You guys!!!! I think we can all agree that lilacs smell divine, amirite? I mean, seriously! This is the time of year I always want to go super slow so I can soak it all in…the lilacs bloom, the bugs aren’t biting yet, and each day brings more reminders that spring has SPRUNG.
I just love to pick bunches of lilacs and stick them in vases all around my house. Then for days on end, I get to bask in fragrant and yummy aromas. And when the day comes that the lilac bushes stop blooming, it always seems like it wasn’t long enough.
So this year I’m going to try and encapsulate some of that awesomeness by making some LILAC INFUSIONS. I decided to make an oil that I will use in some of my tinc salves, and a toner that I will keep for myself to use in my own skin routine (because LILAC TONER!).
LILAC-INFUSED TINC OIL
Pack an 8 oz. mason jar two-thirds with dried lilacs (gently crush to help the plant’s oils to be released) and fill to the top with sweet almond oil (or another carrier oil of your choice, such as grapeseed or sunflower).
Put in a warm location and let sit for 2-3 weeks before straining out. Keep your jar in a dark place (avoiding sunlight will help to preserve your oil). Enjoy!
LILAC-INFUSED TINC TONER
Pack an 8 oz. mason jar two-thirds with dried lilacs (gently crush to help the plant’s oils to be released) and fill to the top with witch hazel. Choose an organic witch hazel with a low alcohol content. This will ensure that it doesn’t have other ingredients and that it isn’t too drying. Plus, the little bit of alcohol works as a preservative.
Cover jar and let it sit for 2 weeks, occasionally giving the jar a gentle shake. After two weeks, strain into a glass bottle or jar.
Because of the alcohol, it isn’t necessary to refrigerate. However, a nice cold toner can be especially refreshing on a hot day! Enjoy 🌸