One of my favorite and often forsaken beauty products is toner. I was never big on toner (seriously who wants to integrate another product into their lengthy skin care routine) until I started working in the spa industry and realized how much it really made a difference in the appearance of my skin. Since I started using an alcohol-free toner after cleansing on a regular basis, I have noticed my skin is tighter and my pores are smaller due to daily use.


I got turned onto one particular product during college called Organic Apoteke Balancing Rose Toner. (I got it as a free sample from my internship.) It’s an all-natural, all organic tonner that works great on sensitive and/or dry skin. Last summer I used it in the morning after I washed my face and also as a misting spray when I laid out by the pool on weekends. It helps purify and re-moisturize skin while minimizing pores and reducing redness. Plus it feels so refreshing on your face and neck in the hot sun.

What’s great about this product is it contains rose water and witch hazel, both organic and naturally beneficial to your skin. Rose water helps improves circulation and soothes dry summer skin. Witch hazel protects against dehydration, sooths redness caused by sun exposure and is an anti-inflammatory, so it reduces the appearance of blemishes.After I went through the entire bottle in like, a month, I researched where to buy more. Then realizing the product was $35 and I was eating frosted mini-wheats for every mean, I surmised I could not afford my beloved pool buddy anymore. That is where the recipe comes in. With a little research and some advice from my previous spa employer/esthetician, here is a DIY rose petal and witch hazel toner that is a quick and easy to make and way better than that pricey product.


1 Red Rose ($2.00-$5.00 available at the local market, deli, grocery store or even gas station).
1 Bottle Witch Hazel ($5.99 at CVS )
1 Bottle of Purified Water ($1.00-$2.00 for a 12oz bottle of Poland Spring will do)


  • Spoon (not plastic)
  • Coffee Mug
  • Microwave
  • Spray Bottle (2.99 at CVS)
  • Scissors (optional)

How To:

  1. Pluck the petals from the rose
  2. Using your fingers or scissors, gently tear/cut each petal into tiny pieces (like large confetti)
  3. Place the petal pieces into the coffee mug and add fill ¾ of the way with bottled water
  4. Using the back of the spoon mash the petals in the water
  5. Then microwave the mug for 90 seconds
  6. After the beep, give the mixture a few more stirs and let it sit for about 10 mins until the water cools from boiling to room temp (and so the rose’s essence can mingle with the warm water)
  7. Poor about 1-2 spoonful of witch hazel into the mug and stir (note: be sparing at first with witch hazel until you test it out on your skin)
  8. Then poor the contents of the mug into the spray bottle
  9. Cap the nozzle and shake vigorously
  10. Miston face for a burst of hydrating goodness

Insider tips: Place to spray bottle in the fridge for a refreshing morning waker-upper. Or, pop 1-2 ice cubes in the spray bottle and take to the beach/pool. While laying out, sprits on your face and neck to freshen and purify skin and reduce redness.

Give it a try and let us know what you think. Does it beat your store-bought product? We want to hear all about it!


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