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DIY Toners That Won’t Break The Bank


Toning is an essential part of any skincare routine, whatever your skin-type. It helps balance the pH of cleansed skin, prepare skin for creams and moisturisers as well as give skin the appearance of smaller pores. 

But toning twice a day means your toner is in frequent use – before you know it, you find yourself needing to buy another bottle. 

When it comes to the cost, we have a solution… instead of forking out on expensive products all the time, why not make your own DIY toner at home? And if you’re feeling adventurous, why not take it a step further and have a complete DIY natural skincare routine?

Making a DIY toner is surprisingly easy. It’s simply a case of combining some ingredients in a sterilised bottle, shaking well and applying to your skin with a cotton pad. You can use a mist bottle if you prefer. 

Making your toner takes no time at all. Here are some ideas for kind-to-skin ingredients you can use to make your own DIY toner at home.


4 DIY Toner Ideas


1. Homemade Toner For Sensitive Skin

Finding skin care in general that’s gentle enough but still works can feel like a never-ending experiment. When it comes to creating your DIY face toner, look for far soothing ingredients like rose water and Aloe Vera. 

A succulent desert plant with soothing properties, Aloe vera is an ingredient you want in a natural toner for sensitive skin. This anti-inflammatory ingredient is going to calm any redness and irritation you have. Aloe vera is a good source of vitamins and antioxidants that offers benefits for dry, sensitive and irritated skin. 

Rose water offers a sweet aroma and can reduce skin irritation and redness with its anti-inflammatory effects. Regular use of rose water will keep the skin free of extra oil to reduce problems like blackheads, whiteheads, acne and breakouts. 

Ready to get started? 

  • ½ cup of rose water
  • ½ cup of aloe vera
How to make 

This toner will only take a few minutes to make. Simply combine rose water and aloe vera in a bottle and shake well to make your homemade toner for sensitive skin. Voila, it’s done! 


2. Homemade Toner for Oily Skin

You can use rose water, witch hazel and aloe vera for oily skin. You’re familiar with aloe vera and rose water now. But Witch hazel is another popular ingredient in skincare known for its many benefits. 

Namely, it can prevent infection and ward of the signs of aging. And it’s antioxidant effects help prevent free radical damage to skin from UV rays and pollution. Witch Hazel has a reputation for causing some people to have a reaction. Don’t leave things to chance. Simply patch test the product on a small area of skin first for 3 days in a row, perhaps on the jaw line, to see if a reaction occurs.

  • ½ cup rose water
  • ½ cup of witch hazel
  • 1/4 drops of aloe vera
How to make

Simply add the ingredients to your bottle and shake well. When you’re ready to use your DIY toner, simply apply to a cotton bud and dab on to your face.


3. Homemade Toner For Acne-Prone Skin

Great ingredients for a DIY face toner for acne-prone skin are chamomile tea and tea tree oil. Chamomile tea can not only be used as a sleep aid but it is also thought to help reduce many illnesses – from the common cold and menstrual pain to diabetes, osteoporosis and even cancer. 

You’ll need to steep the tea bags for 1 hour before combining your ingredients. Remember to sterilise your bottle before you mix your ingredients and don’t forget to shake.

  • 1 cup of chamomile tea
  • 2 drops of tea tree oil
How to make

Boil the kettle and pour hot water over the chamomile tea bags. Once cool, the tea is ready and you can combine it with the tea tree oil. 



4. Homemade Toner For Normal skin

If you’re lucky enough to have normal skin with very few breakouts, your DIY toner should include green tea and apple cider vinegar. Green tea is full of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. It helps with oily and blemish-prone skin but most importantly, it contains a powerful antioxidant called EGCG that fights DNA damage from UV rays. 

A pantry staple, apple cider vinegar can also be used for skin, not just for gut health. It kills bacteria and clears skin of excess dirt, oil and makeup. Basically, it’s a natural pimple fighter. 

You could also include cranberry juice or pomegranate in your DIY toner. Cranberries are full of vitamins A and C  which acted as a great anti-aging and antioxidant ingredient.

Pomegranate is another great antioxidant-rich ingredient. You might also consider frankincense for your DIY toner as it is known to protect skin against blemishes and to strengthen skin elasticity.


  • 1 cup of green tea
  • 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar
  • Optional: Pomegranate and Cranberry juice 

How to make

Place 2 tea bags in boiling water. When the water has cooled, you can remove the tea bags. Combine the green tea with the apple cider vinegar and your toner is complete.

Storing Your DIY Toner

When you’ve made your toner, you can store it in the fridge for maximum shelf-life. This step is important because you’re if stored correctly, your toner could last for up to a week. 

Ensure you look out for discoloration or a change in odour as these are signs that it’s time to discard your DIY toner.

Final Thoughts

Remember, making your own DIY toner lets you know exactly what you are putting on to your skin. You know you are not plastering your face with any chemicals, just the good stuff to benefit your face. Not only will you save money, but you will have the peace of mind in knowing you are putting nourishing ingredients on your skin.

Another way to save a fortune and treat skin with an all-natural solution is by trying out this homemade sugar scrub. We could all use a natural helping hand sometimes!