August Box: Facial Toner

As August comes to a close, so does summer. For many, the colder weather approaching can mean dry and dull skin (insert sad face emoji). Thankfully August’s box helps you get a running start on your fall and winter skin care with this hydrating DIY toner!

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Handmade Beauty Box Includes
6.4 oz Witch Hazel
5.2 oz Aloe Vera Liquid
4 oz Rose Water
0.32 oz Hydrolyzed Oats
1 tbsp Calendula
8 2 oz bottles
0.16 oz Polysorbate 20 (emulsifier)
0.16 oz Optiphen ND (paraben and formaldehyde-free preservative)

What You’ll Need from Home
Medium Mixing Bowl
99% Rubbing Alcohol (or 5% bleach solution)
Paper Towels
Cotton Balls or Facial Pads

What’s Going On Your Face
Witch Hazel is a great astringent, which means it tightens your skin and will leave your face feeling refreshed and clean. Aloe Vera liquid is soothing for chapped or irritated skin so it’s gentle and moisturizing. Hydrolyzed Oats is a novel skin care ingredient that gives a soft, cushiony feel on the skin leaving your face feeling velvety and smooth. All of these ingredients are paired with the tender scent and refreshing feel of Rose Water.

Why You Should Use a Toner
Depending on your skin type (dry, oily, regular) you can use the Toner in lieu of washing your face or after cleansing. Clean off that dirt, grime, and residual makeup while restoring the pH balance of your skin leaving your face feeling silky, vibrant, and refreshed.

Prep: Begin by sanitizing your tools and bottles – a quick dip in a 5% bleach water solution will take care of that for you quickly (so if you have 16 ounces of water, you will add .08 ounces of bleach and mix well). Or spritz your mixing containers and bottles with 99% rubbing alcohol. Let the tools and bottles air dry or wipe them dry with clean paper towels. Since this mixture is going on your face we want to be extra sure that we get rid of any microbes and germs before we even get started.

Making facial toner is simple with just three easy stepsONE: In your sanitized mixing bowl, combine and mix the Witch Hazel, Aloe Vera Liquid, Rose Water, and Hydrolyzed oats.

Handmade Beauty Box's faical toner using safe ingredients that can be used on all skin types.TWO: Add the Optiphen ND and Polysorbate 20 blend. Mix well with a whisk for 1-2 minutes. If you don’t want to use a preservative, we totally understand. Just store the mixture in the fridge and use it within 30-60 days.

Optiphen ND and Polysorbate 20 blendTHREE: Carefully pour the mixture evenly into eight bottles.

Getting ready to pour our DIY facial toner.Optional:
Wondering what to do with the calendula petals from your box? Add the yellow petals to the toner for a skin-soothing (and beautiful) touch. Because this is a plant you’ll want to make sure you soak it in a 5% bleach solution and let it dry on paper towels before adding it to the toner. We would also recommend using the preservative solution if you do add the calendula (remember, it’s a plant so we don’t want it to go bad).

To Use:You have the option to customize your facial toner by adding calendula .                    
Moisten a cotton ball or facial pad with the toner and apply. Move the cotton ball in a circular motion around your face, chin, and neck. Be careful around your eyes. Repeat as needed. If you have oily skin we recommend cleansing your face before using the toner. If you have dry skin you may not need to cleanse before using the toner.

Get Creative:
Does this recipe have too much Witch Hazel, Rose Water, or Aloe Vera for your liking? Feel free to substitute any of the ingredients with distilled water. Just note that the preservative is pre-measured for 16 ounces of product. Make this recipe your own! Our Handmade Beauty Box testing team is in love with this recipe so we can’t wait to hear what you think!

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Casey Robertson

Can you substitute Phenonip in place of Optiphen ND as the preservative in this recipe?


The best option is Optiphen ND because it is a water-soluble preservative, which is why it works so well in this recipe. Phenonip is a pretty broad spectrum preservative so it should work. I would try a small batch just to make sure it mixes in properly. Hope that helps!


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