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Homemade Skincare Recipes- Facial Toner

Homemade Toner Recipe

Welcome to part two of my five part homemade skincare recipes series! Last week I talked about the importance of avoiding toxic chemicals in skincare products, and shared some fab homemade face wash recipes. Hopefully you’ve had a chance to try your hand at a few of the recipes, and are on your way to becoming a homemade skincare pro! For part two of this series, we’ll be focusing on homemade toner recipes, so without further ado- let’s get started!

Why Homemade Toner?

Used to tighten pores, complement cleansers, combat oily spots, and heal post-shave irritation, homemade toners provide 100 percent beauty without the ugly eco- and health-side effects caused by substances like parabens, BHA, and artificial colors and fragrances. Conventional toners are made from petroleum-derived chemicals that persist in the environment, creating pollution and threatening human health. By making your own homemade toner, you can be 100% sure of the ingredients you are putting on your face, while saving the earth, and your hard earned money all at the same time!

Homemade Toner Recipes

Homemade Toner Recipe

Simple Green Tea Toner Recipe


2 teaspoons of powdered green tea
1/2 of boiling water

Simply steep green tea in boiling water for 10 minutes
Let it cool and apply it on the face with a clean cotton ball

Watermelon Toner Recipe

2 tablespoons of fresh watermelon juice
2 tablespoons of distilled water
1 tablespoon of Vodka


Mash a section of the watermelon to extract the juice.

Add to the watermelon juice the water and vodka.
Dip a cotton ball into the mix and apply on the face.
Rinse off with warm water

Save the remainder of the toner for later use. Place it in a container and keep refrigerated. It can be used up to 10 days after it was made.

Lavender Toner Acne/Oily Skin Recipe
2 fluid ounces of distilled water
6 drops Lavender essential oil
3 drops Sandalwood Essential Oil
4 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
Mix ingredients in a small spray bottle. Essential oils and water will separate, so you must shake the bottle well before each use. Spray onto clean, washed face.
Rose Toner Dry Skin Recipe
2 fluid ounces of distilled water
5 drops Rose Otto Essential Oil
5 drops Carrot seed essential oil
4 drops Patchouli essential oil
Mix ingredients in a small spray bottle. Essential oils and water will separate, so you must shake the bottle well before each use. Spray onto clean, washed face.
Rosewater Toner Recipes
How To Make Rosewater

Rosewater Toner Recipe- Dry to Normal Skin


100 ml rosewater

1 drop chamomile oil

1 drop geranium oil

*Scroll down for preparation instructions

Rosewater Toner Recipe – Normal to Oily Skin


100 ml rosewater

1 drop juniper berry oil

1 drop rose otto oil

*Scroll down for preparation instructions

Rosewater Toner Recipe- Sensitive Skin


100 ml weak infusion made from chamomile and 1 drop German camomile.

The infusion is made exactly as you would make weak, black and bitter tea. You can use a good commercial camomile tea if fresh material is not available.

*Preparation instructions below


These toners are all made the same way. Place the rosewater base into a clean glass bottle and add the essential oil of choice. Close the bottle and shake the mixture vigorously to help disperse the oil.  Leave the mixture for at least 36 hours before vigorously shaking again, then filter it through a paper coffee filter to remove the larger amount of essential oil. Re-bottle the filtered toner and remember to shake before use to ensure proper distribution.

*Rosewater Toner Recipes credit to Esoteric Oils

How To Make Your Own Rosewater

Homemade Rosewater Toner

Making your own rosewater is very easy – simply collect around 2 cups of (tightly packed)ose petals and place in a heavy-bottomed saucepan. Cover with distilled water (around 2 1/2 cups) and simmer until the liquid has reduced in volume by about half. DO NOT BOIL!! As the water heats up you will begin to see drops of rose oil forming on the surface of the water. Soon the water will begin to have a rosy color to it and feel thick and oily, this means it is ready. Cool, pour into sterilized jars and store in the refrigerator.

*Because homemade rosewater does not have preservatives, any recipes you use it in will need to be kept in the refrigerator.

Eco-Tip: Instead of using cotton balls or other disposable cotton products to apply toner, check out the fabulous REUSABLE cotton rounds on Etsy! 

Don’t forget to come back and check out the remainder of the Homemade Skincare Recipes series, I’ll be focusing on different skincare recipes each week!

1. Homemade Facial Cleanser (Last week)

2. Homemade Facial Toner (This Week)

3. Homemade Facial Serum

4. Homemade Masks & Scrubs

5. Homemade Bath & Body Products


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If you’ve make your own homemade facial toner please leave a comment and share your favorite recipe(s)! If you’re going to be making your own toner for the first time, I’d love to hear from you too!

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  1. Great ideas. I love to make my own face toner so that I know exactly what is in it. I like to use green tea as a face toner and squeeze fresh lemon juice for brighter skin. Check out my post entitled “The Powers of Green Tea” too. Green Tea is great!

  2. I am really into natural diy recipes, these all sound wonderful!
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  3. Thank You! for the great recipes! I really need to get busy making these! Pinned your recipes!

  4. Caroline72 says:

    Cool! I will try to create this facial toner, hope it will works.. Thanks for sharing this with us…
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  5. I think I want to drink the watermelon one. :) Seriously, though, these are great recipes and a good reminder that we don’t have to be brainwashed into overpaying for chemicals when what we need is usually right there for us to put together!

  6. I never thought about using green tea as a toner! I just did a face mask made with Matcha Green tea so that totally makes sense though. Love all the options!
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  7. I LOOOVE this! I use homemade just-about-everything, but I’d never thought of homemade toner!
    Will be sharing! ♥

  8. Kelley Johnsen says:

    I love this! I do most of these recipes as well, and love them. Especially the Rose water and toner! This makes for a wonderful Mothers day present or new mommy basket! Perfect, thanks!

  9. Jude Skocki Kelly says:

    the watermelon toner ~~ whatever you don’t use on your face, you can have for a cocktail. LOL no really these are awesome recipes. I had no clue that these items would work as a toner. thank you so much for sharing

  10. Be careful with the roses. You want to make sure the florists did not use chemicals. You don’t want roses with dye either.

    Nice post.
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  11. librarypat says:

    There are several of these that sound promising. Most are pretty simple to make. With summer waiting in the wings, toners that refresh are a most important part of any facial regime. It is a nice way to finish up a face wash either when you start your day or freshen up.


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