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Blissoma is a holistic skincare line that uses raw, plant-based, therapeutic ingredients. They are 100% natural and vegan, and Leaping Bunny certified (cruelty free). The owner, Julie Longyear, is an artist, chemist, educator, and green beauty expert, who utilizes her years of experience to create a unique line of products that contain organic botanicals, vitamins, fatty acids, and skin-smoothing seed oils. This means the ingredients are as close to using the original plant material as possible. Blissoma uses all the "good ingredients", and avoids artificial and "not so good ingredients", such as parabens, synthetic colors and fragrances, phthalates, and so on. They even manufacture their own herbal extracts and juice fresh, organic produce directly from local fields. Everything is made in small batches in Missouri by the owner and her small team.
The sample I reviewed is the Blissoma Tone Intense Hydration Tonique ($25.99). The packaging is sleek and simple. The website, which was incredibly educational, has lengthy descriptions of their products and ingredients. The Intense Hydration Tonique can be used for all skin types, and uses a "clean, burst of soothing, smoothing, hydrating herbs to perfectly maintain facial skin". It is a brew of several herbs, minerals, and anti-inflammatory properties, described as "herbal tea for your face". According to the product description, "an organic cucumber infusion calms and depuffs the skin, while infusing hydrating properties. Organic burdock helps to firm the skin, and heather flowers help with inflammation."
A little about my skin: I am 50 years old, and have skin that is somewhat confused, especially in the winter. I usually have combination skin, but in the winter, I also have dry patches that are dehydrated and flaky. I can look shiny on the nose if I have too much moisture, but ironically, can simultaneously look patchy, crepey, and uber dry around my eyes, laugh lines, and cheeks. This winter has caused havoc for my already confused skin. I have a few fine lines around my eyes, and also some "less than firm" (I can't bring myself to say sagging) areas around my eyes, jowls, and chin.
I have used facial toners for several years now, mostly to remove cleanser residue and leftover makeup, and restore some balance to my skin. Many seemed like water with a drop or two of an essential oil, while others seemed excessively drying, as though I was rubbing alcohol on my face. This toner was completely different from others I have used. It is not an astringent type of toner, but more of a hydrating spa treatment mist for your face. The scent is very herbal, fresh and earthy (not everyone will enjoy this scent, but I adore it). The scent does not linger once applied to your skin. I use the toner on a cotton pad after cleansing at night (to help remove any residue), and spritz it on my face in the morning after cleansing for an added boost of moisture and hydration (my dry patches loved this extra moisture, and made them much less noticeable). It is very refreshing, and I find myself reaching for it as I apply my tinted moisturizing sunscreen (it helps the sunscreen glide on smoothly). I also use mineral make-up, and a spritz of Blissoma's Hydration Tonique works wonders to help set my make-up. Sometimes, I just spritz because I feel like it. I find the cool mist refreshing and moisturizing, and the "botanical" scent energizing.
This toner is very different from other toners I have used. It is hydrating, energizing, soothing, and truthfully a spa-like spritzer that can be used anytime throughout the day. My skin looks more hydrated, even and radiant (no shiny nose with neighboring dry patches on my cheeks). And it feels so good.
Would I recommend this toner? Absolutely. I am intrigued by many of the other Blissoma products. I love this company's principles, what they stand for, how they make their products, and the ingredients they use.