Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Review: Boscia Clear Complexion Tonic with Botanical Blast

While I started to enjoy the Caudalie Beauty Elixir, the price and the smell put me off from the product and as us product junkies tend to do, I looked for other options. I noticed that the Boscia Clear Complexion Tonic with Botanical Blast had some similar ingredients (without the citronella) and bought it. It's considerably less expensive than the Caudalie, at $24 for 5oz (meanwhile, the Caudalie is $18 for 1oz), comes in a similar spray bottle (though a less luxurious plastic) and doesn't stink. I realize that quite a few people really enjoy the invigorating (to put it mildly) smell of the Caudalie but let's just say it wasn't my favorite thing about the product.

I've really enjoyed using this Boscia spray in a similar way I used the Caudalie, for toning. It produces a fine mist, it smells faintly of lavender and it doesn't dry out my skin (though I might be thinking differently in the winter). The formula contains antiseptic ingredients, but also contains soothing ingredients and glycerin which is a humectant. All in all, I have enjoyed the bottle so far and would likely repurchase. An added plus, no alcohol or added fragrance!

Boscia Clear Compexion Tonic with Botanical Blast ingredients:
Water, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Water, Butylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Salix Nigra (Willow) Bark Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Leaf Extract, Epilobium Angustifolium Flower/Leaf/ Stem Extract (fireweed), Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Sasa Kurilensis Water, Serine, Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Phellodendron Amurense Bark Extract, Peg-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Potassium Phosphate, Dipotassium Phosphate, Dextrin, Lavendula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Hydrolyzed Gardenia Florida Extract.

Caudalie Beauty Elixir ingredients (note the red "baddies"):
Aqua (Water), Alcohol*, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Flower Water*, Parfum (Fragrance)*, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil*, Potassium Alum, Glycerin*, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil*, Styrax Tonkinensis Resin Extract* (Benzoin), Commiphora Myrrha Resin Extract*, Melissa Officinalis (Balm Mint) Leaf Oil*, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil*, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract*, Tocopherol*, Citral*, Limonene*, Linalool*, Citronellol*, Geraniol*, Farnesol*, Benzyl Benzoate*, Eugenol*.