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3 Toners You’ll Love | The Best In Affordable Skincare

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Toner has been an integral part of my skincare routine for years. I religiously incorporate it into both morning and evening routines but use different ones for each. Before we go on, I must admit to being a bit of a skincare snob. When it comes to beauty, I typically find that the higher the price, the better it is. That’s why I’m so eager to recommend three affordable toners that don’t break the bank but that do really work.


If you’re looking to save some pennies, I’d recommend introducing a more affordable one here. Whilst a good toner is always essential to restore the skins natural pH level, the morning routine is slightly less important. Your evening toner should have dealt with any major impurities left by makeup and pollution, leaving only excess oil or sweat formed overnight to battle in the morning. Typically, I look for simple and refreshing qualities in my morning toners.


The Fine Flowers Toner is designed for dry and sensitive skin, containing rose to sooth and jasmine to moisturise. My evening toners tend to be harsher, so using this in the morning ensures that my skin doesn’t dry out. The toner itself is a lot thicker than any I’ve used before, but applies gently and leaves my skin feeling lovely and fresh. I’m nearly at the end of my bottle and will certainly be repurchasing.


This is another calming and moisturising toner, perfect for morning use. Its BioDtox inclusion: a blend of Aloe Vera, Broccoli and Citrus, claims to boost natural defences and stimulate detoxification of the skin. I find the effects of this very similar to those of the L’Oreal toner. It does, however, boast more natural ingredients and is a little more high-tech. I love having a little browse through the beauty aisle of Waitrose and it’s so handy to be able to pick up good skincare whilst doing my food shop.

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This routine should be more excessive for reasons already mentioned. I look for evening toners which boast more benefits. Typically I prefer ones which exfoliate and promote cell renewal for brighter and smoother skin.


The Ordinary have become a cult skincare brand for offering high performance at lower prices. Glycolic acid mildly exfoliates the skin, boosting radiance and restoring clarity. It also contains ingredients to soothe and help any irritation associated with acid use. My evening toner staples are Pixis Glow Tonic and the Clinique Clarifying Lotion 2 but this one is very similar for a much more affordable price. This is the first ‘drugstore’ toner I’ve ever used which actually compares to my favourites. It also gives me enough confidence to rely on to remove every last trace of makeup.

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I’ve tried a variety of affordable toners in the past but some broke me out and some were incredibly drying without providing any benefits. These three are the only ones I would currently recommend and which feature in my own skincare collection. With each under £10, there’s a considerable saving to be made by incorporating these into an otherwise luxury routine.

*  This post contains a PR Sample which has been sent for me to review and give my honest opinion about. I was under no obligation to feature. All words, images and opinions about the suitability of the product are my own. Please read my full disclaimer for more information. 

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  • Reply Jessica

    I might have to try that one for 3.99 ! Great post girl! Thanks for sharing ! 💕

    April 25, 2019 at 5:10 pm
  • Reply Aaliyah

    I love reading about what other skincare products people use (probably as I’m a bit nosey) I haven’t tried these toners before but I really like the sound of the Daytox facial tonic, I like how it has a lot more natural ingredients! Great post x

    April 25, 2019 at 6:01 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      Haha I’m the exact same girl! It’s a really nice, gentle one x

      April 25, 2019 at 7:53 pm
  • Reply Sophie Wentworth

    I have a bit of a love/ hate relationship with toners because of sensitivity issues. Glycolic burns my skin every time, as do a lot of things with heavy floral/ citrus ingredients. I tend to go for lactic acid products for exfoliation and things high in aloe for cooling/ calming my skin afterwards. It’s such a struggle finding a balance sometimes! As a fellow skincare snob it’s good to know there are some decent affordable options out there too x


    April 25, 2019 at 6:10 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      Oh thats a shame, I must admit my skin isn’t overly sensitive so I have the flexibility of using quite harsh products. I always like to give them a go (mainly because I have this urge to buy anything beauty related when I see it, regardless of how much of the same product I have at home haha) x

      April 25, 2019 at 10:18 pm
  • Reply Deborah Wyatt

    The ordinary glycolic looking interesting x

    April 25, 2019 at 6:30 pm
  • Reply Leah

    I’m always on the look out for skincare and these look amazing

    April 25, 2019 at 7:02 pm
  • Reply Gemma

    The L’Oréal fine flowers toner sounds lovely, I’ve never heard of it before! Xx

    April 25, 2019 at 7:49 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      It’s such a lovely and gentle one, definitely the lowest priced toner I can recommend too x

      April 25, 2019 at 10:30 pm
  • Reply Lauren-J Cole

    The Ordinary really intrigue me! They look so professional and I hear so many good things about their products and yet they’re SO affordable! Might have to finally give them a try! Xx

    April 25, 2019 at 8:51 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I’ve only tried a couple of their skincare bits but have been really impressed! x

      April 25, 2019 at 10:33 pm
  • Reply ThatAutisticFitChick

    I’ll have to keep an eye out for the Loreal one! It sounds really good and as a toner is roughly the extent of my skincare routine it might be nice to switch it up a bit.

    April 25, 2019 at 11:16 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      You can find it in most larger stores so it’s pretty handy to pick up! x

      April 26, 2019 at 7:11 pm
  • Reply Chantelle

    That Daytox Facial Toner looks right up my street will deffo have to give that a try! I also absolutely love The Ordinary there stuff is amazing!

    April 26, 2019 at 10:28 am
    • Reply sophhearts

      It’s such a lovely gentle one! I’ve loved the skincare I’ve tried from them x

      April 27, 2019 at 9:34 pm
  • Reply Kate Murray

    I’ve been looking for a new toner, so very helpful article! Thanks!! xo

    April 26, 2019 at 3:20 pm
  • Reply Lucy

    I love The Ordinary toner, a lot of people say its a good dupe for Pixi’s Glow Tonic too!

    Lucy |

    April 26, 2019 at 4:48 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I do slightly prefer the Pixis one but for around half the price it’s definitely a good dupe- both are super brightening! x

      April 27, 2019 at 10:06 pm
  • Reply Carmelatte

    Sounds like a really really great brand <3

    April 26, 2019 at 4:52 pm
  • Reply Evie Braithwaite

    Thanks so much for sharing! I love The Ordinary and have tried quite a few of their products now. My skin always seems to flare up at this time of year so I’m hoping to improve skincare regime, the evenings especially. I’ll definitely be checking some of these out! x

    April 26, 2019 at 5:11 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I’ve only tried a few but love everything I have! I hope you like them as much as I do! x

      April 27, 2019 at 10:12 pm
  • Reply Nancy

    It is interesting to learn about the different toners out there. I love that these are more affordable options that still does the job. I need to look into the Daytox Facial Tonic. I’m glad to hear that The Ordinary’s option gives similar results compared to Clinique’s version. Thanks for sharing these toners!

    Nancy ♥

    April 27, 2019 at 6:13 am
    • Reply sophhearts

      I find it pretty rare to find affordable options that come close to more expensive ones so the Ordinary one is definitely a favourite! x

      April 27, 2019 at 10:16 pm
  • Reply Rebecca

    I always see this L’oreal toner and I’m tempted to try it. I’ve recently discovered the Ordinary products – they are amazing!! I have the Glycolic Acid but haven’t tried it out as I’m testing some others first. It’s next on my list!

    Rebecca |

    April 27, 2019 at 12:06 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      It’s so affordable that its definitely worth a try. I love it for the mornings, it’s just so gentle. I hope you love the Glycolic acid as much as I do!x

      April 27, 2019 at 10:23 pm
  • Reply Danielle Alexa

    I am only just starting to get into toners and I am loving the difference with my skin!

    Danielle xx

    April 27, 2019 at 7:32 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      They’re such a vital part of a skincare routine, I’m so glad you’re already seeing an improvement x

      April 27, 2019 at 10:26 pm
  • Reply Lisa Autumn

    Oh I just love The Ordinary!

    x Lisa |

    April 28, 2019 at 10:09 am
  • Reply Tiffany

    I really like the sound of Daytox facial tonic toner, and the ordinary toning solutions, my twin keeps telling me I should use a toner, maybe I should listen lol.

    April 28, 2019 at 4:07 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      If you invest in both you’d have your morning and evening routine sorted! Honestly it’s such an important step, I’d listen to her haha!x

      April 28, 2019 at 9:44 pm
  • Reply Katie

    The L’Oreal skincare range is amazing and I think the rose range will help my dry skin so much so will definitely be giving that a try!

    Katie | XX

    April 28, 2019 at 4:28 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I hope you love it as much as I do- its so cheap too! x

      May 2, 2019 at 9:08 pm
  • Reply Katrina Frances

    I too am a skincare snob, but I’m up for trying these as they sound amazing!
    I’d love to try the L’Oreal one x

    May 3, 2019 at 7:51 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      They’re defintiely the best of all of the more affordable ones I’ve tried! x

      May 5, 2019 at 5:43 pm
  • Reply Chloe Chats

    I love reading posts like these to find affordable skin care products, it can be tough sometimes finding ones that work well at an affordable price! I do have very sensitive skin so I have to be careful when it comes to skincare, I might have to have a look for some of these, I like the sound of the Daytox one, especially with it containing more natural ingredients.

    Chloe xx

    May 6, 2019 at 2:16 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I totally agree- finding affordable skincare I love is very rare so I definitely had to share. The Daytox one is lovely and gentle x

      May 7, 2019 at 3:21 pm
  • Reply Joyce

    ooo I haven’t heard of day tox before! x

    Joyce |

    May 13, 2019 at 3:54 am
  • Reply Natonya

    I’m so behind on trying out Ordinary products! I never knew L’Oreal had a rose toner at such an affordable price! My sensitive skin just enjoys anything with rose, it really calms down my acne. I’m going shopping tomorrow to stock up on my favorite skincare products, definitely will look into purchasing this at my local drug store 🙂

    Natonya |

    August 30, 2019 at 12:57 am
    • Reply sophhearts

      I haven’t loved the makeup I’ve tried from them, but do love their skincare! Yes- it’s fab, if you manage to pick it up do let me know how you get on with it! x

      August 30, 2019 at 9:17 am

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