Our Rating: 5 stars

When toners say that they are aimed at dry skin that usually means that they are very mild and don’t really do much toning. 100% Pure’s Jasmine Green Tea Tonique ($19) is different. It uses hyaluronic acid as a hydrator and as the “delivery system” (as 100% Pure puts it) for a host of antioxidants. I’m not big on toners, but I find that I eagerly reach for this: it feels great and I find the rose/tea scent to be mild and relaxing.

The hyaluronic acid gives it a very slight thickness, compared to most watery toners. This is not a spritzer, it is to be dabbed from cotton wool balls or tissue and I find that almost acts as a cleanser. In any case, it feels like a quenching treat and its lack of oil – the bases are rose water, green tea and calendula water – will see me through summer. My skin isn’t especially dry and so I think this will work for all but oily skins.

As always with 100% Pure, there is nothing nasty here and there are plenty of helpful botanicals including antioxidant licorice, which is also good for calming dermatitis. Chamomile is also a calming and anti-inflammatory ingredient. Cornflower extract is rich in the polyphenols called flavonoids and anthocyanins, as well as anti-inflammatory and slightly astringent. New to me is hyssop extract. This turns out to be a member of the mint family with antioxidant tannins and this too as astringent properties.

Well, it’s the end of a long day at my desk, so I’m off to get a drink – for my skin!

Ingredients: Rosa Centifolia Flower Water (Rose Hydrosol)2, Extracts of Organic Camelia Sinensis Leaf Ferment (Green Tea)3, Calendula Officinalis (Calendula Hydrosol) Flower Water, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root, Matricaria Chamomilla (Chamomile), Extracts of Symphytum Officinale (Comfrey) Leaf, Centaurea Cyanus (Cornflower) Flower, Echinacea Purpurea (Echinacea), Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail), Hyssopus Officinalis (Hyssop) and Lonicera Caprifolium (Japanese Honeysuckle), Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Oil, Hyaluronic Acid