It’s a bonus week for Sundays Homemade! Now that you’ve brewed your own Herbal Floral Water, you’ve got a bi-product that shouldn’t be lost down the drain. Turn it into an all-natural, pH balancing facial toner that’s great for all skin types, especially combination and acne prone skin.
- 4 cup, seal-able container (I prefer a large mason jar)
- 2 cups reserved Herbal Floral Water (dark water)*
- 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
- 10 drops peppermint oil
*If you haven’t made the Herbal Floral Water and would like to make this toner: simmer herbs (see herbal floral water for suggested herbs) in distilled water for 1-2 hours, then follow the steps below.
- Strain the boiled herbs and their dark water through a fine-mesh strainer, lined with cheese cloth, into a large mason jar.
- Add the vinegar and peppermint oil, seal the jar and shake.
- After cleansing your face, apply toner and let dry before applying any lotions or creams.
I like to pour some of the final mixture into a container with a smaller opening than the mason jar, making it easier to wet a cloth or cotton pad, for application. The vinegar will act as a preservative, so the smaller batch does not need to be refrigerated; however, I do like to store the remaining mixture in the refrigerator.
The apple cider vinegar in this recipe also balances the pH of your skin and neutralizes the alkaline residue left behind by soaps and cleansers. pH balanced skin is less prone to infection, such as acne and blemishes, and is better able to maintain proper sebum levels, reducing excess dryness and/or oil production. Apple cider vinegar does smell strong at first, but it fades quickly and I promise you won’t smell like salad dressing all day! The benefits you get, are definitely worth the temporary scent.
Additional Uses: Scalp and hair rinse. Pour over hair, after conditioning, to remove product build-up, excess oil and add shine. Rinse and style as usual. Do not use on light hair, as it may slightly darken it.