The not-so-basic toner

Basic as a qualifier can sometimes appear to be derogatory. This is not what I mean when I use it for this toner : it’s a staple in my skincare routine. I have been using the Rosewater & glycerin mist from Heritage Store for years now. You can see it crop up on almost all of my skincare routine posts on Instagram. I recently realized that I hadn’t properly reviewed it yet. Let’s remedy this!

Hydrating toners are a great way to sandwich your moisturizing layers. They are the first step in your routine after cleansing your face and before applying serum (they would go after your acid toner if you used one). They soften the skin and provide the first layer of hydration. Rose water in particular is known for its soothing, antimicrobial, antioxydant and rejuvenating properties.

Rosewater & glycerin is not a traditional hydrolat which are made through a distillation process of the plant’s material. It is a floral water meaning that it’s produced by mixing rose essential oil and water. I like that this toner has a short ingredient list: vor-mag water, natural vegetable glycerin and rosa damascena flower oil. Here, I want to highlight the addition of the humectant glycerin that promotes retention of moisture.  Indeed, this is what makes this toner moisturizing.

Although, in general, I’m not a massive fan of rose fragrance, the scent here is fresh and light. It isn’t at all overpowering which I like. Plus, it feels calming.

I use Rosewater & glycerin every day as my hydrating toner. It can also be used throughout the day as a refreshing mist. It works particularly well on top of makeup to take away the powdery finish you can sometimes get.

It’s a must-have product for me and it’s great value for money. I love it!

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