DIY Organic Toner Recipe-with Apple Cider Vinegar

DIY Apple Cider Vinegar Toner

Today we should make a DIY toner! Toner’s are super easy to make and can really give your skin a boost!  A toner is a very important part of your skin care regimen.  Toners help your skin retain moisture.  They maintain and/or restore pH balance.  They can remove any dirt left behind after cleansing and toners can also tighten pores! 

Benefits of a DIY Toner

  • Restore pH balance after cleansing
  • Further cleanse the skin
  • Deliver hydration
  • Set foundation if used after applying makeup
  • Refresh the skin
  • Tighten pores

This DIY toner recipe is for all skin types but is especially helpful for oily/acneic skin types.  For dry/mature skin, a more appropriate toner try out my geranium spritzer recipe or my blood orange hibiscus face mist.

DIY Toner Ingredients

Apple Cider Vinegar is amazing for the skin.  It can help reduce the appearance of capillaries, sun spots and veins. ACV reduces inflammation, and can prevent blemishes.  It also balances the skin’s pH.

Rosemary Essential Oil helps stimulate cell renewal and improves capillaries, spider veins and blemishes.

Peppermint Essential Oil helps brighten dull skin.  It reduces irritations and itchiness and controls excess oil.  It can help to lessen red, blotchy skin and increases blood flow.

Peppermint Hydrosol adds to the brightening effect as well as the increased blood flow that peppermint essential oil provides. You could choose any hydrosol to use or even use distilled water. 

How to Use

This is a power packed toner that can be used daily, day and night.  Be careful of the ACV though, it will leave the skin feeling very cooled but too much could feel irritating.  If it is too much, simply add more hydrosol.

DIY Apple Cider Vinegar Toner

DIY Toner

1/4 cup Peppermint Hydrosol (find it HERE)

1 TBSP apple cider vinegar (find it HERE)

10 drops Rosemary Essential Oil (find it HERE)

8 drops Peppermint Essential Oil (find it HERE)

Be sure to shake your apple cider vinegar before combining-you want “the mother” in your toner!  Combine all ingredients and shake.  It’s that easy! 

Just a word of warning-Apple Cider Vinegar can be drying, if you find that it is you can reduce the ACV down to 1/2 TBSP.

Apple cider vinegar can be used for a number of reasons and many benefits can be reaped by incorporation this versatile liquid. One big reason to grab a bottle of ACV is for your hair! ACV can give your hair loads of shine and smoothness when making a shiny hair spray!

Also, apple cider vinegar can improve your health greatly when ingested. Drinking ACV daily is easy with my recipe for a mood & energy boosting (and surprisingly yummy) ACV drink!

The shelf life of this DIY Toner is about 2 mos. on this toner.  ACV is very acidic and therefor is not a favorable environment for bacteria to grow.  The hydrosol has it’s own preservative.  The essential oils are antibacterial so my 2 mos. estimate is a guess but as you can see, you’re pretty safe.  However, I like to make small batches of all my DIYs because fresh is best!

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xx, Jenni


Apple Cider Vinegar Toner

Jennifer Phillips
Jennifer Phillips

Jennifer Phillips worked as a licensed aesthetician for over 8 years before creating the natural skin care blog, Jenni Raincloud.

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  1. August 31, 2013 / 6:54 pm

    Hello Jennifer,
    Just found your blog from Camp Wander and have a question about the toner recipe. Why are you using the apple cider vinegar instead of organic witch hazel? Thanks Linda J

  2. September 1, 2013 / 12:04 pm

    Hi Linda! Thanks for your comment! Apple Cider Vinegar is so good for taking internally and externally! For the skin, it reduces inflammation, it helps to clear acne, regulates pH, and can be very soothing. The big benefit that hooked me was that it fades sun and age spots! Also due to it’s high amount of vitamins, it is great at preventing and reducing varicose veins. I am very open to witch hazel though, I just have always used apple cider vinegar. Stay tuned because I’m going to write a post on taking it internally-how to make it taste good and the huge list of benefits! Thanks!

  3. September 18, 2013 / 1:06 pm

    Hi Jennifer!
    I absolutely love this idea! I have been using apple cider vinegar and distilled water as a toner for a long time now. I just use 1 part water and 1 part acv. I like this recipe a lot better. Can’t wait to try it! Love the use of essential oils in this recipe!

  4. September 23, 2013 / 2:05 am

    ACV is so good for the skin! Add in those essential oils anywhere you can! They really boost the effectiveness of a recipe! Thanks!!

  5. September 30, 2013 / 9:16 pm

    I love this! Just made up a batch! What is the shelf life of this toner? And, do you refrigerate your ACV?
    Thank you!

  6. October 3, 2013 / 2:04 am

    Hi Dawn! Glad you made the toner! The shelf life of ACV is about 3-5 years and adding water to it shouldn’t effect it especially if it’s distilled-I could be wrong though. I make small batches and go through it within about 6 mos. I don’t keep it in the fridge.

  7. December 10, 2013 / 7:54 pm

    Jennifer I work with your husband loving your blog! Can’t wait to try some of these recipes

    • December 11, 2013 / 3:57 am

      Hi Jena! Thanks for reading my blog! Let me know if you have any questions!

  8. Mary Jane Orosco
    January 10, 2014 / 12:21 pm

    Great idea adding essential oils … have used ACV and distilled water for years and never thought of adding the oils … many thanks and look forward to seeing more!

  9. Niza
    January 20, 2014 / 7:25 pm

    You are very generous in sharing your lovely site and insightful DIY proyects, I have the feeling that you are very intuitive in the use of the products that you use. I cant wait to make this toner
    Thanks for sharing!! <3

  10. Rachel
    January 26, 2014 / 10:34 pm

    Can’t wait to try homemade toner! Question though, looking at the pic it says lemon e.o. but the recipe doesn’t have lemon in it. Am I missing another recipe? Thanks!

    • January 27, 2014 / 8:34 am

      Ha! Sorry!! It’s the wrong pic-I never noticed that-thanks for letting me know! I omitted lemon due to the possibility of it making skin sensitive to the sun. You can add it if you like, it’s great for oily, blemished skin-photo sensitivity is not super common but it does happen with citrus oils once in a while-you could use the toner only at night. Thanks!!

  11. Kate
    March 6, 2014 / 1:04 am

    Hi Jenni, I’m your newest blog stalker! I’m new to the whole natural thing, and am having so much fun learning how to remove the nasty chemicals, you have some great and easy to understand info! I’ve always had T-zone oiliness, but I think thats changing as I age (ugh). My nose and the skin immediately surrounding it has started peeling like crazy for the past couple of years. Moisturizers tend to make it greasy and the (lifelong, it seems) blackheads run amok. Oil-free moisturizers don’t help. Have you heard of this and any suggestions? I’ve been using raw honey as a cleanser, feels great, but think I’ll try coconut new favorite everything! Also, could I use orange essential oil with the ACV/water toner? Still getting my stockpile together and have orange on hand. Thanks so much for your hard work, I’m a fan! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • March 7, 2014 / 5:26 pm

      Kate! Oh my, you are experiencing some frustrating conditions with your skin! It sounds like you are out of balance. I’m glad you are planning to make a toner-Orange oil will be great for brightening your skin up, but be careful about sun exposure-citrus oils can causes sensitivity. A toner will really help balance your skin. Ylang Ylang is a great essential oil to further help balance. Honey is awesome for your skin-it’s great for sensitivity and won’t clog pores-You might think about cleansing with honey in the morning and oil cleanse with coconut oil in the evening. Also, check out manuka honey-it’s like raw honey on steroids! You might find that you don’t need a moisturizer when you start to oil cleanse and tone. You might check out my Skin Clearing Serum. It’s aloe vera based and will not contribute to oiliness.
      Hope this helps!!

      • Kate
        March 7, 2014 / 5:37 pm

        Thanks so much, Jenn! I tried coconut oil followed by ACV toner last night, my skin felt pretty greasy afterward, but I’ll keep it up for awhile and see how it goes. I think I’ll follow your suggestion, honey in the morning, coconut oil at night (sounds like a song!). I remember reading about citrus oil and sun-sensitivity, so I’ll just use the toner at night. I’ll let ya know how it goes…thanks muy!

  12. Kate
    March 11, 2014 / 11:53 am

    Jenni I too am blog stalking you! I have a few questions. I have too friends who have very oily skin and thought this might work for them. Is the peppermint oil necessary? Also the toner I’ve been using is just aloe Vera juice and distiller water (recommended for oily skin but it works well for my combo skin). I was going to give them that until I saw this post. Any thoughts?

    • Kate
      March 11, 2014 / 11:55 am

      Oh also is glass bottle necessary given the oil or plastic ok?

      • March 11, 2014 / 10:03 pm

        Kate, glass is always better, but if you don’t have anything else go ahead and use what you have.

    • March 11, 2014 / 10:02 pm

      Kate-I would absolutely tell your friends to use acv for oily skin. It’s amazing for most skin types, but it will work better than aloe for a toner. Peppermint is not necessary. Ylang Ylang is amazing for balancing oily skin. Lemongrass, Lavender, Lemon and Melaleuca (tea tree) are all awesome for oily skin. You actually don’t have to add essential oils at all if you don’t have any. Thanks!

      • KateJusKate
        March 11, 2014 / 11:45 pm

        Hey Jen, while I loved getting the responses, thought I’d point this one out. Seems there is another Kate…her messages start with “Jenni I too am stalking you”. I received your replies via email, just making sure she gets replies also! I changed my nic on this post to KateJusKate, maybe that will help! Thanks..p.s., I’m LOVING coconut oil face wash and ACV toner! ๐Ÿ™‚

        • March 12, 2014 / 9:45 pm

          Hi Kate-are you getting emails saying I’m replying to you? The other Kate should be getting notifications that I am responding to her. Glad you like your products!

          • KateJusKate
            March 13, 2014 / 3:51 am

            Jenn,..yes, I did, for both of your replies to the other Kate…thats how I figured it out! ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Heidi Rosevear
    March 27, 2014 / 8:38 pm

    What about using green tea in place of the distilled water.
    Or aloe vera juice.
    Would these affect the shelf life drastically?

    • March 28, 2014 / 12:13 pm

      Heidi-You could do either, I don’t believe it would effect the shelf life too much. I actually have another toner recipe where I use green tea- Thanks!

  14. Cindy
    April 2, 2014 / 11:19 am

    Hi Jenni,

    I plan on making this toner tonight and I have a few questions. I have an oily T-zone, so was going to try ylang ylang essential oil. How many drops of ylang ylang would I use? Would I also keep the rosemary and peppermint essential oils? If so, would I keep the number of drops the same? Sorry, I know it’s not an exact science but I want to try to tone down the oiliness in my T-zone. Thanks for any suggestions. Cindy

    • April 2, 2014 / 4:58 pm

      Cindy-Ylang Ylang is a great choice to help your skin find balance! What I would do is replace the rosemary with ylang ylang (10 drops) and replace the peppermint (8 drops) with another oil like lavender. Or if you don’t have another oil that helps with oilier skin you could just keep it ylang ylang (18 drops). Rosemary and Peppermint will smell weird with Ylang Ylang so I would drop those all together. Hope this makes sense!

  15. April 17, 2014 / 2:51 pm

    Hi Jenni,

    I am using green tea in replace of distilled water. One part tea and one part ACV. Then I add jojoba oil, lavender essential oil and lemon essential oil. I am using it morning at night.

    Thank you so much for all your recipes I love it.

  16. Christine
    April 19, 2014 / 10:00 pm

    Jenni do you recommend using this toner after the oil cleanse in the evening or only using this toner in the morning?

    • April 20, 2014 / 4:19 pm

      Christine-I use this toner only in the morning. After I oil cleanse I apply an oil like rosehip or almond oil with some essential oils added to it. The pores are so open from the oil cleansing that your skin really benefits from a serum. I have very dry skin though. If you have oilier skin, you could use the toner day and night. Keep in mind, one action of a toner is to shut the pores.

  17. Shanu
    April 24, 2014 / 11:40 am

    Hi Jenni,
    Thank-you for this DIY toner, can I use ACV and rose water(equal parts) instead of regular water, and Ia have a ane prone skin so what kind of essential oil I add ( if any)

    • April 26, 2014 / 7:54 am

      Shanu-rose water is a great addition! I would use Ylang Ylang, Melaleuca, and Lavender for acne prone skin! Thanks!

  18. Jen S
    May 5, 2014 / 2:45 pm

    Hi! Question for you, Essential Oils are not water soluble, and most shouldn’t be used on your skin neat, since the EOs wont mix with the water, how do you recommend this product be used, shake it vigorusly and then apply it right away? I dont want to make it then burn my face if I do something wrong…

    • May 5, 2014 / 7:56 pm

      Jen S.-Shaking the toner is not necessary. I use this toner daily and it works great just adding it to a cotton round and applying. Whether to use essential oils on the skin neat or not is a matter of opinion. I believe most essential oils can be used neat on the skin. Unless you are extremely sensitive, the oils in this recipe will not burn your skin. They both will give a cooling sensation. Hope this helps!!

  19. Diane Oliva
    June 2, 2014 / 12:02 pm

    I have very sensitive skin, and suffer from perioral dermatitis. I have heard ACV is great for this and would love to try this toner, but I am unsure which essenual oils to use, and how much of each. What do you recommend?

    • June 2, 2014 / 2:44 pm

      Diane-Chamomile and lavender are great for sensitivities. Frankincense is also very gentle and beneficial, plus it’s a great astringent. If you are using an 8 ounce bottle I would use either chamomile or lavender-10 drops and frankincense 10 drops of frankincense! Thanks!

  20. Diane
    June 2, 2014 / 3:18 pm

    Sounds good! Still use 1/2 cup distilled water, and 2 TBSP ACV?

  21. Julia
    June 5, 2014 / 1:35 pm

    Hi! Do you need to use that particular ACV or can it be any type? I know that brand has “the mother”. I have some regular AC v and wondered if it would work also?

    • June 5, 2014 / 4:19 pm

      Julia-I use Bragg’s-the one with the mother in it. I prefer it because it’s so well known for being pure. Your regular kind will work, but eventually I would switch it out for Bragg’s. Thanks!

  22. Angela B.
    June 24, 2014 / 3:11 pm

    Do you know what types of EOs to use for red nose and cheeks to hopefully reduce redness or make it go away altogether?

    • June 24, 2014 / 9:59 pm

      Hi Angela! I would suggest lavender and geranium. Lavender helps calm inflammation and geranium helps even skin tone. Hope this helps!

  23. Heidi
    July 7, 2014 / 3:05 pm

    Hello! Do i keep this in the fridge or no? And how long can I keep it before its not longer good? Thank you!

    • July 7, 2014 / 4:50 pm

      Heidi-I don’t keep in the fridge. I would say the shelf life is maybe about 2 weeks. Since this post I have become a bit more careful with shelf life, so I make very small batches of anything that combines water based ingredients with oils. Thanks!

  24. Lisethe quiroz
    August 26, 2014 / 9:49 pm


    Im going to try this recipe but I don’t have the rosemary oil. Can I subsitute it with tea tree oil instead?? Or will the tea tree with peppermint oil be too much??

    • September 1, 2014 / 7:16 am

      Lisethe-Yes, tea tree would be a great alternative! It is great for killing bacteria. It will be a bit strong with the peppermint so slowly add your drops. Thanks!

  25. Farah
    October 1, 2014 / 2:41 pm

    Hi! So excited to make this!
    I don’t have lemongrass though, but I do have a ton of other essential oils. Is there anything you can think of that I can use as a substitute for the lemongrass?

    • October 3, 2014 / 7:16 am

      Farah-There isn’t lemongrass in this recipe-Maybe you meant rosemary or peppermint? You can use most essential oils in their places. Some good ones to try are lavender, geranium, and frankincense!

      • Farah
        October 3, 2014 / 7:19 am

        Oops! I meant to post this question on the diy skin clearing serum post. I just made it but I don’t have lemongrass, thinking about substitutes.


        • October 3, 2014 / 6:38 pm

          I thought so! You can omit the lemongrass. The other oils are really good on their own!

  26. gisele sterling
    May 20, 2018 / 7:33 pm

    Yes! I agree. Apple Cider Vinegar is amazing!

    I normally have oily skin, have large pores and am pimple prone. I was breaking out, had bad skin tone and was starting to develop fine lines. I bought the Made from Earths Apple Cider Vinegar Toner (its 100% organic) and have been using twice a day and my skin has improved substantially! I’m very impressed with how much smoother my skin has become. I now have NO PIMPLES. My skin was previously pink in complexion from the chronic inflammation. It’s actually calmed my skin now.

  27. Lindsay
    April 30, 2019 / 9:39 am

    Whatโ€™s the difference in a witch hazel based toner and an ACV based toner? Can you use both in one toner? There are so many options itโ€™s hard to know which to do! Do you alternate between the different recipes you post?

    • Jenni
      May 7, 2019 / 10:17 am

      Lindsay-I’m not sure I would use both in one toner. ACV is strong and needs to be watered down but it’s great at balancing the skin. In my personal regime I don’t use ACV, I prefer witch hazel because I think it’s more gentle.

  28. Robin
    November 27, 2020 / 8:28 pm

    Hi Jenni

    I can’t find my email with the labels in it, if you could send me it again I would so appreciate it! And thank you for all your great recipes and can’t wait to try this one!

    • Jenni
      January 4, 2021 / 11:19 am

      Robin-So sorry to just now respond! I’m sending you an email now!

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