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 Julie! We recommend working with your son’s medical doctor and a registered aromatherapist for safe guidelines on using EOs that meet his specific needs. With that said, you can dilute Cannabis at 3% into a lotion or diffuse it. According to the New Jersey Center for Tourette Syndrome, certain EOs may positively effect Tourette syndrome:

    On May 08, 2017

  • Julie Chesney says...

    Hello! My 18 years old son has Tourette’s which affect his body movements and walking causing him to be stuck in the house. Right now we are searching for a medication to help him but aren’t having any luck and I’ve read cannabis oil has positive results, can you recommend a good recipe for a lotion or roll on?

    On May 08, 2017

  • Edens Garden says...

    Hi Dena! Here is a short study on how a topical application of urea, sodium pyruvate and three carrier oils effected seborrheic keratosis:

    On April 20, 2017

  • Dena says...

    Is there any oil or blend good for seborrheic keratosis?


    On April 18, 2017

  • Edens Garden says...

    Lisa, non-alcoholic witch hazel is basically a hydrosol, or a water based product without a preservative so it will have the same shelf life if you were to add water. Most witch hazels you find at the drugstore will have a small percentage of alcohol in order to preserve it.

    On April 13, 2017

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