My sister got a bottle of the Venus and Mars Happy Pores Alcohol-Free Witch Hazel Toner and when I asked her about it later on, she told me she was satisfied with the results. So although I was already pretty happy with the Human Heart Nature Toner I was using, I decided to get myself a small bottle of the Venus and Mars Toner to switch things up in my skin care routine.
What the company says about the product:
To relieve tired skin, improve large and open pores. Give your skin a natural glow. Recommended for OILY/OILY ACNE PRONE/COMBINATION SKIN.
JUICY FACTS ABOUT WITCH HAZEL:
1. Witch Hazel is well-known for its soothing powers on the skin.
2. Using Witch Hazel for skin cleansing is a way to take advantage of this natural astringent.
If you have a skin care product with witch hazel you won’t have any need for those stinging alcohol astringents.
3. Witch Hazel has the ability to make LARGE PORES shrink in size.
And the outcome is a face that is less oily and smoother!
5. Witch Hazel has the ability to fight fine lines and wrinkles.
This is a definite plus for a toner!
6. Witch Hazel prevents acne and acts as an anti-bacterial agent.
This product is packaged in a simple plastic green bottle with a flip-top cap and a small hole at the top that I find dispenses just the right amount of product. It’s only available in a 50 ml size which costs PhP 185 on the Venus and Mars online store.
The scent of this totally reminds me of Dickinson’s Witch Hazel Toner (anyone else tried that as well? I bought the yellow and blue variants at Healthy Options), which smells like tequila. I guess that’s just what witch hazel smells like, although in the Venus and Mars Happy Pores Toner, the scent is much milder. It’s not bothersome and fades pretty quickly.
I like that this toner is alcohol-free because most toners that contain alcohol tend to dry up and often irritate my skin. I did wonder though what other ingredients it contained aside from witch hazel, but it’s not listed in the product label nor on the website. Something I wish Venus and Mars and other smaller, independent local skin care companies would do is provide an ingredient list for each product. But anyway…
This doesn’t sting when I apply it. It’s quite gentle. It leaves my face feeling clean, but not dry. Love that. I feel like it’s kinda soothing to clean my tired skin with it at the end of the day. It leaves no residue and hours later my face doesn’t get more oily than usual. This has not broken me out, which I’m quite happy about. I haven’t seen any changes to my pores or fine lines yet, I’ll have to use it much longer (been using this for over two weeks straight now).
Venus and Mars Happy Pores Alcohol-Free Witch Hazel Toner – Pros:
- It’s gentle. No sting.
- Doesn’t make my skin more dry or oily.
- Leaves my face feeling and looking more clean.
- Doesn’t break me out or cause irritation.
- No issues with the packaging.
- Has a mild scent.
Venus and Mars Happy Pores Alcohol-Free Witch Hazel Toner – Cons:
- It’s kinda expensive.
- No ingredients list.
- Not widely available. Has to be purchased online or through resellers.
I’m liking this toner lots. It’s gentle, and cleans effectively without making me dryer or oilier. It’s more expensive than my other toner, though. At the PhP 185 price of the 50 ml Venus and Mars Happy Pores Toner, I can get 200 ml of the Human Heart Nature Toner for almost the same price. I’ll probably buy this again though. I’ll be using the two toners alternately anyway so Iwon’t use this up so quickly.
Image Source: 1