This is a soothing, reparative toner for irritated, inflamed, oily and acne-prone skin.
8 drops chamomile essential oil 1 oz. plus 1 tablespoons distilled water
8 drops lavender essential oil 2 teaspoons aloe vera gel
4 drops thuja essential oil 1 teaspoon 80-100 proof vodka
Pour ingredients into a spray mist bottle (preferred) or jar, add essential oils, cap and shake. Does not require refrigeration. Mist or splash on face. Makes 2 oz.
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