DIY Green Tea and Tea Tree Oil Facial Toner

In my last post I wrote about Apothecary Extract’s 100% Pure Australian Tea Tree Oil and the versatility of tea tree oil.  Today I’m sharing my favourite homemade beauty recipe using tea tree oil, a refreshing and clarifying facial toner.

This Green Tea and Tea Tree Oil toner is great for everyday use (especially in the AM!) if you are looking for a fresh, blemish free face.  Green tea brightens your complexion and reduces inflammation, while tea tree oil, a natural bacteria fighter, work together with witch hazel to cleanse and clarify. With the addition of soothing lavender, healing bergamot, and balancing jasmine, this toner is an all around winner.   If you suffer from breakouts or oily skin, or need a skin wake-me-up , this is for you!

Ingredients

  • a dark colored or opaque 8 oz/250 ml bottle
  • 1/4 cup witch hazel
  • 10 drops tea tree oil
  • 3 drops jasmine oil
  • 3 drops bergamot oil
  • 3 drops lavender oil
  • 1 cup green tea, cooled to room temperature

The bottle you use to store this toner must be dark colored (forest green, navy, brown) or opaque in order to preserve the integrity of the tea tree oil, which reacts to light.  Either a spray nozzle or a regular cap will do.  I re-used my empty spray bottle from Lush, which is perfect because it is black.  This was a bottle of Tea Tree Water, which I enjoyed using – but I find that this homemade recipe is even better!

First, pour the witch hazel into your clean and dry bottle.  Any kind of alcohol-free witch hazel will do; I used Thayer’s in Cucumber (yum!!).  Then, carefully add in each essential oil.  If any of your oils come in a carrier oil (for example, my jasmine absolute oil was in a jojoba base), add twice as much.  Finally, pour in the green tea until the bottle is full.  You may have some left over – drink or discard.  I used Yamamotoyama Jasmine Green Tea, though most kinds of green tea will do, as long as it doesn’t carry fine particles (such as matcha).   Shake well.  Although it is not necessary, you may store it in the refrigerator for an especially refreshing toner experience.

Enjoy on a cotton pad after cleaning, or spritzed on face any time of the day.  Soaked cotton rounds over the eyes will give you an instant perk up to eye baggies and dark circles.

If you’re curious about the properties of these ingredients, check out Organic Facts.

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Apothecary Extracts 100% Pure Australian Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is one of my all time favourite beauty tools – it is such a versatile ingredient, and can be used in a variety of ways!  Tea tree oil products are a staple for me when it comes to acne treatment and aromatherapy (in the bath, as a massage, or in the vaporizer).    So I was thrilled when Apothecary Extracts sent me a huge 118 mL (4 oz) bottle of 100% Pure Australian Tea Tree Oil!

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One of these giant bottles will last you a long time!

Apothecary Extracts also sent an eBook with over 50 recipes using tea tree oil, ranging from facial lotion to shampoo to household cleanser!  100% pure means that a little bit goes a long way.  For example, in a recipe for facial toner, only a dozen drops are required for a potent formula.  Tea tree oil can also be spot applied directly onto problem areas such as on pimples (be careful, it’s strong!).  My bottle from Apothecary Extracts still looks full, even after whipping up a couple of recipes with it and using it for spot treatments.  I expect it will last me a long long time.

Apothecary Extracts 100% Pure Australian Tea Tree Oil plus the free recipe eBook can be purchased on Amazon for $24.99.

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