This could not have been easier. Three ingredients and an empty, travel sized bottle from the dollar store was all I need to “perfect” this DIY face toner recipe. I say that term loosely for it was a matter of two different trials until I found the strength of homemade facial toner that worked for my sensitive skin, and voila. It cost me <$5 to make and contains ingredients I’m comfortable putting on my skin and that of my children. WIN! WIN!
So – why make your own skin toner?
It was the Think Dirty Shop Clean app scan of the Sinple brand of toner I used regularly growing up that frightened me (note that these items are scores out of 10, 10 being the most dangerous and toxic for your skin).
Check out the result below! Preservatives are being used that release formaldehyde, which is a known carcinogenic, cause cancer and give this product regularly available a bad rating of 8/10. Ouch.
It propelled me to do something about it.
There are a ton of all natural, homemade facial toner recipes on the internet I could have copied. But after my research I realized I wanted to combine the benefits of witch hazel (natural astringent) with apple cider vinegar (terrific grime fighting properties). And I was adamant that I was going to take advantage of the skin smoothing properties of frankincense essential oil (hello middle age!) and lavender for its calming effects
I have sensitive skin (borderline rosacea) that flares up with eczema whenever anything that isn’t natural touches my eyes. To be careful, I opted for a 1% solution of essential oil. This is low and very conservative and if you’re not like me with sensitive skin, then consider increasing the solution of the essential oils to 3-5%. This is the dilution chart I use to create the recipes for my homemade facial products.
When I’m making anything for my face, I opt to use all organic ingredients. It’s so much cheaper because I end being in a position to make a bulk supply to buying organic doesn’t end up being so costly when you consider how many bottles of toner I end up making (homemade makeup remover pads, cleaning sprays, etc).
For the same reason, I choose to use Young Living essential oils. They’re super potent so I have to be very careful not to add any more drops than my recipe or essential oil dilution chart calls for. Their quality standards exceeed organic standards too, so that fits the criteria for my homemade beauty products.
- 80ml bottle
- 35ml organic witch hazel
- 35ml organic apple cider vinegar
- 10 drops frankincense essential oil
- 6 drops lavender essential oil
Mix all these ingredients. After cleansing your face, moisten a cotton pad and wipe over your face (swiping upwards against gravity – apparently).
Your face will be super clean after using this toner, your pores will be shrinking and primed and ready for your moisturizer.
You can switch up the essential oils you use too based on the beneficial therapeutic properties you are looking for:
- Frankincense – high in astringents so helps smooth mature or aging skin
- Lavender – helps calm irritated skin and reduce redness
- Lemon – can help brighten skin
Let me know what you think and if you have any questions or feedback on this recipe!
Where I Buy My Ingredients
- Essential oils – I buy them wholesale from Young Living online (24% off retail). I trust their purity and am happy with their price. Anyone can buy them wholesale by creating a free account – just send me a message if you want me to hook you up with my referral link
- Bottle – dollar store! Small little travel sized containers work best for me. No preservatives mean these things have a short shelf life.
- Witch hazel – I have chosen to use Thayers Unscented, alcohol free witch hazel. You can get it off amazon too.
- Apple cider vinegar – I choose to use organic, all-natural, raw and unfiltered ACV with the mother still living in there. Here’s a brand I’ve used before of apple cider vinegar off Amazon.