Homemade Witch Hazel Toner 

You can make your own witch hazel at home. It is super easy and a great addition to other recipes like make up remover.

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You Will Need:     

  • 1 tbsp witch hazel bark powder

  • 1 cup of distilled, filtered, or purified water

  • Spray bottle (a bottle with a pump will work great too)

  • 8 oz glass cup or jug

  • Fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth

  • Vodka or grain alcohol (optional)

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How To Mix It All Together:

Soak 1 tbsp witch hazel bark in 1 cup of boiled distilled water for 30 minutes.

I cover the cup or jug to keep the heat and moisture contained during the steeping step.I used a small glass bowl here.

Stir occasionally, because the witch hazel bark powder will settle at the bottom of your glass cup or jug.

Now, strain the witch hazel water into a bottle. 

Store somewhere cool.

Discard the powder residue.

Adding Alcohol (or not):

The alcohol serves to preserve your final product but it is very drying and could irritate sensitive skin. I prefer to leave it out and make smaller batches of witch hazel tonic. Then, use it within 1 week. If you want to make a larger batch, you can store your witch hazel in the refrigerator to prolong its shelf life.


If you decide to add the alcohol, then add 50% of the volume of your tonic.

Example: If you made 8 oz of witch hazel tonic, you will add 4 oz of alcohol.


Despite using 8 oz of water, your final product will only yield around 6 oz of toner because the witch hazel powder soaks up some of it.

Read more:

Please go ahead and click on this link to read more about the risks and benefits of witch hazel. The article is published on Remedy Grove.  

The Benefits and Risks of Witch Hazel in Skin Care

Adding Aloe Vera Gel:

You can use this toner as an after-sun lotion by mixing it with 100% pure aloe vera gel. 

Measure out a 1:1 ratio of aloe vera gel with the homemade witch hazel toner.

For example: 2oz aloe vera gel added to 2 oz of homemade witch hazel. 

Optional: Add some essential oils to your plain witch hazel or the aloe vera/witch hazel to step it up a notch.

For example: Add lavender or chamomile essential oil to calm sunburnt skin.


Adding Essential Oils:

You can add essential oils to the witch hazel toner.

Add 2 drops for every fluid ounce of toner. 

Tip: 1 fluid ounce = 2 tablespoons

Essential Oil Options:

You can choose just one of these essential oils or mix and match them, depending on your skin needs. 

Tea tree essential oil - for young blemished skin

Lavender essential oil - for irritated, broken skin

Chamomile - to calm dry, itchy skin

Geranium - for an additional astringent

Frankincense - for mature skin


Do not use any essential oils or essential oil blends if you have any underlying health conditions. Some oils are not safe for children, pregnant women, or pets. Always check with your doctor or certified aromatherapist, if you are unsure about the benefits or contra-indicators of a recipe or its ingredients. ‘A Scented Story’ is solely my platform to share my experiences with essential oils and other natural products. I do not prescribe any treatments.

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