DIY Skin Clearing Toner Water

One thing I love is toner water.

I don’t claim to know all the benefits of using toner water, but I can tell you why I use it.

  1. I put it on before my moisturizer to help lock in moisture to prevent dry skin.
  2. Toner waters can have ingredients that help your skin in various ways.
  3. They just feel so darn refreshing! Nothing wakes me up better than a cool spritz to my face in the mornings.

In the past, I have been an avid fan of Lush Cosmetic’s toner waters, and most recently had the rose water toner for sensitive skin. When the finally ran out though, I was at a loss- I definitely needed more, but didn’t feel like shelling out the cash at Lush, even though I do love their product to pieces.

So I decided to just make my own! One of the most common ingredients in DIY toners is Apple Cider Vinegar, or ACV, and I just so happened to have a giant jar of it sitting on my desk. Perfect.

Besides the affordability of making your own toner, you also get the benefit of knowing exactly what is going on your skin, which is especially crucial for people with sensitive or extremely picky skin. Of course, it also gives you the peace of mind that you’re doing your body good, too.

For this toner water you’ll need just a few things:

  • Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar, preferably with the mother. I and many others who use ACV love the Bragg’s brand!
  • Water or brewed herbal tea for dilution. I used green, personally.
  • A container to store it in. I used my old Lush toner water spray bottle, but you can put it in whatever container you’d like.

That’s it!

In addition, you can also add some essential oils for whatever specific benefit you’re looking for, or if you simply just want to try and cover that lingering ACV smell- although I promise, it’s not that strong.

First, I brewed my tea. This step is optional if you choose to use regular water.

I used all natural green tea bags. I chose green tea for it’s antioxidant properties and it’s nice, delicate aroma. I brew the tea at extra strength so I could then pour it over ice to cool it down, and it could still retain that delicious smell.


I put my brewed tea in a small measuring cup, and got another measuring cup to mix my concoction in, as the little spout would make pouring it into my bottle soooo much easier, and way cleaner.


To start off, I recommend using a 1:4 ratio of ACV to water/tea. If your skin reacts well to that ratio, and you’d prefer a stronger mix, try 1:2. Be sure to always test it on a small patch of skin before covering your entire face with it, though. ACV, if not diluted properly, can be really rough on your skin. In the right dilution though, it does wonders for it!

ACV balances your pH and is a natural astringent. People claim it can help with various skin conditions from dermatitis and eczema to sun burns and can even be used as a pimple spot treatment.

I took one tablespoon of ACV to four tablespoons of my chilled green tea. I think I did that about 4 or 5 times, until I had reached roughly one cup of liquid.


At this point, I chose to add a few drops of tea tree oil. I am a huge fan of tea tree. I use it as a spot treat all the time, as it has amazing antibacterial properties. I’ve also grown accustomed to the smell, and I actually really like it now. Another nice addition would be lavender oil, if you have any, to give it a nice smell and relaxing properties.

I added about four drops, and mixed it in.


And of course…. no DIY project would be complete without getting at least a little bit crafty.

I peeled off the label from the original Lush product, and gave the bottle my own label! I have to congratulate whoever manufactured those stickers- they were incredibly resilient and remained sticky despite how many freaking times I moved around the placement, haha!

And there you have it! My DIY toner water- an incredibly simple and incredibly cheap yet awesome-for-my-skin project that took maybe 15 minutes max.

Try out the recipe and let me know what you think in the comments!

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