Homemade Pine Needle Facial Toner

Before you throw that real pine Christmas tree out or dismantle those lovely natural pine wreaths and garlands you put together for the holidays, gather some pine needles* (or you can cut off fresh pine needles from a living tree anytime of the year) and make a homemade batch of facial toner using just three ingredients. Pine needles, witch hazel and water.
Let's consider the three ingredients: Pine needles are high in vitamin C and helps improve circulation and complexion. Witch Hazel is an astringent produced from the leaves and bark of the North American Witch-hazel shrub. It tightens the skin, reduce swelling, helps repair broken skin and also fights bacteria. Water - It's best to use filtered water or distilled water where the impurities have been removed.
Combine the three ingredients and you have a wonderful fragrant natural facial toner.
Here's how to make the perfect natural toner:

Place 2 cups of green (fresh) pine needles and 1 cup of filtered or distilled water in a small saucepan.
Bring to boil and then remove from heat. Allow to cool completely.
Strain water and discard pine needles. Stir in 1/2 cup of witch hazel and pour into a small capped bottle.
Apply to face with a cotton ball after cleansing and let dry.
Store in cool, dry place.
This is a mild fragrant, refreshing homemade astringent toner that's cool to your face, helps to shrink pores and firm your skin, giving it a radiant, luminous look that you can make anytime of the year.

Gail@Purple Hues and Me
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  • Fran DeVries Fran DeVries on May 27, 2015
    I will be try this and make a few for the women in my family. Thanks for sharing.

  • Gabi Gabi on Jul 15, 2020

    Can you substitute witch hazel with something else? I cannot find it where I live. Thanks!

    • Gail@Purple Hues and Me Gail@Purple Hues and Me on Jul 15, 2020

      Not sure, but since witch hazel is an astringent, look for one to replace it. Or add a facial toner instead.