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DIY Orange Blossom Ginger Face Toner Recipe

DIY Sweet Orange Face Toner

As winter has set in, you might have noticed your skin has lost its lustre and is in need of a little extra oomph. Adding orange blossom toner to your skincare routine can get it back into shape. This DIY recipe takes a mere five minutes to prepare and will wake your complexion up.

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What Is Orange Blossom, Ginger Face Toner?

Cold, windy air, low humidity and dry indoor heat can rob your skin of moisture during the winter months, leaving it dull and dry. Orange blossom face toner is a gentle wash that can help balance your skin’s ph levels, soothe, refresh and hydrate the skin, tone the skin, and remove any leftover residue from your cleansers enabling your skin to glow. The soft and gentle aroma of floral waters will leave you feeling relaxed and refreshed.

What Can Orange Blossom Water Do for Your Skin?

Refreshing and regenerating orange blossom water—also known as Neroli water, is a natural toner that can provide skin with a wide range of benefits. 

  • Balance skin’s ph level: Getting the balance of your ph levels right is vital to healthy and beautiful skin. 
  • Tones the skin: Orange blossom water helps remove any leftover residue from cleansers and firm up the skin, leaving you with an even skin tone. 
  • Balances oily skin: Naturally astringent, orange blossom water has been used for centuries to keep oily and acne-prone skin at bay. It helps balance oil production, reducing shine and leaving you with a more even skin tone.
  • Smoothes the skin and improves overall hydration: Adding orange blossom water into your skincare can help add moisture into your skin, making it feel silky smooth all day long. 
  • Adds beautiful fragrance to skincare products: Orange blossom water adds a sophisticated scent to toners, facial sprays and other skincare products

Is Orange Blossom Ginger Toner for You?

Toning and hydrating, orange blossom ginger toner is the perfect companion for oily, acne, and normal skin types. Melissa water and orange blossom water are naturally astringent ingredients that help tighten the skin and even skin tone. On the other hand, ginger has a rejuvenating effect on the skin and may also help fade scars.

How To Use Toner

Orange blossom face toner is an excellent companion for normal to dry skin, and you can use it twice a day between the cleansing and moisturising stages. To apply: pour or spray toner onto a cotton pad and gently sweep across the face to remove any excess cleanser residue from the skin, not forgetting your neck and neckline! If your skin gets irritated, discontinue using it.

Key Ingredients

This toner combines floral waters and ginger glycerite to create a rejuvenating face wash that will awaken your skin. Here are the ingredients included in the formula and why I picked them:

  • Orange Blossom Floral Water: Calming, rejuvenating and refreshing, orange blossom water is said to tone up, soothe, hydrate and soften the skin. 
  • Manuka Floral Water: Astringent, calming and rejuvenating, manuka floral water helps revive skin naturally.
  • Melissa (Lemon Balm) Floral Water: Naturally astringent, melissa water tightens up and awakens dull skin.
  • Ginger Glycerite: Warming and comforting, ginger help tone and even skin tone and adds zing to the recipe. Glycerin is a humectant that helps restore moisture to the skin. 

DIY Orange Blossom Face Toner Recipe

DIY Orange Blossom Ginger Face Toner Recipe

Recipe by Kay GuptaDifficulty: Beginner Formulator


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Easy to prepare, orange blossom ginger face toner is a gentle wash that can help refresh, hydrate, tone the skin, and remove any leftover residue from your cleansers, leaving your skin refreshed.



  • Clean and sanitise your worktop and utensils using Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol 70%. 
  • Mix floral waters (phase A ingredients) in a glass beaker.
  • Add ginger glycerite (phase B) and stir until well blended. 
  • Add preservative Eco (phase C) and again stir until well combined. 
  • Using a pH strip, check that the toner’s pH is between 4.5-5.5. If the pH of the toner is too high, you can lower it by adding a few drops of citric acid solution( 10% citric acid to 90% distilled water). Subsequently, you can increase pH by adding a drop or two of sodium bicarbonate solution (10% sodium bicarbonate to 90% distilled water).
  • Pour the mixture into a clean bottle, label and shake well before use. 

Skin Patch Test

  • Before incorporating sweet orange ginger face toner into your skincare regimen, always do a skin patch test first. Although I use natural ingredients in my formulations, some people may be allergic or sensitive to them.


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I have included a broad spectrum preservative in the formula to prevent bacterial contamination and spoilage. However, if you notice any change in smell, colour, texture, or mould, dispose of it and prepare a new batch—store it in a spray bottle, away from direct sunlight.


Please remember that swapping the ingredients in the formula will alter the final product. Consider how the ingredient you wish to switch will affect the final product’s scent, consistency, or absorbency when making changes. 

Floral waters: Sweet orange works very well with rose and lavender floral water. You can also replace some floral waters with distilled or deionised water if you like. 

Ginger is a fantastic rejuvenator that helps to improve skin’s elasticity, even out skin tone and fade scars. Glycerin is a natural humectant that helps attract moisture into the skin. If you prefer to skip it, replace ginger glycerite with good old glycerin. 

Essential oils: I have not included essential oils here. If you’d like to add essential oils to the formula, check out Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals by R Tisserand and R Young for recommended maximum amounts. In addition, consider adding solubiliser to your toner. It will help disperse essential oil into floral waters. 


Is orange blossom floral water good for the face?

Refreshing and rejuvenating, orange blossom water has been used for centuries to soothe, hydrate and soften the skin. Gentle and well-tolerated by most skin types, it can help tone the skin, even skin tone, and reduce inflammation. 

What is orange blossom water used for in skincare?

With the vast array of skin benefits orange blossom water offers, you can also add it to moisturisers for an extra boost of hydration, masks for deep cleansing, shower gels to refresh your skin and spritzers to add a burst of fragrance.

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