My dabblings in homemade vegan skin care continue with a lucky little experiment I tried. I’m one of those kids who really bought into the “you must use astringent” and later, in my mid-20s, “you must use toner” babble skincare manufacturers pushed to incite us to buy more-more-more! I’ve heard very conflicting opinions from people in the health and beauty industry as to the real necessity of using an astringent or toner as part of a 3 or 4-step cleansing/moisturizing ritual. Personally, I feel like something’s missing if I don’t do the toner thing before moisturizing, and I do sometimes see that the toner helped budge tenacious traces of make-up, so necessary or not, I’m a subscriber.
I tried this little “Flower Garden Toner” to see if I could create something decent at home, and at a fraction of the price I pay for my Dr. H toner (which I do love, but I am a member of the proletariat damn it!). I was thrilled at how this toner turned out! The positives are it is light and gentle, and really helps keep my skin feeling clean and fresh. The triple-flower-power helps right excess shine (sebum busters), and that’s a plus in the summer when I am very often make-up free. Oh, and did I mention that it’s purple (Katie!). The down side to this toner for me was two-fold : 1) It should be kept in the fridge since it is a water-based toner and hasn’t got much in the line of preservatives. Because it’s in the fridge, it’s a bit chilly, but that’s probably a good thing circulation-wise. It just weirds me out a smidge (which rimes with fridge). 2) I was expecting my flower medley to smell as sweet as the Springtime, but it has a bit of a hydrogen peroxide smell to it (which doesn’t linger on your face, rest assured). I thought with all that flower action it would have a more pleasant odor, but that’s not the case. I based this on two different recipes I found for toners, both of which calling for dried rose petals, rose water only, and essential oil of rose. I didn’t have those things on hand, and rose EO is really, really expensive (at least it is here), so I went with what I had. Chamomile and lavender are really great for the skin, too, and I don’t regret winging it at all! (Just remember, I’m not a chemist or professional, so please proceed at your own risk! Remember to sterilize your jar & lid carefully, and to sterilize the bottle you’ll store your toner in, etc.).
- 25g dried lavender flowers
- 100ml rose water
- 150ml chamomile water
- 60ml apple cider vinegar
- 7 drops lavender essential oil
Everything goes in a sterile jar with a tight-fitting lid. Shake well and put it in the fridge for about 7-10 days, shaking once or twice a day. It will be very purple and pretty. Filter out the flowers and pour into a sterile bottle with a tight-fitting lid. Keep refrigerated. This should keep well for about 2-4 weeks, but remember, if it suddenly changes in color or in smell, or if in doubt, discard. I’ve been using mine for two weeks now and it’s still ok.
Oh goodness, haven’t thought about astringent in a long time, but I, too dutifully fell into that habit many years back, but I believe the products contained alcohol. Not good! This mixture you have sounds wonderful – and I love lavender. Thanks!
DIY skin care is fantastic. What a great idea to add fresh lavender to the rose water.I usually don’t use essential oils in my skin care products, my skin doesn’t like the, but they are great for body creams.
You are the opposite of me– I will eat a smaller breakfast BEFORE I run (so I guess my tofu scramble would really qualify as a “second” breakfast).
Oh how lovely! Toner is such a nice refreshing treat for the skin. I will certainly be making this. Thank you for sharing.
Yay! You’re a table bumper too?! It would be fun to get a bunch of us table bumpers together in a cool restaurant (vegan of course) and see what mayhem ensues!
Jen, chamomile water is like rose water or orange water (for baking for example). Sometimes they are called hydrolates. They can be found in most health food stores, though sometimes they are with the beauty products, sometimes with the baking products…depends on the store. I’m not sure how to go about making your own, but it sounds like a very neat idea to look into!
i need start making more things myself, too! this sounds wonderful!! hooray!
wonderful! i also must have a toner in the morning before moisturizing, and while i love my kiehl’s, i don’t like some of the ingredients. i will definitely try this. but must ask, what is chamomile water? is it something you buy, or can you make it? my chamomile is in full bloom right now…
I meant, I also “use” expensive Arbonne stuff…I wasn’t trying for ebonics. It just comes out that way sometimes…
Oooh, I bet this smells so damn good! I love lavender. And I’m also a believer in the importance of using toner. It makes me feel clean, and like you said, removes stubborn traces of make-up. But I also uses expensive Arbonne stuff, so this sounds way better on the pocketbook…and probably the face too.
What a fabulous creation. I love lavender and I could definitely use a break from $22/bottle toner!
I can almost smell it from here…. it must be so great!
I bet that smells awesome.. I’ll have to see if my Whole Foods has all those ingredients!!
will it have the same effect on my skin if I dive into that pile of dried lavender flowers? it’s so inviting.
Did someone say purple?! (Ears perk up.) I love all your DIY beauty product posts. And since, like you, I often go makeup-less in the summertime, I’m interested in trying this.
On a different note, I hate when my comments don’t save 😦
But I’ve had a talk with Mr. Broccoli, and he will be nicer to you from now on!
Oooh, I LOVE the scent of lavender – sounds fabulous!