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Toner is often given a bad rap, but a number of them, like this gentle, alcohol-free formula defy the stereotype. There’s no need to brace yourself before applying this antibacterial toner from Michael Todd, which rids skin of oil, sweat, and impurities without causing dryness or irritation. In fact, thanks to its soothing lavender and birchwood scent and gentle ingredients, using this toner couldn’t be a more relaxing experience.
Both my mom and I purchased this toner and we both hated it. My skin is sensitive and I have a very clear complexion with the occasional breakout and hers is normal and aging. When I first tried this toner it stung my face so bad and then got very tingly and it made it red. After the first week of trying this my fave began to breakout terribly! I formed more blackheads on my chin than I've ever had and my face got very bumpy. My mom had the exact same problem. Not sure what's in this toner that's supposed to be 'anti blemish' but clearly it did the opposite for both of us. I bought this toner because it has such great reviews so I'm not sure what's so good about this stuff? After 2 weeks of using it I stopped and my face has now began to get back to its normal pimple free self. Not a good toner for me!1
I have two Michael Todd toners. They're both great, but this one is my favorite. The other one is harsher, and my sixteen year old daughter with acne/oily skin loves it. This algae toner fits my aging normal (well, it's not oily or dry) skin much better. Both the Michael Todd toners are the best I've ever used, but this one seems to extra soothe. It just makes my skin feel so nice and prepped for serum and moisturizer.5
I received a deluxe sized sample from a drugstore and fell in love with this toner. My acne prone, 36 year old temperamental skin started to clear up within a couple of days after starting this toner (no other changes to my regular routine). I'm absolutely amazed by the results. I immediately placed an order here at Birchbox for a full size. Fragrance is a little strong, but I find it pleasant. Just wowed by this product.5
I really enjoy this toner. It smells clean and does a great job removing dirt that I didn't even know was on my face! However, the applicator is terrible! Each time I press down to apply the product to a cotton ball, it spills all over the side of the bottle and I end up wasting half of the product. Disappointed in the design of the bottle.3
I like the smell, I do like lavender. On one hand the pump is convenient because if I don't pump enough onto my cleansing cloth, I can pump more without fear of cross contamination, but in general the pump is too forceful and it seems to squirt all over. I've used about a third of the product and it has taken that time to figure out the correct touch so enough comes out and doesn't spray all over and be wasted. This is part of my new blemish routine and overall I have less blemishes, I can't say how much is this product, other products or a combo.3
My daughter has been battling acne for years. I purchased this after reading reviews. I can't understand how this product can possibly get a bad review. It has a pleasant scent of real, natural lavender. Leaves your face feeling fabulously fresh. The difference on my daughter is already visible. The first 2-3 days she was a bit red but her acne is quickly drying up. Her pores look smaller. She LOVES IT. I LOVE IT. Going to have to buy a second bottle for myself. Would love a sample to keep in my purse!5
This toner is a must have, especially if you have acne prone skin. I've used it 4 days in a row, twice daily and cannot believe my eyes. I've tried so many products and think I've finally found an effective skin care regimen. I use black shea terra African soap with rose hips oil as a 10 minute mask (once dry I scrub it in with a cleansing brush and rinse) followed by the shea terra bar soap as a cleanser and finish it off with this toner twice daily. I have not had any drying issues with this process though some others may. I have oily skin so it doesn't bother me. I never thought I'd see the day I could go makeup free and confident. The only negative thing I could say about this product is that it doesn't smell the best. It took a day or two to get use too. It smells like a strong woodsy lavender. It's worth it though!5
I love this toner! I purchased it twice, and then decided to try the organic lemon one instead just to be different. That one is just okay. The blue algae toner does a much better job at cleaning your skin and making it feel/look fresh!!
The only complaint I have is that that 2nd bottle I purchased had a different design. Instead of the small hole that you tilt over to get the product out, the other bottle had a pump and the liquid would squirt out every direction and it was a total waste of the product! I am about to buy this one again and I hope it is not the same faulty design.
I really wanted to like this product, but I really didn't see a big difference in my skin. I have used other toners for acne that worked more effectively than this product.3
The ingredient list is awesome but the smell takes some getting use to. Smells a bit like cumin. It is a nice toner and has helped with my sons acne.3