Rosewater and ACV Toner

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UPDATE 20 March, 2017 – Mr. Nest and I were recently in Hope Town in the Bahamas visiting friends when I ran out of my toner (that I buy here these days and like very much).  We were on a small cay with limited shopping. What to do?

I headed here to my own post from a few years ago and threw an abbreviated version of this together using 2 ounces filtered water, about 1/8 teaspoon (or less) ACV and a few drops of AMEO’s Pure Tranquility essential oil blend. It still works great! Which leaves me wondering… why did I stop making my own?

Rosewater and ACV Toner
Rosewater and ACV Toner

Part of the “I’ve Got a Secret” series

As shared on Homestead Barn Hop #153 and Homemade Mondays Week 74

Apple Cider Vinegar is the main active ingredient in my toner and I’ve been very satisfied with it for about a year now. However, my skin has begun feeling a little too tight after toning.  I blame Winter.  Tweaking it (the toner, not Winter… although, hmmm!) has been on my mind, but it’s taken awhile to decide what to do about it.

So, it simmered on the back burner while daily life continued.

Do you know how important toner is for keeping your skin healthy? It took me years to understand the point of toner.

Most facial cleansers are alkaline-based. Even most homemade, gentle face cleansers have a bit of alkaline in them. Every time you wash your face, these cleansers strip your skin of its natural protection and raise its pH just enough to hinder its ability to keep itself healthy.  Toner, which is very slightly acidic to negate the alkaline, has the special assignment of helping to rebalance your skin’s pH which, in turn, allows your skin to go back to doing its job.

This simmering idea had a purpose.  But still, Nothing…

At Last!… You know how your mind comes up with solutions while you’re doing something else, like catching up on laundry or washing your hair?  I was working on mixed projects, household and business, when it hit me. Chamomile and Rosewater!

I could not get working on it fast enough!

Rosewater and ACV Toner

Yields: approximately 1 1/4 cups

What’s in it…
1 cup (240 ml) purified water (be sure you use purified or filtered water)
2 teabags or Tablespoons of chamomile tea (you can find it here)
2 Tbsp (30 ml) rosewater (you can find it here)
2 Tbsp (30 ml) orange blossom water (you can find it here)
2 Tbsp (30 ml) ACV (I use this)
Essential oils** of your choice (optional):
• 10 True Lavender (you can buy it here) – skin calming
• 5 Grapefruit (you can buy it here) – promotes collagen production
• 3 vanilla (you can buy it here) – moisturizes and soothes
• 3 drops Ylang Ylang (you can buy it here) – helps with the skin’s production of sebum which can be disrupted by washing
• 2 Frankincense (you can buy it here) – great for wrinkles

How to pull it together…

In the microwave, heat the water in a pint/500 ml mason jar or 1 cup measuring cup for about 90 seconds. It should be very hot but not boiling.

Using a kitchen towel or oven mitts, carefully remove jar from microwave. Drop in 2 teabags, loosely cover and let stand for 30 To 60 minutes until cooled.

Once the tea has cooled, remove and discard or compost the tea bags. With a tea strainer, strain out any loose tea leaves or sediment. To the clear tea, add rosewater, orange blossom water and ACV. Cover tightly and shake it together for 5 to 10 seconds.

Optional: Add essential oils**. I used these:  Lavender, Grapefruit, Rose, Ylang Ylang and Frankincense.

Shake it up again and immediately (while the oils are still suspended) fill a 2 to 4 ounce (60 to 120 ml) spray bottle. Store the remaining toner in a glass jar, tightly closed and refrigerated, until ready to use.

How to use toner:
Shake the bottle with 3 or 4 stiff shakes. Spray 8 to 10 times onto a cotton round or cotton ball and lightly wipe your face. Follow with a non-toxic moisturizer.

I’ve been using this new toner for a week now. It leaves my skin feeling balanced. Not moisturized, but not dried out, either. I always follow with my non-toxic moisturizer and then a few sprays of my own Hydrating !Spritz!

And my face is happy all day!

Now to find a solution to this winter.

**With essential oils, less is better than more. Don’t be tempted to add more oil thinking it will be even better. Essential oils are highly concentrated and need to be taken seriously. Use them sensibly. If in doubt, look it up or use less.

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