Homemade Skin Toner Recipes

Why and when to use a facial skin toner - plus recipes

Lots of people skip the face toner in their skincare routine. While skin care toner isn't as critical as your basic cleanser, it can help improve the overall look of your skin, as well as balance oil production.

It's also a great "cheat" if you're too tired to cleanse your face properly before bed. Just spritz on, wipe off, and follow with moisturizer. This isn't an everyday solution to proper skincare, but it is okay in a pinch.

You need to make sure you match your homemade skin toner with your skin type. Use a mild, moisturizing facial skin toner for dry or sensitive skin and an astringent, antibacterial toner for oily or acne-prone skin.

Basic Method for Making Face Toner

  1. Combine the ingredients in a dark glass or PET plastic bottle.
  2. Shake well to combine. Wait 24 hours before using to let the mixture "cure".
  3. To use: Shake the bottle of toner to mix everything together, then wet a cotton cosmetic pad with the toner and gently wipe it over your skin.
  4. Follow with moisturizer or facial oil.

Homemade Skin Toner for Dry, Mature or Sensitive Skin

This gentle, cleansing facial skin toner helps calm skin irritation, reduce wrinkles and promote the growth of healthy skin - a great anti-aging toner that smells divine!

1 cup (250ml) Rose Hydrosol (rose water)

1 teaspoon (5ml) Vegetable Glycerin (optional)

3 drops Helichrysum OR Lavender essential oil

3 drops Frankincense essential oil

3 drops Sandalwood essential oil

1 drop Chamomile essential oil


Homemade Skin Toner for Normal or Combination Skin

Hydrosols are floral waters that come from steam distilling plant materials. They're like essential oils but much less concentrated. You could use lavender hydrosol in this homemade skin toner recipe, but it doesn't smell quite as nice.

1 cup (250ml) Rose Geranium Hydrosol

7 drops Lavender essential oil

1 drop Geranium essential oil

1 drop Palmarosa essential oil

1 drop Patchouli essential oil

1 drop Ylang Ylang essential oil


Homemade Skin Toner for Oily or Acne Prone Skin

This skin care toner tightens pores and removes excess oil. It also kills acne-causing bacteria and gets rid of any dirt you missed with your cleanser.

1 cup (250ml) Witch Hazel

3 drops Palmarosa essential oil

3 drops Petitgrain essential oil

3 drops Lemongrass essential oil

3 drops Tea Tree essential oil

1 drop Geranium essential oil

What Next?

Check out some more great aromatherapy facial recipes you can make for every step of your skincare routine.

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Homemade Face Masks

Homemade Facial Moisturizers

Facial Steam Recipes

Homemade Facials

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Homemade Acne Remedies

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