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It’s hard to look past a natural beauty DIY that dates back to early Egypt. Cleopatra used to bathe in rose water, and cleanse her face with it, which no doubt would’ve been incredibly refreshing in the arid climate. Egyptian Roses were known for their ability to reduce inflammation, and the ancient Egyptians began to incorporate the healing flower into their aromatherapy and beauty regimes after discovering this. Besides it’s cooling and calming abilities, rose water has a long list of benefits for the face alone, making it the perfect base for this all skin types facial toner.
Rose water is recommended by dermatologists worldwide to balance the skin’s pH, which is essential for healthy and happy faces. Its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties help reduce the redness of irritated skin, and rose water is kind on sensitive, acne and eczema prone faces. Rose water’s antioxidant properties also aid in the rejuvenation of skin, working to strengthen and regenerate skin tissue, keeping fine lines and wrinkles at bay.
By partnering tea tree essential oil with the healing rose water, this facial toner combats bacteria and grime that can build up on the skin. It’s also a powerful anti-inflammatory that works to refresh puffy, tired skin. By combining the two wonderful natural ingredients, you can say goodbye to dry and wintry skin.
ROSE WATER + TEA TREE OIL FACIAL TONER
(Makes one 250ml bottle)
¼ cup dried rose petals (we recommend the kind used for tea as its free from any potential pesticides)
1 + 1/2 cup of distilled water
2 drops of tea tree essential oil
Measure your food safe dried rose petals into a small saucepan, before filling with 1 ½ cups of distilled water. Cover the saucepan and bring the water to a gentle boil before reducing the temperature to its lowest setting, allowing the water to simmer.
Leave the rose petals to simmer for 5-10 minutes, until the colour has seeped out of the petals, leaving them pale and almost colourless. After the rose petals have steeped, leave the lid on the saucepan and remove from heat. Once the rose water has cooled completely, run it through a cheesecloth and into a dark, glass spray bottle. The dark glass will help to keep your rose water fresh for longer.
With all the water in the spray bottle, add two drops of tea tree essential oil, and replace the spray lid. For the best results, keep your facial toner in the fridge. It not only keeps the toner fresh for several weeks (up to three), but the cold toner will have added benefits when using it straight from the fridge on a freshly cleansed face. Be sure to shake before use to mix the oil and water together.
Because of the tea tree oil’s natural antibacterial properties, we use it in our Woof Wash dog shampoo https://goodwash.co.uk/products/ to keep your best fur friend feeling and smelling fresh.