InTruBeauty: Toner Alternative: Witch Hazel

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Toner Alternative: Witch Hazel

You may have noticed Justina and I have been using a lot more natural, organic, vegan, and/or chemical free products. I have been learning and researching a lot about the common ingredients in skincare and makeup. I have also been into some DIY stuff lately including making my own hair masks. You can see that post HERE. I've been picking out the key ingredients and saving some money by going right to the source.

Here is what I am using as my face toner at the moment:

Witch Hazel is a common ingredient in skincare and makeup, but you can actually buy a huge bottle of this for around $6 or $7 which is a pretty inexpensive face toner. Before this I was using 100% Pure Brightening Tonique and Boots Face Toner, both of which are excellent products. I saw no difference in my skin when I changed to the Witch Hazel, except that my skin was even softer. I am still noticing clearer skin, more even skin tone, and less breakouts. This does not leave my skin dry. The only downfall is that you may have to get use to the scent, it is not going to smell like products you are use to that have added fragrances.

The bottle I bought I found at Walgreens and at 16oz it is about 3 times the size of my other toners for the same or less price.

Information about Witch Hazel
  • comes from a bush/tree in North America
  • can be used as a face toner
  • can be used for bruising
  • apply to skin for skin irritations, insect bites, teething, bee stings, may slow down or stop bleeding, burns, skin injuries, fever, tuberculosis (some disputes), gargle for mucus membrane inflammation or use in tea
  • treatment for certain types of cancers, colds, tumors, hemorrhoids, pain, itching, inflammation
  • hazel leaf and bark extract tighten the skin
Benefits of using Witch Hazel:
  • tightens skin proteins
  • tightens distended veins
  • restore vessel tone for varicose veins
  • skin lesions may also protect from infection (used in many lotions)
  • cleans and conditions without removing essential moisture from your skin
  • 100% natural-no artificial fragrances or dyes
  • gentle
Information gathered from:

Yours in Beauty and Natural Alternatives, 


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