Rose Water Facial Toner Recipe


A large portion of my teenage and adult years I adored acquiring all types of make-up and facial products.  I was a sucker for new ones that made claims to keep my skin youthful and healthy.  As I routinely discovered the next must-have product, my bathroom filled up with more jars, bottles, and sample packs than any one person could ever use.  It never ever occurred to me to try making any of these products myself.

Then we moved to our homestead just over a decade ago.  With that move came a mindset change as well.  Now, instead of wanting to buy everything already made, I had a passion to figure out how to make everything myself.  At least once.  And so my adventure into crafting and creating began.  Along with this newfound desire to make things from scratch came an astute awareness of the ingredients that made up these rather expensive bottles and jars of creams and potions.  

When I first began reading labels of facial toners, a product I'd used on and off since early adulthood, I was quite surprised at the easily obtainable list of ingredients.  I researched and worked with different recipes I'd found online and in books and eventually settled on a mixture I was happy with.  Once we started our business, it was added to the line of products.  What we (quickly) discovered, however, was that we had too many products for a two-person team to continually make, package, and sell.  So, little-by-little, we've worked on paring down our line and retiring some of our products.

This is one of our Cobble Hill Farm Soap Co. retired products.  I announced last month that once we officially retired it I would share our recipe here, and am happy to do so.  It's super easy and a wonderful product!

First things first....

What Is Facial Toner?
Facial toner can be used for a few of different purposes.  1. it can help shrink your pores, 2. it can help extract additional impurities before applying your facial moisturizer (particularly useful if you wear something heavy like make-up or sunscreen), and 3. it can help even out skin tone.

How To Use It:
Facial toners are best used after your cleansing routine and before you apply a facial moisturizer. 

The ingredients are all liquid, making this the perfect product for a (affiliate link) spray bottle.  If you do decide to go with a spray bottle, you can apply by gently shaking the bottle, closing your eyes and mouth, and spraying your face a couple of times.  Using a clean cotton round you can dab and clean with a gentle circular motion, your now damp skin to remove any excess impurities that may remain.

If you don't have a spray bottle you can put it in a regular bottle and apply with a clean cotton round.  Apply a small amount to the cotton round and then gently dab and circle all over your face.

The Ingredients:
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Rose Water - created by distilling rose petals with steam or water, it is known for it's nourishing, and skin-soothing properties.  **This is an optional ingredient, if you would rather not use it, replace it with the same amount of distilled water (resulting in a total amount of 1 ounce of distilled water in the recipe) or a hydrosol (which is what we used in the peppermint and lime toners we offered).  A hydrosol is the water that remains after the steam distillation of a plant material, and is much less concentrated, and more affordable in many cases, then an essential oil. If using a hydrosol, omit the essential oils.**

Witch Hazel - is a liquid derived from witch hazel shrubs or smaller-sized trees.  It is an astringent used for it's anti-viral and anti-inflammatory qualities.

Distilled Water - water that has had minerals and impurities removed.

Aloe Vera Liquid - derived from the aloe vera plant, it is moisturizing with natural anti-inflammatory properties.

Vegetable Glycerin - a liquid derived from plants such as coconut or rapeseed, it cleanses the face without clogging the pores and offers moisturizing and restorative properties.

Essential Oils - we used Rose and Geranium, however, there are many essential oils that can be used in your toner.  Skin-loving essential oils include:
and finally, the recipe....

Rose Water Facial Toner
makes one - 2 ounce bottle

1/2 ounce distilled water
1/2 ounce rose water (or equal amounts hydrosol - see note above)
1/2 ounce witch hazel
1/2 teaspoon vegetable glycerin (optional)
3-4 drops essential oils (see list above), (optional)

1. Add all of the ingredients to your choice of container.  
2. Secure the lid or sprayer top.
3. Gently shake to combine.
4. Store in airtight container at room temperature and out of direct sunlight.  (*in the summer it's refreshing to store in the refrigerator and apply cold to your skin*)

*As with any skincare product, always spot test first to ensure there is no reaction.  Never use essential oils directly on your skin without first diluting.*


Kathy said...

How generous sharing the recipe to your readers. It sounds like a lovely toner maybe next year I will have time to make some. Hope you have a Merry Christmas and safe and Happy New Year and here's to 2021.

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

Thanks Kathy. Merry Christmas and happy new year to you and your family too!

Jennifer S. said...

How wonderful for you to share the recipe! Reflects such kindness to others. Can't wait to try it!

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

Thank you Jennifer for such a kind comment. :) Happy holidays!