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Don’t miss a thing when removing your makeup with a facial toner!

Do you scrub your face at night to remove makeup, only to find it still lingers along your hairline, around your nose, and other places?

A homemade facial toner can solve all the above and more!

Exactly What Does Face Toner Do?

A facial toner, also called face toner and sometimes skin toner, helps to remove excess dirt, traces of oil, and makeup.

But, it doesn’t stop there! A good toner also corrects and balances your skin’s pH and helps to close pores while cleansing. (This is especially beneficial for those of us with combination, a.k.a. acne-prone skin.)

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This homemade facial toner helps to remove excess dirt, traces of oil, and makeup with just four natural ingredients!

However, many toners cleanse and remove makeup yet leave your skin feeling dry and irritated.

Because like most store-bought skincare products, the ingredient list includes skin irritants such as harsh surfactants, known carcinogens, over-drying alcohol, additives, and of course, hormone-disrupting fragrances.

Don’t just take my word for it – read more about the harmful toxins in skincare products at the Environmental Working Group. And if this is your first time reading about this, start by removing these five ingredients from your skincare routines for a difference you can see and feel.

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So, Why Not Make Your Own Facial Toner?

Homemade facial toner happens to be one of the simplest and inexpensive beauty recipes you can make!

In place of irritating, drying ingredients, you can make a DIY facial toner with refreshing, soothing, and cleansing natural ingredients.

The recipe we are going to make today is intended for combination skin. Did you know it’s the most common skin type? This facial toner recipe naturally hydrates and balances sebum production while cleansing pores to help prevent blemishes.


You can easily customize the recipe for your skin type. In fact, if you haven’t taken our Skin Type Quiz?

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Let’s Take a Look at our Natural Face Toner Ingredients

Witch Hazel:

Witch hazel is a plant-based topical ingredient commonly extracted through steam distillation from the bark and leaves of the witch hazel plant.

It is a powerful antioxidant and astringent that removes bacteria, impurities, and excess oils from the skin. Using witch hazel in face toner restores the PH balance of our skin after cleansing while preventing our skin from drying out.

Make sure to use an alcohol-free witch hazel like Thayer’s original witch hazel infused with aloe vera or their lavender witch hazel we’ll be using.

Also infused with aloe vera, lavender witch hazel revitalizes your skin with gentle, soothing ingredients. It utilizes lavender’s anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties to cleanse the skin and help manage acne, calm sensitive skin, and reduce redness and irritation.

In place of irritating, drying ingredients you can make an alcohol-free DIY facial toner with refreshing, soothing, and cleansing natural ingredients.

Essential Oils:

Essential oils are truly nature’s solution to many of the issues we experience – from blemishes to bloated tummies and cranky, tired kids. You can read more about my experience with essential oils and why I started using them here to support my family.


Known to encourage hydration and help repair damaged skin, lavender essential oil is a must in a toner for dry skin. However, it is extremely gentle and wonderfully nourishing for all skin types.


You may have heard this referred to as “the fountain of youth.” Frankincense is THE ingredient to use in a homemade toner for aging skin. Known to rejuvenate the skin and improve the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. In addition to reducing pore size.

Tea Tree

Well known for its antibacterial properties, tea tree also helps regulate oil production in the skin. This combination helps ward off breakouts. And the best toner for oily, acne-prone skin shouldn’t be without it!

Keep in mind you can select and blend essential oils into your homemade toner for your skin’s needs.

Make simple 4 ingredient natural face toner to refresh, tone, and balance the skin.

DIY Facial Toner Ingredients:

How to Make a Facial Toner:

  1. Pour 2 ounces of lavender witch hazel into a medium sized bottle.
  2. Add each drop of essential oil: 3 drops of lavender, 2 drops of tea tree,  and 3 drops of frankincense.
  3. Close the lid and shake to infuse.

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How To Use a Facial Toner:

To use this homemade toner, shake the bottle before each use and either spritz directly onto your face or spray onto a cotton round. We love using our DIY reusable cotton rounds! Apply it to your face, neck, and décolletage to thoroughly complete cleansing of your skin and balance pH.

Using a cotton round, gently blot or glide upward toward your hairline to remove any excess makeup or impurities on the skin.  

Don't miss a thing when removing your makeover with a natural homemade facial toner. Mix it up in minutes with just 4 ingredients!

When Should We Use Toner and How Often?

You’ll want to apply your homemade facial toner after you’ve cleansed but before you moisturize for best results. Ideally, a face toner should be a part of your nightly skin care routine.

And it should be your first step in the morning to balance the skin and remove sebum oil produced during the night. I find a spritz of toner followed by a splash of cool water a great way to wake up!

You may also find a spritz in the afternoon, following a workout, or after a long period of travel to be incredibly refreshing!!

P.S. When do you enjoy using facial toner the most? Drop it in the comments below and share your clean beauty DIYs with us #lifenrefleciton on Instagram.

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