I’d been using pure rosewater as my toner in the morning and evening for ages now, with great results, but (as is my wont) I couldn’t help experimenting with ways to make it even better, and this is now my go-to blend. I use it each morning without fail (and love the lightly-floral dash of soothing, gentle clarity) and in the evenings it is the final step in my embarrassingly sacred pre-bed ritual (after the Yellow Gold Cleansing Balm with Turmeric, Green Tea, Tea Tree & Meadowfoam, Precious Petals Flower Serum & Cleansing Balm with Organic Rosehip, Moringa & Tea Seed or Green Tea Rose Cleanse 2-in-1 Face Buff & Clay Mask with Rice & Rosehip).
The already-wonderful Bulgarian-distilled (alcohol free) rose water is enhanced by ingredients which are soothing, ultra-gentle and balancing. Geranium (which smells absolutely beautiful) is very balancing for both dry and oily skin and bentonite clay draws out impurities and excess oil. The toner has a natural hue from the pure green tea, which infuses its antioxidant phytochemicals into the rose water, helping things along nicely.
Uses & Directions:
Shake well (the clay and green tea particles drift through the toner) and gently stroke over face and neck with cotton wool or cloth. Suitable for use morning and night. (It’s also lovely to decant into a spritz bottle.)
I use mine morning and night to refresh, tone and leave skin delicately ‘new’ feeling. It hydrates, softly. It really is a total pleasure to use. It’s a one-step possibility for cleansing if you don’t wear heavy make up, works wonderfully as a final step after using the Yellow Gold Cleansing Balm, or chimes beautifully either after or before the Precious Petals Beauty Balm (the chronology depends on whether you’re using the latter as a cleansing oil or as a leave-on moisturiser). If you feel inspired to pour a little into your hands and run it through your just-washed hair for it to dry with a little rose-scented pick-me-up (aloe vera imparts a little ‘hold’ as well, by the way), I certainly wouldn’t be one to judge.
BULGARIAN ROSE WATER (ORGANIC AND ALCOHOL-FREE): Beautifully timeless and refreshing, rose water regenerates, stimulates and hydrates the skin in a ‘softly softly’ sort of way, while its mild astringent quality helps tighten the pores. Suitable for all skin types and especially soothing for skin which is reddened, irritated, inflamed or bothered by acne. The natural and elegant fragrance of rose is also a classic aphrodisiac.
BENTONITE CLAY: Composed of aged volcanic ash, bentonite has an abundance of minerals, including calcium, magnesium, silica, sodium, copper, iron and potassium. Upon contact with water, its electronic charge changes, allowing it to bind with impurities and draw them away from your skin.
GREEN TEA: Calming, anti-inflammatory and full of potent plant antioxidants. The catechins in green tea are antibacterial agents that help fight acne-causing bacteria. See this page for a more lengthy run-down on the magic of tea.
GERANIUM ESSENTIAL OIL: Distilled from the flowers, leaves and stalks, and traditionally used by the Egyptians to promote radiant skin, this aromatic and sweet oil is rosy and uplifting, its aroma alone enough to earn its presence in this toner… But, just for fun, it is also said to improve circulation, balance sebum levels, help kill the bacteria responsible for acne, calm irritation and fade blemishes. Did I mention it smells beautiful?
ROSE QUARTZ: An extract of rose quartz is included in this toner, simply because it’s one of my favourite stones – I couldn’t resist! Rose quartz is said to be a calming, comforting stone, beneficial for healing emotional matters of the heart and for opening the mind to beauty and love. It’s ground to a powder and prepared with edible glycerin, water and xantham gum in order to drift delicately through the rosewater.
ALOE VERA: A well-known healing plant (a famous sun-damage diminisher!), aloe vera has all manner of brilliances; it helps reduce blemishes, it soothes, it moisturises (it’s decadently hydrating, plumping up skin) and it contains over 75 different nutrients including vitamins, minerals, enzymes, sugars, anthraquinones or phenolic compounds, lignin, saponins, sterols, amino acids and salicylic acid. So now you know.
GENTLE PRESERVATIVE: Gentle preservatives are far less scary than what can happen to your skin if bacteria enters a water-based product & develops into something invisibly nasty, but even so, the preservative included in this recipe is lovely and gentle as well as effective. It consists of two naturally-occurring organic compounds, derived from natural ingredients (dehydroacetic acide & benzyl alcohol) and conforms to the requirements of COSMOS (Cosmetics Organic Standard) and ECOCERT.
Rosa damascena (Organic Rose) flower water, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) leaf juice powder, Camellia sinensis (Green Tea) leaf extract, Quartz powder, Bentonite (Clay), Pelargonium graveolens (Geranium) flower oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Aqua, (Aqua), Xanthan Gum, Glycerin, Lysine, Dehydroacetic acid, Sodium benzoate, Lactic acid, Potassium sorbate, Benzyl alcohol, Linalool*.
*Natural component of essential oil.