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Gentle Exfoliating Toner™

Gentle Exfoliating Toner™ is powered by Natural Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) and balanced with skin hydrating and softening ingredients to take the OUCH! out and leave the skin clarified without feeling tight or stripped.

AHA's  gently, yet effectively peel away dead skin, detoxify, cleanse and refine pores, revealing fresh, smooth, brighter skin. Hyaluronic acid and natural betaine provide moisture, plumpness and a reduction in the signs of skin ageing and importantly, prevent skin drying out during and after the exfoliation.

All skins, even the more delicate ones, can benefit.

Our pre-manufacture customer test panel for this product were all followers of the esteemed blogger/vlogger/skincare expert,  Caroline Hirons and you can see their comments in the tab below.

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Our Gentle Exfoliating Toner™ also known as acid toners to some, is powered by Natural Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) to gently yet effectively peel away dead skin, detoxify, cleanse and refine pores to reveal fresh smooth skin. It contains a complex of moisturising active ingredients to prevent skin drying out after the exfoliation.

Natural AHA’s Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) are proven to act as exfoliants, loosening and removing the top layer of dead cells by decreasing corneocyte adhesion. This reveals the new skin cells below. Natural AHA Complex provides a superficial peel action resulting in an improved surface appearance for a fresher, smoother look to skin. AHAs help to remove dry skin and can be useful in treating blemished or problem skin, unblocking and cleansing pores.

Hyaluronic Acid is highly prized for excellent hydration which helps provide plumpness and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Natural Betaine is an osmoregulator manages water balance in skin cells. It can hold 1.6 times its own weight in water. It hydrates and softens the surface of skin resulting in a soft and even finish.

All skins will look brighter and clearer. Make up will apply more smoothly and evenly. Shaves will be closer

Oily skins will look refined and less sallow.

Spot-prone skins are less likely to suffer spot-causing blockages and those present will clear up more speedily

Mature skins will reflect light better, lines will look minimised and a more even skin tone, all of which looks more youthful

Drier skins are likely to absorb treatment products more readily.


Active ingredients


Natural AHA’s Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) are proven to act as exfoliants, loosening and removing the top layer of dead cells by decreasing corneocyte adhesion. This reveals the new skin cells below. Natural AHA Complex provides a superficial peel action resulting in an improved surface appearance for a fresher, smoother look to skin. AHAs help to remove dry skin and can be useful in treating blemished or problem skin, unblocking and cleansing pores.

Hyaluronic Acid is highly prized for excellent hydration which helps provide plumpness and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Natural Betaine is an osmoregulator manages water balance in skin cells. It can hold 1.6 times its own weight in water. It hydrates the surface of skin resulting in a soft and even finish.

INGREDIENTS: Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Citric Acid, Tartaric Acid, Polysorbate 20, Sodium Hydroxide, Betaine, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Leaf Extract, Lactic Acid, Maris Aqua, Chlorella Vulgaris Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Algin, Parfum (Fragrance), Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Limonene, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Cellulose Gum, Ethylhexylglycerin, Citronellol, Linalool, Geraniol, Benzyl Alcohol, Isoeugenol. Benzyl Benzoate



It is versatile too, you might use it twice a day, or once a day or only when skin is playing up. It's your skin, you know better than anyone how it behaves so, you decide. You can alternate or use with, Treatment Toner which has a very special Vitamin C to add hydration, brightening and collagen synthesis to your skin too.

Decant into a smaller bottle for traveling.

If you have a stubborn spot use it soaked onto a cotton bud and use in a more concentrated way just on the spot.

Use ice cube covered in cloth to calm down an angry spot before applying make up.

When you have toned your face and neck, wipe over the backs of hands to keep them youthful. It is always said that a persons hands gives their age away and this will help to prevent that. Applying the residual moisturiser left on the palms is also great for the skin.

Please provide us with usage tips you have discovered and would like to share with fellow MERUMAYA customers. We will try to publish as many as we can on our website and you are welcome to post on our Facebook page too www.facebook.com/merumaya



I have been a big fan of all exfoliation methods for decades. Exfoliating Toners were popular in the 90's and became less popular in the 2000s though seem to be enjoying a revival, thanks in no small part to Caroline Hirons, who is a massive fan.

There are many people who like the results of exfoliation but not the stinging, redness, dryness, tightness and discomfort that they experience with some exfoliating toners. Therefore, I wanted to create a product that was equally exfoliating as those, would provide the smoothness, brightness, clarity, spot control, and line minimising effects, without the downsides. To create a daily exfoliating toner, that is highly active and yet does not strip the skin, leaving it feeling taut and parched.

I worked with one of my cosmetic scientists to first find an excellent complex of AHA's ,that we have used in the maximum level of 15% so that it is super effective. Then we selected other ingredients that would add essential hydration and moisture at the same time, so that the skin would be left feeling comfortable, not ravaged. So that it felt smooth and soft, refined and hydrated, minimise lines, help acne-prone skins, even skin tone and hydrate.

As always, I put the formula out to test before going to manufacture. This time, I offered it to followers of Caroline Hirons blog because many of them are already using exfoliating toners that she recommends so I knew they would be a tough-to-please crowd. The comments were brilliantly and overwhelmingly positive and many commented that they loved getting the results and did not experience the stinging or it was much more minimal than they had been used to.

Let me and other customers know what you think by adding your comments to the product page on the website please.



Customer Reviews

Brilliant!Review by Valasia
I tried this toner from a sample I received and used it for a few days before I ran out of it. I could not believe how good it was and what an incredible and immediate effect it had on my face! I was so thrilled by the Exfoliating Toner that went straight away to John Lewis to buy it, despite the fact that I had an online discount code. I had to leave for a trip in a couple of days and could not risk leaving without it!
The Gentle Exfoliating Toner has a beautiful scent and a wonderful feeling. It leaves the skin clean and smooth, while at the same time hydrated. My cream sinks in much better and I couldn't be more happy.
I need to point out that I suffer from rosacea and finding suitable products is always challenging. This Toner is a life saviour! It doesn't cause any irritation to my oversensitive skin...on the contrary it appears to calm it down.
Price-wise it might seem a bit expensive, but it works wonders and lasts for long!
I cannot recommend it enough and I will probably need to try some of the other available products from Merumaya! (Posted on 15/05/2016)
Having been an ex-smoker an exfoliating toner has been a crucial product to freshen and recondition my skin. My skin type is normal to a slight combination - I never suffered from acne however occasionally I may have spots on my forehead or cheeks but this is rare. I have slightly large pores around my cheeks and fine lines.

Firstly the toner scent is most beautiful - in fact its addictive (I would even consider wearing this scent). Application is perfect, no sting, no burn, no itchy reaction but a slight pink glow to the skin - I saw this more on my cheeks and chin, however this calmed down after a few minutes. Each day of muse my skin happened to be clearer and brighter, my skin appeared 'glass like' fresh, smooth, more of an even toned complexion and I have not suffered any outbreaks or irritation on the skin. To me the product is interacting with the skin, no spots, or bumps, many toners have a harsh feel after use but this toner was an absolute pleasure on my skin.

This toner absorbs into the skin and skin is perfectly prepped for after toner product. The results are in fact better than my current (£65) toner and when waking up in the morning it felt like my skin was totally refreshed and clean.

The first evening I used the toner - next morning I saw instant results, my skin looked or seemed to be more polished, fresh, over time my skin has in fact improved. I have been using this and no other toner, my fine lines seem to be less obvious, my skin toner had certainly improved, my skin doesn't look tired, it looks well rested. dark spots or slight pigmentation has reduced I'd say by 70%. I don not have any rash or pimples on my beard line, this product is fantastic if you shave - so I'd sure recommend this to guys too. Whilst shaving my skin is much smoother, and I apply this after as this then reconditions the skin without any burn. (Posted on 22/01/2016)
My skin tends towards blocked pores and dullness, so I have always been a fan of exfoliation. Neither oily nor dry, my skin is fairly sensitive and I suffer from the occasional breakout.

I thought, based on Caroline Hirons comments that the toner contained 15% AHAs that it might sting, but it was comfortable and pleasant to use.

My skin felt clean and calm. I did not experience any stinging, redness, tingling or tightness. My skin felt very neutral but I could instantly see a glow. They were good results compared with my usual toner. i felt this toner was less astringent but perhaps more exfoliating.

I found my serums and moisturisers went on very smoothly and absorbed very quickly.

I was very pleased with the ongoing results. My skin continued to look smooth, glowing and fresh. I did not experience any blocked pores while using their product and I looked forward to using it as part of my routine. I did experience a couple of spots - one on my chin and one on my nose - but they were small and went away quickly. I found that my skin felt and looked very smooth but I never had any redness of tightness. I was really impressed by this toner.

I have to be honest and say the smell was my least favourite thing about this toner (Posted on 22/01/2016)
AS GOOD AS MY CURRENT TONERReview by Alison S - Tester
My skin is dehydrated and also some lines and age-related marks from previous sun damage.

Removed residue from cleanser well. Gentle enough to use around the eye area.
As good as my current toner - certainly better than using no toner. (Posted on 22/01/2016)
Normal combination skin with Tzone oiliness, fine lines to forehead and acne to cheeks and chin.

It didn't feel very strong in comparison to the XXXX X exfoliator, however, I did notice that my skin became smoother. I think this exfoliator is deceptively strong. I do think my acne was slightly better and that the redness from previous acne scars reduced.

The majority o the results were very similar to my other toners however, I did find that my skin was definitely smoother and the reduction in acne scarring was impressive. Also all of my other toners tingled upon use and this one didn't.

Serum absorbed quickly, moisturiser absorbed slightly with small amount of product left on the surface of the skin. Foundation sat on my skin perfectly

Skin became smoother, acne did reduce slightly. Acne scarring reduced. (Posted on 22/01/2016)
My skin is combination (T-Zone).
I firstly adored the scent. My skin felt fine, no stings whatsoever. Skin is looking great! I know it makes my skin look radiant and healthy after applying make-up. Doesn't look bad when I don't wear any either. (Posted on 22/01/2016)
I have combination skin with acne scars on both my cheeks. I also tend to get large hormonal spots along my jawline.

I loved this toner, it felt very light and refreshing when swiped on - I didn't feel at tingle or the skin tight after using. i feel it has helped with my scaring and it just seems to make my skin more receptive to the other products I used, I fell this has made quite a difference to m skin in improving the condition, scarring, spots are not coming to a head and going away quicker.
It felt very refreshed and hydrated. I do prefer this toner to XXXX.

I would recommend to most of my friends as even thought they don't have problem skin like myself, I believe they would still benefit from the light exfoliation achieved here and it really made my skin look and feel brighter. (Posted on 22/01/2016)
My skin is combination; I suffer from an oily T-Zone and also some dryness. My main concerns are blackheads on my chin and nose. I also suffer from hormonal blemishes and this can result in some scarring.

I noticed a different in my skin in the two weeks I was testing it, it felt smoother and softer and I didn't have any breakouts whilst using it. This toner made my skin look brighter and clearer. After applying at night and then using and oil and moisturiser my skin felt much softer than normal in the morning. I did notice some reduction in blackheads on my chin. (Posted on 22/01/2016)
ABSOLUTELY MARVELOUSReview by Victoria C - Tester
I'm 41, fair skinned. Prone to thread veins if I use any harsh products. Still experience the odd spots. Oily T zone. My skin can look dull so I'm looking for improvement in texture and radiance.

Lovely to use, non irritating, smells lovely. Leaves skin feeling very comfortable, almost plumped. Skin from first use felt lovely and smooth. After the first week, I felt my natural glow and colour had returned. Skin felt moisturised.

It compares much much better to XXXXX X which I can't use often as it irritates my skin and leaves it feeling red and hot. With your exfoliating toner my skin felt cosseted and looked after and I could confidently use it daily. Absolutely marvelous
Serums sank in straight away and I wasn't having to use as much moisturiser. My skin really felt prepped and ready to receive my treatment products. I really felt that my glow returned and my skin looked fresher and smoother every day. The smell is wonderful! it felt comforting as well as refreshing and clean. I could happily smell it all day every day.
As my skin is so pale with fragile capillaries and ti was wonderful for my skin, I would happily recommend it to everyone. It truly surpasses the one I am using. (Posted on 22/01/2016)
I WOULD RECOMMEND TO FRIENDSReview by Carolyn H - Tester
I have mature combination skin (age 43), with some sun damage and fine lines on my forehead and around my mouth and eyes. My nose and cheeks are quite oily and I have enlarged pores in these areas.

I have enjoyed using the Merumaya toner in place of my current products. I like the signature scent and also that the product is designed to be used twice per day. I liked the slight tingle when I applied as it felt as though it was doing something good for my skin! it seems to hydrate my skin well and I did not need to use as much moisturiser afterwards. In terms of results, my pores did not seem to reduce in size but my skin looked brighter in tone and healthier after using it. My make-up also seemed to apply better and looked smoother. It seemed to make my skin brighter and more glowing than my current brand. After use, I felt that my serum and moisturiser were absorbed more quickly and that I did not have to use as much to feel my skin was adequately moisturised. It felt as though I could almost skip moisturiser afterwards.
I liked the smell, it is very luxurious for this type of product. (Posted on 22/01/2016)
LESS IS MORE.Review by Judith - Tester
I have normal - combination skin. Am 37.

First I made a mistake of using a bit too much and my skin felt sticky, but then I realised, less i more, after each use my skin was getting clearer, more balanced. I used it morning and night.
Felt a tiny bit of tingling and then after a few seconds, quite smooth. I felt less tingling than with my normal acid toners and I just love the Merumaya products smell
My skin got clearer, more balanced, I got compliments from many of my friends.
I think a good exfoliating toner is essential in modern day skincare if you are over 30 (Posted on 22/01/2016)
I have combination skin with rosacea on the cheeks and eczema above eyebrows and along jaw.
Skin looks more smooth and even nose appears less congested. It is an easy to use product and takes little time. No stinging. No irritation. Skin felt refreshed, moist and clean.

Compared to my usual product more even skin texture and less dried out. Absorption good. Seems like I need a less rich cream/moisturiser afterwards (Posted on 22/01/2016)
I enjoyed using the toner, it felt like it was uncovering lower levels of skin, my skin did look fresh and clean afterwards and blemishes did appear to disappear more quickly than usual.
It felt more active than my usual toner and I think my skin was slightly fresher afterwards, and the blemishes disappeared more quickly.
I really liked the smell, it was quite a fruity, fresh floral smell (Posted on 22/01/2016)

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