liz earle instant boost skin tonic review

I don’t use a toner. But if I did, Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic would be my top choice. Why?

For starters, it’s alcohol-free. Let’s be honest here: most toners contain alcohol, more alcohol and nothing but alcohol. In those high amounts, alcohol is terribly drying and irritating for your skin. Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic doesn’t have a drop of it. Phew!

Instead, it’s loaded with soothing ingredients that can calm down redness, soothe irritations and keep wrinkles at bay. Here’s how:

What’s In Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic?


Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic is loaded to the brim with anti-inflammatory ingredients that soothe redness and irritations. Here are the highlights:

There are more, but they all do the same thing, so I won’t bore you with them. Suffice it is to say, the toner’s got what it takes to soothe irritated skin.

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Glycerin is everywhere, isn’t it?

The reason’s simple: glycerin is a moisture magnet. In plain English, glycerin attracts moisture from the air and drops it into the skin.

Your skin uses the extra moisture to become softer, suppler and brighter.

P.S. Aloe Vera and cucumber – two of the skin-soothers in Liz Earle Instant Boost Tonic, do the same thing. No wonder this toner is super hydrating!

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Here’s where things get tricky. Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic IS loaded with anti-inflammatory ingredients that reduce redness and irritation.

But its heavenly floral scent – a mixture of rose-scented geranium, lavender and sweet orange – can cause irritation in the first place!

As a rule, anything that smells good (especially essential oils) have the potential to irritate sensitive skin.

It’s not all bad. If your skin doesn’t react badly to these essential oils, they won’t do too much damage. Aloe & co will reduce the risk of irritations, too.

But why add an irritating scent to a soothing toner in the first place? Makes no sense.

Related: Is Fragrance In Skincare Bad For Skin?


Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic has a lightweight, slightly-thicker-than-water texture that feels slightly tacky on the skin (thanks, aloe vera!). Luckily, that doesn’t last long. In under a minute, your skin absorbs it all, leaving no residue behind.


Its scent is as heavenly as Liz Earle promises: it’s fresh and floral without being sweet and overpowering. But I still wish it weren’t here…

review liz earle instant boost skin tonic

How To Use It

Morning and night, just after cleansing.

Performance & Personal Opinion

Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic toner provides a refreshing feeling and removes any traces of makeup that may be left behind by your cleanser – just like any other toner does.

Plus, it soothes and moisturizes skin, leaving it softer and a little suppler. I didn’t notice any major changes in my skin, but then mine isn’t sensitive. It’s rare when something irritates it.

In winter, it provides that little extra boost of moisture my skin craves, while in summer it imparts a refreshing feeling that’s more than welcome on a torrid day.

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Who Is This For?

Dry skin that needs the extra bit of moisture.

Who Is This NOT For?

Sensitive skin. The fragrance may irritate your skin.


Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic comes in 3 formats:

  • 200ml bottle
  • 200ml spritzer
  • 50ml bottle

One ward of warning: the bottle has a twist-up applicator that releases too much product every time you use it. If you’re curious to try it, go for the spritzer container instead.

Does Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic Live Up To Its Claims?

Refresh, soothe and brighten the appearance of skin with this heavenly floral-scented, non-drying toner. Yes – for most people. It can irritate (not soothe!) sensitive skin.
Gentle and alcohol-free, it provides an instant boost of hydration to leave skin radiantly healthy-looking.   Yes.

Price & Availability

£ 16.00 at Feel Unique and John Lewis

Do You Need It?

I wouldn’t call Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic a must – you can certainly do without it. But if you’re looking for a toner with benefits and don’t have sensitive skin that can’t tolerate essential oils, this’ll do.

Dupes & Alternatives

Have you tried Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic? Share your thoughts in the comments below.


Aqua (water), Aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice, Glycerin, PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil, Tocopherol (vitamin E), Cucumis sativus (cucumber) fruit extract, Anthemis nobilis (chamomile) flower extract, Calendula officinalis (calendula) flower extract, Humulus lupulus (hops) extract, Phenoxyethanol, Panthenol, Allantoin, Parfum (fragrance), Benzoic acid, Tocopheryl acetate, Dehydroacetic acid, Sodium hydroxide, Ethylhexylglycerin, Linalool, Limonene, Citronellol, Geraniol, Coumarin, Citric acid, Potassium sorbate.