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Witch Hazel Herbal Toner

It’s been quite awhile since I have posted a tutorial, so here’s a quick and easy recipe for you to try out today!!

This herbal toner is so simple but very effective in combating oily and acne prone skin!!

I make this recipe in a small 2oz spray bottle that I purchased in the travel section at Walmart. 

I then fill the bottle about 2/3 of the way with witch hazel, a natural astringent derived from the witch hazel bush. It gently cleanses and soothes while cleaning acne and toning the skin.

Fill the bottle the rest of the way with distilled water.

Then add about 10 drops of tea tree oil to the bottle. I just love tea tree oil for cleansing and clearing blemished skin!! Whenever I am having a break out, tea tree oil comes to my rescue!! 

You can also add a few drops of lavender essential oil if you would like. Another oil I have really been digging lately for skin care is cedarwood essential oil. The earthy scent took me a little while to get used to, but I love how it makes my face feel!!

Normally, though, I only add tea tree oil to my toner. I start with one of my homemade soaps containing tea tree essential oil and peppermint essential oil to cleanse my face. Then I take my spray bottle of toner, shake gently to disperse the essential oils, and spritz on a cotton pad. I wipe my face well with the cotton pad and allow the toner to dry on my skin. I follow up with a homemade aloe vera based lotion (which I will post a tutorial for in the near future!). I add a drop of cedarwood essential oil to the lotion base and massage into my skin. It feels so soft and smooth!

You may wonder why I choose to store the toner in a spray bottle when I apply with a cotton pad. The reason for this is that my back and chest tend to be easily irritated and I find that the toner helps to soothe these areas of skin, but it can be hard to reach my back with a cotton pad. For these large and hard to reach areas of skin I simply spritz until the skin is damp and allow the mixture to dry! Easy easy easy.

Another idea you could try is making pre-made toner wipes like we did with the quick and easy make up remover wipes. Just place cotton rounds in a 4 oz mason jar (I purchase 12 packs of these at Walmart for under $10) and pour the toner over the pads until they are all saturated. Even easier!!

I hope you give this easy & effective toner a try. Leave me a comment and let me know how it turned out! 

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Busy, busy, busy…

Well unfortunately I don’t have the mint chocolate soap I promised, but it’s on the agenda for tomorrow!! The past couple days have been busy, busy, busy! 

I have spent the past couple days focusing on horsemanship lessons and horse training projects. So far this summer has been extremely mild with lots of cool rainy weather, SO unusual for Georgia. Unfortunately the heat is starting to come out and it is ridiculously humid, and that makes for very grouchy horses!! 

We also had an unexpected visit from family early this week. It was short, but very sweet!!

Today I have been continuing to work on Etsy, adding new products and editing previous listings. You can check out what I have added at http://www.etsy.com/shop/thelivingoilsproject

I’m also brainstorming new product ideas to expand my shop. I have a few thoughts and I will share tutorials as I try out some different ideas, but I’m wondering if any of you, my lovely readers, have suggestions of products you would like to see in my shop!! Please leave me a comment with your suggestion and I will update you as I try your ideas!!

Thanks for reading, and I will be back soon with some mint chocolate soap!

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