Michael Todd True Organics Cranberry Antiox Toner

December 28, 2013
Michael Todd True Organice Cranberry Antiox Toner ($18 for 8.4 fl. oz.)
Michael Todd True Organics Cranberry Antiox Toner ($18 for 8.4 fl. oz.)

I’ve been hearing good things about Michael Todd’s skincare products for a while now, and when I was shopping online for some Christmas presents earlier in the fall I finally went ahead and made an order. I bought myself the Cranberry Antiox toner, which is described as hydrating and anti-aging, and also received a sample pack of other Michael Todd products, which is always fun. I have tried two other toners that contain cranberry in the last few months, so I was curious to compare this one as my introduction to the brand.

I was drawn to hydrating and anti-aging claims of this toner, and was also really impressed by the looks of the ingredients list (thankfully, Michael Todd prints full ingredients lists for all of the products on the website):

Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis (Organic Aloe) Juice, Vegetable Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Dl- Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), Beta Carotene (Pro Vitamin A), Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Euterpe Oleracea (Acai Fruit) Pulp Powder, Salix Nigra (Black Willowbark) Extract, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Essential Oil, Polysorbate, Cranberry Concentrate, Polysorbate 20, Citric Acid.

I’ve been using this twice a day after cleansing my face, and just today finished the last of the bottle. It has a pleasant scent that reminds me of fresh plants but doesn’t smell specifically of cranberries. It’s very thin in consistency and although the bottle is completely opaque, I believe the product is clear. The website indicates that it’s appropriate for normal to dry, mature and combination skin (I have combination skin, myself), and says that it “Works to restore the skin’s proper pH without the sting and drying effects of alcohol leaving your skin looking and feeling cool and refreshed.”

I have to say, though, that I’m not as impressed by my results as I am with the list of ingredients for the toner. It stings my face just a little bit, nothing terrible, but after I had gotten over halfway through the bottle I realized that the sensitivity never went away. Even with the very last use of it, I felt a little sting. I suppose I might be sensitive to something in the ingredients.

I also can’t say I found it hydrating, and it didn’t leave my skin feeling nourished. I generally like to use gentler, alcohol-free toners and so in comparison to some of the others I’ve used recently, this one just didn’t shine. Perhaps you’d notice these qualities more than I did if you were someone who was just starting to switch from toners that were more harsh.

My skin hasn’t felt particularly soothed over the past couple of months that I’ve been using this. I experience mild breakouts about once a month, but especially this past month the spots on my face have lingered and been more irritated than normal. I think it’s unfair to completely blame this on the toner, of course, but I do look to my toner to help provide calmed and balanced skin and I feel like this one just didn’t do that for me.

It also didn’t do anything especially bad to my skin. I don’t think it’s drying, it doesn’t make my skin look red or irritated, and it doesn’t make my skin fight back with increased oil production (it’s happened before). It may have helped shrink blackheads just a little bit. I don’t think it’s a bad product, I just expected more from it. And for $18, I do want it to do something good for my skin.

I wanted to share my experience with the Cranberry Antiox toner because everything I’ve seen about it online has been glowing. It has straight 5-star reviews on the Michael Todd website. Personally, I’d say that there are better options out there for the money. I will say that I’d like to continue experimenting with products from the brand, and am interested in testing the Blue Green Algae Toner in particular, which could potentially be a better fit for me.

Michael Todd True Organics prides themselves on safe, healthy, organic and high quality ingredients, as well as not testing on animals. You can read more about the company’s virtues on the website.

The Cranberry Antiox Toner costs $18 and is available at Michael Todd True Organics (online only, as far as I know).

Have you tried it? Are there any Michael Todd products that you enjoy?

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