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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.

apple cider vinegar toner

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 Apple Cider Vinegar Toner

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.

Easy DIY Mother's Day Scrub

May 07, 2019


Homemade DIY body scrubs are the most underrated gifts of all time. They take two seconds, they’re cheap af, they’re super pretty, and they are the MOST luxurious Mother’s Day present around. 


Homemade body scrubs are the most underrated gifts of all time. They take two seconds, they’re cheap af, they’re super pretty, and they are the MOST luxurious. You’ll feel super crafty and the mama + other caregiving ladies in your life will feel so pampered. (I like to make several at a time and give them out to all of the women I love as often as possible.)

Here are the BASICS.


  • Start with your jar/jars. Use it to measure your sugar. If you’re filling 4 jars that are 4 ounces each, for example, you’ll want to scoop sugar with the jar and into a big bowl four times.
  • Go crazy with the mix-ins. Some easy faves: coconut oil, olive oil, honey, coffee grounds, sea salt, shredded coconut, essential oils, tea, and my personal favorite: any old but delicious body scrub you have sadly dying in your bathroom that just needs some love and fresh new friends.
  • Work your scrub ingredients together like you’re making dough. Or granola. Or… sugar scrub. It’s up to you how you want the consistency. Use less wet ingredients to make it light and fluffy, and more if you want it super oily and moisturizing (great for gifting to someone with more mature skin).
  • For the essential oils, go 5-10 drops at a time, stir well, and sniff!
  • Scoop into jars et voila. You can get fancy and add tags with your ingredients and instructions, or you can indulge your giftee in the following conversation about fresh homemade self-care:



  1. Keep the product as dry as possible, water will make it mold. The best way to do this is to scoop some out into a small bowl and take that into the shower with you.
  2. Keeping it in the fridge will make it last forever (not really but a much longer time), but you may need to let it sit at room temperature before using. Cold scrub is especially lovely for beach mamas and mamas with over-heated itchy skin!
  3. It can be really fun to DIY a DIY. So for each wash, mama can pull out a few scoops of the scrub and customize however she wants with fresh mix-ins like yogurt, aloe, avocado, clay, salt, ground oats. These are one-time use ingredients so it’s best to stir them into a batch that you’re using right away.
  4. Get ready to be greasy. Your tub/shower too. Scrubs are the best at night, followed by wrapping up in as many comfy things as possible that can hang with a little bit of oil, like several towels or a robe. Or a robe made of towel omg. Otherwise, just towel off any excess!
  5. Yes the oil can go in your lady parts (maybe not the scrub though) and yes it is like lube and yes it is super sexy. Enjoy. (Please note: it may also break condoms. You can name your baby after SW though.)
  6. Scrubs can also be used on the face (be gentle) and you can scoop it straight into the bath tub or scrub your body then sit in a hot bath mmm.


Here’s a super easy starter recipe that makes two pint jars:


  • 4 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 20-30 drops essential oil like lavender or peppermint


  1. Stir well, sniff well, and test on your arm to see if you like the consistency. Adjust and scoop into jars!


Now go love on all of the women in your life that love on you!

(…And if you’d rather buy some, check out our Cream Scrub! It’s on sale, RIGHT NOW!!)