Make your own DIY Toner

Make your own DIY Toner

 

Check out this easy-peasy natural skincare recipe that you can make quite easily at home using just a few key ingredients.

Toners are a form of gentle skin hydration that is used after the removal of makeup which can sometimes strip the skin of its natural oils and moisture. Toners act as the much needed hydration and refreshment of the skin after makeup remove and before your moisturisers is applied. It’s a simple but effective way of making sure your skincare regime is a pure as it can be.

Here is an recipe for a skin toner that’s especially good for hydration

You will need:

  1. 1/4 Cup Tap Water
  2. 1 Tablespoon Witch Hazel
  3. 1/2 Teaspoon Vegetable Glycerin
  4. 5 drops clary sage (salvia sclarea) essential oil
  5. 5 drops grapefruit (citrus paradisi) essential oil
  6. 5 drops german chamomile (matricaria recutita)

First: Boil the water rapidly for around 3 minutes to sterilise, then cool. Combine all of the ingredients together in a small spray bottle and shake together to blend. To use, shake well then spray directly onto clean skin or on a cotton wool pad and apply. Follow up with a good moisturiser.

You can also change the essential oils used in this blend but try to stay away from citrus oils as they can irritate sensitive skin.

Enjoy! and do let me know how you get on with it, I’m always happy to hear from you 🙂

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Provence in Spring Solid Perfume Recipe

Provence in Spring Solid Perfume Recipe

 

Solid Perfume is a more compact and undiluted, alcohol free version of your typical eau de toilette. It can be made with all your favourite essential oils AND you can store it almost anywhere – an old Vaseline tub, a lip balm container, a locket – you name it.  I bought a beautiful leather and silver locket in Lake Como a couple of years ago and I have my solid perfume in there. Not only is it gorgeous but it smells so good it makes me smile everytime I open it up.

And you lucky things are going to get the recipe so that you can make your very own. Exciting huh?!

You will need:

2 tsp  Beeswax

2 tsp Carrier oil (Olive oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Grapeseed Oil – whichever you prefer)

40 drops of Essential Oil

1 drop Vitamin E (optional)

Something to put your perfume in (old lip balm container etc)

 

Suggested Essential Oil Blend (but you can use whatever variation you like)

Provence in Spring

18 drops Chamomile EO

18 drops Lavender EO

4 drops Vanilla EO

 

Instructions

Firstly, you need to prepare your perfume oils. Using a pipette, combine your essential oils in a small container ready to go.

Then, using a double boiler or Baine Marie, gently melt your beeswax. This won’t take very long as you’re not going to be melting a lot. When the beeswax has melted you will need to work quickly to combine both the beeswax, the carrier oil (I like to use Sweet Almond or Grapeseed as they are almost odourless and non-greasy), Vitamin E (if using), and your ready mixed Essential Oils. Mix them together with a small spoon to blend. If you don’t work quickly at this point your perfume will set up making it hard to get into your container. Once you have mixed it sufficiently you can go ahead and pour it into your container. If your blend sets up before you have been able to get it into your container then don’t panic, just hover it over your double boiler to melt it a little (don’t melt all the way as you will lose some of your essential oils to evaporation).

Leave to set for a few minutes and Voila! You have your very own sweetly scented perfume. Welldone you! 🙂