Sunday, 23 June 2013

Paula's Choice Earth Sourced Perfectly Natural Refreshing Toner

Background info

Paula's Choice has been created by Paula Beguon also known as the Cosmetic Cop and cosmetic expert. Paula Beguon and her team review products from other brands and have their own brand Paula's Choice. Last year Paula's Choice released the Earth Sourced collection - a skin care system that claims to contain only natural ingredients with research proving they have superior benefit for skin. Paula believes that natural doesn't mean better, but it doesn't mean all natural-derived ingredients are bad and believes that there are both good and bad natural and synthetic ingredients. With the understanding that not all of Paula's products will suit everyones needs she created the Earth Sourced lines appealing to people like me who want natural products. Earth Sourced is for those who want to use natural derived products that are carefully formulated to be effective without causing irritation to the skin. 
The Earth Source line currently consists of three products, a cleanser, toner and a moisturiser. Earth Sourced products are 98% to 99% natural.

Product description

What makes this product unique?

Earth Sourced Purely Natural Refreshing Toner has a distinctive, liqua-gel formula bursting with antioxidants proven to repair skin and stimulate collagen production. It instantly replenishes, restores, and soothes your skin leaving it silky-smooth with a healthy, youthful glow.
This formula is based on a specialized, proprietary technology that truly captures the best of nature fused with science. Because of this technology, this toner stands alone for repairing and rejuvenating skin. Using this toner drenches your skin with antioxidants, preparing it for the next step in your skin care routine.
Contains no animal-derived ingredients of any kind.

Who is this product for?

Earth Sourced Purely Natural Refreshing Toner from Paula's Choice works brilliantly for all skin types. It is specially formulated for those who prefer skin-care products made from natural ingredients that are proven safe and effective.

Watch the product video for more information.


The Packaging is 100% recyclable and comes in a green plastic container (which can be seen in the picture above).

Application and texture

After cleansing, apply to a cotton pad and gently stroke over face and neck. Do not rinse. Follow with Earth Sourced Antioxidant-Enriched Natural Moisturizer. During the day, finish with any other Paula’s Choice products appropriate for your skin type and concerns. (

This toner has more of watery gel like texture than a water based toner. It almost feels like a gel serum. I personally don't like using it with a cotton pad as it feels like a waste of product, instead I dispense some of the toner into the palm of my hand and apply all over my face, neck and eye area and use this as a serum and then apply the rest of my routine. Should I want to remove any traces of makeup, only then will I apply it to a cotton pad and sweep over the face - but really a well formulated cleanser should remove all traces of makeup. This toner feels extremely hydrating and cooling to the skin, this makes an excellent aftershave and it is extremely soothing.

Ingredients list

Aqua, Glycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate (natural skin-repairing ingredients), Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract (natural soothing agent), Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract (natural antioxidants), Avena Sativa (Oat Bran) Extract (natural soothing agent), Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract, Sambucus Nigra (Black Elderberry) Fruit Extract, Peucedanum Graveolens (Dill) Extract, Lycium Barbarum Fruit Extract (natural antioxidants), Hydrogenated Lecithin (natural cell-communicating ingredient), Tocopherol (pure vitamin E/antioxidant), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil (plant-based emollients), Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Vaccinium Myrtillus (Bilberry) Seed Oil (natural antioxidants), Arginine, Glycine, Alanine, Serine, Valine, Proline, Threonine, Isoleucine, Histidine, Phenylalanine, Aspartic Acid (natural amino acids/water-binding agents), Sodium PCA (natural skin-repairing ingredient), Sodium Lactate (natural skin-conditioning agent), PCA (synthetic skin-repairing ingredient), Xanthan Gum (natural thickener), Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate (natural preservative), Benzyl Alcohol (solvent), Phenoxyethanol (synthetic preservative).


Shelf Life

12 months once opened.

Results and review

I love using toners but usually they contain high amounts of alcohol which is really bad for the skin. This toner is alcohol free and is unlike any toner I've tried as it feels more like a watery gel.
This toner is packed full of impressive anti ageing natural ingredients which are gentle but powerful. My skin feels so refreshed and plumped after using this. I love the fact it contains anti ageing Sodium Hyaluronate, Green Tea extract, Pomegranate extract, Dill extract, Goji Berry extract, cranberry seed oil, and many more antioxidants and cell communicating ingredients.
The only downfall is that it's not in airless packaging to help keep the antioxidants stable. I actually transferred this into an airless dispenser to prevent the breakdown of the antioxidants.
The formulation of this toner is absolutely perfect, it feels extremely comforting and hydrating. If you suffer from redness or inflamed skin this toner will help to reduce any inflammation as it has many ingredients with healing properties. This helps to calm down my skin after shaving and my skin feels more plump after using it. I cannot believe this toner has Hyaluronic Acid so high up the ingredient list (being the third ingredient) which is very rare, usually this expensive ingredient is used at much lower concentrations. I think it's the Hyaluronic Acid in the toner that has the plumping effect. I really notice a difference if I skip this toner as my skin just feels so much more hydrated when I use it.
Paula does not fragrance her products with essential oils as she believes that fragrance is only for the nose as it may cause irritation to the skin. Therefore all Paula Choice's products are fragrance free. Although this product is fragrance free it has a very small underlying hint of sweet almond oil. I think this product  and the Earth Sourced line would be perfect for those that want effective natural products and who also have irritations to fragranced products.
So after using this I am so impressed with this toner, it is definitely a repurchase for me. I've seen many toners from other brands that are incredibly basic for a lot more money. I am a huge fan of this toner and I think to date this is the best toner I've ever used, I love, love, love it!

I have rated this toner 5/5 stars due to it's effectiveness. I've never come across such a anti ageing and refreshing toner.

HGB Rating

 5/5 Perfect!


$16.95 / £19.25 for 148ml


-98% natural
-Fragrance free
-Alcohol free
-Reduces inflammation
-Excellent for sensitive skin types
-Free from irritating natural ingredients
-Hydrating and moisturising
-Cooling and refreshing feel
-Suitable for all skin types
-Good price


-Not in airless packaging
-Not 100% natural
-Not organic



In the UK Paula's Choice products are shipped from the companies warehouse in the Netherlands and usually takes 3 working days for shipping.



  1. I think same reseach and application done by loreal's shampoo and conditioner's product since they both includes arginine as an ingredient. Reading about this arginine gives me idea how good arginine really is for us since it contains nitric oxide that promote a good blood flow and may also help proper distribution of nutrients.

  2. Hi Hanna,

    Thanks for that info on arginine that's very interesting. Like I said in my review this has some amazing ingredients and contains of the best list of ingredients I've ever come across.

    Many kind regards,

    Danny x


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