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[BEAUTY] Review: Thayer's Alcohol-Free Rose Petal Witch Hazel Toner

My instagram pic the day the long awaited Natta Cosme package arrived

WHAT IS:
BUTTERFLY PROJECT? A community of beauty bloggers doing what they do best, blogging! In this community lead by Tammy Lim, old *cough* and new baby bloggers has the chance to attend events, review products and learn from each other. All blogposts done by these community members are not paid for, instead brands / clients provides experience for these blooming bloggers and we do our best to promote / market the brands through our writings. It's a WIN-WIN situation. If you are a blogger, regardless whether or not you are into beauty - do join us!

NATTA COSME? Well according to the info card they gave in the beautifully packaged box: "Across the trillion stars along the milky way, there exist a planet named Natta. The nation of the planet lived under an abominable rule where the people must never look the same. They must have their very own distinctive style and character. If there ever existed people who look identical to one another, the authorities will dispatch these people to the one and only Natta Cosme. Natta Cosme provides numerous beauty products that brings out the true physical beauty of the people. These products include skin care, body wash, and make up set. A new individual will be borned after undergoing the transformation. This can be seen in the double "T's" of the logo of Natta Cosme which represents that every individual is distinctively different from one another. We, at Natta Cosme have the best and newest products in town! Besides, our courier service is efficient. The appearance of the products are to definitely capture your eyes. Fragile products are accompanied by bubbles to increase their durability ensuring your goods to be at good condition. Need not fret if you have no knowledge on the usage of the product as we are capable and trusted for providing professional advices.
Feel  free to leave any suggestions, questions or a friendly hello at "customer@nattacosme.com" or through our "contact us" page. Thank you!"


BACKGROUND:
Over 120 years ago, Rose Thayer, niece of Henry Thayer M.D developed an all natural recipe for extra soft, youthful looking skin. As she aged, many would comment on how she looks 10 years younger than she was. Her secret formula of Rose Petal water blended with Witch Hazel extract, certified organic Aloe Vera and Vitamin E is being made available. Witch Hazel helps to tighten pores, and to smooth and beautify skin without drying. Thayers proprietary Certified Organic Witch Hazel (derived from the bark) is not distilled, thereby maintaining all the natural tannins. 


"Hamamelis Virginiana? We Call It The Shrub Of Life. 
Made of extract from the Witch Hazel shrub (Hamamelis Virginiana) and a blend of other time-tested ingredients - THAYERS® Witch Hazel with Aloe Vera Formula Astringents and Alcohol-Free Toners are soothing, natural treatments that cleanse, tone and soothe your skin. THAYERS® are the only Witch Hazel products made of non-distilled extract from the Witch Hazel shrub maintaining the highest levels of therapeutic tannins.  These natural elixirs have been a fixture in medicine cabinets for generations. Once you use them, you'll know why." - Thayers.

BEAUTY BENEFITS OF WITCH HAZEL:
♥ To help fight acne and inflammation, it is extremely mild and a great alternative to harsh toners.
To help reduce bruises.  Make an ice cube with witch hazel (make sure you clearly label) when you have a bruise gently apply the ice on the bruise.
♥ Treat razor burn with it.  Apply a small amount of witch hazel to a cotton swab and apply to the irritated skin.
♥ To reduce puffy eyes.  Place cotton pads over eyes soaked in cold witch hazel for 5 to 10 minutes. 
♥ To sooth sunburn. Put it in a spray bottle and simply spray on sunburned skin.  Instant relief and faster healing.
(source: delightedmomma)

ALSO:
 Alcohol-free (doesn't strip off skin's natural oils / non-drying)
 Paraben-free (doesn't contain carcinogenic ingredient)
 Propylene Glycol-free (may cause allergic reaction to some people, source: wiki)
 Moisturizes
 Cleanses

INGREDIENTS:
Purified Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf (Certified Organic Filet Of Aloe Vera), Glycerin (Vegetable), Fragrance (Natural Rose) Hamamelis Virginiana (THAYERS® proprietary un-distilled Witch Hazel) Extract, Rosa Centifolia (Rose) Flower Water, Citric Acid, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Tocopheryl (Vitamin E) Acetate

DIRECTIONS:
Apply with a cotton ball or pad or soft pad to cleanse, soften, refresh & moisturize skin. Use anytime throughout the day as a softening refresher.


MY REVIEW:
packaging: Sturdy large bottle with easy access cap. Love that it's see through so that you can see how much more you have left. If you wish to take it for travelling, you can always transfer it into small bottles as the original 355ml is quite huge and can last foreverrr.

texture: soft translucent liquid with very mild rose scent, nothing smells grandma-ish for this one.

my opinion: This is not my first time trying out Thayer's Alcohol-Free toner, when I first started changing my lifestyle to somewhat more environmental (less chemicals, more greens) I even changed my basic skincare including toner and my first choice was Thayer's after reading rave reviews over this alcohol-free, paraben-free natural based product. However, my first purchase was Lavender range as the best-seller Rose was out of stock. Therefore I'm able to compare between the two, no doubt both has it's own speciality however I am more fond of the Lavender. Wanna know why? I'm having a hyper sensitive skin at the moment due to reaction to a certain skincare which didn't suit me (I'll blog more on that later though the secret is out on my instagram @amischaheera), when I applied Rose toner; my skin felt a slight stinging feel which left me quite shocked. I thought maybe my cleanser or makeup residue made it so, I tried again when I woke up in the morning when basically my skin has little to none dirt on it and still the stinging sensation maintains. I change back to Lavender and there was no stinging whatsoever. Perhaps I was sensitive to the Rose scent? Perhaps my skin was missing the SOOTHING effect Lavender promises (as it is now in a hyper-sensitive state, a soothing toner is probably what it needs). I'm not quite sure where to fault this but I will certainly try again once my skin's sensitivity is back to normal. I also love the fact Thayer's has a huge range for the Witch Hazel Alcohol-Free Toner in case this doesn't work out for you, you can always try another one.

price: Original price RM55, currently on sale at RM45 and there's a discount code just for you special ladies & gents:

This product review is brought to you by Natta Cosme x Butterfly Bloggers Project, all opinions are not misconstrued or bias whatsoever and these are my honest thoughts of the product given. Aside from the star of the package above, Natta Cosme also included some other cute things:

I finally got a sample of this!! Been wanting to try it after seeing beauty gurus on youtube just raving over it, I did test the cream - it actually has a balm texture which melts into creamy oil upon massaging onto skin. My face seems to love it but probably will purchase a full bottle later once I've finished my current sensitive skincare set. Oh by the way, the sample is only RM5 for 3ml!

A capsule version of Fortune Cookie by the NattaCosme.com team, cute & clever!

Thanks to Butterfly Project for organizing this beauty project & Natta Cosme for the sponsored products :)