DIY Nymphéas Toning Mist: Selkie, Lotus & White Willow

DIY Nymphéas Facial Toning Mister pairs Selkie Herbal Detangler with other natural ingredients to make a refreshing, nourishing mister that moisturizes and tones pores.

When I started out, I thought the misters I bought for my face were fine, and then I made my own. It’s at once dewier and lighter, more nourishing and better-smelling. I’ve been using this for a few months now and I’m so, so excited to share it with you!

Inspiration In A Personal Challenge

Last year I issued myself a challenge to stop buying the vast majority of my current face and skin care supplies and, instead, make them myself, both to limit the number of single-use plastic containers I’m contributing to, but also because, honestly? A lot of the products I make have simple, natural ingredients anyway. The vast majority of the work would be simply figuring out the right ratios and method.

What Makes Selkie Herbal Detangler Great in A Toning Facial Mister?

Every ingredient in Selkie is vegan, hand-blended, and certified organic.

Distilled Water, Slippery Elm Infusion, Aloe Vera Gel, Apple Cider Vinegar, Argan Oil, Borage Oil, Camelina Oil, Vitamin E Oil, Catnip Essential Oil, Cedarwood Essential Oil, Lavender Essential Oil, Lime Essential Oil, Petitgrain Essential Oil, Sage Essential Oil, and Vanilla Bourbon CO2 Extract.

This means you get a LOT of fantastic liquid ingredients pre-blended in a pH balanced ratio. The slippery elm and trace amounts of oils help keep moisture in the skin without it being heavy or sticky.


In researching what makes a good toner, I found that you wanted something pH balanced, slightly astringent, with a smidge of moisture and beneficial essential oils. I already knew that Selkie is AMAZING for skin, I use it as a body mister, too, and came up with this recipe that saves me (and you!) from having to blend a ton of ingredients. Selkie is going to do a bunch of the work for us!

  • Selkie Herbal Detangler- Gives us all the nourishing ingredients above in one handy bottle!
  • Aloe Vera Gel- Provides slip, moisture to the skin, and helps it stick to the face.


Many of my ingredients come from Mountain Rose Herbs; I’m not an affiliate and get nothing from dropping their name, but I love and trust their products.The Lotus Absolute I get from Lotus Garden Botanicals, and yes, the price is eye-watering, which is another reason this mister offer is for Patrons only. About 75,000-100,000 pink blossoms are needed to make one kilo of absolute.

More Ingredients

I was intensely selective in the other ingredients that made it into the toner. They had to work well with Selkie and also contribute to the final result in a meaningful way.

  • Lotus Flower Absolute- Prized for both its enchanting aroma and nourishing properties, it was a favorite of the Greeks in beauty products.
  • White Willow Bark Extract- Contains salicin, which is an antiseptic, antipyretic, anti-microbial and anti-fungal. It works wonders on acne and other breakouts.
  • Witchazel Extract-Its astringent tannins that tighten and repair the skin.
  • Hyaluronic Acid- Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by alleviating dry skin.

How To

Step 1

Round up and measure out your ingredients. You’ll need:

  • 3 oz water (distilled or purified water is best)
  • 2TB Selkie Herbal Detangler
  • 2TB Witchazel Extract
  • 1TB Aloe
  • 1tsp White Willow Extract
  • 1/2 tsp Hyaluronic Acid
  • 5 drops Lotus Flower Absolute

For Storage: This makes about four ounces of toner. If you have any of the 1oz mister bottles I sell some of my products in that you need a use for, you can always fill up the bottle and keep the remainder in the fridge (which will make it last longer, too!). If you’re taking advantage of me making this for you as a Patron gift, you’ll receive a full 4oz glass mister bottle full.

Step 2

Add all ingredients into a small bowl. I go thinnest to thickest, so water first, then blending in the Selkie, white willow extract, witchazel, hyaluronic acid, and aloe. The Lotus Absolute I save for very last.

Stir gently until all ingredients are fully blended.

Step 3

Add the blended ingredients to your mister bottle. You’ll want to stop with enough space at the top so you can give everything a really good shake before using it. My favorite place to do this is right where the cylindrical sides of the bottle start to dome at the top. That way there’s still room left after you add the mister cap to shake the ingredients.

Step 4

Twist on the mister head. To do this turn until it’s barely snug, then give it another 1/4 turn. Less and it might leak, more and you’ll break the plastic neck on the mister. Give everything a really, really good shake. Because this mister isn’t loaded with emulsifiers (which keeps ingredients from separating out in commercial products), you have to do this *every time* you use the mister to get the ideal mix of ingredients on your face.

Mist! I do this first thing in the mornings (before putting on my sunscreen for the day) and also after showers, before moisturizer. 1-2 light sprays is all you need.

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