All-Natural DIY Face Toner

face toner, all-natural

I first learned about face toner when I was a teenager struggling to clear up my acne. The friendly lady at the beauty counter told me that it would help remove impurities…and I was sold! But a face toner is more than a method to improve your skin.

The magical effects of a face toner

I was amazed at how well that toner cleared up my blemishes. But I was also in awe of how it shrunk my pores and removed extra gunk that my washcloth and soap didn’t pick up. 

Abra-cadabra. Check out the magical benefits of using a face toner:

  • Toners improve the blemishes from acne-prone or oily skin.
  • Using a toner removes extra impurities from heavy makeup, sunscreen or sweat that are not fully cleansed with a makeup remover, washcloth, or face cleanser. It even gets rid of chlorine or minerals present in tap water that get trapped in your pores!
  • It removes oils and contaminants from skin which minimizes pores.
  • A toner restores your skin’s natural pH balance. Skin is naturally acidic, but soap is typically alkaline. After washing your face, your skin works on overtime to regain normal pH levels; a toner speeds up that process.
  • It works as a skin cleanser when you’re on the go. Can’t wash your face when you’re outside and sweaty? A quick swipe of a toner will revitalize your skin for the moment.

The major downfall with face toners

Am I convincing you yet that you should add a toner to your beauty regime? But this magical stuff has a major downfall…

After using my beloved toner for years, I learned that it contained numerous harsh chemicals – nooooo! The alcohol was clearing up my acne while creating other problems. I simply couldn’t live without my face toner so I was desperate to find a solution.

That’s when I decided to make a DIY face toner.

face toner, all-natural ingredients

Key ingredients in an all-natural DIY face toner

I spent a few hours researching the best, all-natural ingredients to include in a toner or skincare regime. I easily discovered my key ingredients:

  • Apple cider vinegar: A liquid made of fermented and crushed apples, popularly known as a detoxifying agent. 
  • Witch hazel: A natural medicine made from the branches and leaves of a witch hazel plant. It contains tannins which help repair damaged skin, fight against bacteria, and reduce inflammation.
  • Tea tree essential oil: Extract from an Australian plant. Used externally as an antiseptic. Highly effective in treating acne. Note: Not for internal consumption!
  • Lavender essential oil: The oil from lavender plants. Commonly used as a soothing agent.
  • Lemon essential oil: The extract from lemons. Often used to rejuvenate skin, fight bacteria, or clean toxins out of the body. 

How to make an all-natural DIY face toner!

I was spending more than $25 on a bottle of facial toner. Talk about a budget buster! I was relieved to realize that a homemade bottle of the same volume was significantly cheaper!

Here’s the breakdown of my expenses:

  • Organic apple cider vinegar – $2.99 for 16.9 oz.
  • Witch hazel –  $10.95 for 12 oz.
  • Tea tree essential oil: $14.49 for 15mL
  • Lavender essential oil: $22 for 15mL
  • Lemon essential oil: $22 for 15mL

Total cost for all ingredients: $72.43

Total cost per batch: $9

Whoa! You’re probably thinking, “$73…That’s actually really expensive!” You’re right. The ingredients are expensive. However, do you know how many batches of toner those ingredients will make? More than 8!

That equals roughly $9 per batch. Ummm yeah, I couldn’t find an all-natural face toner for that price in the store!

You’ll get 8 batches out of the bottle of witch hazel! But you can make 11 out of the apple cider vinegar, and dozens out of the essential oils. I call that a win!

This is cheaper than the name brands, more friendly to your skin and quick to make!


  • 1.5 oz apple cider vinegar (splurge for the organic)
  • 1.5 oz witch hazel (the lavender scent is my favorite!)
  • 6 drops of tea tree essential oil
  • 3 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 3 drops of lemon essential oil

Note: you can adjust the number of drops of essential oils based on how sensitive your skin is.

For a more potent toner, add 2 more drops of tea tree oil.

For a lighter toner, add 0.5 oz of witch hazel. Adjust your recipe for the next batch by only using 4 drops of tea tree oil and 4 drops of lavender oil.


  1. Combine the apple cider vinegar and witch hazel into a bottle or jar.
  2. Add in the drops of essential oils.
  3. Close the bottle or jar and gently shake for 5 seconds to combine.

How to use you all-natural DIY face toner:

Recommended to use the toner twice daily (morning and night) after you wash your face with warm water and a cleanser. Then apply the toner to a cotton ball and swipe all over your face (be gentle to avoid your eyes). Apply a moisturizer after the toner dries. 

Jana has called Murfreesboro, Tennessee home for the last 16 years…except for the 18 months she spent traveling across Europe with her husband by her side and a carry-on sized backpack on her back. After visiting 22 countries and spending a significant amount of time in Rome, Italy, she returned to good ol’ Tennessee. You can learn more about Jana at

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