Seaweed Oil Balancing Toner Vs. A Breath Of Fresh Air Toner

The Seaweed Oil Balancing Toner (£8.00) and A Breath Of Fresh Air (£4.95/£9.50) are both effective toners that are great at reducing and controlling sebum.  They’re both suitable for oily and combination skin and both function well.

They’ve never really been a part of my full skin care routines.  Only on specific occasions.  I use the Seaweed Toner when my t-zone is more oily than usual and A Breath of Fresh Air when my skin is feeling inflamed, irritated or if I just want to cool down on hot days.

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The Body Shops Seaweed Oil Balancing Toner

The Body Shop’s Seaweed Oil Balancing Toner £8.00 (250 ML)

The Oil Balancing Toner was one I was always keen to try but never pursued because The Body Shop’s Tea Tree Toner was doing a fine job already.  On the other hand, the Tea Tree Toner had the ability to be harsh on the skin at times.  The ingredients of this toner are,

Aqua/Water/Eau, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Trideceth-9, Phenoxyethanol, Glycerin, Methylparaben, Parfum/Fragrance, Propylene Glycol, Disodium EDTA, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Menthol, Propylparaben, Fucus Vesiculosus Extract, Linalool, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Benzyl Salicylate, Benzyl Alcohol, Cucumis Sativus Fruit Extract/Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate.

and according to The Body Shop it claims,

Rebalance and revive your skin with this harmonising, alcohol-free toner. This will gently cleanse impurities while targeting combination skin, to purify and refresh.

  • Suitable for combination/ oily skin
  • Mineral rich seaweed from Roaring Water Bay, Ireland
  • Alcohol-free
  • Algae and cucumber extract
  • Clarifying and purifying

This toner is thin in consistency almost like water and reminds of the smell of ocean water.  My skin feels a lot cleaner after using this toner and it doesn’t leave my skin still feels hydrated after using it.  Pores also appear smaller after using this and it evens out the skin.  Although this is not as strong as the Tea Tree toner and its main purpose is to reduce sebum, it also reduces blemishes very well.


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A Breath Of Fresh Air Toner Water

A Breath Of Fresh Air Toner Water £4.95 (100g) / £9.50 (250g)

This is one of my favourite toners to use because I can just spray it on my face or on a cotton pad and be done with it.  It smells fresh and natural.

Lush’s ingredients are,

Spring Water, Fresh Sea Water, Fair Trade Organic Aloe Vera Gel, Perfume, Carrageenan Extract, Rose Absolute, Patchouli Oil , Rosemary Oil, Seaweed Absolute, *Limonene,*Linalool, Methylparaben.

Lush claims,

This is the most refreshing of all our toner waters, with mineral-rich carrageenan seaweed extract and rose absolute to tone and balance the skin. This is perfect to use as a spritz in the summer to cool down, or any time of year when you want to feel refreshed. Rose absolute will help to reduce redness whilst patchouli oil is cooling and astringent on the skin.

Similar to my previous post about Tea Tree Toners it is refreshing to see the simplicity of the ingredients within this toner in comparison to The Body Shop’s Seaweed toner.  My skin always feel refreshed.  If I’m home throughout the day and my skin is feeling dehydrated I will either spray some of this on.


I would say Lush’s toner is better for oil control, irritation and inflammation that battling blemishes.  The Body Shop’s toner is a lot better in the department of targeting impurities.  Nevertheless, they’re both really good at what they do.



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