Tuesday, September 29, 2015

DIY Toner for Sensitive Skin

Ah! Skin. The mystery of the world. What does it like? What makes it happy? Chocolate? I think it must be. Everything likes chocolate.

Okay, okay! Seriously. I would not mind rubbing chocolate all over my face (except I would hesitate to eat it afterwards so what a waste), but chocolate doesn't do much for my sensitive skin. In fact, anything with sugar tends to make my face go insane! WAH!

But do you know what makes my skin happy? If you said Brad Pitt-- then you are right (I get a glow when I think of him. Rawr), but I actually meant toner. My skin glows and is so happy whenever I use toner and I really love it because of how effective, inexpensive, and easy it is to make me look awesome. Win. (And I'm totally humble)

DIY toner is easy and awesome to make #DIYbeauty

Let's Talk Toners

First you have to answer the question. WHY? Toners help your skin to lock in moisture, be calmer, and happier. This is the perfect time to start using a toner because as the weather cools down-- our skin often gets drier!

Second question: Do you want to DIY or buy? I'm a DIY girl myself, but everyone should have options! However, in my opinion, you need one of two things.

1. Rose Water has natural oils which helps to moisturize and smooth skin and it acts as a gentle cleaner, removing dirt and debris from the pores. Rose water also can help keep skin healthy while in the sun and smooth out fine lines and wrinkles while also tightening the pores. It shouldn't be used as a replacement for SPF, but in conjunction with a natural sunscreen. And, we can't forget the obvious: It smells like heaven.

FYI: Rose Water and Rose Essential Oil are totally different, but they both harness that amazing power of Rose for skin. Feel free to add 1 drop of Rose Essential Oil to ANY of your DIY beauty products to get all of the amazing benefits. It's super concentrated so a little goes a long way!

2. Alcohol Free Witch Hazel acts as a gentle cleaner to remove excessive oil and control oil production while also helping to support a healthy complexion, tone and tighten pores, and soothe any irritation. It can reduce bags under the eyes, too and help to hydrate the skin, reducing dryness.

It has to be ALCOHOL FREE witch hazel!! Did you read that?! Read. It. Know. It. Embrace. It. If you use the alcoholic stuff, don't come whining to me about how you look like Sebastian from the Little Mermaid. I will have zero sympathy because you have been adequately warned in bold letters. You know that's serious.

Rose Water Toner
I actually have put this into a small misting spray bottle. I'll spray the mist directly onto my face as the rose water is so gentle. I use a clean cotton cloth to gently blot away the excess. But you can totally use an organic cotton pad if you wanted! Make it yours, girl! Do it your way!

Okay, make it yours except that you really want to use distilled water. It lacks the impurities of tap water so it can soften skin, prolong the life span of other products, and also aid the vegetable glycerin's awesomeness. Did you know that without a source of water, vegetable glycerin will actually remove moisture from your skin? The extra water allows it to work to soften your skin and perform optimally. Yay!

DIY rose toner recipe #DIYbeauty

Witch Hazel Toner
One of my absolute favorite beauty products is non-alcoholic witch hazel. I had been told for years that I couldn't use witch hazel on my sensitive skin, but apparently no one happened to mention that it was the alcohol that was going to make my face go fire red crazy--- not the witch hazel! Witch Hazel actually does the opposite and calms and soothes my skin! 

DIY Toner is easy to make and it makes my skin happy and glowing #essentialoils #DIYbeauty
I purchased Thayer's Witch Hazel Toner (unscented) and it is just wonderful. It really helps to keep my skin's complexion even and beauuuuutiful. 

Thayer's company also has other witch hazel versions which are scented, so you can browse and decide which would be best for you. I just caution you to examine where the scent comes from and to see if it's synthetically manufactured. You can purchase alcohol free witch hazel from a local store. If you buy the brand with alcohol it will dry out your skin!
  • 1 oz non-alcoholic Witch Hazel
  • 10 drops of Frankincense Essential Oils 
  • Optional: 1 drop of Rose Essential Oil
Add them into a small glass bottle, gently mix it together and apply it to an organic cotton pad and wipe it across my face. Easy, right!?

Now go get that sexy glow by using one of these DIYs and thinking about Brad Pitt (or another Hottie McHotterson). You got this!

Sherri Griffin
Sherri Griffin

Thanks for checking out my blog. I get serious about a few things in life: animals, chemicals, and food. For the rest I can't promise anything so keep the bar low. For more about me check out my "About Me" page! Happy DIYing!


  1. Love your recipes and toners!! Your site has quickly become my go to for any and all things skin related!!

    And I have to say my fav is definitely your aloe face moisturizer!! But it's been making my skin a little bit greasy lately (i have oily skin to begin with), I was wondering if I could substitute this toner in as a moisturizer or if there was some way to make your aloe one a little bit lighter for my greasy face! (I really would love to keep going with the aloe one because I can just feel it doing good things to my face!)

    What would you suggest?

  2. Can you add peppermint oil to the witch hazel toner?

  3. Hi there! Your recipes look lovely and I would like to try making them. May I know the shelf life for the Rose Water Toner?

    1. Just check the expiration date on your bottle! :)

  4. Hi Sherri :) Really love your Rose Toner recipe. I don't have any jojoba oil right now. Do I need any substitute for it or is the toner still great without it? And can you name some substitutes for jojoba oil in this recipe? Thank you so much!!

    1. You can substitute the jojoba with any liquid carrier oil that your skin likes such as almond oil, avocado oil, or rose hips oil. :)

  5. Hi Sherri :) I really love your Rose Toner. I don't have any jojoba oil right now. Can I use another oil instead? Which one? Or can I just remove the jojoba oil from the recipe?

    1. Hi! Thank you! I'm so glad you enjoy it :) You can use any carrier oil that your skin really enjoys such as almond oil, avocado oil, rosehips oil. It should be an equal swap! Have fun picking out which one you want to use!

  6. Out of curiosity, what's the purpose of the glycerin?

    1. Vegetable glycerin locks in moisture and helps our skin stay hydrated longer.

  7. Love this! Making this today! I need a toner! Thank you!



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