What's Different in the Bases
One of the advantages of working with hydrosols: several different combinations can achieve the same desired effect (toning, moisturizing, cleansing, calming, etc). Like essential oils, hydrosols can be combined endlessly. The fun part: every combination will deliver a unique scent experience.
The 'Herbal Male Mist' is based on a mix of lemon balm and lemon verbena and has a 'spicy-fresh-lemony-green' scent.
The 'Manly Man Mist' is a mix of Frankincense, Orange, Rose, and Aloe Vera. This combination was inspired by Colin's mention of a favorite cream that contained similar ingredients. This toner has a resiny-smooth scent with an undertone of almond.
Colin described his skin as 'normal to slightly dry'. To balance the skin (and complement the effect of the hydrosols), I added a few extras:
- Cucumber extract: for its toning and calming properties.
- Panthenol: great for both skin and hair (including facial hair).
- Fig, flax, and cottonseed extracts: for their moisture-binding properties.
My hope: He will fall in love with both toners and have a hard time choosing which he prefers.
Why a Spray-on Toner?
Because I have as yet to meet a fellow who would feel comfortable about doing the whole 'dampen-cotton-round-with-toner-then-swipe-across-face' thing, it seemed a logical choice to package these toners in spray bottles.
Personally, I find spray-on toner works just as well (if not better), is loads easier to use, and no product goes to waste. (reading that last sentence back made me realize I must really be much in touch with 'my male side')
And they're Off!
The toners have been packaged and sent.
Now it's all a question of waiting.
Excited? Nervous? Worried? Me?
I'm calm and cool as a cucumber.
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