DIY All-Natural Pore-Perfecting Rose Facial Toner

Many people associate roses with beauty and romance.

But me? Roses make me think of my grandfather. Specifically his nose.

You see, my grandfather’s honker was a bit bulbous, and my dad had this joke: “Before Pop-Pop was born, God asked him what type of nose he wanted, but he thought God said ‘rose’ so he asked for a big red one.” Good one, Dad.

But let’s get back to the whole “beauty” association…

(Though Pop Pop, your nose was glorious.)

Roses have wonderful skin benefits.

These fragrant flowers are antibacterial, ant-inflammatory, and rich in vitamin C, a potent antioxidant. They are also a natural astringent, helping to tighten pores, while the flowers’ nourishing oils moisturize.

Combine these properties with witch hazel — a super effective natural astringent — and you have yourself a fantastic facial toner.

homemade DIY natural rose facial toner

So let’s get to it!

DIY All-Natural Pore-Perfecting Rose Facial Toner



Combine the roses and witch hazel in a clean, sterile jar, and secure the lid. Give the jar a few little swirls to get rid of any air between the roses so they’ll effectively soak up the witch hazel.

Let the jar sit for 2 days, then strain the now rose-infused witch hazel using a clean piece of cloth or a coffee filter — squeeze the roses to get as much of the witch hazel out as possible. You’ll notice the roses have lost their pigment by this point and are white (like those to the right in the image below).

DIY all-natural rose facial toner

Lastly, simply bottle up the rose-infused witch hazel (again, in a clean, sterile bottle) and there you have it: your very own all-natural pore-perfecting rose facial toner.

I had never used a facial toner before this DIY…

I would simply wash and then apply my face oils.

DIY homemade rose facial toner

But I love this simple recipe and will definitely continue to use it as part of my daily skincare routine. Because of roses’ unique astringent and moisturizing power combo, it has really helped to soothe my skin, which tends to get a little more irritated around the change of the seasons (it’s really very bratty).

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  1. I love the story about your grandfather 🙂 and this toner sounds wonderful! I always used to buy rose witch hazel but it’d be fun to try making it myself! Great post!

    April 3, 2015 • 6:58 am •
  2. Haley Walsh-Free

    Could you use any of the rose EO’s instead of actual roses?

    April 12, 2015 • 4:17 pm •
  3. How do you apply the toner? Spray on, or wipe on?

    April 14, 2015 • 3:09 pm •
  4. Nadia

    I personally apply it with a cotton pad but you could also spry it on – just don’t get it in your eyes!

    April 14, 2015 • 5:34 pm •
  5. Claire

    Could we just use rosewater and than add in the witch hazel (like thayers or dickinson?)

    April 15, 2015 • 11:40 pm •
  6. […] to amp things up by infusing witch hazel with the wonderful healing properties of roses with my DIY All-Natural Pore-Perfecting Rose Facial Toner. Works like a dream and smells even […]

    June 24, 2015 • 5:03 pm •
  7. Grace.S

    Will golden witch hazel work in place of the regular witch hazel?

    June 26, 2015 • 3:03 pm •
  8. Cathi Buchardt

    I love rosewater. Its very soothing to my skin. Secondly, it smells amazing. I combine it with geranium. It helps de stress me.

    June 30, 2015 • 9:32 pm •
  9. Joan

    Hi! How long is the shelf life of this recipe? 🙂

    July 2, 2015 • 10:38 am •
  10. Kati

    Hi Nadia I must say I’m falling in love with your website! I’m always looking to find ways to combat my annoying skin. I have oily, sensitive, acne prone skin and the past year and a half I went from barley any breakouts to breaking out worse than when I was a teenager. I’m planning on making/using your Oil recipe for oily/acne skin and was wondering if I were to use this toner as well do you think it would irritate my skin because of all the oil combinations? I’ve never used oils before but I’m willing to give anything a shot at this point! Also wondering if you could substitute rose oil instead of the petals and if so how much rose EO would you use? I’ve never used oils before but I’m willing to give anything a shot at this point! Thanks so much!!

    July 17, 2015 • 3:24 pm •
  11. Kesiena

    Love ur site, just stumbled on it while searching for non-comedogenic oils. I’m in Nigeria, dunno how I can get most of d ingredients in ur DIYs

    July 28, 2015 • 11:15 am •
  12. Katie

    Have you ever tried drying your own rose petals? I know it’s a fragile process, is there something special about buying them from a retailer like Mountain Rose Herbs? (I noticed they are out of stock)

    September 10, 2015 • 9:46 pm •
  13. Nadia

    Well they’re organic and you don’t have to go through the process of drying them. That would certainly be an option though if you wanted. They’re also available on Amazon if you’d rather buy them:

    September 11, 2015 • 8:35 am •
  14. Nikki

    Could you use rose hydrosol instead of the petals? Or will it not be the same?

    September 13, 2015 • 6:14 pm •
  15. Neha

    Hi Nadia!!

    I absolutely love your blog!! I hail from India and the essential oils fad hasn’t quite caught up as much here. I have extremely oily skin which has deteriorated with years of neglecting acne. Huge pores and acne marks make my skin look older. I started using Essential oils after coming across your blog one fateful day and i can actually bear looking at myself in the mirror. A few ingredients like betonite clay and witch hazel that you have used for your DIYs are extremely difficult to obtain. But I am trying!!!
    Thank you so much!! Keep writing such amazing DIYs always!

    September 20, 2015 • 10:01 am •
  16. Nadia

    Hi, Neha! YAY! I’m so happy the EOs have been helpful for you. I have heard that from a few readers — can you get the ingredients through a site like Amazon? Or are there any local herbal shops? They may have the clay.

    September 20, 2015 • 10:05 am •
  17. Ross

    Do you have a good Facial Moisturizer for older, dryer skin? 52yo male. Thank you.

    September 25, 2015 • 1:34 pm •
  18. Vanessa

    I love this, and very much want to try it. But I live in an area where roses without chemicals is a unheard of. Could I use rosewater instead? Is there a site you order them from, the roses? Please let me know, I am a die hard fan, and my daughters and I are making a full turn around of all of our cosmetics and face products.

    October 2, 2015 • 11:08 pm •
  19. Nadia

    I totally understand that concern — yes, I link to the store where I buy my organic dried roses in the post.

    October 4, 2015 • 7:09 pm •
  20. Ross Smith

    52yo male. Skin care recommendation? Eye creams? Thank you. The toner is awesome

    October 4, 2015 • 8:59 pm •
  21. amira

    can we use thayers’ witch hazel as a substitute for the one that u used?

    November 11, 2015 • 4:10 am •
  22. Nadia

    I prefer organic but that’s your choice!

    November 11, 2015 • 7:32 pm •
  23. amira

    Hi Nadia, I’ve been using your recipe for a month now and it’s awesome!

    December 13, 2015 • 10:17 pm •
  24. Nadia

    YAY so glad to hear it! Thanks for reporting back, Amira 🙂

    December 14, 2015 • 12:13 pm •
  25. Julie

    HI I was just wondering why you wouldn’t say go with Thayers that has Alcohol Free toners??

    December 24, 2015 • 4:10 pm •
  26. Paula Horton

    Where can I get dried rose petals

    January 7, 2016 • 11:44 pm •
  27. Nadia

    I like to where I like to get mine form in the post, but I see they’re out of stock. But you can get them on Amazon, too.

    January 10, 2016 • 9:14 am •
  28. Jamie

    Can you use Rose Hip Seed oil instead of rose petals?

    January 15, 2016 • 6:14 pm •
  29. Nadia

    No they are very very different.

    January 15, 2016 • 8:07 pm •
  30. Natalie

    Hi Nadia,

    I was wondering if the brand NOW Essential Oil “Rose Absolute” could be used instead of the rose petals. It is a 5% oil blend of pure rose absolute and pure grape seed oil. I looked through the other posts and saw that you advised against using rose hip seed oil but did not see a response about the rose absolute.

    You have such an amazing site and I am so thankful that you have put time into wanting to help others with DIY projects!

    Tthank you for your time,

    January 18, 2016 • 6:21 pm •
  31. SARAH

    can i use rose water instead of the rose petals

    January 20, 2016 • 11:43 am •
  32. Kerri

    I’ve been trying lots of your recipes and love them all so far! I’ve thought about using witch hazel before but I’m nervous because it has alcohol. I used products with alcohol when I was younger and my skin did not like it. I’m wondering if using oil moisturizers afterwards is what balances that out though. What are your thoughts?

    January 20, 2016 • 7:11 pm •
  33. Olivia

    Your post is really helpful
    I am trying to make a serum/toner with rose essential oil. Do you have any recommendation on how to make the serum/toner?

    January 30, 2016 • 8:00 pm •
  34. Stephanie

    Hi Nadia! I’m excited to try this toner! I see people have asked before, but I don’t see a response. Do you think using an organic pure rose essential oil would work instead of the dried petals? If so, What ratio would you mix?

    March 1, 2016 • 1:01 am •
  35. Nadia

    If you would like, sure! I would just stay below the 5% maximum dilution for the rose essential oil. And you will likely have to shake it up before each use.

    March 1, 2016 • 9:48 am •
  36. Anita

    How do you measure the rose petals? Packed or loosely?

    March 3, 2016 • 7:59 am •
  37. Nadia

    I do it pretty loosely.

    March 3, 2016 • 10:49 am •
  38. alma

    Hello, love your page..thank you for sharing you knowledge, do I need a preservative for the toner and what is the shelf time thank you

    March 22, 2016 • 10:20 pm •
  39. Olivia

    Hi Nadia,

    I had tried to make this toner, but the roses I ordered from your link came as crushed flakes and not whole roses like in your photos. Also, when I added the ratio of roses and witch hazel to the glass jar, the crushed roses immediately soaked up all the witch hazel to the point where there were many completely dry rose flakes left in my jar and absolutley no liquid. Am I doing something wrong? Should I add more toner for it roses to be “floating” in the witch hazel?

    June 9, 2016 • 8:12 pm •
  40. Ashley

    Thanks for the neat recipe! I am excited to try..

    Question please! Would roses freshly plucked from the garden work, or do they HAVE to be dried first..?

    August 27, 2016 • 2:53 pm •
  41. Ashley

    Hi Nadia,

    I had tried to make this toner, but the roses I ordered from your link came as crushed flakes and not whole roses like in your photos. Also, when I added the ratio of roses and witch hazel to the glass jar, the crushed roses immediately soaked up all the witch hazel to the point where there were many completely dry rose flakes left in my jar and absolutley no liquid. Am I doing something wrong?

    August 30, 2016 • 11:17 pm •
  42. Nadia

    Hi Ashley,

    Oh gosh, I think I may have had the wrong amount of roses in here! But it’s OK – just fill the jar with enough witch hazel to cover the petals. And yes, I linked to the petals instead of the buds (which are pictured) because I think you get more bang for your buck with the petals (the buds just look pretty, but both do the same thing). Mountain Rose Herbs does also sell the whole buds if you want to get them next time.

    Thanks for pointing this out! I’ll edit the post.

    August 31, 2016 • 12:29 pm •
  43. Nadia

    Hey Ashley,

    You know, I haven’t tried fresh roses so I’m not 100% sure but I think they do need to be dried so they can absorb the witch hazel. You can give it a try if you want though and report back!

    August 31, 2016 • 12:34 pm •
  44. Razan

    I just stumbled upon your blog, and I’m hooked! I want to make this toner but witch hazel is not available in my country- whats a good substitute if I have a relatively dry skin? And can I add some Lavender essential oil?

    September 27, 2016 • 8:47 am •
  45. Claudia Durocher

    I’ve been using this recipe for about a month, in conjunction with a jojoba/rose hip oil blend and have been getting lots of compliments on my skin! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe and the post about face oils.

    What is the shelf life of this toner? Should I be storing it in the fridge? Thanks!

    December 10, 2016 • 10:58 am •
  46. Nadia

    Hi, Claudia! Yay that makes me so happy to hear 🙂 I’d say about 3-4 months so long as you’ve taken the proper steps to prevent bacteria growth (like preventing water from entering your bottle, using super clean bottle, washing your hands before making the toner, etc).

    December 11, 2016 • 5:22 pm •
  47. Jessie

    Nadia, I’m about to order some rosebuds, just a quick question- how many oz should I get. Would 4oz enough for 1/4 cup dried whole rose buds?

    December 23, 2016 • 10:04 pm •
  48. Nadia

    Yes, I think that would be enough!

    January 3, 2017 • 2:12 pm •
  49. Aarifa

    I came across your website recently and Thank You for sharing your valuable information..I’m looking forward to trying all the recipes listed …keep up the excellent work

    January 3, 2017 • 6:12 pm •
  50. Nadia

    Thank you so much, Aarifa! 🙂

    January 5, 2017 • 5:46 pm •
  51. Elizabeth

    I’m really new to essential oils & DIY face cleaners, etc. I want to try this really bad-I’m 35 & not getting younger! Can I just use essential rose oil with the witch hazel? And how much would you mix together with rose oil? I appreciate your hardwork at blogging this info for others! And taking the time at answering comments (even newbies, like me)!!

    January 13, 2017 • 6:55 pm •
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