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Esse Toner +

Esse Toner +
Esse Toner +
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  • 100ml
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Toner + is part of Esse’s new BIOME range, made with probiotics to nourish and balance your skin’s microbial ecosystem. Using this toner daily will leave your skin smoother, firmer and younger-looking, by maintaining the delicate balance of this complex ecosystem. This innovative product is more than just a simple toner; it improves your skin’s barrier function and immune system, using Esse BIOME’s prebiotic and probiotic technology*. Toner +, with a hint of neroli and vanilla, Toner + smells as good as it feels!

Our strict ingredient policy means that you can always shop according to your values. Every item on FtN is checked to be better for the environment, socially responsible, good for you and free from toxic ingredients.

Toner + is certified organic, vegan and cruelty-free (Esse is accredited by Beauty Without Cruelty).

Benefits of Toner +:

  • Boosts moisture levels in your skin, giving you a smoother, younger-looking complexion
  • Reduces inflammation and redness
  • Firms and tones the skin, and slows down the signs of ageing  

The idea of a facial toner containing bacteria might sound strange – after all, we clean our skin to get rid of bacteria! But of course, not all bacteria are harmful; many are beneficial, and necessary for our wellbeing. Toner Plus is formulated to help these beneficial microbes thrive.

How Does Toner + Work?

  • Improves the skin’s barrier function
  • Tightens the junctions between skin cells
  • Improves the skin’s immune system with probiotics
  • Boosts the population of your skin’s beneficial bacteria with prebiotics

Balancing the “ecosystem” of your skin:

There are two types of bacteria which work to promote the skin cells’ production of defensin, a substance that helps to regulate the skin’s microbial population. These beneficial bacteria (namely Lactobacillus casei and Lactobacillus acidophilus) are found naturally on your skin’s surface; but using products with antimicrobial agents and synthetic preservatives will decrease their levels dramatically. The lactobacillus in Toner Plus helps to get things back in balance again.

Did You Know? By early childhood, the human body is an ecosystem that includes 10 bacteria for every cell. So that means we carry more bacteria than actual cells – wow!

Eczema and bacteria imbalance:

Eczema-prone skin typically has a microbial imbalance, with a dominance of bacteria known as Staphylococcus aureus. The skin needs a more balanced microbial ecosystem, richer in beneficial bacteria, to keep it healthy and robust.

*The result of over 5 years’ intense scientific research into the relationship between skin and the microbes that live on its surface.


  • Spritz Toner Plus onto cleansed skin. Spread lightly over your face and neck with clean fingertips. Apply a natural moisturiser.
  • Use Toner Plus twice daily; you should start to see results after 2 weeks.
  • If you have eczema, apply Esse Repair Oil to the affected area before using Toner Plus.

Please Note:

All Esse products are balanced at an acid pH, which is compatible with your skin. For best results, use Toner Plus only with other Esse products (cleanser, moisturiser etc). Mixing it with other brands is not recommended.  


Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) leaf extract*, Inulin*, Adansonia digitata (Baobab) fruit extract*, alpha-glucan oligosaccharide, polymnia sonchifolia root juice, Maltodextrin, Lactobacillus, Citrus aurantium (Neroli) flower oil*, Sodium Citrate, Salicylic Acid, Lactic Acid, Levulinic Acid, Sodium Levulinate, Glycerin, aqua (water), Glyceryl Caprylate, Vanilla planifolia extract, Geraniol***, Citral***, Linalool***, Limonene***, Citronellol***  
*Ingredients from organic farming
**Made from organic ingredients
***Component of natural essential oils

Contains low levels of these natural preservatives: Lactic Acid, Levulinic Acid, Sodium Levulinate, Salicylic Acid, Glyceryl Caprylate

Please Note: The Ascorbyl Palmitate that may be used in this Esse product is a derivative of Ascorbic acid and Palmitic acid - the Palmitic acid is isolated from either coconut, rape seed or Palm Oil. Esse have insured to use a supplier that has RSPO certification for times where Palm Oil is used in their products.

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Overall Rating
4.7 out of 5 stars from 19 reviews

17 out of 19 people would recommend this product

17/05/2021, By Mariska
I absolutely love the story behind Esse, the way each product is formulated with your skin's natural state in mind is an absolute wonder. When I use this toner my skin feels refreshed and properly prepped to soak up the products to follow.
06/03/2021, By Lynne
Absolutely love this product! Soaks into skin and has a lovely smell.
30/09/2020, By Rachelle
Love this product. Recently went off the pill and my skin was acting up from my hormones going crazy. Read up on imbalanced hormones causing an imbalance in the skin microbiome and found this product. I use it twice a day as directed and even after a week my skin had noticable changes. The only thing is the price of the product. I don't know if I would repurchase based on the price as the price is equivalent to a salon product.
23/06/2020, By Faf
Wasn't the biggest fan of this product. After you spray it on your face feels super tight and it's not the greatest feeling. A positive is that it smells really good and the toner lasts a really long time. This in conjunction with hyaluronic serum did help to manage my oily skin though.
30/05/2020, By Dominique
I love this product!
19/05/2020, By Natalie
I love this product, have been using Esse for years!
02/03/2020, By Anzet
I didn't use toner before this and only got it for the probiotic benefits.

I recently stopped wearing foundation, which changed my skin completely, but I was still getting irritations and minor breakouts.

This stopped when I started using this toner - I barely get breakouts, and when I do, they're very isolated and my skin isn't red and irritated. They also clear very fast. I have just started using it on other parts of my skin that tend to get irritated.

It also smells lovely. My only minor critique would be that the mist sprays quite wide, so I always feel like I'm wasting about 20% of each spray.

I use it in the morning (after washing my face with water) and evening (after using the Esse gel cleanser). I use the Esse light moisturizer. I don't wear foundation.
25/02/2020, By Sasha Anderson
Esse Toner + proving not all toners are made equal. The spray component is so convenient, refreshing and smells gorgeous. Leaves skin feeling calm and balanced. Another Plus - lasts ages!
10/12/2019, By Jess
I absolutely love this. The nozzle gives you a beautiful mist and I use it before serum and after serum before a moisturiser. It also has an slight minty smell which I like. Does not cause a burn sensation on my skin.
07/12/2019, By Jessica
Remember to shake before use. Great way to help distribute products on skin
01/02/2019, By Carla
I used Esse products long ago and it was amazing. Excited that I started using it again.
10/09/2018, By Este-mari
I’m sold on the use of probiotics in skin care! But this tones does make my skin feel a bit tight...
05/09/2018, By stace
love all the esse products, I have extremely dry skin, this toner is incredible
17/07/2018, By Kevin
A bit expensive at first, but the bottle last a long time as I only use a maximum of 5 squirts at night. Face feels a bit tight after I sprayed it on. I use it at night, before applying Esse hydro moisturiser. I really do believe the probiotics helps with balancing the skin. I have been using the Esse Sensitive Serum and it also works wonders. Although I prefer the toner as it is less oily on my skin (and a bit less expensive).
07/07/2018, By Carmen
Please ignore previous review, mixed up products... Love the toner. Will last you a long time! Lets my skin feel refreshed.
07/07/2018, By Carmen
Smells nice, feels great on my skin, but way too expensive for such a small bottle.
25/09/2017, By Liz
One of my favorite products - it makes my skin feel soft, smooth and hydrated. This product has helped alleviate my skin sensitivity and is an excellent and mild formulation of acids. The best way to use it, I find is to squirt into my hand and pat onto skin.
06/10/2016, By Valenté
A soft natural fresh fragrance.
I love this toner. Leaves my skin feeling healthy.
21/09/2015, By Debbie
I love the fresh feel on my skin after spritzing with Biome toner. Less wasteful than the cottonwool pad route!

Please Note:

Faithful to Nature is an online retail store, specialising in a wide selection of natural supplements, vitamins, superfoods and health-related products. Our green team is all about helping you unlock your full potential to live a healthy life; however we are not medical professionals. Please do consult your health care practitioner when seeking medical advice. Some products may be manufactured in a factory that also produce gluten, nuts and dairy products.

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