Klairs toners — whether you choose the original Klairs Supple Preparation Facial Toner or Klairs Supple Preparation Unscented Toner — deliver deep hydration and prepare your skin for the rest of your skincare routine for smoother, softer, more youthful skin.
Klairs Supple Preparation Facial Toner is part of the brand’s Supple Preparation Line, which focuses on cleansing and hydrating the skin.
This facial toner is a rock star in the toner world — it has achieved cult and holy grail status, has won dozens of beauty awards, and has sold 1 million bottles by 2019.
It contained essential oils though.
And while these essential oils provided the skin with healing and skin boosting benefits, it also came with a natural fragrance. That, and some of the natural oils caused reactions to very sensitive skin types.
So Klairs decided to come out with the Supple Preparation Unscented Toner, stripped of all essential oils but still packed with the same powerhouse ingredients.
I’ve tried both products and as you will see, they’re both amazing additions to your skin care regimen.
Which Klairs toner is better?
Klairs toner — original or unscented:
- Delivers deep hydration and skin rejuvenation
- Has calming and soothing effects
- Balances skin’s natural pH levels after cleansing
- Spreads well and absorbs fast
- Enhances the effectiveness of serums and creams that come after it
- Is good for oily skin, acne-prone skin, dry-skin and sensitive skin
- And is non irritating and non comedogenic
Klairs has made it clear that the only difference between the two toners is that the unscented version has no essential oils in it, as an option for folks who prefer unscented products and who have very sensitive skin that might have a reaction to natural oils.
So it’s really not a question of which Klairs toner is better. It’s more a question of which Klairs toner you prefer.
Klairs toner ingredients
In terms of ingredients, you can see that the only difference is the removal of the essential oils. Everything else is the same.
Supple Preparation Facial Toner Ingredients
Water, Butylene Glycol, Dimethyl Sulfone, Betaine, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Natto Gum, Sodium Hyaluronate, Disodium EDTA, Centella Asiatica Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Polyquaternium-51, Chlorphenesin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Carbomer, Panthenol, Arginine, Luffa Cylindrica Fruit/Leaf/Stem Extract, Beta-Glucan, Althaea Rosea Flower Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Lysine HCL, Proline, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Acetyl Methionine, Theanine, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil, Linalool, Limonene (Citrus Peel Extracts), Copper Tripeptide-1 (source)
Supple Preparation Unscented Toner Ingredients
Water, Butylene Glycol, Dimethyl Sulfone, Betaine, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Natto Gum, Sodium Hyaluronate, Disodium EDTA, Centella Asiatica Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Polyquaternium-51, Chlorphenesin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Carbomer, Panthenol, Arginine, Luffa Cylindrica Fruit/Leaf/Stem Extract, Beta-Glucan, Althaea Rosea Flower Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Portulaca, Oleracea Extract, Lysine HCL, Proline, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Acetyl Methionine, Theanine, Copper Tripeptide-1 (source)
Other things to know
- Packaging. Both toners are available in 180-ml plastic bottles and 30-ml miniatures.
- Scent. The original formulation has a very strong, floral scent. It sticks around after application, but not for very long.
- Colour. Both Klairs toners come out and apply clear.
- Texture and Consistency. They’re also richer and thicker than other toners I’ve tried. It’s not watery at all but almost gel-like. The toners are very spreadable and a little goes a long way.
- Skin type. Klairs toner is suitable for all skin types. It provides hydration to dry skin, soothing and calming effects to sensitive skin, and is lightweight enough to use on oily skin.
How and when to use Dear Klairs toner
I’ve tried both toners in my morning and evening routine, after cleansing.
I apply a few drops on my palm and use my hands to spread the product on my face and neck. I then gently dab and pat it on my skin, to help with absorption. You can also use a cotton pad.
Klairs recommends multiple application on very dry areas, though I’ve never found the need to (I have combination skin).
According to Wishtrend, you can also use this toner:
- If you’re doing the 7 skin method, or applying 7 layers of toner in your skincare routine to maximize its moisturizing effects. Klairs toner is perfect to use because it’s lightweight and absorbs fast.
- As a sheet mask. Simply saturate 4-5 pieces of cotton pads with the product and apply them to parts of your face that needs TLC, like the cheeks, forehead and chin.
- As a hydrating facial mist. Transfer some of the toner in a small spray bottle that you can carry around with you for hydration on the go.
What I like about Klairs toner
- Lightweight. Even though the formulation is thicker than usual, it’s surprisingly lightweight once applied. And it absorbs fast with no sticky or greasy feeling after.
- Soft and smooth. My skin immediately feels soft, smooth and supple after application. And it stays smooth all day when used in my morning routine, and throughout the night when used in the evening.
- All-season. I’ve also used these products on cold, dry days as well as warm, humid days. My skin stayed perfectly hydrated on both occasions.
- Gentle. I love how gentle both toners are. And I usually stay away from products with essential oils but I haven’t had a bad reaction to the Supple Preparation Facial Toner.
What I don’t like about it
There’s really nothing I don’t like about these products.
As someone who prefers unscented products, I do find the fragrance in the original formula cloying but I know a lot of people love the natural fragrance.
And I’m glad I have the Supple Preparation Unscented Toner as an option.
Do I recommend this product?
In a rating scale of 1 to 5 — 5 being awesome — these products are a 5 for me.
Toners have gone a long way since our teenage years when they were packed with alcohol and were very harsh and drying. These days, toners are gentle, hydrating and preps our skin for the rest of our skincare routine.
I find that Klairs toners are special though. I love the thicker texture with the lightweight application.
And I appreciate that the company listened to its customers and created a fragrance-free version.
I’ve been using these toners for several months now and my skin feels and looks healthier and more youthful. I can’t attribute that 100% to toners because I do use other skincare products in my routine but there’s definitely a marked difference since I started using them.
I really can’t recommend them enough, whether you have dry, combination skin or sensitive skin like me. They’re awesome additions to your skincare regimen.
I personally don’t notice a difference between the two formulations apart from the fragrance so it’s really a matter of preference. Try them out!
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As always, remember that every person’s skin and skin type is different so what might work for me might not work for you, and vice versa.
So before trying a new product, it pays to do a little bit of research first. Pay special attention to ingredients that you might have a reaction to.
And doing a patch-test is always a good idea. Unsure? Best to consult your dermatologist.
Happy skin experimenting! Practice good skincare habits always.
Have you tried Klairs Supple Preparation Toner or Klairs Unscented Toner? How do you like them? Will you recommend them? Would love to hear from you in the comments section below!