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 wrinkle cream.

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 helps tighten pores and remove 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

Where to Buy Skin Toner Supplies

My favorite supplier for aromatherapy recipe ingredients like hydrosol and witch hazel is Mountain Rose Herbs. Their prices are excellent and their quality is good. Here's some quick links to the ingredients you'll need for these homemade skin toner recipes...



Another supplier I really like is doTerra. They only supply oils though, not the base ingredients like hydrosols or vegetable glycerin.

I switched to doTerra's oils a while ago when I tested them against the other brands in my stockpile. I found I got better results, and I never got headaches or skin irritation, which sometimes happened with other brands.

I was pretty resistant to trying them because their prices are higher than a lot of other brands, but when I saw and felt the difference on my skin, I was won over.

I find that because they're so effective, I can get away with using fewer drops per recipe, which helps even out the cost. So if you want high quality, ultra-effective oils, these guys are for you.

You can buy doTerra's oils at retail prices by clicking the Shop button at the top. Or click Join & Save to become a wholesale customer and get a store-wide 25% discount. Message me if you want more details on the wholesale deal - it's well worth it.



Amazon has epic variety - if you're a browsing kinda person, go nuts! Just remember, you get what you pay for.

Please, please don't buy the cheapest oils - I promise you they'll be diluted with synthetic ick you don't want on your skin.

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 Facials Main Page - All Skin Types

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Facial Cleanser Recipes Main Page - All Skin Types

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Facial Steam Recipes Main Page - All Skin Types

Cleanse and revitalize your skin. Open up the pores, help get rid of excess oil, along with deep-down dirt and grime so your skin looks youthful.


Homemade Facial Scrub

A nourishing, all natural facial scrub for normal and combination skin types.


Homemade Face Mask

Reveal clearer, softer, glowing skin with this easy to make recipe.  Designed to balance, hydrate and cleanse normal and combination skin types.


Homemade Acne Remedies

Learn about the best essential oils for acne. Then harness the power of essential oils by making your own homemade acne remedies.


Aromatherapy Recipes Homepage from Homemade Skin Toner

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