I am currently happy with my recently purchased Aesop Purifying Cream Cleanser, with an emphasis on “currently” because after reading the description closely, I found out it is for Dry Skin, and I have Oily Combination Skin. I will be replacing this product soon.

I am in the process of curating my skincare regimen to get the best results possible while making it the simplest too.

First off, let’s compare the descriptions of these two products according to their own respective websites.


Our alcohol-free Hydrating Mist Toner combines Rosewater and Chamomile to help soothe, purify and cool tired skin. It can be used after cleansing, before and after make-up application or any time your skin is feeling tired, stressed or overheated. Keep in the refrigerator to instantly refresh skin on hot days. Suitable for all skin types.

Main ingredients: Rosewater, Chamomile

Ingredients in detail: Water (Aqua), Rosa Damascena Flower Water (Rose), Glycerin, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract (Chamomile), Citric Acid, Phenoxyethanol.

Application: Close eyes, spray onto face and neck. Use throughout the day to refresh and hydrate dry skin.



A citrus-based, non-drying formulation with impressive purifying properties that cleanses skin of sweat and grime while soothing and clarifying. Suited to most skin types, particularly oily or blemish-prone.

Skin feel: Cool and clean with astringent finish

Key Ingredients: Bitter Orange, Witch Hazel, Rosemary Leaf

Ingredients in detail: Water (Aqua), Alcohol Denat., Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Polysorbate 80, Glycerin, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Lavender Oil, Bitter Orange Oil, Rosemary Leaf Oil, Disodium EDTA, Witch Hazel Extract, Achillea Millefolium Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Laurus Nobilis Oil, Sage Oil, d-Limonene, Linalool

I purchased the Sukin hydrating mist toner in Australia at that price while I got the Aesop bitter orange astringent from Amazon Italy for EUR29.00

My go-to review website is Make Up Alley and here are the stats for both products from that website according to its user reviews.

Sukin Hydrating Mist Toner
22 Reviews 3.9/5
68% would repurchase

Aesop Bitter Orange Astringent
11 Reviews 3.3/5
54% would repurchase

I always read the reviews on this website before making any purchase and it has helped me a lot in making my own decisions.

I already made a previous review of my Aesop products here but after using them for a month, I am now at a better time for making a review.

As I have said, I am currently fairly happy with my Aesop facial cleanser although I will replace it in a week or so. I keep aiming for the La Mer Cleansing Oil but am unable to purchase on the La Mer Italian website. If all else fails, I am running over to the Douglas boutique over at Via Roma and grab it there if it’s available there. I am now joining the oil bandwagon, I must say. This is because I want to replace both my cleanser and make up remover. I am currently using the Sukin Micellar Water for removing my make up and I have found it to be insufficient. I would like to replace it with an oil-based make up remover and since it is primarily a cleanser, then that simplifies my routine by using one product instead of two.

As for the Aesop toner, I found the alcohol in it too harsh for my skin for twice daily use. I also found that if I use it in the morning with my moisturizer and make up on top, my skin gets so much more oilier. I found that it is best for use at night.

In the mornings, I use my Sukin hydrating mist toner instead. It is gentle, alcohol-free, and makes my face less oily at the end of the day. I did many tests with this just to confirm and I am quite positive that an alcohol-based toner is not best for use for me twice a day. According to some reviews on Make up Alley, they also do the same. They don’t use it on a daily basis. My Sukin hydrating mist toner is perfect for starting my day. I apply it after cleansing and before applying my Vichy Liftactiv Serum 10 Supreme, that I sometimes put on alone before, or mixed with my Origins A Perfect World Antioxidant Moisturizer with White Tea and Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster for Face.

I will also make a review of my Vichy Liftactiv Serum 10 Supreme in another post.

Here is my verdict:
Sukin Hydrating Mist Toner – great for everyday use but not for toning. Gentle and refreshing. Makes my face less oily during the day. I like the Sukin line for basically being very gentle. In fact, it is so gentle that in the winter, the Sukin body lotion just does make the cut. Of all the Sukin products I had, and I purchased nearly all in the line, this has got to be my most favorite. If not the only one I really, really, really liked.

Aesop Bitter Orange Astringent Toner – alcohol is too harsh for my oily skin and makes it more dry at first but makes my face more oily when with make up. I don’t really see much results in toning but it seems to help in preventing break outs. Best not to use everyday.

Which one would I repurchase? None of these two. In fact, I have just purchased the Clarins Toning Lotion with Iris 200ml from the Sephora Italy website for EUR20.00

I was overall not satisfied with any of these toners. I am on a quest for the best products and the most simplified skincare regimen. Because of that, I went on Google and searched for “best toners for oily skin” and I found this: Total Beauty 16 Best Toners and Astringents. Clarins has a number of toners but this one with the Iris is the one that is suited for Combination or Oily Skin.

I am looking for alcohol-free toner because I am looking for something to replace my alcohol-free Sukin toner and I am already satisfied with my Aesop astringent toner that I intend to use every now and then.

I wanted to buy the Best Toner No. 3: Neaclear Liquid Oxygen Facial Toner, USD16.99, or the Best Toner No. 1: Paula’s Choice Skin Recovery Enriched Calming Toner, USD20 but the first one does not seem to be available in Italy or at least Amazon Italy, while the second one is available for about EUR40 with shipping included AND is suited for anything but oily or combination skin.

In my research, I also came across this and I have read good reviews about Liz Earle so I’ve put their toner on my Amazon cart temporarily. If after a month, I am not satisfied with my Clarins toner, I think I will purchase it and give it a try.

Of course, I will also post a review of my Clarins toner for reference purposes.

Below is my current skin care regimen:

Aesop Purifying Facial Cream Cleanser
Sukin Hydrating Mist Toner
Vichy Liftactiv Serum 10 Supreme
Origins A Perfect World Age-defying Moisturizer with White Tea SPF40
Clarins Radiance-Plus Glow Booster for Face

Sukin Micellar Water
Aesop Purifying Facial Cream Cleanser
Aesop Bitter Orange Astringent Toner
Vichy Liftactiv Serum 10 Supreme
Sukin Moisture Restoring Night Cream

As you can see there is nothing simple as to the above regimen. The advise is to have these at least and that’s what’s I’m trying to achieve: make-up remover, facial cleanser, toner, serum, and moisturizer.

Until the next review!