Review (Sukin): Oil Balancing Clarifying Facial Tonic

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Hey everyone!

Today’s review is all about a product in Sukin’s oil balancing range, the Clarifying Facial Tonic. I purchased this product at the start of 2016, and i have been eager to write a review on it!

Duration of use: 4/2/2016 – 1/4/2016

The Item

Sukin: Oil Balancing Clarifying Facial Tonic 125ml


        A deeply clarifying facial tonic for post-cleanse balance and refinement. White tea extract, pomegranate and bilberry extracts impart antioxidants and vitamins to the skin, purifying the pores.
        Paraben Free.Detoxifying coconut extract, rooibos tea and willowherb may assist in guarding against break-outs, and added chamomile, aloe vera and cucumber extracts maintain calm, soothed skin. Quince aids in balancing excess oil. Suitable for normal to oil skin types.

(Sukin, 2016)

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The Formulation

Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Cydonia Oblonga Leaf Extract (Quince), Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract (White Tea), Aspalathus Linearis Leaf Extract (Rooibos), Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract (Chamomile), Epilobium Angustifolium Extract (Willowherb), Punica Granatum Fruit Extract (Pomegranate), Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit Extract (Bilberry), Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Polyglyceryl-5 Oleate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Backhousia Citriodora Leaf Oil (Lemon Myrtle), Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Leaf/Twig Oil (Petitgrain), Citric Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Limonene*, Linalool*.

* = Natural component of essential oils

A huge chunk of the ingredient list are fruit extracts, i will only talk about the main ones below.

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The ‘Irritants’

  • Benzyl Alcohol: This product is flagged in a lot of skin care databases, due to the high risk of irritation it can cause towards the skin. However, this can only happen when there is a high concentration of this  in a product. Note that this ingredient is low on the ingredients list, so it generally should be quite safe to use.
  • Phenoxyethanol: Used for its anti bacterial function, and as a preservative in skincare/cosmetics. This ingredient has side effects if the dosage is high in products. However, is non – toxic when applied on a dermal route (the skin).


The ‘Stars’

  • Glycerin: Is found naturally topically on our skin, and helps our skin stay soft & supple. It ‘draws’ water from beneath our skin layers to the top. This will result in this ingredient treating dry skin conditions topically. However, when too much pure glycerin is added in a product, this can actually be negative for you. Needless to say, too much of pure glycerin will continue to take water from our layers underneath our skin, until it is dehydrated.
  • Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Extract: Is rich in a fatty acid called Lauric Acid. Research suggest that Lauric Acid has anti-bacteria, anti-fungal & anti- inflammatory properties. As such, this ingredient is good in fighting acne.
  • Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice: This ingredient helps with soothing our skin. Aloe ( maybe known to you as Aloe Vera), contains antioxidants & traces of Vitamins A,C & E. This is a natural anti-inflammatory agent & anti-bacterial. This is why we apply pure aloe over our sun burns, to help soothe the area.
  • Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract: Is known for their vitamin C & antioxidants (Caffeic Acid) benefits. Studies have shown that cucumber can help with the skin’s discolouration process. Additionally, a miss conception around cucumber is their soothing/ inflammatory properties (hence putting them around your eye area), but no recent studies have actually found this to be true.
  • Cydonia Oblonga Leaf Extract (Quince):  Is mainly a powerful antioxidant for your skin.  Some studies have shown that this ingredient could even maybe be better than vitamin C!
  • Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract (White Tea): Another powerful antioxidant that helps in protecting your skin. It helps maintain your skins natural collagen & elasticity, keeping it supple.
  • Aspalathus Linearis Leaf Extract (Rooibos): Another ingredient rich in antioxidants ! ! This is also an anti- aging ingredient, to protect your skin from the sun rays (has Zinc & Vitamin D, both needed in protecting your skin from UV rays). Rooibos also has strong anti- fungal and anti- bacterial properties, making it great for acne.
  • Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract (Chamomile): Mainly known for its soothing & inflammatory properties. Also helps with keeping the skin soft, and hydrating the skin topically.
  • Epilobium Angustifolium Extract (Willowherb): Known for its anti-bacterial properties, which is needed in fighting acne. Also is rich in antioxidants for the skin.




Product Review

The first thing i want to point out about this product is the smell. The scent is very strong, and smells very earthy. However, if you are able to get over that, the product provides a good amount of nourishment to the skin (filled with a lot of antioxidants). I can tell that from using this product helped with nurturing  & maintaining my skin condition. The product doesn’t sting over open wounds (popped pimples), and actually helps cleans the area with its anti-bacterial properties. Additionally, this product helped control my oils. I have never seen a product so true to their claims. This product was defiantly amazing in oil control. This product was used  for about 2/3 weeks before i started to see my oils diminish. Even after i have finished the bottle, my face oils remained diminished over time. Just a side note, this product is not very moisturising, so always moisturise after.

Repurchase: No, even though the tonic is filled with amazing ingredients (and results), i draw the line at the smell.

Price: $12.95 AUD.


Results from other blogger(s):


  • Pore size reduction
  • Smoother complexion

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The Summary

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All products are purchased with my money. I am not sponsored to review any products, nor do i have affiliate links. I am however a proud affiliate with WishTrend, and I truly adore how they promote good skin health. All opinions are 100% honest, and written from my personal experience.

Irritants are flagged from skin care database: CosDNA

Cosmetic ingredients information was accessed from public domains (unless referenced in-text). More detailed information can be found on:TruthInAgingPaula’s Choice

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3 thoughts on “Review (Sukin): Oil Balancing Clarifying Facial Tonic

  1. Informative review! I find what you said about the scent intriguing, as I like it. It’s the scent of the entire Sukin Oil Balancing range. It’s strong, but natural to my senses and not offensive at all. I guess the beauty of the world, is that we all have our own likes & dislikes! xo

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    1. Thanks for the input! I loved reading your review too! Yeah, the scent was just a bit strong for me (not really used to the earthy scents sadly). I want to try more of this range though. Especially the ‘Facial Masque’ clay mask that they have. Always looking for a cheap good mud mask 😀

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