Cooling, Calming & Clarifying DIY Facial Toner

Generally, by this time of year in Canada, spring has (read: almost) sprung. When I was in my mother’s backyard this morning, I noticed that the daffodils, tulips, crocuses and hyacinths are already in full force. I always like to see the first spring flowers, but I’d be lying if I told you that there wasn’t a tiny part of me that was filled with dread at the sight of these cheerful early-bird blooms. 

Why? Because, well, after spring comes summer.

Confession time: I don’t particularly enjoy the summer. I don’t fare well in heat or humidity—they wreak havoc on my sleep, skin, and hair.

Today, I thought I would share a recipe that made the last couple of summers slightly more tolerable: DIY Lavender-Rosemary-Mint Cooling, Calming & Clarifying facial toner. 

While this is generally a DIY natural beauty fix that I reserve for the summer months, I have been keeping an atomizer of this in my purse since last year to combat ‘maskne’, because let me tell you, the struggle is real. Everyone’s skin is different, but for me, this works

What you will need: 

Supplies: 

  • 1 small-medium sized pot 
  • 1 colander or strainer
  • 1 atomizer and/or 1 large mason jar 

Ingredients: 

  • 1.5 cups near-boiling water 
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves 
  • 1/8 cup fresh rosemary needles 
  • 1/8 cup dried lavender petals 
  • 1/3 cup witch hazel* 
  • 10 drops tea tree essential oil*

*You can adjust the amount of witch hazel and tea tree oil in this recipe depending on how astringent you want your toner to be. 

Preparation: 

1) Wash the sprigs of mint and rosemary thoroughly and remove the mint leaves and the rosemary needles from their stems. 

2) Place the herbs in a pan and cover them with water. 

3) Allow contents to simmer, keeping a close eye on the stove. Once the water is almost boiling, remove the pan from heat and add in dried lavender petals.

4) Set aside and allow water and herb concoction to cool to room temperature. 

5) Once the mixture has cooled, strain out the herbs and lavender. 

6) Add in witch hazel and tea tree and transfer to a storage container. 

This recipe can be kept at room temperature for up to 2 weeks and up to 1 month in the refrigerator. Enjoy! 

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