Availability: Own online
Acne can be uncomfortable (physically and, ahem, socially). This ayurvedic-herbal toner soothes even persnickety pimples, calming agitated areas and preventing acne from aggravating your complexion.
Own is a skincare company whose philosophy is to create affordable products that contain natural, but effective ingredients: “There are a bunch of truly natural products out there, but unfortunately, many of them simply don’t work. Our key ingredients do.”
This review is for Own’s calming facial toner.
This toner comes in a flat, oval-shaped bottle and has a cap that you snap open. The opening lets you control how much product you dispense.
The Calming Facial Toner contains the following ingredients:
Water, Glycerin, Polysorbate 20, Melia Azadirachta (Neem) Leaf Extract, Momordica Charantia (Bitter Melon) Extract, Epilobium Angustifolium (Willow Herb) Extract, Sodium PCA, Allantoin, Maltodextrin, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Disodium ETDA, Fragrance
Neem Leaf Extract, which is listed toward the top of the ingredients list, has potentially toxic effects, though it also has antimicrobial properties (which might help fight acne-causing bacteria). On the other hand, Willow Herb Extract and Allantoin are both anti-irritants, which will help keep your skin calm.
The biggest criticism I have is there is no active ingredient–either salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide–to fight off acne. To be fair, the company doesn’t claim that this toner treats acne, only that it will keep skin calm enough so as not to aggravate areas of the skin where you already have breakouts. Still, the toner is sold under the company’s acne line and the bottle says “breakout control,” so it would be nice to see an acne-preventing ingredient.
I do give credit to this product for having anti-irritant ingredients. But the formulation could be improved by eliminating Neem Leaf Extract from the list. Also, skincare shouldn’t have any fragrance in it. Fragrance is listed at the very end of the ingredients, so at least there is only a small amount in the product. But even a small amount of fragrance is irritating to the skin.
The toner is a light orange color and has an herb-y/medicinal scent. It goes on cleanly without leaving any sort of film behind. I didn’t feel any irritation on my skin when using this product, which is a good sign.
Ease of Use: 9.75/10
This toner has the consistency of water. Just squeeze the desired amount onto a cotton pad and smooth over your skin. Avoid your eye area.
For $10.99, you get 4 fl oz of toner. For comparison, Neutrogena’s Acne Stress toner costs $7.99 and contains 8 fl oz of toner. Own’s toner is definitely on the pricey side. But it also doesn’t contain common irritating ingredients found in drugstore toners (mainly, alcohol).