Minimalist PHA 3% + Biotic Toner Review

minimalist PHA + biotic toner

Hello, my beauties. Today yet again I am writing a review of the brand that is trending for its transparent skincare. It is none other than Minimalist and today I am reviewing one of their new launches PHA 3% + Biotic Toner. Let’s dive into the details of the product.

Claims of Minimalist PHA 3% + Biotic Toner:

The PHA and biotic toner is very lightweight and glides on the skin effortlessly before absorbing quickly & completely. PHA exfoliates and also functions as a humectant. It provides up to 50% of protection from the harmful sun rays. It claims to tighten pores. pH balance of 4.0 – 4.5. The toner is alcohol-free. It acts as a mild exfoliant and also hydrates the skin. (checked the details on their official website).

The following is the word from the brand itself. The brand striving to accomplish, talking about transparency i.e detailed ingredient list, grades, formulations, claims, etc. I have elaborated in my previous minimalist posts. The best part is No artificial fragrance, no silicones, no parabens, no essential oils, no dynes and sulfates. All the harsh ingredients are out.

Minimalist toner claims


I received the product from the Minimalist brand. However, all the opinions are my own. In fact, Minimalist asked me to write negative points as well. They are transparent not all with the products but also with the promotion of the products.

Price of Minimalist PHA 3% + Biotic Toner:

The price of this toner is Rs. 399/- for 150 ml. You can get a discount of 15% on your first purchase if you purchase from THIS LINK

minimalist PHA 3% + biotic toner review

Minimalist Toner packaging:

As the name suggests it has got minimal, sleek and simple packaging. It came in a carton box, once you open the box you get a black transparent bottle as seen in the above image. The toner has got a flip cap.

Minimalist Toner ingredients:

The primary ingredient is water.

Gluconolactone is an exfoliating acid, that is milder in comparison to other acids. It also has hydrating properties.

Niacinamide is needed for healthy skin. It makes the skin firm. Protects the skin from sun damage. Vitamin B3 minimises the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It regulates the oil of the skin. It reduces pore appearance.

Butylene Glycol is a conditioning agent. The way we use a hair conditioner for softening of hair, butylene glycol functions the same way i.e. it softens our skin.

Methylpropanediol enhances the absorption of other ingredients into the skin. Inulin makes the skin look healthy and lustrous.  Lactococcus Ferment Lysate has many benefits. It reduces inflammation and redness. It also helps to eliminate early signs of ageing, it also provides hydration.

Saccharide Isomerate is a plant-derived hyaluronic acid booster that provides hydration to the skin.

Ingredients Continuation…

Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract repairs dry and damaged skin. It makes the skin soft and supple. Xylitylglucoside is a naturally occurring ingredient that is present in sugars in wheat. Anhydroxylitol helps to seal moisture in the skin. Xylitol also has similar functions to Anhydroxylitol it hydrates skin and improves the skin barrier.

Salicylic Acid is now commonly used in skincare ingredients. I have seen many bloggers swear by this ingredient. Salicylic Acid helps to shed the dead skin cell from the top layer of the skin. Now isn’t this interesting?

Allantoin also has similar properties as that salicylic acid. It helps to shed dead skin cells. Resulting in soft and smooth skin. Trehalose protects the skin from dehydrating even in extremely dry and humid condition. Sodium Hyaluronate reduces dryness of skin, retains moisture and improves skin hydration.

 Aspartic Acid is also an interesting ingredient. It helps to reduce early signs of ageing which are caused due to environmental factors. Glutamic Acid helps to maintain skin pH value. The minimalist toner claims to maintain the skin pH 4.0 – 4.5. Sodium Citrate use depends from formulation to formulation. It is used as a preservative and sometimes as a buffering agent to maintain the pH value.

Citric Acid has protective antioxidant and corrective anti-ageing effects helping to reverse visible signs of photodamage. It helps to even the skin tone, also makes the skin soft and supple.

There is a small note saying the information is valid at the time of printing and may vary later. I have cross-checked the ingredients on the website.

minimalist toner ingredients

Directions for use:

Check the above image which has the price mentioned. You need to shake the toner well before using it. It can be used 2 times a day. The toner can be used in 2 ways. Take a few drops on your palms and directly press on the face, till it is fully absorbed. You are not supposed to rinse off the product. The second way is to take a cotton pad and apply the toner to the cotton and then apply it onto your face.

What is my opinion about Minimalist PHA 3% + Biotic Toner:

A toner if introduced in the skincare on regular basis can have a positive impact on your skin. The minimalist toner claims to tighten pores and reduce early signs of ageing. When I go out I apply foundation, so after coming home, washing my face with a face wash does not remove all the foundation. There are traces of makeup here and there. I take this toner on a cotton pad and gently wipe my full face. It is oddly satisfying to remove the traces of dirt and makeup from the skin. This toner works well in removing the dirt and grime from the skin.

When I am at home and did not go out or applied any foundation that time I cleanse my face and take some and pat directly onto my face. It is quickly absorbed by the skin. I wait a couple of minutes and then apply serum or facial oil. I am not comfortable layering my face with 4 to 5 skincare products. Many toners that are available in the market contain alcohol that strips of moisture from the skin. But PHA3% + Biotic toner is alcohol-free.


  • It is suitable for all skin types.
  • The toner can be used AM and PM.
  • Excellent list of ingredients.
  • It is an artificial fragrance-free toner.
  • The PHA and Biotic toner are also free from parabens, sulfates, dyes and essential oils.
  • It removes the dirt from the skin if used with a cotton pad.
  • The toner helps in better absorption of skincare products.
  • Alcohol-free.
  • My skin did not break out.


  • None for me


I would 100% recommend this product. Firstly highly impressed with the ingredient list. It is not like only key ingredient is mentioned. Did any of you guys try out this toner? Did you face any breakouts or any other skin issues, let me know in the comments section below so that others also know about it. It worked pretty well on my skin.

Rating: 5/5

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(4) Comments

  1. Ananka

    This sounds like a winner for sure 😀

    1. Joselle

      Yes, it is!!

  2. Blurplenightmares

    If your cleanser is not doing its job properly, you need to double cleanse or you need to switch to a better one. A TONER IS NOT A PRODUCT FOR REMOVING YOUR MAKEUP. It’s supposed to help you mildly exfoliate after leaving on the skin. You’re wasting a great product. Quite disappointed with that part of the review. Please be skintelligent!!

    1. Joselle

      Thank you Blurplenightmares for enlightening me. I am not a professional, just a beginner in this field. I will edit my review. Thanks again 🙂

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