When Buck Ridge Soap Company decided to make their own hydrosol facial toner for our skin care and face care line, , we decided to do it without alcohol, witch hazel or vinegar in the mix and of course no oils. We wanted something hydrating, moisturizing without oils or butters and filled with everything good for your skin in a completely water based product.
We started with certified organic hydrosols and then added dead sea salt which contains 84 trace minerals good for your skin called sodium PCA on the ingredients list. This salt is hygroscopic meaning it absorbs moisture from the air around you. Cool huh?
We also added cucumber extract which is great for your skin and often used in facial products because it cleanses, tones and improves circulation. Then we added chamomile flower extract which soothes dry skin and promotes healing of skin irritations, sunburns, rashes, minor cuts, scrapes, and burns. So, it is perfect in facial products that are combating the everyday wear and tear our faces have from the environment.
The next ingredient we added was calendula flower extract which research has shown many benefits including anti-peptic, antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-allergenic activity. The next ingredient added was comfrey leaf extract which is a cell proliferant, soother, and healer. Comfrey contains a substance called Allantoin, a powerful soothing agent that promotes the growth of new skin cells. Next, we added aloe extract which we all know is good for skin. It helps promote the skin's ability to hydrate itself, aid in the removal of dead skin cells, and also helps to protect and rebuild your skin.
Then we added Pro-Vitamin B5 which firms the skin, reducing the amount of water lost. Other minor ingredients include ascorbic acid which contains Vitamin C, natural preservatives, and skin conditioning agents such as hexylene glycol.
The hydrosols in each blend work in different ways to nourish and tone your skin for example blends with rose hydrosols are often best for mature skin where blends with lavender hydrosol is great for all ages and skin types.