Today is another day to talk about the Natural Derma Project brand and their Green Carper Toner Essence.
If this feels like déjà vu, it’s because it probably is. I’ve shared my thoughts on this toner essence on my YouTube channel and I also introduced it on the blog as part of some posts. However, it definitely deserves its standalone review, hence this post.
I’ll be sharing more details about the product, its star ingredients, my overall thoughts; essentially, what you should know about a milky toner and this one in particular.
Note: This product was kindly gifted by the Natural Derma Project global team, along with the bio-placenta cream. I reached out via Instagram and I was impressed by their prompt response! There was no obligation to share a blogpost but I like it enough to give a full review.
About the NDP Green Carper Toner Essence
The Green Carper Toner Essence is a creamy/milky toner, that also doubles as an essence. Produced by a Korean skincare brand called Natural Derma Project, it has “hydrating effects that work to boost hydration levels”. It also claims to have “skin recovery and calming” properties and it’s suitable for “all skin types, especially sensitive skin”.
It comes in a size of 130ml/4.39 fl. oz. at a retail price of $35. It’s not available on platforms like YESSTYLE but you can shop it on the brand’s website and also on Amazon.
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The toner has key ingredients like Capparis Soothing solution, Melifera Adaptive Shield and 95% Purity Madecassoside. Madecassoside has anti-redness and soothing benefits while the other two are unique formulas patented by the brand. Capparis soothing solution uses green carper to give the skin quick relief and soothing effects while Melifera adaptive shield is derived from honey and helps to protect the skin from external irritants and pollutants.
The water used is also a patented formula tagged as NDP Bio- Water+, and it contains amino acids, proteins, and other skin friendly components for better results. All of the ingredients are EWG certified, free from silicone, fragrances, essential oils, and other common allergens and irritants.
Personally, I’m a fan of the brand and the mindful approach they take in curating their products and ingredients.
Full Ingredients list (source: Website):
Water, Propanediol, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Polyglyceryl-6 Distearate, C10-18 Triglycerides, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Dipropylene glycol, Panthenol, Jojoba Esters, Cellulose Gum, Octyldodecyl Myristate, Capparis Spinosa Fruit Extract(2,940ppm), Allantoin, Xanthan Gum, Cetyl Alcohol, Polyglyceryl-3 Beeswax, Hydrogenated Olive Oil Unsaponifiables, Madecassoside, Citric acid, Caprylic/Capric triglyceride, Glycosyl trehalose, Acetyl glutamine, Oleic acid, Sodium PCA, Serine, Ceramide NP, Glycine.
Product Details & Thoughts
Packaging: If you’ve been following my blog or instagram, you know I’m a sucker for pretty packaging! I looovvee the bottle of this toner; it comes in a very thick recyclable glass bottle that feels sleek to touch. The bottle cap is also recyclable plastic since the brand is focused on sustainability. Apart from that, the outer paper packaging has a sturdy layer that protects the product from damage or spillage.
However, it does take a considerable amount of effort to get the contents out of the bottle. This can be a bit frustrating so they might want to revisit the design of the bottle’s opening.
Look & Texture: It has a white, creamy/milky and slightly thick texture. I was very curious about how it’d work as a toner since it felt more like a cream but it was no problem at all! It’s watery enough to work like a typical toner and it blends in quite well.
It feels hydrating but it can also feel quite heavy after application, especially in hotter climates. However, I started using it in harmattan so it was perfect for the season! I still use it on regular days but not as much, so as not to get that heavy feeling.
Smell: Although the smell did not particularly stand out, I like how it smells. I cannot pinpoint the scent but it has a nice and subtle, fruity + ‘gummy’ smell.
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Thoughts: I’m sure you can already tell that I love all the little details the product has to offer!
I like how it can double as your toner and essence (I’m getting into essences more these days). It does a good job of hydrating your skin; I used it in combination with the COSRX snail mucin power essence and they worked well together! At the very least, they helped my face get through the harmattan, and I still use both of them now that harmattan has refused to go.
The design of the bottle could use a little modification to aid ease in getting out its contents but that glass bottle was a great idea! Seriously, it’s luxurious enough to make you think “oh yeah, this is why it’s $35!”. Nice marketing move👏🏾.
I also appreciate the thoughts and intentional efforts the team at NDP put into making their products. Did I mention they currently only have four products?
All in all; the Natural Derma Project brand might be relatively new but their toner essence is definitely one to try. I have not gotten around to fully trying out the bio-placenta cream, but I’ll be sure to put up a similar review when I eventually do!
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I’m really glad I reached out to the brand to try the product because it has left a good impression on creamy/milky toners. I’ll be trying more milk toners now, thanks to this one!
Will I recommend? Absolutely! Like I said, you may want to be cautious if you live in really hot climates but it’s great for cold seasons/harmattan and I would recommend trying it.
Will I repurchase? It’s on the expensive side so currently, I will not bother to and there will be other milk toners that are more budget-friendly. However, it is worth a try at least once, even if it’s mainly for the efforts and thoughtful approach of the brand.
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Thank you for reading and I hope the review was quite helpful! You can use the links above to purchase this product (I do not earn any commission from them though).
Let me know in the comments what your thoughts are on purchasing a $35 toner and this green carper toner essence in particular. I’d also love to hear of your experience in the comments if you have tried it before!
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