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What is it?
It’s a toner. Hydrating one. Actually the second version of the much hyped and extremely popular Klairs Supple Preparation Toner.
This is what Klairs says:
“Version II, The Supple Preparation Unscented Toner
The unscented toner is the second version of the Original toner that excluded all essential oil, which makes it scent-free. While the original toner contains non-irritating all natural essential oil, the unscented was made to provide an option for customers’ preference for scents.”
I had both toners. The original version and this Unscented one which I have been using for the last month. Actually, I think I was one of the first customers who placed their order the minute this toner was launched.
Klairs is very famous and very engaged skin care brand. I respect their work and I wrote the review of their Midnight Blue Youth Activating Drop (spoiler alert: I repurchased it). BUT I have problem with products marketed for sensitive skin packed with known irritants. In this case for rosacea skin and other sensitive skin conditions very sensitizing fragrant essential oils. OK, that would be my problem if I had product that wasn’t suited for my skin, but those products are marketed with the following claims:
The Original version of Supple Preparation Toner:
“The Klairs Supple Preparation Facial Toner balances the skin’s pH level and improves the effectiveness of the entire skin regime. With various plant extracts and soothing ingredients blended together, Klairs toner is calming, non-irritating, hydrating for all skin even for the most sensitive.” (sic!)
Ok, you see what I mean? “Even for the most sensitive”. Well, my sensitive skin didn’t react well to it. It broke me out in no time. Inflammation reignited and I was back to square one with my skin.
The same fragrant essential oils cocktail (Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil – Ylang Ylang) is also present in other “soothing and calming” products of the same line.
I posted this very unpopular opinion on my SNS channel and I got numbers of messages: “Me too! This broke me out too!”
Klairs is a great market listener and has great sense of keeping their customers close and around. They launched this “Unscented” toner as the answer to this “Me too!” rumble.
And here we are now one month and half the bottle of Unscented toner later.
How to use it?
After cleansing, apply the toner to clean skin. Pat with palms for complete absorption.
*Multiple application is recommended for dry areas.
I use it in morning routines in two layers. The first layer goes on face with thin cotton pad (just divide cotton pad in two halves) and apply toner with gentle strokes. Then I pour it into the palm of my hand and apply it as if I would apply serum. I then gently press it into the skin and wait a little to absorb. Then I proceed with the rest of my skincare steps.
Water, Butylene Glycol, Dimethyl Sulfone, Betaine, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Natto Gum, Sodium Hyaluronate, Disodium EDTA, Centella Asiatica Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Polyquaternium-51, Chlorphenesin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Carbomer, Panthenol, Arginine, Luffa Cylindrica Fruit/Leaf/Stem Extract, Beta-Glucan, Althaea Rosea Flower Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Portulaca, Oleracea Extract, Lysine HCL, Proline, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Acetyl Methionine, Theanine, Copper Tripeptide-1
All clear. Nothing to object to. Actually, very clean and promising ingredients list.
Yes, but I recommend the patch test first.
Who is it for?
All skin types, especially sensitive ones.
Volume and other characteristics
180 ml / 6.08 fl.oz.
Rather viscous transparent liquid with characteristic scent (something like glue scent).
Feels very lush on the skin and absorbs easily.
Does it work?
I am looking into this question now as if I had to answer a penetrating philosophical question. Yes, it works, but… answer is more complex than the simple yes or no.
Does it hydrate skin? Yes it does.
Does it prepare skin for the next skincare steps? Yes it does.
Does it balance skin pH level? Yes it does.
Then what’s the problem? I don’t know. It’s not you, it’s me…
This toner is good. Actually, very good. But it lacks that x factor that places it in pole position. Please, remember that YMMV rule. This is merely my opinion. This toner might be your next HG toner. And actually, that’s very likely.
What is it missing here? That wow effect of wet skin that I had with other toners. My skin reacts to it like a child not willing to eat his veggies. C’mon darling, it’s good for you! No!
But the child eats it anyway and he’s happy and not hungry anymore.
In this case, my skin is well nourished and well hydrated. No breakouts this time. No additional facial redness. Everything seems perfectly all right.
Yes, but… um… It’s complicated.