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This review contains PR samples° and affiliate links* So, I have a new toner love, and I need to share it with you: the Aromatica Reviving Rose Infusion Treatment Toner not only has a cute “strawberry milk” appearance, it also happens to be packed full with delicious humectants and moisturising ingredients, just perfect for the transition from winter to spring!
The Aromatica Reviving Rose Infusion Treatment Toner had been in the back of my mind for a while before I finally was able to hold it in my hands. I kept seeing its beautiful pink-and-white texture on my Instagram feed, and loved the minimalist aesthetics of that frosted glass bottle.
Aromatica is an “o.g.” natural Korean beauty brand, which has been around for years now, long before the current “natural beauty” craze. Now, I know many science-beauty influencers see the natural beauty industry critically, and I fully understand why – the idea of “clean” ingredients or somehow “dirty” ones is silly and potentially dangerous, since it can open the door to anti-science bias and conspiracy theory thinking.
However, I will always have a soft spot for organic and natural beauty brands, especially those who support sustainability and transparency in terms of ingredient use. Organic skincare was one of my first loves – again, long before the current craze (because I am old enough to remember the first craze) – and to me, natural and organic beauty just offers so much innovation and bold approaches to facing environmental worries. So, it is important to stay critical and call out the green beauty industry for shady marketing tactics, but a blanket condemnation of anything labelled “natural” or “organic” is going a little bit too far for me.
So…the Aromatica Reviving Rose Infusion Treatment Toner: it is good! No, actually, it is great! I actually have been using it since December, even though I only received my full sized bottle about three weeks ago. A travel sized version was part of my MIIN Cosmetics Advent Calendar 2020, and it lasted me through most of the winter. Especially if you have skin that is on the dryer side, mature skin and/or strongly dehydrated skin, keep on reading – this one is a rare toner breed that manages to both hydrate and moisturise skin!
Aromatica Reviving Rose Infusion Treatment Toner – the Basics
The Aromatica Reviving Rose Infusion Treatment Toner is a bi-phase toner enriched with 64.7% Rosa Damascena flower extract – Aromatica is well-known for their rose skincare range, which has had a revamp in the past years. I still fondly remember their original Absolute Rose First Serum, which had a similar feel and vibe to the WELEDA wild rose products. You can still buy it from some of the K-beauty shops here in Europe,* but I believe it isn’t actually sold in Korea anymore, or at least isn’t that popular anymore. The newer Reviving Rose Infusion Serum* looks equally as appealing as the Reviving Rose Toner, and is definitely on my (long) Korean beauty wish list.
Alright, back to the Aromatica Reviving Rose Infusion Treatment Toner and the reason why it isn’t just a hydrating toner, but actually has moisturising benefits as well: it contains lecithin and ceramides, as well as moisturising moringa seed oil. You can feel a certain oiliness when you apply the toner – not greasy, just richer than expected given the watery texture. Apart from moisturising ingredients, this toner is also packed full of humectants, among them aloe vera extract and glycerin. Organic rose extract is said to soothe skin and also potentially help keep it smooth, while niacinamide helps brighten skin and keep excess sebum in check.
Here is the full list of ingredients for the Aromatica Reviving Rose Infusion Treatment Toner:
“Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Extract (19,000mg), Methylpropanediol, Triethylhexanoin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Butylene Glycol, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Niacinamide, 1,2-Hexanediol, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate, Glycerin, Caprylyl Glycol, Polyglyceryl-10 Myristate, Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Oil (120mg), Illicium Verum (Anise) Fruit Extract, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Eclipta Prostrata (False Daisy) Extract, Water, Melia Azadirachta (Neem) Leaf Extract, Ceramide NP, Maltodextrin, Moringa Pterygosperma (Moringa Oleifera) Seed Oil, Citronellol, Geraniol, Eugenol.”
If you are allergic to fragrance, this one unfortunately isn’t for you, since it contains organic essential rose oil. Fortunately, I personally only have problems with fragrance if it is a very high concentration, and with this particular product, I didn’t have any issues. And – the toner is alcohol-free, which is good news for many of you!
Aromatica Reviving Rose Infusion Treatment Toner – Here Is Why It’s So Good!
So here is why I love this toner so much: unlike a number of super hydrating K-beauty toners, this is a lightweight and watery toner, not as thick and “gloopy” as so many toners providing deep hydration. Now listen, I like me a nice, gloopy, as-thick-as-a-serum toner such as the Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Plus Toner – especially in winter. But, sometimes I get a bit tired of waiting for the thick layers to sink into my skin. And, well, once the warmer weather hits, my dehydrated skin on the one hand screams for as much hydration as it can get, but on the other hand also screams in irritation when any heavy products hit its pores. I also feel that it is hard for people with dry skin to build a light, yet deeply moisturising routine during summer, and I always look for great products to recommend to you dry skinned sweethearts during warmer weather.
Even though this is technically a bi-phase toner, it’s quite difficult to catch the two phases – white and pink – when they are not mixed up to create that lovely “strawberry milk” colour you see in most of the images here. Sometimes natural skincare products do not mix up well – for instance, as much as I adore the Sioris Time Is Running Out Mist*, it needs a lot of rigorous shaking for the oil and water phases to combine. So, I’m really happy that this isn’t the case with the Reviving Rose Toner, the two phases easily and readily flow into each other and do not separate much at all.
The Aromatica Reviving Rose Infusion Treatment Toner comes in a sturdy, frosted glass bottle and looks stylishly minimalist – I had so much fun taking pictures of this beauty! Since this contains organic rose oil, it does have a sweet, flowery scent that you need to be ok with. That being said, I do not find it as overpowering as some of the other rose-themed products I have tried over the years, there is something really pleasantly fresh about it in fact. The watery toner feels very milk-like on the skin, but as mentioned above does have a certain oily-rich feel to it when applied.
So, you may be confused as to why I call this toner both hydrating and moisturising. Basically, a hydrating toner gives your skin this instant whoosh of deliciously plumping, humectant goodness – which is great, especially for us combo and oily skin peeps. Now, moisturising products provide a deeper form of care, locking in the hydrating goodness and helping your skin barrier to do its job: ceramides are classical moisturising ingredients, for instance.
When I use the Aromatica Reviving Rose Infusion Treatment Toner, I can really feel it smoothing and softening my skin in a way few toners do. It may not plump up the skin as much as toners that contain multiple types of hyaluronic acid, but you will still notice how your face just seems to feel more relaxed. As long as fragrance isn’t an issue for you (and no, not all people need to avoid fragrance), this works well for most skin types.
Aromatica Reviving Rose Infusion Treatment Toner – the Bottom Line
The great thing about the Aromatica Reviving Rose Infusion Treatment Toner is that a little goes a very long way, which means I will thankfully be able to use this for many months. I very much adore this watery, but still richly nourishing toner. To me, this is a great toner for people who need deep hydration and moisturising action, and of course, anyone who loves natural, sustainable K-beauty products. This also is hyaluronic acid free, which is rare to find in a toner (some people don’t do well with HA, it can cause inflammation for them).
You can purchase this toner from a number of Korean beauty shops: In Europe, MIIN Cosmetics* sells the 200ml bottle for 41.95€, while globally, Stylevana* currently has the best price at 33.19$! I hope my Aromatica Reviving Rose Infusion Treatment Toner review could help you with your potential purchase choice – this toner is currently trending, so you may see an influx of product features in the next weeks, so I figured it would be helpful to give you my unbiased opinion here.
Let me know in the comments: What’s your current go-to toner?
Take care guys, and stay safe!
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