Toner for a clear complexion

apple cider vinegar toner astringent recipeI  would never guess that the secret to clear, glowing skin could be found in fermented apples. But lo and behold, an apple a day keeps acne at bay. I admit, it may not have thee most pleasant fragrance BUT…It works! Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is an affordable and natural solution for your skin. This toner/ astringent recipe just requires water, apple cider vinegar and essential oils. I particularly like to add peppermint essential oil, to mask the scent of the ACV. Raw & organic ACV is expensive (buy here), so if you’d like to make your own, here’s the homemade recipe .


Lasted me about: 1 month (using every day)apple cider vinegar toner ingredients and cost

Estimated shelf life: 2 months (stored in an airtight container away from direct sunlight).

Remember: Most of these ingredients have a long shelf life and are common in natural recipes, so you will be left with ingredients for your next toner recipe, plus other recipes too.

*Costs accurate at time of writing this blog post. Costs based on the best available prices I’ve personally found.


  • Apple cider vinegar (ACV) stinks like smelly socks (point blank), and it’s difficult to get used to, even if the smell does eventually evaporate away. The peppermint in this recipe helps mask the smell.


  • The benefits of ACV for clearer, more toned skin is worth the smell (for me, anyway). If it’s too much for you, you may want to try using witch hazel instead of the ACV solution, but it’s not the same.
  • This toner is also an effective makeup remover.


  • Apple cider vinegar (ACV):  Contains natural alpha hydroxy acids that help remove dead skin cells and reveal a fresher and healthier complexion. ACV is also antibacterial and anti-fungal which helps prevent acne. ACV balances the pH levels of your skin and controls sebum production, preventing it from becoming too oily or too dry. Raw, organic ACV is best (buy here). However, if you can’t afford to buy raw ACV, make your own at home. Here’s how.
  • Tea tree essential oil:  Helps diminish scars, and treats acne by preventing bacterial skin infections and acts as an anti-inflammatory (buy here).
  • Lavender essential oil: Effectively treats acne by inhibiting the bacteria that causes infection, regulates the production of sebum, heals wounds and helps reduce the signs of scarring (buy here).
  • Peppermint essential oil: Nourishes dull skin and improves the texture of oily or greasy skin. It also soothes skin by creating a cooling sensation, and improves complexion by increasing blood circulation (buy here).

Not sure where to find these, or other ingredients? My shopping guide may help you.


Toner for a Clear Complexion
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  1. 3/4 cup Water (distilled, preferably)
  2. 1/4 cup Apple cider vinegar
  3. 7-10 drops Peppermint EO
  4. 10 drops Lavender EO
  5. 5 drops Tea tree EO
  1. Makes 250ml.
  2. Combine all the ingredients, and shake well before each use.
  3. Use the mixture on a cotton pad to remove makeup and tone the skin.
  1. Apple cider vinegar & water mixture -> witch hazel / rose water.
  2. Peppermint EO -> Increase the amount of Lavender to 20 drops.
  1. 1). The mixture separates into layers, so give it a good shake before using. You want the essential oils and ACV to be well-mixed when you apply to skin.
  2. 2). Raw, organic & unprocessed ACV is obviously the best. It is cloudy, not clear and has a thicker, cloudy substance floating at the bottom. However, if you cannot afford to buy organic, it's easy to make ACV at home. Find the link in this blog post.
  3. 3) If you don't enjoy the cooling sensation of the peppermint, just leave it out and add more lavender.
  1. Do not apply undiluted ACV to your skin.
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 Are you new to essential oils? Please read how to use them safely.

How has apple cider vinegar improved your skin? Let me know in the comments below.