angustifolia, romarinus offcinalis, potassium sorbate, xantham gum, lactic acid, dimethicone, phenoxyethanol, ethylhexylglycerin, alcohol*geraniol linalol limonene *naturally found in essential oils

4 comments:

  1. I really want to try this. It is on my list. lol. x

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    1. I recommend you give it a try, I like it, I was going through a funny stay with the smell of my last one, just kept smelling of vinegar??? I have come to realise my nose favours lavender which is good as it's the perfect ingredient for many skin types.

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  2. Manuka is a lovely ingredient. If you're keen to try more products using manuka I'd recommend a hydrolat. That's basically the name for plant waters created as a by product of essential oil distillation. It's a water base containing extracts of the material that was distilled. (Be careful not to buy a water that's just had perfume added.) A couple of good suppliers who offer Manuka Hydrolats are oshadhi.co.uk and naturallythinking.com. There's another one I just can't remember but if I find it I'll come back! x

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    1. Thanks for the recommendation. After buying this one I did see naturallythinking had manuka, I do like the combination with lavender so perhaps I would have to create my own from that website. I shall check out the other site you mention, that isn't a site I am familiar with :)

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