A Simple Homemade DIY Facial Toner

August 13, 2013

A Simple Homemade DIY Facial Toner

Do you use a toner in your skincare routine? Toning is a step I've often neglected yet it's a wonderful way of refreshing your complexion and treating a variety of ailments from sensitivity to blemishes. A toner can be used for balancing and cleansing; it helps to remove stubborn makeup and oily residue while smoothing the skin surface, soothing inflammation, and reducing redness. Making your own toner means you can tweak the perfect treatment for your skin. This recipe is simple yet effective; it can be switched up to suits your needs and skin type, and used daily as part of your skincare routine.

DIY Toner Tonic Ingredients

Distilled Water
Sweet Almond Oil (or other base oil)
Essential Oil such as Tea Tree or Lavender (optional)
Bottle with Spray Nozzle

Optional Extras

For Dry Skin: Add rose water and geranium essential oil
For Sensitive Skin: Add dried rosehip oil and/or rose buds
For Acne-Prone Skin: Replace the water with steeped green tea and apple cider vinegar

DIY Toner Tonic Method

1. Fill your spray bottle with water
2. For every 25ml add 10 drops of base oil and 5 drops of essential oil
3. Shake the toner well before each and every use
4. Apply with a washable cotton pad or spritz all over your face and neck.

A Simple Homemade DIY Facial Toner

Tea tree oil toners are great for treating spots and even acne as it has antibacterial, antiseptic, and antimicrobial properties. This toner is quite potent, if you have sensitive skin or would prefer a milder treatment simply halve the amount of essential oils used. 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 alternative or even a facial oil. I especially like rosehip oil, which is a lot gentler on your skin. If you'd rather avoid essential oils altogether, try blending steeped green tea with sweet almond oil for a gentle toner.

Do you currently use a toner as part of your routine?
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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 parisiantobe.com

  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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