How To Make Your Own Herbal Cosmetics - Toners and Astringents

Along with cleansing creams, a good foundation for all skin types are the astringents, toners, refreshers, and skin tonics. Their job is to remove all traces of the cleansing cream. They also tighten your pores, along with making your skin feel tingling clean.

The word astringent basically means any plant or substance that constricts body tissues (including skin) upon topical application. The word comes from the Latin "adstringere" which means to find fast.

Along with all that, toners are a great way to feel refreshed on hot days or for a quick cleanswer facial during the day.

Make a good enough one, and you'll find yourself reaching again and again, on the days when you need to feel awakened and relaxed.

It may surprise you to know that all the these are also astringents:

  1. Alum
  2. Bayberry
  3. Calamine lotion
  4. Oatmeal
  5. Rubbing alcohol
  6. Yarrow
  7. Witch Hazel

Most surprising of all and the most natural astringent known to science? Very cold water.

Additionally, it is important to know what kind of astringent works best for your type of skin. For example, those with rosewater in them, may be best for people with dry skin. Whereas, astringents for oily skins would be those with sage and alcohol as ingredients.

Cucumbers
Cucumbers | Source

What's The Difference?

Some of us might wonder exactly what is the difference between a toner, an astringent, and a refresher, or a skin tonic?

  • Astringent-- They are best for removing unwanted oils from skin and tightening up pores. Additionally, they improve circulation, lower PH levels, and clean. They should always be used BEFORE applying moisturizers.
  • Toner -Toner is simply another terminology for an astringent.
  • Refresher - Simply any astringent product that is generally alcohol free and that removes soap residue and surface oil. In other words, it too is another word for astringent.
  • Skin Tonic - Again, not much difference, a skin tonic is also another name for an astringent type product.

 

Rose bunch, Rosa sp. cultivars, flower market, Place Monge, Paris
Rose bunch, Rosa sp. cultivars, flower market, Place Monge, Paris | Source

Dry Skin - Rose Toner

From your garden: Rose petals

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup rosewater
  • 2/3 cup witch hazel
  • 7 drops glycerin
  • 1 handful crushed rose petals

Instructions:

  • Gently heat rosewater and glycerin in double boiler
  • Add crushed rose petals
  • Turn off burner and allow to steep for 2 hours
  • Add witch hazel
  • Cool to room temperature
  • Strain through cheesecloth
  • Place in sterile bottle
  • Refrigerate
  • Shake well before each use

Note: Shelf life in refrigerator -- 1 month if kept refrigerated

Cautions: Some individuals are allergic to witch hazel, be sure to test if you are not certain.

Other Types of Toners

Many different herbs and plants can be used for astringents. Some of the more popular are:

  • Chamomile
  • Cucumbers
  • Elderflower
  • Lavender
  • Orange-flower
  • Roses
  • Sandalwood

 

This image shows a close-up shot of a Scarlet Sage plant (Salvia splendens).
This image shows a close-up shot of a Scarlet Sage plant (Salvia splendens). | Source

Oily Skin - Western Sage Astringent

From your herb garden: Sage leaves

Ingredients:

  • 6 handfuls of sage leaves, mashed (or use 4 tablespoons of dried sage leaves
  • 5 tablespoons of vodka
  • 1/2 teaspoon borax
  • 3 tablespoons of witch hazel
  • 12 drops of glycerin

Instructions:

  • Macerate (Make Your Own Herbal Cosmetics - History and Basics) the sage in the vodka for three weeks
  • Strain
  • Dissolve the borax in the witch hazel
  • Mix into alcohol
  • Add glycerin drops
  • Funnel into sterile bottles
  • Cap tightly
  • Refrigerate
  • Always shake well before use

Note: Shelf life in refrigerator -- 1 month if kept refrigerated

Cautions: Some individuals are allergic to witch hazel, be sure to test if you are not certain. Some individuals are allergic to sage, be sure to test if you are not certain.

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Rosmarinus officinalis - Rosemary in bloom
Rosmarinus officinalis - Rosemary in bloom | Source

Everybody's Skin - Rosemary Astringent

From your herb garden: Rosemary (Works as a tonic and an antiseptic while improving circulation and deep cleaning); lemon; orange; mint leaves; and roses

Ingredients:

  • 1 handful of crushed rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons of finely grated lemon peel
  • 1 tablespoon of finely grated orange peel
  • 25 crushed mint leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon sodium benzoate
  • 3/4 cup of rosewater
  • 1/2 teaspoon brandy

Instructions:

  • Boil mint leaves, lemon and orange peels for 30 minutes
  • Cool to room temperature
  • Add crushed rosemary, sodium benzoate, and brandy
  • Blend everything until a smooth and liquid lotion
  • Cool
  • Funnel into bottles
  • Refrigerate

Note: Shelf life in refrigerator -- 1 month if kept refrigerated

Oranges
Oranges | Source

Oily Skin - Lemon Lime Orange Astringent

From your garden: Lemon; lime; and orange

Ingredients:

  • 2 lemons
  • 2 limes
  • 2 oranges
  • 1 1/2 cups ethanol alcohol

Instructions:

  • Slice lemons, limes, and oranges very very thin
  • Gradually add to blender with ethanol alcohol
  • Blend until you are satisfied with it as a thick paste

Note: Shelf life in refrigerator -- 3 months if kept refrigerated

 

Lavender in bloom
Lavender in bloom | Source

Dry Skin - Flowery Herb Tonic

From your flower garden and your herb garden: Lavender flowers (a healing and gentle tonic suitable for all skin types; and lemon verbena (a stimulating herb)

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons of lavender flowers (or three handfuls of fresh of the same)
  • 3 1/2 cups of distilled water
  • 2 tablespoons of dried lemon verbena (or 3 handfuls of fresh ones)

Instructions:

  • Mix lemon verbena and lavender flowers after cutting up into small pieces into double boiler
  • Pour boiling distilled water over herbs and flowers
  • Cover
  • Allow to steep on very low heat for at least two hours
  • Cool to room temperature
  • Stain through cheese cloth
  • Funnel into a sterile bottle

Note: Shelf life in refrigerator -- 1 month if kept refrigerated

French marigold
French marigold | Source

Everybody's Skin - Marigold Lemon Skin Tonic

From your garden: Marigold flowers and lemons

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons of dried marigold (or 3 handfuls of fresh cut marigold flowers)
  • 2 tablespoons of witch hazel
  • 1 cup of lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 cups of distilled water

Instructions:

Place marigold flowers after cutting up into small pieces into double boiler Add lemon juice Pour boiling distilled water over flowers and lemon juice Cover Allow to steep on very low heat for at least two hours Cool to room temperature Add witch hazel Stain through cheese cloth Funnel into a sterile bottle

Note: Shelf life in refrigerator -- 1 month if kept refrigerated

Cautions: Some individuals are allergic to witch hazel, be sure to test if you are not certain.


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

I loved this hub n got to make some for myself. There is nothing like home made stuff ESP for ones skin. Voted up as useful


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Jerilee Wei 5 years ago from United States Author

Thanks Mineral Based Cosmetics! That's how we all should be thinking.

hanks rayleelovecj! Natural is always best.

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rayleelovecj 6 years ago from ohio

I love this page!!! I love to use natural things so this page was very helpful and i thank you for sharing it with me!!!


Mineral Based Cosmetics 6 years ago

There you go! I love this article. You know what, I campaign for natural methods because it's good for health.


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Jerilee Wei 6 years ago from United States Author

Thanks rajasekaraharath!

Thanks VibrantViews!


rajasekarabharath 6 years ago

your hubpage is good publish some new kind of homemade herbal cleansers or face creams.


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Jerilee Wei 6 years ago from United States Author

Thanks kims3003! Hope it works out for you.


kims3003 6 years ago

great idea - going to print to try this A+


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Jerilee Wei 6 years ago from United States Author

Thanks advisor4qb!

Thanks Hussains!


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Hussains 6 years ago from Olympia, WA

Thanks for so much information. A very useful hub. Thanks for sharing it all.


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advisor4qb 6 years ago from On New Footing

Awesome, I love this kind of stuff!


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Jerilee Wei 6 years ago from United States Author

Thanks alekhouse! Let me know how they turn out.


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alekhouse 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

Wow! Thanks for all the recipes. I love this idea...will certainly be trying out some of the recipes. Thanks


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Jerilee Wei 6 years ago from United States Author

Thanks Hello, hello! We all need to share our recipes more so others can improve upon them.


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

You are really kind and generous to write this hub with all these information. Thank you very much


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Jerilee Wei 6 years ago from United States Author

Thanks Nancy's Niche! There is a lot more to follow on this topic. Sharing the info is the fun part.


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Nancy's Niche 6 years ago from USA

Another great hub on au natural skin treatments---thanks for the info!

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