The brand Swanicoco has become more and more popular in the US, with the great Fiddy Snails blogging about the brand back in January. When Swanicoco announced a second PR campaign–dubbed Swans 2–on Instagram I eagerly applied, as I had been using their Fermentation Skincare Toner and Serum and really liking them.
I was one of the lucky people to received a PR package from Swanicoco (thank you to Kevin from Swanicoco, who was great in picking products to send!), and one of the products in it was their Swanicoco Fermentation Snail Care Skintoner. As you probably know, I love snail mucin (and you should, too!), and I really like toners for adding light layers of hydration. So, I happily grabbed the Swanicoco Fermentation Snail Care Skintoner to try first. I’ve been using the toner for about 5 weeks now and am ready to give it a full review.
As always, just because a product has been sent to me to try from the company, I promise to give you a full, honest review.
Swanicoco Fermentation Snail Care Skintoner
A lovely sturdy bottle in case you’re a bit klutzy like me!
The container is a nice, sturdy plastic bottle (120ml) with a top that clicks on, with my only negative being that you can’t see how much is left in the bottle. It’s got a nice pump that dispenses easily, although the toner does come out with some force. (The old container was a thicker glass bottle.)
This is really honest assessment of this toner, and I think it’s pretty spot-on, which I’ll get to below.
Water, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Water, Aspergillus/Rice Ferment Filtrate, Snail Secretion Filtrate, Butylene Glycol, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Glycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Panax Ginseng Callus Culture Extract, rh-Oligopeptide-1, Saccharomyces/Asparagus Cochinchinensis Root/Lycium Chinense Root/Ophiopogon Japonicus Root/Panax Ginseng Root/Poria Cocos/Rehmannia Glutinosa Root Ferment Filtrate, Bacillus/Cordyceps Sinensis/Ganoderma Lucidum/Inonotus Obliquus/Lentinus Edodes/Phellinus Linteus/Schizophyllum Commune/Tricholoma Matsutake Extract Ferment Filtrate, Saussurea Involucrata Extract, Saccharomyces/Viscum Album (Mistletoe) Ferment Extract, Lactobacillus/Soybean Ferment Extract, Saccharomyces/Imperata Cylindrica Root Ferment Extract, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Polysorbate 60, Tocopheryl Acetate, Allantoin, Ceramide 1, Carbomer, Arginine, Rosa Centifolia Flower Oil, Magnolia Kobus Bark Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Polygonum Cuspidatum Root Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Thujopsis Dolabrata BRANCH Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Leaf Extract
- Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Water: Has skin-soothing properties. It also may be effective in evening skin tone. It is ideal for sensitive or red/irritated skin.
- Aspergillus/Rice Ferment Filtrate: this helps to soften and brighten skin
- Snail Secretion Filtrate: snail is soothing, can help heal the skin, and also make your skin smoother. It’s one of my favorite skincare ingredients.
- Sodium Hyaluronate: the version of hyaluronic acid that has smaller molecules that allows it to absorb into the skin more easily; hyaluronic acid is a humectant that can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water.
- Centella Asiatica Extract: Contains antioxidants and is soothing to the skin.
Overall, Swanicoco is a brand that prides itself on using natural ingredients in their skincare; you can see all of the natural, botanical extracts in the list above. Moreover, because the brand avoids common irritants like alcohol, dyes, and artificial fragrances, their products are hypoallergenic and very mild.
Swanicoco also uses a ton of fermented ingredients–they make up 80% of their products–as seen above because the fermentation process makes the particles smaller so that they can be more easily absorbed into the skin.
The (Personal) Evidence
As I’ve said before when reviewing toners, I look for them to hydrate, absorb quickly, dry without tackiness, and layer well with other products. Anything more is just icing on the cake.
The Swanicoco Fermentation Snail Care Skintoner is a white, cloudy, viscous liquid that I have been applying as my first toner. (I often use several different toners at a time.)
The toner smells of fresh roses–the scent is very real, not artificial–and absorbs nicely. I often apply several layers of this toner, with the layers absorbing rather quickly and there is no tackiness. For those of you who dislike the mucus-y feel of snail mucin, this toner would be a great way for you to get some of the benefits without the snail-y consistency.
The toner feels soothing going on, and my cheeks feel nice and plump after several layers. My skin also feels softer after several layers of this. In terms of hydration, this isn’t what I think of as a heavy-hitting toner, and this wouldn’t be enough for my skin in the winter, although, to be fair, few toners are. However, it pairs quite nicely with my other toners, as well as all of my other skincare products. I can see this being a lovely toner for the summer.
My skin happens to love fermented ingredients, so since incorporating Swanicoco products into my routine, (both pr products and ones I’ve purchased myself) my skin has looked better and better. I have actually gotten a number of compliments in the past few weeks about my skin “glowing”!
I find myself agreeing with the w2beauty description as I was mulling over my thoughts on this toner. I think that at its price point–around $15, or less when on sale–this is a great toner. It’s very basic in its function to hydrate and soothe, and it does both of those things quite well. This is a really nice basic toner that does exactly what it claims to do.
Overall, I would recommend this toner to people with sensitive skin, people who are on a budget, and people who want to add in light, hydrating layers.
So, will I buy this product again?
- Did you not read the review? Yes, of course. I will spend all of my money on this product!
- Yes. I enjoy this product enough to purchase again in the future, especially if it’s on sale.
- Meh. Maybe. I mean, I bet there are other, better things out there. I’d use it if someone gave it to me.
- No. I won’t use this again and will probably bad-mouth it to others.
- Hahahahaha. Nope. Noooooooope. Not even if you paid me.
The Verdict: Yes. I enjoy this product enough to purchase again in the future, especially if it’s on sale.
The great thing about this toner is that it’s extremely affordable, even at full price!
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