Toner is often written off as an unnecessary skincare step, but the right toner for your skin can actually make a world of a difference. Far from the harsh and stripping toners of days past, today’s toners gently work to restore the skin’s pH to a healthy level, boosting moisture retention and strengthening and improving the skin’s natural barrier function. They’re also a great way to inject beneficial nutrients and vitamins into your skincare routine!
This easy recipe builds off a mild witch hazel and glycerin base, suitable for virtually any skin type, and includes four different variations to target particular skin needs and concerns. To keep the ingredients extra clean, I’ve forgone any emulsifiers, so the essential oils WILL rise to the top and separate from the other ingredients. Shake the toner before each use to re-blend everything together.
Dry + Aging Skin
Combo + Oily Skin
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 3 drops geranium essential oil
- 3 drops eucalyptus essential oil
- 3 drops bergamot essential oil (Bergaptene-free or limit to nighttime use only)
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 4 drops tea tree essential oil
- 4 drops helichrysum (immortelle) essential oil
- 2 drops rosemary essential oil
Sensitive + Reactive Skin
Combine all ingredients in a glass spray bottle and shake well to combine.
To use: Shake lightly and spray directly onto the face. Use after cleansing and, as needed, throughout the day too!
Have you ever tried DIY skincare before? What’s your holy grail recipe? Let us know in the comments!
Caitie is a health & beauty writer and long-time green beauty advocate. Not satisfied with beauty blogs of the time, she created Naturalla Beauty in 2011 to showcase natural and non-toxic beauty and personal care options, and has been blogging strong ever since. Part-time ingredient purist and full-time green beauty lover, Caitie is passionate about finding affordable gems and showing that healthy products don’t have to break the bank.