Keep Cool Soothe Bamboo Toner

the claim

The Keep Cool Soothe Bamboo Toner claims to add moisture and soothe troubled skin.
 
Keep Cool Soothe Bamboo Toner
 

the science

This toner contains a huge concentration of 85% Bamboo Water. Bamboo contains 70% natural silica, an organic compound that helps to keep skin looking healthy, supple and radiant. Packed with amino acids and flavonoids, it also provides antioxidant protection against UV radiation. By reinforcing the moisture barrier, it further reduces bacteria penetrating to improve acne and damaged skin.

Sodium Hyaluronate is the salt form of hyaluronic acid, used to boost moisture content. Also improving moisture content, humectants draw water into the skin and are well represented by Glycerin, Hydroxyethyl Urea, Polyglutamic Acid and Butylene Glycol.

Exotic plant extracts are incorporated for their strong antioxidant activity. Collectively they also offer anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, cleansing, healing and brightening benefits.

 

the ingredients

Bambusa Vulgaris (Bamboo) Water, Glycereth-26, Glycerin, Water, 1,2-Hexanediol, Hydroxyethyl Urea, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Polyglutamic Acid, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis (Skullcap) Root Extract, Forsythia Suspensa Fruit Extract, Chamaecyparis Obtusa (Hinoki) Leaf Extract, Thuja Orientalis Extract, Pinus Densiflora Extract, Bambusa Vulgaris (Bamboo) Extract, Sodium Citrate, Citric Acid, Disodium EDTA
 

the analysis

Consisting of 19 ingredients free of harmful chemicals, the CosDNA and EWG assessments return a low hazard rating.
 
Keep Cool Soothe Bamboo Toner CosDNA Analysis
 

the packaging

This toner comes in a clear plastic bottle with screw top lid and controlled dropper opening. When new, it is presented in cling wrap to prevent spillage and to easily detect tampering and the dropper is further secured with a seal.
 
Keep Cool Soothe Bamboo Toner packaging
 
Keep Cool Soothe Bamboo Toner Dropper
 

the application

This product can be used as a traditional toner, mist, mask or cleansing agent.
 
Keep Cool Soothe Bamboo Toner Applications
 

the scent

The toner has a very slight botanical scent.
 

the cost

A large 350ml bottle costs USD$30.00.
 

the availability

Keep Cool is widely available online for Australian consumers. You can buy their products from a great range of stockists such as Style Korean and Yes Style.
 

the expiry

This toner has a shelf life of 3 years and must be used within 12 months of opening.
 
Keep Cool Soothe Bamboo Toner Expiry
 
Keep Cool Soothe Bamboo Toner Use Within Duration
 

the performance

My first impression of this product was made by its scale. This bottle contains 2-3 times the volume of most other toners. Then I looked into the methods of application and realised that if used it in all four suggested ways, you would certainly go through it a lot quicker than as just a traditional toner. I tried all possibilities in order to return a comprehensive review.

Containing 85% bamboo water extract, the ingredients list is fairly short and clean. The pH matches that of skin’s natural acidity for a perfect balance, so overall, this product is likely to suit all skin types without the risk of irritation. The dropper dispenser is hygienic and the delivery of the product easy and appropriate. Retaining a water like appearance and thinness, the toner has a barely noticeable herbal scent.
 
Keep Cool Soothe Bamboo Toner consistency
 
Mostly, I used it as a hydrating toner. I applied two skins to my face after cleansing both morning and night. It is certainly a refreshing product with high absorbancy which provided a good amount of hydration but nothing extraordinary. Its gentle nature and lightweight feel make it a nice summer inclusion.

I also applied it as a cleansing water. Keep Cool suggest using it as the last step of cleansing to pick up remnants of makeup and dirt left behind from the cleansing process. To me, this is what a traditional toner is meant to do anyway, so it’s not really another use or innovative application. However, I also utilised it in the morning in place of a water based cleanser or alternatively, a simple rinse with water. At this step, there is only overnight build up of oil and dirt to wipe away. Soaking a cotton pad and swiping it over the face offers a refreshing after feel and competent removal of surface gunk. It cleans and tones in the same step which can be a great time saver.

To achieve masking, I soaked a few cotton pads in the solution and adhered them to my face, then let them sit for 5-10 minutes. The soothing nature of the product was far more noticeable after this type of application and could be of great benefit to those suffering irritation, acne and redness. I found it cooling and refreshing without stickiness or heaviness.

The last application method was as a mist. I decanted some of the solution into a spray bottle and used it throughout the day to spritz my face and keep in moist and hydrated. The fact that this is such an uncomplicated formula made this very easy to successfully perform this application throughout the day. The only negative is that my mist bottle didn’t have the ideal dispenser, the spray not being fine enough which somewhat detracted from the product’s performance in this capacity (through no fault of the product).

In addition to the four noted uses, I also enjoyed using this as a moisture pad throughout the day, much like a mist application but with a swipe action. This simply involved soaking a cotton round and swiping it across my face for instant refreshment, soothing and a hydration boost.
 
Keep Cool Soothe Bamboo Toner Dropper
 

the conclusion

The Keep Cool Soothe Bamboo Toner is a nice product that seamlessly and gently fits into the routine at various steps. It does a good job in each application however it didn’t blow me away in any of its uses either. Having said that, whether used as a traditional toner, sheet mask, mist or in the last step of the cleansing process, it performs well without irritation, providing soothing and moisturising effects. I enjoyed its versatility and ease with which it can be used throughout the day in different capacities.
 
Keep Cool Soothe Bamboo Toner
 

the summary

Pros Cons
CosDNA and EWG confirmed safe formulation Only available online for Australians
Gentle and versatile in application Doesn’t excel in any one application
Fulfils its objectives to soothe and moisturise skin
Quick absorption
Generous volume
Good all-rounder

 

the references

Style Korean website
The Trending K-beauty Ingredient That Can Heal Acne Faster Alexis Diaz
Honeysuckle Flower Extract Paula’s Choice Skincare Ingredient Dictionary
Skullcap Extract in Skin Care Craig Kraffert
 


the disclaimer

Please read in context with my disclaimer.
 
This product was provided to me free of charge by Style Korean for review. This post only includes my honest opinion and experience of this product and is in no way influenced by Keep Cool, Style Korean, product suppliers, representatives or any other third party.
 


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