Rose Gold Rescue Soothing Toner Mist
Bliss’ Rose Gold Rescue Soothing Toner Mist is supposed to calm and nourish skin but its perfume-like scent and witch hazel-infused formula cast a spell of trouble for skin.
Were it not for those issues, we would have loved to recommend Rose Gold Rescue Soothing Toner Mist as an easy way to spritz your toner on (no cotton pad needed).
The ultra-fine mist lightly dusts skin rather than drenching it, which is especially nice if you want to use it a refresher throughout the day over makeup (it doesn’t disturb foundation and allows you to reset creased areas).
The formula contains some beneficial antioxidants and replenishing ingredients such as vitamin E, glycerin, squalane and soothing chamomile, and we’re happy to report the opaque packaging helps keep them potent and stable.
As for Bliss’ claim that colloidal gold nourishes skin, research hasn’t shown this to be true when applied to intact (meaning non-wounded) skin. It seems to have a wound-healing effect, but this wouldn’t apply to regular skin care products. Research hasn’t shown colloidal gold is sensitizing like regular gold can be, so we’re not concerned about its presence here—just don’t expect any benefit from it.
But all of that is for naught considering how many irritants this toner contains, including the fragrant rose flower and citrus ingredients, which lend themselves to the perfume-esque aroma. (See More Info for the full scoop on why fragrant ingredients are bad for skin.) The astringent witch hazel only makes matters worse going against the soothing effect that this toner is supposed to offer.
The bottom line: You can find superior toners and face mists that truly soothe and nourish skin.
- Contains some beneficial antioxidants and replenishing hydrators.
- Ultra-fine mist lightly settles on skin (especially convenient for refreshing skin on the go).
- Opaque packaging keeps the light/air-sensitive ingredients stable.
- Potently fragrant formula poses a risk of irritation to skin and cancels out this toner’s soothing effect.
- Astringent witch hazel compounds those negative effects.
Why Fragrance Is a Problem for Skin: Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes a chronic sensitizing reaction on skin.
This reaction in turn leads to all kinds of problems, including disrupting skin’s barrier, worsening dryness, increasing or triggering redness, depleting vital substances in skin’s surface, and generally preventing skin from looking healthy, smooth, and hydrated. Fragrance free is always the best way to go for all skin types.
A surprising fact: Even though you can’t always see or feel the negative effects of fragrant ingredients on skin, the damage will still be taking place, even if it’s not evident on the surface. Research has demonstrated that you don’t need to see or feel the effects of irritation for your skin to be suffering. Much like the effects from cumulative sun damage, the negative impact and the visible damage from fragrance may not become apparent for a long time.
References for this information:
Toxicology In Vitro, February 2018, pages 237-245
Toxicological Sciences, January 2018, pages 139-148
Biochimica and Biophysica Acta, May 2012, pages 1410–1419
Aging, March 2012, pages 166–175
Chemical Immunology and Allergy, March 2012, pages 77–80
Experimental Dermatology, October 2009, pages 821–832
Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 2008, pages 191–202
International Journal of Toxicology, Volume 27, 2008, Supplement, pages 1–43
Food and Chemical Toxicology, February 2008, pages 446–475
American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003, pages 789–798
This extra gentle, fine toner mist is thoughtfully formulated with gentle ingredients and is blissfully free from dyes and parabens. Infused with calming rose flower water and nourishing colloidal gold, it soothes and refreshes for a balanced, glowing complexion.
The story of Bliss starts in 1996, when personal trainer Marcia Kilgore opened a New York spa designed around no-fuss skin treatments and de-stressing regimens for busy lifestyles. Over time, clients asked for Bliss-branded skin care products, and so Bliss skin care was born.
Bliss enjoyed success for years, being sold in spas as well as online and at some brick-and-mortar retailers. Kilgore eventually sold Bliss, and after changing hands a couple more times, the brand began to lose some of its identity. Its most recent owners decided it was time for a back to our roots makeover, with lower prices across the board and a cleaner version of Blisss iconic white with splashes of color packaging.
Blisss biggest appeal is in providing people with a spa-like experience at home. The line features multiple masks, in addition to exfoliation treatments, moisturizers, and body care products for a variety of skin types and concerns. While there are some missteps in the line (including fragranced products and some instances of jar packaging), there are some gems to be found among Blisss offerings you just have to know where to look.
For more information on Bliss, visit www.blissworld.com.
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