DIY Facial Skin Toner
This make-at-home skin toner comes together in a pinch! If you’ve been making homemade products for any amount of time, you may even have all the necessary equipment, like a 4 ounce glass bottle, funnels and essential oils, of course. The only thing you may need to get is witch hazel.
You can go two routes with this DIY Toner.
- Use a pure witch hazel hydrosol and add in some vodka
- Use witch hazel you can purchase at your local drug store which already has alcohol in it, and skip the vodka
I have a hard time getting behind the idea of adding alcohol to a pure witch hazel hydrosol, because it’s a bit pricey. However, the addition of vodka will help the oils blend together with the hydrosol. Also note, when using a pure witch hazel hydrosol, it’s necessary to keep the solution refrigerated. Read more about hydrosols here.
Witch hazel you buy at the drugstore or some varieties online (like this one here) already have alcohol in them.
Recipe + Directions
- In a 4 ounce glass bottle, using a funnel, add 3.5 ounces witch hazel. Alternatively, if using pure witch hazel hydrosol, add 2.5 ounces.
- If using pure witch hazel hydrosol, also add 1 ounce vodka to the bottle.
- Add up to 24 drops of essential oils of choice (see below, and check out blending tips here). If you have sensitive skin, I suggest starting with a quarter to half the amount of allotted drops and see how your skin reacts.
- Shake well before each use.
TIP: I like to set the glass bottle + funnel on my kitchen scale, ensuring my scale is zeroed out and reading in ounces, to measure liquids like this.
Optional Essential Oil Add-Ins
- Tea tree essential oil, Melaleuca alternifolia, Middle Note, Warning: those with diabetes should avoid using tea tree topically
- anti-fungal, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial; well-known ingredient in acne solutions
- Rosemary essential oil (from the flowering tops), Rosemarinus officinalis var Verbenon, Middle Note, Warning: avoid use during pregnancy, with babies and children
- this specific rosemary is commonly used in skincare products
- Stephanie Tourles, a Licensed Holistic Esthetician, says this particular rosemary variety could be used to regenerate ‘wrinkled, aging, burned, scarred, or sun damaged skin’.
- Cypress essential oil, Cupressus sempervirens, Middle Note, Warning: avoid use during pregnancy
- known astringent and particularly great for oily skin
- Helichrysum essential oil, Helichrysum italicum, Base Note
- anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal; known to fade scars and help with rosacea and rashes