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DIY Green Tea Toner

I tried my hand at making my own facial toner right when I was running out of my C.O. Bigelow’s Dr. Galen’s Herbal Skin Tonic and I was on an extremely tight budget. This was also at the time I was starting to look for all natural alternatives. Research led me to the conclusion that making toner was one of the easiest things to do and I could customize it to my skin type.

I make mine with a green tea base to soothe and cater to my acne-prone skin.

Toner 1

What you will need:

–       8 oz. bottle – I reused the Dr. Galen’s blue bottle, which is 6.3 oz. and the perfect size for this recipe.

–       Green tea & mason jar or teapot

–       Apple cider vinegar – I use Bragg’s, which is unsulfured, raw and organic

–       Tea tree oil

–       Lavender essential oil

–       Dropper for essential oils – if needed

–       Small funnel

–       Measuring spoons

Toner 4

The day before you want to make the toner, steep 2-3 Tbsp of green tea in about 1-1/2 c. of boiling water. I let mine steep in a mason jar, covered overnight. The more concentrated you can get the green tea, the more of its benefits will go into the toner.

Toner 2

The next day, measure out 16 Tbsp or about 1 c. of cooled green tea into your bottle. I like to only add less than 1 tsp of apple cider vinegar to the mixture, because it ends up being too strong of a scent for me. But you can add more to it if you desire. Keep in mind, even though apple cider vinegar helps breakouts, too much can be harsh for acne-prone skin and dry it out.

Toner 3

I drop about 5-6 drops of tea tree oil to prevent breakouts and 3-4 drops of lavender oil, which is my absolute favorite go-to scent. Add what you like.  Give it a good shake to mix everything together.

Toner 5

I have found since switching to my own homemade toner that it’s not drying on the skin and such a difference compared to widely used, overly marketed ones. I know the ingredients are simple, easily found in my cupboards and good for skin.

Let me know if you’ve tried this recipe or have a variation of your own to suit your needs.

 

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