[Burt's Bees Rosewater & Glycerin Toner]
I bought this a while back from Sephora, March-ish I think and used it twice a day quite religiously. It's an absolutely lovely toner. If you're in the market for something new, this is worth looking into. I can't remember the price exactly, but I think it runs around RM60. For 236ml of a quality, product, I'd say that's not too bad.
I've been reading for years about how rosewater and glycerine are good for your skin, even separately, but together they work wonders. I really feel like it's true. It definitely makes me feel fresher and happier. I think a spray version of this would be fabulous as well! Damn it, should have kept some to try it out!
As you can see, the bottle is actually empty, but I had half the bottle left after 3 1/2 months of religious use twice a day, so that speaks volumes about how a little goes a long way. I can't commend this product enough.
If you look at the ingredients, it's actually quite a natural product, and I suppose the only thing which one might take issue with is the alcohol. But it's fine! A little alcohol never hurt anyone! Notice that there's also witch hazel in there. This too is fantastic for skin. It's almost like they took all the good stuff and put it in one bottle. I'm rather surprised, and a little sad that no one has ever suggested this to me.
While on YouTube, I came across this video:
It inspired me to buy some apple cider vinegar and after drinking it one morning, the bottle just lay there untouched. Then I thought that her suggestion for toning your skin with it might be just the thing. Of course, why would I go in search of rosewater and glycerine (I did a few years ago, and yielded nothing...not even separately) when I had this convenient product lying right there? Also, it's not that I don't love it, it's that I get bored very quickly with products. I have product ADHD. I still think I would buy it again though. To date it has to be my favourite toner.
Anyway, since there was half a bottle of this left, I thought I'd mix it in with some apple cider vinegar. I really should have taken her advice on a lowered concentration of apple cider vinegar to start off with because the smell...holy mother of God. It's straight up vinegar! I think it's possible that I used more vinegar than toner.
Yes, I bought the Evian just for the bottle. it was RM6.99 for a 330ml in Cold Storage. It's a glass bottle and very pretty! So, I filled up the apple cider vinegar until just below the Evian logo with all the tiny text. I've never been known to practice moderation! Then I topped it up with whatever remained of the toner.
It smells absolutely vile, but trust me, you will get over it because I've been using it for a few days now and it has made my skin noticeably softer and it feels like it's a little more balanced. I really do like it.
Plus, it's possible that the alcohol in the Burt's Bees toner has turned this into actual cider:
I shake it before I use it, and this foaming is nothing compared to the first couple of times I shook it. For those of you going to jail at some point, this might be a tip to keep in mind for making prison cider.
In any event, alcohol is supposed to be good for your skin and hair, in moderation, so I'm not really complaining. For example, beer makes your hair very soft and shiny if you use it as a pre-conditioner. And vodka is terrific for breaking down the dead skin on your body (a Lush product which contains it is due to be reviewed).
All in all, you will get over the smell. I really do love this and it's the perfect way to use up a product I loved on its own as well.