DIY Rose Water Face Toner

Working in jobs that involve the outdoors, and also being a runner, I sometimes struggle to find the perfect skin care routine. While I want something heavy-duty to ensure my face is clear of dirt & sweat, I also have relatively sensitive skin to harsh chemicals. But, let’s be real, who really feels 100% certain of putting “who-knows-what” on our face everyday? Especially when we know it isn’t fully natural. That’s why I’ve become a huge fan of making my own face products. That way I know exactly what I’m putting on.

A lot of us have leftover Valentine’s Day roses that are on their last leg right now. But they don’t have to go to waste! Rose Water Toner is not only super cheap & easy to make, but it’s honestly by far my favorite toner I’ve EVER used. I also use it as a make-up setting spray and it’s works wonders. Not to knock every toner/makeup setting spray on the market, cause I’ve had some that I’ve bought which have worked well. But they cost way more! Which is why I was so surprised at how effective this all-natural toner was. After using it for the first time, I instantly felt the toner “tightening” sensation. It also left my skin feeling super smooth. As an added bonus, it smells amazing too.

(P.S. Even if you don’t have leftover Valentine’s Day roses go out and buy yourself some right now cause you’re a strong independent woman (or man) who doesn’t need another person to complete you, OKAY?)

RECIPE:

There’s only a few steps involved in making this toner. It’s so simple and impossible to mess up.

First, you pick all the rose petals off and place them in a small pot. As you’re doing this rinse the petals under water to make sure no unwanted parts of the roses are leftover.

You then fill the pot with just enough water to cover the rose petals. Some petals may float to the surface, but if you hold them down to the bottom of the pot as you fill with water, you’ll get a clear estimate of how much water to add. Don’t fill any more than just enough, or your rose water may become too diluted.

Place the pot on the stove at medium-low heat till it starts to simmer. Cover and cook on low for about 20 minutes. Your actual time may vary, but you can tell when it’s almost finished when the rose petals start to lose their color. They become a pale pink. (Sidenote: While doing this, your entire kitchen will smell like roses, so you’re welcome)

Once finished, strain the rose petals out of the rose water and Voila! All you have to do to make the actual toner is to dilute it with water. I use 3 parts water for every 1 part of rose water. You can dilute it even more based on your personal preference.

I then added the toner to an aesthetically-pleasing glass spray bottle to put in my bathroom.

You can find this one HERE

I bought the pack of two, since it was such an awesome deal.

Sidenote: Like anything natural & good, this stuff has a shelf life. You’ll end up having leftover rosewater, so I store the rest in a mason jar and keep it refrigerated for up to one month, although I’ve heard others who have kept it for longer. For best results, replace the rose water dilution in the glass container every two weeks.

Enjoy! 🙂

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