Review: La Prairie Cellular Refining Lotion

Toners are probably the skincare product most are divided on wether or not is necessary to use. You'll find just as knowledgeable professionals as the other either recommending them wholeheartedly, or telling you it's one to skip. Personally I love toner and could never skip the step. I've found some absolute favourites I've shared before and am always looking to try new ones. As a fan of quite a few of La Prairie's products it was just a matter of time before I picked up one of their beautifully packaged toners. I ended up with the Cellular Refining Lotion, or the blue one as I like to call it.

The toner comes in absolutely beautiful glass packaging with a silver metal twist-off cap. It's a traditional toner in that you need to use it with a cotton pad, it's not a mist. The opening is just completely open which I don't particularly like. This means you have to place the cotton pad on top of the opening, flip it, move the cotton and repeat and repeat. It's much better when there's some kind of stopper and you can just pour it across the cotton pad.

The product itself is quite good, but nothing all that special, especially when taking the price into consideration. It feels nice on the skin, nurturing and it certainly doesn't irritate my skin or leave it feeling dry. It has a nice clean scent and you don't need too much product at once. But it also doesn't do anything spectacular. One can argue that toners seldom do, at least the ones that aren't supposed to do anything special like exfoliate etc, but I have used toners that have done so much for my skin - like one of my all-time favourites; the Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Facial Toner by Aesop.

The Cellular Refining Lotion definitely helps balance my skin, helps it feel a bit more nourished and whatever I apply on top absorbs and works better than if I wouldn't use it, or compared to toners that I find work less good with my skin. There is a scent to this, but barely. I'd describe it as just a clean "skincare" scent, quite familiar to anyone using other La Prairie skincare products as well. If you have a sensitive nose I doubt the scent would bother you. 

Overall this is quite a decent toner. I'm not going to tell you to run out and buy it, I still prefer others that aren't as pricey. If you don't care about the price though and want to indulge in some La Prairie luxury, this is a good buy. It probably won't blow your mind, but you'll definitely enjoy using it. And you'll use it for a while, it took me months to go through, so perhaps it isn't actually all the expensive after all?

- Get it here (US) & here (UK/EU) -

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