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Aloe Vera Toner with Juniper Berry

DIY Aloe Vera TonerI’ve concocted a new toner recipe that I think you’re gonna like!  I had run out of THIS toner and had just applied THIS mask.  My skin needed something soothing as well as balancing so it was time to make something to fit my skin’s current needs.  I’ve been using this new toner for over a week and love how it is not only acting as a skin balancing spray, it is also calming and hydrating my skin in the process.

Typical DIY toners contain witch hazel or apple cider vinegar.  Their main job is to restore pH in the skin.  pH is so vitally important.  Often times our cleansers have a high pH.  This is what gives them the power to strip the skin of dirt.  The problem is that if a toner isn’t used afterwards, the skin can stay at a high pH which causes an imbalance.  When the skin is not in balance, several issues occur.  Excessive dryness or excessive oiliness are the main repercussions.  When pH in the skin is off our acid mantle is compromised.  The acid mantle of our skin acts as a protective barrier keeping bacteria at bay and when we use harsh products (mainly cleansers) our acid mantle can become damaged.  As you can see, toners aren’t to be skipped.


Aloe vera gel helps with wound healing and has anti-inflammatory properties that reduce skin inflammation.  There is also a growth hormone in aloe that stimulates the growth of new cells.  This is why you’re always seeing aloe used when someone has been burned.   Aloe allows the skin to heal quickly and naturally with minimal scarring.   It is antibacterial, antiviral, and anti fungal too!  Aloe contains antioxidants like beta carotene, vitamin C and E.   These are amazing qualities that make aloe excellent for moisturizing and anti aging!  Go HERE if you’d like to read more about aloe vera gel.

Witch Hazel is the balancing ingredient in this DIY.  Read a full article on the benefits of witch hazel HERE.  In a nut shell-Witch Hazel is anti bacterial and antiseptic.  It also has powerful anti inflammatory, astringent and healing properties. Witch Hazel has a tightening quality that helps “tone” the skin.  It also is excellent to help bring the skin back into balance after cleansing.

Juniper Berry helps with detoxing the skin.  It also is a powerful toner.  The best part about juniper is that it revs up circulation substantially.  You might wonder why blood circulation is so important when it comes to the health of your skin-Blood carries oxygen and nutrients to cells throughout the skin. In addition to providing oxygen, blood flow also helps carry away waste products, including free radicals, from cells. Juniper Berry essential oil can kick start your cells to work hard for a beautiful complexion!  It is also helpful with acne, eczema and helps with inflammation!

Lavender just makes me happy-that’s why it’s in there.  Actually, it has a lot of skin benefits as well.  It’s a powerful anti inflammatory and has anti fungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties.  It is extremely calming to the skin as well as the mind.

DIY Aloe Vera Gel Toner

Aloe Vera Toner with Juniper Berry

1 TBSP. Aloe Vera Gel (buy it HERE)

1 TBSP. Witch Hazel (buy it HERE)

3 drops Lavender Essential Oil (find it HERE)

2 drops Juniper Berry Essential Oil (find it HERE)


  1. Mix all ingredients in a 1 ounce glass spray bottle.
  2. Shake before each use.
  3. Use morning and night after cleansing.

If you are new to making your own skin care, a toner is a great place to start!  It’s so easy to make an amazingly effective product with little time and money spent.  I like this DIY because no preservative is needed.  Aloe (unless you are using fresh from the plant) has a preservative as does witch hazel.  The essential oils will further help to keep your spray fresh.  I only make an ounce at a time and this will typically last about a month.  You can make more but I would suggest storing in the fridge.  Aloe does tend to go bad faster then most ingredients despite the preservative.

As usual-I link all the ingredients that I have tried and trust for the best quality.  Your DIY is only as good as the ingredients you are using.  I always get my essential oils from Spark Naturals because I trust the purity and quality of their oils (use my coupon code JENNIRAINCLOUD for 10% off!).  I love Mountain Rose Herb’s Aloe Vera Gel and Thayers is my favorite brand of witch hazel all though, if you would like to keep things a little simpler, MRH does carry THIS witch hazel which I’ve used and like.

More DIY Toners:

xx, Jenni


Aloe Vera Toner DIY


  1. Elizabeth says:

    This sounds great! I wasn’t aware of how beneficial juniper can be. I use also a little differently. I buy the huge whole aloe leaves at the grocery store and “filet” them. I cut the flesh into little pieces and put in a glass jar in the fridge. In the morning I wipe my face with a warm washcloth and apply raw honey shock I rinse off in the shower. Afterwards I can
    one of my little chunks of aloe and rub it all over my face and neck. I really think it is forming my skin! If I feel dry I mighty put a little oil around my eyes. It is a great makeup primer too!

  2. hi jenni,
    so excited to try this. i actually have the aloe you recommended from amazon instead of mrh… would that be ok? also sproats (an organic store here) has the witch hazel….if they have other scents non alcohol can i use that too or should i use the one you recommended best? ONe more thing, since this is in a spray bottle im assuming we spray this on vs. putting on cotton to put on face right? thanks jenni

  3. Jenni if I don’t have Juniper Berry can I please use a substitute–Thank you

  4. hi jenni,
    its me again, could i use the non alcohol thayers rose petal witchhazel with aloe vs the unscented with aloe? i do love the smell of rose petal, would this change the recipe? cant wait to hear from you so i can purchase these 🙂

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  6. Is a non-alcohol witch hazel best for this recipe? Also, do you think that aloe vera juice would work instead of the gel?

    • Emma-Yes, I always use non-alcohol witch hazel. Alcohol is just too harsh for the skin. I don’t believe aloe vera juice has a preservative because it is meant for drinking. I am depending on the preservative that the gel contains so this toner doesn’t go bad. Thanks!

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