Rose water facial toner is one of my favorite indulgences. My long time favorite is Kiehl’s Rosewater Facial Freshener-Toner. Noticing I was running low, I glanced at the ingredients. I realized I could not reproduce an exact formula, but could most definitely try my hand at a homemade rose water toner recipe.
I have used the rose water toner for two weeks and love it! My skin is sensitive to everything, so it was important for me to try the toner before I posted the recipe. This toner is non-drying and non-irritating to my sensitive skin. It is a very “skin friendly” toner and freshener.
Homemade Rose Water Toner For Sensitive Dry Skin
1 ½ cups rosewater(see recipe below)
¼ cup witch hazel
10 drops glycerin (add more for normal skin and less for oilier skin types)
Combine homemade rosewater, witch hazel and glycerin together in sterile container. Shake well. Keep rosewater toner refrigerated in sealed, sterilized jar. Refrigerated rosewater toner will keep for up to ten to fourteen days.
Moisten a cotton ball with the rosewater toner, gently applying to cleansed skin and before applying moisturizer. Toners aid oily skin in the absorption of excess oil, and in all skin types removes residue left behind from cleanser while nourishing your complexion.
Homemade Rose Water
1 cup rose petals
2 cups distilled water
Rose petals must be freshly picked and be completely free of pesticides or chemicals. Use only the petals, not the stems or leaves. Place petals in a colander, gently and quickly washing petals to remove impurities and/or insects.
Place gently washed rose petals in a heavy pot with distilled water. Simmer on low heat for one hour.
Remove pot from burner and allow water to completely cool. Using a fine strainer, strain rosewater into a sterile container. For homemade rosewater toner see recipe above.
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