Thanks to my laser treatment I’ve been saying ‘good-bye’ to pimples. And ‘helloooo’ anti-ageing and preservation. Pillow crashing without wiping off last nights mascara. Slap dashing with just soap & water after a full day of foundation congestion; are the previous wrongs that I can’t make right. What I can do however is look forward. For my old lady preached that ‘prevention is better than cure.’ The aim now being to add or invest in anything that can save my skin. I’m 100% all for hydrated, and prepped skin, but that being said, one must confess my passionate disdain for toners. They have always felt like a spare part to me. An unnecessary evil within the routine. I’m a woman who insists on the treasuring of a good cleanser and hydrating moisturizer.
…Yet I made an exception for the original Klairs Supple Preparation Toner. At the Seoul Blogger Brunch, we were kind enough to be gifted product in our goodie bags. And since cracking it open, I have since gone through at least 3 bottles and never looked back.
Packaging & Purpose
Let’s be frank, the packaging isn’t much to write home about. The original Klair toner being dark brown bottled, with a dirty yellow/beige label, and a brown box to match. It gives me an Aesop, contemporary branding feel. Not quite reaching the mark due the (obviously cheaper) plastic bottles, which is something best over looked. However, the unscented version is a clear bottle with lilac labels, silver accents and white minimalist boxing. Both understated and pretty. Which I guess echoes the ‘there’s no fake and harmful crap in the product’ type theme. Therefore, I’m not mad at it.
The brand believes in ‘simple skincare.’ And both toners aim to help calm, balance natural PH, while hydrating and prepping the skin for whatever you choose to slap on next. Sure, I found the packaging meh, but the few toners I did own have been abandoned. They now seem extremely sub par. On first application, there was a ‘what’s the big fuss about?’ feeling. But the Klairs toner is sort of like your favourite alcoholic beverage. One hell of a slow burner, in fact it’s a creeper. It’s not until you stop using it for a day or two, do you realise it’s doing a lot, and your skin starts to wander up shit street!
It doesn’t sting or irritate, it’s a light formula that gives a deeply hydrated feel. It’s apparent something good is happening, you’re just unsure what!
What’s in it? …
Upon searching on Cosdna.com, neither the original Klairs toner or the new unscented Klairs toner contain ingredients that could cause harm or irritation to the skin. And is recommended for those who have sensitive skin. One glance at a new product, and I get a rash or a breakout, yet neither of these two toners caused my skin to react.
Unlike it’s predecessor, the new unscented version of the Klairs toner feels thinner. It slides of the back of my hand, feeling more emulsion like. Whether the percentages/units of these ingredients differs, it remains to be seen as there is no specific breakdown of this on the box or label on either of the two toners. I do find the original to be more hydrating… just ever so slightly. And the unscented one doesn’t leave my skin looking as good once I have applied foundation.
Klairs Supple Preparation Facial Toner (original)
Water, Butylene Glycol, Dimethyl Sulfone, Betaine, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Natto Gum, Sodium Hyaluronate, Disodium EDTA, Centella Asiatica Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Polyquaternium-51, Chlorphenesin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Carbomer, Panthenol, Arginine, Luffa Cylindrica Fruit/Leaf/Stem Extract, Beta-Glucan, Althaea Rosea Flower Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Lysine HCL, Proline, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Acetyl Methionine, Theanine, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil, Copper Tripeptide-1
Klairs Supple Preparation Unscented Toner (New)
Water, Butylene Glycol, Dimethyl Sulfone, Betaine, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Natto Gum, Sodium Hyaluronate, Disodium EDTA, Centella Asiatica Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Polyquaternium-51, Chlorphenesin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Carbomer, Panthenol, Arginine, Luffa Cylindrica Fruit/Leaf/Stem Extract, Beta-Glucan, Althaea Rosea Flower Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Portulaca, Oleracea Extract, Lysine HCL, Proline, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Acetyl Methionine, Theanine, Copper Tripeptide-1
Conclusion….It’s the same no?…
In a round about way, the ingredients seem pretty much identical bar the removal of fragrance and essential oils. The fluidity of the two toners differ, but that’s due to the lack of oils in one, so it is to be expected I guess. And having used the original for over a year and the unscented for just over 2 months, there isn’t a large difference in results. It genuinely appears to be more of a personal preference, smelly products over non smelly products. So pick your poison!
8/10 Klairs Supple Preparation Facial Toner
7.5/10 Klairs Supple Preparation Unscented Toner