Review: COSRX AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner

Finally, here is my review on the famous COSRX AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner. I’ve read so many reviews about it that I knew I had to try it! I loved my Klairs Supple Preparation Toner, but since I emptied it quite quickly there was time for a new product to try.

COSRX AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner

COSRX is a affordable Korean brand “offering good quality beauty items for 10 years”. The brand name is composed of COS for cosmetics and RX for prescription. Brand like Ciracle and C20 (yes, the famous vitamin C serum) are also part of COSRX. One of the rather popular skincare lines from COSRX are the AHA/BHA skincare products. I’ve also bought the COSRX BHA Summer Pore Minish Serum and the COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patch.

COSRX AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner

The COSRX AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner is an astringent toner with exfoliating properties, which prevents whiteheads, blackheads and blemishes. The toner is thereby not only addressing troubled skintypes, but also dry skintypes promising hydration and exfoliation in order to fight flaking skin. The toner comes in a typical packaging for COSRX products. The packaging design is simple: the toner comes in a milky plastic bottle inside a cardboard box. the cardboard box contains very clear descriptions in English and Korean. I really appreciate the list of advices they put in English!

COSRX AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner

The ingredient list for the COSRX AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner is quite short and all the ingredients are listed on COSDNA and are safe to use (click >>here<<). The toner contains willow bark water and apple fruit water as main ingredients. Both have a concentration of 10%. The willow bark water has astringent and anti-inflammatory properties, so it is really a useful ingredient. Apple fruit water on the other hand only has fragnance properties. It would have been great if there had been 10% of apple fruit extract instead of water, because the extract has skin conditioning properties! Glycolic acid (an AHA) and Betaine Salicyate (a BHA) are the two ingredients which are giving the name to this product. BHAs and AHAs are chemical exfoliators, which work their wonders in low pH. But, these two ingredients are only in a 0.1 % concentration each, so the exfoliating effect is not comparable to high concentration BHA/AHA products.

COSRX AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner

As you can see above the concentration of the AHA and BHA is written on the label of the bottle. The bottle contains 150 ml and according to the description on Wishtrend the COSRX AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner has a pH of 3.9 (I measured a pH of 4 with pH strips). The production and expiration date is printed on the bottle of the tube.

COSRX AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner

I’m using this toner in the mornings and evenings by spraying it on a cotton pad and blotting the cotton pad over my face, especially over my T-zone. After applying the toner I use Vitamin C serum or other BHA/AHA products.

COSRX AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner

I do love the spraying nozzle. It sprays a fine mist of the product, and it helps not to use too much of the toner accidentially. Also, it is very hygienic to use, because neither your hands, nor the cotton pad touches the nozzle. the toner is a watery, clear solution with a hint of a fruity scent which dissapears immedieately. The toner also absorbs fast into the skin and does not feel sticky. It works super good with the OST Vitamin C21 serum, and after using it for a month I feel my skin around my nose and forehead feels smoothened. Since I don’t have a lot of troubles or blackheads/whiteheads I cannot say anything about its effects for thos problems, but I feel that it works good with my skincare routine. And most important, the COSRX AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner didn’t break me out either.

COSRX AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner

I’m personally very happy with this toner, and it looks like a perfect addition for my skincare routine. I love the feeling of it being not sticky and I like the short ingredient list. Also, it works great with my vitamin C serum and makes my skin feel smoother. If COSRX would change the apple fruit water to apple fruit extract I would love this even more! You can read another positive review on the COSRX AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner on Moi Sanom’s blog 35th Of May >>here<< (interesting for troubled skintypes). Also, take a look at this comparison review between the COSRX AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner and the Mizon AHA BHA Daily Clean Toner by Cat from Snow White And The Asian Pear >>here<<. I didn’t try the Mizon toner myself, but seems that for her the latter works better. It is a good product worth trying, but as you can see it can be different from skin to skin how good this works. I bought the COSRX AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner from Wishtrend for 12.60 US$. Wishtrend is having some discounts on a couple of COSRX products at the moment (unfortunatelly not the toner), so you might want to check it out. Also, check out the June promotions on Wishtrend before grabbing your products. Keep in mind their friend-referral program: You can receive a 5 Us$ referral coupon if you use my invitation code 17939205 upon registration and you’ll receive this voucher immediately.There will be a specific field in your registration form called “friends invitation program” where you can put the code mentioned above. This way new customers can safe 5 US$ which is a great possibility to safe some money. And if you have a blog/vlog yourself you should check out Wishtrend’s affiliate program! They are offering monthly sponsoring opportunities for their affiliates.

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14 comments

  1. Kim says:

    I purchased the Cosrx blackhead power liquid after so many of you guys recommended this brand on my skin post and I am not disappointed! Cosrx seems like they really know what they’re doing when it comes to acne. Glad you like this toner! I’m still on the fence about toners as I’m not sure whether they are essential to my routine. Glad you like it! Although you can’t possibly get clearer skin- your skin is so nice!
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  2. Jessica says:

    Hi! Lovely post. Make me want to buy the Cosrx toner. I’ve been hesitant about this for a long time. Anyway, about the other more powerful actives (like the Cosrx bha and aha power liquid, or the bha a-sol), could you use them together with the C20 vitamin c serum? Like for example: pH adjusting toner > vitamin c serum > bha a – sol > aha power liquid. Or is this overkill? Thanks so much!

    • Frl. Schnee says:

      Hello dear, sorry for the late answer, I never used them together but separately, like vitamin C during day and more powerful AHA and BHA in my nighttime routine, but if you wait between vitamin C and the BHA/AHA you could also try it together.

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