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I thought my skin was clean until I tried Arcona Cranberry Toner ($32). I saturated a cotton pad with the toner, inhaled the lovely fresh smell of cranberry juice and swiped it over my face and neck. To my surprise, there were traces of grime and concealer on the pad that my perfunctory wash with a 100% Pure Organic Cucumber Juice Cleanser had failed to remove. It seemed that Arcona’s Cranberry Toner was no ordinary toner.
I decided to put it through its paces. I deliberately did a half-hearted job of rinsing off Ultra Renew Gel Serum and Cranberry Toner did a great job of taking off what was left. It made short work of removing Arcona’s Mandarin Brightening Peel (a lovely product that I will soon review). This was impressive. How about makeup, you wonder? It removed makeup too – and was gentle around the eyes.
When I went to seek more information on the Arcona site I found out that Cranberry Toner is indeed positioned as a toner, cleanser and makeup remover. It certainly lives up to this and is a great multitasker to take on a trip.
As always with Arcona, it’s the little formulating details that count. Instead of a standard water base, there is witch hazel and rice milk. Witch hazel is a useful ingredient that is much more than an astringent – it is soothing, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. The pH controlling effects that we expect from a toner are provided by sodium lactate.
As you would expect from Arcona, there are botanical extracts to impart goodness. The eponymous cranberry has more phenols and radical scavenging abilities than most other fruits – leaving red grapes standing. Antioxidant power is provided by tea and grape extracts.
Ingredients: Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Rice Milk, Sodium Lactate, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, D-alpha-tocopherol (Vitamin E), Citric Acid, Essential Oils