Can Clarins Toning Lotion with Iris Really Balance Oily Skin?

by Gio
review clarins toning lotion with iris

I don’t use toners. So why am I reviewing Clarins Toning Lotion with Iris? It was in a travel kit I got a while ago and I didn’t want it to go to waste.

Did it make me change my mind about toners? Not really. Here’s why:

What’s In Clarins Toning Lotion With Iris?


Did you know that Aloe Vera is 99.5% water? Only the remaining 0.5% contains goodies like a “combination of mucopolysaccharides, choline and choline salicylate“. So what do these goodies do?

Clarins Toning Lotion with Iris contains A TON of Aloe Vera. More than enough to make it work its soothing magic… or not?

Related: 9 Soothing Ingredients For Sensitive, Irritated Skin


Think of glycerin like a magnet for water.

It works like this: glycerin attracts moisture from the air and binds it into your skin. Once there, the extra moisture makes your skin softer, plumper and brighter.

It’s such an underrated ingredient, but a must for hydrated skin.

Related: Why Is Glycerin In All My Skincare Products?


Clarins Toning Lotion With Iris has a lightweight, green texture that looks kinda cool. I mean, when was the last time you saw a green toner?!


The scent’s less cool. It’s overpowering, unpleasant and I can’t wait for it to fade away. Thankfully, it does so quickly.

How To Use It

Morning and night, just after cleansing. Use a cotton pad to pat it on your skin.

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Performance & Personal Opinion

My skin’s combination (dry cheeks, oily t-zone). I find Clarins Toning Lotion With Iris keeps the shine at bay for a few hours, so I don’t have to blot my face too often during the day.

If your cleanser does a crappy job at removing every last trace of dirt from your face, this toner can finish the job. That’s all well and good, but why not switch to a better cleanser instead?

The catch? Despite the addition of Aloe Vera, I didn’t find this toner particularly soothing. It also does nothing that any other toner on the market won’t do for much less money.

Overall, Clarins Toning Lotion is an average toner with a very expensive price tag. It works and does what it is supposed to do but so do lots of other toners that cost much less.

Clarins Toning Lotion with iris review

Who Is This For?

Oily-skinned women who can’t do without a toner.

Who Is This Not For?

Everyone else.


Clarins Toning Lotion With Iris is housed in a sleek green bottle. You get 200ml of product, so it’ll last you a long time.

Does Clarins Toning Lotion With Iris Lives Up To Its Claims?

A alcohol-free facial toner which works to stimulate and refresh the skin.It is alcohol-free, but I have no idea what stimulate skin means? What is it supposed to do exactly?
Offering the ultimate in gentle cleansing for oily skin, the facial toner helps to normalise surface oils and preserve the skin’s natural balance.It does help keep shine at bay for a few hours.
Enriched with purifying Iris and Sage extracts, it tones and tightens pores while gently removing every last trace of cleanser. Note that Clarins isn’t saying that Iris and Sage extracts are tightening pores. It just implies it. The only true claim here is that the toner can remove the last traces of cleanser. But then, why not use a better cleanser?
Oily skin is left clean, cleansed and perfectly radiant.It does leave skin clean.

Price & Availability

$26.00/£18.45 at Escentual and Ulta

Do You Need It?

No one needs a toner. But if you want to use one anyway, this one is pretty harmless.

Dupes & Alternatives

Have you tried Clarins Toning Lotion With Iris? Share your thoughts in the comments below.


Aqua/Water/Eau, Propanediol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, Oleth-20, Sodium Chlorid, Phenoxyethanol, Disodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Parfum/Fragrance, Sodium Citrate, Panthenol, Alpha-Glucan Oligosaccharide, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Psidium Guajava Fruit Extract, Iris Florentina Root Extract, Linalool, Benzyl Salicylate, Limonene, Hydroxycitronellal, Glucose, Benzyl Benzoate, Hexyl Cinnamal, Crataegus Monogyna Flower Extract, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Zinc Sulfate, Sorbic Acid, CI 19140/Yellow 5, CI 42090/Blue 1, Silica [V0466M]

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Dao October 14, 2010 - 5:26 pm

It is a shame the toner does not do much for you. I guess that’s why I love Japanese toners. They feel like serums and they actually have some moisturizing power. But like this toner, the Japanese ones are also very expensive.

beautifulwithbrains October 14, 2010 - 7:17 pm

Dao, I’ve never tried a Japanese toner because of the price. But if I had to buy an expensive toner I’d chose a Japanese one over this. At least that moisturizes, which is something most toners don’t really do. This one is just average and performs just like any drugstore toner.

Trisha October 14, 2010 - 6:40 pm

I think the thing that would bother me the most is the strong scent. I just don’t want me face to have a strong scent. I leave that to other products.

beautifulwithbrains October 14, 2010 - 7:18 pm

Trisha, that bothered me too but I got used to it after a while. But toners shouldn’t have such overpowering scents, I agree.

xin October 15, 2010 - 6:03 am

yeah the price is on the steep side, i usually only use cheap toner 🙂 l

beautifulwithbrains October 15, 2010 - 9:20 am

Xin, I prefer cheap toners too. The expensive ones are just as good as those so no point in spending more. 🙂

Mary October 15, 2010 - 6:39 am

Hi Gio,

I’m running out of my favourite toner (clinique) and was thinking of trying this out.. Don’t mind some scent but I’m a little averse to witch hazel so thank goodness I read this first!


beautifulwithbrains October 15, 2010 - 9:21 am

Mary, I’m glad this review helped you. I usually avoid witch hazel in my skincare products too but this one came in a set so I tried it anyway.

Roxann April 4, 2011 - 7:10 am

Thanks for the post. I was wondering if it is necessary to use the same brand of cleanser, toner, moisturiser etc? I dont and i havent had a problem, however the lady at the clarins counter (I just started using the EArly wrinkle corection serum and cream) says i mus not use so many different brands. Im confused?

beautifulwithbrains April 4, 2011 - 5:04 pm

Roxann, there’s nothing wrong in using skincare products from different skincare brands. SAs are instructed to say that to their clients only to sell more but there’s no truth in it whatsoever.


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