Drugstore Witch hazel

 Drugstore Witch hazel
Drugstore Witch hazelDrugstore Witch hazel


124 reviews

87% would repurchase

Package Quality: 3.7

Price: $

Package Quality: 3.7

Price: $


distilled witch hazel BP

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on 7/10/2018 8:58:00 PM

Age: 56 & Over

Skin: Dry, Fair, Cool

Hair: Brown, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Blue

I had two whiteheads, after months of trying out face creams. One was below the eyebrow and quite noticeable. I had some witch hazel which I hadn't used in years and decided to use it on my face and nothing else. I realized one of those creams had really clogged my pores and I would never know which one. I stopped them all.

Just a couple weeks after starting witch hazel, the larger whitehead below the brow is completely gone. It gradually dried up and went away. The other one on the cheek is tiny and almost gone. This solution is all I used. I have stopped using all creams and lotions. Not only did it dry up these clogged pores but it is good to refresh the whole face including around the eyes. It's not drying.

I remember my sister and I both used this as teenagers and that is why I tried it. I was just so happy that it works. I think most skin care products have too many chemicals. I have given up on the expensive moisturizers which did nothing for me. It's just witch hazel from now on, with sunscreen sometimes.

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on 5/24/2018 10:49:00 AM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Cool

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Brown

This review is for Natures Essential garden witch hazel. This is pure witch hazel, no alcohol or scent which is exactly what I was looking for. I'm probably on my 7th bottle. I have acne prone skin that is very sensitive. I had tried thayers, and the heavy parfum and alcohol level just hurt my skin and caused breakouts, redness and rashes. This witch hazel is awesome. after washing my face I spray this all over. I swear it's improved my skin so much, i cannot live without it. Ditch all the other witch hazel that are mostly scent and alcohol and stick with the basics. you will notice a difference! will continue to repurchase! (I buy this in Canada at health food stores and planet organic)

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Age: 25-29

Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Green

If you think alcohol is bad for you because of paulas choice than read this article. Alcohol is not bad for your skin!!! Please take a couple minutes reading other research.


Basically paulas research is based off, if you ingest alcohol...with is totally different and many, many of paulas products contain multiple alcohols. Please research alcohol and the actual pharmacology of it. Yes... it can be drying to harsh doses-or too many... but actually alcohol amplifies and helps products penetrate deeper so let's think of it magnifying witchhazels effects or any product.
I pick my pimples to a point of scabbing and this helps it heal faster
Great toner

Bug bites
Been used forever

some contains almost no witchhazel.

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on 5/14/2016 12:46:00 PM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Cool

Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Blue

I have fair, crazy sensitive combination skin, and at 45, still getting the random zit every so often. Store brand witch hazel is step 2 in the face cleaning, great toner, gentle, doesn't irritate, cheap as dirt, great antiseptic for scrapes, cuts, but bites too. I mostly use it on the T zone, with a cotton pad. That is where I need it.I should have listened to my Mom, now in her 70s, she has used it since she was a teenager.
I have tried everything it seems to cleanse, moisturize, help keep wrinkles away, spent to much $ on pricey stuff, and now, funny thing, I've got my sensitive skin care routine down, and its all inexpensive. Wal-Mart brand Cetaphil cleanser in big pump bottle with a konjac sponge, witch hazel, Ceravie PM moisturizer, and A&D butt cream around the eyes and on lips. Nothing over $10, skin has never looked or felt better. *bliss* so more $ for new lippies and eyeshadow and fun stuff! :)

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on 3/12/2016 2:47:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Hazel

I use a brand called Earthrise who make a witch hazel distillate with 0.15% methylparaben.

I'm still new to toner in my skincare regimen and so am not yet 100% sold on their importance or purpose. In any case, I rub it on after a wipe down with Lush ultrabland, wait for it to dry, and marvel. All I can say is that my skin looks unnaturally healthy after toning. Imperfections dissolve and my complexion seems utterly flawless, for a moment in time, before I apply my moisturizer and hope the spell remains unbroken (it does not).

Will probably buy again. It costs pocket change and is otherwise a great, versatile single-ingredient product to have around (I mix my own makeup remover with it and jojoba oil!). I've become a fan of using one substance at a time on my body ever since switching from shampoo and conditioner to baking soda and vinegar.

Oh! And since it's so pure, unlike perfumed varieties, you really get the full witch hazel experience: it smells like black forest ham.

Age: 25-29

Skin: Very Oily, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Blond, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Green

I've seen so many rave about what witch hazel has done for their skin over the years. It's in so many praised formulations, and is perfect for my skintype (oily/acne prone) in theory.

But... I hate it. In fact I now refuse to buy any skincare products containing witch hazel. The ingredient just doesn't play well with my skin. This took a while to figure out. My judgement was clouded by all the hype surrounding the ingredient. I kept trying different formulations, brands, products, ect. The result was the same each time.

Witch hazel actually breaks me out. I always feel a film left on my skin whenever I apply any products containing it. Even toners containing it leave my skin feeling dirty. To add insult to injury, which hazel is often a replacement ingredient in formulations for rubbing alcohol. Yet my skin ends up just as irritated. I'd actually be better off smearing isopropyl alcohol on my face because at least the alcohol leaves my skin feeling clean (albeit tomato red).

As you can tell I'm not repurchasing this. Yet I want to be honest and FAIR by noting that I still believe witch hazel is worth a try for all the acne-prone readers out there. It didn't work for me, but skincare is very your-mileage-may-vary. If you do notice more irritation or acne while using this however... don't continue trying to "make it work".

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Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Oily, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Brown

I have been using regular drugstore witch hazel for about three months now and I think it is what has cleared my acne. I have oily skin so I'm one of the people who uses oil sheets to blot at least once a day. I use witch hazel as a toner (day and night) and it really makes my skin feel tighter and cleaner. I feel like it removes all my leftover make up while it fights my acne. I spend $1.50 on a bottle that lasts me about a month.

Also, it does not dry out my skin like I thought it would but I do make sure to moisturize about a minute after it soaks into my skin.

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Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Coarse

Eyes: Brown

I've used a bunch of different toners before, and going "all natural" with witch hazel was my best decision ever. Picked up a cheap bottle from Walmart. I've been using it for several months now. Works just as good as any other toner I've used for a fraction of the price! Skin feels refreshed, clean, all traces of dirt/makeup are removed. Never feels harsh on skin...no burning/stinging sensations that I've noticed.

UPDATE: I don't really use toners anymore because I feel it's unnecessary. But should I ever go back, this would definitely be the only "toner" product I'd use on my skin!

5 of 5 people found this helpful.

Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Medium

Eyes: Brown

I highly recommend using witch hazel as a toner if you have oily or combination skin, particularly in summer months. It has natural astringent properties and is gentler than a lot of the commercial toners on the market. It helps balance my skin and clean any excess impurities remaining after I wash my face. After wiping my face with witch hazel toner, I lock in the moisture with a light facial oil. Please note that some witch hazel toners do contain alcohol, others may contain essence or other ingredients. Overall, a fantastic, affordable, natural product!

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on 6/18/2014 9:59:00 AM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Green

I got a 16 oz bottle for $1.56 at Target (The Up & Up brand). That come out to less than $0.10 per oz of witch hazel. I use this as a toner after cleansing, on cuts and scrapes, and in homemade face and hair masks. It doesn't sting my oily skin and scalp and helps clarify them well. It's so cheap and can be found at any drugstore! I transferred the liquid to a cute bottle I found antiquing so it looks cute on my bathroom counter :)

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