Essential Oil Alternatives: Face Toner DIY

January 16, 2017

Restoring the skin’s natural balance doesn’t have to come at the cost of stripping your skin of vital nutrients. Too many over-the-counter facial products are laced with perfumes, alcohol or synthetics that actually lead to more serious skin issues.

Chemicals of concern

Many store-bought toners include SD alcohol 40 (or denatured alcohol) and acetone, both of which can have toxic effects. “SD” stands for “specially denatured” and is a combination of ethanol and other chemicals to make it undrinkable.

Acting as an cosmetic astringent and antimicrobial agent, SD alcohol has been broadly listed as a toxic agent according to the EWG. Other health concerns associated with SD alcohol include organ system toxicity, enhanced skin absorption and developmental toxicity. Through skin penetration, SD alcohol may even transport to the blood stream onto more susceptible organs, making it a possible carcinogen.

Acetone is typically added to over-the-counter facial toners as a solvent. Not only can acetone irritate the skin, eyes and lungs, it can also lead to neurotoxicity and organ toxicity. In the European Union, acetone is classified as an irritant. Exposure to high volumes of acetone can cause headaches, nausea and vomiting while also negatively affecting the kidneys and liver according to the New Jersey Department of Health.

The natural way

Adding drops of our Age Defy Synergy Blend to your beauty routine can yield wondrous results. From a cellular level, Age Defy reduces inflammation while it sustains smoother, more radiant skin.

In place of the harshness of alcohol-based toners, witch hazel helps remove dead skin and eliminate toxins. It also naturally fights wrinkles and acne while helping to calm puffiness and irritation. Lavender and Frankincense are packed with anti-aging properties and antioxidants which support healthy skin.

EG's Essential Oil Face Toner DIY

Enliven your skin with our essential oil face toner. Use our step-by-step guide or customize your own natural toner with your favorite essential oils.

What you need:

Filtered water

Non-alcoholic witch hazel

Age Defy Synergy Blend

Lavender essential oil (optional)

Frankincense essential oil (optional)

2 oz. Bottle

How to

  1. Fill ⅔ of the 2 oz. glass bottle full of filtered water.
  2. Fill the remaining ⅓ of the bottle with witch hazel. Leave a little space at the top for the essential oil.
  3. Add 6-12 drops of Age Defy Synergy Blend.
  4. (Optional) Add 2-3 drops of Lavender essential oil and 2-3 drops of Frankincense essential oil.
  5. During your morning and night beauty routine, use toner after washing your face. Let your skin air dry and apply moisturizer.

Note: If you have especially oily skin or acne, add more witch hazel and less water to your mixture.

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  • Edens Garden says...

    Hi Jeannette! We can’t be sure why this happened based on anecdotal evidence, but it most likely isn’t due to toxins being released. You might try our skin tightening Cellulite synergy blend. Rosehip is a great carrier oil for what you need.

    On March 03, 2017

  • Jeannette says...

    My face is clear because of the essential oils. I have 2 questions 1. When I first started using detox EO’s I got psoriasis on my face and neck where I’ve never had it before. Could this have been the toxins coming out of my body? After about six months I don’t have to use my psoriasis medicine on either my face or my head and it’s been on my head since I was 15 and I’m 53.

    My second question is I have lost a lot of weight and I am looking for some good oil’s for tightening up my skin. What age defy be a good one or can you recommend some signal oil’s that I could use to make my own blend.

    I guess three questions because what would be the best carrier oil for tightening the skin? My skin on my face is sensitive but I don’t get rashes or anything. I bought grape seed oil but have about six other ones. I own almost all the oils. Thank you

    On March 02, 2017

  • Edens Garden says...

    Hi Alisha! Coconut oil is great for many skin types and is very gentle and nourishing when used on the face.

    On February 23, 2017

  • alisha says...

    i thought that putting coconut oil on the face was bad for you?

    On February 22, 2017

  • Edens Garden says...

    Hi Kim! Try 4 Tbsp of Shea Butter (melted), 2 Tbsp of Coconut and 15 drops of Helichrysum-Italicum. Apply nightly.

    On February 22, 2017

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