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DIY Lavender & Lemon Astringent

DIY Lavender & Lemon Astringent uses the power of Witch Hazel and other natural ingredients to help cleanse, balance, and refresh the skin. No more harsh chemicals for your lovely face!


DIY Lavender & Lemon Astringent is made with natural ingredients that help cleanse, balance, and refresh the skin. | We Three Shanes

DIY Lavender & Lemon Astringent

I hate washing my face.  Like, HATE IT.  I love putting on make up and I like the way I look when I wear it. However, I will avoid taking it off as long as possible.

This means that for the most part, I put on make up, wear it all day, sleep in it and then touch it up in the morning.  Yup.  I know it’s gross but that’s just how I roll.  

Since I don’t want to break out constantly, seeing that I always have something on my face, I like using astringent between washings.  It helps get the powder and dirt off my face. 

Years ago I got into making as many beauty products for myself as possible and started researching astringent.  There are several essential oils that are good for skin.  I decided which ones I liked best and made up my own mixture. I love the way this Lavender and lemon astringent turned out and I think you will too!

DIY Lavender & Lemon Astringent is made with natural ingredients that help cleanse, balance, and refresh the skin. No more harsh chemicals for your lovely face! | We Three Shanes

Natural Ingredients for Astringent

There are tons of natural ingredients that you can use on your face. The ingredients in this astringent are ones that I find work well together and leave skin nice and clean.


The word lavender is derived from the Latin word Lavare which means to wash. This oil is a powerful antibacterial. Because of this, it is considered effective in treating various skin conditions like acne and psoriasis. Lavender inhibits the bacteria that causes skin infections. It also can help ease itchy and irritated skin.

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is antibacterial and antimicrobial to fight against the bacteria that causes acne. It also is antiseptic and helps heal wounds. It is so effective that it has been known to kill MRSA, treat staph wounds, fight athletes foot, and effectively clear up acne, eczema and warts.


Helps boost your mood, balance PH levels and detox the skin. Lemon essential oil does contain furanocoumarins which causes photosensitivity. Make sure to use sunblock if you use the astringent in the morning. (But, really, use sunblock anyway!)

Witch Hazel

Witch hazel is a natural, anti-irritant astringent that has the ability to remove access oil from the skin. It gets deep into pores to remove dirt and opens the pores to lessen swelling which will reduce your chances of acne.

Essential Oil Brands

Before I go into the recipe, I just want to say that I am not a HUGE fan of essential oil brands.  You will not hear from me how amazing I think Doterra is or how Young Living oils are the best and most natural on the planet.  I just won’t. 

Want to know why?  I can’t afford 100 dollars for a bottle of frankincense.  I just can’t.  And I don’t want to annoy people by trying to sell it to them either.  I ain’t got time for that and I am not naggy enough to do it. 

Lucky for me, you can get essential oils that work fine and aren’t going to break the bank.  Here in Texas, I can get the NOW brand at our grocery store at a reasonable price.  Works for me!!

How to Make Lavender and Lemon Astringent

This is such an easy astringent recipe. This won’t make a huge batch because I like to make sure the astringent is fresh since it’s going on my face.

  • Plastic or glass 2 oz bottle
  • Witch Hazel (it’s cheaper to buy in stores so don’t use our affiliate link unless you’re really lazy :)) 
  • Lavender oil
  • Tea Tree oil
  • Lemon juice (or lemon oil) Lemon juice will have a slightly shorter shelve life but since we’re making a small batch you shouldn’t have to worry about it.
  1. First, take a plastic (or glass) bottle and fill it 3/4 of the way with witch hazel.  Again, it is up to you which brand and how much you spend. 
  2. Then, I like to add 5 to 8 drops of lavender essential oil, 5 to 8 drops of Tea Tree oil, and then I squeeze some lemon juice in to fill it the rest of the way. 

I have never had it go bad on me before I used all of it and this does not need to be refrigerated.  Instead of lemon juice, you could always do lemon essential oils as well.  Shake well before use.

DIY Lavender & Lemon Astringent - is made with natural ingredients that help cleanse, balance, and refresh the skin. No more harsh chemicals for your lovely face! - We Three Shanes

Homemade Astringent Recipe

This stuff smells amazing!  It feels good going on and it will get any unwanted make up or dirt off of your face.  I have seen recipes with other essential oils as well.  Really it’s up to you.
That is one of the best things about making your own products.  Once you get the hang of essential oils and which ones your skin and body like, then you can add or subtract from the original recipes you find.  ENJOY!
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Stop buying store bought astringent or toner and make your own using natural ingredients. I promise you’ll love the feeling of this DIY Lavender and Lemon Astringent. Your face will be clean and happy! 

Have you ever made your own astringent? What ingredients do you love?


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  1. Thank you for this astringent! It is really helping my acne. 🙂 I added peppermint oil and that is helping out too. I love natural skin care because it doesn’t have chemicals. Also it seems more gentle on the skin.

  2. Hi! I know you said you haven’t worried about this going bad before. How long do you typically have yours? I’m worried about it going bad if I use lemon juice

    1. Hi Summer! So if you look up shelf life of fresh squeezed lemon juice most sites say it will last about 2 weeks but that is for cooking. After two weeks the flavors change to a more bitter taste but it’s still safe to cook with. In this case, the lemon juice is being used in an astringent which means we’re not worried about taste. This DIY astringent can last months without worry of your lemon juice going bad. If you are really worried about it then use the lemon essential oil. It’s a small additional cost up front but it will last long and can be used in so many other DIY natural products.

  3. Hi! Found this post on Pinterest, and I’m excited to see what else is in the blog. I’m curious, if you use lemon oil instead of juice, how much do you use? Also, if you add other oils, is it all the same amount, or do you have to sub for the tea tree or lavender? I do that know how many oils you can use in one product. Thanks!

    1. Hi Becka! Typically speaking you can add as many essential oils as you want. You just need to be aware that the smells all combine together and the more you add the crazier the scent can get. I try to keep mixtures at 4 or 5 essential oils tops. This witch hazel toner is a very versatile recipe. Add whatever you in like, using 5-8 drops, but keep in mind that each essential oil has a different affect on skin. And of course you can add 5-8 drops of lemon essential oil instead of lemon juice! Have fun with it.

    1. Hi Tiffany! I use a 2 oz travel bottle like this glass one or this plastic one. I’ve updated the post to say 2 oz bottles now. You may have to adjust the amounts of oils after you’ve tried the astringent the first time around because everyone’s skin is different. Thanks for checking out the post! Let us know if you have any other questions.

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