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Homemade Natural Face Toner with Rose Petals

Try this homemade natural cosmetic that surprised me by its simplicity: a homemade natural face toner, that cleanses and hydrates your face at same time, leaving you refreshed and moisturized. This face toner is nothing but the result of infusing rose petals into water.

Rose Water

People have used rose water for generations as a natural and gentle facial toner. Probably long before we had commercially produced rose water, the average person would have used this infusion method to make soothing and cleansing skin toners. It’s just so simple! You apply it with a cotton pad and it helps to cleanse and tighten the skin and to reduce redness and inflammation.

It’s also very sensitive and can be used on most skin types making it a great addition to creams and lotions. It’s very good for mature skins, making it my favorite facial toner.

Making a Facial Toner With Rose Petals Infusion

True rose water and most generically hydrolats are made by distillation so this recipe is technically an infusion. However, an infusion of rose petals can provide just as much skin-loving therapy as some of the more expensive products.

Rose absolute and rose hydrosol are beautiful skin therapeutic extracts but they can also be pricey. This recipe will give you a sweetly scented natural skin toner that you can make yourself for practically nothing. All you need is rose petals and distilled water.

I also use a relatively strong natural preservative as this product is mostly water: Euxyl k940. It is sold by Plena Natura and it keeps this product from gaining microbes, germs and fungus, which is the last thing we want to put in our skin. Still, I take extra care with it, keeping the toner in the fridge (away from light and temperature exposure) and only giving it a shelf life of 3 months.

I’ve checked this list of other natural preservatives, and chose one that seemed equally effective but was more common to find out – Liquid Germall Plus: just be aware that this “natural” preservative is actually synthetic. Personally, I prefer an effective preservative to a natural one: this product is already mostly natural with no other chemicals; it’s better to have microbe and fungus-safe products than an all-natural unsafe ones…

This recipe was taken from the Lovely Greens website, where I usually go to find inspiration for my recipes, information about natural ingredients (herbs, natural colorants) or simply try the ones listed and see how good are they. Click here if you wish to see the original recipe.

If you wish to skip the usage of a preservative, use it only for 1 week, and always keep it in the fridge.

If you have a question or would like to make a suggestion, feel free to leave a comment below.

Homemade Natural Facial Toner with Rose Petals

Sofia Matias
How to make a homemade natural facial toner using fresh rose petals. Use directly on your skin as a natural toner or blend it with oils to create creams and lotions.
Prep Time40 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time1 hour 10 minutes
MethodInfusion
ProductFacial Toner
Servings1 Jar
CostApprox. 0$ – 0€

Equipment

Stainless Steel Saucepan

Ingredients
 

Instructions

  • If you are collecting fresh rose petals from your own rosebush, let the rose petals rest for 30 minutes to allow insects to leave
  • Put the rose petals into a pan
  • Fill the pan with distilled water until the petals are covered
  • Heat the pan on low heat (~50ºC – 122ºF), keep the water from simmering
  • Turn off the heat once the petals are discolored, should take around 20 – 30 minutes
  • Measure the rose water and add your preservative according to instructions. I use Euxyl K940, and usually add 2g of it to around 200 ml
  • Add the essential oil and mix well, or give it a good shake
  • Place it in the fridge. It has a shelf life of 3-6 months, but discard it if it starts to smell bad before that.
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6 thoughts on “Homemade Natural Face Toner with Rose Petals”

  1. In this tie when we have so many people who have started using organic cream, and making organic facial cream, i just like the fact that your toner comes from Rose Petals, it is natural and what bad can come from rose petals, thank you so much i am delighted to get information on this .

    Reply
    • Hello Babakes, such nice comment you offered! Thank you!

      Indeed, what I really love about natural cosmetics is the fact that you don’t need a lot to create great products! Of course, you can add more ingredients and enrich your cream or lotion. But use one or two ingredients only and it’s still a lovely and effective product, like this toner (as long as you are careful with microbes. without a preservative, this toner is only good for a week if kept in the fridge). 

      I am not even sure if the “organic” designation means “free of chemicals”, although I can say that an organic cream has much more potential to have natural, or at least, soft ingredients that don’t harm your skin. Still, they are expensive to purchase…. 

      In my blog, I try to show a way to be healthy and use the most out of natural ingredients for your skincare routine, while spending much less than perfumeries and pharmacies make us believe we need to.

      Cheers,

      Sofia

      Reply
  2. This was highly informative, keep up the great job Sofia. I enjoyed reading this, thanks for sharing. With Facial Toners I think the natural ones feels better, what I think tho. Personally, I use Rice water made into rice wine. It does me a lot of good. Rose water seems great. I am Curious if I could add them both together.

    Reply
    • Hello Josh and thanks for your comment.

      Rice water sounds just as great as rose water. If you are happy with it, you shouldn’t change. I really like this “rose water” toner (it’s an infusion not an hydrolat) because it cleans and hydrates my skin equally, it’s so balanced. So, I don’t even need to use a moisturizer aferwards. That’s the beauty of natural products, they give you everything they have and they don’t force you into purchasing a whole line of expensive products to feel healthy.

      Cheers,

      Sofia  

      Reply
  3. This article really got my interest because I buy facial toners a lot and they are filled with a lot of chemicals unlike this here which is natural and home made which makes it a perfect option. I was really surprised to see that fascial toners can be made from the comfort of my home. Thanks a whole lot

    Reply
    • Hello Collinsss and thanks for your comment.

      As a facial toner, you can purchase rose water and use it as such. I love this version since, as you said, I can make it in the confort of my home… for free!! 🙂 As long as you use a preservative, or you are careful enough to not use the toner for more than one week (while keeping it in the fridge) you can use this recipe with pretty much any herb, for example, green tea, which is said to be a great anti-ageing.

      Hope you try this recipe and let me know how it went!

      Cheers,

      Sofia

      Reply

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