COSRX AHA/BHA Clarifying treatment toner review

Hey guys, 

Purchased this COSRX AHA/BHA Clarifying treatment toner because I’ve been hearing good stuff about this Korean brand so decided to check it out and I’ve been in need for a toner for a while. The last toner I tried was the 100% Pure one – check out my review here.

I purchased it off Ebay from Roseroseau who I purchase Korean branded cosmetics and skincare from if I can’t access it anywhere else/if shipping takes too long – always purchase cosmetics and skincare on Ebay with caution and at your own discretion, check where they ship from as well – I trust Roseroseau as they ship from Korea. Check out the link to the item here. (I am not sponsored or affiliated to provide links).  If you’re wary of purchasing from Ebay, there’s also Wishtrend and Ibuybeauti (I have yet to purchase from them so won’t be able to vouch for and evaluate the ease of the purchasing experience.)

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$18.64 AUD for 150ml

AHA/BHA Clarifying treatment toner is an effective toner for your flaky skin caused by lack of moisture and occurring dead skin cell, helping with early prevention of whiteheads and blackheads. 

Contained in AHA/BHA Clarifying treatment toner are mineral water(as opposed to purified water) for your skin health, natural AHA, natural BHA to clean away dead skin cell. Additionally, valid substances like allantoin provide moisture and nutrition for moist and smooth skin. 

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Mineral water, Salix Alba (Willow) bark water, Pyrus Malus (Apple) fruit water, butylene glycol, 1,2 Hexanediol, Sodium Lactate, Glycolic Acid, Water, Betaine Salicylate, Allantoin, Panthenol, Ethyl Hexanediol

  • Allantoin a compound found naturally in most animals and plants but can also be produced in laboratories, is one of the most versatile skincare ingredients that is commonly found in acne scar treatment and moisturisers.
  • Betaine Salicylate a product formed from the reaction of betaine and salicylate, has antimicrobial and chemical exfoliant properties
  • Willow bark  extract anti-inflammatory, soothing and conditioning properties
  • Glycolic Acid derived from cane sugar, it is able to penetrate into the skin easily as it has the smallest molecules, reacting with the top layer of the skin to dissolve sebum and consequently clears up pores and blackheads. The removal of dead skin and other accumulated particles allows for effective penetration of other skincare products.
  • Pyrus Malus (Apple) fruit water known for its antioxidant properties also possesses tightening and firming properties.
  • Sodium Lactate natural salt derived from lactic acid comprises of antimicrobial properties. In skincare and such products, sodium lactate acts as an exfoliant, preservative, and a pH buffering agent.

Ingredients that may cause a reaction in some users

  • Hexanediol
  • Butylene Glycol

*Click on the links above to learn more about the ingredients – all information sourced off the net. Purchase at your own discretion as all individual’s skin properties, hence reactions will differ.

Overall comments

I’ve been using this toner for just over a week now and my skin has cleared up. I had a relatively bad case of breakouts (as I rarely get breakouts) about 2 weeks ago whilst I was going through quite a fair few new makeup and skincare products. Also, I’ve used this on slightly ‘broken’ skin and the affected area hasn’t flared up or anything – that being said, that was a one off incident so I don’t recommend you to go around and go targeting wounds on the face haha.

I use it to clean my face after washing my face twice(baby wipes, then facial cleanser) after a day of makeup. I was surprised to see remnants of my foundation coming up on the cotton pad when I used the toner – it really does get a day’s worth of gunk out! In the morning in prep for skincare and makeup, I’m usually in a rush so I use the spray function to just spray it on my face after cleansing and then apply moisturiser etc over it after the toner has settled in.

What I really appreciated about the ingredients was that there was minimal ingredients , almost less than half of what common supermarket, drugstore and even some high-end brands contain. It’s important to see how concerning it is when another brand/product can achieve better if not the same results than as another brand/product that has more ingredient whose names sound like an amalgamation of every bacteria and dinosaur name possible – what are we really putting into our skin? With a smaller list of just as effective ingredients, I was able to search and learn about the ingredients in a shorter amount of time and actually know what’s going into my skin and if an irritation did arise, it’d be easier to determine which ingredient might be the root of the problem.

Whilst I could not find an official statement on their website physically confirming their stance on whether their products are cruelty free, I did a quick Google and a few interviews with Cosrx say that they are cruelty free. However, I’m planning to email them in the contact us section and enquire whether they are cruelty free and if so, I’ll be repurchasing in the future.

Thanks for reading – any advice/feedback is greatly appreciated! 



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5 thoughts on “COSRX AHA/BHA Clarifying treatment toner review

  1. I’m so happy I’ve found your blog! This is a great post and I love how much detail and information you’ve put into it. I look forward to reading more of your skincare reviews!

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    1. Thanks for your feedback and glad you liked this post! I try my best to provide as much information as possible because I believe that all customers should know what they are putting on their face!

      I post twice a week (I try and keep posts evenly spaced out, Monday and Thursday Sydney time but I may be delayed by a day or so depending on my uni and other commitments : ) more natural skincare reviews to come soon!

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