Thursday, July 19, 2012

inspired by: kiehls calendula toner

My skin has been acting up again which usually makes me what to try out a new skin care product. I was all set to buy the kiehls calendula toner {which sadly retails for $30 can for 125 ml half a cup!}and then I decided I would see if I could buy calendula at the health food store and make it myself... I went to scoop and save (on portage ave) and low and behold they had some along with some witch hazel that was on clearance.  The kiehls version lists allantoin and great burdock as the other feature ingredients but I decided at add green tea and witch hazel to mine.
The marigold which is the flower that calendula extract comes from {note when you buy it dried marigold is what you want to look for}cost me $1 yep $1 and I only bought 22 grams. The witch hazel was pre- packaged for $5 overall is cost me $6 is materials and I am pretty sure I can make more that 125 ml with my supplies!
What I did:
I used 1 part green tea, 1 part witch hazel and 2 parts marigold.{didn't really measure} Poured 1/4 cup boiling water over and let cool naturally. Once cooled I placed it the fridge to keep fresh. Tea toners keep in the fridge for 1 to 2 weeks I like the make new  batches on sundays so no need to use more that 1/4 cup of water each time.
I am really liking my version! the fresh witch hazel really does shrink your pores much more than pre-distilled liquid versions. The calendula does a great job of reducing redness and calming the skin. This is the first toner I have used morning and night with out my skin getting uber oily afterwards. As much as I love the idea of the kiehls version having parabens as the 4th ingredient threw me off and I am glad I hunted around for the raw ingredients myself.

1 comment:

  1. AWESOME!! gotta try this!

    have you checked out Bulk Barn or Sunrise for cheapy products? x