The toner itself is an olfactory stimulant of… some sort of zen herbal tea. It’s not an off-putting smell but if you like unscented skin products, you may shake your head on this one. Also, you can see actual calendula petals floating about which can clog the noozle but it’s nothing a little shake won’t fix.
I’ve been using it for just over a month now and I must say it’s quite effective as a soothing toner. Face feels cleansed, pores seem tighter and my skin didn’t experience any sort of irritation, allergic reaction, nor discolouration. Best of all the redness, which is the main issue I wanted to target, has subsided. Now that should say something, eh?
It is, however, not an all-around toner. It may cleanse well and it may not dry out your skin, but it doesn’t particularly address oil-control either. I reckon this is more for people prone to redness and acne rather than people with oily skin.
There are definitely cheaper alternatives to this toner but I’m quite happy that I’m less red in the face sans colour correcting creams because of this. Unless you count me going red due to Asian flush. It’s done what I’ve wanted it to do so I’m not too bummed about paying a bit extra.
As per usual, you might want to try it out before purchasing. Different strokes for different folks and all that jazz, after all. 😉