The roses used in this fragrant, refreshing toner are more astringing than witch hazel and compatible with any skin type. If possible, you should use organic roses in this recipe, as conventionally grown roses are often sprayed with chemicals, and you don’t want chemicals to be infused in your toner.
You will need:
Clean jar with lid
Fresh rose petals (preferably organic)
1 vanilla bean
Witch hazel extract
Spray bottle or small lidded container
Put the rose petals in the jar until it’s nearly full (or take the jar with you when you gather the petals, and place them in it).
Add the vanilla bean to the jar, and then fill the jar with the witch hazel extract, making sure that all of the plant matter is submerged.
Close the jar and let the mixture infuse for between two and six weeks away from direct sunlight. Shake the jar daily.
Strain your lovely toner and enjoy!
To use: After cleansing, apply the toner to your face with a cotton ball, or spritz it on the skin lightly. Follow with your favorite moisturizer. The toner will keep longer if it’s stored in a cool place, but it doesn’t need to be refrigerated.
Reprinted with permission from The Herbal Bath and Body Book © 2014 by Heather Lee Houdek, Lark Crafts, an imprint of Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. Photography by Lark Crafts (£16.99, available from www.thegmcgroup.com)