Cross-posted to @touchmyfaceu on Instagram.
Today I'm digging into @bentoncosmetic's Cacao Moist and Mild Toner, which the brand provided complimentary in exchange for review. I was excited to be selected as a reviewer because I already love this line's cream and toner is my favorite skincare category! Also, Benton doesn't add fragrance and its products' inherent scents are not overwhelming. This toner smells the faintest bit sweet and floral when it's warm, otherwise you can expect the signature Benton moss smell.
I have dehydrated combination skin - some parts are dry, some normal, some oily, and some just oily when I'm not properly hydrated. I'm sensitive to alcohols when I'm using chemical exfoliants (which recently is always) so I'm glad to see none in the ingredients. I use multiple toners at a time and need several varieties with different purposes and textures. Summertime is a testing battleground for me - I can always add more in other seasons but have minimum requirements! Since it's unofficially summer and this toner is useful in some extreme heat I'd be able to use it all year.
Getting right to the point: I like using this toner! It works well for my skin type/condition and routine preferences, both with my other toners and alone/in multiple lightweight layers. It's smooth (not sticky) and leaves my skin slightly firm, sinks in quickly, and is immediately hydrating. It also moisturizes to the point I'm not scrambling to apply the next product - my skin is comfortable in the interim. The way it fades my redness suggests significant anti-inflammatory action (peep my before and after comparison, note that the light was actually brighter in the before photo). Also, it contains a skin conditioning extract combo I'm fond of: Japanese pepper fruit, Korean pasque flower, and lichen! I'm not accustomed to reaching for antioxidants (the main claim for non-moisturizing cacao extracts). They've always seemed like bonus functionality ... until for the first time ever people started noticing the tight bounciness of my cheeks. 😮 A coworker even asked to touch my face (she doesn't know about this account lol)! Full disclosure: other antioxidant-rich products have been keeping the toner company in my testing routine.
The only thing I'd change? The dispenser! I lose a lot of product during manual application because this toner is so watery. I tried decanting it into a bottle with a standard spray nozzle, which wasn't a great fit, so I think it would be best suited to a bottle with a mist nozzle. I could see it doubling as a toner and mist.
Thank you for this lovely opportunity, @bentoncosmetic!
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