The toner that ever minimalist and green beauty enthusiast will love | D'Alchemy Hydrating Dew Toner Review

Friday, 3 July 2020

D'Alchemy Hydrating Dew Toner

Do you use toners in your skincare routine? I do, but some toners work better for me like a mist which I like to use during the day to keep my skin hydrated than a toner used in morning or evening routine. Meet D'Alchemy Hydrating Dew Toner - a product made by organic skincare brand from Poland.

About D'Alchemy

D'Alchemy is a young polish skincare brand. I tried to track the brand's history, but I couldn't find reviews and articles before 2018. D'Alchemy concept is easy - they mix natural ingredients with technology. It sounds simple, but it's more complicated than we can imagine. Selected components have to be certified, and they can't lose their properties in the process of making a product. You won't find here ingredients such as milk, honey, caviar, collagen and other animal-derived substances. The brand doesn't test product on the animals, which makes it suitable for vegetarians and vegans. What can you expect from D'Alchemy? Lots of natural extracts, oils, hydrosols and essential oils. I'm aware that not everyone is a fan of aromatherapy, but I'll focus on this in a 'texture & scent' part. D'Alchemy products are free from 11 substances: formaldehyde, synthetic preservatives (unless they are identical to natural ones), parabens, lanolin, paraffin, silicones, SLS/SLES, PEG/PPG, synthetic fragrance, synthetic colourants and nano-particles.

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D'Alchemy Hydrating Dew Toner - Packaging

Similar to D'Alchemy Essential Body Balm, D'Alchemy Hydrating Dew Toner has biophotonic glass packaging. Biophotonic glass makes products safer since regular glass packaging does not protect the product from oxidation. It's a common problem for Vitamin C serums - wrong packaging can make the unstable forms of Vitamin C survive a shorter amount of time. I'm not a specialist of biophotonic glass, but according to the internet, it blocks visible light, but it won't block the product from UV and Infra-Red (IR). The wavelengths that go through the packaging have positive meaning for the product. It might be hard to believe, but Biophotonics is nothing new. I didn't use this name before, but Biophotonics is a part of what I'm doing - LED therapy, Photodynamic Therapy, lasers. They all are a part of beauty treatments.

D'Alchemy Hydrating Dew Toner - Texture & Scent

It's delicate water with a floral, but fresh scent. I'm 100% sure that I can smell grapefruit here.

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D'Alchemy Hydrating Dew Toner - Ingredients

Rosa Damascena (Damask Rose) Flower Water, Propanediol, Aqua, Glycerin, Polyglyceryl-4 Laurate Sebacate, Caprylate/​Caprate*, Gluconolactone, Rosa Gallica (French Rose) Flower Extract, Trehalose, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Sodium Benzoate, Rosa Damascena (Damask Rose) Flower Oil, Hydrolyzed Algin, Calcium Gluconate, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Phytate, Citric Acid, Sorbic Acid, Zinc Sulfate, Alcohol, Citral, Citronellol, Limonene

Let's see what's inside.

Rosa Damascena (Damask Rose) Flower Water
It's a hydrosol and byproduct of rose essential oil production. I guess we can consider Bulgaria as a home of damask rose. It has a nice scent, but it can also have antimicrobial properties.

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Propanediol
It's an Ecocert approved preservative and solvent used instead of Propylene Glycol. It's derived from corn grain, and it works as a humectant.

Aqua
I feel like I don't need to introduce you to the most popular ingredient which usually you can meet at the beginning of the formulas.

Glycerin
Glycerin is one of the most popular humectants in skincare. There's a large number of myths around glycerin like it can clog your skin. It doesn't clog your pores, but too much glycerin can make a sticky layer on the skin and even make your skin dryer than before due to TEWL (Transepidermal Water Loss). Still, it's an ingredient which we want to see in formulas.

Polyglyceryl-4 Laurate Sebacate
According to D'Alchemy, it's an ingredient made out of raw materials that helps to blend the formula.

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Gluconolactone
Gluconolactone is a PHA acid. It's a delicate cousin of AHA, ideal for sensitive skin. It's a weak exfoliant, but it attracts the moisture. That's all sensitive skin needs. It helps with wrinkles and makes the skin barrier stronger. What else do we need? It's a good antioxidant which you need to try.

Rosa Gallica (French Rose) Flower Extract
Source of Vitamin C. According to D'Alchemy, it helps with moisture and capillaries.

Trehalose
Trehalose is sugar and another moisturizer in this formula.

Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Peel Oil
Another essential oil on the list. It has antibacterial and antifungal properties. It's one of the ingredients recommended to treat cellulite and stimulate circulation. We have to remember that essential oils like Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Peel Oil are phototoxic - if you plan to sunbathe then use a sunscreen while using it

Sodium Benzoate
It's a preservative, and according to D'Alchemy, it's derived from blueberries, cranberries, mushrooms, cinnamon, cloves and dairy products.

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Rosa Damascena (Damask Rose) Flower Oil
An ingredient with high value, this rose is typical for Bulgaria. Damask Rose is a source of Vitamin C, but it is used for mature skin since it works well for the elasticity of the skin.

Hydrolyzed Algin
It's a derived from Algae humectant.

Calcium Gluconate
A humectant and stabilizer with positive effects on sensitive skin.

Potassium Sorbate
It's a preservative that protects the product from microorganisms like fungi (because not every fungus is positive).

Sodium Phytate
It's an ingredient derived from rice grain. Its main task is to save ingredient properties.

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Citric Acid
D'Alchemy uses Citric Acid to balance the pH.

Sorbic Acid
It's a preservative

Zinc Sulfate
A preservative.

Alcohol
Usually, when people see Alcohol in skincare, they treat it as the worst thing that exists. The fact is that Alcohol has a positive and negative meaning for our skin. It all depends on the amount of Alcohol. One of the main reasons why companies use this ingredient in their products is better penetration of the skin, thanks to Alcohol substance gets deeper than when it's used on its own. We can't deny that Alcohol kills microorganism and bacteria. It's a long topic, but if you ever search for alcohol to sanitize your hands or makeup brushes - search of Isopropyl Alcohol in 40-70% solutions, they are more effective than 90% versions.

Citral, Citronellol and Limonene
These ingredients are perfuming ingredients.

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How does D'Alchemy Hydrating Dew Toner work?

One of the things I love the most about D'Alchemy is packaging - solid, back glass with that minimalistic and professional vibe. I swear once I open my practice I wish all products would look like that. Although this toner is targetted for mature skin, younger people will enjoy it too. It has a relaxing scent and I like to use it during the day to spray it around my face when I'm working - it's like a win-win situation because I got a scent and hydration. Still, you shouldn't expect surprises with this toner, it's not a super hydrating toner, it's a delicate mist which needs to be followed by a moisturizer if you're using it in morning or evening routine. Because it has essential oils I would recommend using it with sunscreen. According to D'Alchemy, this toner should help balance the pH, help with acne, ageing, pores and sebum production. It's hard to say if it does all that stuff, but I can't deny rose oil used in this product is one of my favourite oils for all skin types, for a long time I was using rose oil to get my skin looking healthy and I guess if it wouldn't be my problem with scents and how Korres Wild Rose Oil started to smell too heavy after formula change, I'm trying to stay away from rose oil. Somehow, D'Alchemy products are not too heavy for me and I enjoy their scents. I strongly believe that it's hard to review a toner. What I can say - I do recommend it, but I would recommend to use it during autumn or winter, even spring. For summer, it's a nice product as long as you remember about sunscreen and that goes to every product with essential oils and photosensitive ingredients.

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D'Alchemy Hydrating Dew Toner - Price & Where to get it?

D'Alchemy Hydrating Dew Toner costs 129 PLN for 100ml or if you want to pay in Euro - €37.94. You can buy products from the official website. D'Alchemy delivers all the products to Poland, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom. The free delivery starts at 149 PLN. D'Alchemy Hydrating Dew Toner in a travel version too. If you plan to visit Poland or you live in Poland, then D'Alchemy products are available at drugstore chains like Sephora, Kontigo and Super-pharm. Check D'Alchemy to find shops that carry their products in your country - there's a huge selection of places in Spain where you can find the brand.

Check other D'Alchemy reviews: D'Alchemy Essential Body Balm and D'Alchemy Natural Micro-Dermabrasion Peel


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*** This post was made in collaboration with D'Alchemy even though it still shows my personal opinion on the topic and product***

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