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Marigold Face Toner

I normally don't use face toners. There are two reasons for this. Many are alcohol based and dry out my already dry skin and I no longer work in the big city where there is a lot of dirty air circulating.

From time to time I revisit the idea of using toner and recently gave the alcohol-free Marigold Face Toner from Ziaja a try. This very mild toner lists Calendula officinalis flower extract as the third ingredient on the product label. As with most skin care products, water of course is the primary ingredient.

Calendula or pot marigold (not to be confused with garden variety marigolds) is very beneficial for skin. When applied topically, it increases blood flow and promotes collagen production. Calendula also has anti-inflammatory properties that make it ideal for use on sensitive skin.

After cleansing my face with Natural Cleansing Clay Soap, I poured a small amount of the Marigold Face Toner (which smells wonderful) onto a couple of cotton balls and applied it to my face and neck using a circular motion. As the toner dried (no alcohol means the toner takes longer to dry) I noticed my skin did not feel tight the way it normally does after applying toner. In fact, my skin felt smooth. All in all I was very pleased with this product.

Since the focus at Marigold Lane is on a "green" lifestyle and using natural and organic products, I need to say a few things about the ingredients in the Marigold Face Toner. It contains the usual list of ingredients found in many skin care products including some that may be synthetically derived such as fragrance.

On the plus side (and this is a very big plus) the Marigold Face Toner does not contain any of the parabens--synthetic preservatives that are known endocrine disruptors--all too common in skin care products today. According to one chemist I spoke with in the cosmetic industry, fragrance accounts for a tiny percentage of the product. Still, it may be too much for some.

Ziaja has recently introduced a line of skin care products made with goat's milk. Here's what I thought about the Goat's Milk Face Cream.

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