Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Six Favourite Toner Recipes

Some of the most read posts from the last twelve months have been recipes for toners you can easily make at home. 

Here are some of the favourites together for easy reference. There's something to suit almost anyone's skin.

Rose Water Toner - for dry skin

To make this you will  need:

Combine all the ingredients in a small glass bottle and shake well. Apply with a cotton pad avoiding the eyes. This will keep up to 10 days in the fridge.

Almond Milk Toner - for combination skin

This simple 3-ingredient toner is well-suited to combination skin.

You will need:

Combine all ingredients in a clean bottle and shake well. Apply with a cotton pad or cotton balls, keeping away from your eyes. Will keep for up to two week if stored in the fridge.

Elder Flower Toner - for sensitive skin


Place 1 tablespoon of fresh elder flowers (or 1/2 tablespoon if using dried) into a heatproof bowl or jug. Pour 1 cup of boiling water over the flowers. Cover and leave cool and steep for about an hour.

Pour the cooled infusion into a glass bottle. Add 1 tablespoon of vegetable glycerine and 5 drops of lavender essential oil (if using). Cap the bottle and shake well to combine.

Makes approximately one cup. The toner will keep for one week stored in the fridge.

To use: Shake before using. Apply with a cotton pad, avoiding your eyes. Follow with your usual moisturiser.

Black Tea Toner - for oily skin

This is a simple three ingredient toner that works to remove the last traces of makeup and help clear pores.

To  make this you will need:

  • 1 cup witch hazel
  • 1 cup strong black tea
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • glass bottle
Combine the first three ingredients in the glass bottle and shake well. Apply using a cotton ball, making sure your avoid the eye area. Follow with moisturiser.

Will keep up to 12 months if stored in a cool, dry place with the lid on.

Apple Toner - for oily, blemished skin 

  • 85mls pure apple juice (organic if possible)
  • 3 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
Place all the ingredients in a non-metallic bowl and whizz with a stick blender until combined. Pour into a clean, dry bottle with a secure lid.

Shake before using. Smooth over your face, keeping away from your eyes. Rinse with warm water. Follow with your usual moisturiser.

Lavender Toner - for teenage skin

To make this you will need:

Place all ingredients in the jar. Leave in a cool, dry, dark place for 2 weeks to give the mix time to infuse. Shake the jar well daily.

Strain the liquid and our into a small glass bottle.

Apply using a cotton ball, making sure your avoid the eye area. Follow with moisturiser.

Store out of direct sunlight. Use within 6 months

Notes on witch hazel: Witch hazel in its liquid form is a blend of an alcohol based witch hazel extract and water. It acts as a very gentle astringent, but is not suitable for very dry, sensitive or sunburnt skin.

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  1. thanks for the recipes - I love experimenting with DIY beauty when I can :D

  2. I love how easy all of these recipes are! I've never made a toner before, but I just might have to try after reading this!

  3. I wish you had included a toner for mature skin.

    1. The rosewater toner is very suited to mature skin. Rosewater helps to soothe, tone and soften mature skin. Geranium essential oil is also has benefits when used in products for mature skin.

  4. These toners so sound wonderful, I pinned! Thanks for sharing on the Homestead Blog Hop!

  5. looks good! I am so glad you shared this with us! I always love seeing what you post on Country Fair Blog Party, and I have pinned this post for future use!
    Jan @ Tip Garden