DIY Beauty – Toner

13 May

Oh my, what wonderful skin you have! Have you discovered the amazingness that is Apple Cider Vinegar? Do you use a toner?  I bet you do!


Toners are an important part of your daily beauty routine.  A toner will remove last remaining traces of dirt and makeup as well as prepare your skin for hydration.  This DIY toner should help to balance the Ph level in your skin.  Protip – you should aim to use products that have a Ph 4.5 and 6.2. Lighten skin tone and sun spots, help with acne, remove stubborn make up.  Also, it is all natural!  No yucky chemicals!

There are a ton of toners (ha!) on the market that range from cheap to super duper expensive.  But..surprise!  You can make your own using Apple Cider Vinegar, otherwise known as ACV.

ACV has a lot of other benefits, and you can read more about them here…

ACV and Lemon Juice Toner.

What you need:

1) 3 Fl Oz bottle, the kind you get in the travel kits. Like this:

travel bottle

2) Purified or boiled water.  I like to use boiled to make sure there are no lingering bacteria.

3) lemon juice.  I use the concentrate stuff from my grocery store.


Step 1 ) Boil your water.  Make tea…leave some to cool.

Step 2) Add water to bottle. Side note – I like to use a proportion of half bottle of water, 1/4 bottle of ACV and 1/4 bottle of lemon juice.  If you are new to ACV applied topically, this proportion may be too strong for you and it will burn your face.  NOT CUTE.  Start with a more diluted mixture and work up your tolerance.

Step 3) add your ACV. Ph of the Bragg’s brand is 3.075

Step 4) add your lemon juice Ph around 2

Shake before each use.  The lemon juice also acts as a preservative in addition to lightening skin tone.  It can also help to bleach tiny facial hairs!  BONUS!

Other notes –

Ok, this stuff sort of stinks.  But it fades pretty quickly. Usually in about 30 seconds. Before that it will smell like a weird combination of vinegar and fermented apple juice.  AKA…puke

Suggestions –

  • some people like to use Rosewater
  • I have added Tea Tree Oil into the mixture before when my skin was freaking out and breaking out
  • I am planning on trying this with Witch Hazel nextwitch haze

I’m a fan of this Witch Hazel extract because it is one of the few on the market that is alcohol, fragrance, and paraben free.  You can get it here. And since the aim was to keep this toner natural and good for you, I didn’t want to put any cancer causing parabens in my mixture.  Here is the Witch Hazel that has Methylparaben.  They may have recently reformulated to be paraben free, but I’m still seeing the paraben version available.  So if you dig their brand, read the ingredient list.

Have fun making this and trying new ingredients!  Chemistry!



4 Responses to “DIY Beauty – Toner”

  1. Hillary September 3, 2013 at 7:26 pm #

    Okay, so maybe a stupid question 🙂 But I just recently switched from washing my face with bar soap to an actual cleanser. And I think it does the job pretty well. Is toner necessary?

    • yourfairygodmother September 4, 2013 at 8:56 am #

      Some people are blessed with amazing skin, so if you haven’t been using it, you may not need it. I have pores the size of Montana and my skin hangs on to dirt like it’s going out of style. So I need to tone to shrink those suckers and take off any remaining residue. It also helps to prepare your skin for moisturizer. But I don’t recommend spending major $$$ on a store bought one. You can make one super easy peasy.

  2. Glenda July 29, 2014 at 2:30 am #

    Aw, this was an incredibly good post. Taking
    the time and actual effort to generate a great article… but what can I say… I hesitate a lot and don’t seem to get anything done.


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