When I was twelve I can remember my mom giving me a rose toner that came in a beautiful blue glass bottle. I would open it during the day just to smell the rich scent of roses. I felt a bit like a magical princess when I would dab it on my face at the end of a school day. 25 years later, I still carry that bottle around and use it for herbs and potions.
If I really think about the origin of June Botanicals' Toner: The Afterglow, it happened years before I even thought about having a skincare line. I was 29, I had quit my comfortable job as an assistant to drive out to New England and learn how to farm for a year. The months prior to leaving Portland were spent packing and preparing to live in tents, barns, tiny homes, and my car.
One of the things that I did to prepare for my unknown journey, was make a home-made travel first-aid-kit. When finished putting it all together it ended up being a wooden box filled with salves, teas, tinctures, oils, homeopathics and, well, a daily cleansing toner.
I didn’t really have much herbal knowledge then, I remember making it from a collection of my favorite plants that I had always felt a deep connection to.
Something I learned later from Rosemary Gladstar: is to always listen to your intuition about a plant. Your intuition will often steer you toward what your body or your preparation needs...
And even back then, with only a base knowledge of plant medicine - My intuition steered me into the right direction. I made a simple blend of thyme, rose and witch hazel. Thyme has always been an ally of mine. If I were to have any spirit plant this one would be it! And clearly my feelings about roses in a toner were embedded in deep adolescent memories.
What I didn’t realize then, was that thyme is such an amazing medicinal plant for the skin! Studies have proven that it kills 99% of bacteria and viruses including, staph, e.coli, salmonella. For your skin, this means that it fights blemishes, eczema, acne and has been shown to be gentler and more powerful than benzoyl peroxide.
The Secret Behind A Good Toner
Most toners you find on the market today have gravitated toward being a hydrating toner that you spray on your face. I rarely see toners that are meant to be used as a daily cleanser anymore. These feel like the most old world you can get! (Probably one of the reasons why I’mso interested in them): Highly medicinal in nature, a good cleansing toner will have high anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties. Which will gently clean your face and kill any bacteria overgrowth. This imbalance can happen throughout a day or during fluctuating hormonal cycles, diet, or stress. Using a toner daily will re-balance your skins natural PH and naturally fight off bacterial overgrowth.
Some people notice that their skin feels dry after using a toner. This is what the astringent does! It actually reduces inflammation, removes excess dirt and oil, and closes pores. In fact, using toner daily has shown to actually shrink pores over time. So the drying is certainly not a bad thing, it’s a sign that the toner is doing it’s job! If you suffer from dry skin- follow up with a good moisturizer. If your someone who finds soap too harsh, are on the go, or just want a new face cleansing regimen - Use a cleansing toner and notice the difference in complexion. Your skin will feel softer and well… exude a luminous afterglow.
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