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Peppermint And Honey Facial Toner

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Note From Mommypotamus: Today’s guest post comes from Aubrey of Homegrown & Healthy. Thanks, Aubrey!

It took me almost 30 years . . .

To figure out something very, very simple.

Bad skin has plagued me my entire life. I tried the popular products, the expensive remedies, and after years of breakouts I finally came to the conclusion: none of it worked. No matter how many different varieties I experimented with or how many chemicals I applied to my poor face there just wasn’t anything out there that worked for me.

So the simple conclusion? Stop buying it.

And for anyone who follows my website, the obvious conclusion came. I will make my own.

The library became my best friend, as well as a few amazing buddies I have who know a thing or two about skincare.

And after all of this research I found something amazing: options that worked.

Whether your situation is dire like mine or you’re simply looking to reduce the amount of junk you put on your skin (you know those chemicals just seep right in, right?) I hope that this recipe will be helpful for you. You can use it throughout the day as a refreshing and awakening pick-me-up, or following your traditional cleaner. (By the way, if you’re looking for a great cleaner I recommend the coordinating Peppermint & Lemon face wash.)

When it comes to recipes with minimal ingredients, like these, I feel it’s very important to only use the good stuff. You can see from my pictures that I use raw (local) honey. The less processed it is, the better. Since this requires to little of each ingredient you may as well splurge. Your skin will thank you.

Why honey?

Honey makes a great exfoliant. It contains acids that loosen bonds between dead skin cells, making it easy to release dead skin and leave only healthy, pretty cells in their place. Honey is also known to increase elasticity, balance out oily skin, stimulate collagen production, improve your circulation and minimize lines and wrinkles. It’s an all around miracle ingredient.

Why ACV?

Apple cider vinegar is best known for its ability to restore skin’s natural pH balance, as well as reducing red marks and blemishes. Oh, and did I mention that it softens skin as well?

Why mint?

Peppermint essential oils are renown for nourishing and hydrating dull skin while also improving the condition of oily skin. Meaning it’s great for any type of skin, especially combination! It also reduces irritation, so it’s great if you’re still getting breakouts (sigh).

However, this recipe is so simple and customizable that you can easily replace Peppermint with an EO that is more fitting for your skin type.


Peppermint & honey homemade facial toner

  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/3 cup warm water
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • 5 drops peppermint essential oils


Heat a bit of water first (1/3 cup) and then combine it with your honey, stirring until it’s dissolved. The less heat your honey is exposed to the better. Do not even consider microwaving that honey, either!


After the honey is dissolved, stir in the remainder of the water and the ACV and add your essential oil (or oils) of choice.


Now bottle it. It’s best to use a glass jar (I prefer one with a “spritzing” option) but I also like to recycle old plastic bottles to prolong their lives before the landfill/recycling plant. Just be sure if you’re reusing an old bottle that it didn’t contain anything in it before that you’re not comfortable having on your face.

Thank you for joining me and I look forward to seeing you all again!

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Aubrey is the creator and editor of Homegrown & Healthy, an online community built to encourage simple, natural lifestyles.

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46 Responses to Peppermint And Honey Facial Toner

  1. Tricia says:

    Looks great! How long will the recipe stay good?

  2. Amber says:

    I look forward to using this! I don’t see where you add the ACV and cold water – can you add that anywhere in the process? Thanks!

    • Heather says:

      Hi Amber, I just checked with Aubrey and updated the instructions. Thanks for your comment – I totally missed that there was a missing step!

  3. Christine says:

    I’m sorry if I missed it (but I read and re-read the post a few times to be sure) but when do you add the ACV? This looks great and I have all the ingredients to try it out! Would love to know about the ACV and make some. :)

    • Heather says:

      So sorry about that, Christine! The instructions are updated now :)

      • Christine says:

        No problem! Thanks! :) I’m so thrilled that I was introduced to your site by another fan. I love it!! I bought your DIY Beauty Care book recently and plan to make a bunch of recipes from it this week.

  4. Krystal Wight Armstrong says:

    This does sound pretty amazing! I would also like to know how long it should stay good for, and if it needs to be kept in the fridge.
    Thank you!

  5. Krystal Wight Armstrong says:

    PS- By the nature of this being a “toner” this is probably a silly question, but because of the honey, I wanted to ask… After your cleanser, this just goes strait on the face and you leave it on, right? No rinsing afterwards? And if one were to add a moisturizer to her routine…would that be ok to add after, or just a bad idea? Thank you so much!

  6. kathy says:

    Not sure if I missed it but it doesn’t give instructions on how to use it. Do you put it on with a cotton ball and leave it on or do you rinse it off after a period of time? Also, do you refrigerate it or no? and how long with this be good for? thanks

    • Aubrey @ Homegrown & Healthy says:

      Thanks for the questions ladies! There is no need to keep this refrigerated. I make this one batch at a time and use it daily, and haven’t had any issues with expiration due to the ACV and the EO’s which helps to keep it shelf stable. I can’t speak for how long it’ll stay good for, but it’s safe to say that it’ll keep for several months.

      Use it as you would any traditional toner, there is NO need to rinse. You can put it in a spritz bottle (my personal preference), apply with a cotton swab, or just use your bare hands. I apply mine immediately after I wash my face. You can still add a moisturizer afterwards, just give it a few minutes to dry in between.

  7. Sista Voyage says:

    Before adding in the EO’s, it will be tempting to not spread this on a bagel! LOL!
    I have oily skin so I am willing to try out this natural recipe. Thanks a bunch!

    • Aubrey says:

      LOL, it’s reassuring to know that we’re putting things on our skin that are safe to be in our bodies (since inevitably that’s where it’ll all end up anyway)

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  9. josep@sonicmenu says:

    Woow! this his looks fantastic. Very easy to follow instructions. Love the pictures

  10. Monique says:

    Hello.. I just tried this mixture today and had a quick question about leaving it on as a toner. I spritzed it on and notice that due to the honey my skin is left feeling sticky which feel a bit uncomfortable. Will you retain the benefits of the ingredients by rinsing it off a bit?

    • Sigrid says:

      Good question! I hope it gets answered :)

      • Heather says:

        Hi Monique, you can certainly dilute it a bit more if that’s more comfortable for you, or you could rinse after applying. I imagine that would diminish the benefits somewhat, but it would still be beneficial.

  11. Zim says:

    Hi Heather, you are a genius! I have always wanted to use natural homemade things and never trust the market brands. I’ve also read your book and I am enthralled by the number of ways we can go natural. Although most things are not widely available in my country, I’ll try my best to whip up things 😀

    • Heather says:

      Thank you, Zim! Just to clarify, though, this recipe is a guest contribution from Aubrey of Homegrown and Healthy :)

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  13. Victoria K. says:

    witch hazel works great too.

  14. Laura says:

    I tried this today and thought I’d offer my two cents. I was really excited to make this since I live/work on a farm and don’t have any A/C, I often refresh my face throughout the day using plain water or witch hazel between real face washes. I don’t like store toners because they always dry out my skin and my skin is already dry.

    So I made it tonight and here’s what I found: Super easy to make, whipped it up in 5 minutes. After applying it, I noticed what another poster mentioned, which is that it left my skin feeling slightly tacky, not a lot but enough to bug me. So I tweaked it, I added more water (sorry, didn’t measure…maybe 1/4-1/2 cup more?) and I also added a bit more ACV (didn’t measure that either but I’d guess a few Tablespoons more). This did the trick, now it’s perfect and leaves no sticky feeling. Oh: I also substituted the peppermint oil with a combination of tea tree and orange; tea tree for it’s astringent nature and orange because it’s good for dull skin, which I have. That combo leaves a refreshing scent too!

    One thing I did with this toner is pat dry with a towel (after applying it with a cotton pad),- not enough to remove it but enough to get rid of excess wetness, since there’s no alcohol in it to dry it quickly. Then I deliberately didn’t moisturize to be able to feel my skin accurately after it fully dried and was back to normal. It feels great! What amazes me is that it actually tightens my skin without drying it out. The very thing I hate about store toners is the drying nature, so this is fantastic. I don’t feel the need to go moisturize now either, which is crazy because again, my skin is very dry. I do think I’ll still need to moisturize in the winter or before makeup however, but that’s fine.

    I hope the extra water and extra ACV tip helps anyone else who finds it slightly tacky on the skin, that really solved the problem for me. Now I just need to label it so I’ll know how to make it again once this is gone. This will be great throughout the rest of the summer for quick refreshes when I’m outside getting sweaty. Thanks so much for sharing it!

    • Heather says:

      Thank you for sharing, Laura! Tea tree and orange sounds delightful :)

    • Krystal Wight Armstrong says:

      Laura, thanks for all the practical tips. I finally have all the ingredients and clean kitchen ready, so I’m hoping to try it out this weekend myself!

  15. Lisa says:

    I just made this the other day and it’s perfect; not too harsh for sensitive skin but does a great job removing the grime left behind after washing. And it is so easily adjustable. Thanks for the recipe!

  16. Kiwi says:

    This question may go unnoticed due to how late, in comparison to the publishing date of the actual recipe/article, I’m posting it, but I might as well ask:

    I’m fairly new to essential oil usage but the one thing I’ve noticed almost everyone, or every recipe stating, is that you need to pair it with a carrier oil to help with the absorption of the essential oil. On that note, is there a reason why you don’t add a little bit of a carrier oil into this toner? Have you experimented with adding some in and it just didn’t have the same effect as without it?

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  18. Amy says:

    I made this a couple months ago and put it into an open glass container on my bathroom counter. Guess what? It formed a little scoby! Awesome! I was worried it might go bad since it is only honey, ACV and water, but it’s still good. The honey and ACV must help keep it from going bad. I usually use witch hazel in my toners. I found that this one doesn’t clean as well as my other witch hazel one (on my oily face), but think it might be better to use in winter, when it’s dryer and harsher on skin. But I’ve been too lazy to make my other one and this works sufficiently in summer. I didn’t use peppermint, but used Frankincense instead.

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  20. Eugenia says:

    Hello. I love your recipes!
    I have questions about this facial toner: Shelf Life?


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  23. Stephanie says:

    Can I add sugar to this and make it a sugar scrub?

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  25. Heidi says:

    I LOVE this toner. After a week of using it I am seeing a significant difference in my skin. I struggle with acne and this toner helps greatly to even skin tone and keep oil under control. I have ditched the toxic stuff for good. Thank you : )

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  27. Jeannie says:

    I have been using this for about 3 weeks now. I find it’s a little drying. Could I add some lavender essential oil? Would I need to remake it without the peppermint?

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  29. KK says:

    I have Heather’s DIY Organic Beauty Recipe e-book (love it!). I have tried the ACV toner recipe in the book (same ratio of 2T of ACV per 1 cup water). The ACV is too strong for my sensitive skin (it becomes tight and dry). Can I reduce to 1 tbsp of ACV per 1 cup? I know the shelf life is 1 year with the 2 T of ACV and am wondering about the shelf life with reducing to 1 T?

    Also since I’m allergic to peppermint, I would be using lavender and frankincense instead. The lavender has antiseptic, antiviral, antifungal and bactericide properties (amongst other soothing, healing properties for skin). So that should help with shelf life, right?

    • Heather says:

      Hi KK, it’s totally fine to dilute the ACV more, but it will decrease the shelf life somewhat. I’m not sure exactly what the new shelf life would be, so if it were me I’d make smaller batches more often. Hope that helps.

  30. Gail says:

    Any DIY product made with water will develop bacteria within about 20 minutes. I really don’t know if the ACV helps 100% to keep the micro organisms away or not but I would be cautious with this. The bacteria is not visible! After studying skin care formulation recently I am concerned about no preservative in the product. Honey is a natural preservative…for honey, it won’t mold. But when you add honey to something with water, bacteria will grow.
    The recipe sounds wonderful and I will try it for a one time application by reducing the amount of each ingredients and leaving off the essential oil.

  31. Sabrina says:

    I am semi new to essential oils. I live on an island and summer is approaching, therefore spending a lot of time on the beach.
    Is peppermint essential oil photosentive? Will it react with the sun?

  32. Liana says:

    Hey, is it normal to feel that slight coldness on your face after you applied it?

  33. Shannon says:

    I found out the hard way (another facial cleanse recipe) that I’m allergic to honey topically. I know honey is the star of this toner, so it may not be possible to replace it, but any suggestions would be much appreciated!

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