Sun-Steeped Tea Toner

There’s buying your toner, then there’s making your own toner. Then there’s making your own toner with sun-steeped tea. Welcome to the latter. In keeping with our “soul fitness” theme, we thought we’d dabble in a beauty DIY that feels a little more wholesome and soul-warming than usual. Think of it as literally putting liquid sunshine on your face.

Toners have a bad rep for being drying—especially if you buy them from the drug store. But by making your own toner, you can customize it based on what your skin needs. For this recipe, we suggest using chamomile tea if you have more dry, sensitive skin, and green tea if you have more oily skin as it works as a natural astringent. Now, the key to infusing this toner with a bit of soul is to steep the tea outside in the sunshine. If you leave 1 cup of water and the tea bag in a jar or mug outside for 2-3 hours, it will steep via sun rays. Then, once you have your tea, you combine it with a bit of non-alcoholic witch hazel and your essential oils. We chose Grapefruit and Frankincense because they smell lovely together, but they each have their own skincare benefits. Frankincense can hydrate the skin and help with fine lines, while Grapefruit is brightening and adds a fresh glow. When it comes to the essential oils, feel free to mix it up!

What you’ll need:

1 chamomile or green tea bag
1 cup water
1/4 cup non-alcoholic witch hazel
2 drops Frankincense essential oil
3 drops Grapefruit essential oil

What to do:

1. Steep the tea by leaving it out in the sun for 2-3 hours (it can steep as quickly as 1 hour if it’s super hot outside). Use the chamomile tea for a more gentle, hydrating toner, and the green tea for a more astringent toner.
2. In a spray bottle, add the sun-steeped tea (make sure it’s fully cooled), the witch hazel, and the essential oils.
3. Mist face after you cleanse and before you apply your serums and moisturizer. You can also mist the toner onto a cotton pad and apply it to your face.
4. Store in the fridge for an extra refreshing kick.

So there you have it—a natural, homemade toner that is steeped with love from the sun. Feels extra luminous and helps you make the most of this summer weather.

Photo by Lauren Leggatt.