I think we all have those products that follow us, haunt us almost, with their amazing reviews, popularity and hype. Those products you can’t help but get interested in from your repeated exposure to them.
For me, one of those products is most definitely the Whamisa Organic Flowers Toner. I have had this baby on my radar for *years* and only recently did I discover there is actually 3 different versions of the toner!
So of course skincare blogger mode turned on and I thought, why not compare all three together to create a comprehensive Whamisa Organic Flowers Toner Review?
So let’s dive into the Whamisa Organic Flowers Toner and learn about the similarities and differences between the Deep Rich, Original and Refresh versions.
Whamisa is a skincare line that is all about using natural, botanical ingredients and they try to use organic whenever possible. They are also famous for their use of fermented ingredients.
While fermented ingredients often get the spotlight for their digestive and gut health benefits (hello kombucha and kimchi), did you know fermented ingredients are also good for your skin?
The fermentation of skincare ingredients actually concentrates down the beneficial compounds and makes them more potent. But fermenting can also unlock other, additional beneficial compounds in the skincare ingredient that aren’t available in its unfermented state. Fermentation can unlock antioxidants, peptides and amino acids, all amazing for skin.
If that wasn’t enough to convince you, fermented ingredients are also better accepted by our skin. That means that the ingredients will penetrate our skin better and deeper. When it comes to effectiveness in skincare, it’s all about how far the ingredient can generate, because when ingredients can get deeper, they will work faster and better to give us visible results.
The fermentation definitely sets Whamisa apart as a brand, but so does their commitment to using organic and natural ingredients. All three toners contain a whopping 97% organic ingredients and they are all EWG Green level verified.
Besides the fermented goodness, there are some key ingredients found in all three versions of the Organic Flowers Toner.
Aloe Leaf Juice — This is what really struck me as interesting about the Organic Flowers Toner, there is no water in the formula. Yup, no water, no aqua. Water is often used as a filler ingredient in skincare products and isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it is often used to pad out ingredients lists with weak concentrations of beneficial ingredients. No worries of finding water at the top of the ingredients list of these toners, or on the list at all.
Instead, Whamisa has chosen to use aloe leaf juice to fill out their toners, and that is good news because, unlike water, aloe leaf juice has a lot of benefits for skin beyond pure hydration, like calming and soothing. Aloe leaf juice and the aloe extract in these toners are a powerhouse of vitamins A, C and E, fatty acids and antioxidants.
Chrysanthemum Morifolium — aka Mums. This extract is found in the ingredients list in its unfermented *and* fermented state. It is a great anti-acne ingredient with anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
Fermented Lotus Flower — Maybe the most interesting ingredient in the Organic Flowers Toner because lotus flower actually contains naturally occurring AHA’s.
AHA’s, or alpha hydroxy acid, are known for their ability to exfoliate the top layer of skin resulting in brighter, softer skin. However, some of you out there may be wondering if this is going to make the toner harsh on your skin, as chemical exfoliation can be irritating to skin.
I’m happy to report that it is not irritating. AHA’s most effectively exfoliate the skin at a pH level of about 3-4. The Deep Rich tests at a pH level of 4.5 and Original also tests at 4.5, which means they will have a weak exfoliation effect. This is good news for sensitive skin that needs cell turnover without the irritation of full-on chemical exfoliation. The Refresh version tests slightly lower at 4, but is still on the high end of the ideal range.
FYI: All three toners contain rosewood and bergamot essential oils. Deep Rich and Original also contain lemongrass, and Refresh also contains orange oil.
Essential oils can be irritating to some, including your writer, however I did not experience any issues of sensitivity with any of the three toners.
And those concerned about the photosensitivity issue with bergamot oil, rest assured the bergamot oil used in all three toners is bergaptene free.
Whamisa Organic Flowers Deep Rich Toner is definitely the most popular of the three toners and the one that I was most interested in for many years.
The texture of this toner was such a surprise to me when I first used it. I describe it like an oil-in-water toner, it’s got a rich, oil slip to it and does not feel very watery but is thick and viscous. This toner definitely has some weight to it once applied to the skin and feels more like a serum than a thin, watery toner. This is definitely the thickest of the three toners, hence the name Deep Rich.
And this is moisturizing, very moisturizing. Since my skin has been on the more dehydrated/dry side lately I have been really loving this in my routine. The toner is the perfect bridge between watery toners and serums, and deeply comforts dry skin. This isn’t a toner you will *need* to layer up over and over again to feel satisfied; one layer will do the trick.
Using this in my routines for over a month produced brighter and healthier looking skin, plus I believe this helped to speed up the healing of some hyper pigmentation left over from some inflamed acne. But the main benefit from this toner was its deep and comforting moisture that left my skin feeling protected, satisfied and irritation free!
I would say this is best for those with dry, dehydrated/dry or combo/dry skin.
Whamisa Organic Flowers Deep Rich Toner* on Amazon
Ingredients:*Aloe Maculata Leaf Extract (93.9%), *Chrysanthemum Monifloium Flower Extract (0.5%), *Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract (0.5%), *Lactobacillus/Chrysanthemum Sinense Flower Ferment Filtrate (0.1%), *Lactobacillus/Nelumbo Nucifera Flower Ferment Filtrate(0.1%), *Lactobacillus/Taraxacfum Officinale (Dandelion) Rhizome/Root Ferment Filtrate (0.1%), Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate, *Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil (0.5%), *Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil (0.5), *Helichrysum Arenarium Extract (0.2%), *Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli) Extract (0.1%), *Glycerin (0.9%), ***Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract ***Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract, ***Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract, Lithospermum Erythorhizon Root Extract, Xanthan Gum, Aniba Rosodora (Rosewood) Wood Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Oil, **Fragrance (*Certified Organically Grown **Natural Origin ***Naturally Derived Extract in Preservative Function / Bergamot Bergaptene Free /Allergen: D-Limonene, Linalol)
The Original Organic Flowers Toner is much lighter in weight than the Deep Rich and it absorbs into the skin just a little quicker. The signature oil-in-water feel is still here but less thick.
There is a difference in the ingredients between this and Deep Rich, and that is the inclusion of alcohol in the Original toner, about 0.05% organic alcohol. This is definitely what is contributing to the lighter feel. While I often have major issues with products containing simple alcohols, this toner did not irritate or dry out my skin, which was a surprise. I think this toner is formulated for the alcohol to contribute to the feel of the toner without affecting the moisturizing benefits of the toner.
Original also gave me similar results as far as making my skin brighter and healthier looking. I found this to be less moisturizing on my dry skin, and I found I wanted to layer this 2-3 times to get that same satisfied feeling I got from Deep Rich.
That’s why I think Original is perfect for combo, normal and combo/oily skin.
Whamisa Organic Flowers Original Toner* on Amazon
Ingredients: *Aloe Maculata Leaf Extract (93.95%), *Chrysanthemum Morifolium Flower Extract (0.5%), *Cemallia Sinensis Leaf Extract (0.5%), *Lactobacillus/Chrysanthemum Sinense Flower Ferment Filtrate (0.2%), *Lactobacillus/Taraxacum Officinale (Dandelion) Rhizome/Root Ferment Filtrate (0.2%), *Lactobacillus/Nelumbo Nucifera Flower Ferment Filtrate (0.2%), Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate, *Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract (0.5%), *Rhodiola Rosea Root Extract (0.3%), *Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli) Extract (0.2%), *Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract (0.9%), *Alcohol (0.5%), ***Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, ***Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Xanthan Gum, Aniba Rosodora (Rosewood) Wood Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Geranium Maculatum Oil, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Oil, **Fragrance (*Certified Organically Grown **Natural Origin ***Naturally Derived Extract in Preservative Function / Bergamot Bergaptene Free /Allergen: D-Limonene, Linalol)
The Organic Flowers Refresh Toner is the lightest of the three, living up to it’s name! Refresh is almost watery consistency but still with the oil slip to it.
This toner can easily be layered up multiple times to get the desired level of moisture and because it feels much lighter on the skin it is much more suited to oily skin.
There is alcohol in this version as well, a little more than the Original, coming in at 0.09%. This one did feel a tad drying for my skin (again, dehydrated/dry) but not irritated at all. I think this was just due more to the fact that this lighter version was less suited to my skin type than an irritation from the simple alcohol.
This toner will be best for oily skin types.
Whamisa Organic Flowers Refresh Toner* on Amazon
Ingredients: *Aloe Maculata Leaf Extract (*94.56%), *Chrysanthemum Morifolium Flower Extract (0.5%), *Lactobacillus/Chrysanthemum Sinense Flower Ferment Filtrate (0.1%), *Lactobacillus/Nelumbo Nucifera Flower Ferment Filtrate (0.1%), *Lactobacilluys/Taraxacum Officinale (Dandelion) Rhizome/Root Ferment Filtrate (0.1%), Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate, *Houttuynia Cordata Extract (0.2%), *Citrus Junos Fruit Extract (0.2%), *Centella Asiatica Extract (0.3%), *Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract (0.5%), *Alcohol (0.9%), ***Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, ***Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extracat, ***Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Citrate, Aniba Rosodora (Rosewood) Wood Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, **Fragrance. (*Certified Organically Grown **Natural Origin ***Naturally Derived Extract in Preservative Function / Bergamot Bergaptene Free /Allergen: D-Limonene, Linalol)
Scent and Price
All three toners have a very heavy scent. Big warning to those who are scent-sensitive because these may not be good for you. There is added fragrance, although it is not synthetic. The Deep rich smells floral and citrusy, actually very similar to limoncello. Original is stronger on the citrus with hints of floral, and Refresh is a deeper, woodsier floral scent, almost like pine needles. Again, all three are strongly scented and the scent dissipates shortly after application.
These toners retail for about $40 which is a lot considering it’s a smaller size than most toners at 120ml. However, we have to remember that the ingredients are 97% organic, fermented and there are not fillers like water in here, and that will naturally make the price higher.
These toners are excellent moisturizers and can easily replace an essence or serum step in your routine. These combine everyday luxury with fermented technology and really deliver a nutrition-packed product with a nice, visible result on your skin.
However, these may not be right for you if you are sensitive to heavy (natural) fragrance or essential oils or are looking for more budget-conscious choices.
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