DIY Facial Toner with Apple Cider Vinegar and Essential Oils

Are you worried about the ingredients in your skin toner and would like a natural, inexpensive and EASY option? Then this recipe is for YOU! Pamper your skin with ingredients found in nature – like apple cider vinegar and essential oils!

DIY Facial Toner with Apple Cider Vinegar

As I’m halfway through my thirtieth year of life I’ve finally come to the point where I’m realizing that I need to take better care of my skin – FUN!  Lately it has been dull and dry.  I’ve also started noticing dark spots on my face from acne scarring and sun damage.  Geez, thirty has literally smacked me in the face!  Note to my former self:  wear sunscreen.  Everyday.

One facial product that has always been a staple in my skin care regimen is toner.  Toner is a liquid product that is applied to the face after cleansing to help remove the last bit of makeup.  Toner also helps soothe the skin and tighten pores.  It’s really refreshing on the face.  Also, toners should not sting!  I’m wincing recalling the Stridex/Noxzema type toner pads that I’d rub on my acne prone teen face.  Ouch.  Be nice to your skin and it will repay you tenfold.

Today I’m sharing a gently and simple DIY toner that your skin will love.  I’ve been using this toner for a couple of months and have been loving it.  I have combination skin that is prone to breakouts and blackheads and I’ve really seen an improvement in my skin.  I’ve combined apple cider vinegar with a few powerhouse essential oils to create a soothing and cleansing toner.  I hope you enjoy!

Making your own skin soothing, pore tightening toner is simple! Check out this simple recipe.

DIY Soothing Toner Recipe


  • About 1 ounce of Apple Cider Vinegar (helps balance your skin’s pH level)
  • About 1 ounce of filtered water
  • 8 drops of Frankincense essential oil (helps to smooth the skin)
  • 8 drops of Lavender essential oil
  • 4 drops of Lemon essential oil
  • Optional (for aging and mature skin):  12 drops of Cypress essential oil

Mix ingredients in a small glass jar and apply to a cotton ball/pad.  Apply to face and neck area up to twice a day after cleansing before moisturizing.

In my first batch of this, I used 2 ounces of Apple Cider Vinegar but found that too strong for my skin.  It did have a bit of a stinging action which tells me that it was irritating my skin.  The 50/50 mix has made my skin much happier.  You can adjust the ratio accordingly.

Please let me know if you give this a try!

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About Julie Quates

Julie is a naturally minded momma to a sweet one year old boy. She discovered Paleo in 2012 and used real food to conquer several health challenges. Julie shares her passion for sustainability, homesteading, gentle parenting and natural motherhood on Instagram and Facebook .


  1. Kombucha that has fermented too long to drink makes an amazing substitute for ACV in this recipe!!

  2. Does the lavender just help with the smell or is there another purpose for it?

  3. Love it!
    However, does it need to be stored in the fridge? I stay in India so we do experiece hot weathers so i was wondering whether the normal temperature would affect the shelf life of the toner?
    On an average any comments about its shelf life?

  4. Andrea Anderson says:

    Can regular vinegar be used instead of apple cider vinegar?

  5. The ration of essential oils to liquid seems strong for skin use? It doesn’t sting or hurt?

    • Well, not for someone who is used to using essential oils. All three of these are pretty gentle. I like to have a strong concentration of oils so I can actually smell it! But, of course, everyone is different so you could cut that in half (the essential oils) and start there. See if you like it, and if you want it to be stronger, add a few more drops. 🙂

  6. According to Neal’s Yard Remedies Organic – You only want a TOTAL of 14-15 drops of Essential oils for 1 oz of liquid (just under 30ml).
    So try 4 Frankincense, 4 lavender, 2 lemon and then add 5 of Cypress if you want.

  7. Witch Hazel would be a good substitute for the ACV too. (My daughter swears ACV smells like toe jam, and I try to avoid the dramtatics..hahah!)

  8. I would leave out the lemon if you will be in the sun. Lemon leaves you photosensitive for up to 12 hours.

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