28 Best Clean, Natural Toners For Every Skin Type
An organic toner is a fantastic addition to any skin care routine. Everyone from renowned dermatologists to Korean K-Pop stars are touting the transformative benefits of adding a toner to your daily skin care arsenal. Toners are essentially liquid moisturizers that are applied after cleansing and before you apply your normal skin care routine (like serums, moisturizers, and treatments). They contain tons of beneficial ingredients like antioxidants, humectants, exfoliants, and anti-inflammatory agents which penetrate the skin where they add hydration while removing dead skin cells and excess oil. They are also great at clearing clogged pores and making large pores appear smaller as a result. By creating a smooth, clean, and hydrated surface, natural toners actually increase your skin’s ability to accept the beneficial properties of your other skin care products. Additionally, toners can help to balance out oil production by restoring your skin’s pH after cleansing. Typically, your skin is fairly acidic and boasts a pH of about 5-6. Cleansers tend to be alkaline and can alter your skin’s pH. This causes your skin to overproduce oil in order to regain its original pH. By using a toner immediately after cleansing, you can instantly bring your skin back to a happy pH range.
Now, you may have heard some bad things about the toners of the past, but toners have come a long way from those days. Previously, mainstream toners contained a ton of alcohol. Alcohol was once touted for its astringent properties. An astringent is anything that causes the skin to tighten and contract by removing natural oils. For this reason, strong astringent toners were popular amongst those with very oily skin. While alcohols were great at removing oil, they were also quite damaging on the skin. The alcohols would dry out the skin and erode the skin’s surface—making it harder for your skin to retain moisture in the long term. Today, many of the best organic and natural toners do not contain harmful alcohols. Harmful alcohols include SD alcohol, denatured alcohol, benzyl alcohol, and isopropyl alcohols. If you find a toner with these ingredients, then it’s best to stay away. However, not every alcohol is necessarily bad for your skin. Fatty alcohols like cetyl-, stearyl-, behenyl-, and cetearyl alcohols are derived from vegetables, are non-drying, and have emollient properties which are beneficial for the skin. Additionally, some organic alcohols in small quantities (like organic vodka or brandy) can help to brighten the skin and fight acne without causing damage.
When it comes to choosing the best natural toner for your skin type, there are definitely a lot of choices. Oily skin types will want to look for a toner with natural + gentle astringents like rose water, witch hazel, mint, apple cider vinegar, and green tea. These ingredients will help to remove and control oil production without drying out the skin. Those with acne or clogged pores will benefit from an organic toner with natural salicylic acid (like willow bark), antibacterial ingredients (like tea tree oil and rose oil), and natural astringents like witch hazel. Dry and mature skin types will want a natural toner which adds a ton of moisture with ingredients like hyaluronic acid, honey, aloe, vegetable glycerin, and algae. Lastly, those with sensitive skin or redness will want to look for calming botanical ingredients like aloe, chamomile, cucumber, and rose water. A truly great organic toner will contain a nice combination of all of these ingredients and be gentle enough for all skin types. Want expert help finding the best natural toner for your skin type? Then, check out The Ox Box! Each quarter, we’ll put together a box filled with premium organic skin care products hand-selected for your specific skin type and skin conditions.
In summary, a great organic toner should 1) contain high quality natural + organic ingredients 2) not contain any harmful alcohols or excessively drying ingredients 3) add a ton of moisture with beneficial ingredients 4) prep the skin by removing excess oil, dirt, and dead skin cells 5) of course, never ingredients such as denatured alcohols, parabens, phthalates, formaldehydes, ethoxylated ingredients, polysorbates, phenoxyethanol, petrochemicals, triclosan, TEA/DEA, synthetic fragrances and colors.
To help you on your search for the perfect toner, we put together this list of the best 28 organic and all-natural toners that we could find. We painstakingly researched each product, its ingredients, and its effectiveness to ensure that only the highest quality products made the list. You can sort this list by skin type, price, and whether the product contains any alcohol (even the good alcohols). Enjoy!
1. *OSEA MALIBU – SEA VITAMIN BOOST ORGANIC TONER
Price : $38
Crafted from unique ingredients like vitamin C (brightening + anti-aging), organic seaweed (hydrating), resveratrol (antioxidants for anti-aging), and pomegranate extract (another antioxidant rich ingredient), this is ideal for mature and dry skin types looking for an antioxidant and hydration boost. Can be used as a toner, makeup setter, or as a refreshing mist throughout the day (keep refrigerated for a cooling mist during the summer).
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2. *AMALA – REPLENISHING ORGANIC ROSEWATER MOISTURE MIST
Price : $56
Frankly one of the BEST organic rosewater toners we've tried. Clinically proven in third party trials to increase skin hydration levels for a full 8 hours, this toner is a god-send for dry mature skin. It's packed with some incredible (and rare) ingredients like Amala's signature Yerba Santa pre+probiotic blend, a natural mineral blend to protect skin, flax seed extract to soothe skin, and, of course, organic rose flower water (the first ingredient!). A dry skin savior, but truly noteworthy for all skin types.
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3. *ANNMARIE – NEROLI TONING MIST
Price : $30
A great organic toner for sensitive skin types! This product is made with just organic aloe vera juice (soothing), aspen bark (a gentle + natural preservative which also softens skin), and neroli essential oil (anti-inflammatory and antibacterial). These ingredients are also great for acne prone skin. It has a light, sweet, refreshing smell that can definitely perk you up. It adds a nice amount of moisture while also absorbing easily into the skin.
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4. *MARIE VERONIQUE – BALANCING HYPOTONIC TONER
Price : $45
This all natural toner gets an A+ for creating a truly unique toner. This tonic is designed with a blend of humectants (ingredients that attract moisture from the air) which share similarities with your skin's natural lipid layer. This allows ingredients like beta glucan, d-panthenol, and hyaluronic acid to penetrate deeply and provide hydration from the inside out. We can attest--this baby leaves your skin feeling like butter and glowing like crazy. Maybe the greatest toner of all time? You'll have to try to see for yourself.
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5. *TRUE BOTANICALS – CLEAR NUTRIENT ANTI-ACNE ORGANIC TONER
Price : $48
True Botanicals has created an amazing toner for acne-prone and congested skin. It offers the perfect balance of oil-fighting ingredients and hydrating ingredients like green tea, white tea, apple cider vinegar, black willow bark, sandalwood water, milk thistle, aloe, and lavender. Your skin will be left clean, clear, and shockingly soft. This is a great toner for those with sensitive blemish-prone skin who can't use harsh astringents.
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6. *CHRISTINA MOSS NATURALS – ORGANIC FACIAL TONER
Price : $22.99
A solid organic toner--especially for those with sensitive skin. It is made from 97% organic ingredients like aloe (anti-inflammatory), witch hazel (natural astringent), vegetable glycerin (moisturizing), edelweiss (anti-aging), and green tea (antioxidant). The only non-organic ingredient is natural CoQ10. The non-drying formula doesn't strip your skin of natural oils. It leaves the skin feeling soft and primed to absorb other products.
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7. *ROSE MIRA – ROSES IN BLOOM HYDRATING ORGANIC TONER
Price : $46
A true must try organic toner for those with oily and acne-prone skin. If you want to control oil without drying out your skin, then look no further than this toner. It is formulated with 100% organic and natural ingredients like rose hydrosol + neroli hydrosol (mild astringents for oil balancing), rose essential oil (acne fighting and softening), as well as organic white rose. It also has a light floral scent that isn't overpowering.
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8. *100% PURE – TEA TREE & WILLOW CLARIFYING ORGANIC ASTRINGENT
Price : $42
There is a very good reason why this organic toner is almost always sold out---it really works! The combination of potent natural astringents and acne-fighting ingredients like witch hazel, tea tree oil + water, neem, burdock, rosemary, and willow bark do a fantastic job at clearing and preventing breakouts. It also boasts anti-inflammatory + soothing organic algae and turmeric to reduce redness. 100% natural, non-drying, and non-irritating.
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9. *MADE SIMPLE – CHAMOMILE LIME USDA ORGANIC TONER
Price : $15
This affordable USDA certified organic toner is indeed "made simple" with just three organic ingredients: chamomile hydrosol (anti-inflammatory), witch hazel (cleansing), and lime essential oil (antioxidants & scent). It has a very light scent (mostly of witch hazel) which fades within a few seconds after use. It's surprisingly refreshing and really does leave dry skin feeling clean and hydrated. A great buy!
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10. *VINTNER’S DAUGHTER – ACTIVE TREATMENT ESSENCE
Price : $225
Vintner's Daughter has been around for seven years and has only crafted two products: The Active Botanical Serum and most recently this Active Treatment Essence. Just these two products together are meant to replace your toner, serum, moisturizer, and treatments. We've tried the Active Treatment Essence and became loyal fans and addicts quickly. Upon use, you can instantly detect the fermented actives and apple cider vinegar and watch your skin plump up. It is packed with too many powerful active ingredients to list, so go check it out!
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11. *HONUA HAWAIIAN SKIN CARE – HAWAIIAN BEAUTY WATER TONER
Price : $24
Part exfoliating treatment and part toner! We can't express how much we love this stuff. This is one of the simplest ways to gently exfoliate daily without causing irritation. This organic "toner" is made with papaya enzymes, willow bark, and Hawaiian sugar for their natural AHA, BHA, and enzymatic exfoliating properties. Simply cleanse your face and use a cotton ball to apply this toner. No need to rinse--simply continue with your routine. Great for oily skin, acne prone skin, and those with clogged pores.
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12. *MAYA CHIA – THE OPTIMIST HYDRATING ESSENCE
Price : $58
This toner is a great companion to other Maya Chia products. It features the brand's signature chia seed extract as well as a blend of other antioxidants and anti-aging powerhouses such as astaxanthin, licorice extract, and white tea. It's a light mist that can be used after cleansing, after applying serum or moisturizers, or throughout the day as needed. It does provide a good bit of moisture and prepares the skin to better accept other skin care products. Works best with Maya Chia's The Super Couple Serum Ultra Luxe Facial Oil.
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13. *OSMIA ORGANICS – ACTIVE GEL ORGANIC TONER
Price : $58
Designed for those with perioral dermatitis, this organic toner offers a soothing and moisturizing treatment for irritated skin. It is made with 81.3% certified organic ingredients like aloe, calendula, and white tea. Other ingredients include hyaluronic acid (moisturizing) and niacinamide (vitamin B3) to help your skin retain moisture. Great for dry and acne prone skin. The gel has a slightly sticky consistency which fades quickly after application.
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14. *ALTEYA ORGANICS – USDA ORGANIC ROSE WATER TONER
Price : $16.95
Alteya Organics is the industry leader in harvesting and distilling organic Bulgarian roses. In fact, they are the premier rose oil supplier of many luxury skin care brands. It is no surprise that this USDA certified organic rose water toner from Alteya is one of the best on the market. It contains nothing but 100% certified organic distilled rose flower water. The smell is beautiful and unique to the Bulgarian rose. Great for those with acne.
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15. *VERED – HERB INFUSED ORGANIC TONER
One of Vered's best selling products--and for good reason! This toner is one of our favorites at Skin Care Ox. It's a deep red herbal blend that feels more like you are feeding your skin a special elixir than applying a toner. The stunning red hue comes from hibiscus flowers (rich in vitamin C and naturally exfoliating) and the scent is a lightly herbal/floral. This whole thing is made with star ingredients, but some worth noting are rose buds, chickweed, nettles, safe, turmeric, lemon balm, and calendula.
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16. *100% PURE – RESTORATIVE SEA CULTURE HYDRATING ORGANIC TONER
Price : $42
Simply one of our favorite organic toners for dry skin on this list. This toner has a light gel-like consistency which gently coats the skin and then sinks down deeply where hydrating ingredients like sea kelp, algae, hyaluronic acid, and organic glycerin work to quench thirsty skin. Skin is left noticeably soft + supple. A little goes a long way, but you'll be tempted to smother your skin in this stuff. USDA certified organic and 100% natural.
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17. *JOSH ROSEBROOK – HYDRATING ACCELERATOR ORGANIC TONER
Price : $35
Do you find that your skin is constantly in need of hydration throughout the day? Then, give this hydrating organic mist from Josh Rosebrook a try! It's a blast of hydration packed into a convenient mister that can be used anywhere at anytime. You can actually feel this toner working to plump the skin. Also works well as a makeup setting spray. Star ingredients include aloe, seabuckthorn, marula oil, calendula, rose hips, and elderberry (just to name a few!).
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18. *AMALA – BALANCE ORGANIC TONING ESSENCE
Price : $78
Suffering from dark spots? Uneven skin tone? Acne blemished skin? This brightening organic toning essence from Amala works to both brighten and balance oil production. Clinically proven to increase skin brightness in an 8 week third party trial, this might be the best toner for oily, blemish prone skin. Active living ingredients like rose gold, amla fruit, tonka beans, and magnolia bark work to rebalance the skin's microbiome, brighten dark spots, and balance oil production. Everything you need for clear, smooth, youthful looking skin.
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19. *MAY LINDSTROM – THE JASMINE GARDEN ORGANIC TONER
Price : $70
May Lindstrom products are the cream of the crop (the price is totally justified). This Jasmine Garden organic toner should be a staple in everyone's skin care routine. It is unbelievably calming, healing, and invigorating on the skin. The secret is a blend of healing ingredients like colloidal silver (anti-bacterial + anti-inflammatory), Bulgarian rose oil, jasmine, and witch hazel. This is a must try for acne prone and sensitive skin types.
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20. *LAUREL SKIN – HYDRATING ELIXIR I ORGANIC TONER
Price : $56
New design & updated formula! This organic rose toner now features a new variety of roots, extracts, and mushrooms such as reishi mushroom, marshmallow extract, and astragalus root. Instead of stripping and breaking down the skin's natural oils, this toner gently balances the skin's oil production while adding necessary hydration. It's made with 99% organic plants (radish root filtrate is the only non-organic ingredient). Deeply hydrating, restorative, and absolutely ideal for dry/mature skin.
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21. *LEAHLANI – BOHEMIAN RUBY BALANCING ORGANIC TONER
Price : $46
If we had to describe this gorgeous organic toner in one word it would be, Refreshing (Aloha is a close second!). This is such a girly girls toner. Each bottle contains a rose quartz gemstone inside which is used to raise the vibration of ingredients like chamomile, rose, calendula, witch hazel, lavender, and hibiscus fruit. It has such a memorable floral scent that just wakes you up in the morning. On the skin, it's hydrating, softening, and immediately soothing upon application.
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22. *LILFOX – APHRODITE ROSE ORGANIC SKIN TONER W/ ROSE QUARTZ
Price : $40
A simple 100% organic toner made from two ingredients: French artisan distilled certified organic rose distillate and a dash of rose quartz crystals for good vibes. It has a beautiful floral scent that isn't overpowering. Pure rose toners are fantastic at adding moisture, fighting bacteria, and balancing the skin's natural pH. While this is a lovely toner, it also makes a great refreshing all over body mist to be used throughout the day.
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23. *ROSE MIRA – TAMIL SANDALWOOD STIMULATING ORGANIC TONER
Price : $46
If you don't fall in love with the smell of this organic toner, then you're sure to love the results. Formulated for dry and mature skin types, this toner does a fantastic job at clarifying, brightening, and softening dull complexions. Essential oil of frankincense and sandalwood work to rejuvenate the skin while tried and true aloe soothes. It also contains a hint of black pepper essential oil to fight acne-causing bacteria. Good for men and women.
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24. *ODACITE – MINT + GREEN TEA HYDRA-PURIFYING TREATMENT MIST
Price : $42
Crafted especially for those with acne prone skin and frequent breakouts. Willow bark, the key ingredient, is rich in salicylic acid which clears pores and removes dead skin cells. It also contains peppermint oil to remove any access oil without causing drying. If dryness does occur, it's got a healthy dose of aloe and vegetable glycerin to replenish moisture. While none of the ingredients are organic, they are all 100% natural.
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25. *DR. ALKAITIS – ORGANIC HERBAL TONER
Price : $42
Dr. Alkaitis' organic toner is made with almost 100% organically grown, ethically wildcrafted, and all-natural ingredients. It is a lovely formula made with aloe, witch hazel, grape alcohol (non-drying and great for oily/acne-prone skin), yerba mate, rosemary, mint, lavender, and so many other beneficial herbs. It adds a surprising amount of hydration for a toner and leaves skin feeling soft, toned, and glowing. An A+ formula from an A+ brand.
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I’ve a combination skin type, does this mean I’ve to spend twice as much i.e. spend for both oily and dry?
No not at all! In my experience as an oily/dehydrated/dry mix that varies through seasons, I can use things catering to both and just not use that step for dry skin on my oily forehead. Say i get an oil stripping cleanser, i just focus my cleansing more on the oily parts and less on the dry parts. You don’t have to buy an oil-control cleanser AND a hydrating cleanser to appease each part of your skin – that’s just wasteful. I have also found that things meant for normal skin work the best, since they are not catering to one thing specifically.