What a Melon Replenishing Watermelon Toner
Bliss’s What a Melon Replenishing Watermelon Toner has a pleasant scent and a refreshing feel – but makes some critical missteps that keep it from being what we consider a top-notch toner.
This pink liquid comes in a clear plastic bottle and is easy to apply using a cotton pad or your fingers. The lightly hydrating formula dries quickly without a sticky feel, making it suitable for all skin types.
As advertised, this contains a high amount of watermelon extract, a rich source of antioxidants (and, not surprising given the name, a lot of water). It also contains soothing willow bark and oat extracts, along with skin-plumping hyaluronic acid.
What’s not so great is that this also includes a high amount of witch hazel leaf extract, which has the type of tannins that can constrict skin and cause irritation. It also contains fragrance, which can trigger further irritation.
While we appreciate that this toner omits drying denatured alcohol (unlike so many others on the market), it’s far from being among the best, which is why it lands at middle-of-the-road rating.
One additional note: because of its clear packaging, this should be stored out of direct light, as exposure to light will cause its antioxidant ingredients to break down.
- Texture is lightly hydrating and dries without a sticky feel.
- Contain a high amount of antioxidant-rich watermelon extract.
- Includes skin soothing willow bark and oat extracts.
- Free from drying alcohol and fragrant essential oils.
- Includes a high amount of witch hazel leaf extract, which puts skin at risk for irritation.
- Contains fragrance, which increases the risk of irritation.
- Clear packaging means this should be stored out of direct light.
This light and refreshing toner with watermelon extract, electrolytes and willow bark transforms tired, stressed skin to replenished, refreshed and energized.
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 Bliss's iconic white with splashes of color packaging.
Bliss's 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 Bliss's offerings you just have to know where to look.
For more information on Bliss, visit www.blissworld.com.
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