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Toner Woes (Update)

Since my toner comparison post in March last year I've been through a few more bottles of the REN Clarifying Toning Lotion. It really is good stuff but I find that I go through it too quickly. Something told me to give the Clarins brand a try.

Clarins display in Cave Shepherd -
posted on our Facebook page April 16, 2014

Being my usual obsessed self I picked up both the one for combination/oily and normal/dry skin.

From the Clarins site - "Toning Lotion with Iris (for combination/oily skin): Alcohol-free toner — with purifying Iris and Sage extracts — removes every last trace of cleanser, leaving combination and oily skin types pristine-clean and perfectly radiant. Skin-balancing formula tones and tightens pores, while helping to normalize surface oils. Preps skin for the Clarins treatments to follow".

Ingredients: "Aloe moisturizes, soothes and softens.
Guava energizes, moisturizes and revitalizes, and is an anti-free radical.
Sage firms, tones and stimulates, and acts as an astringent.

Aqua/Water/Eau, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, Oleth-20, Sodium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Disodium EDTA, Parfum (Fragrance), Sodium Citrate, Panthenol, Alpha-Glucan Oligosaccharide, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Psidium Guajava Fruit Extract, Iris Florentina Root Extract, Methylisothiazolinone, Linalool, Benzyl Salicylate, Limonene, Hydroxycitronellal, Glucose, Benzyl Benzoate, Hexyl Cinnamal, Crataegus Monogina Flower Extract, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Zinc Sulfate, Sorbic Acid, Cl 19140/Yellow 5, Cl 42090/Blue 1, Retinyl Palmitate, Silica".

"Toning Lotion with Camomile (for normal/dry skin): Alcohol-free toner — with purifying Camomile and Linden extracts — removes every last trace of cleanser, leaving normal-to-dry skin types pH-balanced, pristine-clean and perfectly refreshed. Softens and soothes irritations. Preps skin for the Clarins treatments to follow".

Ingredients: "-Chamomile: Helps soothe skin. -Linden: Stimulates microcirculation. -Vitamins A ,B, and E: Revitalize, soften, and protect skin.
Water (Aqua), Sorbitol, Dipropylene Glycol, Oleth-20, Glycerin, Panthenol, Butylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Parfum (Fragrance),PEG-8, Alpha-Glucan Oligosaccharide, PEG-32, Lactic Acid, Carbomer, Tilia Cordata Wood Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Bletia Hycinthina Bulb Extract, Retinyl Palmitate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Sodium Citrate, Disodium EDTA, BHT, Limonene, Linalool, Geraniol, Citral, Citronellol, CI 19140/Yellow 5"

Just for reference the ingredients in the REN Clarifying Toning Lotion are: Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Water, Salix Nigra (Willow) Bark Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate, Passiflora Quadrangularis Fruit Extract, Ananas Sativus (Pineapple) Fruit Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract, Alcohol Denat, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Extract, Linalool, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Extract, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Bisulfite.

Based on ingredients alone, REN still has the better product.

Clarins Skincare -

I've used an entire bottle of the combo/oily formula and already have a back up. I'm currently using the normal/dry formula and I like it.

Clarins Toning Lotion with Iris -
Price increase #1
As seen in Cave Shepherd Broad Street

Let's compare price. Sadly, since my first purchase of the Clarins toners to now Cave Shepherd has increased the prices from $52.99BDS DP to $58.99BDS DP. This is for the 6.8 fl. oz. or 200 ml size. The REN cost $78BDS DP for 5.1 fl. oz. or 150 ml. So you save $20 and get more product with Clarins. Not to mention Cave Shepherd regularly has "by 3 get the third cosmetic item at x% off" promotions. 

REN Skincare is available from Pure Source Barbados in Limegrove and Clarins is available at all Cave Shepherd locations.

I think I might very well have all of these in rotation until I try another brand. #TheStruggleContinues

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