RECIPE: Refreshing Toner

This toner will have your skin jumping for joy! This recipe can be used for all skin types. For oily skin types and those prone to breakouts, it helps reduce redness and kills the bacteria that causes pimples. For those with dry to normal skin, it helps regulate the pH balance of the skin and keeps it from becoming too dry. It’s like magic in a bottle!

This is just one of the recipes included in our "Fresh Face Beauty" project. You can view the complete essential oil DIY project by clicking on the link above and you will find the individual recipes at the bottom of this post. 

SUPPLIES
2 oz. Glass Spray Bottle
Fresh Faced Printables
1/2 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar
Alcohol-Free Witch Hazel
* 24 drops Polysorbate 20
* 1/8 tsp Optiphen
12 drops of Geranium
12 drops of Frankincense

YIELDS
One 2oz. bottle of Facial Toner 

INSTRUCTIONS
• Add the essential oils, Polysorbate 20, and Optiphen to your bottle.
• Fill the rest with alcohol-free witch hazel.
• Apply after cleansing and before moisturizing.

*WHAT ARE POLYSORBATE 20 and OPTIPHEN?
I’m sure you have seen hundreds of recipes online that tell you to add essential oils to witch hazel (or water), shake, and then spray. The thing is, it doesn’t matter how vigorously you shake the bottle, witch hazel and water do not dilute the essential oils.

Are you clutching your pearls right now?

Trust me, I felt the same way when I first learned about this. Don't take my word for it. You can read more about the science behind proper dilution here.

Long story short, you need to add something to your sprays to disperse and dilute your essential oils. You do not want to be spraying tiny droplets of undiluted essential oils on your face.

Enter Polysorbate 20. Add a few drops and you are good to go! Some people get nervous about adding Polysorbate 20 to their recipes, so here is a handy link to the safety information on EWG. You are the gatekeeper of your home, and I leave the decision up to you. Personally, with a 1-3 rating, I don't mind using it in recipes once in a while to help disperse the essential oils.

Moving on to Optiphen Plus. If you are going to have your hair mist for more than a week, you should consider adding a broad spectrum preservative like Optiphen Plus. Yes, many essential oils have antimicrobial and antibacterial properties. However, that does not mean bacteria won’t grow in your wonderful DIY concoctions. You don't want to be spraying bacteria all over your face. Gross.

Again, when I first learned about this my germaphobe self freaked out. I'm not going to lie.

If you don't like the idea of adding a preservative to your toner, you can always make a cutie 1oz. spray bottle that will get used up more quickly.

OTHER "FRESH FACE BEAUTY" RECIPES:
Eye Serum
Glow Serum
Hydrating Face Mask
Vanilla Creme Lip Balm

Thank you for visiting! I would love to see your DIY projects in action! Be sure to tag @EssentiallyCrafty on Instagram. I like to surprise people with coupons and free printables!

Happy Crafting!