After I motored through my batch of Vitamin C Toner in a matter of weeks, I just had to make another batch. This time I decided to make a few changes.

The biggest one was using organic orange blossom green tea instead of aloe vera juice. I also added mango extract and bee pollen, though that’s optional. I just happened to have them in my cupboard and they needed using.

Green tea is full of antioxidants and all kinds of other good things, and vitamin C is great for brightening the complexion and helping prevent acne. Bee propolis and tea tree essential oil are a natural antibacterials that encourages healing. Bee pollen is loaded with almost every vitamin known to man, and mango extract is full of vitamin C and beta carotene. Awesome sauce for the face, basically.

I love using toner when I get up in the morning, when I get home from work, and before I go to bed. It’s a great way to lightly cleanse the grime of the day (or night) from my face. And the amount of dusty ick on the toner pad after use is enough to convince you to do it over and over again. Yick.

Lemongrass Green Tea Toner

125mL steeped green tea, cooled
125mL alcohol-free witch hazel

40 drops bee propolis
½ tsp vitamin C or 2 tbsp lemon juice

¼ tsp mango extract (optional)
1/8 tsp bee pollen

1½ tsp solubilizer
1 tsp vitamin E oil
20 drops tea tree essential oil
30 drops lemongrass essential oil

Mix the tea, witch hazel, propolis, vitamin C, mango extract, and bee pollen together.

Combine the solubilizer, vitamin E oil, and essential oils in a small cup. Add to the green tea mixture and whisk everything together. Decant into two 125mL bottles.

To use, pour some toner onto a reusable cosmetic pad. Swab across the face and enjoy the fresh feeling!

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