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DIY Skincare: Make your own strawberry facial toner

It's time for a DIY skincare project here on CHIC & GREEN.

Today I am sharing a recipe for a product that I used to offer in my skincare line. It is so soothing for oily skin, but really helps balance sebum.

It is all natural and works well for almost everyone with oily, congested skin. I will give you the full recipe of the product I used to sell and then a simpler, but very effective version using fewer ingredients so you don't have to find the essential oils and extras if you don't have them handy.

I am including links to trusted websites for you to get your supplies. You can use others, but I really wholeheartedly recommend being picky about your essential oil supplier. I am 100% against the two big MLM oil brands (Young Living and doTerra) and only recommend Plant Therapy.

Apply with a cotton ball or put in a misting bottle and apply to skin after cleansing. Do not rinse off the toner. Wait a few moments and add moisturizer.

Ingredients Needed

2 cups of lavender hydrosol
1/2 cup aloe vera juice
1/2 cup witch hazel hydrosol/distillate (alcohol free)

1/4 c. apple cider vinegar
2 T. vegetable glycerin
30 drops tea tree essential oil
20 drops grapefruit essential oil
20 drops lemon essential oil
Large handful of strawberry leaves, chopped (save those leaves when you cut up your berries!)

How to make your toner

Combine the hyrdrosol, ACV, witch hazel and aloe juice. Steep strawberry leaves in the above mixture for several hours. Strain. Add glycerin and essential oils. Stir. Pour into a dark bottle, preferably amber or cobalt glass. Unpreserved, this will keep for up to a few weeks.

What are the benefits of these ingredients?

Strawberry leaves don't look like much of anything when you're cutting up your berries, but they actually have more than 4 times the vitamin C (in just the leaves) than a large orange! Strawberries also contain salicylic acid, also know as beta hydroxy acid, which is oil-soluble, meaning it can penetrate into the pores and help "de-gunk".

Lavender Hydrosol is very soothing and helps to keep the skin balanced. It is a humectant without adding oily. Many believe this can also help prevent ingrown hairs and clogged pores.

Apple Cider Vinegar in any form can be used. If you can find raw and unfiltered, buy it for this recipe. The raw, unfiltered kind doesn't look the same your usual Apple Cider Vinegar. It looks cloudy and has little pieces of what is known as the "mother" in it. The "mother" is all of the goodness of the vinegar before it is filtered out and contains an abundance of calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium and phosphorous.

The ACV is great at neutralizing oily skin and can bring it back to a healthy pH level. It is a fantastic astringent when diluted.

The aloe vera juice is soothing and nourishing to the skin. It helps act as a gentle, protective barrier as well.

The witch hazel hydrosol acts as an antiseptic and can help ward off bacteria.

The grapefruit essential oil is a very refreshing tonic and helps to remove excess sebum from the skin and calm bacteria clogging your pores. This also is rich in vitamin C.

Tea tree essential oil is native to Australia and it has been used for years and years to prevent and treat acne, and maintain healthy and clear skin. It is often used to treat acne scars as well.

Lemon essential oil  is also part of this recipe, as it is both astringent and detoxifying and wonderful for oily and acne prone skin types.

The vegetable glycerin in this recipe acts as a humectant. It softens the skin and attracts moisture. This will not make your skin more oily. It will just help it remain soft.

Simplified, Essential Oil-Free Version:

  • 2 cups distilled water
  • 1 cup lavender hydrosol (or soak lavender buds in the distilled water)
  • 1 cup aloe juice (optional; otherwise add more water or hydrosol)
  • 1/2 c. apple cider vinegar
  • Handful of chopped strawberry leaves