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Today I’m going to be reviewing a brand that I’ve never spoken about on my blog before – Botanics. As far as I’m aware, Botanics is owned and manufactured by the UK high street retailer Boots.
I picked up this toner after I ran out of the Pixi ‘Glow Tonic’ (review for that here). Whilst I absolutely loved that toner, I’m pretty poor so £18 for 250ml of toner was just out of my budget. Therefore, I took myself down to Boots to search for a cheaper alternative, which is when I came across this Botanics ‘All Bright Cleansing Toner’. You can probably see where I was going by purchasing this product since the Pixi toner is also brightening.
I bought this product from Boots at full-price. Which, checking their website, is apparently £5.49 but I bought this a while ago so I’m unsure if that was the price when I bought it. Currently (as of 04/03/18), Botanics are on a skincare deal for ‘save up to half price’, so this toner is currently £3.66 on the Boots website.
As Botanics may not be a brand that you’re familiar with, I’ll give a quick bit of information about the brand before we get into the main review.
The brand was established in 1995 and aims to deliver plant-based beauty products at affordable prices. They work with scientists at the Royal Botanical Garden in Kew, London, to identify plants that provide specific skin benefits. Once the plant species have been identified, the ingredients are ethically and sustainably sourced from around the world. The brand is cruelty free (as all Boots owned products are), and this particular product is formulated without parabens.
You can read more about them here.
*all links to the Boots website are affiliate links, which means I would earn a small commission should you purchase through the link*
As you can see from the photo above, the packaging for this product is relatively minimalist. The label covers the majority of the bottle and goes most of the way around the bottle with the ingredients and more information about the product on the back. The label is half pale pink, half a darker tone of blush pink, with a small hibiscus flower printed slightly darker in the bottom half of the bottle. All the text is black which makes it stand out, and the logo is clear in the top half of the label. I actually really like the brand’s logo, there’s something about it that attracts me to it.
On the back of the bottle (if a cylindrical object can really have a back) it has information about the product, directions for use, warnings, ingredients, and more information about the brand. This is printed in both English and French.
Overall, I really like this packaging. I think it’s really pretty to look at and I have it out on a shelf when I’m not using it as the colour and design makes it nice to display.
On the Boots website, the description for this product is as follows:
‘One sweep of this energising toner leaves skin feeling revitalised and prepared to receive your favourite moisturiser.
If you’re looking for a dose of radiance then this toner is for you. We chose hibiscus for its skin brightening properties as the exfoliating flower acids improve skins texture and radiance. A vital skincare step in the journey to glowing skin, one sweep of this energising toner to freshly cleansed skin leaves it feeling revitalised and prepared to receive your favourite moisturiser. Use morning and evening.’
As with any toner, I tend to only use it in the evenings however I’ve never found that this has made a large difference in how the product performs (plus it means it lasts longer).
I’ve been using this product in the evenings for at least a month now and I really like it. It doesn’t really have much of a scent, if I had to say what it does smell like I’d just say it smells slightly herby but it’s very mild. Personally, I do think that this makes my skin look really nice and radiant. However, I don’t think that it’s improved my skin’s texture very much. Whilst I don’t really have that much texture, I do have a patch under my eye that is a little textured, and I am yet to notice a large difference in this. This being said, I do think this is more of a long-term effect that I may notice as I use more of the product.
In comparison to the Pixi one, I don’t think this one hydrates my skin as much. This may be because the Pixi ‘Glow Tonic’ contains hylauronic acid, and this one does not. Whilst I did buy this product to replace the Pixi product, I don’t think it’s fair to compare them. The only similar thing about them is that they’re both supposed to make your skin look radiant, and they both do.
For me personally, I have found myself needing to use more moisturiser in the mornings since switching over to this product. However, I’m going to start moisturising after using this product in the evening, since the description does say that it makes your skin ‘prepared to receive your favourite moisturiser’.
As a quick PSA: this product contains alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) which, as I’ve discussed in other blog posts, can increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun. Therefore, if you do buy this product, be sure that you’re using sun cream. I use a moisturiser every morning that contains SP15 even if it isn’t sunny, and will wear a higher SPF in the summer months/whenever the sun decides to grace us in the UK. Remember even if you can’t see the sun, you’re still being exposed to UV rays and it’s better to be safe than sorry!
Overall, I really like this product, I think that it’s a fantastic toner. The product works really well at keeping my skin looking radiant. I think the price is amazing and I love what the brand stands for from using plant-based ingredients, to sustainably sourcing, and of course being cruelty free. I would definitely recommend trying out this toner if you need a new one (or, like me, can’t afford the Pixi ‘Glow Tonic’).
If you’d like to get this toner then you can grab it at your local Boots, or online currently (as of 04/03/18) for £3.66 here.
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