DIY Toner Tonic

I recently dug out my half used and long forgotten bottle of LUSH Tea Tree Toner Water to use up before it expired. Toning is a step I’...

First Aid Kit: Toner Tonic

I recently dug out my half used and long forgotten bottle of LUSH Tea Tree Toner Water to use up before it expired. Toning is a step I’ve always neglected yet as soon I finished off this product I was looking for something to replace it. Since LUSH is an “all natural” brand, this was another of those products where a quick check of the ingredients revealed it was an easy formula to replicate at home (sorry LUSH).

This recipe is so simple it feels like cheating. It's also a little cheeky because I’m actually using the LUSH spray bottle to store my homemade toner in (waste not, want not right?) If you don’t have a spare bottle hanging around you can purchase these easily online.

DIY Toner Tonic Ingredients

Bottle with Spray Nozzle
Distilled Water
Tea Tree Oil Essential Oil such as Lavender, Rosehip, or Almond Oil (optional)
Vegetable Glycerine (optional)

DIY Toner Tonic Method

1. Fill your spray bottle with water
2. For every 25ml add 10 drops of tea tree oil and 5 drops of essential oil
3. Shake the toner well before each and every use

Tea tree oil toners are great for treating spots and even acne as it has antibacterial, antiseptic, and antimicrobal properties. This toner is quite potent, if you'd prefer a milder treatment simply halve the amount of essential oils used. You can also add vegetable glycerine to help the water and oil bond, however, shaking the bottle well before use will work just as well.

If you find tea tree oil a little harsh or it irritates your skin, you could easily adapt this recipe to suit you better. Swap out the tea tree oil with your favourite facial oil (I especially like rosehip or almond oil, which are both a lot gentler on your skin), you'll still be able to make a wicked toner following the same method as above.

In case you're wondering, I would thoroughly recommend the LUSH Tea Tree Toner; if you don't feel like making your own it's worth purchasing a bottle of this instead.

Let me know if you try making your own toner.

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  1. I just read this idea somewhere of making your own and I could have sworn it was here on your site. Thoroughly confused now! But I've done this and it's lovely x

  2. Parisian To Be8/13/2013

    I've always heard such great things about the LUSH toners, but we don't have a shop where I live so I've never given one a try. I'll definitely have to give this a go! I once made a pillow spray - alcohol, lavender, and peppermint oil. Ahhh...

    xo Lillian from

  3. Madeline Murray8/13/2013

    This is a great idea ! Thanks

    Madeline | Its a Mads Mads World

  4. Oh that's weird, I'm glad you tried it though

  5. Celina8/14/2013

    This is so easy to make and I can't imagine why anyone would have to buy a pre-made version of this! I also like to make my own salt scrubs and currently, I have a blend of lemon, rosemary, and eucalyptus essential oils going.

    Celina | The Celution | Bloglovin’

  6. Oh yes, I made my own version of this toner too and it turns out so much cheaper! I use Thayer's Witch Hazel toner as a base... it's a really great product and suitable for sensitive skin too.

  7. SO much cheaper it's ridiculous

  8. The LUSH version is pretty good though.

  9. Celina8/14/2013

    I've tried a couple of products from LUSH so far and I haven't really gotten along with any of the products. They always always ALWAYS irritate my skin. It's so frustrating.

  10. OH that sucks. I really like LUSH products because they often contain very few ingredients, which tend to be 'natural.' I'm really into them, it's a shame their products irritate your skin.

  11. Celina8/14/2013

    It's mostly the soaps. Most of them contain SLS and my skin DOES NOT like that. I think I'll give the Tea Tree Toner a go though. I've also heard good things about the lip scrubs.

  12. Fatihah Salleh11/03/2014

    Oh thanks for sharing the DIY. I am looking for it to make my own. Have a nice day :)

  13. Tiffani Arnbrister3/03/2015

    what if we used purified or sink water?


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