Facial Toner for All Skin Types

Toners are thin liquids that are applied to the face and neck, to clear the skin of oily secretions and to remove any makeup residues after cleansing. It can contain or without alcohol. Some toners are hydrating and help tighten pores and freshen your skin, and most of the time, no rinsing is needed.

There is not much difficulty in making the face toner, so it can be well start point for a natural beauty beginner. Remember always prepare small quantities to make sure your toner stays fresh.

Homemade Face Toner Recipes

a.) Basic Chamomile Toner

Made with one of the most skin-friendly ingredients, this soothing chamomile-based toner is among the easiest to prepare. Beginner should start with this as first project before trying the more complex formulas. Honey contain anti-aging properties, and glycerin helps to soften the texture of the toner.


  • 1 cup of distilled water
  • 2 tbsp of loose chamomile or 2 chamomile tea bags
  • ½ tsp of honey
  • 1 tsp of glycerin


  1. Place chamomile in jar, and pour 1 cup of boiled distilled water over the chamomile. Cover and steep for 10 minutes.
  2. Squeeze and remove the tea bags if used, or strain the loose tea. Add ½ tsp of honey and 1 tsp of glycerin and stir to mixed.
  3. Set aside to cool and then transferring it to a bottle.
  4. Apply once a day, to a clean face and neck with a cotton ball. No need to rinse.


b.) Chamomile and Carrot Toner

This toner should be stored in transparent bottle as the nice golden color will delight your mood. This toner is mainly the mixture of chamomile and carrot juice, a very simple but skin-friendly recipe that suits all skin types. Carrots are rich in carotene, which is a precursor of the anti-aging vitamin A, so it helps to boost your skin’s vitality and keeping it moisturized.


  • 1 cup of chamomile infusion at room temperature
  • ½ cup of carrot juice (filter)
  • 1 tsp of glycerin


  1. Place chamomile in jar, and pour 1 cup of boiled distilled water over the chamomile. Cover and steep for 10 minutes.
  2. Transfer chamomile infusion into a bottle. Pour the carrot juice and mix with chamomile. Add the glycerin, tighten the cap of the bottle and shake well to mix.
  3. Shake before using. Pour onto a cotton ball to use. Apply to face and neck at bedtime. Wait 5 minutes, then rinse with tepid water.


c.) Skin-Brightening Toner

As the name implied, this toner is not only used to remove your makeup, it helps to brighten your skin. Lemons in the formula contain high levels of vitamin C, which acts as a skin brightener. Rubbing alcohol (from cologne) is a great solvent for extracting that vitamin C from lemon rind, while helping extend the toner’s shelf life and tame skin bacteria.


  • 1 lemon rind
  • ½ cup of mild cologne (such as baby cologne)
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 tsp of glycerin

Note: You can substitute grapefruit or orange peel for the lemon rind.


  1. Place the lemon rind in a glass jar, pour the cologne over it and cover the jar. Put at cool place and leave it for 3–5 days, shaking occasionally.
  2. Strain the cologne, add the water and glycerin, shake well, and transfer to a bottle.
  3. Apply to face and neck at bedtime. Wait for 5 minutes before rinsing with water.


d.) Herbal Toner

Dandelion is a highly praised herb that offers uncountable benefits. It is extremely rich in vitamin A, B and C and many minerals, such as iron, phosphorus, magnesium, calcium, zinc, and copper. As a topical ingredient, it will improve skin vitality and tonus for a more youthful appearance. The addition of rose water, an uplifting, skin-friendly ingredient, makes this a gently soothing toner that you can enjoy year round.


  • 2 heaping tbsp of chopped dandelion greens
  • 1 cup of hot water
  • 1 oz (30 ml) of rose water
  • 1 tsp of glycerin


  1. Put the chopped dandelion into a jar and pour over with hot water. Cover and steep for 10 minutes.
  2. Strain out the leaves, making sure to squeeze out excess liquid, and set aside to cool.
  3. Mix with rose water and glycerin. Stir well and transfer to a bottle.
  4. Use a cotton ball to apply twice a day to a clean face and neck.


e.) Rose Toner

This wonderfully scented toner will add a pleasing component to your morning routine. Simple, skin friendly, with an uplifting fragrance, it clarifies, cleans, and moisturizes the skin. The addition of the antioxidant, anti-aging vitamin E increases the benefits conferred by this toner.


  • 2 tbsp or roughly chopped rose petals
  • 2 tbsp of geranium petals (or lavender, according to availability)
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 tsp of glycerin
  • 1 tsp of baby cologne
  • 20 drops (1 ml) of vitamin E


  1. Put the flower petals into a glass bowl and pour over with boiled water. Cover the bowl, wrap it with a towel in order to keep the heat, and set it aside.
  2. Gently and slowly shake it every 30 minutes to make fragrance transfer. Repeat this step for 3 hours
  3. Strain the petals, make sure to squeeze out excess liquid trapped within the petals. Then add the rest of ingredients.
  4. Shake to mix well and transfer to a bottle.
  5. Shake before using, Pour onto a cotton ball and apply to face and neck. Use in the morning for softer and delicately scented skin.