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DIY Clarifying Toner Recipe + Homemade Skincare Tips

A simple DIY toner great for face and body. Both clarifying and balancing, this will keep your skin fresh all day.
Prep Time15 minutes
Steeping Time (if using dried herbs)10 days
Total Time10 days 15 minutes
Course: Beauty
Cuisine: Toner
Keyword: Beauty, DIY Skincare, Homemade Gifts, Safer Skincare
Yield: 1 -2 cups



Vinegar Concentrate

  • In your small mason jar, add Apple cider vinegar and dried herbs. Close tightly with lid and set in a cool dark place to marinate for 1-2 weeks. Shake the jar every few days to keep the ingredients from settling.
    Alternatively, skip to the Toner Base step and add essential oils along with the witch hazel.
  • Once steeped, throughly clean all tools and sterilize the pint size mason jar. Balance mesh strainer over the jar and strain steeped vinegar into the clean jar. Discard dried herbs. Toner concentrate will keep in an airtight jar in the refrigerator for several months. Use to mix into toner as noted below.

Toner Base

  • In an amber glass spray bottle fill 1/4-1/2 of the container with your toner concentrate, as noted in the variations below. Add equal parts witch hazel, then tea tree oil or essential oils. Dilute further with clean filtered water if needed. Shake to combine, and shake well before each use.

Sensitive Skin Toner

  • Fill 1/4 of your container with the concentrate, equal parts witch hazel, 1-2 drops tea tree oil, then fill remaining bottle with water.

Combination Skin Toner

  • Fill 1/3 of your container with the concentrate, then follow with the remaining steps listed above.

Oily/Acne-prone Skin Toner

  • Fill 1/3-1/2 of your container with the concentrate, then follow with the remaining steps listed above.


  • This toner is great for the face and body. Use after washing your face to balance, tone, and remove any last bits of dirt and oil.
  • Spritz all over after a workout, and use prior to deodorant, to reduce odor and balance pH.