How to: Homemade Apple Cider Vinegar Toner

Apple Cider Toner in a blue bottle, sitting in the window

Today's Forecast: Clear Skin and Sunshine! Isn't this blue spray bottle pretty catching light in the window?

I have a confession: my husband’s skin makes me jealous. Since we follow basically the same skin routine (cleansing, moisturizing, etc), I decided to investigate. I am a can-do girl, I will fight the green-eyed monster! Hopefully, I will achieve softer skin in the process!

After intensive research (we discussed it for 4 minutes), here are my findings:

Difference #1: He shaves. Let’s get this out of the way now: I am not going to start shaving my face!

Difference #2: We have different genes. Nothing, I can do here.

Difference #3: Twice daily he uses a homemade apple cider vinegar toner. Aha! Here’s something I can do.

About two weeks ago I started using the same apple cider vinegar toner. Already I feel a difference!

A bird? A plane? No, it’s Super Cider!

Apple cider vinegar is great for oily skin, which we both have. According to, apple cider vinegar is “packed with alpha-hydroxy and amino acids that help to dissolve dead skin cells, balance the pH level of skin and stimulate blood circulation. The acetic acid in apple cider vinegar stimulates the capillaries under the skin, leaving you with a soft glow.” No wonder this toner is so good. It’s actually giving your skin a workout.

What the others don’t mention… 

I’m going to let you in on a secret. This not simply a ‘smell-good toner.’ It starts with a pleasant scent, but it finishes with a spiky vinegar zing! It doesn’t feel very good either–more like a slap in the face and makes my eyes blink. For me, the sting lasts 2 or 3 seconds. I noticed that most of the websites suggest using a cotton ball. I’m going to do that instead of spraying.

It’s probably best to start with more water (1 part cider vinegar, 1 part witch hazel and 6 parts water) to see if your skin tolerates it. In spite of the draw-backs, I am actually enjoying the toner. It’s bracing! And, I can’t argue with the results: my face is softer.

Try it out!

We adapted our recipe from one on Guide to Spas.

Here’s our version. It makes just over 1 cup.

Apple Cider Vinegar Toner

1/3 cup witch hazel
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
1/3 cup distilled water
18 drops of Aura Cacia brand essential oil, “Pep Talk” with cardamom, peppermint, sweet orange and lemon oils (yum!)

Combine all ingredients and shake.

You’ve heard of sun damage? Well, sunlight can damage toner too. So unlike the photo above, we store our toner in the cabinet.

Tell me more!

Here are links for more information. The last one is really good. Guide to Spas: Apple Toner Recipe How to Make Apple Cider Vinegar Toner |


I’d love to hear what toner you use. Leave me a comment.


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