Witch hazel is one of my favorite natural skin care ingredients. I’ve been using it as a toner and makeup remover for several years, as well as a treatment for insect bites. I think it’s similar to tea tree oil, in that it’s anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, and acts as a natural astringent. It’s quite nice for oily, blemished skin.
T.N. Dickinson’s Witch Hazel | Website
I’ve been through countless bottles of this stuff. I mainly use it during the summer, when my skin is very, very oily. This does contain alcohol, so those with dry skin may find it too astringent. It smells a little odd at first… an herbal/alcohol smell? But I’ve gotten used to it. It’s a nice natural way to remove excess oil, dirt, or makeup.
INGREDIENTS: Witch hazel (100% all natural), Alcohol (14%).
Thayers Alcohol-Free Cucumber Witch Hazel | Website
This is better suited for drier skin and/or colder months because it’s both alcohol-free and contains aloe vera, a natural moisturizer. I think I may even like this brand a little bit better, because it has the same benefits of Dickinson’s without being too drying, so I can use it all-year-round. I think this would be better for those with drier, more sensitive skin. And it smells so refreshing… like real cucumber juice. Their rose petal water witch hazel is probably their more popular version. I may give that one a try after I finish this bottle.
INGREDIENTS: Purified Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf (Certified Organic Filet Of Aloe Vera), Glycerin (Vegetable), Hamamelis Virginiana (made from Certified Organic Witch Hazel) Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Citric Acid, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract.
Both brands are significantly more cost-effective compared to “finished” toners you find in the skin care aisle. Aside from using witch hazel by itself for toning, you could also add it to homemade face masks as well to calm blemished skin.
Have you ever used witch hazel as part of your skin care routine? What did you think?