Does anyone else adore the smell of vanilla essence?! I know it’s crazy but it makes me happy. So adding it to a facial scrub is like my heaven. I always find that in this weird summer/winter, stormy/sunshiny weather my skin goes nuts (I can almost hear it yelling ‘this sucks! I quit!’) and I’ve heard that olive oil is really good for your skin. I’m just going to have to try to not eat the scrub…
1 1/4 cups rosewater 3/4 cup witch hazel 6-8 drops glycerine (more for normal skin and less for oilier skin)
Combine ingredients gently in a very clean air tight jar. Apply using a clean facial wipe (I use reusable cotton flannel wipes I made myself) after cleansing. If you are using homemade rosewater containing no preservatives, you will need to store this solution in the refrigerator.
Rosewater is a wonderful natural toner for anyone with normal to dry skin, but I have quite oily skin so I use a combination of rosewater and witch hazel extract. Witch hazel extract is made by distilling the bark from the Witch Hazel tree in alcohol. The extract I buy has an alcohol content of 14% so it can be a little drying on the skin if you are sensitive, but pure witch hazel is terrific as a make up remover, and is often used around the home as natural home remedy to treat minor cuts and bruises and insect bites.
Making your own rosewater is very easy - simply collect around 2 cups of (tightly packed) rose petals and place in a heavy-bottomed saucepan. Cover with distilled water (around 2 1/2 cups) and simmer until the liquid has reduced in volume by about half. Cool, pour into sterilised jars and store in the refrigerator.
The advantages of this recipe are that it is easy and quick to make, and that because there is nothing in it to go “off” I can make it up and just leave it in my shower. I cleaned and re-used the last bottle of my old cleanser to store it in.