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.

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Excerpted from Natural Beauty Alchemy Copyright © 2015 by Fifi M. Maacaron and published by W.W. Norton & Company Inc. Used by permission of the publisher. All rights reserved. may include affiliate links to featured products. Not all product links are affiliate links. If you make a purchase from an affiliate link, earns a small commission.

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