fig + yarrow | complexion water

fig + yarrow immortelle yarrow rockrose complexion water

Why is it that some of the best ingredients for fighting acne have to be so … smelly?

Lots of different ingredients come to mind, but one that has a distinct smell is immortelle (specifically, helichrysum italicum). It’s somewhat stale and bitter, and while it’s not absolutely horrible, it’s not exactly perfume-worthy.

Artfully blended, though, immortelle-based toners can be pleasant to use, and Fig + Yarrow has made its Immortelle Yarrow Rockrose Complexion Water just that — in addition to being effective at calming breakouts.

fig + yarrow immortelle yarrow rockrose complexion water

{Fig + Yarrow sent me a sample of its Immortelle Yarrow Rockrose toner. It’s available in trial size and full size,. A 1-ounce trial size spray bottle costs $14; a 4-ounce full-size spray bottle costs $34.}

Upon first use, even in a small trial bottle, I noticed that Fig + Yarrow’s Complexion Water delivers a lovely, fine, abundant mist that lightly covered my whole face with just two pumps.

That’s the first test a mist has to pass for me — please don’t shoot organic goodness straight into my eyeballs!

fig + yarrow immortelle yarrow rockrose complexion water

Next came the smell. A combination of rockrose (warm and sweet scent) and yarrow (sweet and floral) give this immortelle-based toner a nice balance of yin and yang; not too powerful and pungeant, yet not too sickly sweet.

I found myself misting myself a lot with this beautiful complexion water (it lasted about three weeks with regular evening skin prep), and the scent soothed me without lingering or overpowering other products in my routine.

Here’s everything inside Fig + Yarrow’s Complexion Water in Yarrow Immortelle Rockrose:

Achillea millefolium (yarrow) flower water*, Calendula officinalis (marigold) flower water*, Lactobacillus ferment, essential oils of: Achillea millefolium (yarrow), Helichrysum italicum (immortelle), Cistus ladaniferus (rockrose). *certified organic

fig + yarrow immortelle yarrow rockrose complexion water

As far as efficacy, Fig + Yarrow’s Complexion Water in Yarrow Immortelle Rockrose has made it into my arsenal of favorite toners for acneic skin.

I already knew that my skin responded well to immortelle (read: fewer breakouts, clearer complexion, less redness), but what puts this toner above my other beloved immortelle-based toner is that it just smells good.

And we all know we’re more likely to use something more often — and gain the benefits of it — if it’s actually a joy to use.

I will without a doubt repurchase this mist. At $34 for a 4-ounce spray bottle, it’s one of the more affordable organic face mists on the green beauty market today.

Have you tried anything from Fig + Yarrow? Do you like the scent of immortelle? What toner ingredients does your skin respond well to? Tell me in the comments section!


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  • Whenever I spritz my face, I shut my eyes for much harder than I need to. This spritz seems fitting for my finnicky at the moment skin that I think likes to break out just to mess with me sometimes.

  • Gosh, I totally get that smelly piece! It does turn me away from some potentially fantastic skin care because I don’t want my kids or husband smelling me that way. This toner looks lovely though. If it has made it to your list, it’s not far from mine!! XO

    • Yeap, scent is important! Unless something just works like none other, scent is going to keep me away. I hope you get a chance to try this one! Would love to know if you like the scent or not (it smells way better than the Evan Healy Immortelle HydroSoul, but that stuff works really well for my acne, so I repurchase it a lot…need to post a review on it! Have you tried it?)

      • Did you know that Alexis Smart works with Evan Healy on incorporating
        flower essences into the EH products? Isn’t that cool? (It is if you
        know who she is ;-) I have the Evan Healy Neem Immortelle Purifying
        Serum that I picked up at Whole Foods once, but I haven’t been using it
        much partly because of scent and partly because the Stark Skincare
        products are working so well for me when I stick to them! That’s true
        for the White Willow Bark toner so I’ll be sticking with that for a
        while…but always open to getting some new ones ;-)

        • I did NOT know that! And yes, I DO know who she is. Very cool! I need to refill my White Willow Bark Toner supply…that stuff is GOOD!