Stark Skincare Willow Bark Perfecting Tonic Review

Stark Skincare

I’m smitten with each Stark Skincare product I’ve tried. Can you tell?

Ingredients (provided by Jessica and soon to be up at “Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel) water, Citrullus lanatus (watermelon) fruit extract, Cucumis sativus (cucumber) extract, Salix alba (willow) bark extract, Citrus aurantifolia (lime) fruit extract, Citrus grandis (grapefruit) seed extract (and) vegetable glycerin, Litsea Cubeba fruit oil.”

The preliminary report I created for this product in the Cosmetics Database gives it a low hazard score of 2, with no individual ingredients having a higher hazard score than 3.

Some great things about this product:

1. Along with all other Stark Skincare products, it’s free of synthetic dyes, fragrances, preservatives, and surfactants.

2. It’s vegan and cruelty-free.

3. It comes in a reusable glass jar. Nifty!

Product Description(provided at This POWERFUL perfecting tonic is so much more than a toner! This astringent super-juice gently cleanses and exfoliates skin with the salicylic acid found in white willow bark, while aloe and cucumber soothe and cool skin. Witch Hazel, native to eastern Canada, tones skin, reduces inflammation and irritation and makes pimples vanish. Watermelon extract provides a nutritious burst of antioxidants to the skin. Use after cleansing skin, before moisturizing. Can be washed off or left on. Has a refreshing herbal, slightly citrus scent.

Price$22 for a 2 oz. bottle with spritzer (which I love, since I tend to use way too much toner when I have to pour it rather than spray it).

Performance– As I mentioned above, I love that this product comes in a spray bottle. Not only is it much more convenient, but it also reduces waste for those of us who use cotton balls to apply toner and saves water/detergent for those of us who use wash cloths. As handy as it may be, the ease of application is only one of my favorite aspects of this product. It also calms and softens my skin while preventing the midday oiliness that I often experience. Where has this tonic been all my life (particularly on the day of my last job interview)?

Scent– It has the faint scent of witch hazel and citrus.

Rating– The only reason I would even consider subtracting a point is the price, since I’m not used to spending over $13 on toner. BUT since the website assures me that the bottle contains at least 400 mists, and since I’d probably use at most 4 mists a day….I can certainly justify spending $22 on a toner/tonic that will last over 3 months. 10/10!

Would I purchase this item again? I would and will.


*Product was provided by Stark Skincare. Opinions are all mine.

by Dawn Grimes

Filed under: health and beauty, natural products, product review, skin care