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Being experimental and spontaneous, I seem to have become the person at TIA to go after all things peculiar. So naturally when the swanky box of Snowberry products arrived and we ransacked it, I was all too happy to review the Snowberry Gentle Rimineralising Toner.
Great, I thought to myself, another one to add to my collection! Yes, I love and collect toners just as Marta collects her cleansers. But my excitement quickly faded and changed to surprise as I opened the whimsically designed Snowberry box and pulled out the toner....
Having been accustomed to toners that come in a spray bottle and are in liquid form, I was mesmerized by this little guy from New Zealand - It came in a tube?! I knew I would have to pull out instructions to know what to do with it.
To my surprise, yet again, the description on the box and the enclosed booklet refers to this product as a gentle foam cleanser. And it instructs to add some water, foam up and apply to the face to “tone and cleanse.” Aha, so it’s a cleanser... and a toner! Like the Sherlock Holmes of beauty products, one clue at a time, I was unraveling Snowberry’s toner properties.
The product itself comes in an opaque light brown gel that smells really pleasant - like sweet tropical fruit with vanilla notes and a touch of something earthy (bark or root). It honestly made me want to lick it off my face. As I explored the ingredients a bit closer, I realized that I just put on my face an entire New Zealand garden! There are extracts of kumquat, kiwi, neem fruit, honeysuckle and sunflower. In addition, the product contains white coral extract and mother of pearl extract powder (which could also be found in La Vie Celeste Exfoliating Cleanser ($40 in the TIA shop).
It does not create too much foam per se, but turns into more of a gentle cream as I added some more water and applied it on my face. With all these delicious ingredients and “remineralising” properties, as the box suggests, I ended up keeping it on my face for a couple of minutes. As I gently massaged it on my face, I created an impromptu mask with the toner-cleanser.
After rinsing the product off with warm water, my face remained velvety soft without feeling tight or dry. It’s a very pleasant all-in-one product: toner, cleanser, and an instant mask. I would add that oily skin types, like myself, could even skip a moisturizer on occasion, as I did not find that the Snowberry Remineralising Toner stripped you of your natural oils. It did quite the opposite - enhanced my skin with a velvety layer of nutrients and natural extracts.
Overall, it’s a versatile product that’s a pleasure to use. For me, Snowberry’s Remineralizing Toner is an all-in-one solution for my rushed morning routine, as well as a relaxing spa-like pampering treat at home.
Ingredients: Aqua (Demineralised), Fortunella Margarita Fruit (Kumquat) Extract & Actinidia Chinensis Fruit (Kiwi) Extract & Melia Azadirachta (Neem) Fruit Extract, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Glycerine & Ziziphus Jeazeiro Bark Extract, Grape Juice & Grain Dextrins, Sapindus Trifoliatus Fruit Extract , Sclerotium Gum, Melia Azadirachta Linn (Neem) Seed Oil, Glucose & Glucose Oxidase & Lactoperoxidase, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Pisum Sativum (Pea) Protein Extract, Oligo-elements Co/Cu/Mn/Mg/Zn, Candida Bombiola Extract & Glucose & Methyl Rapeseed Ferment, Podocarpus Totara, Fragrance, Xanthan Gum, Rhizobian Gum, Carapa Guaianensis Oil, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Gluten Extract, Tocopherol (mixed) & Beta-Sitosterol & Squalene (Sunflower), Galactaric Acid, Corallina Officinalis Alba (White Coral) Extract, Margaritifera (Mother Of Pearl Extract) Powder, Phytic Acid, Saccharide Isomerate, Ubiquinone, Dimethylmethoxy Chromanol