Recipes for Homemade Facial Toners

If you’d like to customize your toner even more, here are a few recipes for you to choose from. Pick the ones that address your specific needs and preferences.

Easy Green Tea Toner:

This is a favorite of mine. It’s super simple and leaves your skin glowing and toned. Gently boil (on low) a bag of your favorite Green Tea (look for those that are high in anti-oxidants) in 2 – 3 cups of water. Allow your tea bag to steep for 15 minutes to a half an hour. This is a great time to make a fresh scrub and exfoliate your face! You can also use the steam to give yourself a soothing treatment. Once done remove your tea bags and allow tea to cool. You can either use your Green Tea Toner as is or dilute/stretch it with 1 – 2 cups more water, or even better, Aloe Vera Juice.

You can also add 1 – 2 Tbsp of honey for increased hydration, up to 5 drops of tea tree oil to reduce bacteria growth, or a splash of Vodka to increase the astringent qualities of your toner.

Chamomile Toner:

If you have inflamed, irritated, problematic or very sensitive skin, chamomile tea makes a great choice for a very mild healing toner. Steep your tea bag or loose tea in a cup or more of water for at least 5 minutes. Apply with cotton round. No need to rinse or refrigerate.

Sweet Apple-Tini Toner

The vodka in this one makes it a more astringent. If you’re looking for a stronger toner, use this one. Blend together 1 tablespoon honey, 1 tablespoon of vodka, ½-1 cup of water or aloe juice and one peeled, cored apple. Apply this refreshing mixture and allow it to sit for at least 15 minutes. Go have a conversation with someone you love. Tell them how much you love them!

Once you’re done, rinse your face clear with lukewarm water.

Apple Tart Toner

This powerful toner is an excellent choice for oily skin. Witch Hazel and ACV are gentle astringents that will help restore your skin’s natural pH balance, while lavender soothes sensitive skin.


  • ⅔ cup of Witch Hazel
  • ⅓ cup of Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Several drops of Lavender Oil (or Essential Oil of your choice)

Mix ingredients thoroughly in a clean bottle. Shake vigorously before each use. Dampen a cotton round with toner and gently wipe across face. Can be stored at room temperature.

Just a note: Most Sisters of Color that I see in my treatment room complain of oily skin. Many will try to combat and “dry up” this oiliness with alcohol based toners and even worse, isopropyl alcohol ITSLEF! BIG NO-NO! I repeat…..DO NOT DO THIS! This will only make a bad situation much, much worse!

By stripping your skin and temporarily drying out your pores with harsh alcohol, you are basically programming your pores to go into over-drive producing excess oil and sebum. It’s a biological, physiological chain reaction that you have set into motion.

If you use alcohol on your face, get ready for an oil slick in… 3-2-1!!!

Just don’t ever do it!! You’re making the problem so much worse. The most important factor in your skin health is balance. Isopropyl alcohol will throw your skin totally out of balance and it will never naturally recover! Your pores will be in a perpetual state of shock and hyper activity.

So check the ingredients in your retail products and steer very clear of any products with even a drop of alcohol. You and your skin will thank me later! Have fun making these dynamite toners and get ready to fall in love with your clear fresh skin. Ahhhh….now your skin is nice and fresh and ready to receive your moisturizer.