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Homemade Facial Toner with Rosemary

Last summer, I had the great privilege of trying l.c. of acirema’s Queen of Mug Herbal Toner.  (Read the review, here)  I hadn’t used toners much before then, but man… I fell in love with that toner.  Immediately after applying it to my face, I could see it brighten and tone my skin.  I would love to be able to recreate her toner, but I am not an herbalist, and I am pretty sure I would never be able to perfect her recipe.  If you want to check it out, you can find it in her Etsy shop

Side note — she also makes a linen spray that is heavenly.  I’m addicted to it. 

I found myself with a lot of rosemary on hand, and I needed to use it up.  I roasted a chicken last weekend and made homemade chicken broth and that used up some of it, but I still had more to use.  Unfortunately, my husband isn’t a huge fan of rosemary… but I think I am still going to make some roasted potatoes with olive oil and fresh rosemary, very soon. 

In the interim, I wanted to create a homemade facial toner with the rosemary.  It was an incredibly easy process, and only took about 5 minutes. 

Homemade Facial Toner with Rosemary

  • 2 cups of water 
  • 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary 
  • 3 tbsp apple cider vinegar

Combine water and rosemary in a small pan and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to medium and allow to simmer, until reduced by half.  Remove from heat and allow to cool.  Strain through a fine strainer, and add apple cider vinegar.  Store in a reusable container (I picked mine up for $1 around the trial-size bins at the market). 

Why it works

Rosemary is rich in vital nutrients, including iron, calcium, and antioxidants. It may help prevent signs of aging, treat acne, and prevent infection (source).  It also has aromatic properties that may sooth and rejuvenate.  Apple cider vinegar helps battle acne, and may help reduce age spots (source).  The two combined leave you with a fresh, radiant glow! 

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And speaking of healthy facial care… check out these DIY recipes: 

Do you use a homemade facial toner?  What is your skin routine?



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13 Responses to Homemade Facial Toner with Rosemary

  1. C . jordan says:

    I’ve used this toner for about 4 months now and I love it. So easy to make, so simple to use. Very inexpensive as well… and yes it works wonders I wish I could include a picture. My skin is so soft, clear and smooth. I use toes toner after oil cleansing with coconut oil. It removes and residue, tightens my skin and pore, yet doesn’t over dry my skin. The vinegar does overpower the rosemary scent though. I only wish there was some was to mask to vinegar scent.

    • Andrea says:

      Thanks for sharing your experience, and I am so glad it is working well for you! I agree – handcrafted toners do have that overwhelming vinegar smell to it. I will try to brainstorm and see if I can come up with another recipe to help.

      • Chloe says:

        You’re welcome! Thank you for replying! Please let me know of you do come up with something… Until then I’ll just be continuing this recipe lol 😉 …it definitely works!

  2. Laura says:

    Great recipe. Could I use witch hazel AND apple cider vinegar ? Or is that too harsh for the face?

  3. Hey Andrea, this looks amazing. I am going to have to try it out. If your interested in making it fully organics or extending the shelf-life I would recommend finding a substitute for the the water. That will be the ingredient to make it go sour first.

    Thanks again for sharing!

  4. Ekaterina says:

    Hi Andrea!
    I found your recipe and can’t wait to try it, just one question, what’s its shelf life?

    • Andrea says:

      Hi Ekaterina,

      This product should last at least 6 – 12 months. Hope you enjoy it!

      • Ekaterina says:

        Hi Andrea, I just saw your reply, thank you very much!
        I love this product, it gives me mixed skin an amazing fresh feeling for the whole day, my face just doesn’t get oily anymore, yay 🙂
        Just one thing, after a couple of weeks my toner got some kind of turbid residue on the bottom, which would go away if I shook it, did this happen to you too? Thanks again for sharing this recipy!

  5. Adelita says:

    i like to wash my face in the morn and i always (well, almost always) use a toner after. My facial toner is 3 TBSP witch hazel and 14 drops lavender or sweet orange EO.

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