beauty diy | double c toner for acne-prone skin

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In general, I’m not much of a DIYer. I get impatient, am heavy-handed and never seem to have the right ingredients on hand.

But every once in a while (typically late at night when I should be sleeping), the DIY bug bites, and I find myself mixing and matching my various straight green beauty ingredients to see if I can improve something I already own or whip up something fresh to address a specific concern.

This can be as simple as adding additional carrier oils to a basic shea butter to get a richer texture, or combining essential oils into a blend of carriers to make a body oil to suit my mood for the day.

In the coming weeks, I’ll be sharing a few excerpts from a new beauty DIY book, Natural Beauty Alchemy, that keeps me inspired to tap into my inner DIY goddess. I hope you are inspired as well and come back to these recipes when you’re up for a little tinkering.

Note: This is a not a series of sponsored posts. This book is wonderful, and I found the recipes approachable. I reached out to the publicist to get permission to share these recipes with you because I thought you’d enjoy them as much as I do!

double c toner for acne prone skin

Double C Toner for Acne-Prone Skin

This toner is named for its two key ingredients: vitamin C and cider. The acidic nature of apple cider allows skin to get rid of surface dead cells, while the vitamin C in lemon juice is a skin brightener that also acts as a powerful antioxidant; it can reverse sun damage and reduce wrinkles, for a more youthful look.

Combined with the astringency of neroli and witch hazel in this formula, they will reduce oily secretions and help achieve a glowing and clearer skin.


  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 ounces (60 ml) neroli hydrosol
  • 2 ounces (60 ml) witch hazel water
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon glycerin
  • 5 drops grapefruit essential oil (optional)


1. Start by dissolving the honey in 1/2 cup water. Add the remaining ingredients one at a time, mixing continuously. Then transfer to a bottle.

2. Shake well before each use. Using a cotton ball, apply to the face and neck in the evening. Rinse in the morning and wear sunscreen daily.

natural beauty alchemy book

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  • Ali P.

    Kim, I am so looking forward to this series of posts! Where do you typically purchase the base ingredients for your DIYs? That is always one of my biggest DIY barriers since I want to make sure all the ingredients I’m using are high quality and clean!

    • Thanks, Ali! I usually look at health food stores like Whole Foods and Natural Grocers for stuff like glycerine and carrier oils. I’ll get some select essential oils there, too, as they both usually have USDA organic. Another amazing resource online is Mountain Rose Herbs. They pretty much have it all — carriers, clays, EOs, hydrosols, bottles, spray tops, etc. I hope this helps!!!

  • Elise Zimmer

    I’m just like you I’m not a dyer but I asked my esthetician to helps me with her mobile spa nyc and have been using it the last months and it really helped me. Thanks!

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