DIY Rosy Glow Facial Toner
Have you been looking for an all-natural facial toner that gives you a healthy glow? Well, this one is filled with "rose-y" goodness comprised of three different rose ingredients for a natural pink glow. From rose-infused witch hazel to aloe vera gel, your skin will be loving the nourishment.
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This DIY Rosy Glow Facial Toner has amazing skin toning benefits
This is one of best DIY witch hazel toners you will ever make. The ingredients inside are good for all skin types and it's super easy to put together.
This recipe was concocted due to a few reasons. One, roses smell wonderful and rosewater benefits are outstanding. Two, knowing that roses are so good for the skin, I knew a DIY toner made with them was sorely needed. Third, my grandma has a beautiful climbing rose bush in her backyard with quite a history so free, unaldulterated roses with a fabulous history were right within reach.
In my grandma's backyard is a rosebush that is over 40 years old. My grandma thinks it is closer to 100 years old. Actually, she stole obtained a clipping on one of her trips visiting the different states of our family generations. It is a sweet smelling rose with shades of super light pink to salmon to purple. It's a lovely treat for rose lovers.
That being said, I am not exactly a rose lover. However, I do love the skin benefits we receive from them. And this DIY rosy glow facial toner is bursting with benefits.
Here's a quick breakdown of the ingredients you'll need to make this super easy recipe.
Rose-Infused Witch Hazel
Rose Water or Rose Hydrosol
Rose Otto Essential Oil with Jojoba Oil (more on that later)
Rosehip Seed Oil
Aloe Vera Gel
Do you need a facial toner?
Facial toners can do many wonderful things for your skin. They help to remove any leftover makeup. They can help tighten pores. They can deliver nourishing ingredients to parched skin, and they can help balance out the skin's pH balance. Different toners can do different things. This one I've put together can be helpful in all these areas.
When do i use a facial toner?
A facial toner can be used up to twice a day. A good skin routine consists of washing the face twice a day and following with a toner and moisturizers. Of course, there are always exceptions to this rule. I, for one, do not tone twice a day due to my sensitive skin. In the mornings, I generally wash my face with a sensitive facial cleanser and follow with facial lotion. In the evening is when I use a toner.
Your skin care needs may be different. You may like using a facial toner in the mornings and the evenings. And while I have formulated this one to be gentle and brimming with gentle rose ingredients, the witch hazel can be a bit drying for some people. If you find that's the case, just use once daily.
Where do you apply facial toner?
Facial toner is typically applied to the entire face including forehead and even down the neck. Many people recommend not applying around the eye area due to the fact that's it's such a sensitive area. This is usually the recommendation I follow.
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor nor certified aromatherapist. Please use your essential oils with caution. Read full disclaimer here.
DIY Rosy glow facial toner
Most of the ingredients can be found in stores. With the popularity of DIY products and all-natural beauty, witch hazel, rose water, aloe vera, and essential oils have become staples in most supermarkets. Of course, these items can be found online.
Rose-Infused Witch Hazel
Almost anything can be infused. Oils, water, aloe vera gel, and even the wonderful witch hazel. In order to infuse witch hazel with rose petals, you need a jar and about a week. You can use dry but I prefer fresh just picked petals. That way you get to smell them as you are pulling them from the bud.
Pop the petals in your jar and cover with the witch hazel. I used about 1/4 cup petals to 3 oz witch hazel. Let this sit for 5-7 days and then strain. Depending on the color of roses you used, you may end up with a yellow liquid or a pink liquid.
Rose water or Rose Hydrosol
Rosewater is rose petals infused into water. Distilled water is recommended. If you don't have distilled, then boiling your water for 10 minutes should hopefully rid it of any nasty toxins. Rose water for skin care is great by itself and easy to make at home. It works the same way as infusing witch hazel.
You add your petals together with your water and heat it on low for 10-15 minutes. Roses are delicate so I prefer not to heat it any longer but I do let it cool to room temperature and let the petals sit for a day or so. Even just a couple hours will give you a great return on your investment.
Rose hydrosol is typically something you purchase. What is the difference between rose water and rose hydrosol? Great question! Here is a post that explains this wonderfully.
Rose Otto Essential Oil with Jojoba Oil
This is where it can get a little expensive. There are many options for Rose Essential Oil. There is Rose Absolute, Rose Otto. Blend of Rose, and even Bulgarian Rose essential oil. It can take hundreds of pounds of petals to make just a gallon of essential oil.
Depending on what you choose, you're looking at upwards of $200 for one bottle of essential oil. Yowzas! For this recipe, I chose Rose Otto with Jojoba Oil made by Aura Cacia. This is a company I've been using for many years and I like their oils. It was priced under $20 at my local store and contained jojoba oil which is similar to the skin's own sebum ultimately making it a great choice for this DIY Rosy Glow Facial Toner.
If you would like to purchase a pure Rose Essential Oil, these are the ones I would recommend
Aura Cacia Rose Absolute $48.34
Aura Cacia Rose Otto $213.23
There is a difference between the Rose Absolute and the Rose Otto. Rose Otto is true essential oil whereas Rose Absolute uses solvent extraction with what's leftover from the Rose Otto. It's all confusing, I know. Here is a great post that fully explains the difference.
Rosehip Seed Oil
The amazing and glorious Rosehip Oil is so perfect for this recipe. Rosehips are the seed pods of roses. Basically, what's left after blooming. They're really quite beautiful and edible. They are used to make tea, jam, and the seeds are rich in Vitamin C, hence the reason we use the oil in beauty products. In addition, this particular oil is great for evening out skin tone, treating wrinkles as well as brightening the skin.
aloe vera gel
If you've been making your own beauty products for any length of time, you're sure to have used aloe vera gel at some point. With it's hydrating, wrinkle fighting, skin healing, refreshing attributes, it's a staple in most homes these days.
If you'd like, you can infuse your aloe vera gel with rose petals. You put it all into a small food processor and grind it up, then strain out the petals with a fine mesh sieve or pressing through cheesecloth. The Nerdy Farmwife, Jan Berry is one of my favorite bloggers and she has some amazing books that taught me how to do this.
A few of her outstanding books and courses are The Soapmaking Success Course, The Natural Bath Bomb Ebook and Bath Care Package, and the Essential Oils For Soapmaking Chart. For the aloe infused recipe, you can find it in The Handmade Lotions and Creams Course. Jan's courses are amazing and I really can't recommend them enough.
Alright, on to the recipe.
3 oz Rose-Infused Witch Hazel
2 oz Rose Water or Hydrosol
3 drops Rose Otto Essential Oil With Jojoba Oil
1/2 Tsp Rosehip Seed Oil
1 Tbsp Aloe Vera Gel
-Combine all ingredients into a container and shake gently. Apply to a cotton round and gently apply to face, forehead and neck if desired. Follow with moisturizer if desired. Makes approximately 5.5 oz.
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I thoroughly enjoy making my own beauty products. I've been using essential oils for years and my skin shows it. I just started making my own face creams using the recipes I've found in The Handmade Lotions and Creams Book. It's satisfying and fun to do it yourself. My friends, family and the aides in my son's class love it too!
Please let me know if you have any questions. I hope you enjoy the recipe.
Have a blessed day!