Homemade Natural Anti-Inflammatory Facial Toner Recipe with Willow Bark

Homemade Natural Anti-inflammatory Facial Toner Recipe with Willow Bark

I am a huge believer in the beneficial uses of facial toner. Having experienced problem skin during my teenage years, I find toner to be one way to not only control my breakouts, but to also help minimise pores. Over the years I’ve tried a few homemade toners but have never thought “this is the one”.

As my old facial toner was slowly running out, I decided that it was time to do some research and come up with a facial toner recipe that would not only remove any residue, but also actively improve my skin. So after a lot of searching, I identified what I believe to be the best ingredients to optimise the skins performance and created this Homemade Natural Anti-inflammatory Facial Toner with Willow Bark Recipe using those ingredients. Like I said, I was very picky about the ingredients that I chose and I want to share with you a little bit of info about each one.

FILTERED WATER – using filtered water on your skin can help to soften the skin, and the reduction of chlorine will reduce skin problems associated with the chemical. You can actually buy filters which attach to your shower head for the overall improvement of skin and hair (I didn’t know that!).

WHITE WILLOW BARK – for me, this is the most exciting ingredient on the list. At a 0.5% to 1% inclusion in skin care, White Willow Bark extract will enhance skin cell turnover, have an exfoliating affect and reduce fine lines and wrinkles. When used at a rate of 2.5% to 5%, White Willow Bark acts as a natural preserver. White Willow Bark is also anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and can reduce symptoms of acne and rosacea.

WITCH HAZEL – used as an anti-inflammatory which reduces irritations to the skin and is an excellent astringent.

ALOE VERA – is a plant that I’ve always had in the garden and is must for treating sunburn. Used on the face it also acts as a moisturiser, treats acne and helps fight the signs of ageing.

APPLE CIDER VINEGAR – ACV as it is commonly referred to, has so many benefits to the body. Using ACV via topical application in your toner will help keep your skin clear and glowing, as well as create a barrier to stop your skin drying out.

YLANG YLANG ESSENTIAL OIL – has a balancing and stimulating effect on skin.

GERANIUM ESSENTIAL OIL – an effective astringent used to heal scars and promote cell regeneration.

BERGAMOT ESSENTIAL OIL – is antibiotic and disinfectant in nature inhibiting the growth of germs and fungi. Used in cosmetics for it’s healing properties and the reduction of scarring. Side note – bergamot is one of my favourite scents which is probably why I love Thierry Mugler’s Angel perfume so much.


  • 55ml Filtered Water
  • 5ml White Willow Bark Liquid Extract
  • 15ml Witch Hazel
  • 10ml Aloe Vera Juice
  • 10ml Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 drops Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
  • 2 drops Geranium Essential Oil
  • 1 drop Bergamot Essential Oil

Makes 100ml

The method isn’t complicated. Just blend all of the ingredients together and pour into a sterilised jar, preferably one that won’t be affected by sunlight, and use within 3 months.

To use, either spritz directly onto the face (eyes closed) or apply using a cotton ball.

This toner compliments my DIY Facial Scrub perfectly and removes any residual makeup. Now it feels like a spa day every day, I’m loving both the effect and aroma!

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