This is a toner that I picked up for the sake of buying something one day while I was waiting for my fiance to pick up pit stick.  I have a bad habit of making spontaneous purchases, especially when I’m stressed; this toner was one of those impulse buys.   Luckily, I’ve become more mindful of my feelings so that I can take measures to combat the urge to impulse buy.  I’ve also started living on a cash budget, which has made life easier but more difficult at the same time.  It’s certainly easier to keep track of money and stay on budget each month, but I have to make extra trips to the bank every  month to get all the cash I need; it’s just so much more convenient to use a credit card.

In retrospect, I remember the Sephora lady trying to ask me about my skin concerns and telling me it was good for dry skin. When I got home it promptly went to the bowels of my skin care stash and didn’t return—until now.

Product information:

From the Dior website:

Simultaneously fluid and enveloping, this infinitely gentle lotion must be delicately applied to avoid any irritation from rubbing. It leaves skin fresh, moisturized, smooth and even. Rich in hydrating molecules, it maintains skin comfort and thus optimizes your subsequent skincare ritual. The lotion rids the skin of the last traces of makeup remover while evoking a delightful feeling of freshness and cleanliness.

Dior Gentle Toning Lotion with Velvet Peony Extract

The pH of this toner is about 4.5.



Dior Gentle Toning Lotion with Velvet Peony Extract

Water, Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract, Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glycerin, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol, Butylene Glycol, Tetrasodium EDTA, BHT

The CosDNA analysis of the ingredient list can be found here.

Ingredient Spotlight

Peony Root Extract:  This plant extract is an antioxidant and may help reduce skin hyperpigmentation.

Hyaluronic Acid:  A potent humectant that attracts and holds water.  For more in depth information about hyaluronic acid, check out my post here.


This Dior toner comes in a clear pink plastic bottle with a heavy white plastic cap. It has a simple opening in the bottle that dispenses product. I typically wet a cotton puff and swipe the toner across my face immediately after cleansing.  It has a floral scent, presumably peony.

Dior Gentle Toning Lotion with Velvet Peony Extract

I have been using this toner for more than four weeks and I have not had any adverse reaction to it. It has a nice fragrance, and it feels very cool and fresh across my skin after cleansing.  Although this toner contains peony root extract, I did not notice and brightening effects or reduction in post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.  This toner is not advertised as having a brightening effect, but since peony root extract is the second ingredient I figured I should comment on it.

Dior states the benefits of this toner as follows:

The Gentle toning lotion rids the skin of the last traces of makeup remover while evoking a delightful feeling of freshness and cleanliness. The skin is fresh, smooth and even.

I usually use a separate makeup remover before cleansing, so my face is usually devoid of makeup before I start my skin care routine.  On days where I missed some makeup, however, it did come off on the cotton puff with this toner (especially eye makeup).  Since, as above, this toner is supposed to get rid of the last bits of makeup, it certainly functions well in that regard.


All in all, this toner is adequate.   It essentially does what it says it will do (remove last traces of makeup, make skin feel soft), but I found I just wanted more.  If I’m going to have an entire step in my routine dedicated to toning, I want my toner to do more than just remove makeup and refresh.  I want it to brighten and help repair my skin’s barrier; I want it to moisturize and have anti-aging properties; I want to see long term benefit from its use.   Unfortunately, I’m not getting that from this toner so I will not be repurchasing.


  • Leaves skin soft
  • Antioxidants and moisture retaining ingredients suitable for dry skin
  • No brightening or reduction in postinflammatory hyperpigmentation
  • Added fragrance, may not be suitable for sensitive skin
  • Expensive

Score: 3.5/5 

Where to buy: Sephora



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Edited November 19, 2015 for formatting