DIY Toner Tonic

First Aid Kit: Toner Tonic

Bottle with Spray Nozzle
Distilled Water
Tea Tree Oil

Essential Oil such as Lavender, Rosehip, or Almond Oil
Vegetable Glycerine

I recently dug out my half used and long forgotten bottle of LUSH Tea Tree Toner Water to use up before it expired. Toning is a step I’ve always neglected yet as soon I finished off this product I was looking for something to replace it. Since LUSH is an “all natural” brand, this was another of those products where a quick check of the ingredients revealed it was an easy formula to replicate at home (sorry LUSH).

This recipe is so simple it feels like cheating. It's also a little cheeky because I’m actually using the LUSH spray bottle to store my homemade toner in (waste not, want not right?) If you don’t have a spare bottle hanging around you can purchase these easily online.

1. Fill your spray bottle with water
2. For every 25ml add 10 drops of tea tree oil and 5 drops of essential oil
3. Shake the toner well before each and every use

Tea tree oil toners are great for treating spots and even acne as it has antibacterial, antiseptic, and antimicrobal properties. This toner is quite potent, if you'd prefer a milder treatment simply halve the amount of essential oils used. You can also add vegetable glycerine to help the water and oil bond, however, shaking the bottle well before use will work just as well.

If you find tea tree oil a little harsh or it irritates your skin, you could easily adapt this recipe to suit you better. Swap out the tea tree oil with your favourite facial oil (I especially like rosehip or almond oil, which are both a lot gentler on your skin), you'll still be able to make a wicked toner following the same method as above.

In case you're wondering, I would thoroughly recommend the LUSH Tea Tree Toner; if you don't feel like making your own it's worth purchasing a bottle of this instead.

Let me know if you try making your own toner.

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