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How I failed at making my own face toner

I am always on the lookout to lower my ecological footprint. If you follow me on Instagram, you would have noticed all the sustainable swaps I tried or am in the process of testing out.

When I started this website, I wanted to see what I can cut from my spending in order to save money and lower my carbon footprint. Being able to replace a beauty product that I buy on a regular basis, would be a huge step in the right direction.

In this post, I want to share my experiment of trying out a homemade face toner.

Why I decided to make my own face toner

Face toners often seem like an afterthought. But I’ve been dealing with acne and oily skin my whole life and toners always helped me reduce sebum, and any traces of makeup left after washing. Toners can also smooth the skin surface, reducing redness and inflammation.

Frankly, face toner has been the one beauty product I’ve been using consistently since my teenage years.

So when I decided to take a step further, beyond getting reusable bottles, bamboo toothbrushes, and reusable period pads, trying my hand at making face toner seemed like a natural choice.

What toner I made

I found three different recipes for face toner on the Internet (lemon, chamomile, and green tea) and decided to try the chamomille one, as I actually happened to have some chamomile tea already in my kitchen.

I followed the recipe and was very excited to find a small travel-sized plastic bottle that I could use to store it.

My impressions

I used the home-made toner with the same frequency that I used my regular cosmetic. Every morning, I would put some of it on a cotton pad and clean my face.

After each use, my skin felt drier, to a point that it flaked in places, but initially I thought that maybe I was using too much of it.

After all, that’s the thing about experiments – you’re trying something new, and something you have never tried before.

So I tried to put less of it on the cotton pad. Then I tried using some face cream to moisturize the skin after I used the toner.

Then, about four days in, my face started breaking out.

And the next day, I dumped the entire bottle down the drain and went back to my usual brand of toner.

My face cleared up pretty quickly after that, though I still have some pimples here and there.

Final thoughts

Chamomille face toner is clearly not for me.

I’m not going to say it’s not for you either. Your skin might be different from mine.

Maybe I didn’t follow the recipe as well as I thought. maybe I did something wrong that impacted my results.

But I won’t be trying chamomille again.

I might try the lemon face toner, or the green tea one, sometime later. I don’t want to expose my skin to too many experiments in a too short period of time. But when I do try those face toners, I will definitely update you with my thoughts.

For now, this will be the area of my life when I’m not as sustainable. Keep your fingers crossed I’m able to change that at some point in the future.

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