Cleansing & Pore Tightening Toner

Light Controlling Lotion

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Our very first toner ever made, this cult-favorite has remained an essential part of a skin cleansing routine thanks to its gentle but effective exfoliation powers, leaving pores looking tighter.

Light Controlling Lotion is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 133.
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6.8 oz
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We are committed to formulating without ingredients that do not meet the Erno Laszlo clean standards.

What It's Formulated Without
Phthalates, Parabens, Petrolatum, Colorants, Sulfates and Mineral Oil

Water (Aqua/Eau), Alcohol Denat., Glycerin, Polysorbate 80, Parfum (Fragrance), Amyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Benzoate, Citronellol, Geraniol, Linalool, Evernia Furfuracea (Treemoss) Extract, Limonene.
Please be aware that ingredient lists may change or vary from time to time. Please refer to the ingredient list on the product package you receive for the most up to date list of ingredients.

Light Controlling Lotion



By sweeping away oil and bacteria while binding moisture to the skin, this toner leaves your face soothed, pH-balanced and perfectly prepped for what comes next. Features a cast of refining ingredients.


Cosmetic Grade Alcohol

Lighlty exfoliates dead skin cells and clears the way for newer, younger ones.


A natural moisture magnet, to attract and hold hydration for a glowing complexion.
How it work


How to use it

How to use it

  1. Immediately after cleansing, sweep over skin with a cotton pad.
  2. Avoiding the eyes.
  3. Use during your day and night ritual to balance your skins pH.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Completes my beauty routine and is a necessity! I have hormonal-based acne that literally comes whenever it pleases, so I have to stay on top of my skin-regimen. My skin was at the point where no drug-store acne medication was working and neither was the very pricey skin regimen that I bought through my dermatologist. I decided to switch back to Erno, though pricey as well, I always see an immediate difference. I started using the black sea-mud soap and my skin started clearing up right away. Then I added the famous light controlling lotion and it was the piece to the missing puzzle. My skin's hormonal acne is best controlled when using this regimen and this light controlling lotion. I have used Erno in the past as a teenager and stopped due to not wanting to pay that much on my skin... worst mistake because now I know my skin is worth the investment and Erno is Definitely worth the investment.
Date published: 2017-10-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from makes my skin look younger I have used Laszlo products for over forty years and still always come back to my old routine of morning and night washing and splashing. It makes my skin look younger and keeps it younger than my age. Best product on the market, not only does what it should but smells great too! Leaves your skin soft and clean.
Date published: 2017-05-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good toner I have t zone combination skin. Frankly, I am quite lazy and prefer the spray bottles as it saves the cotton balls, and the extra step of the cotton balls. It gets the gunk out once you get over the smell. Good step in between washing your face and putting moisturizer. Sqeaky clean. So if you are looking at this Erno Laszlo, if there is anyway to put it in spray bottle format, it would be great.
Date published: 2019-02-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Still miss controlling preparation But I've gotten used to Light Controlling lotion both morning and night (plus sea mud soap for my nose and other oily areas). I started with Laszlo with acne that dogged me in my twenties--at a time when the preparation was for night use and controlling lotion during the day. Was really upset when the former disappeared. But now I'm accustomed to the "new" drill. Moreover, people still compliment my on good skin which catches me off-guard: "Me? who slogged through years of my post-adolescent acne, and later rosacea?
Date published: 2019-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great toner You should always use toner! This one is great because it is strong, but not overly potent. Just a bit on a cotton ball will remove any extra impurities on your skin and prep it to better absorb your moisturizer. Not overly crazy on the smell (it does have alcohol) but you get used to it quickly and it doesn't linger. My skin is a bit oily and it helps to remove the majority without over drying. If it is an option, definitely get the bigger bottle and it will be an even better deal!
Date published: 2013-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Work horse of toners! Great work horse of toners. Used for years, with Hydraphel , Shaker, Pheltyl moouse creme makeup and moisturizing powder (Which I Miss Terribly-Please Bring Back! :) ) when I was younger, then EL disappeared from most stores and I couldn't find it. Loved the personal program that used this with routine care.( I hope EL Online can correct their algorithm & make their skincare routine listening this product more personal & detailed with other items too.) So glad I can get online & visit boutique now! Add it to your routine!
Date published: 2019-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Moi I cannot imagine not using the toner from Laszlo when I have finished washing my face. I put it on with a cotton ball, and no matter how well I have washed, the toner gets more grime off my face, before I put on the serum at bedtime, I feel that the toner has really made my face clean without being harsh. My skin feels refreshed.
Date published: 2014-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Toner! This is perfect for my skin which is oily but sensitive. I have been experiencing adult acne at age 53 and the skin routine of sea mud soap, cleansing oil and this toner have changed my skin all in a matter of 2 weeks! My skin is alive, brighter, more even toned, and acne gone!!! I am a new customer and beyond impressed by this line! I highly recommend this product. A little goes a long way. Although I wish the bottle was a little bigger for the price. I have to say I am also very impressed with the packaging and the way it was shipped. Classy!
Date published: 2018-12-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent, can't live without toner Great toner! I'm so glad to see this value size. Love it coz it both is refreshing, and nourishing, and does oil control at the same time. My skin is soft, smooth and radiant and it is effective in oil control. Really great stuff. Highly recommend it.
Date published: 2016-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I've used Laszlo products since 1975 I've been using Erno Laszlo products exclusively since 1975. The product line has been very good for my complexion. I use Light Controlling Lotion after using Active Phylitol Oil and Sea Mud Soap. Unfortunately I have had to change my routine after that due to Erno Laszlo changing the product line and no longer making many of the original products. So far the Light Controlling Lotion still is a good product.
Date published: 2018-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Love This Product I love this product and have been using it for years and I love the way it smells too! After taking off my makeup, with a makeup remover, I use this to remove every trace of makeup remaining. It's the absolute best! Makes my face feel smooth and clean.
Date published: 2017-05-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Company asking for my opinion on product I think the light controlling lotion is a average for me. The best product for my skin was the heavy controlling lotion that for some reason no longer is produced.
Date published: 2018-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works fast! I have very quirky skin. It's a mad mix of dry, oily, sensitive and environmentally damaged. Finding a product that addresses all four issues is amazing!
Date published: 2017-09-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best toner conditioner . I have used these products for two decades .. highly recommend....the toner/conditioner wonderful for oily skin ... as is the sea mud soap .i must say though I need them to produce the Normalizing Shake It makeup for oily skin ever made ! Highly recommend this line !
Date published: 2018-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent product I have been using this product for years! It tones without drying and smells good too. I love the large bottle ! I transfer the lotion into my smaller bottles for travel and love the savings !
Date published: 2016-02-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from 55 bucks for water and alcohol. Absurd. This irritating toner is 55 bucks for just under 7 ounces of what amounts to water and alcohol. Absolutely mystifying.
Date published: 2018-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Drop dead gorgeous !!! Let me tell you, this is the best toner I've used in my life. It does exactly what it promises Refines my pores, give a matte appearance and refreshes skin beyond belief. I have combination skin and I don't finde this drying at all. Sometimes I apply ist with my hands, sometimes when I want a deep cleanse I use a cotton round and swipe my face in circular motion, especially on my congested forehead. The result is amazing. Clear, smooth skin without that unnatural SHINY polished look that you sometimes get (Clinique for example). Your skin is just clear and smooth, perfectly prepared for the following skin scare steps. The smell is also very appealing to me. Please never change this perfect product. Will repurchase forever!
Date published: 2020-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Light Controlling Lotion results I have been using this product for over 20 yrs. now. This alone is a testimonial as to how good this product is! I feel fortunate that Erno Laszlo makes this product available in a larger size....please, please continue making this size available!!
Date published: 2012-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from all purpose toner I have used an Erno Lazlo regime for almost thirty years, and it has kept my skin in great condition. It is simple, helps with my shaving, and meets my needs for skin care perfectly. K
Date published: 2017-09-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I want to love this... I want to love this product, as I absolutely love the oil and bar cleansing system so much, but the scent of this toner smells awful to me and is overpowering. It doesn’t fade after application either, all I can do is smell this awful scent for the next few hours. I will never be able to use this toner unless EL comes out with a fragrance free version.
Date published: 2017-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best toner around I have used Laszlo products since I was 27. Seeing Marlena Dietrich in her last public appearance on blue lights at 67 was inspiring. She had not a line in her face. I have tried other products and after one application switched right back. Now I won't changed for anything. The best products on the market. Even at my age, a pimple can appear. Light controlling lotion helps keep them away and make them go away.
Date published: 2012-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Toner Ever! This toner is superb. It works best to keep skin clear and ready for moisture. It smells fantastic. Please do not change the formula. My oldest daughter uses this product after having problem skin due to medication. She swears by it as well. I only wish that I had started her with the EL regimen sooner. She is a lover of this toner and Sea Mud Soap. Thanks EL --- Can't get enough of the super size!
Date published: 2019-02-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from No, No, No I had high hopes for this stuff after reading all the reviews. I finally ran out of my holy grail Clinique clarifying lotion I went out on a limb and spent the almost $70. First of all I hate anything heavily scented on my face this gave me grandma perfume vibes for hours after using and I hated it. And most importantly I used for 3 days and immediately noticed my face started to break out. Wish I could have sent this back now I’m stuck with something I have thrown under my sink never to receive use again. So sad.
Date published: 2020-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Immediate Amazing Results Once again I used Erno Lazlo many years ago and stopped. I restarted recently because I am in my 60's and decided I had better take extra good care of my skin especially the skin on my face. People at work noticed immediately so you have made a believer out of me.
Date published: 2012-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So happy its back!!!!! For those of us with giant pores and a radical difference from T Zone to cheeks, this product is an excellent way to keep oil under control while providing a very light foundation. It minimizes pores while controlling and works all day except during the hottest months. The color is not what I would have chosen, but its working fine. The perfect "foundation" for those who like a make up free look with the bonus of controlling the dreaded T zone. Yay! Thank you for bringing it back!!!
Date published: 2020-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Skin saver! After washing my face with the black soap, I use this light controlling lotion. My skin looks and feels amazing! I’m so happy that i found Erno Laszlo!!
Date published: 2018-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 45 years...and counting. The Best. This product is still in my my early 30's I was a "3 o'clock", at 82, I have not found it necessary to change.. Priceless!
Date published: 2017-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love love love. Love the smell, love that it's free of phthalates & parabens, and it definitely keeps breakouts at bay. It's a staple for me.
Date published: 2018-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My skin regimen I’ve been using Laszlo products for over 30 years! They’ve made a bit of changes in this time but it still works for me !!
Date published: 2019-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product! Light Controlling Lotion is a product I use twice a day, and I love it, so this value size is perfect!
Date published: 2017-09-25
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Is this oil free?

Asked by: Leslievolk
Yes, this product is oil free. It is an astringent, and is the only product of ours to contain alcohol in the formula.
Answered by: EL Advisor
Date published: 2019-02-25

Does the light controlling lotion come in a larger size?

Asked by: Sadie
Sometimes it does...I think they're out of stock now...last time I checked.
Answered by: Sujay
Date published: 2019-03-20

Do I need to use both light controlling lotion and the Firmarine Essence Lift lotion after I cleanser? Or is one or the other?

Asked by: Nannie
I have recently returned using Lazlo because of hormonal acne (awful). I like the light controlling lotion because it controls the oiliness of my skin during the day. I only just began the Firmarine line but thinking out does control the oiliness and the other LIFTS (I can only hope) so I am using BOTH but it is too soon to know for sure.
Answered by: Sharon508
Date published: 2019-03-20

I'm 78. Normal 78 year old skin. Used to use Lazlo in the 70s and 80s. What products would I use now? What would my routine be now? Still need toner? Would I use 2 different soaps one for am and one for pm?

Asked by: Tangi
Please contact us at, and we would be happy to help you figure out the best products to use.
Answered by: EL Advisor
Date published: 2019-11-19

I used this control lotion at my age of 26. Not sure if it is the same product with the pinkish powder ? My skin still oily now at 55. Does it still suit my skin type. What is a good matching day moisturizer? 

Asked by: Samsam23
The Light Controlling Lotion is a clear, liquid toner for oily and acne prone skin. You may be thinking of the Shake-It (if used in the daytime), or the Heavy Controlling Lotion (if used in the evening). We no longer carry either of those products, so if you have oily skin, this would be the most beneficial.
Answered by: EL Advisor
Date published: 2019-03-20

Need telephone number to call re pending order 

Asked by: Niko
Hello Niko, You can reach the customer service department by calling 212-373-4700, ext 303.
Answered by: EL Advisor
Date published: 2019-03-20

Does this have SPF in it?

Asked by: Hannah18
No, the Light Controlling Lotion is a refining toner. There are two day creams that contain SPF..... one is the Phelityl Day Lotion with SPF 15 and the other is the Firmarine Day Cream with SPF 30. Both are great options. 
Answered by: Gucciguy
Date published: 2019-03-20

Last time I used EL, the heavy controlling lotion was a must at night after washing.Why have you discontinued it ?

Asked by: Billby
I don't know which of Erno Lazslo's heavy controlling lotion, you used.  The only product named "lotion" I have used is their "Light Controlling Lotion."  It is a toner, I use after washing my face.  It is the best toner I have ever used.  It removes the dirt from my face, which is left, even after I wash.  I did not know how clean my face could be and glow.  For a person with combination oily/normal skin, cleaning one's skin is a critical must.  The "Light Controlling Lotion" applied with a cotton pad after washing, really does cleans that job beautifully.
Answered by: Buksan
Date published: 2018-12-30
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