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DIY Natural Facial Toner

For the second of my step by step guides I will be showing you how to make a natural facial toner. For those of you who are not regular toner users, I highly recommend giving it a try! Why? Here are just a few good reasons;

  • A good toner will shrink your pores.

  • It balances the pH balance of your skin after cleansing.

  • It removes any residual dirt left after cleansing (if you are in a hurry and don’t have time to cleanse your skin, just use your toner!).

  • A toner with rose water will help lock moisture in (absolutely vital in the winter when cold air and heating dry the skin)

  • Reduces dark circles around the eyes and eases puffiness.

  • Refreshes your skin and can be used multiple times per day.

This is a simple recipe with just three ingredients and can be made in under 5 minutes. The botanical hydrolats (or floral waters) used here are suitable for all skin types, even very sensitive skin.

Balancing Facial Toner


a jug

a spoon to mix

a bottle to store your toner in (preferably glass)


• 1 part witch hazel hydrosol

• 1 part rose water hydrosol

• 1 part chamomile or lavender hydrosol


Step one: Mix together the three hydrosols in a small jug

Step two: Pour into your glass bottle

Step three: To use, either spray or swipe over skin (if you can get your hands on a spray top it’s very easy to use as you can spray directly onto the face, but if you can’t get your hands on one simply tip some toner onto a cotton wool pad and swipe across the face).

Use every morning and evening after cleansing. Can be used multiple times per day when your skin needs refreshing, you feel tired, or your skin feels tight and dry.

So there you have it! A simple, balancing daily toner. It is possible to add other hydrosols to your toner, according to your skin type and preferences. The ones used above are my favourites, but you can experiment with different hydrolats from the list below;

Rose: soothing, cooling, anti inflammatory, astringent, healing, hydrating, use alone to heal burns/ sunburn and use in the eye for infections or irritations

Chamomile: gentle, hydrating, brightening, cleansing

Witch Hazel: astringent, anti inflammatory, anti bacterial, soothing, cooling

Lavender: soothing, gentle, antiseptic, anti inflammatory, use on burns/ sunburn

Rosemary: refreshing, anti bacterial, anti inflammatory, cleansing

Calendula: healing, anti inflammatory, gentle, soothing, refreshing

Yarrow: anti inflammatory, astringent, healing, cleansing, uplifting

When buying floral waters, go organic where possible. Alternatively it is possible to make floral waters at home with fresh or dried botanicals. Perhaps I will have the opportunity to show you how to do this in another step by step!

Upcoming Skincare Workshops and Events by Cocotu Apothecary:

Christmas Sale with drinks and free mini facial

The perfect opportunity to do some Christmas shopping without all the stress! Come and try, smell and ask questions about the Cocotu range, have a glass of wine and enjoy a free mini facial! Find a section of xmas gifts to suit every budget.

Saturday 3rd December, 2-6pm* *Date change!!!!

Studio Cocotu, Habsburgerstrasse 7, 10781

Natural Christmas Gift Making Workshop

Hand made christmas gifts are always special and memorable. Learn to make 100% natural bath melts, bath salts, body scrub and scented soy candle. Have fun experimenting with ways to package and label your products.

Thursday 8th December, 7-9pm/ Studio Cocotu, Habsburgerstrasse 7, 10781

Winter Lips and Hands Workshop

Do you suffer from dry, chapped lips and hands during the harsh Berlin winter? Come along to this two hour ‘make and take’ workshop where you will learn to make a lip scrub, lip mask and deeply moisturising lip balm along with a healing balm for dry chapped hands.

Tuesday 17th January, 7-9pm/ Studio Cocotu, Habsburgerstrasse 7, 10781

text and photos: Gemma Hannah, Cocotu Apothecary