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Toning isn't just for your muscles!

Let's talk essential oils for toning the skin.

Toning muscles is all too often the topic when we talk about shaping up but did you know you can tone the skin? My mom taught me to start taking good care of my skin when I was in junior high. (Thanks Mom!) I still remember her teaching me that every morning and night I should wash my face, use a toner, and then apply a moisturizer. I have followed that routine now all my life and it’s so ingrained in my brain that no matter how tired I am or how late I get home at night, I still wash my face, and apply toner and moisturizer or face oil. How you treat your skin makes all the difference!

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After creating Pasithea’s Garden Nourishing Face Oil years ago, I finally got around to making a toner. Toners are skin care products that help restore moisture balance to your skin after washing your face. This can be especially helpful if soap tends to dry out your skin like it does mine. Even the gentlest of soaps can strip our skin of moisture, and so using a toner after washing helps your skin absorb hydrating oils, serums, and moisturizers better. Therefore you’re getting more benefit from your skincare!

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Our Pasithea’s Garden Gentle Toner does not actually contain any of the oils listed below. I wanted to use more nourishing essential oils in our toner and stay away from the phototoxic ones. While these oils are known for their toning and astringent properties, they aren’t the only ones that you can use in a toner. I do encourage you to explore these though, and have fun trying them out for yourself! Let's look at a few essential oils that are the best for that toning of the skin.


The beautiful scent of Cedarwood is a great oil to include in a facial toner or aftershave for men. It’s astringent and antiseptic, which makes it a good option for people who have acne.


Bright, cheerful Grapefruit smells amazing and has astringent and toning properties. It’s also nice and cooling for the skin. I love to put a few drops of Grapefruit essential oil in a small spray bottle of water, and keep it in the fridge. In the hot Texas summer I’ll take it out and spritz my face with it after I’ve been outside. So refreshing! Keep in mind that Grapefruit, like many of the citrus oils, is phototoxic. This can make you more susceptible to sunburn so make sure you wear sunscreen if you’re adding Grapefruit to any skincare products that you leave on.

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Don't forget the sunscreen when applying citrus oil!


Here’s another essential oil that smells fantastic and would be so refreshing sprayed from a cool bottle on hot skin. Sunny orange oil smells like summer! Orange essential oil is antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and astringent. Remember, orange is a citrus oil, so don’t skip the sunscreen.

While these oils are known for their toning and astringent properties, they aren’t the only ones that you can use in a toner. Our Pasithea’s Garden Gentle Facial Toner does not actually have any of these oils in it, mostly because I wanted to stay away from the phototoxic citrus oils. Have fun experimenting with these oils though!

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