I have been trying to up my toner game recently, but these ‘toner plus’ products cannot be safely wiped over the eyes or the mouth. When I am cleansing my face, I go over my eyes and my mouth (if it has been a red lipstick week) thoroughly, usually because I have been wearing make up but mainly because they are a part of my face and they need to be cleansed too. As a result of using a cleanser, to me, I need to go over with a toner too, but toner plus products generally cannot be used over the eyes, so I find that I need to have a second toner on the go that can be used over the eyes. Clearly if I am going to be using a product over my eyes, it needs to be alcohol free.
At the moment, Gatineau’s Serenite Toner is my second tier toner. I have tried a few Gatineau products before and didn’t really get on with them but this is the first of their toners that I have used. The toner is pink which is of note as usually toners are colourless. The smell is floral, slightly soapy a bit like a Philosophy fragrance it has a shelf life of twenty four months which is great as I am not using much of it each day. Based on my experience with this product, I would be inclined to try one of their toners again. I bought this product specifically to use on the eyes so I bought from the sensitive range – even though I have combination skin as I dont want to irritate the eyes and mouth before putting lovely products onto them. I have not experienced any irritation with this toner. It does not leave the skin taut and generally I am using less product around my eyes after use. I have used it all over my face when between super toners and it was good a leaving the skin hydrated.