One of the best ways to capture the sweet scents of summer is to bottle them inside potions. You can preserve the parfumes from virtually any flower with a very simple extraction potion. I’ve captured the delicate scent of springtime honeysuckle and lilacs, peach perfumed roses, and late summer lavender. One of my favorite ways to capture the warmth of the season is in wild beach rose water. It’s one of the last roses to bloom, and when prepared properly, this rose toner can last all winter.
Antioxidant-packed (rich in vitamin A and vitamin C which help fight free-radical damage that contributes to premature aging)
Anti-inflammatory (think acne and stress)
1 cup distilled water
1.5 - 2 cups rose petals (perfumed and unsprayed)
1/4 cup witch hazel
Bring 1 cup of distilled water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add the rose petals and lower the temperature to a light sizzling. Let the rose petals infuse into the water until they have lost their color and turned pale. Separate the petals (compost if possible!) and mix the rose water with the witch hazel.
Pour the rose toner into small glass spray jars or close-top bottles. Store in refrigerator. Either spray or dab the toner on face and body morning and night or whenever you need a refreshing cleansing!