DIY Basil Facial Toner

Herb of the Month: DIY Basil Facial Toner


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I have been munching on basil as a favorite culinary herb and have to say I am a culprit of dismissing it for homemade beauty care products. However, little did I know that basil is absolutely fabulous for skin care.


With it’s antiseptic properties and anti-aging elements, basil not only remedies acne-prone skin but also fights fine lines and brightens the skin. Basil is know as a “detoxifier” and stimulates circulation. It gently cleans the skin and gets rid of pore-clogging dirt, leaving your skin soft and radiant!

This simple DIY Basil Facial Toner is not only ridiculously easy to make, but you get to reap the benefits of the basil and witch hazel. Witch hazel has acne fighting properties but it also tightens the skin and pores and locks in moisture.

How to make DIY Basil Facial Toner

See the steps below with pictures but for an easy to print version of this recipe, see the bottom of the post!

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1. Measure about a quarter of a cup of basil leaves and place in the mortar.

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2. Using the pestle, gently bruise the leaves to expose the juices. 

3. Once finished, place leaves into the Pyrex cup.

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4. Pour the boiling water over the basil leaves and steep for at least an hour or until cool.

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5. Once water has cooled, use a fork or slotted spoon to remove the leaves.

6. Add the witch hazel and stir.

7. Use the funnel to add the liquid mix into the spray bottles.

This will keep in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Voil√†, now you have your DIY Basil Facial Toner! To apply, you can moisten a cotton ball with the facial toner or spray directly to the face for a refreshing lift. Make sure to moisturize after use.

Want to print or save this recipe? Well, here you go!


Coco Marie

Coco Marie is the author of the travel, wellness, and lifestyle blog, Miss Coco After living in Paris and traveling through Europe, Coco has made it back to San Diego but still enjoys trying new foods, exploring new cultures, and living a healthy lifestyle. Check out more of Coco's story here.

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This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Kayla Seah says:

    Love this idea! Any time you can substitute everyday things with something natural, I’m all for it.

    • Coco Marie says:

      Could not agree more! Let me know if you also like the results. I have noticed a change in my skin almost immediately after using this toner. Thanks for your comment!

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