Mamonde Floral Hydro Ampoule Toner & Emulsion Review

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Mamonde Floral Hydro Ampoule Toner Review

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About The Product

According to Mamonde’s official website, this star ingredient in this line of products is the Narcissus flower, inspired by how it ‘stores hydration in its bulbous plant throughout the long winter before blooming in the early summer, and the hydration circulation ability of polyvoltine Erlicheer, which blooms multiple flowers from one stalk.’ This particular product is also a combination of a toner and an ampoule, as it claims to reap the absorption power of toners and hydration of ampoules.

Ingredients

Water, Propanediol, Alcohol, Glycerin, Narcissus Tazetta Bulb Extract, Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Butylene Glycol, 1,2-hexanediol, Peg-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Bis-peg-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Ethylhexylglycerin, Carbomer, Tromethamine, Phenoxyethanol, Disodium Edta, Fragrance

First Impressions

I gotta admit –  I’m a sucker for skincare with aesthetic packaging, and Mamonde’s beautiful branding is my weakness. This toner comes in a lovely ombré blue, frosted plastic bottle with delicate florals embossed around the bottom. It has a pump dispenser that doles out the product in controlled proportions, so a couple of pumps of this is usually sufficient to distribute across my entire face.

The product itself has an interesting texture – when first dispensed from the pump bottle, it comes out in a clear, aqueous, almost gel-like blob but subsequently turns more watery and disappears as its patted into the skin. I guess this demonstrates the ampoule-toner aspect of the product. The fragrance of this product is subtle enough that I only caught a whiff of it when I was applying it on my face, and it smells pleasantly light and floral.

My Experience

Looking at the ingredient list, the key ingredients in this toner would be the Narcissus Tazetta Bulb Extract, Hyaluronic Acid and, Sodium Hyaluronate, which alludes to its hydrating properties. It does indeed feel like I treated my skin to a refreshing splash of water every time I put this on. It feels like it is soaked up fairly well by my skin as it disappears after patting it in for a bit, though I am unsure if it’s really absorbed or just evaporated due to the presence of alcohol (third on the ingredient list).

I noticed that this toner also has some calming properties during those times I applied this when my skin is red and irritated, as it seems to cool and take away some of the redness in my skin.

Verdict

Although I find this pleasant enough to use, I don’t intend to repurchase after finishing this bottle (which seems to last forever) for multiple reasons. Firstly, while this feels light and hydrating enough in the morning, the rate at which this disappears into my skin makes me feel like I need something a little heftier during my evening routine, or when my skin is really dehydrated, and this doesn’t quite cut it. For this, my Hada Labo Gokyujun Premium Lotion (review coming soon!) does a much better job.

Secondly, this toner contains both alcohol and fragrance as well. While these 2 ingredients aren’t necessarily ‘bad’ per se, people who are sensitive to them might wanna take note! For myself, I am trying to cut out both alcohol and fragrance out of my routine just in case they are compromising my already-dry and sensitive skin. Also, I would like a toner that I could try out the 7-skin technique with, and doing it with a toner that contains alcohol definitely isn’t recommended as it could be rather drying.

Nevertheless, this is still a nice product to have if there is a gap in your routine that you need to fill with a hydrating toner, and if you don’t have a sensitivity to any of the ingredients in this product.

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