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Secret Key Aloe Soothing Moist Toner Review
So, recently I’ve been binge buying k-beauty products and I’m really ashamed of it (but it means much more reviews here, so I suppose it’s a good thing in the end, right?). This Secret Key Aloe Soothing Moist Toner is one of my newest purchases and I just can’t believe it’s almost gone. And when I noticed my journey with this bottle is coming to an end, I knew I had to post a review of it because it truly deserves it. So here it goes.
Where I bought it
How much I paid
The toner came in a transparent plastic bottle (see the photo above). No additional packaging was provided so I was a bit surprised as I thought it was opened and then sent to me. But when I looked at the bottle closer I noticed the ingredients list, a short description of the product (in English) and instructions how to use it (in Korean so I’m not going touch on this aspect of the product here). It made me convinced the packaging was authentic as most of the products that come in a bottle + an additional cardboard packaging have all this information on the outmost packaging (the cardboard one) so the toner’s bottle had to be the outmost packaging in this case. Anyway, I quite liked the bottle itself as it was plastic (so quite resistant to any damage resulting from dropping it on the floor) and it was really easy to get the contents out – I just had to slightly tilt it to get it onto a cotton pad.
Texture and Scent
I loved it. Really. Loved. It. In terms of texture and scent alike. The texture was really watery. It almost seemed like scented water. But the scent itself was really delicate. When I smelled it from the close, I could notice it, but when I applied on my skin I could hardly smell anything. That’s a very good thing for me. Not only it’s almost scent-free but it also absorbs very fast and doesn’t leave any tacky feeling. Whenever I applied it, I could put a layer of another product straight away and it didn’t feel like I was overwhelming my skin.
Aloe Vera Leaf Water (9,700ppm), Glycerin, 1,2- Hexanediol, Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Beta-Glucan, Snail Secretion Filtrate, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Psidium Guajava Fruit Extract, Allantoin, Zanthoxylum Piperitum Fruit Extract, Pulsatilla Koreana Extract, Usnea Barbata Extract, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Polysorbate 80, Althaea Rosea Flower Extract, Aloe Vera Leaf Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance, Nonoxynol-12
Because the ingredients list was in Korean, I translated it with the help of Google Translate and decided to paste it here as a text. As you can see, it’s a really impressive ingredients list as for a toner. According to the rating on CosDna almost all of the ingredients are listed as green meaning they’re safe for the skin. There are only a couple that are listed as yellow (Polysorbate 80 and Nonoxynol-12) which means they may be somewhat harmful to the health/skin if used long-term. However, Polysorbate 80 has the rating 3 (the lower number the better and the lowest rating is 1 so it’s just one number away from the green rating as green starts at 2) and Nonoxynol-12 is the last ingredient on the list which means that its concentration in the product is very low and hence makes it less harmful if at all.
Most of the ingredients in the toner are also very beneficial for the skin. There are lots of plant extracts, Beta-Glucan, Snail Secretion Filtrate and of course Aloe Vera in three different versions- as Aloe Vera Leaf Water, Juice and Extract. Such a feast for the skin this toner is!
Performance and my thoughts
As I already mentioned above, I love this Secret Key toner. Why? There are two aspects of it that made me fall in love with it. The first one is a more technical one-it absorbs fast, leaves no tacky feeling and the packing makes it easy to get the toner out in the first place. The second relates to the effects it had on my skin. It moisturized it very well and made all the products following it absorb quicker as my skin was already well prepped. It also calmed my skin down- because I went through quite a big emotional upheaval before I started using the toner my skin was prone to break outs (and actually had a pretty nasty one) and was really rough and dull. But after about a week of using it my skin became more even, was properly moisturized and looked more healthy. The break out also disappeared and now there’s no sign it ever happened.
All in all, all I can say is why I got to love this Secret Key Aloe Soothing Moist Toner and not much I can say what I disliked about it. Maybe just that the ingredients list and the instructions were in Korean but that’s got nothing to do with the contents but with the packaging.
That’s all from me. I hope you liked the review.
Have you tried this toner before? If yes, share your thoughts in the comments!