Easy Homemade Face Toners and Tonics
Cleanse, Tone and Moisturize
Face toners, tonics, astringents or fresheners are one of those skin care items that have gone hand in hand with cleansers and moisturizers. When I was starting out in the world of cosmetic retail, the 3 step skin care routine was the buzz phrase and cleansing, toning and moisturizing was the daily skin care routine of millions of women across the world.
Cleansers for example, have changed and evolved with modern living and the needs of the consumer. Where heavy cream based cleansers such as ponds cold cream were huge in bygone days, today we see more face washes, light lotions or even 2 in 1 products (cleanser and toner) taking centre stage on the shelves.
Skin toners may seem somewhat redundant and are often the one skin care product to be dropped but they are still an important step in skin care for all ages, in my opinion for refining the skin.
Rose Petals Make Rosewater
DIY Skin Toner or Tonic
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A Toner for All Skin Types
Making your own toner means you have a product that is not costing the earth, has basic but beautiful ingredients and is not packed with alcohol, chemicals, synthetic fragrance and toxins that should carry the warning “hazardous to your health” on the label.
Alcohol which may be as high as 12-15%+ in a tonic or toner will actually dehydrate the skin and damage skin cells.
Alcohol in an astringent type toner is often regarded as necessary for oily skin but this is misleading as oily skin may be dehydrated and an alcohol based toner will strip the skin of natural oils.
Say no to alcohol in skin care end of . . . . you don't require it.
With wonderful ingredients including plant and flower extracts in essential oils, skin toners are a must for all skin types.
I have put together four simple recipes that are all basically the same, starting off with Rosewater, a mix of Rosewater and Witch hazel or a Chamomile Infusion.
Easy Homemade Rosewater
What do Skin Toners Do?
- Removes Last Traces of Cleanser
- Re-Balances Acid Mantle (pH of Skin)
- Tightens Pores
- Prevents Skin Congestion
- Stimulates Blood Circulation
- Removes Daily Grime
- Removes Chemicals Found in Water
- Rejuvenates Skin
- Removes Excess Oil
- Freshens Skin
- Treats Pimples, Acne
- Prepares the Skin for Moisturizer
Basic Toner Recipe
- Add the rosewater or rosewater / witch hazel mix into a clean, sterilized glass bottle.
- Add in the essential oils for particular recipe.
- Make the infusion (for sensitive skin only) using pure Chamomile tea or a Chamomile tea bag in hot water as you would for weak black tea. Allow to cool and pour into your bottle. Add in a drop of German Camomile EO.
- Screw on lid tightly and give a really good shake to combine the oils and base.
- Store it in a cool, dark place and leave for 36 hours before shaking it again.
- Using coffee filter paper, pour the toner through the filter into a glass bowl or jug to remove excess essential oil.
- Re bottle and remember to give a good shake each time before using.
Pelargonium graveol (Geranium Oil)
Chrysopogon zizanioides (vetiver)
Normal to Dry Skin
1 drop Vetiver Essential Oil
1 drop Geranium Essential Oil
Benefits of Vetiver EO
- Skin Moisturizer
- Dehydrated Skin
- Improves Dry Skin
- Improves Skin Tone
- Anti-Aging Benefits
- Reduces Stretch Marks
Benefits of Geranium EO
- Balances pH of Skin
- Mosquito Repellent
Simplicity and Beauty
Combination Skin (Normal / Oily)
100 ml Rosewater
1 drop Juniper Essential Oil
1 drop Rose Essential Oil
Benefits of Juniper EO
- Oily Skin
- Unblocks Pores
Benefits of Rose EO
- Broken Capillaries
- Mature Skin
Italian Cypress (Cupressus sempervirans)
White or East Indian Sandalwood
50 ml Witch hazel
1 drop Cypress Essential Oil
2 drops Sandalwood Essential Oil
Benefits of Cypress EO
- Helps Acne Skin
- Clears Congested Skin
- Varicose Veins
- Calming Skin
- Helps Perspiration
Benefits of Sandalwood EO
- Itchy skin
- Acne or Oily Skin
- Reduces Scar Tissue
Chamomile Herbal Infusion
100ml Chamomile Infusion
1 drop German Camomile Essential Oil
Benefits of German Camomile EO
- Tissue Regenerating
- Allergic Skins
Further Important Essential Oil Info
- doTERRA - Essential Oils - United States
doTERRA is a company committed to sharing the life-enhancing benefits of therapeutic-grade essential oils and essential oil enhanced wellness products.
- 21 Things You Should Know About Using Essential Oils | Crunchy Betty
A handy, information-packed list of things you should know when working with essential oils - including safety, storage, usage, and a few ideas. (Including my top 7 recommended essential oils to get you started.)
- Essential Oil Skin Patch Test
Learn why and how to perform an essential oil skin patch test.
- Essential Oil Hazards, Warnings, and Guidelines
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