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Stemulation AHA Herbal Balancing Toner Review

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Stemulation AHA Herbal Balancing Toner
September 2, 2013 Reviewed by Marta 6 Comments
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An anti-aging toner well worth adding into our beauty regimen


A refreshing toner with skin brighteners and antioxidants


A couple of harsh preservatives

It’s a little eccentric of me, but I do get very excited when I see milk thistle extract and so I pounced on Stemulation AHA Herbal Balancing Toner ($38 in the shop) when I saw that it boasts this interesting antioxidant. Indeed, it set the tone for an impressive roster of ingredients that could be seen in a serum let alone something people use to swipe away makeup residue. 

Milk thistle extract shouldn’t have come as a surprise in a toner by Stemulation. It is one of their signature ingredients  and along with, of course, stem cells is found in Stemulation’s Facial Serum. The powerhouse of milk thistle extract is silymarin, an antioxidant that protects against cell damage, and its most active compound, silybin. Silymarin and silybin may protect the body from chemicals by blocking toxins from entering the cell or by moving toxins out of the cell before damage begins.

Stemulation AHA Herbal Balancing Toner is aptly named. The AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids) are in the form of lactic acid and sodium lactate and they help to exfoliate and smooth out skin tone. Personally, I really like witch hazel, a useful antioxidant that always makes my skin feel refreshed as does cucumber and billberry. Antioxidant boosters include maritime pine, green tea and grape seed extracts.

Stemulation’s toner feels luxurious as well as refreshing. It does not make the skin feel dry or stripped down. In fact, I leave it on for a few minutes to get the benefit of the ingredients and enjoy the dewy results. The scent is lightly and pleasantly fruity. The pump bottle is easy to use and the generous 4oz bottle will last months as well. Although there’s the usual preservatives, sodium benzoate and phenoxyethanol, there is nothing else to dislike and much to recommend.

  • November 11, 2014

    by marta

    Hi Pauline, this information is not provided on the packaging. However, I have written to Stemulation to see if it can be provided. From personal experience I would say this toner is mild enough for daily use. Oh and by the way, I got nearly a year's use out of the one bottle.

  • November 11, 2014

    by Pauline

    I'm on the hunt for a good AHA but I'm kind of disappointed that this review doesn't include the pH of the toner or the percent of AHA.

  • December 20, 2013

    by Laurie Nicoll

    Thank you Marta for this wonderful review. And to your concern about pricing Dennis. The product is NOT arbitrarily priced. It is priced on the ingredients and as Marta has shared we formulate all of our products to pack a powerful punch and provide as much benefit as possible. Maybe our "big mistake" was to call it a Toner… because it truly is more than that. Sorry for the delayed reply.

    Thank you for your thoughts, we will keep them in mind for the future,

    Regards, Stemulation

  • September 6, 2013

    by Dennis

    Marta, I understand where you are coming from, but I have been fairly vocal about being unwilling to spend more that $50 on any product, be it a toner or a moisturizer. I honestly feel this is out of reach for a lot of people. Toner's have a notorious reputation for not being unnecessary and I feel that a toner priced over $20 will not be received well. That's all.

  • September 3, 2013

    by Marta

    I think it is so interesting that certain product categories seem to have a perceived price threshold. To me, this isn't just a toner. It has excellent actives that make it multitasking and it is a 4oz bottle that will last months and months. The price issue bedevils body lotion as well, which doesn't really make sense if want your face and body to age - roughly - at the same pace.

  • September 2, 2013

    by Dennis

    Wantskies, but $38 for a toner? Shame they didn't price this right.

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