I had previously written a short blurb on Kahina Giving Beauty’s Toning Mist after sampling it through Spirity Beauty Lounge’s sampling program, and at that time, I didn’t really think much about this facial mist. So, I absolutely had to write this post as a follow up, to set things straight: No, this is not “tap water”. This is a sophisticated, high end, natural facial mist that is really soothing and a pleasure to use every day. My earlier impressions comparing it to “tap water” points to a problem I have with small samples: It’s very hard to form a proper opinion on a product. Sometimes, I love things I shouldn’t, and many a times, I dismiss products that turn out to be bloody brilliant. Which is why, it would be much better if we could instead access deluxe sized samples (maybe we could start a movement to have companies send us just one deluxe sample instead of 3 or 4 small samples?). Anyway, back to the product review…
Price: $46 for 50 ml. Very pricy, yes. I was lucky to get hold of two bottles during a Gilt Beauty promotion that cut the price nearly into half. As much as I have grown to love this facial mist, it’s very hard for me to spend so much on a 50 ml toner because I go through these like there’s no tomorrow (is it just me? Comment below how long a toner bottle lasts for you please).
Length of usage before review: About 6-7 weeks, and now the bottle’s gone. For about 10 days, I shared this bottle with my sister (no, she didn’t ask me – she chose to arrive for our vacation without any beauty products because she knows I carry so many, and of course, use this as an excuse to indulge as much as her heart desired).
Packaging: Standard dark Miron glass, with absolutely stunning etchings. Add this bottle to your Top Shelf for a bit of extra glamour. Why not spray it on your face in a public gathering to make heads turn? The cardboard box in which the bottle is kept is also really good quality – feels very sturdy to touch (sadly, I recycled mine).
Product claims (Ingredients and fragrance): A gentle formula, but packs a punch to calm and moisturize your skin with aloe vera juice, rose water and sodium hyaluronate. Gently soothes and calms irritation with the addition of willow mark, aspen bark, camellia and rice seed extract. And of course, from the Queen of Argan oils, we would expect the addition of argan leaf extract for added radiance.
Ingredients from the website:
aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice*, aqua, rosa damascena (rose) flower water*, salix nigra (willow bark) extract, populus tremuloides (aspen bark) extract, medicago sativa (alfalfa) extract*, sodium hyaluronate, argania spinosa (argan) leaf extract, oryza sativa (rice) seed extract*, camellia sinensis (white tea) leaf extract*, sodium PCA, glycerin, sodium levulinate, sodium anisate, maltodextrin, sodium benzoate.
*Ingredient from Organic Farming.
Application experience and final recommendation: It takes me at least 6-7 sprays to fully “bathe” my face and neck to my utter satisfaction, before I move on to my face oil. Sometimes, I add an extra spritz or two to the face oil directly on my palm to make a milky emulsion before gently patting it on to my face. I mention this just so that you get an idea of how much product I get through in a single setting. I used this toner twice a day, without fail, everyday.
The mist is of watery consistency, and is lightly scented (smells floral to me, I’m not the best when it comes to describing fragrances, very sorry). It’s quite moisturizing, and does a good job of prepping the skin for the next stage of treatment. My face just felt quite fresh every time I misted this on, but apart from that, I am not sure if using this mist did anything special to calm existing irritations or soothe inflammations. I enjoyed the experience of spritzing this mist while it lasted, but given the high price and my heavy handedness, find it difficult to cough up the moolah again. Usually when it comes to face mists/toners/floral waters, I don’t expect overnight miracles or for them to be the ultimate remedy for all my skin ailments, but when a toner comes with such a heavy price tag, in my mind, I have to find a very good reason to cough up so much, when I know my dollars will stretch further if I were to invest in a face serum or oil.
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