Detoxifying & pore tightening toner

Light Controlling Lotion

$60.00 6.8 oz

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Tried and true. Our very first toner ever made, this cult-favorite has remained an essential part of a skin-detoxifying routine thanks to its gentle but effective exfoliation and pore-tightening powers. 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 such as:

  • Sweet birch to lightly exfoliate dead skin cells and clear the way for newer, younger ones.

  • Clove oil, a soothing antiseptic, to help eliminate the oil and bacteria that can lead to breakouts or dullness while calming irritation.

  • Glycerin, a natural moisture magnet, to attract and hold hydration for a glowing complexion.


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.

How to Use

Immediately after cleansing, sweep over skin with a cotton pad, avoiding the eyes. Use day and night as part of your bespoke Double Cleansing Ritual. Follow with treatments and moisturizers to match your skin’s needs.

Light Controlling Lotion is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 78.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Toner Hero!! I love this toner. I like the simple, but effective ingredients. It makes my skin brighter and works to make pores smaller. I think that alcohol gets bad press. It has cleaning properties. It just does. My skin seems to handle it quite well. Let me not forget another thing that I love about this toner. It smells great and so familiar. I forgot about the Lazlo line for a while. I started it again because I love the ritual and my daughter has been having skin problems. I had her stop all the nonsense that she was using and started her on Lazlo. I wish I had helped her sooner and Light Controlling Lotion is vital to that effort. Thank you.
Date published: 2018-04-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Never thought it would work I have had "troubled" skin since early childhood, at times, very severe with cystic acne. I expect the oils in my face are actually too dry and cannot release normally, and food sensitivities definitely make it worse. Toners have never seemed to do much except remove a little more oil. This one has made my pores less visible and vanished the blackheads--a minor miracle in my book. I use the pre-cleansing oil as well. The soaps, thus far, have not been as good as the one I already use. I also like the Transphuse eye cream. My eye wrinkles appear when I smile (beyond normal crow's feet, which would be fine) and the cream may be helping.
Date published: 2016-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Old School I've been a Laszlo fanatic since 1984 and am so thankful the company has at least kept the Sea Mud Soap and the toner! I really miss the rest of the regime with the two different Shake-Its and the really good Oil Controlling Powder that you could actually FEEL working throughout the day when you pressed it into your oily areas! Best stuff on the market, and I've been preaching about it for three decades! Sure, it takes a true commitment, but the end results are SO worth it! Tried everything that comes out, and I always end up back to the Laszlo basics... Got my daughter hooked, too, and she started when she was young - I just made it available to her, taught her the regime, and let her make up her own mind. When I go visit, we're at adjoining sinks with the Sea Mud - LOL.
Date published: 2016-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful stuff! I've been using Erno Laszlo since 1974. First, I used Conditioning Prep, for oily skin, and I've been using Light Controlling Lotion for at least thirty years. It is a most effective toner. I'm sorry that some beloved products are no longer offered, such as the Regular Normalizer Shake-its, and I'm sorry that the products are no longer sold locally, but, I am loyal to the brand and continue to purchase many of the products
Date published: 2017-09-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ahhhh I can start my day now..... I have used Erno Laszlo Light Controlling Lotion for many many years. If I get nothing else done to my face, I get it washed with sea mud soap, and apply the Light Controlling Lotion, and then as I run out apply the Antioxidant Moisture Complex SPF 15 and I am set for the day. It is rare I miss this ritual, but when I do, my day is just not the same! I have tried a few other toners through the years. Most of them have made my skin scaly. The ELLCL tones without any type of reaction at all.
Date published: 2012-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Toner to the Stars Every time I walk through the skin care department at Saks or Neiman Marcus and they have a new skin care line they always try to get me to give up on Erno. They tell me i should never use a toner with \"alcohol.\" The first thing i ask them is how old they think i am, every time they guess 10 years and more under my real age. Then i just laugh and tell them i am sticking with the tried and true Dr. Laszlo! Can\'t live without it.
Date published: 2013-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The holy grail of toners First off: I'm new to EL. My skin is still adjusting. That said, I love this toner. I was surprised since it has a high alcohol content and is pretty fragrant but I think I have found a holy grail toner. I only realized how well the sea mud soap was doing in cleaning when my cotton round (after using this toner) still looked clean. Appears to help with acne and balancing out the face. Marked a star off for value simply because I find I go through it quicker than the other products.
Date published: 2015-06-21
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
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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: 2018-08-22

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: 2018-09-06

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: 2018-07-03

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: 2018-06-06

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: 2018-04-09

I am trying to figure out which Erno Laszlo toner is best for my skin.  I have only tried the Sensitive, Black Mud, and White Marble dual cleansing systems and love them all.  I currently use SK-II Facial Treatment Essence, which works really well, too.

Asked by: knw17
I have sensitive skin and a lot of redness. I like the light controlling lotion for two reasons, it visibly removes excess cleansing products and it doesn't dry my skin. My skin feels cleaner and healthier without tightening.
Answered by: Smartie1950
Date published: 2018-09-06

Light Controlling Lotion

I recently began my Erno Laszlo Ritual. Why am I experiencing breakouts?
Asked by: Jane D.
When I first started using Erno Lazlo, 40 years ago, I experienced breakouts at first. This is due to the product flushing out all toxins and bacteria on a deep level. The breakouts subsided after a couple of weeks. My skin has continued to be beautiful ever since.
Answered by: Deb3
Date published: 2018-09-06

 Light Controlling lotion no longer available in the 4oz bottles?

Asked by: Evief
Hi Light Controlling Lotion is available year round in a 6.8oz bottle and at certain times in a 12oz value size.
Answered by: Customer Service
Date published: 2018-09-06
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