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Easy Homemade Face Toners and Tonics

Cleanse, Tone and Moisturize

Face toners, tonics, astringents or fresheners are one of those skin care items that have gone hand in hand with cleansers and moisturizers. When I was starting out in the world of cosmetic retail, the 3 step skin care routine was the buzz phrase and cleansing, toning and moisturizing was the daily skin care routine of millions of women across the world.

Cleansers for example, have changed and evolved with modern living and the needs of the consumer. Where heavy cream based cleansers such as ponds cold cream were huge in bygone days, today we see more face washes, light lotions or even 2 in 1 products (cleanser and toner) taking centre stage on the shelves.

Skin toners may seem somewhat redundant and are often the one skin care product to be dropped but they are still an important step in skin care for all ages, in my opinion for refining the skin.

Rose Petals Make Rosewater

roses in your garden may be utilized into homemade rosewater easily and quickly.

roses in your garden may be utilized into homemade rosewater easily and quickly.

DIY Skin Toner or Tonic

check your brand

A Toner for All Skin Types

Making your own toner means you have a product that is not costing the earth, has basic but beautiful ingredients and is not packed with alcohol, chemicals, synthetic fragrance and toxins that should carry the warning “hazardous to your health” on the label.

Alcohol which may be as high as 12-15%+ in a tonic or toner will actually dehydrate the skin and damage skin cells.

Alcohol in an astringent type toner is often regarded as necessary for oily skin but this is misleading as oily skin may be dehydrated and an alcohol based toner will strip the skin of natural oils.

Say no to alcohol in skin care end of . . . . you don't require it.

With wonderful ingredients including plant and flower extracts in essential oils, skin toners are a must for all skin types.

I have put together four simple recipes that are all basically the same, starting off with Rosewater, a mix of Rosewater and Witch hazel or a Chamomile Infusion.

For easy homemade rosewater check out my Rosewater and Lemon Face Wash Recipe which features the step by step instructions for making a natural toner with rose petals.

Easy Homemade Rosewater

What do Skin Toners Do?

  • Removes Last Traces of Cleanser
  • Re-Balances Acid Mantle (pH of Skin)
  • Tightens Pores
  • Prevents Skin Congestion
  • Stimulates Blood Circulation
  • Removes Daily Grime
  • Removes Chemicals Found in Water
  • Rejuvenates Skin
  • Removes Excess Oil
  • Freshens Skin
  • Treats Pimples, Acne
  • Prepares the Skin for Moisturizer
  • Firming

Basic Toner Recipe

  • Add the rosewater or rosewater / witch hazel mix into a clean, sterilized glass bottle.
  • Add in the essential oils for particular recipe.
  • Make the infusion (for sensitive skin only) using pure Chamomile tea or a Chamomile tea bag in hot water as you would for weak black tea. Allow to cool and pour into your bottle. Add in a drop of German Camomile EO.
  • Screw on lid tightly and give a really good shake to combine the oils and base.
  • Store it in a cool, dark place and leave for 36 hours before shaking it again.
  • Using coffee filter paper, pour the toner through the filter into a glass bowl or jug to remove excess essential oil.
  • Re bottle and remember to give a good shake each time before using.

Pelargonium graveol (Geranium Oil)

geranium oil comes  from the Geranium species Pelargonium graveol.

geranium oil comes from the Geranium species Pelargonium graveol.

Chrysopogon zizanioides (vetiver)

vetiver is a perennial grass native to India and one of the most widely oils used in perfumery.

vetiver is a perennial grass native to India and one of the most widely oils used in perfumery.

Normal to Dry Skin

100ml Rosewater

1 drop Vetiver Essential Oil

1 drop Geranium Essential Oil


Benefits of Vetiver EO

  • Skin Moisturizer
  • Nourishing
  • Dehydrated Skin
  • Improves Dry Skin
  • Improves Skin Tone
  • Anti-Aging Benefits
  • Healing
  • Reduces Stretch Marks

Benefits of Geranium EO

  • Balances pH of Skin
  • Eczema
  • Dermatitis
  • Bruises
  • Mosquito Repellent
  • Acne
  • Anti-Inflammatory
  • Sunburn
  • Healing

Juniper berries

juniper berries are steam distilled to produce juniper essential oil.

juniper berries are steam distilled to produce juniper essential oil.

Simplicity and Beauty

rose oil is one of the most popular and beneficial essential oils.

rose oil is one of the most popular and beneficial essential oils.

Combination Skin (Normal / Oily)

100 ml Rosewater

1 drop Juniper Essential Oil

1 drop Rose Essential Oil


Benefits of Juniper EO

  • Acne
  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis
  • Anti-Inflammatory
  • Oily Skin
  • Unblocks Pores


Benefits of Rose EO

  • Hydrating
  • Moisturizing
  • Broken Capillaries
  • Mature Skin
  • Astringent
  • Anti-Inflammatory
  • Redness
  • Eczema
  • Herpes
  • Conjunctivitis

Italian Cypress (Cupressus sempervirans)

cypress oil is extracted from the twigs and foliage of the Cypress trees, particularly this species.

cypress oil is extracted from the twigs and foliage of the Cypress trees, particularly this species.

White or East Indian Sandalwood

known as Chandra or Santalum album sandalwood essential oil is predominantly grown in India.

known as Chandra or Santalum album sandalwood essential oil is predominantly grown in India.

Oily Skin

50ml Rosewater

50 ml Witch hazel

1 drop Cypress Essential Oil

2 drops Sandalwood Essential Oil


Benefits of Cypress EO

  • Helps Acne Skin
  • Clears Congested Skin
  • Varicose Veins
  • Calming Skin
  • Soothing
  • Astringent
  • Helps Perspiration


Benefits of Sandalwood EO

  • Hydrating
  • Moisturizing
  • Itchy skin
  • Anti-Inflammatory
  • Anti-Aging
  • Astringent
  • Acne or Oily Skin
  • Reduces Scar Tissue
  • Eczema

Camomile Flowers

Chamomile or camomile is best known for its calming soothing properties for mind and body.

Chamomile or camomile is best known for its calming soothing properties for mind and body.

Chamomile Herbal Infusion

one of the most popular teas, camomile is used as a great infusion for skin toner.

one of the most popular teas, camomile is used as a great infusion for skin toner.

Sensitive Skin

100ml Chamomile Infusion

1 drop German Camomile Essential Oil


Benefits of German Camomile EO

  • Soothing
  • Calming
  • Anti-Inflammatory
  • Healing
  • Psoriasis
  • Eczema
  • Tissue Regenerating
  • Allergic Skins
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Further Important Essential Oil Info

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Easy Homemade Face Toners and Tonics Comments

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on June 17, 2013:

Hi Carol,

No idea HOW my reply to you was missed so humble apologies!!!!!

Thanks so much for your comment and yes good quality rosewater is fine to use or make your own easily with rose petals and water. Hope you have fun brewing up your own!! Appreciate all your sharing on and votes!!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on June 09, 2013:

Hi phoenix,

I know I NEVER remember such prices, scary stuff. i found it interesting the one that came out on top was the most expensive at €70 a brand I did not recognize followed by YSL and Kiels. I used to love Clinique, Clarins and Elizabeth Arden but often used Witch Hazel (adore the smell of both witch hazel and rosewater) on it's own. Thanks for your interest!

Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon from United Kingdom on June 09, 2013:

OMG, I don't ever remember seeing toners at those prices. I'm with you, I would never pay such outrages prices.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on June 07, 2013:

Hi phoenix,

Hope you do give them a go. i nearly passed out when watching a customer review on toners last night. The top one that the group decided on was priced at €70 and the next two were €45 and €40!!!!! II know I used to buy toners religiously for years but never remember (and would not have) paying these prices for "top" brands. Enjoy trying out and vetiver is another oil I have seen people rave about in skin care and fragrance recipes so have fun experimenting!! Cheers for all the enthusiasm for my work!

Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon from United Kingdom on June 07, 2013:

Ooo...I like your recipes very much. I'm going to try yours when my current batch of toner runs out. I'm interested in trying Vetiver as I'm not familiar with that particular oil.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on May 29, 2013:

Hi Kathryn,

So good of you to read and comment here! I hope you can combine recipes that use similar ingredients as I try to mindful of that to make things cost effective and have shelf lives so you can keep for another time to rustle up a potion or two! My newest one a butter cleanser uses many previously mentioned ingredients so hopefully it will help! Enjoy and many thanks again for all your enthusiasm, looking forward to your reviews!! :-)

Kathryn from Windsor, Connecticut on May 29, 2013:

It's nice to see so many recipes, as well as to discover all of the reasons for using facial toners.

My list of things I want to buy so that I can make these recipes is growing! But many of the items work for many different ones, so it will be very worth it in the long run!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on May 29, 2013:

Hi Janet,

Your comments are so much appreciated and it is wonderful knowing you enjoyed this recipe and I hope it inspires you to make it sometime soon. Thanks for the votes and share!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on May 29, 2013:

Hi Stephanie,

Thanks so much for dropping by and I appreciate your additional info for German Chamomile, good to know you can thoroughly recommend the fresh flower variety and what a great base for the infusion skin toner for sensitive skins. Thanks so much, I am delighted to have your interest and expertise in herbs!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on May 29, 2013:

Hi livingsta,

Delighted you enjoyed this one and found interesting! Appreciate your votes and shares!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on May 29, 2013:

Hi Rose,

Many thanks for your lovely comments yep these treats are not only wonderful for your skin but smell totally delicious!!

Janet Giessl from Georgia country on May 29, 2013:

I have never been satisfied with store bought toners and tonics. Your wonderful recipes make me want to make my own now. Again a very great and well-presented hub. Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting and sharing!

Stephanie Bradberry from New Jersey on May 29, 2013:

This information is very useful indeed. I use German chamomile in so many things I made. It has many uses as you know. It is so versatile. I actually never liked chamomile tea until I brewed it fresh with just the flowers in a tea ball strainer. Wow, what a difference from the bagged versions.

livingsta from United Kingdom on May 29, 2013:

A useful hub full of interesting facts and information as always Suzie. Voted up, useful, interesting and sharing!

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on May 29, 2013:

As always, I am so inspired! I'm sure that all of these homemade products feel great and smell amazing.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on May 29, 2013:

Hi bravewarrior,

I have a combination skin so have always had an oil issue. Many astringents as you say are too harsh and strip the natural oils thus resulting in over stimulating the sebum production making it worse! Witch hazel I often used and by combining it with a few essential oils and a little rosewater makes such a difference now. Thanks for your comments and support as always!

carol stanley from Arizona on May 29, 2013:

as always an interesting and well written hub about making our own lotions and potions...Is ready made rosewater good? or do you suggest we make our own. I lvoe the fact there is no alcohol...I am inspired now to start mixing up some new brews. Great job...voting up and all the usual stuff.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on May 29, 2013:

Good info again, Suzie. I have oily skin and use Witch Hazel as a toner. When I was younger, I used Sea Breeze astringent, but found that oily skin works harder to replenish the oils stripped by an astringent, resulting in even more oil on the face.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on May 28, 2013:

Hi Bill,

I know the feeling my friend, it is 2.15 am here and about time I hit the sack for the night! Appreciate you dropping in to say hi and hugs back and you will always have my friendship you can take that to the bank! Good night wise one!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on May 28, 2013:

MJ,

Boy, I know how "Sir Bill" must feel seeing your name pop up as having left a comment!! Here we go with a 500 word hub / comment is probably his thoughts!!

Yes, somehow you receiving a size 11 army boot does not surprise me in the least, you would get a size 7 one from me should you act up or misbehave inappropriately which no doubt would be pretty frequent and would surely test my exemplary customer service skills record.

Please do send me that list of ingredients I will no doubt concoct something befitting a total headcase, screw lose, few sandwiches short of a picnic type of fella with full set of instructions as I know how much a stickler you are for detail and having all bases covered!

Enjoy your new potions in advance, as always you bring a smile to my face and never fail to show your humor, appreciate your comment and votes etc . . . pinning is tricky for you as you have only mastered how to leave comments after a year so all in good time for hitting the pin button at the top of the page, wouldn't like to overload that wee brain of yours as ir does require some thought and time (10 seconds). Cheers hun!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on May 28, 2013:

This has been a long day, Suzie, and I'm running on empty. I have nothing funny for you tonight. Good job as always on your hub. Sending you a hug and sincere thanks for your friendship.

bill

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on May 28, 2013:

Hi agapsikap,

Lovely to see you and hopefully you will be making your own skin toner soon. It is easily done starting with rosewater and I am sure you will have roses there in the Philippines in abundance you could use to make it. Many thanks for your awesome votes and shared!

mjkearn on May 28, 2013:

Hi Suzie

Great job here as usual. Love the colors in the flower pics though I have a question regarding the Italian Cypress tree pic. Does the electricity in the over head power cables help them grow that tall, LOL.

Now in my short life, that being vertically challenged as apposed to young, I've had my face toned a few times. Most notably from a size 11 army boot while face up, on the floor ,in the back of the Land Rover and it wasn't one that I was servicing.

It was nice of them army boys to give me a lift but they really could do with improving their customer service as well as their accommodation, LOL.

Now tonic is something that I've had a lot of but I mixed mine with gin and lemon and I'm damn sure I never put it on my face though I've been told that I've been "off my face" what ever that means.

I've got lots of ingredients in my kitchen, oops, workshop and lots of things that go bang. I must send you a list and let you concoct a recipe for me, LOL.

I've had my lid screwed on tight for a long time, been shaken rigorously , mixed with oil and I'm pretty sure, but not certain, that I was infused on more than one occasion, when I was getting paid for those clinical trials I used to do before I got lost. Well that's what the official forms said.

Fab hub from a fab hubber. Voted up, ticked and shared. I would Pin it as well but you haven't shown me how to do that yet, LOL.

MJ.

agapsikap from Philippines on May 28, 2013:

What an interesting idea! I hope one day I can be able to use my own homemade toner and tonics. This is very informative and awesome/useful. Voted up and shared!