04-08-2019, 08:31 AM
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  • nikos.a
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  • Athens, Greece
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I was looking for a good toner product since I'm in my last bottle of Thayers (btw, I found today a half-full -or half-empty if you prefer- bottle of Medicated Superhazel in one of our bathrooms, but I still hate the scent, that clove oil killed it for me).

I decided to make my own. "Why not" I thought, it should be easy to make one. I looked at the ingredients list of Thayers and other toners. I also asked for suggestions. Some told me to make a mix, others told me to use the pure witch hazel as it is. Again, thank you for the ideas. I read a few articles on the web regarding the ingredients that most toners have.

So, today I bought the following:
  • Purified water
  • Ethanol
  • Pure witch hazel
  • Pure aloe vera
  • Calendula officinalis extract (which gave the light yellow color to the toner)
  • A few bottles
I also used a funnel that I already had to fill the bottles without any leakage.

Here is the result:

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I shaked it a bit:

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My personal bottle:

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I can't imagine myself using the pure witch hazel as it is. What I didn't know until today is that the scent of pure witch hazel is pretty heavy and strange. But, if you mix it with other ingredients, the scent is not a problem, you don't smell it.

This is a 1000ml bottle. It will last me for years. It cost me about 19 euros, which is an excellent price for the quality (and the quantity). All ingredients I bought are of high quality. It would have cost me a lot (A LOT) less, if I had bought larger quantities. Truth is I didn't need more and I wasn't sure that this could work or I'd just throw away everything.
In case you've been wondering, yes, the profit margin of the artisans is huge, not to say anything about the big companies.

The good thing is this. I used it a bit earlier as a toner and it performs as I hoped. It firms and tones the skin, just like the Thayers (if not better). It is watery, not sticky and there is absolutely no burn feel. It is unscented and I can use my EdT/EdP of preference without mixing different scent profiles. 

I wasn't sure I could say this, but "Thayers I don't need you anymore, but thank you for your service all these years".

This was my first attempt and I couldn't be happier.

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 04-08-2019, 08:43 AM
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Looks god Nikos

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 04-08-2019, 09:35 AM
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Well done Nikos.

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 04-08-2019, 10:02 AM
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Great idea, Nikos. Well done.
I have tons of Aloe Vera plants (they grow like weed in our apartment for some reason, give them away all the time) and I have been toying with the idea of using the juice for some sort of tonic. This is inspiring.

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 04-08-2019, 10:47 AM
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  • RyznRio
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(04-08-2019, 10:02 AM)RazorSteve Wrote: Great idea, Nikos. Well done.
I have tons of Aloe Vera plants (they grow like weed in our apartment for some reason, give them away all the time) and I have been toying with the idea of using the juice for some sort of tonic. This is inspiring.

Just in case, an aloe plant most be 6+ years old before the juice develops medicinal properties. I have a plant over 30 years old. If I feel irritation or burn from sun stove or razor an inch of leaf split open and rubbed over the area and poof.

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 04-08-2019, 11:24 AM
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(04-08-2019, 10:47 AM)RyznRio Wrote:
(04-08-2019, 10:02 AM)RazorSteve Wrote: Great idea, Nikos. Well done.
I have tons of Aloe Vera plants (they grow like weed in our apartment for some reason, give them away all the time) and I have been toying with the idea of using the juice for some sort of tonic. This is inspiring.

Just in case, an aloe plant most be 6+ years old before the juice develops medicinal properties. I have a plant over 30 years old. If I feel irritation or burn from sun stove or razor  an inch of leaf split open and rubbed over the area and poof.

Really? That's a very good tip, thanks. I do have some that are more than 6 yo though, so I'm good. I also use them for sunburn etc.

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 04-09-2019, 12:17 AM
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  • nikos.a
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Thank you very much, Matt, Ricardo and Steve!

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 04-09-2019, 01:14 PM
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  • DanLaw
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Would you provide exact amounts of each ingrediant and exact methodology please

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 04-11-2019, 04:00 PM
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Next thing you know, you'll be making shaving soap!

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 04-24-2019, 07:24 PM
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Kudos! I make a toner that doubles as my aftershave splash and have for the last several years. I use alcohol, witch hazel, aloe vera, and hydrosols as the basis for it, and it really is almost the only splash I used from 2013 to this year. I have reincorporated some other favorites into the mix, but homemade is very satisfying. Looks like a terrific finished product. Enjoy!

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 04-25-2019, 01:00 PM
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  • DanLaw
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Would you provide exact amounts of each ingrediant and exact methodology please

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