Sukin Oil Balancing Clarifying Facial Tonic - review


You may remember me mentioning that I bought this facial toner not long ago, and I reported the purchase because I'm currently on a skincare no buy (as well as a makeup one), but I'd run out of toner completely and I'm allowed to replace items I've finished.

The good news is that I like the product, but the bad news is that I've only been using it for a month and I've already finished it (well, there's one application left: it will be gone tonight), so it wasn't great value for me and I wouldn't buy it again.

Sukin claims/product details:

  • Our deeply Clarifying Facial Tonic is the perfect product for post-cleanse balance and refinement
  • A blend of white tea and quince extracts help revitalise the appearance of oily skin, tighten pores by refining the skin texture, and help limit shine
  • Pomegranate and bilberry extracts promote a balanced complexion, while aloe vera, chamomile and cucumber extracts encourage soothed, calmed skin
  • Suitable for normal skin types (especially oily)
  • RRP $12.95 AUD for 125ml, but do shop around

Thankfully I bought this when Sukin was half-price at Priceline, so I paid around six dollars for it and I'm not too fussed that I've finished it in just over a month - keeping in mind that I didn't take it away with us when we went to Noosa for ten days, so in reality it's lasted me around three weeks of twice-daily use.

In my view, that's not good enough. Most toners I've used are at least 200ml in size, and I do think this needs to come in a larger bottle. Toner is one of those products that most of us get through pretty quickly, and most brands know this so they give you more product. This bottle is too small.

Moving on.


This is a good little toner, and it's worked well for me even though my skin is dry and the product is designed for oily skin.

It's a standard watery toner with a light, herbal scent. You apply it to a cotton pad after cleansing and then run it over your face to tone the skin and remove that last layer of gunk.

What I like about this product is that it works. The makeup round always comes away dirty when I use this, and I do think it cuts through and removes grime very well.

I also think that it has a toning effect, and my face always feels a little more toned and refreshed after I've used it. My skin also feels cleaner after use, but it never feels dry or stripped. That's a plus for me because some toners are too astringent so they can dry out my already dry skin: this one doesn't.

Now I'm not entirely sure how I've managed to get through this toner within three weeks (normally I would expect this amount of product to last me six weeks or more), but I've been monitoring my usage over the last few days and I reckon I use more of this per application than I do standard toners. 

I've worked out I do this because using less isn't enough and it won't cleanse/tone my skin very well if I don't use more, so perhaps the fact that it's so gentle is working against it here. If it were more potent, then I mightn't need to use as much.

Overall I think this is a good product that meets its claims, but I won't be buying another one because the bottle hasn't been good value for me personally.

Decent, but doesn't contain enough product.

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