DIY: Rose Water Toner

It's Valentine's week! The week of love. I've never been a huge Valentine's Day person, not that I don't like love... I just think that the holiday is a man-made excuse to get us all rallied up to spend a ton of money on cliche things to support the economy. (I know, I sound like such a debbie downer!) Don't get me wrong, I love gifts and surpris(ing) but I just don't think that there needs to be one designated day to show love to someone. I appreciate flowers because it's Tuesday. Dinner because I'm hungry. And to get dressed up and look nice just for the hell of it!

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I think one of the best type of love is SELF LOVE! I mean who doesn't like an excuse to treat themselves to a little gift every now and then?! I like all of my body products, especially for my face to be homemade. My skin is really sensitive so I have to be very careful with what products I use. This rose water is so light and refreshing and calms down irritation and inflammation, plus it reduces aging marks and hydrates my skin to keep my yearlong glow!

Treat yourself this year and make a little something that's good for your skin, natural, homemade and SUPER easy!

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Idk about you, but I love a product that I can put to many uses. Rose water is one of those! With its amazing properties and benefits, be sure to incorporate this one into your daily routine, if you haven't already!

BENEFITS:

  • toner - reduces inflammation of the skin, removes bacteria on skin, great for reducing acne

  • makeup remover - cuts through heavy eye makeup but doesn't burn or irritate

  • hair conditioner - use a cup of this to refresh your hair after shampooing, adds amazing shine

  • brightens eyes - reduces redness around eyes, soak cotton balls in rose water, blot on eyes after a restless night and bam! it'll change your life.

  • makeup setter - spritz after you've put your face on to set your make up

  • fragrance - add to bath water, spray on sheets, in bathroom, on yourself and more!

  • refresher - keep a little bottle on you, spray on your face to come out of that mid-day slump at work.

Rose Water Toner

What you'll need:

  • A bundle of organic (or homegrown) red roses

  • A gallon of distilled water - found at any grocery store

How to create:

Cut the stems off of 6 roses. Pick all of the petals off and toss into a bowl. Rinse with lukewarm water to get any extra grit off. Put into a medium pot and pour over just enough distilled water to cover the rose petals. Put a top on and simmer on medium heat for 20-30 minutes or until the color has been removed from the petals like the picture above. Strain the petals out of the pot and store the rose water in a jar in the fridge for up to a month.

To make the rose water toner, add 1 tablespoon of rose water with 4 tablespoons of distilled water to a spray bottle.

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Happy week of love and remember, self love is the best type of love! Stay tuned for some awesome Valentine's hair style ideas for all types of hair!