Simple DIY Facial Toner

I love using essential oils as part of my natural skincare routine.

I’m a pretty low-maintenance person in terms of makeup, but I’m all-in when it comes to taking care of my skin.

Maybe it’s because I’m a fair-skinned redhead who’s always had to be careful in the sun, or maybe it’s because I’ve had eczema and sensitive skin since I was young, or maybe it’s because I’m not so young anymore and have to fight against wrinkles, redness, and adult acne.  But whatever the reason, skin care is an important part of my daily routine.

And this homemade facial toner is key to that.

 

simple 3-ingredient DIY facial toner reduces redness, fights wrinkles & age spots, shrinks pores, & banishes acne. Great for all skin types. {homemade facial toner with essential oils}

 

Here’s what I do (same skincare routine morning and night):

  1. remove my makeup using coconut oil  (It might sound odd to wipe oil on your face as a first step of cleaning, but oil dissolves oil, so coconut oil or another natural carrier oil is a great way to gently remove mascara, eye shadow, and even foundation.)
  2. wash my face with my homemade foaming face wash (here’s my recipe – there are versions for pretty much every skin type – oily, sensitive, acne-prone, dry, mature, normal)
  3. shake toner well to mix and apply this homemade essential oil toner with a cotton round, using gentle upwards motion all over face (avoiding eyes)
  4. finish by moisturizing my skin with my DIY face serum (here’s the recipe – just like my foaming face wash there are customized recipes of carrier oil and essential oil blends just right for your skin type whether you have dry, oily, acne-prone, mature, or sensitive skin)

 

simple 3-ingredient DIY facial toner reduces redness, fights wrinkles & age spots, shrinks pores, & banishes acne. Great for all skin types. {homemade facial toner with essential oils}

What’s in this homemade facial toner?

witch hazel – Witch hazel is a natural astringent that minimizes the appearance of pores, reduces inflammation and skin irritations, decreases oil and redness, and leaves skin feeling clean and refreshed.

vitamin E – Vitamin E is an antioxidant that blocks free radicals from the skin which can help reduce wrinkles and brown (a.k.a. age or sun) spots and keep the skin youthful looking.  It also supports new skin cell growth and speeding up cell regeneration (which also helps keep skin young looking).

Essential oils

Geranium essential oil promotes healthy, clear, glowing skin.  It also reduces the appearance of fine lines, while toning and beautifying skin.

Cypress essential oil helps control overactive sebum glands that make our skin oily and prone to breakouts.  Cypress also helps speed healing time, and due to its circulatory benefits, cypress essential oil can also help radiate and revive a dull complexion.

Lavender essential oil is a all-around super powerhouse for skin care.  It’s gentle and great for all skin types.  It soothes and calms irritated skin.  It also has powerful antioxidants that slow aging.  And lavender improves the appearance of complexion, reduces redness, and fights acne.

 

How to Make Homemade Facial Toner with Essential Oils?

step 1:  Fill a 4 oz bottle almost full with witch hazel (that’s slightly less than 1/2 cup)

simple 3-ingredient DIY facial toner reduces redness, fights wrinkles & age spots, shrinks pores, & banishes acne. Great for all skin types. {homemade facial toner with essential oils}

 

step 2:  Add 1/2 teaspoon vitamin E oil

simple 3-ingredient DIY facial toner reduces redness, fights wrinkles & age spots, shrinks pores, & banishes acne. Great for all skin types. {homemade facial toner with essential oils}

 

step 3:  Add the following essential oils

3 drops geranium essential oil

3 drops cypress essential oil

3 drops lavender essential oil

simple 3-ingredient DIY facial toner reduces redness, fights wrinkles & age spots, shrinks pores, & banishes acne. Great for all skin types. {homemade facial toner with essential oils}

 

step 4:  put the top on the bottle and shake to mix – that’s it!  You just made homemade facial toner.  🙂

simple 3-ingredient DIY facial toner reduces redness, fights wrinkles & age spots, shrinks pores, & banishes acne. Great for all skin types. {homemade facial toner with essential oils}

 

simple 3-ingredient DIY facial toner reduces redness, fights wrinkles & age spots, shrinks pores, & banishes acne. Great for all skin types. {homemade facial toner with essential oils}

 

simple 3-ingredient DIY facial toner reduces redness, fights wrinkles & age spots, shrinks pores, & banishes acne. Great for all skin types. {homemade facial toner with essential oils}

 

Here’s the DIY Facial Toner Recipe:

  1. Fill a 4 oz bottle almost full with witch hazel
  2. add 1/2 tsp vitamin E oil
  3. add 3 drops each of geranium, cypress, and lavender essential oils
  4. shake to mix

 

click here to get a printable version of this essential oil facial toner recipe

 

Here’s how I use it (same skincare routine morning and night):

  1. remove my makeup using coconut oil  (It might sound odd to wipe oil on your face as a first step of cleaning, but oil dissolves oil, so coconut oil or another natural carrier oil is a great way to gently remove mascara, eye shadow, and even foundation.)
  2. wash my face with my homemade foaming face wash (here’s my recipe – there are versions for pretty much every skin type – oily, sensitive, acne-prone, dry, mature, normal)
  3. shake toner well to mix and apply this homemade essential oil toner with a cotton round, using gentle upwards motion all over face (avoiding eyes) – shake toner bottle well before each use
  4. finish by moisturizing my skin with my DIY face serum (here’s the recipe – just like my foaming face wash there are customized recipes of carrier oil and essential oil blends just right for your skin type whether you have dry, oily, acne-prone, mature, or sensitive skin)

 

simple 3-ingredient DIY facial toner reduces redness, fights wrinkles & age spots, shrinks pores, & banishes acne. Great for all skin types. {homemade facial toner with essential oils}

 

Where to get supplies?

witch hazel (buy my favorite here)

vitamin E (buy here)

4 oz PET bottle (buy here)

mini stainless steel funnels (buy here)

cotton rounds – I pick these up at Target, Walmart, or grocery store, but you can also buy online here

 

If you liked this post, here are a few other essential oil posts that I think you’ll like:

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soft & silky body butter with essential oils

essential oil face wash for your skin type

lavender, oatmeal, & milk bath soak for dry skin

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DIY face serum with essential oils – customized versions for every skin type (dry, oily, acne-prone, mature, sensitive, normal)

DIY exfoliating sugar scrub cubes – easy to make, smell incredible, and leave my skin feeling silky smooth

bubbling bath salts – the perfect combination of a bubble bath AND a detox salt bath (plus all the therapeutic benefits of essential oils)

 

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simple 3-ingredient DIY facial toner reduces redness, fights wrinkles & age spots, shrinks pores, & banishes acne. Great for all skin types. {homemade facial toner with essential oils}

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Carolina Blumhorst

I tried your three step face wash, toner and serum. I have to say that I love it and I’m hooked.

I don’t see anyplace where I can print this. I printed the serum and moisturizer but can’t print this one.

Hi Shirley,
Thanks for your note.
I didn’t make a printable for my face toner, but I’ll send you an email in a moment with the recipe and usage instructions.
Sarah

Please email the recipe and instructions to me as well. I really enjoy making homemade products for myself and always make extra for friends.
Thanks in advance.

Hi Marcy,
please check your inbox; I just sent you the recipe and instructions.
Have fun making it and sharing with friends!
Sarah

I have a sensitivity to coconut. I have made the foaming soap but found I could not use it. Castille soap contains coconut oil. Any suggestions to use as a substitute?

Hi Kathie,
Dr. Bronner’s Castille soap is made from coconut oil, but I believe there are other brands of Castille soap that are made from other oils (like olive oil).
I’m not sure which is the best, but I’ve seen Penns Hill, CountryRose Soap Company, Green Soap Inc, and several Etsy sellers have olive-oil liquid Castille soap (without coconut oil).
Hope that helps,
Sarah

Thank u for sharing the recipe!

What is the shelf life without preservatives & is it good for all skin types?

Thank u again!

I don’t have a precise answer for shelf life, but for me it seems to be good for at least a few weeks. It only makes 1/2 cup, so I tend to use up a batch in about that time.

As with any homemade item, to prolong the shelf-life, start with new/fresh ingredients and clean & sterilize you containers, bowls, and utensils.

On the recipes do you use all the essential oils listed or do you pick just one. Thank you

I use all the essential oils. 3 drops each of geranium, cypress, and lavender essential oils for a total of 9 drops of essential oil.

These recipes sound amazing, I’m a huge fan of Young Living Oils.
Do these need to be put in glass bottles or is plastic ok?

glass is great. Some types of plastic are also okay. Look for plastic #1 (PET) or plastic #2 (HDPE) on the bottom of plastic containers; those will be okay to use with diluted essential oils.

Can you use any combination of essential oils?

You can substitute other essential oils, but please choose carefully. Not all essential oils are safe for topical use without being heavily diluted with a carrier oil and some are not safe for topical use at all.

Hi Sarah,
I have loads of essential oils, but no cypress. What other oil can I subsitute for this one?
Thanks!

Hi Eleonore,
Frankincense or sandalwood would both be great substitutes for the cypress in this recipe.

What could I substitue for geranium? I don’t have that oil yet.

You could use a little more lavender in place of the geranium, or any of these essential oils would be great substitutes for geranium in this recipe:
jasmine
rose
frankincense
helichrysum
sandalwood
ylang ylang

hi, can i use the same amount of eo (3drops each) if im using 2oz bottle? is it ok to add frankinscense?

I wouldn’t use that many drops. You don’t need to use that many drops to get the effect of the essential oils.
Frankincense is a good add. It’s wonderful for skin.
If adding frankincense, I would reduce the number of drops of the other essential oils by the amount of frankincense you add.

Hello, would it be okay to substitute the vitamin E oil in this recipe with evening primrose oil?

Thank You,
Mary

Yes, evening primrose oil would work well. Like vitamin e, it has great antioxidant properties. And it can help reduce redness, moisturize, fight acne flare ups, and reduce premature aging.

Could I use jojoba oil instead of vitamin E?

Yes, jojoba oil would work well.

Thanks for this recipe! Just 1 question: Do you think the combo of lavender, frankincense, and tea tree oils would work instead of the combo listed as I don’t have the other 2 you list?

Yes, it would. That’s also a great combo for skin.

Hi! Is there a use by date for this homemade toner?

I use mine within a few months of making it.

I love the sounds of your products! Do you happen to have a recipe for a shampoo bar? and / or a hair conditioning bar? I have thick, course, dryish hair and am looking for something to make it feel softer and not so dry.

no, sorry. I haven’t come up with an easy recipe that I like for those yet.

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