I was just as confused, but I did purchase and it is a toner all the way. Now the anti aging ingredients in it are there to help soften your skin and I do notice a difference in skin texture (I've been using for a week now). I love origins as a brand but, I did notice after cleansing my face when I applied this it actually stung a little. Just a little, and then it goes away after a few seconds. But overall it has great anti-aging properties and ingredients.