Sevani Rose Hyaluronic Toner

Our Rating: 4 stars

Reviewed by Marta on December 18, 2011


I haven’t discovered a good toner in a while (La Vie Celeste’s is one of the nicest, along with L’uvalla, and I have a fondness for one called Peach Moon Water), so I jumped on Sevani’s when some samples arrived at the office. But the term toner doesn’t do justice to Sevani Rose Hyaluronic Age Defying Tonique ($39 in the shop) with Pomegranate & MSM (2 fl oz for $39 in the shop). This mist balances the skin as a toner should, but it is so versatile that I have found it does much more.

Simply spraying Sevani’s Tonique on the face is a refreshing treat and as it dries on the surface of the skin it is imparting some useful anti-aging ingredients. I’ll come back to them in a minute, but pondering them one day I had a flash of inspiration. I decided to spray my face with Tonique before using my Sirius Aurora.

Whilst the long term benefits of LED light therapy are fairly well documented, there is a study that found that the short-term effect is to do free radical damage. Unless, that is, the light is used with an antioxidant. In the study, the researchers used a green tea serum. I tend to use Your Best Face Antioxidants Concentrate ($65 in the shop), but had run out and was wondering what to do when I thought of Sevani’s mist, since it has antioxidant pomegranate, acai fruit and tremella (of which more in a moment).

The other idea I had was to use it with Gwyneth Paltrow favorite Rodin Olio Lusso facial oil, which is supposed to be applied to “moist” skin. A reader commented on my Rodin review saying she obtained the moist thing with a spray of rose water. That seemed such a delicious idea that I stored it away in the back of my mind and then suddenly remembered that Sevani’s Rose Hyaluronic Age Defying Tonique has rose hydrosol and a refreshing spritz would be a perfect precursor to the Rodin. And so it is. Quite lovely, in fact.

In a base of aloe vera, there are a couple of ingredients worth a shout out, not least because they take this way above your average toner. Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) is an organic compound that contains sulfur. It is one of those ingredients that is touted as a cure all for arthritis, snoring, most allergies, wrinkles and hair loss. There isn’t much research to back any of this up. But we can live in hope.

Then there is tremella hyaluronic acid. Tremella is a mushroom that has water-retention capabilities (as well as being a source of vitamin D) and, used cosmetically, it feels less sticky than sodium hyaluronate. Tremella is also supposed to be an antioxidant that enhances the body’s own superoxide dismutase.

Sevani’s Tonique has it down to a T – a toner, tonic and a veritable treat.