While Simple Kind To Skin Soothing Facial Toner used to be my go-to toner, I've recently discovered a cleaner alternative that is also affordable - Thayer's Alcohol-Free Rose Petal Witch Hazel Toner! I purchased it for S$15.90 for 355ml at NaturaWorks. This works out to S$0.044 per ml for Thayer's as compared to S$0.035 per ml for Simple. It is really affordable in the US (US$8 on Drugstore.com) but it costs a bit more in Singapore. After using it for more than a month, I conclude that I like Thayer's more than Simple!
The witch hazel really freshens up my skin. It really helps to smooth my skin and makes my pores look smaller. It also helps remove any remaining dead skin cells - I can see it on the cotton pad after I wipe my face. I also mix it with tea tree oil to make a blemish treatment base. Basically I do all the same things with this as Simple Toner - and I find Thayer's more effective on my oily skin. The aloe vera base also makes it soothing - it helps calm down angry blemishes. I have also used Thayer's on wounds and itchy mosquito bites - it cools and takes away the sting. Looking at the ingredients below, it's all natural.
Ingredients: Purified Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Certified Organic Filet Of Aloe Vera), Glycerin (Vegetable), Fragrance (Natural Rose), Hamamelis Virginiana Extract (made from Certified Organic Witch Hazel), Rosa Centifolia (Rose) Flower Water, Citric Acid, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract.
Now for the (slightly) bad - I've read reviews where people love the rosewater scent, but I didn't really enjoy it that much. However, after a month of use, I've gotten used to it and it doesn't really bother me. I think it's just me; I've never really liked the scent of rosewater. Other than this rosewater toner, Thayer's also produces an unscented version (no rosewater), a lavender one (with lavender water in place of rosewater) and a cucumber one (with cucumber fruit extract in place of rosewater). I'm definitely getting them to try soon!
In conclusion - this is an affordable, natural toner that really helps to prep and freshen, and is best for normal to oily skin types. This, and the Simple Toner, are the only 2 toners right now that I would repurchase over and over again. But right now, in my bid to overhaul my beauty routine with cleaner and greener products - Thayer's is my preference.