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Facial Toner Balancing Rose + Red Tea

2.00 fl. oz. for $ 15.99
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Facial Toner Balancing Rose + Red Tea is a lightweight, spray-on toner that could've been a decent option for combination to oily skin, but even though some notable antioxidants are present, on closer inspection, the ingredient list appears to be incomplete. This is problematic as there's no way to know what this toner really contains; thus, we can't be confident about recommending it.

Acure states that this product doesn't contain water or anything else to hold its formula together. We thought this had to have been a mistake on their packaging, especially as you dispense it via a sprayer—this is clearly a water-based formula. But after reaching out to Acure via Twitter about their lack of noting water on their ingredient list, they confirmed it was not a printing error.

Dried tea leaves, herbs, and flowers cannot be the main constituents of this toner as Acure would like you to believe. Unfortunately, not only are ingredients missing from the list, but also what is present on the label provides only partial information. For example, "Organic Calendula" isn't a recognized ingredient name—do they mean the flower, essential oil, the extract, flower extract, …? You can't know for sure from the ingredient information Acure provides.

Every ingredient, water included, is required to be listed in full on the label and in descending order of concentration, which is not the case here, an oversight that violates International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients (INCI) and FDA labeling regulatory requirements.

There's also the problematic nature of the preservative—rather, Acure doesn't appear to be using one, or at least they don't indicate it on the ingredient list. Preservatives are incredibly important for keeping your product free of (and your skin safe from) mold, fungi, and bacteria, especially in the case of products with naturally derived plant or fruit extracts.

Facial Toner Balancing Rose + Red Tea is also fragranced, which isn't ideal for any skin type due to the potential for irritation from such ingredients. Ultimately, this toner leaves us with too many concerns to recommend—hence, the rating—especially when there are plenty of options from other brands that don't share this product's potential risks. For better options, check out our recommendations on our list of Best Toners.

This product is listed as Certified Organic Facial Toner on the Acure website. The naming convention used in this review reflects what is shown on the product's packaging.

  • Contains antioxidant and anti-irritant ingredients.
  • Preservative system appears to be inadequate.
  • Ingredient list appears to be inaccurate; thus, you can't know what it is you're putting on your face.
  • Fragranced.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No

Restore balance and tone. Kiss surface shine and excess oil goodbyeall without drying your skin out. This alcohol-free certified organic toner utilizes Organic Witch Hazel to purify, Organic Vegetable Glycerin to moisturize and Organic Rose and Chamomile to soothe, calm and restore the skins natural acid mantlethe skins own protective layer. Get toned!

Fair Trade Organic Rooibos, Organic Calendula, Organic Chamomile, Organic Witch Hazel, Organic Bulgarian Rose Water (Hydrasol), Organic Glycerin

Acure operates with the mission statement of using only the purest, most effective fair trade, natural and organic ingredients available. At first glance, there are a lot of interesting products in the line, as Acure includes a great deal of antioxidants and other beneficial ingredients in their formulas. Unfortunately, on closer inspection of the brand, we found quite a few inconsistencies.

First the good news: Along with the inclusion of antioxidants at nearly every turn, Acure made the effort to avoid jar packaging, which is beneficial in terms of protecting the abundance of anti-aging ingredients their products contain. They are also exceptionally affordable products, an increasing rarity in the cosmetics industry.

On the other hand, Acure stretches the boundaries of belief when it comes to what some ingredients are capable of, such as plant stem cells. While fruit and plant stem cells can function as antioxidants, they cannot lift skin, repair wrinkles, or affect the skins own growth factors when added to a skincare product. Not only are plant stem cells unable to substitute for the body's own stem cells, but also they (like all stem cells) must be alive to function. Once these delicate cells are added to skin care products, they are long dead and, therefore, useless. Plant stem cells make for a good story, but the research simply isn't there to support their use in skin care or the claims attributed to them.

One point worth noting: when we originally reviewed Acure in 2015, much of the brand's focus was on so-called toxic or harmful ingredients found in other brands' skin care products that were not present in its own. This has since shifted to a much more positive approach targeted on the quality of ingredients Acure uses as opposed to any unnecessary fearmongering.

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