Wow, Beauty Water smells like the product of a mad genius mixologist who spent years crafting a special concoction made with the peel of an exotic, prehistoric citrus fruit found only in a secret valley lost to civilization eons ago.
If it were a beverage, I would pour it over ice on hot afternoons, sip it at my desk and call it “Mommy’s special sauce.” LOL! 🙂
The first stop on the Summer of Skin Care tour is Beauty Water by Son & Park ($30).
The way people rave about this Korean brand’s toner on the Sephora website makes it sound like a miracle in a bottle. It’s an exfoliator made for most skin types (normal, oily, combo, dry and sensitive), and it’s supposed to alleviate dullness, dryness and uneven texture.
The ingredient list is pretty long, but I see lots of plant extracts high on the list. The fourth item down, Hamamelis Virginiana water, is commonly known as witch hazel water, and here’s a fun fact about that: witch hazel is one of very few products that is both endorsed by real witches *and* FDA approved.
Beauty Water: ingredients
Water, Rose Damascena Flower Water, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Orange Fruit Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana Water, Butylene Glycol, Propanediol PEG-7 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Alcohol Denat., Xylitol, Phenoxyethanol, Decyl Glucoside, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, PPG-26-Buteth-26, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Citrate, Citric Acid, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel, Citrus Granolis Grapefruit Peel oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Cedrus Atlantica Bark Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Water, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Water, Copaifera Officinalis (Balsam Copaiba) Resin, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine), Illicium Verum (Anise) Fruit/Seed Oil, Sodium Lactate, Sodium PCA, Artemisia Absinthium Extract, Rose Flower Oil, Propylene Glycol, Thuja Occidentalis Leaf Extract, Ferula Galbaniflua (Galbanum) Resin Oil, Malic Acid Sucrose Urea, Tartaric Acid, Origanum Majorana Leaf Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Salix Nigra (Willow) Bark Extract, Pelargonium Graveolens Extract, Mentha Rotundifolia Leaf Extract, Origanum Vulgare Leaf Extract, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Extract, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Extract, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Leaf Extract, Mentha Spicata Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Benzyl Alcohol, Chlorphenesin, Methylparaben, Dehydroacetic Acid, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Propylparaben
According to Paula’s Choice (which is a very helpful site, BTW), the witch hazel plant contains tannins that vary depending on what part of the plant is used. Higher amounts in the bark, and lower concentrations in the leaves.
The plant also contains a potent antioxidant.
The water is made using a process called “steam distillation,” and during the process different parts of the plant are added to the mix, so you don’t always know what concentration of tannins you’ll get at the end.
Steam distillation also involves alcohol, so you’re getting that in your witch hazel water, too.
So, depending on which parts of the witch hazel plant are used and how they’re prepared, witch hazel products can contain high amounts of tannins and/or alcohol, both which can be irritating for some people.
I remember using witch hazel on my super oily teenage skin back in the day… I’d get a bottle of witch hazel from the drugstore and use it periodically, thinking that it would control the oil and dry out my zits. So I’ve used it before, but it’s been almost 30 years! And my skin has changed a lot in that time. The only part of my face that’s oily now is my forehead. Everywhere else is dry.
I applied Beauty Water on my face with a cotton pad morning and evening for a week and a half, and it worked well on my oily forehead, but everything below my brows wasn’t happy at all. My skin feels tight, dry and just plain thirsty after I use it, like I just spent a week in Vegas in August and wasn’t drinking enough water.
I’m not sure what I’m reacting to, but I’m guessing that it’s either the witch hazel or the alcohol, both of which appear high on the ingredient list.
People rave about this product, though. I’m assuming that it works better for gals and guys with oilier skin than mine. It certainly reduces the oil.
If you’re interested, the bottle is pretty huge. It’s 11.49 ounces. I bet if it worked for me, I could make it last seven or eight months.
OK, let’s talk toner. What are you using at the moment (if you use one)?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,