DIY Geranium Facial Spritzer

DIY face tonerSo, it’s turned out to be “geranium week” here at Jenni Raincloud!  This essential oil is just too beneficial to not really explore a week’s worth of options to improve your skin!  This recipe is a really easy and fun DIY toner that uses geranium and lavender to boost anti aging action in your skin care routine!  I like to think of it as a “cocktail for your skin”!

The base of this DIY face toner is witch hazel. It has so many uses and should be a staple in your natural medicine cabinet. Witch hazel is anti bacterial and antiseptic which means it is a gentler, more natural substitute for alcohol.

It also has powerful anti inflammatory, astringent and healing properties. When used 1-2 times daily, it can help reduce inflammation due to puffy eyes and/or blemishes. 

Witch hazel has a tightening quality that helps “tone” the skin. 

Witch hazel also is excellent to help bring the skin back into balance after cleansing.  

The Many Uses of Witch Hazel

  • Clear acne
  • Balance overly oily skin
  • Heal cuts/scrapes
  • Heal bruises
  • Relieve bug bites/stings
  • Heal & soothe burns
  • Relieve hemorrhoids
  • Minimize the appearance of puffy under eye bags
  • Reduce itchiness 
  • Relieve eczema

DIY face toner

DIY Face Toner w/Geranium Oil Benefits for the Skin

  • Tightens and firms skin
  • Reduces water retention
  • Helps skin renew itself
  • Heals and reduces inflammation
  • Balances all skin types
  • Fades scars
  • Antibacterial and antimicrobial

I thought it would be fun to make a DIY face toner that would be refreshing and luxurious as well as deliver anti aging benefits!

DIY Facial Toner

Lavender hydrosol is a luxurious flower water that I love to incorporate in many of my DIY face toners. It smells so good but is much gentler then the essential oil. It has calming and hydrating qualities. Hydrosols are a better choice to use in DIY face toners because the brand that I use contains a preservative which helps prolong the shelf life of your DIY. 

DIY Face Toner w/Geranium

2 TBSP lavender hydrosol (find it HERE)

2 TBSP witch hazel (find it HERE)

6 drops Geranium Essential Oil (find it HERE)

Mix ingredients together in a glass 2 ounce glass spray bottle.  Use morning and night after cleansing and before moisturizing.

It’s that simple!  You’ve just made a seriously effective DIY face toner that is not only refreshing but also firming!  Your welcome, skin.

Remember, your DIY is only as effective as the quality of the ingredients you use. I prefer to buy all my ingredients at Mountain Rose Herbs. I have used their ingredients from the very beginning of my DIY hobby and have zero complaints. I feel good that I am truly keeping my recipes effective, safe and natural with quality products. 

xx, Jenni

P.S. Try my Geranium Rosehip Anti Aging Facial Cleanser, or my coQ10 Seabuckthorn Facial Oil recipe for more DIY products that contain geranium oil.

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Jennifer Phillips worked as a licensed aesthetician for over 8 years before creating the natural skin care blog, Jenni Raincloud.

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56 Comments

  1. Jennifer K.
    March 6, 2014 / 12:16 pm

    When you count drops of EO are you using an eyedropper or the orifice reducer?

    • March 6, 2014 / 12:32 pm

      Jennifer-It depends-I would prefer to use droppers but I have yet to find the right droppers that fit well with Spark bottles. Thanks!

      • Jennifer K.
        March 6, 2014 / 12:52 pm

        Thanks so much for the prompt response. I’m planning to make the products you recommended for me and I want to be accurate, so is it safe to say that I should use the reducers that came on my EOs?

        • March 7, 2014 / 5:18 pm

          Jennifer-the reducers work fine-If I had droppers that properly fit my bottles, I would use those because you can control the drops better!

    • April 6, 2014 / 1:23 pm

      Sheena-Yes, that’s a great brand and I love when witch hazel is infused with rose!

  2. T
    April 23, 2014 / 7:38 pm

    Can glycerin be used instead of witch hazel?

    • April 26, 2014 / 7:57 am

      T-Glycerin is very different then witch hazel. It is a great addition to a facial spritzer though-It gives more moisture while witch hazel tones and balances. I wouldn’t skip the witch hazel if you are needing a toner, but if you want a moisturizer in liquid form, glycerin is the best choice! Hope this makes sense!

  3. Martha
    April 25, 2014 / 5:35 am

    I put this amount in a 2oz spray bottle and it only reached 1/2 way.

  4. Martha
    April 25, 2014 / 5:38 am

    So to fill it up I added one more tbsp of distilled water, one tbsp of witch hazel, and 3 more drops of geranium.

  5. Sherry
    May 4, 2014 / 3:45 pm

    Wow!!! It turned white. It that normal?

    • May 4, 2014 / 7:33 pm

      Sherry-I have no idea why it would turn white-not normal. It must be your witch hazel?? I don’t know if it’s a bad thing, it could just be a difference in products.

  6. Deanna
    May 19, 2014 / 7:08 pm

    Great recipe, i’ll definitely be trying this.
    I see what you said about witch hazel vs. glycerine.
    Which do you think would have a longer shelf-life?
    thanks.

  7. Mishelle
    July 11, 2014 / 1:39 pm

    Hello!

    I’m already using a pure rose water toner, but I would like to add a spritz of EO after it. Can I just mix the EO with water and use that?

    Thank you 🙂

  8. Mishelle
    July 11, 2014 / 1:43 pm

    Hi, Jenni!

    Can I just mix the EO with water? I already have a toner I like.

  9. Fiona
    July 18, 2014 / 4:48 pm

    Hi Jenni,
    Is it best to spray the toner and leave it on skin after cleansing or should I wipe it off please?

    • July 22, 2014 / 6:00 pm

      Fiona-Don’t wipe it off. Just spritz it then let it soak in. Once it’s soaked in, apply your moisturizer.

      • Fiona
        July 22, 2014 / 7:39 pm

        Hi Jenni,
        Thanks for your reply. I sent my query on the wrong product. sorry I meant the question for anti-aging cleanser. I just received the rest of ingredients today for making your anti-aging cleanser and I’m wondering should I use it as a lather and rinse cleanser please….. I am loving making your products. Up till now I’ve made the make-up primer. Eye cream. Cypress firming cream. Sugar scrub. A few serums etc. I am hooked!! Thankyou

        • July 22, 2014 / 10:07 pm

          Yes, be sure to completely wash it off. I’m so glad you’re loving DIY skin care!! It’s so fun!

  10. Karen K
    August 6, 2014 / 6:08 pm

    Hi Jenni. Thanks for your wonderful posts and website, I’m very happy to have discovered it! What do you think about using your baking soda-free deodorant spray recipe for a toner? After 6 months of successfully using naturally derived baking soda, organic virgin coconut oil, and arrowroot powder blend as a deodorant, I developed a rash on my underarms that I cannot get to heal. The baking soda is too strong for me (hence the addition of arrowroot powder to the recipe). I needed another option and tried your deodorant spray recipe with the witch hazel and therapeutic grade EOs. (I used Humphrey’s WH and lemon, lavender, frankincense EOs). Unfortunately the deodorant spray did not work for me (I know everyone’s body chemistry is different 🙂 ). What about adding some geranium to this blend and using it as a toner at night (not using during the day due to the lemon possibility of photosensitivity)? Maybe perhaps diluting it more with distilled water? Please help, I hate to see my precious oils go to waste.

    • August 7, 2014 / 8:12 am

      Hi Karen! Oh, the complicate world of homemade deodorant! I’m there with you. Baking soda can be an issue for people, I would continue to spray the spray deodorant under your arms to help healing. Yes, you can use it as a toner-that’s exactly what I’ve been doing. I still use it as a deodorant but it doesn’t do enough for odor control for me either. I have resorted to no deodorant and just wash my pits throughout the day! My husband thinks I’m nuts! Anyway, the recipe works very well as a toner and adding geranium is a great idea! Thanks! Good luck with the healing!

      • Karen K
        August 7, 2014 / 11:45 am

        Oh thank you so much Jenni for the helpful feedback!!! You are an amazing resource and I am so very thankful that I found your website. Thanks for all your wonderful advice and information!

  11. Linda
    January 1, 2015 / 10:18 pm

    Hi Jennifer, I was wondering what would be a good alternative EO if I don’t have Geranium oil.

    • January 2, 2015 / 6:29 pm

      Linda-Frankincense, lavender or cypress would be great alternatives. Unfortunately, nothing is quite like geranium, it just does so much for the skin. You should eventually get it-it’s my favorite oil for the skin!

      • Linda
        January 7, 2015 / 11:19 am

        Thanks Jennifer! I’m new to using EO so my stock is limited. I do have frankincense and lavender so I will definitely give this a try. Geranium is on my to purchase list. 🙂

  12. anna wallace
    February 8, 2015 / 6:51 pm

    How long should this last?

    • February 10, 2015 / 1:45 pm

      Anna-This should last anywhere from 3-6 mos. I would lean more to the 6 mos. mark.

  13. Anushka
    February 16, 2015 / 9:48 am

    Hi Jenni! This is my first visit to your website and I am quite thrilled by the DIYs you’ve mentioned. I am 23 years old and I have acne and bacne problem. I generally keep rose water handy and clean my face with it 3-4 times using a cotton pad during the day while I am at work. Can I mix geranium oil with rose water and use it in the same way? Also, can I mix geranium oil with olive oil and use it as a moisturizer too? Please help! Thanks. 🙂

    • February 17, 2015 / 9:26 pm

      Anushka-Absolutely!! Geranium would be great-Also melaleuca and/or lavender would be helpful for killing bacteria and helping with any blemishes! When you use olive oil, use it very sparingly. A little will go a long way and if you use too much you could clog your pores. Thanks!

  14. Kim
    February 21, 2015 / 1:53 pm

    Hi Jenni, thanks for this awesome recipe. I am doing a make and take and I bought 4 oz plastic spray bottles. I thought you only needed to use glass for citrus oils? Can I use plastic?

  15. Cindy
    June 9, 2015 / 10:12 am

    Jenni-since this has water in it, do I need a preservative? I recently learned that ANYTIME we have water in our diy body formula, we must use preservative or keep refrigerated. Thoughts? Fyi, love your recipes!

    • June 23, 2015 / 7:11 pm

      Cindy, it most likely does but I make a small amount in order to use it quickly. Plus essential oils are antibacterial and anti fungal so they help. Keeping it in the fridge would be helpful though. I avoid preservatives anytime I can without risking my health! Thank you!!

  16. Madison
    November 2, 2015 / 11:27 pm

    Hey I’m just wondering if it is okay for me to store this in the bathroom? I was reading up on how water can cause bacteria to grow in homemade beauty products. How long of a shelf life would you say this has? I’ve been using it and I absolutely love it! Thanks for the recipe!

    • Madison
      November 2, 2015 / 11:27 pm

      Oh never mind I missed the comment right above haha thanks!

  17. Michelle
    January 31, 2016 / 6:35 pm

    Hey Jenni!

    I made this toner and I love the way it feels on my skin and it does help with my inflammation and dryness. I can’t get used to the smell of the Geranium EO though. It’s too floral for me. Should I add additional witch hazel and/or distilled water? Maybe add a second EO to the mix to cut the floral smell? Thanks!!

    • February 1, 2016 / 1:11 pm

      Michelle-I find you either love geranium or hate it! I would add lavender-I find lavender cuts the smell quite a bit. Plus, it’s also great for your skin as well!

      • Michelle
        February 1, 2016 / 4:37 pm

        I was thinking Lavender but wasn’t sure. Thanks for reply! I have that on hand and will add to my toner.

  18. Christina
    February 22, 2016 / 8:59 am

    Hi Jennifer,

    Your GREAT by the way in case you didn’t know! I know this may be a silly question, whats that font called from the geranium anti-aging spritzer above, with the purple flowers in the background I love it, if you dont know, no biggie. I’m making a similar facial spritzer with a combo of your other essential oils from a recipe on a different toner of yours, I adder a little peppermint and rosemary in addition to this recipe. Made them for my mom and sisters today and have yet to give it to them. One of my sisters has combo skin and a facial scar. All of us are on the dry side, what do you think of the extra EO adds good or bad? Don’t have enough spray bottles to make a bunch of different versions ya know.. My sisters always buy Vichy n Im trying to have them kick it to the curb . Thank you for your time and advice, your truly a beautiful soul inside and out 🙂

    • February 28, 2016 / 10:10 pm

      Christina-Hi! Thank you so much! You are so kind! I’m looking around my fonts and I don’t think I have the exact font anymore-this post was a while ago. Coolock Black is very similar though. I like the idea of adding different oils in and making these recipes your own. I think you have to be careful to not add too much though. Good luck!

  19. Vanessa
    March 27, 2016 / 3:48 pm

    Can I use Hydrosol (yarrow, helichrysum, etc) instead of distilled water? I’m afraid of water will have bacterial in it. Thanks I hope you will response

    • Jenni
      Author
      March 30, 2016 / 6:50 pm

      Vanessa-Yes, great idea!!

  20. Patrice Jennings
    December 20, 2016 / 3:28 pm

    Apply when flying; airplane travel is drying!

  21. Brooke
    April 17, 2017 / 11:23 pm

    Hi Jenni,

    If you were to add a preservative to this (or any) toner, what would you use? Also, how long do you think it would last with preservative included? I want to make this, but would like it to last a bit longer! Thank you!!!

    • Jenni
      Author
      May 3, 2017 / 10:50 am

      Brooke-I would use Leucidal Liquid. You can find it on Amazon and at Lotion Crafter. I think it would last about 2-3 mos. with a preservative!

  22. Brenda
    November 18, 2017 / 10:42 pm

    Hi Jenni,

    New to your site, stumbled across it looking for diaper rash remedies for my new grandson. I’m really excited to try this toner recipe. Just curious though, why lavender hydrosol instead of lavender EO? Would it be okay to use the EO and what would you mix it with, distilled water? Finally, which is a better choice, the hydrosol or EO mixture?

    Thanks!

    • Jenni
      Author
      November 28, 2017 / 8:03 pm

      Hi Brenda! I use the hydrosol because it’s already preserved. Distilled water will create a bacteria problem. Feel free to mix in extra essential oil though to make it more potent!

  23. Edith
    August 4, 2019 / 11:25 am

    Witch is the difference between toners and spritzers?, benefits? and how to use both of them?. Thanks!

  24. Angel
    April 25, 2020 / 8:53 pm

    Hi Jenni!

    Witch hazel extract that you use is water soluble or oil soluble? I was wondering because the hydrosol is water-based and oils are — well, oils. So how do they all
    Mix up? Want to try this recipe! Please make more for dry skin.

    • Jenni
      Author
      May 4, 2020 / 3:55 pm

      Angel-Everything in this recipe is water soluble except the essential oils. The essential oils make a very small percentage of this recipe so it’s not an issue. It is a good idea to shake your spritzer before using in order to disperse the essential oils.

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