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Easy DIY Chamomile Honey Face Toner Recipe

Chamomile Honey Face Toner

Toners have been part of our beauty regimen for decades. And even though nowadays they might seem redundant, a well-formulated toner can do more than balance your skin’s pH levels. Adding soothing floral waters, humectants, and botanical extracts to your toner will turn it into a calming tonic your skin will love. Here’s how to make one that’s simple, fun, and helpful at the same time.

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What is Chamomile Honey Toner, and What Does It Do?

Chamomile toner is a gentle wash that helps remove any excess residue from cleansers, balance skin’s pH, may reduce redness and irritations, hydrate and rejuvenate the skin.  It’s a blend of chamomile known for its soothing properties and honey, which hydrates the skin.

What Can Honey Do for Your Skin?

Honey is one of the oldest ingredients used in natural skincare and is renowned for its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and wound-healing effects. So how exactly does smearing it onto your face improve your skin? Incorporating honey into your toner may:

  • Keep your skin hydrated: Honey is an excellent humectant that draws moisture into the skin, making your skin soft and plump.  
  • Cleanse your skin:  Helps remove dirt, dead skin cells and unclog pores, revealing a brighter complexion.
  • Soothe inflammation:  Using honey to calm and soothe irritated skin may help reduce inflammation. 
  • Brighten up your complexion: Over time, honey may help lighten acne scars and make your skin look more even-toned.  

Who Should Use Chamomile Honey Toner?

Soothing and hydrating, chamomile honey toner is the perfect companion for dry and normal skin. But it is especially beneficial for sensitive skin.

When and How Should you Use Chamomile Honey Toner?

You can use chamomile toner twice a day between the cleansing and moisturising stages. It is best to apply by pouring or spraying toner onto a cotton pad and gently sweeping across the face to remove any excess residue from the skin. Don’t forget your neck and neckline! If your skin tends to get irritated, look for an alternative.

DIY Soothing Chamomile Honey Face Toner Recipe

Easy DIY Chamomile Honey Face Toner Recipe

Recipe by KayDifficulty: Beginner Formulator


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Soothing and hydrating, chamomile honey toner is a calming face wash you can use to restore the skin’s pH balance, hydrate and rejuvenate the skin. 



  • Bring 100ml of distilled or deionised water to a simmer and pour over 2g of dried chamomile flowers
  • Allow the fusion to steep for 10 minutes, and strain the infused water through a coffee filter to remove any particles. Weigh 45g in a glass beaker and let it cool.
  • While the infused water is still warm (below 60°C ), add honey powder and stir well with a glass rod until dissolved. 
  • Once the infusion has cooled down, add melissa and honey floral water and preservative.
  • 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 an acid. If it is too low, you can raise it by adding sodium bicarbonate. 
  • Pour the mixture into a clean bottle, label and shake well before use. 

Skin Patch Test

  • Carry out a skin patch test first to ensure you are not sensitive or allergic to the toner. Apply a small amount of the product onto a clear patch of skin, somewhere you can leave it alone for 24-48 hours (like the inner wrist). If your skin turns red, itchy, or you experience any irritations, discontinue using the product.
  • TIP: If you don’t have time to prepare chamomile infused water, you can always purchase chamomile floral water.


This toner is a water-based product and includes a broad spectrum preservative to prevent bacterial contamination. However, our kitchens are not microbe-free. If you notice any change in smell, colour, texture, or mould, dispose of it and whip up a new batch. Store in a spray bottle (like this) in a fridge.


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: Chamomile also works very well with rosemary, thyme, lavender or clary sage. I picked melissa for its refreshing scent and calming effect. You can also replace some of the floral waters with distilled water. 

Honey: If you are allergic to pollen, celery, or other bee-related products, you might like to stay away from using honey on your skin. You can use another humectant like vegetable glycerin to keep your skin moisturised. 

Essential oils: I have not used essential oils here as I like to keep it simple when it comes to toners. You can add them if you like. However, check out Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals by R Tisserand and R Young to keep your formulations safe. 


Is chamomile good for the face?

Soothing, antioxidant and anti-inflamatory, chamomile has been used for centuries to soothe sensitive skin, reduce redness and inflammation, and reduce the signs of ageing. Gentle by nature, chamomile is an excellent addition to facial skincare recipes.

Can I use chamomile toner for oily skin?

I have included melissa lemon balm floral water, which is especially effective for oily skin. In combination with honey that helps unclog pores while keeping the skin soft and chamomile that helps soothe your skin, it can work for oily skin too. 

Do I need to use a preservative?

Water-based products are a perfect breeding ground for micro-organisms. No matter how clean is your worktop or equipment, they will find their way in. A broad-spectrum preservative will keep you safe and prevent bacterial contamination from ruining the final product. You can learn more about the importance of preservation here

Are you looking for more ways to incorporate chamomile into your skincare? Check out the recipes below!

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