Do It Yourself: Apple Cider Vinegar Toner


Problem- Your skin is dry, dull, congested, and full of acne.

Other problem- The toner you buy retail is trash. Smells great but let’s face it, it’s trash. The alcohol, the parabens (preservative), the ether… (don’t know why they are using that). Let’s check out the ingredient list of three toners (names redacted). The first price is the retail price, and the next price is how much you would spend per year, if a bottle lasts you one month:

Toner A-$9.10, $109.20

Purified Water, SD Alcohol 40, Glycolic Acid, Witch Hazel, Sodium PCA, Salicylic Acid, Aloe Barbadensis Extract, Eucalyptus Globulus Extract.

Toner B- $8.45, $101.40

rosa damascena (rose) flower water, alcohol denat., glycerin, centaurea cyanus (cornflower) flower extract, aloe barbadensis leaf extract, hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel) leaf extract, yucca schidigera leaf extract

Toner C- $35.00, $420.00

Salicylic Acid 1.0% Aqua (Water), SD Alcohol 40, Ethoxydiglycol<—contains ether, Dimethyl MEA (DMAE), Butylene Glycol, Glycolic Acid, Thioctic Acid (Alpha-Lipoic Acid, Propylene Glycol, Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Diazolidinyl Urea, Polysorbate 20, Allantoin, Methylparaben <—-paraben alert , Propylparaben, Eucalyptus Extract, Tetrasodium EDTA.

Toner C=OUCH! That’s a lot of money for a product that’s full of toxins.

When I did my research I looked up the ingredients of the top 10 retail skin toners- all of them contained alcohol. I personally do not care for alcohol in certain skin care products, especially toners, moisturizers, and other ‘final step’ skin care products.

I get asked all the time, ‘What’s your favorite toner?’ Surprisingly, I have many answers, but it’s not what you think. Which means this is one of many toner recipes to come. Let’s start with my favorite toner that anyone can use- ACV toner.

ACV, or apple cider vinegar, has always been regarded as a miracle product. It’s up there with coconut oil, castor oil, and the mother of all miracle products-water.

ACV as a toner literally normalizes the skin. It eliminates acne, reduces oil, balances the pH of the skin, reduces red marks, softens, and exfoliates the skin.

Ready to whip up a batch?


1. You will need a container to store your mixture, ACV (I only recommend Bragg’s ($3.99 16oz bottle) and water. I use the 8oz Ball Plastic Freezer Jars


2. Your ACV better have mother in. Shake your bottle of ACV to disturb and distribute the mother throughout the bottle.

3. Mix 3 parts water, and 1 part ACV. Oily skin? Add more ACV. Dry skin? Add more water.

4. Apply your toner using a cotton ball evenly over the skin.

Apply two times a day!.

Notes and warnings

  • Do not use if you have sensitive skin
  • This stuff stinks! But once it dries it’s no problem
  • My 8oz concoction lasts me about 2 weeks, If I have any left, I dump, sterilize, and make a new batch
  • Wear sunscreen!
  • This wont do much for cystic acne. But it will clear any and all small pimples, blackheads and whiteheads.

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Aprill Coleman is an award-winning beauty, lifestyle and wellness blogger and freelance writer based in Jackson, Mississippi.

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