Rose & Lavender Facial Toner


This is one of my all-time favorite facial toner recipes!  I love how hydrating, soothing, refreshing, and gentle it is. This facial toner is suitable for all skin types and is perfect for using at any time of the year.  The Vegetable Glycerin in this recipe acts as a humectant, attracting moisture to the skin, Witch Hazel Extract and Rose Flower Water are gently cleansing and toning, and the Aloe Vera Gel, Chamomile Extract and Lavender Essential Oil are soothing and calming.

Facial toners are an important part of daily skin care routines.  They improve the skin’s tone and texture by naturally tightening and toning pores, hydrating the skin, and removing any residue of make-up or dirt left behind after washing. 

Please feel free to adapt and embellish this recipe to see what works best for you. Lemon Balm, Helichrysum, Calendula, Chamomile, and Rose Geranium flower waters are also lovely to use. Herbal infusions (teas) may be substituted for the flower water, but they will not last as long. If using an herbal infusion, make only as much toner as you will need for a week or so, as they will not keep well, unless refrigerated. You can also substitute other herbal extracts or essential oils, or can omit them entirely from the recipe if you would like. If this recipe feels a little sticky to you, then decrease the amount of vegetable glycerin. If it feels a little drying, then increase the vegetable glycerin or add a dash of oil (Jojoba, Rosehip Seed, Olive, Kukui Nut, Meadowfoam or Avocado are all great choices). 


Rose & Lavender Facial Toner

2 oz. Rose Flower Water (Hydrosol)
1 oz. Witch Hazel Extract
1 TBSP Aloe Vera Gel
1/2 tsp Vegetable Glycerin
7 drops Lavender Essential Oil
4 drops Chamomile Extract (Tincture) 

Place all ingredients into a clean 4 oz. bottle, top with a fingertip mister, and shake to blend. Shake a little before each use as the contents will naturally separate.  This toner should keep for at least 6 months without refrigeration.

To use: Wash your face with water and gently dry with a soft washcloth. Then, mist with Rose & Lavender Facial toner and allow to air dry or gently pat dry.  Finish by applying a moisturizing lotion, oil, or cream.


~ irene

7 Responses to “Rose & Lavender Facial Toner”

  1. avatar OnlyEssentials says:

    Ooohh! I can’t wait to try this. I have to finish up the wonderful Sweet Orange and Lemon toner I made first though. Talk about a squeaky clean feel! Yum. I made a rose body spray with the glycerin which I LOVE but it didn’t cross my mind to use it in a facial toner.

    • avatar Irene says:

      Hi OnlyEssentials,
      Thank you so much for the comment! Your Sweet Orange and Lemon Toner sounds delightful, we’d love you to share the recipe with us and our other blog readers if you’d like. :-)
      Thank you again!
      ~ irene

  2. I’d be happy to, I just have to find it! I have 2 HUGE binders I keep all my recipes in and not just a few came from Mtn Rose!

  3. avatar jeam says:

    I’m very excited to try this!!! I’ve been thinking I need to make myself a new toner soon. And as soon as I read your comment, OnlyEssentials, I was going to ask if you’d be willing to share your Sweet Orange and Lemon toner recipe :-D

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  5. avatar Paula Ferreira says:

    I’d really love to try making this toner but would like to know if you could sub witch hazel extract for hydrosol? I live in Europe and it is much easier for me to find witch hazel in hydrosol. What alterations to the recipe would you suggest? Thanks!

    • avatar Alieta says:

      Hi there Paula, You could definitely just use witch hazel. Sometimes I find witch hazel based toners a little too astringent, although I enjoy it you can tone it down with hydrosol, distilled water and a couple drops of essential oil or aloe vera. So you could replace the hydrosol in this recipe with either distilled water and essential oil, more aloe vera or more with hazel. I hope that helps! ~Alieta

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