How to Make Natural Face Toner with Rice Vinegar or Apple Cider Vinegar

The original purpose of toner was to help wipe away the last bits of dirt, oil and make-up from a person's face to keep the skin clean. However, that seems a bit redundant, considering if you are using a facial cleanser that already does its job properly, there should be no need for toner. In fact, I find most commercial toners only end up drying out your skin, which isn't good for you, even for those who tend to have more oily complexions. Toner that is too harsh will only force your skin to produce even more oil to compensate for the dryness.

Now when I occasionally use toner, I use it for the purpose of lightening any blemishes and keeping new ones at bay. And instead of spending money on commercial brands of toner, which are mostly bottles of water and/or alcohol, I opt to make my own using natural ingredients.


Rice vinegar tonerYou'll Need:

- distilled water
- rice vinegar (or apple cider vinegar)
- tea tree oil


1. Find a clean, empty container you want to use to keep your toner in. I use a a small, plastic travel container I bought from Muji since I only make a small amount at a time, as I don't use toner that often.
2. Fill about one-third of the container with the rice vinegar.
3. Fill the rest of the container with distilled water.
4. Add a few drops of tea tree oil (3-4 drops per 100ml of solution should be enough).

To Use:

Apply the solution to your face as you would with any other toner. I assume most people pour some onto a cotton pad then apply it to their face after washing.


For me this works very well, if not better, than the toner available in stores. Try it out for yourself.


  1. Does it need to be organic rice vinegar?

    1. Since you'll be putting it in your hair, I don't think it'll make much of a difference weather it's organic or not.

    2. No dear its for my face, not for my hair.I have one in my kitchen now.Rice vinegar and it contains rice, water and edible alcohol.Does it matter if it contain alcohol?

    3. Apologies, I thought I was responding to my other post on using vinegar as a hair conditioner! It should be fine to use on your face, simply dilute it as I have instructed. You can play with the ratios a bit to find a balance that suits you best.


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