Lavender water may be one of the oldest cosmetics in our modern world. It can be made with both fresh and dried lavender, my favorite is fresh. I recommend making it in small quantities so you can use it as fresh as possible, no longer than a few weeks old. Making your own lavender water is very easy:
- Place a couple tbsp of lavender petals in a shallow glass bowl.
- Pour a half cup of boiling purified water over it and steep overnight.
- Strain the mixture in a muslin bag or fine mesh strainer and store in the fridge
Ways to use Lavender Water
Culinary: Use in cranberry relishes and other recipes for sweet foods that call for water.
Perfume: this used to be the introduction to perfumes for little girls, however we think that a splash of lavender water on your pulse spots will leave you with a subtle fresh lavender fragrance that is so much simpler and cleaner than many of the expensive perfumes that you can buy off the shelf.
Toner: lavender is naturally antimicrobial and gentle astringent so it makes perfect natural skin toner for use after cleansing. Simply add a splash to a cotton wool ball and wipe over freshly cleansed skin to remove all traces of build-up and tone and refine your skin.
Aftershave: rather than applying an aftershave that’s based on harsh alcohol compounds, a simple splash of lavender water will refresh and tone skin.
After Sun: a splash of fridge cold lavender water will leave sun-scorched skin feeling like new, the calming and soothing properties of the lavender will ease any soreness and cool the skin completely naturally.Hair Rinse: after washing your hair, rinsing it through with lavender water will leave it smooth and shiny and your scalp will be both soothed and reinvigorated.