In recent posts I’ve being testing and analysing the Pixi Tonics as they provide relatively cheap and good tonic options. The last tonic left to analyse is the Milky Tonic, so without further ado, let’s get to it.
Is the Pixi Milky Tonic skin nourishing and worth your time or just one more marketing type product?
PS. If you are wondering what the difference is between a toner and a tonic, it’s minimal to none. Practically, they are the same type of product but generally toners tend to be more nutritious than tonics that are usually lighter products. Nevertheless, I am referring to this product as a toner throughout even though the brand labels it as a tonic. It really doesn’t matter that much.
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The Pixi toners don’t come with outer packaging but they do come wrapped up in plastic, so you will know if they are brand new or if someone opened them. This is not a negative at all, in fact it keeps the cost down.
All tonics come in different coloured but clear plastic bottles with a green lid and the Pixi brand label. The design is minimal but yet they all look elegant and beautiful. The new Pixi packaging even has the word Pixi at the top of the green lid.
I love that they are colour coded, so you can immediately identify each toner by colour, as well as the text on the label. The Pixi Milky Tonic bottle is white which suits the milky theme of this product.
One 250mL bottle retails for £18. That’s actually overall fairly cheap when you compare it to other toners that even if they are around that price (£20ish), they can contain half the amount of product. But also, considering how long it will last (2-4 months depending on usage).
Texture and Colour
The Pixi Milky Tonic is a transparent, clear, watery liquid. This means that the white milky colour comes entirely from the white tinted plastic bottle. There are no dyes in this tonic which is an advantage over the Pixi Glow Tonic which contains a red dye.
This toner has a subtle floral scent, a bit like jasmine, which comes from some of the ingredients. There are no ambiguous fragrance ingredients in this tonic which again is an advantage over the Pixi Glow Tonic.
This toner is suitable for all skin types.
Avoid contact with eyes and never use cosmetics on broken skin. If you have sensitive skin it might be better if you test it first on small areas.
This toner lasts for 12M which is a reasonable amount of time.
Here’s what the brand says about the product:
“Calming and hydrating milk enriched tonic to comfort complexion.
- This tonic is infused with oat extract to help soothe and balance.
•Rehydrates, nourishes and relaxes.
•For all skin types.”
Practicality of use – user experience
The Pixi toners are very easy to use. The cap unscrews easily and the product pours out the small hole in a relatively slow and controlled way.
All you have to do is apply the product on a cotton pad and then spread on clean face. No rinsing required.
This toner was very pleasant to use but as with many of them, I haven’t noticed any skincare changes from using this toner alone. However, as I said many times before, you really shouldn’t notice much from toners alone and even less from tonics which often tend to be more dilute than toners. It’s the rest of your skincare that should do the heavy lifting. If you notice major skincare changes from small skincare addon products like toners and tonics, it’s time to re-evaluate your skincare regime.
Nevertheless, like all other Pixi Tonics, this toner took off traces of makeup and other dirt and left the skin feeling clean and soft but not dry. Additionally, it was absorbed quickly by the skin and did not leave any sticky residues behind.
The Pixi Milky Tonic contains 36 ingredients of which 29 will offer you some skincare benefit (some more than others), 1 potential negative and 7+ irritants.
Overall, the toner is way better than other ones in the market but there is a lot of room for improvement. There are some good ingredients such as the phospholipids and hyaluronic acid but all are contained in small quantities, which is perhaps why Pixi labelled this products as tonics. There are also many skincare must have ingredients that are missing, such as vitamins C & E, vitamin A, ceramides etc.
This toner has a pH of 5, which is within our skin’s normal pH levels, meaning that it is a good product for maintaining healthy skin function. Even if you ignore all the skincare positive ingredients, this product is good for ensuring that your skin has been returned to the right pH after cleansing etc.
To keep this article short, I am only listing the skin nourishing or skin positive/negative ingredients and ignoring the ones that only play formulation purposes. For the full list of these products’ ingredients scroll down to the “full list of ingredients” section.
- Aqua/Water/Eau based formulation.
- Propanediol– Can hydrate the skin but is also used to increase the absorption of other ingredients.
- Glycerin – Found naturally in the skin so can be seen as a skin replenishing ingredient. A skin conditioner that helps improve and smooth the appearance of skin. A good moisturiser that is almost always present in moisturising products.
- Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil – A skin conditioner that can enhance the skin’s restorative properties.
- Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride – A skin conditioner and replenisher. Can enhance the delivery of vitamins, pigments and other ingredients. Can act as a cleanser too and provide a lightweight non-greasy barrier of lubrication.
- Sodium PCA – Skin conditioner and naturally occurring humectant.
- Avena Strigosa Seed Extract – A skin conditioner and humectant (=locks water in).
- Hydrolyzed Barley Protein – A hair and skin conditioner.
- Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract– Also known as Green Tea Extract. This ingredient has multiple benefits including: anti-oxidant, fragrance, skin conditioner, UV light absorber, anti-microbial, astringent, skin protecting, tonic and possibly helping the appearance of wrinkles and sagging skin.
- Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract – A skin conditioner, anti-flammatory and anti-oxidant.
- Euterpe Oleracea Sterols – Can replenish, hydrate and soothe the skin.
- Linoleic Acid – A very good skin soother, anti-oxidant, skin restorer and skin conditioner. Deficiency in this ingredient can cause many effects including slower wound healing. It is also used as an anti-inflammatory compound, for acne reduction, and moisture retention.
- Oleic Acid – A naturally occurring fatty acid that can act as a cleanser.
- Linolenic Acid – An unsaturated fatty acid which can act as a hair and skin conditioner as well as a cleanser. Also has skin restoring properties and can be used as a fragrance.
- Sodium Hyaluronate– Known in the science community as “the fountain of youth” compound. Can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water, so it is a king moisturiser. Helps wounds heal faster and increases collagen production leading to younger looking skin. For more info and all the scientifically proven claims see “Hyaluronic acid – the fountain of youth?”
- Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Extract – Skin conditioner and fragrance.
- Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Fruit Extract – Fragrance and skin conditioner.
- Rosa Damascena Flower Extract – Can contain skin soothing and anti-oxidant compounds.
- Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract– not only smells nice but is a skin conditioner, skin smoother and can also act as a skin protector. It also contains anti-oxidants.
- Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract – A potent anti-oxidant, that can help diminish skin’s environment damage, and skin conditioner.
- Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Extract – A skin conditioner, protector and fragrance.
- Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Flower Extract – A fragrance with potential anti-oxidant properties.
- Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract – A fragrance that can act as a skin conditioner.
- Phospholipids– Skin replenishing molecules. Skin conditioner. Essential for healthy and youthful skin.
- Lecithin – A lipid that improves skin equilibrium.
- Citric Acid – A natural preservative, can be used to even out skin tone.
- Sodium Citrate– An anti-oxidant and preservative.
- Xanthan Gum – Skin conditioner. Holds water and improves the shelf life of the product.
- Ethylhexylglycerin – A weak preservative and skin conditioner that is often used in ointments for eczema.
- Lecithin– Generally considered safe but some suspect this to be a carcinogen. However, there is no proof.
Ingredients that can cause irritation to some:
This is actually really case specific, as different people have different sensitivities and allergies. Just because a compound has been reported by some to cause sensitivity, it doesn’t mean you will have an issue. “Sensitizer” compounds being present is not a negative in my opinion, as this is the case with pretty much everything out there and funnily enough I’ve seen products that are targeted specifically for sensitive skin, containing some compounds that have been reported by some, or are known to be, sensitizers.
If you have sensitive skin or you are prone to skin sensitisation and unwanted reactions, try a little bit of this at the back of your hand first and consult a medical doctor if you are concerned.
The following compounds present in this tonic have been either proven or claimed by some to be sensitizers, irritants, allergens etc: Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Rosa Damascena Flower Extract, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Flower Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Citric Acid.
While the extracts contained in this tonic are not specifically labelled as sensitisers or irritants, they might be to sensitive skin. This is because these extracts contain many compounds and it’s hard to know exactly all of them and their concentration.
Full list of ingredients:
Aqua/Water/Eau, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Water, Propanediol, Glycerin, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Sodium PCA, Avena Strigosa Seed Extract, Hydrolyzed Barley Protein, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Euterpe Oleracea Sterols, Linoleic Acid, Oleic Acid, Linolenic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Extract, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Fruit Extract, Rosa Damascena Flower Extract, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Extract, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Flower Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Phospholipids, Lecithin, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Disodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Benzyl Alcohol, Sodium Citrate, Xanthan Gum, Ethylhexylglycerin.
The Pixi Milky Tonic is a better toner than many in the market and even contains some skincare must have ingredients. However, it is also lacking many of them, including some basics like vitamins C & E which even lipsticks contain these days.
It is definitely not the worst product in the Pixi Tonic series but not the best either, the Pixi Vitamin C Tonic is a better skincare choice. However, bear in mind that if you have sensitive skin it might be a good idea to try out all Pixi tonics before purchasing, as they contain a lot of extracts which in turn could contain potential irritants for your skin.
I am not affiliated with any company or brand. These are my views and experiences.
Beauty is a very personal thing, we all have different skin, requirements and biological build which can influence things. What worked for me might not work for you and vice versa. Have you ever tried these products? Did they work for you? Let me know your experiences below!
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