Toner. Just another one of those gimmicky beauty products that you’re supposed to buy, right? Wrong.

If you’re not already using toner, this is why you should be. And below is how you can easily make your own.

  1. It helps shrink pores and adds a layer of protection. Applying a small amount will remove oil and help to give smaller pores. As the pores tightened, it helps to reduce the impurities and other nasty stuff in the air getting into your skin.
  1. It helps restore your skin’s PH balance. Our skin is naturally more acidic on a PH scale. Using soaps and other products that are more alkaline can throw our skin out of balance. As the skin tries to correct the balance, it creates more oils, but a toner will help to solve this.
  2. It refreshes the skin. Use it during the day to give your skin a quick pick me up. It will help to remove impurities on your skin rather than you having to wash your face.

Toner is like a primer for your face. Use it immediately after you cleanse your face to prep it to better absorb the moisturizer you’re using. Because you are using a moisturizer right? More on that here.

So now that you’re thoroughly convinced you need a toner, guess what? It’s simple to make. Some people will use apple cider vinegar as their base, but I love using witch hazel as a base for mine. They are both astringents, but witch hazel doesn’t have a smell and I’m not a huge fan of walking around smelling like salad dressing. Witch hazel is super amazing for your skin. Because it’s an astringent, it’s essentially a natural toner by itself. You could use just witch hazel and your skin would thank you.

I like to put a little extra in mine for some added skin beneficial power. You know what my secret ingredient is? Roses.

Yes Roses.

Roses are not only pretty and smell wonderful, but they are incredible for your skin. Here’s a few of the reasons I love roses.

  1. They’re naturally antibacterial. This means they are really good for acne-prone skin and help to really cleanse the skin.
  2. They’re naturally anti-inflammatory. This can help even out your skin and even help roseca and eczema.
  3. They’re full of antioxidants. They’re especially full of Vitamin C, which helps to protect skin cells from damage.
  4. They’re naturally moisturizing. The oils in the petals help to lock moisture into the skin, which is especially helpful to have right before moisturizing your face.
  5. They’re a natural astringent. Which mean they are a natural toner as well. They help to tighten pores without drying out your skin.

I get my roses from a local tea shop in the form of rose tea. If you don’t have a local shop to get them at, you can easily order some online.

Rose-Infused Toner

  • 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp witch hazel (or this one)
  • 1/4 cup dried rose petals/buds (I use rose tea)
  1. Combine the witch hazel and roses together in a small mason jar.
  2. Seal and let sit for 3 days swirling it around once day to mix it up.
  3. When it’s ready, strain through a coffee filter into a small 2 oz spray bottle (I usually let mine strain overnight or throughout the day). Don’t skip the straining step, little particles from the roses will clog your spray bottle and ruin it. I went through 3 of them before I finally realized what was happening (face palm).
Day 1, 2, and 3 and showing how I strain the toner at the end, next step is to put it into my little spray bottle
To use
  1. Spray two pumps onto a small cotton pad and wipe your face from the center out.
  2. Follow up with a good moisturizing serum.


Hope Reynolds

I’m a tea obsessor, book addict, Sci-Fi junky, archer, traveler and wife to William, a guy who is incomprehensibly loving and patient. We live in our favorite city, San Francisco, where we want to stay forever. And, as you’ve already gathered, I’m also super into experimenting with healthy food and natural skincare.

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