Natural Beauty: Lavender Toner

Despite it’s somewhat granny-ish associations, I have always loved lavender. Mum has always had a few plants growing in various gardens as long as I can remember, and the heady scent of the flowers, so much brighter than in toiletries, always goes straight to my head. Lavender is famous for it’s calming properties, but also boasts a wide choice of benefits when used in natural beauty products. It is both antifungal and antibacterial, acts as a bug repellent, calms inflamed skin, and is also an effective acne treatment. So, when I saw a recipe for a lavender skin toner in Simple Things magazine, I knew I had to give it a go.

I would recommend using fresh lavender if at all possible -I can’t comment on the potency of using dried flowers. You’ll need a hob top espresso percolator -buy an inexpensive one just for making herbal infusions rather than having the coffee and floral scents taint one another!

Ingredients

  • Fresh lavender flowers
  • Cider vinegar (raw if possible)
Pack the flowers into the base of the coffee percolator and top up with water. Screw on the top part on firmly (no need for the middle filter part) and place over a hot hob to boil. This creates a hydrolsol, a semi-concentrated floral water. Immediately pour into a heatproof, sealable container and allow to cool.
To make the toner, mix 100ml of the hydrolsol with 25-50ml of the cider vinegar. Apply to a cotton pad and wipe over your face between cleansing and moisturising. 
If you have any hydrosol or toner going spare, use as a light cleaning spray for your yoga mat. Just wipe over and allow to dry before rolling the mat back up!
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  • Hi Eleanor,

    This is a really great idea! I've been using diluted apple cider vinegar as a toner for my body for a while now, but the smell can sometimes be a little too much so adding lavender would work wonders. Will try to give a go if I can find any of the flowers!

    Besma (Curiously Conscious)