DIY Hydrating Rose & Aloe Toner

Rose and Aloe hydrating mist This DIY rose toner is perfect for those of you who are still recovering from a harsh winter, or for those sun worshipers (tsk, tsk) who just can’t stay away from the rays.

And . . . it’s super easy to make.

Just pick up these few ingredients from your favourite health food store and you’ll be good to go:

Glycerine (vegetable) – this clear and odourless liquid is a natural emollient (softens and soothes), and has a cooling affect on the skin
Rosewater – anti-inflammatory, soothes redness, and provides hydration
Aloe Vera Juice – this drinkable liquid, made from the inner fillet of the aloe vera plant, is cooling and soothing for compromised skin, as a well as extremely hydrating and moisturizing
Rose Otto, or Lavender essential oil – anti-inflammatory and healing for the skin

Rose, Aloe, and Glycerine hydrating mist

Aloe Juice, rose water, and vegetable glycerine

Rose and Aloe Hydrating Toner
1/4 cup of rose water
2 Tbs of aloe vera juice (inner fillet) – not aloe gel, which contains other fillers and thickeners
1/4 tsp vegetable glycerine*
2-3 drops of lavender essential oil
*Glycerine can be a bit sticky. If you find that you don’t like the texture this mist leaves, reduce the amount of glycerine, or exclude it all together.

  • Mix all ingredients together and pour into a small glass spray bottle.
  • Store in the fridge for up to one or two months.
  • Spray on the face and body after sun exposure, or as part of regular skincare routine.

Lately, since my skin has been well hydrated due to my diligent use of serum over the winter months, and now that the weather is more humid, I find that at night all I need is this mist + an oil. In the morning I use this mist + a moisturizer.

Questions? Ask Me!


    • says

      I really like Eminence Organics Strawberry Rhubarb Hyaluronic Acid Serum. I find that it’s widely available, not too pricey, and does a good job at hydrating (smells good too!). If you’re in the Toronto area, I also like Pure + Simple’s Hydration Serum. If you’re looking for a serum that hydrates but also helps with other concerns (like pigmentation), Fitglow has a few really good ones like its Super C Serum.

  1. Aneth says

    My glycerin label says pure glycerin is it the same as vegetable glycerin . if not, can I still use it and will I have the same result?

  2. Cosette says

    This is a how-to for giving yourself contact dermatitis or just seriously irritating skin.

    “In-vitro research indicates that components of lavender oil, specifically linalool and linalyl acetate, can have damaging effects on skin in as low a concentration as 0.25%. When exposed to air, these components oxidize, meaning their potential for causing a reaction increases.

    If you’re wondering why lavender oil doesn’t appear to be problematic for some people, it’s because research has demonstrated that you don’t always need to immediately see or feel the sensitizing effects for your skin to suffer damage.

    References for this information:
    British Journal of Dermatology, August 2014, pages 292-297
    Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, May 2008, pages 191-202
    Contact Dermatitis, April 2008, pages 143-150 and January 2008, pages 9-14
    Cell Proliferation, June 2004, pages 221-229
    Journal of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists, January-February 1992, pages 49

    • says

      Thanks so much for your reply. I understand where your concerns are coming from, but I would refer you to a source from Robert Tisserand, an internationally renown aromatherapist who has published research in collaboration with physicians, herbalists, and pharmacologists, and whom I trust on these matters. I think he lays out the concerns with informed rebuttals in a very informed and logical manner.

      In summary, he says: “If you don’t want to use lavender oil – or essential oils in general – that’s fine. But please, don’t mis-represent the science . . . Paula is right to draw attention to the possibility of lavender oil oxidation, but this is not a major problem, and is easy to avoid. To be super-safe, use undiluted lavender oil within 12 months of purchase, keep it cool and away from strong sunlight, and add an antioxidant to any product containing it (not needed in soaps).”

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