Thursday, July 9, 2015

PRETTY PLEASE: Homemade Green Tea Travel Toner

I’ve always had very oily skin which is a curse and a blessing. The natural oils do seem to help ward off wrinkles but I’m forever blotting my skin. For years I stopped using facial toner but as my skin ages, I find myself using it again. It seems to help combat the oiliness without drying my skin too much.

I’ve purchased many types of toners and they can really add up. The ingredients in all of them seem simple enough and all I need is something to soothe my skin between washing my face and applying moisturizer. I did a little research and because I still occasionally get the random breakout, I decided to brew up some green tea toner.

Green Tea Travel Toner by homework (3)According to my Google research, green tea is antioxidant rich and suitable for all skin types. It consists of polyphenols which release free radicals from the body. So, green tea is ideal for oily, acne prone and aging skin – that’s me!  To make Green Tea Toner, brew a strong cup of green tea and let cool. Add a 1/4 teaspoon of Vitamin E oil to nourish your skin and a teaspoon of lemon juice to brighten your skin. 

10And because I’m beginning to travel more, I made a travel toner container. This is a recycled loose powder container and round cotton pads. Pour the toner over the pads and seal the container. I fit 7-8 pads in the container – perfect for a short trip. When you’re ready to use a pad, just wring it out slightly and voila! Instant toner pad. Need more, pack some extra cotton pads and add them to the container.

The toner should keep for about a week. Pour the unused portion of the toner in an empty container and store in the refrigerator which will prolong the life of the toner.

Green Tea Travel Toner by homeworkStay tuned and I’ll be sharing how I embellished the cover of this recycled powder jar using paper and Mod Podge.

Thanks so much for stopping by.


  1. What a neat idea. Thanks for sharing.

    Trina @
    Walking My Own Path

  2. What a cute idea!! Love diy beauty, and especially green tea toners. I used to make a green tea toner with Vitamin C added to it. I love the little powder container that you repurposed. So pretty!

  3. What an awesome idea! I have a super oily nose and my glasses actually slide off towards the end of the day. I'd rather not keep powdering so I use a lot of oil blotting papers. I'm definitely going to give this recipe a try. Adding it to my Pin Board! Thanks for sharing.

  4. I love this idea... I actually studied some of the polyphenol activity in green tea as a chemical engineering major in college. I love to drink green tea, and now I think I'll try using it on my skin! Thanks for sharing this easy tutorial!


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