Do you ever receive a product that you just can’t wait to try out and get your teeth stuck into? For a self-proclaimed male grooming connoisseur like myself and given the amount of products that I regularly come across, it’s not every day that I get genuinely get excited about a range or specific product. However, one of these rare days hit me about a fortnight or so ago, when I had the fortune to take Baxter Of California’s Herbal Mint Toner for a spin in the bathroom.

Before I get into the nitty gritty, let me tell you a little bit about the brand: Baxter Of California have designed a thoughtfully curated collection of high quality skin, hair and shaving products, all specifically designed for men and their individual grooming needs. Developed to help you put your best self forward and fuel your next level, their entire collection of superior products promises to raise the bar in your daily routine. Created in 1965, Baxter’s top of the tree products have proven that premium doesn’t have to be pretentious and instead focus entirely on incredible performance.

The Packaging

The first thing I noticed about Baxter’s Herbal Mint Toner is that the product itself looks and feels really good quality. With the male grooming market exploding, there’s so many new brands coming out with all too familiar and quite frankly uninspiring packaging. However, Baxter combine a classic look with a contemporary twist across their entire line and it’s obvious through years of experience, they have comfortably side-stepped this common conundrum. I’m beginning to look at products and how they would look in the modern man’s bathroom and it’s pretty obvious that the Herbal Mint Toner would sit pride of place on even the manliest man’s bathroom shelf.

The Price

As for the price of £16.00, it’s pretty standard when comparing to other versions from rival brands such as Jack Black, Zirh and Anthony Logistics. In my opinion, if you’re spending anything above £25 on a men’s facial toner, you’re being taken for a ride and this is not the case with this face toner.

The Ingredients

After taking a look at the ingredients list of Baxter’s Herbal Mint Toner, there were a couple that really stood out for me - ones that I’ve had previous positive experiences with in other products. Witch Hazel Water is a powerful cooling soother to the skin and as for Cucumber Fruit Extract, I know that to be a superior skin energiser and antioxidant. I’ve put the full ingredients list below for your review, but it’s clear to see that Baxter haven’t spared any punches, when it comes to delivering a knockout men’s skin care product.

The Feel

The feeling this gives my skin both during application and after is quite sensational. To prepare my skin correctly for its use, I used a gentle face wash, followed by a Glycolic cleanser. Baxter Of California’s Herbal Mint Toner instantly soothes, tones and softens my complexion and in the two weeks or so of daily use, its calming effects have been an absolute pleasure. I tend to rub it into my skin using my fingertips and I particularly like that the formula is viscous enough to quickly sink into my skin without dripping through my fingers.

The Performance

Aside from my skin being instantly smoothed and soothed, my entire complexion looks and feels more supple. The main purpose of a skin toner for men is to enhance and improve the skin’s tone and texture and Baxter’s version did this with complete ease. My skin has gradually looked less dull over the past fortnight and now looks firmer, lifted and brighter - perfect for a bloke in his early 30’s in need of a little lift.

Full Ingredients List

AQUA / WATER, HAMAMELIS VIRGINIANA WATER / WITCH HAZEL WATER, METHYL GLUCETH-20, POLYSORBATE 20, SORBITOL, PHENOXYETHANOL, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, GLYCERIN, PARFUM / FRAGRANCE, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, HEXYLENE GLYCOL, SODIUM PCA, ALLANTOIN, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF JUICE, DISODIUM EDTA, SODIUM LACTATE, ARGININE, ASPARTIC ACID, BHT, PCA, CAMELLIA OLEIFERA LEAF EXTRACT, CHAMOMILLA RECUTITA FLOWER EXTRACT / MATRICARIA FLOWER EXTRACT, CUCUMIS SATIVUS FRUIT EXTRACT / CUCUMBER FRUIT EXTRACT, CITRIC ACID, GLYCINE, SODIUM BENZOATE, ALANINE, SERINE, VALINE, POTASSIUM SORBATE, THREONINE, ISOLEUCINE, PROLINE, LIMONENE, PHENYLALANINE, HISTIDINE, CI 42090 / BLUE 1, CI 19140 / YELLOW 5.