My Homemade Face Toner

Sunday, January 18, 2015

       A while ago, I was at Sephora trying out some facial toner and replenishing mists, and was certainly pleased with most of them. They all were, at once, minty, zesty, crisp, cooling, and energizing. ....And well over fifty dollars for a 3 oz bottle. Unfortunately, too, the main ingredient was almost always water (hello: water is free). "How could those prices possibly be justified?" I asked myself as I headed to the lipstick aisle instead. It can only possibly be because of the beautiful little bottles they all come in.


       Because I wanted something I could use freely, without the fear of it being discontinued or of having to treat it like gold / use sparingly, I decided to make my own. I've always loved coming up with my own beauty products or using things you can find in your kitchen to make scrubs and lotions and things. Why not do it with this?

       The formula that's resulted is both uncomplicated and effective, and I now refuse to moisturize after washing my face without using this first. I'd say I'm well on my way to having the pores of a two year old, which is very desirable.

       I came up with the following recipe based on some research and wanting it to smell like the products I tried at Sephora. Oh, and I also wanted it to be plant based and inexpensive. At last, here are the ingredients: Witch Hazel, Water, and pure Peppermint Oil. (Ratio when mixed/shaken in a bottle will be one part water to one part witch hazel, and a splash of peppermint oil. Use the oil depending on how strong you want it to smell.)




       Buying a bottle of peppermint oil and one bottle of witch hazel cost me about ten dollars, but will yield about eight or so bottles of toner. You save so much! I bought the former at the local market, and the latter at the pharmacy. If you can't find these things where you live, they are always on Amazon.

       It sounds super simple, but I promise it's the best thing. You can put it in a spray bottle / mister to use throughout the day and over makeup, or you can put it in a regular bottle & douse a cotton ball for wiping your face before moisturizing (just shake it up before each use to mix in the oil). It makes your face tingle and smell fresh, doesn't dry your skin at all like alcohol will, reduces pore size, and calms redness.

Enjoy! x     

27 comments :

  1. I will definitely get on to making this, Thanks! Also In one of your past posts you said that you lived in Europe. I was wondering the story behind that and your experience. And the reason and what led you to moving and starting your life in the big apple, one of my favorite states, New York! That would be a really great if you could. Much love xx

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    1. You're welcome. I actually only studied abroad in France during college :) I didn't live in NY forever, that is true. I came here for work and the people primarily.
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  2. Is this your regular beauty routine? You have flawless skin and I would love to hear more about the products/routine you use

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    1. Yes :) & One of my first posts has all of the products I use. I believe it's under "Beauty" x

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  3. V cool

    I'd lick ya face

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  4. Interesting post, my pores and my dehydrated skin are my problem so my question is did you have more problematic pores before starting using this toner?

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    1. I wouldn't say they were problematic, but they were definitely more noticeable. Now they are virtually gone! Hehe. I would give it a try and see if it works for you x

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  5. Definitely trying this out, just need to pick up witch hazel and peppermint oil!
    Thank you, Dayna for posting :) looking forward to future post xx

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  6. Thanks for this post! Toners in my area are also pretty pricy. Just wanted to ask, what does the witch hazel do to our skin? And is the peppermint oil added just for its scent? Any other ingredients I could use to make different varieties? xoxo

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    1. Witch hazel has a high concentration of tannins (like in tea!), which help fight bacteria and reduce inflammation. This means it cleans your skin and pores, but also calms it and doesn't make it dry. For example. a lot of eczema creams contain witch hazel to combat dryness and itching.

      Peppermint oil actually has a slight numbing effect on the skin, which is why it's used in a lot of massage oils. It will also help calm your skin and reduce inflammation. I should say the smell is more of a secondary desirable trait :)

      If you want to change it up, my first thing would be to use rosewater instead of regular tap water. It will smell even nicer and rosewater is known to tighten pores and reduce puffiness.

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  7. I love this!! I've heard a lot about witch hazel, so I'll def try this out :) On a different note, I am absolutely in love w your style and I was wondering if you could do a post on shoes? What are your must haves and favorite boots etc.?

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    1. Sure :) I actually don't have a lot of shoes, but I can try! hehe x

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  8. I love this!! I've heard a lot about witch hazel so I'll def give this a try :) On a different note, I am absolutely in love w your style and I was wondering if you could do a post on shoes? What are your must haves and favorite boots etc.?

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  9. Unrelated to this post but I've noticed your cartilage hoop and I was wondering if it was 14k or just a regular metal. If it is 14k or something like that could you please tell me where you got it? I got my cartilage pierced but I have a stud in and I really love the look of hoops. My problem is that I'm allergic to metal and I can only wear 14k or higher. I can't find hoops like that anywhere! Sorry for the long comment! I love your blog btw!

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    1. It is actually gold plated surgical steel. I'm not sure where to buy it, as my piercer had it himself. It has a bit of a gauge, but if you are looking for tiny 14k hoops that hug your ears, google "14K Huggies." I know that sounds funny but there are lots

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  10. do you play video games? i know your household is pretty adamant about playing them but I never see anything on your IG or blog about it. I'm just wondering if you like them too and which ones if you do play. Maybe a post about it? x

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    1. No I don't :P I'm actually the only one in the house who doesn't really play games. I have other hobbies I enjoy more hehe. I do have a select few I like though: dragon age inquisition, limbo, and monument
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  11. This is great, thank you so much. I've always been embarrassed of the size of my pores, I can't wait to try this!

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  12. This is amazing! And you're amazing! :)

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  13. Do you know of any recipes for organic face masks that you've liked?

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    1. I have put straight up avocado on my face and that is really nice. or i have spread honey on my face and rinsed it off with warm water. that makes it soft and fights bacteria

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  14. I was just wondering if you have any advice or knowledge in keeping acne under control by living a healthy lifestyle. Do you notice fewer breakouts by being a vegan? I suffer from breakouts ALL the time. If I sleep late, if I consume sugar and hormonal acne. It is annoying. How do you keep your skin looking nice?

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  15. I made the toner a couple days ago with my friend! hopefully it works! also did you delete a blog post about what lotions and cleansers you use? I went to find it and it was missing! oh well.

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  16. Does the witch hazel you use contain alcohol in the ingredients?

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