Rose Water Toners
A really simple beauty gift is a little bottle of rose water or rose toner (seen above). Pour it into old apothecary bottles and one will be hard pressed not to want to show it off on a vanity or sink. Here is how you can do it too:
Natural Rosewater Skin Toner Recipe
Natural rosewater toners are simpler than you think but they're ability to heal the skin is amazing. Here's the recipe I use to create mine each Spring.
- 2 cups organic rose water
- 1/2 cup witch hazel
- 1 capsule of vitamin E or 1/4 teaspoon vitamin E oil
- A pinch sea salt (optional)
- 5 drops natural vegetable glycerin (optional)
- 3 drops Rose essential oil
Combine all of the above ingredients and swirl to combine. Decant into a clean glass or plastic spray bottle. Keep refrigerated. This will last up to two weeks.To use apply to your face with a cotton ball after cleansing your face and neck. In the winter especially this is so very soothing to the skin.
DetailsPrep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 2 and 1/2 cups
In a microwave or over the stove in a small sauce pan, combine the witch hazel, 1/2 cup of water and your rose petals (and rose hips if you have them). Bring to a simmer and turn heat off. Cover and let steep for 4 to 5 hours and then strain off plant material. Alternately, see the video technique for making floral water above. Once cooled you can then add any of the optional ingredients.
P.S. for another way to use your rose water, in a bath elixir, see the recipe and how-to here.
Image: MAM for Gave That
Amounts for the rose petals/rose water itself is included in the video. I use as many as possible, usually 8 cups or more because of the supply I currently have access to. For the rose toner I cut the rose water in half with witch hazel 50/50. Then I add one capsule or vitamin E.