DIY | Clarifying Rooibos Facial Toner


I love to use facial toners, especially during Spring and Summer months when the weather is warmer and extra hydration and oil control is needed. This DIY recipe is super easy to make and use and you will notice benefits almost immediately!

Facial toners are super hydrating and calming. There are many different recipes you can play around with and you can add in more ingredients or leave out any depending on your skin type and preference. I recommend using an essential oil in your toner for the extra aromatherapy and skin benefits. I chose to use Sandalwood as it’s very calming, soothing and hydrating.

You could substitute the Sandalwood for other essential oils like Lavender, Tea Tree, Geranium, Neroli, etc. I also chose to use Coconut water in my recipe but you could substitute the coconut water for rose or diluted water. If you have a sensitivity to Apple Cider Vinegar you can leave it out entirely but I like to use a small amount as I find it helps to tighten my pores and fight blemishes.


I have tried many different combinations and this recipe is the one that works best for my skin. I love to use this toner after cleansing my face and before moisturizing.


What You Will Need:

  • Rooibos Tea – This is the main ingredient in the facial toner. The benefits of Rooibos for skin and health are endless. It’s great for dry skin, eczema, acne and plumping the skin.
  • Coconut Water – You can use this in place of water for added skin-loving benefits like extra hydration and anti-aging benefits.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar – ACV is wonderful for deep cleaning the skin and getting right down into the pores and shrinking them!
  • Sandalwood Oil – Great for sensitive skin and those with eczema (mine is diluted in Jojoba Oil but you could also use pure Sandalwood – or skip the Sandalwood)




What To Do:

  • Add 1 heaping tablespoon of Rooibos Tea to teapot and add boiling water, let steep for atleast 15 minutes – do not pour tea into bottle or other storage container until it is cooled down.
  • While the Rooibos is steeping, add 2 teaspoons of Coconut Water into bottle or jar of choice. Add 1/2 teaspoon – 2 teaspoons of Apple Cider Vinegar into same bottle (the amount will depend on your preference. if you have more oily skin and battle with acne you may want to add more of the ACV. I like to only use 1 teaspoon as I have more normal to dry skin and don’t need the extra amount of vinegar. Stir the Coconut Water & ACV.
  • Add in 2-5 drops of diluted (or pure) Sandalwood Oil.
  • When the Rooibos Tea is cooled down, pour the desired amount into bottle or jar and stir or shake (with the top on!) until the mixture is well blended.




Use a cotton ball, pad or spray bottle to apply the mixture to your face! I like to use two cotton pads morning and night after washing my face.



Because this toner contains no preservatives it will only stay fresh for a few weeks. I would recommend keeping in the fridge if you want it to last even longer. I keep it in my bathroom but use it daily and make a fresh batch every week or two. You can always add Vitamin E to this mix to act as a natural preservative and make it last longer!

Do you have a favorite DIY facial toner mix? Have you ever tried this recipe or anything similar? Please share your thoughts in the comments!

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24 thoughts on “DIY | Clarifying Rooibos Facial Toner

      1. I love to use Green tea for a toner also but Rooibos has even more skin benefits (in my opinion). I think it’s underrated when it comes to skincare. It’s really wonderful. Also I added a bit to the end of my post about storage! If you add Vitamin E it will last you longer, otherwise a few weeks at most. xox

  1. Ooooh! I love the vintage bottle, Britanie! Great find.

    I love this rooibos toner. I love a lot of empty bottles that I want to re-use and I think I’m going to make DIY toners! Thank you for sharing!!

  2. This looks great and I will certainly try it. I hope you can answer these questions: How much water do you use to the tablespoon of rooibos? You recently wrote about the benefits of Frankincense, what do you think of using that instead of Sandalwood?

  3. What a lovely article – and I love your photos and all the measuring spoons ; ))

    I’ve never actually used sandalwood, I need to try it. My go to is lavender, oh how I love thee.
    I’d DEFINITELY agree about rooibos being underrated, while green tea is always talked about. Apart from from making my own toner, I sometimes use the teabag after I’ve made my rooibos cuppa to tone my face – very green and very refreshing : )

    Glad to have found your blog!

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