• How to Make Herbal Toners & Astringents for your Skin

    Date: 2016.07.28 | Category: Health | Tags:

    How to Make Herbal Toners & Astringents

    Learn how to make fresh toners and astringents with complete instructions from Snowdrift Farm

    Herbal toners and astringents are easy and fun to make. A few simple ingredients are all you need — you can find many on your refrigerator shelves or cupboard.

    Herbal Astringent

    Here’s a recipe for an herbal astringent you can make for yourself. It’s really nothing more than an herbal tea in a witch hazel base. Apply it
    after your shave, too!


    • 8 oz. distilled water
    • 16 oz. witch hazel distillate
    Warm these liquids (do not boil) and add these herbs: 1 tablespoon of each of the following:
    • Nettle Chamomile Elderberries Marsh Mallow
    • Calendula flowers

    1 teaspoon each of the following:

    • Coltsfoot Comfrey leaves Fennel Eucalyptus leaves peppermint leaves
    • Lavender buds

    Make a tea of these ingredients in the distillate.
    Allow to set for 2-3 hours, strain thoroughly, then add the peels of 2 fresh lemons. Allow these to steep for 2-3 hours and remove. Add 1 teaspoon of freeze dried aloe powder and 1 tablespoon of glycerin (optional). Mix thoroughly and pour into sterile bottle. This formula does not contain a preservative. You can add .5% (about 1/4 teaspoon) potassium sorbate to the distillate. Otherwise, keep refrigerated and toss the unused portion after 3 days

    Fresh Fruit Toner Got apple juice? Then you have the beginnings of a lovely fruit toner! Both apple and grape juice contain malic acid. which is good for all skin types.


    4 oz. apple juice or white grape juice

    1 teaspoon dendritic salt

    2 teaspoons local honey

    1 ounce formulator’s alcohol


    Mix all ingredients in a sterile bottle. Shake to combine. Apply to face and neck with a cotton ball or pad.

    This formula is self-preserved with alcohol. Keeps for about 2-3 months.

    Mint Cleansera wonderful skin stimulant!
    2 tspns fractionated coconut oil
    1 tspn mint infusion
    1/4 tspn apple cider vinegar
    Mix the oil with the mint infusion and vinegar. Shake.
    Leaves skin soft and refreshed. Great during hot, humid weather.
    Lemon Balm Infusion This mild infusion is good for oily skin. Rinse skin 3x daily.

    Fennel Cleansing Lotion Good for all skin types.

    1 tspn fennel infusion (1 c. boiling water to 1 tbspn crushed fennel seed)
    1 tspn honey
    2 tbspns buttermilk

    Mix together and smooth lotion over skin to cleanse.
    Rub gently. Wipe off with cotton ball soaked in fennel
    infusion only (no honey/buttermilk). Pat dry.






    Aloe & Vinegar TonerThe aloe in this formula soothes the skin, while the vinegar and alcohol help to tone.


    8 oz. witch hazel distillate

    4 oz. apple cider vinegar

    1 ounce formulator’s alcohol

    1/2 teaspoon freeze dried aloe vera


    Combine all ingredients in a sterile bottle and cap. Shake vigorously. Apply to skin once daily.

    This formula is self-preserved with alcohol and vinegar. Keeps for about 2-3 months.