Hey all! Happy Thursday 🙂 Today I am sharing with you my first recipe installment of my “Healthful Beauty” series! We girls have been using this recipe for homemade toner for several months now, and love the light, refreshing, even-ing effects that it has on our complexions. It’s super easy, being composed of only 3-4 ingredients; and it’s construction is basically like making tea. Enjoy!
- 2 measuring cups
- small glass bottle w/ lid (like a spice bottle, though preferably a brown or dark colored container, like what they offer here. Unfortunately our brown-tinted container broke by a sister accidentally dropping it, so we had to resort to a clear spice bottle. :P)
- 2 paper coffee filters
- a small-neck funnel
- Sterilize your glass bottle & lid by either letting it sit in boiling water for a few minutes or rinsing it in hot water several times.
- Boil the water and pour it into your measuring cup until you reach the desired amount. Pour in the chamomile and stir, then cover and allow to steep for 15 minutes.
- Place a coffee filter into a small funnel and pour the mixture into your second measuring cup. Repeat the same process with a new coffee filter, this time pouring the mixture into your sterilized bottle. Allow the mixture to cool, then add the desired amount of essential oils* to the toner and shake well to mix. Allow to stand for 48 hours, shaking periodically.
- After the 48 hours are up, strain the toner through a coffee filter like described above. Store the toner in a cool dark place until needed.
- Normal Skin: Neroli, Geranium, Lavender, or Palmarosa
- Dry Skin: Neroli, Patchouli, Sandalwood, or Geranium
- Oily: Rosemary, Lavender, Lemon, or Geranium
- Sensitive: Neroli or Lavender
I hope this recipe was helpful! Let me know if you plan to/have made it in the comments below! Skin care experimentation can be super fun, and also a little bit scary because of how your skin might react to different ingredients. Sometimes the best way to begin adventuring in the realm of homemade cosmetics is to start with something basic and low-key, like a toner; and then branch out into more complex recipes like spot treatments, masks, and soaps. Just have fun and enjoy yourself!
CREDITS // Author & Photography: Charlotte Boyer; Photos edited with VSCO Presets.