Amie has been heavily talked about throughout the blogosphere this year for its affordability and skin-friendly plant extracts. I have reviewed this company heavily (here and here) with the Petal Perfect 2 in 1 Cleanser & Toner*($8.00 CDN) being the only toner in the Amie skincare line up. As the name of the product indicates, this is a 2 in 1 product meaning that using this does not require the additional step of a separate toner because it both cleanses and keeps the pH level of skin at optimal levels. I never really know if there is any truth to this, but I will have some other “testing methods” arriving shortly ;-) With natural extracts of French rose petal, raspberry, orange blossom, apple and witch hazel, this cleanser/toner promises to leave skin feeling clean, refreshed and toned.
Ingredients: Aqua, Isopropyl Myristate, Polysorbate 60, Hamamelis Virginiana Water (Witch Hazel), Pentaerthrityl Distearate, Glycerin, Coco-Glucoside, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Xantham Gum, Parfum, Pyrus Malus Fruit Extract (Apple), Citrus Aurantium Amara Flower Extract (Orange Blossom), Rubus Idaeus Fruit Extract (Raspberry), Rosa Centifolia Flower Extract (Rose), Betaine, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Bezophenone-4, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Hydroxide, Cl 17200, Cl 60730, Cl 15510
This is more like a cleansing lotion or “milky” cleanser. It is also slightly pinkish in colour and a little on the runny side. The scent was not my favourite as the witch hazel came though quite a bit for me. Seeing as how this is a non-irritating cleanser, there is no SLS or foaming action and is best applied to the face using a cotton pad. This cannot be used with the eyes which is a shame, but I feel like most of us use a separate makeup remover for the eyes anyway.
Final Verdict: If I was wearing a long-lasting foundation or more makeup than normal, this cleansing lotion did not feel like enough. Like my skin could have gone for one more “cotton round”. I am a double cleanser by nature, but for the purposes of reviewing, I did use this alone. With double cleansing, this cleanser does the job and left my skin feeling comfortably as well as somewhat cooled. If you are using this as your only makeup remover, you are probably better off with something more powerful. This is marketed as a gentle cleanser and it certainly is that. For a light/no makeup day, it’s a great cleanser, but for full makeup days not so much. As for whether this kept the pH level of my skin balanced, I really don’t know. I’m think I’m going to need some litmus paper!