Why Apple Cider Vinegar is the Best Natural Toner on Earth

Why Apple Cider Vinegar is the Best Natural Toner on Earth

By S.W. Basics

Why Apple Cider Vinegar is the Best Natural Toner on Earth

The benefits of apple cider vinegar toner are astounding and if you'd like to learn more, you've come to the right place! Read on to learn more and get a DIY recipe featuring one of our favorite ingredients.

What Is a Toner

When choosing a natural toner, you want to pick ingredients that are naturally astringent without being overly drying. The goal of a toner is improving your skin tone and calming skin irritations. But most toners on the market use alcohol as their base, which is incredibly drying and literally the opposite of what you want--especially if you need a toner for dry skin.

You particularly want ingredients that preserve the skin’s delicate pH balance to help control oil production naturally. This function is key if you need a toner for oily skin. 

Why Apple Cider Vinegar?

For centuries, people have been using apple cider vinegar for skin care precisely for these reasons.

It is the ultimate natural hydrating toner, and it’s alcohol free—plus it helps even skin tone and calm the complexion with its natural pH balancing properties.

Properly diluted, ACV is the best toner for dry skin, the best toner for oily skin, AND the best toner for combination skin!


S.W. Basics Toner harnesses all the toning, moisturizing, and pH-balancing benefits of an ACV toner, and then gives them an extra boost with natural witch hazel and the best essential oils for fighting acne. 

But it’s also easy to make a D.I.Y. Apple Cider Vinegar Toner Rinse in your kitchen.


RECIPE: Apple Cider Vinegar Toner


  • 4 teaspoons of water 
  • 1 teaspoon of organic ACV 
  • **5-10 drops optional essential oils: sandalwood, lavender, clary sage, and chamomile**


  1. Add water and apple cider vinegar together until combined. 
  2. If you'd like to add essential oils, stir them in and shake one more time. 
  3. Apply to clean skin with a cotton ball or a cotton pad. 


Of course, using apple cider vinegar for face care has one downside: the smell. But don’t worry. You can cut the scent of ACV by adding a few drops of essential oil to your D.I.Y ACV rinse. Our favorites are oils with warm, floral scents such as sandalwood, lavender, clary sage, and chamomile (plus, all of these essential oils have the added benefit of giving additional acne fighting properties if you’re using your apple cider vinegar toner for pimples).

And if you're not into the D.I.Y. thing you can find S.W. Basics Toner right here. For even more D.I.Y. skin care recipes and essential oil tips, check out our books Skin Cleanse and Just the Essentials.