5 Easy & Effective Recipes for Homemade Face Toners

April 2, 2013

Winter is long gone in my neck of the woods and all of the wonders of spring are in full effect. I adore this time of year. It makes me feel renewed and reinvigorated. But it also seems to confuse my skin a wee bit.

Whenever there is a change in the seasons, your skin will often times go through an adjustment period. It is extremely important to nourish it more than usual until it becomes acclimated to the new temperature, the amount of moisture (or lack thereof) in the air, and the amount of exposure to the sun.

One of the simplest ways to care for your skin during transition times is with the twice daily application of a toner. My face and body soaps are already working hard to care for your unique skin, but a toner can work in tandem with my soaps to maximize the specific skin-care qualities in each bar of my soap.

Today I want to provide you with 5 easy and effective recipes for homemade face toner. All of these toners have properties to help balance skin PH, close open pores, and bring out a bright tone to your skin.

What you will want to do is once the face is cleaned and the dirt and makeup has been removed, using a cotton ball and apply a light layer of toner. Alternatively, you can mist your face.

Please use organic ingredients as the skin absorbs all the nasties left behind in pesticide laden herbs and vegetables. You are willing to take the time to create wonderful products to care for your skin. Why spoil it with chemical seepage?

The Toner Recipes

Easy Mint Toner
Pour 1 ½ liters of hot water over mint leaves. Any mint works well. Mix and match! Leave the mint leaves in hot water for ten minutes. Strain this mixture and let it cool. You are ready to rock and roll! For an extra zing, store it in the refrigerator and use cold. How easy is that?

Coconut Water Toner
This one is way to simple! Grab some coconut water, add a squeeze of fresh lime, and voila! It tones your skin, treats dark spots, and nourishes the skin too. It is great for all skin types, especially for normal and dry skin.

Fountain of Youth Toner
You will need 2 cups, each filled with ½ cup of hot water. In one cup, add a spearmint tea bag and in the other cup, add a chamomile tea bag. Let these steep for 10 minutes. In the meantime, mix ¼ cup of fresh carrot jucie, ¼ cup of fresh cucumber juice, and ½ cup of fresh lemon juice together in a large bowl. Blend this mixture with the two tea infusions. You have created an antioxidant filled toner which will help keep your skin toned, which really is the secret to that youthful glow everyone is after!

After Sun Toner
Did you get too much sun? No problem! Heat 2/3 cup coconut milk with one tablespoon of dried lavender and one tablespoon of dried lemon balm. Let it cool then strain out the herbs. Keep this toner in the fridge and use as often as need to help soothe and heal burnt skin!

This toner does it all! It nourishes normal skin, combination skin, confused skin, and ever damaged skin. You will love the light scent.


  • 1 cup distilled water or rosewater
  • 7 drops lavender essential oil
  • 1 drop rose geranium essential oil
  • 1 drop palmarosa essential oil
  • 1 drop patchouli essential oil
  • 1 drop ylang ylang essential oil

You don’t need to do anything fancy! Just add the ingredients to a bottle, shake, and enjoy. This is pretty much my favorite toner of all time!

What are you waiting for? Go make one of these now and report back here!

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

lyn July 13, 2013 at 6:01 am

How long can you keep these toners stored for and do they need to be stored in fridge?


Poppy Soap Co. July 23, 2013 at 3:46 am

The toners will last a looong time in the fridge. You will certainly use it all up before they “go off.” The standard recommendation is to use them within 4-6 months.


Laura February 3, 2014 at 10:31 am

Just wondering from what I have read is there a relationship between pH balancing and evening out skin tone? Your recipes do booth, correct? Can’t wait to try them as they sound easy to make.


Poppy Soap Co. February 4, 2014 at 7:48 am

Yes, Laura! Skin tone is largely related to pH balance and our products achieve that balance. Hope that helps!


Rosemarie April 29, 2014 at 5:41 am

What are the benefits of the mint leaves? BTW Love your site.


Poppy Soap Co. May 6, 2014 at 7:15 am

Hi Rosemarie! What makes mint a beneficial ingredient for skin care is its ability to act as an anti-pruritic agent. That means that its juice can soothe and calm skin that’s itchy or infected. You can even use it to help heal bites from mosquitoes, wasps and bees. Because mint contains vitamin A, it may strengthen skin tissue and help reduce oily skin. Hope that helps answer your question! Enjoy!


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