I've been very loyal to my Melvita Extraordinary Waters for over a year now (reviewed here and again here), but finally decided to give Michael Todd a try since Melvita isn't as readily available here in the US as it was for me back in Hong Kong. This is my first experience with Michael Todd, and it took me a while to decide on this toner. Everything on the Michael Todd website sounds so appealing - Blue algae toner? Honey and oat cleanser? Avocado mango mask? Yes please, it all sounds so yummy and healthy! I focused on choosing a toner (although I still really want to try their masks), and finally decided on the Michael Todd Cranberry Antiox Toner (link!), suggested for sensitive combination/oily skin.
As I mentioned in my recent post, I've had this toner for a good few months now, but have held off blogging about it because I simply didn't know how I felt about it. This is a confusing product to me. Apparently it's also marketed for dry, mature skin, which I overlooked when I made my order... so all in all I'm a bit confused on exactly what it does. The toner contains black willow tree extract that heals skin, and tea tree oil to disinfect and keep skin clear. The cranberries provide antioxidants and repair environmental damage. So although this is marketed to mature skin (which I still don't really understand why... so it's anti-aging?), I've instead found this to be a great final cleanse in my nighttime skincare routine. I soak a cotton pad with the toner, and swipe it all over to remove any excess impurities that my face wash may have missed. In other words, if I were Michael Todd, I'd probably market this for acne prone skin... acne prone, dehydrated yet oily skin.
I'm not new to tea tree oil - in fact the Body Shop Tea Tree Oil is my all-time favorite acne spot treatment, so the familiar warmth of tea tree in this toner makes me feel like it really helps to disinfect and keep my skin clear. If you're not used to tea tree oil, the sensation may take some getting used to - some days it feels a little bit stinging. The downside to having tea tree in this, is that it takes away the usual cooling, refreshing sensation that I crave for in toners.
So to conclude, I'm still slightly confused about this toner. I like my Body Shop Tea Tree Oil as a spot treatment, but am not sure how I feel about wiping it all over my face with this toner. I'll still use this up, but will probably try something else from Michael Todd next time.
Have you tried Michael Todd? What's your favorite product?