Wednesday, August 7, 2013

All Natural Homemade Facial Toner Recipes

Facial toner may not be a part of your beauty regimen.  But I have to say, it's an important part of mine.  I use facial toner at night before bed and after my morning shower.  I use different toner recipes for different skin issues.  For example, my Tea Tree Tingle comes in really handy for those monthly breakouts.  The Witch Hazel with Rose Oil is great for chapped and lightly burned skin, an excellent anti-inflammatory, and also used to reduce the appearance of pores.  The Apple Cinder Vinegar toner is excellent for returning an even pH balance to the skin (also great for breakouts).  The tea-based recipes shared below are great for everyday and all skin types.  I don't have complicated's pretty average - if anything it runs slightly dry which is why I include vegetable glycerine in all my facial toners.  It's such a great moisturizer, and I usually don't need to apply additional moisturizer after I use toner with the added glycerine (but I do always add moisturizer under and around my eyes).  I've been using my latest lotion as facial moisturizer for wrinkle prone areas and it has markedly reduced fine lines on my face.  I'm feeling pretty great about my facial routine these days.  I wanted to share these all-natural recipes that are so easy to make at home!  Remember that healthy living is not only about what you put on the inside, but also what you put on the outside.  Make it a safe, natural choice
All Natural Homemade Facial Toners 

Tea Tree Tingle Facial Toner 
-1/2 cup filtered water
-2 teaspoons vegetable glycerine 
-15 drops pure tea tree oil

Witch Hazel Facial Toner with Rose Oil
-1/4 cup alcohol free witch hazel 
-1/4 cup filtered water 
-10 drop pure rose oil

Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) Toner with Sweet Orange Oil 
-1/4 cup unfiltered apple cider vinegar 
-1/3 cup filtered water 
-8 drops orange oil (or oil of choice, the oil is optional and used mostly for scent)

Tea-Based Facial Toner Recipes 
(from The Tasty Alternative) 

Green Tea Facial Toner
-6 ounces fresh brewed room temperature green tea 
(2 T loose green tea leaves + 6 oz water, steep & strain)
-2 tablespoons alcohol free witch hazel 
-2 teaspoons vegetable glycerine

Chamomile Lemon Facial Toner
-6 ounces fresh brewed room temperature chamomile tea
(2 T loose dried chamomile flowers + 6 oz boiling water, steep & strain) 
-2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice 
-2 teaspoons vegetable glycerine 

Fresh Mint Facial Toner 
-6 ounces fresh brewed room temperature mint tea
(2 T loose dried or fresh mint leaves + 6 oz water, steep & strain)
-2 tablespoons alcohol free witch hazel 
-2 teaspoons vegetable glycerine 

Purchase the bottles HERE.

*Benefits of: Tea Tree, Witch Hazel, Vegetable Glycerin, ACV
*Always shake toner before using.
*Personally, I would refrigerate the tea-based toners and use within 4 to 5 days.
*The other toners can be left at room temperature for weeks (a bottle lasts me 10 days to 2 weeks).
*If you have very sensitive skin, decrease acid based recipes to 1 tablespoon of lemon and dilute the ACV to a 1:3 ratio. 

Here are my other favorite homemade recipes:



Shared on: Wellness Weekend, Whole Food Fridays, Healthy Vegan Fridays


  1. Heather @Gluten-Free CatAugust 8, 2013 at 6:02 AM

    I'm so excited about this post! I cringe every time I purchase my toner because it's so expensive. I will definitely try some of your recipes. Where do I get vegetable glycerine? Grocery store?

    1. Hi Heather,

      I'm so glad this post has inspired you!

      And yes, I do get my vegetable glycerin at my local healthy food store, but they also sell it online. I will link the products I use (whoops, for to do that)! :-)


    2. Heather @Gluten-Free CatNovember 20, 2013 at 2:58 PM

      Hi Amber! I'm back again to get the recipe. I LOVE the tea tree toner and am going to double it this time!

  • These are great - thank you. Where do you get the cute re-usable bottles?

    1. Hi Dawn,

      They sell these at my local natural foods Coop. Not sure the brand. They have a section with all sorts of bottles, oils, containers, jars, etc., to make homemade beauty products. I am sure you can find some little bottles on Amazon. :-) Good luck!

  • I make a lot of my own homemade beauty products, but oddly enough have never made my own facial toner. I love how easy and pure your DIY recipes are Amber!

    1. Thanks Laura. I can imagine your amazing homemade beauty products with all your wonderful oils!! It's so fun to make things isn't it. :-)

      Have a great weekend friend. xoxo

  • Thanks for sharing your homemade facial toner recipes! I always use facial toners for my Asian skin (dry and sometimes combination). Will they work with very sensitive and oily skin (hehe, my partner's)?

    1. Which one are you referring to?

      Sensitive will do best with high dilution of water. That's the beauty of making your own. Find the best balance. More water to witch hazel, for example.

      Oily skin will do great with all of these recipes.

      Hope this helps.


  • hi! i am really interested in making your witch hazel toner with rose oil- however, rose oil is pricey and i don't have any on hand. is there another oil you would suggest in place of the rose oil? thank you.

    1. Any oil will work great. Whatever you have on hand.



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