Mamonde Rose Water Toner Review:
Continuing my search of hydrating toners by browsing various skincare blogs and forums, I stumbled upon this particular highly raved about toner. Claiming to be “3 Free” (later explained in the product claims section), and also free of my usual skincare triggers, I decided to give it a go. Fortunately, I managed to find a local reseller of the 150mL bottles before committing myself to the larger sizes (not to worry, though, as I’ve included an international link for the 150mL if anyone’s curious like I was!), and well, read on to find out whether or not this was a good decision!
- The base ingredient of the toner is 90.89% Damask rose water from Bulgaria instead of just water.
- Rose water is claimed to be extracted under low temperate supercritical pressure to minimise change in the active ingredients.
- Soothing and moisturizing toner.
- “3 Free” – ie. free of additives such as mineral oil, synthetic pigment/dye, and animal-based ingredients.
Rose Extract (90.89%), Butylene Glycol, Prunus Mume Fruit Extract, Nelumbium Speciosum Flower Extract, Glycerin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Carbomer, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Tromethamine, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance.
Link to Cosdna
- Rose Extract: Particularly useful for dry and mature/sensitive skin, provides intensive hydration and provides a calming and astringent effect to help diminish redness and skin irritation. Also plays a key role in preventing cellular oxidation caused by environmental stress.
- Prunus Mume Fruit Extract: Fights chronic skin yellowing and darkening through its powerful anti-glycation action, and effectively restores skin luminosity as well as elasticity and firmness.
- Nelumbium Speciosum (Lotus) Flower Extract: Acts as a moisturising agent which also helps to heal dry and flaky skin. Also rich in antioxidants and helps prevent acne breakouts.
Volume: 150mL, 250mL, 500mL
How to use:
As it is a hydrating toner, the Mamonde Rose Water toner is multi-functional. This means that it can be used in various ways. Some examples are:
- After face wash, use cotton pad soaked with toner to wipe the skin gently. (dead skin removal, moisturizing)
- Decant toner into a spray bottle and use as a hydro mist as needed. (moisturizing)
- Wet gauze or sheet pack with toner to use as a soothing pack. Place on skin for 10 minutes when skin feels dry. (soothing, moisturizing)
- Mix facial oil in 7:3 ratio in empty bottle to use as an oil-mist.
- Dampen makeup sponge with toner to help in base makeup application, ie. this helps to lessen the annoyance of cakey makeup.
My Skin Type: Sensitive (prone to redness), Combination, Acne-prone, Dehydrated
Mamonde Rose Water Toner Review:
If I have to be completely honest here, the first thing I noticed besides the aesthetically-pleasing packaging is definitely the strong rose scent. Despite knowing that it would probably smell of roses, it still caught me off guard.
And I’m not entirely sure if it’s just me, but… it smells kind of artificial? Very cloying, and obviously, if you’re sensitive to fragrances or just prefer not to deal with strong scents in skincare, please reconsider purchasing this.
Scent aside, the packaging is quite sturdy. Housed in a rose-tinted plastic bottle with a flip-top cap, it’s relatively safe to travel with. As the bottle is translucent, it is also easy to tell how much product is left, so that’s a definite plus point, in my opinion.
Flipping the cap open, the toner is easily dispensed onto the palm of my hand and appears watery and colourless. Due to the watery texture, the toner is definitely light on the skin when applied. However, despite its light texture, it is still hydrating as it claims.
Now, as this toner is described as being multi-functional, of course I had to test this out, right? Here is my take on a couple of ways I decided to use it:
- Soaking a cotton pad with toner and wiped gently onto the skin: Nope. This was definitely what caused me to groan in annoyance at the toner. After applying it this way every day for a few days, I was heartbroken to see how red/flushed my skin was. It was to the point where I didn’t even want to look at the toner. So, definitely a no-go for this method (for me).
- Used as a soothing pack (ie. soaked cotton pads peeled into layers and applied as a “mask”): This is definitely what changed my mind about this toner. It worked so well for me to the point where I actually looked at the bottle in sadness when I saw the level of product slowly falling lower, and lower… that I even became immune to the cloying rose scent, ha.
3.5/5. Overall, despite finding the toner to work well as a soothing pack/makeshift sheet mask after an initial fail, I honestly don’t think I’ll repurchase this unless I’m unable to find an alternative. Yes, the artificial rose scent still bothers me despite making my way through the bottle… However, if you’re fine with strong fragrances, do give this a try! It’s not a bad product at all.
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Have you tried Mamonde Rose Water Toner?
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