For your face – A rose and elderflower toner

A little lesson in alchemy to share with you today!

This beach rose and elderflower face tonic is a refreshing way to pamper yourself just before bedtime. Sweet dreams guaranteed.

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Hydrosol infused with dried roses and elderflowers tightens and moisturizes your skin, while Witch Hazel deeply cleans and shrinks your pores. Using only 4 ingredients, this formula can be customized for different skin types by adjusting the Witch Hazel to hydrosol ratio.

 Rose Water is extremely beneficial to your pretty face! It helps to balance your skin’s PH, has antibacterial properties, and is said to even out skin tone (redness).
Elderflower also plays its part in this formula, evening out your complexion and giving you a healthy glow.
Finally, the Witch Hazel acts as the astringent in this recipe. It deeply cleanses your pores of any oils, which helps to minimize them for a clear complexion. The Witch Hazel also acts as a preservative, giving this all-natural toner a shelf life of about 3 weeks.

What you’ll need :
 1/2 cup dried rose petals (or 1 cup fresh, pesticide free rose petals)
 1/2 cup dried elderflower (or 1 cup fresh)
 2 cups distilled water
 1 cup Witch Hazel

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What to do :
 1 – Make your hydrosol – Place flowers (dried or fresh) in a saucepan over low heat. Cover with distilled water (water should generously cover flowers). Let the infusion brew for 3 to 6 hours over lowest heat. Allow to cool afterwards.

2 – Place a cheesecloth or a sieve over a jar (ie : mason jar), and pour the water/flower mixture through. Be sure to firmly squeeze any remaining oils out of the flowers before discarding them.

3 – Mix your toner :
Neutral skin types can mix 50/50 (1 part Hydrosol to 1 part Witch Hazel)
For oily or blemish-prone skin, increase astringent ratio (3 parts Witch Hazel to 1 part Hydrosol)
For dry skin, increase Hydrosol ratio (3 parts Hydrosol to 1 part Witch Hazel)

I like to keep my hydrosol in a jar in the fridge, and mix small batches of toner that can be adjusted according to my skins needs. Shake before using.