How to Make Chamomile and Honey Toner for Sensitive Skin

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This homemade chamomile toner with honey, witch hazel and aloe vera is an easy DIY toner recipe for sensitive skin.

This recipe is one of those happy accidents that I didn’t even mean to make.

I was working on several other chamomile recipes (including this hair lightening spray), and I had extra chamomile tea.

So of course I began thinking of what else I could do with the leftover tea (besides drink it, of course!).

I decided to try it as the base of a toner, with a couple of other ingredients for sensitive skin included, and it turned out wonderful.


DIY toner is so easy to make and it’s a great way to eliminate toxins from your skincare routine. Homemade toner can be just as effective as a store-bought version, with the added bonus of being able to customize completely to meet your personal skin needs.

There are lots of ways to make a natural facial toner and it just takes a few minutes to mix it up.

This homemade chamomile toner is fabulous for sensitive skin because of the soothing, anti-inflammatory properties of chamomile and honey.

This recipe is also less astringent than my witch hazel and aloe toner recipe, since it contains less witch hazel and uses chamomile tea with honey instead.

Lots of homemade toners use apple cider vinegar, but I prefer a witch hazel base for this recipe. It’s so gentle, I think you’ll love it too.

This recipe is also essential oil free, making it perfect for those sensitive to fragrances. It has a very light, natural scent from the chamomile tea and honey, but nothing overpowering.


You are probably familiar with the calming effects a cup of chamomile tea can have on the body, but did you know it is also great for skin?

It has strong anti-inflammatory properties, making it an excellent choice for all types of skin ailments. It is also slightly antimicrobial, so it works well for skin issues like acne, rosacea or dermatitis.

It’s soothing, gentle and works beautifully for sensitive skin and kids as well.

(Most of the info I share about chamomile here is from one of my favorite herb books: Alchemy of Herbs.)


Chamomile is a wonderful ingredient for skin, and finds its way into skincare for sensitive skin often. It works well in essential oil form as well, but chamomile essential oil can be expensive.

Using chamomile tea is an easy and inexpensive way to get the benefits of chamomile for your skin.

When using chamomile tea as a toner, I recommend brewing your tea strong. I use a 1:4 ratio of tea to water. So ¼ cup of loose chamomile tea and 1 cup of hot water.

Chamomile is soothing for sensitive or irritated skin, and when mixed with just a few other ingredients, makes an excellent toner.

You can also try chamomile tea on its own as a toner or a lovely facial spritz. It will provide a soothing and very gentle feeling on your skin, but may not provide all of the cleansing benefits that you get from a more traditional toner.


Another wonderful ingredient for skin that may surprise you is honey. Honey acts as a humectant, meaning it holds moisture into the skin. This makes it a great addition to any skincare for dry skin and sensitive skin.

To use honey in skincare without turning your face into a sticky mess, you just need to dissolve it completely. It blends beautifully in this toner recipe with chamomile, witch hazel and aloe vera.

Honey is also great for acne prone skin, since its loaded with antibacterial properties.

Make sure you are using raw, unfiltered honey for the most benefits!

Try this recipe with homemade rose water for a different take on an herbal honey facial toner. Simply replace the chamomile tea with rose water.


Witch hazel is a known astringent that can help to shrink pores and even out skin tone. It is one of the most commonly used ingredients in store-bought facial toners, and it is easy to use in your own DIY toner recipe!

Just make sure you are using high quality witch hazel with an alcohol content of no more than 20%. Otherwise, your toner will be very drying.

Make sure to also check out my more traditional witch hazel and aloe toner recipe.

homemade chamomile honey toner

Natural Toner for Sensitive Skin: Chamomile and Honey Toner

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

I say this recipe is for sensitive skin, but anyone can benefit from this toner. It’s gentle, nourishing, won’t dry out skin, helps eliminate excess oil and can even be used on acne prone skin. This is really a nice natural toner recipe.


  1. Brew your chamomile tea. I like to use a 1:4 ratio of tea to water. So for 1 cup of hot water, use ¼ cup of loose chamomile tea.
  2. Let steep for at least 10 minutes, or up to an hour for a stronger tea.
  3. Strain the spent chamomile flowers from the water.
  4. Measure out 2 tablespoons of chamomile tea. Save the rest of the tea for another recipe (like this hair lightening spray) or drink it!
  5. Add the honey to the warm chamomile tea and stir until the honey is dissolved.
  6. Add witch hazel and aloe vera gel to the chamomile tea mixture.
  7. Mix until combined.
  8. Pour into a small glass spray bottle or container of your choice. Give it a good shake, and you’re done!


This recipe makes about 3 ounces of finished product.

Store in the refrigerator for up to a week.

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This natural toner needs to be kept refrigerated since it contains water. Anything you make with ANY water must be refrigerated or you run the risk of developing bacteria.

Keeping this chamomile honey toner safely in the fridge only adds to its appeal to me (especially in warmer months). Chamomile is a cooling herb on its own, but keep this in the fridge and it’s so refreshing!

I recommend keeping this toner in the fridge for about a week, then mixing up a new batch.


This toner can also be used as a cooling facial spritz! Just mist on your face (or chest, arms, wherever you like really) throughout the day for a lovely pick-me-up.

It is refreshing, nourishing and perfect for warm days too!

Or pair this homemade chamomile toner with a divine looking chamomile and honey face wash for a DIY skin cleansing dream team!

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