As I am trying to make my beauty routine more sustainable, I found that there are two broad ways to do it. 1. Buy an alternate product with minimal packaging or 2. Make the product yourself. Certain things like shampoo bars, I just buy. However, others like toner and deodorant are simple enough to make at home in a few minutes, no fancy equipment or ingredients needed. Here is my quick and easy zero waste toner recipe. As a bonus, you can customise the ingredients and scents to be exactly what you want!
Since I live in a low humidity region and have dry skin, I like adding moisturising oils to my toner. If you have oily skin, you can use more witch hazel instead.
- Water, boiled and cooled or aloe vera liquid
- 1 tsp. jojoba oil or sweet almond oil
- 1 tsp. witch hazel
- 4-5 drops essential oil of your choice (I use Neroli or Lavender)
- 10 drops Optiphen Plus
- 60 ml spray bottle (preferably tinted)
- Fill ¾ of the bottle with water or aloe vera liquid.
- Add the jojoba oil, witch hazel and essential oils.
- Add the optiphen plus. This is a broad spectrum preservative to keep bacteria from growing in your toner. If you would prefer not to use a preservative, store your toner in the fridge and use within 3-4 days.
- Shake well before spritzing.
Since I love using toner, I make multiple bottles (usually with different scents) to stash around. I have one in my bedside table, one in my bathroom, and one in my office desk. For this reason, I prefer to use a preservative as a bottle can last me at least a month or two. Soap Queen has a great article on different preservatives to use in home made beauty products that you can read up on here. Also please remember to patch test products for reactions before you use them!
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