Analyzing Facial/Skin Toners P1

Facial/Skin toners consist of deionized water (liquid phase), soothing and moisturizing ingredients such as humectants (attract and retain water) and (organic) extracts (e.g. emollients: calm & sooth the skin), they are soluble in the water phase. Toners also may contain actives/antioxidant ingredients that are water soluble or lipid soluble, they can slow or prevent oxidation of the molecules. Essential oils if included can be used for scenting the products, for enhancing the preservative systems, or for some kind of therapeutic effects, but they are not miscible with water so an emulsifier/surfactant-solubilizing agent is needed to solubilize the EO. Other ingredients include traditional and alternative  preservatives for against bacteria, mold and yeast. Alcohols can be used as a preservative, e.g. organic alcohol is an alternative alcohol that wouldn’t dry out your skin. Chelating agents are sometimes included to enhance/boost the preservative systems to prevent contamination or discoloration of cosmetic products by binding up metal ions/metallic compounds such a Ca2+, Cu2+, Fe3+, Mg2+, Mn2+, Zn2+…  For example, Dissolvine® GL-47-S (Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate) is an alternative to EDTA.

Benefits of using skin toners: 6 reasons why you should add face toner to your beauty routine

  1. Balance/Restore skin pH.
  2. Sooth and smooth the skin surface, minimize the appearance of skin pores, and tighten the skin.
  3. Moisturize/hydrate skin.
  4. Apply the toners with a cotton round onto face can remove oil, dirt, and  traces of makeups. Toners are very helpful for acne-prone and pore-clogging skin.
  5. Help prepping skin for anti-aging treatments.

I have recently tried out these facial toners with attractive scents from the Essential Wholesale & Labs. These toners gently sooth my face as I felt the cooling sensation after application. Then, my face also felt softer, moisturized, slightly tighten, and glossy.  I am happy that they are not sticky to the skin and they made me feel good about myself!  😘

Gentle, Soothing, & Moisturizing Facial Toners

So what are the ingredients with functions in these facial toners? We will identify them based on color codes. The functions of the classified ingredients have already been described above.

Extracts/Emollients/AdditivesHumectants, Preservatives, Actives/Antioxidants, Essential Oils, Emulsifier/Surfactant-Solubilizing Agent, Chelating Agent

Aloe & Glycerin Facial Toner Ingredients: 

International Nomenclature:

Organic Aloe Leaf Juice (Aloe Barbadensis), Glycerin, Organic White Willow Bark Extract (Salix Alba), Tea Tree Leaf Oil (Melaleuca Alternifolia), Polysorbate 20, Organic Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate

Organic Peppermint Facial Toner (Certified Organic):
International Nomenclature:
Organic Aloe Leaf Juice (Aloe Barbadensis), Organic Alcohol, Organic Glycerin, Organic Peppermint Leaf Extract (Mentha Piperita), Organic White Willow Bark Extract (Salix Alba), Organic Sugar Cane Extract (Saccharum Officinarum), Organic Bilberry Fruit Extract (Vaccinium Myrtillus), Organic Sugar Maple Extract (Acer Saccharinum), Organic Orange Peel Extract (Citrus Sinensis), Organic Lemon Peel Extract (Citrus Limon), Organic Cranberry Fruit Extract (Vaccinium Macrocarpon)
Antioxidant Facial Toner: 
International Nomenclature:
Organic Aloe Leaf Juice (Aloe Barbadensis), Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Provitamin B5 (DL-Panthenol), Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide), Provitamin A (Beta-Carotene), Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid), Organic White Willow Bark Extract (Salix Alba), Organic Alcohol, Tea Tree Leaf Oil (Melaleuca Alternifolia), Polysorbate 20, Propylene Glycol, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate

2 thoughts on “Analyzing Facial/Skin Toners P1

  1. Very detailed analysis, I used to mix essential oils with alcohol for room and clothing sprays until I felt that alcohol was too irritable. From what I understood alcohol helps to dissolve essential oils and diffuse them in the air. I didn’t know that it also works as preservative.

    Now I switched to water + Polysorbate 20 instead and I like it better because it is not irritable and essential oils disperse slower from the mixture compared to alcohol. I am still new to emulsifiers. Before that I have only used oil, beeswax and alcohol for my DIY mixes. I wonder if there are any natural emulsifiers. I want to try a natural emulsifier if there is one to mix oil and water to create lotion for skin.


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    1. Thank you. Make sure you have a good preservative system for all products containing water; otherwise, bacterias, molds and yeasts will be growing and can cause problems to your skin. Organic lecithin is an organic emulsifier; however, it is very difficult to work with because it’s not a very stable organic emulsifier. You can add co-emulsifiers to stabilize the emulsion system for longer product shelf life. I believe there are other good organic emulsifiers in the market, you just need to do some research. 😀

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