When some time ago I left the house at 4.30 am I didn’t have a clue where I was going. I couldn’t sleep and decided that my dog and I would go for a nice long walk into the woods. I found Mother Nature in her plentiful bloom. I picked some elderflowers and wild rose petals. I couldn’t resist and ate elderflowers fried in batter. Super yummy!
And with the rose petals, I decided to make this gentle facial toner.
I’m not a big fan of toners and I haven’t really used any since my teenage years when I treated my face with harsh, alcohol-based ones. I strongly advise to ditch those and try this easy recipe instead.
This rose facial toner is a great way to restore the naturally acidic pH of our skin. It’s suitable for most skin types, as roses are very versatile plants. Depending on the roses you use, you can achieve different colours of the final product and the same for the aroma, which very much depends on the quality of vinegar you use.
Preparation time: 20 min + 1 week
Skin type: Every skin type?
Expiration: Approx. one week
- Rose petals (as many as you like! You can go for wild roses or fragrant roses from your local florist shop)
- Organic apple cider vinegar (enough to cover the petals, I used almost a whole bottle – approx. 200 ml)
- Distilled water (approx. as much as vinegar)
- 1 tsp vegetable glycerin (optional but highly recommended!)
- few drops of essential oil for your skin type (optional)
- 99% isopropyl alcohol/rubbing alcohol (optional)
- Start with sterilising your jar. You can simply place it inside your kitchen sink and pour over some hot boiling water. Be careful while doing this! You can also wipe the jar with 99% isopropyl alcohol.
- If you’re using wild roses, leave them for some time to let out any (un)expected residents.
- Remove petals from stems and put them inside the jar.
- Cover the petals with the apple cider vinegar. Make sure that all petals are completely covered with liquid.
- Keep the jar in the room temperature for a week. Give it a shake every once in a while.
- After a week, when rose petals have soaked in the vinegar for long enough, strain liquid to another sterilised jar.
- Now, add the rest of the ingredients – distilled water, glycerin and essential oils (if you want to use them).
- Shake thoroughly and pour to clean sterilised bottles.
- That’s your own homemade facial rose toner ready to use and serve your skin to maintain a radiant healthy glow ?
- Shake well before every use and enjoy using it!
Let me know how this toner works for your skin and if you have any questions, write them below.