Bonajour Eggplant Daily BHA Toner Review:
I wanted to try this product as soon as I heard about it for two reasons. One is that Bonajour is a surprisingly good brand that keeps amazing me, and they do use lots of natural ingredients. The other one is… it’s an Eggplant toner, come on. And it’s purple! Wouldn’t you want to try that?
+ Has 84.43% of Eggplant extract which contains real Lupeol.
+ Lupeol gives you a solution to have clear and fine skin, and BHA Toner that washes away impurities, dead skin cell, and sebum, aiming to give you clear and fine skin.
+ Has a pH of 5.5 (do notice that the pH can vary 0.5 on each batch)
+ Has 0.5% of Salicylic Acid, that removes dead cells on skin and sebum in pores to make your skin soft and clean.
Aimed for: Oily skin, Normal skin, Dry skin, Sensitive skin, Combination skin
Solanum Melongena (Eggplant) Fruit Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, Butylene Glycol, Propanediol, Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract, Lupeol, Salicylic Acid, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside, Melaleuca Ericifolia Leaf Oil, Cryptomeria Japonica Leaf Extract, Nelumbo Nucifera Leaf Extract, Saccharomyces Ferment, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Polyglyceryl-5 Oleate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Water, Arginine,Citric Acid
How to use:
Apply it gently on your skin and tap it softly and absorb it. (Applying BHA toner with a cotton pad and wiping out impurities can help your skin absorb other products effectively.)
My Skin Type: Combination (oily T, dry U) and sensitive, currently overall harm and dryness from the cold and dry winter
Bonajour Eggplant Daily BHA Toner Review:
It’s 200ml, and holding it in my hand it looks so small – but it lasts over two months by using it two times a day and more than one layer per time! That’s because it’s a 100% watery toner (literally, they claim on the website that there’s no oil content to it).
The color is beautiful, it’s so attractive, and the simple package makes it that much better.
Don’t worry about the color, if you ever cooked eggplants you’ll know just how much color they leak, and if they do use eggplant water here then of course it’s going to be at least a little bit purple.
The bottle is simple, as simple as they come. Turn it around and flap the toner onto your palm or cotton pad.
Some people (such as myself) would normally be bothered by this, if this toner wasn’t as liquid as water. Which it is, so no problem there! It’s so liquid that it’s better than a squirt bottle.
I did try putting it in a spray bottle to see if it would save me some time in the morning, but in the end this bottle really is the best way for using it.
You can see here if you try really hard – the slight color of the toner. You can also see how liquid it is and thus how hard it is to keep it in my palm.
Okay, other than being incredibly liquid, it also gets absorbed like water. At least on the first layer! If you apply three layers it takes half a second longer to absorb. Which is not a bad thing at all.
I have started with one layer, and after 1 month I started applying 2 layers and now I’ve been applying three layers.
If you apply it on a naked face or with a liquid essence (like the IOPE or Missha first essences) it feels like water, but if you apply on a face with a thicker first essence then this toner will bring out its moisture again.
Although since it is a BHA toner I feel a little silly applying it over thicker essences – and also it makes no sense if you think about the “thinner products first” rule – so I just apply this toner and then all the other products.
The smell of the toner was the first I wondered about when I had just seen the photos of the product! It was also the first thing I checked as soon as I opened the bottle.
No, it does not smell like eggplant (yay, I hate eggplant!!) but it doesn’t smell natural either. For some reason it smells, to me, a little of alcohol, like a non-flowery perfume… but I like it. It’s not exactly a weak smell but it goes away as soon as the product absorbs anyway. Or maybe a little longer, but not much longer.
This is how I apply it, just for reference. I soak (literally soak) a cotton with the toner, then slide it over my skin three times. That’s how it looks like after applying, and it’s more comfortable than applying it with my hands.
This toner gives no moisture whatsoever, in fact it helps control sebum and breakouts. So, you always must apply your moisturizers counting on that.
How did it perform in the end? More than controlling sebum or anything else (even though I barely had reactions that resulted in pimples while I have been using this toner) it really did refine my skin texture.
I always thought my droopy pores were the reason my skin looked so old, but after clearing out “the lumps” even when my pores aren’t hydrated my skin looks better.
When you read that a toner refines the skin tone – I think this is literally what they meant! My skin has never been this lump free, and with so little stress pimples (usually mine are huge).
I guess next I’ll want to try the BHA toner from Benton, since this one surprised me so much!
Definitely recommend to those who want to introduce BHA to their routine, regardless of skin type.
Where to buy:
Have you tried Bonajour Eggplant Daily BHA Toner?
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