Natio Rosewater and Chamomile Gentle Skin Toner - review


A few months ago I was in Priceline and, like any self-respecting beauty junkie, I saw the half-price shelf of Natio products and selected three items from it that I really didn't need. Had there been other products on the shelf that I would have used (but didn't need), I would have grabbed those too.

So it was lucky I could only find three Natio products that 'I'd always wanted and had to have'.

This was one of those (obviously) and I've been using it for the past month or two, after finishing off the best toner I've tried so far - Nivea's Daily Essentials version.

I've now used a total of two toners in my life, having only recently incorporated them into my skincare routine. I'm embarrassed to say that I haven't been using them for years - it's just that I never saw the point of them until recently.

Now I do! Toner helps refresh/rebalance skin after cleansing and increases the benefits of your moisturiser; it also removes those last traces of dirt that you thought you'd scrubbed off with your cleanser but really hadn't.

Natio claims/product details:
  • Alcohol free, plant-based lotion 
  • Helps purify and tighten pores
  • Also helps remove last traces of oil and makeup after cleansing
  • Leaves skin feeling soft and smooth
  • For all skin types
  • RRP $13.95 for 250ml, but do shop around


This toner is fine and it meets Natio's claims (except the soft skin one, at least in my experience) - it's just that it doesn't hold a candle to the Nivea toner.

I'm surprised because Natio is a decent brand and I've generally had a good experience with its products.

I guess the difference between this and the Nivea toner is that this doesn't smell much, while the latter smells wonderfully refreshing; plus I don't like the feel of this one as much on my skin - it doesn't seem to tone/clean as well and I need to use more of it to get the job done.

Also, this one stings my skin if eg my nose is a little red or I have a dry patch or two on my face, while the Nivea toner always felt wonderfully hydrating and never stung.

I'm no toner expert, although I'd like to be (it's important to have goals, after all), but I don't think this is a great product.

Question mark over whether this toner isn't as good as it once was because it's old (hence why it was half-price), but in any event, I won't be buying it again. It wasn't terrible, it's just that plenty of better and cheaper toners no doubt exist, and I've already found one of them.

Do you have a favourite toner? I'd love to hear if so : )

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