I don't want to sound like a broken record but I really love toners and facial mists. Uplifting, refreshing, cooling, hydrating - there's nothing they can't do. I've tried so many, from homemade to high-end luxury and everything in between.

The Alteya brand was unknown to me before discovering them on LoveLula. I was particularly interested to learn that they have their own rose and lavender fields, distillery and skin care manufacturing facility in the heart of The Rose Valley in Bulgaria. Nearly everything is grown and made in-house by the brand, ensuring freshness and quality, and best of all, the prices are really affordable for products that are organic!

I have been using two mists; the Organic Bulgarian Rose Water Spray, £7.20 for 100ml, and the Organic Melissa Water Spray, £7.20 for 100ml.

I picked up the rosewater first as I really like the soothing one ingredient wonder that is Rose. I use this morning and night as a toner, after mineral makeup application to stop it looking powdery and I also mix it with powdered masks. Fun fact: Alteya rose water is food grade and you can add it to any recipes that use rose! It does all that it's supposed to and smells beautiful, a true soft rose scent that isn't overpowering or artificial. The 100ml bottle has also lasted me several months with regular use, winning!

Rose has so many wonderful benefits for our skin and also our overall wellbeing. It's:
  • Therapeutic 
  • Anti-inflammatory and acne-preventing 
  • Balancing 
  • Anti-ageing and moisturising  
  • Rejuvenating, stimulating and harmonizing
  • Digestion-stimulating and antiseptic.

Now for the Melissa water (AKA Lemon Balm), according to Alteya this mist helps awaken and tone up dull skin. It is also useful for troublesome skin and helps against skin irritation and inflammation. Perfect! My skin is oily, troublesome and always irritated in some way or another, I blame my hormones and a lack of sleep. 

This mist smells very strong, to me it smells like tomato juice, slightly acidic and, well, like tomatoes, not lemons. But does it work? 

... Maybe? I use this on days when I think my skin is acting up a little more than usual, and by the end of a long day I have no idea if my skin is less oily than it would have been without the mist, I just cleanse my skin, mist again and slap on some moisturiser then fall into bed. 

I actually got a compliment on how much my skin is improving from my boyfriend the other day, so I must be doing something right! 

Check out the rest of the Alteya range here.