How to Make Herbal Toners & Astringents for your Skin
How to Make Herbal Toners & Astringents
Learn how to make fresh toners and astringents with complete instructions from Snowdrift Farm
Herbal toners and astringents are easy and fun to make. A few simple ingredients are all you need — you can find many on your refrigerator shelves or cupboard.
Here’s a recipe for an herbal astringent you can make for yourself. It’s really nothing more than an herbal tea in a witch hazel base. Apply it
after your shave, too!
- 8 oz. distilled water
Warm these liquids (do not boil) and add these herbs: 1 tablespoon of each of the following:
16 oz. witch hazel distillate
- Nettle Chamomile Elderberries Marsh Mallow
- Calendula flowers
1 teaspoon each of the following:
- Coltsfoot Comfrey leaves Fennel Eucalyptus leaves peppermint leaves
- Lavender buds
Make a tea of these ingredients in the distillate.
Allow to set for 2-3 hours, strain thoroughly, then add the peels of 2 fresh lemons. Allow these to steep for 2-3 hours and remove. Add 1 teaspoon of freeze dried aloe powder and 1 tablespoon of glycerin (optional). Mix thoroughly and pour into sterile bottle. This formula does not contain a preservative. You can add .5% (about 1/4 teaspoon) potassium sorbate to the distillate. Otherwise, keep refrigerated and toss the unused portion after 3 days
Fresh Fruit Toner Got apple juice? Then you have the beginnings of a lovely fruit toner! Both apple and grape juice contain malic acid. which is good for all skin types.
4 oz. apple juice or white grape juice
1 teaspoon dendritic salt
2 teaspoons local honey
1 ounce formulator’s alcohol
Mix all ingredients in a sterile bottle. Shake to combine. Apply to face and neck with a cotton ball or pad.
This formula is self-preserved with alcohol. Keeps for about 2-3 months.
- Mint Cleansera wonderful skin stimulant!
- 2 tspns fractionated coconut oil
1 tspn mint infusion
1/4 tspn apple cider vinegar Mix the oil with the mint infusion and vinegar. Shake.
- Leaves skin soft and refreshed. Great during hot, humid weather.
- Lemon Balm Infusion This mild infusion is good for oily skin. Rinse skin 3x daily.
Fennel Cleansing Lotion Good for all skin types.
1 tspn fennel infusion (1 c. boiling water to 1 tbspn crushed fennel seed)
1 tspn honey
2 tbspns buttermilk
Mix together and smooth lotion over skin to cleanse.
Rub gently. Wipe off with cotton ball soaked in fennel
infusion only (no honey/buttermilk). Pat dry.
Aloe & Vinegar TonerThe aloe in this formula soothes the skin, while the vinegar and alcohol help to tone.
8 oz. witch hazel distillate
4 oz. apple cider vinegar
1 ounce formulator’s alcohol
1/2 teaspoon freeze dried aloe vera
Combine all ingredients in a sterile bottle and cap. Shake vigorously. Apply to skin once daily.
This formula is self-preserved with alcohol and vinegar. Keeps for about 2-3 months.
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